February 08, 2016

Studies are suggesting that moderate consumption of chocolate during pregnancy may benefit fetal growth and development and may lower the risks of preeclampsia. Enjoy 30g a day and be rewarded with all the perks chocolate has to offer!  Its flavanols have been linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular problems and lower cholesterol.  Click here to read more.

February 05, 2016

It might be the lure of the glimmering lights and sounds coming from the casinos that actually entice you to keep you playing. Research confirms that the flashing lights and noise associated with casinos are enormous cues for encouraging risky behavior and problem gambling. They have illustrated the strong effects of the environmental sensory input has on holding attention and choosing disadvantageous risky options.  Click here for more information.

February 05, 2016

Zika virus is a mild disease if contracted but has serious concerns.  It is spreading globally very rapidly. There is a possible link to birth defects and the neurological disorder Guillian-Barre Syndrome.  It may be sexually transmitted as well as by vector.  There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.  It thrives in populated environments, breeds in minute amounts of standing water and has become resistent to insecticides. Click here to read more

February 03, 2016

The WHO declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus a global health threat based on the possible link to an increase in microcephaly in newborns in Brazil last year where the incidents of Zika virus has also risen dramatically.  In the last few months, Zika virus has spread rapidly through the Americas and has been identified in 20 countries and territories.  Pregnant woman and those thinking of becoming pregnant are advised to avoid traveling to areas of active infection.  These areas include:  Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Barbados, Costa Rica, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guadelupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Nicaragua, Panama and St. Martin. Click here for more information. 

January 28, 2016

U.S. survey reveals that more than 1 in 20 children are affected by dizziness and balance problems.  The symptoms may include vertigo, poor balance, clumsiness and poor coordination, falls and fainting.  Problems are more prevelant in non-hispanic whites, slightly more in girls than boys, and have gender-related risk factors such as anemia and stuttering.  Once diagnosed, most are due to treatable causes.  Reported causes include neurologic problems; ear infections; head or neck injuries; developmental motor skills disorders, metabolic problems; medications; severe headaches and migraines; malformation of the ear; and, vision problems.Click here for more information.

June 10, 2015

In the journal Current Biology, researchers at the University of Montreal in Canada reported that Parkinson's disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement, may be result of “brain cell burnout” in a few specific areas of the brain. Some brain cells that regulate movement, emotional responses and other functions demand high levels of energy because they are complex neurons with lots of branches. The study found that complex structures demand high levels of energy and deterioration sometimes results which the study compared to burning out a motor. Effective treatment of Parkinson's disease may be found in developing drugs that reduce energy consumption in the brain or facilitate the more efficient use of energy in the brain. Click here for more information.

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