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  1. The Little-Known Connection Between Melatonin and Fertility

    The Little-Known Connection Between Melatonin and Fertility

    Many people associate melatonin with sleep -- with good reason. Helping to regulate and maintain the circadian rhythm appears to be the most important and best-known role of this pineal gland hormone. However, melatonin also plays a variety of other important roles in the human body. According to recent studies on melatonin and fertility, it may play a very important...
  2. Omega-3 and Breast Cancer: Can a Common Fatty Acid Affect Tumor Growth?

    Omega-3 and Breast Cancer: Can a Common Fatty Acid Affect Tumor Growth?

    Found primarily in foods such as fatty fish, nuts, and leafy greens, omega-3 fatty acids are an essential fat that boast a wide array of health benefits. Omega-3 consumption has been linked to more restful sleep, improved mental health, healthier aging and even higher IQs. This newest look into marine omega-3 and breast cancer adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that omega-3 fatty acids could play a pivotal role in...
  3. Recent Breakthroughs in Dementia and Cognitive Decline

    Recent Breakthroughs in Dementia and Cognitive Decline

    Recent research has brought to light a few key factors that can significantly contribute to your risk of dementia. Here, we highlight some of the newest findings regarding dementia and cognitive decline. A Healthy Brain Starts With a Healthy Heart: How Improving Your Heart Health Could Lower Your Risk of Dementia In a new study published in the Journal of the...
  4. New Study Supports Connection Between Dietary Soy and Bone Strength

    New Study Supports Connection Between Dietary Soy and Bone Strength

    Menopause brings with it a whole new set of health concerns for the aging woman. The impacts of menopause on bone and metabolic health can lead to a loss of bone density, reduced physical ability and weight gain, however, new research on soy and bone strength suggests that soy protein may help to curb some of these negative health effects...
  5. Taking Supplements During Pregnancy May Reduce Autism Risk

    Taking Supplements During Pregnancy May Reduce Autism Risk

    The rates of autism have been increasing in the United States and other countries, from around 1 in 2000 in the seventies to approximately 1 in 150 now. Part of this increase is due to changing criteria for the diagnosis as well as increased awareness. However, there also appear to be other, currently unknown, reasons for the increased prevalence. Could health factors...
  6. Scientists Discover Snow Shoveling Boosts Risk of Heart Attack

    Scientists Discover Snow Shoveling Boosts Risk of Heart Attack

    For many people, the long dark months of winter are a reason to hole-up inside. For others, however, winter can also mean an increase in physical activity. There are many outdoor hobbies that require cold weather, such as skiing and sledding. In addition, for people in many areas, the cold weather brings an increase in chores such as shoveling newly...
  7. Chronobiology and the Circadian Rhythm: What You Need to Know

    Chronobiology and the Circadian Rhythm: What You Need to Know

    The circadian rhythm is a huge topic of discussion lately due to a group of three researchers winning the Nobel Prize for identifying the genes and proteins that coordinate our internal clocks. As the Nobel Laureate committee noted, a small mismatch between our bodies and the environment can lead to serious health problems. This makes understanding chronobiology and the circadian...
  8. Study Links Adult Development of Schizophrenia and Diet During Pregnancy

    Study Links Adult Development of Schizophrenia and Diet During Pregnancy

    All expecting parents want to give their baby the best chance at a healthy and happy life. However, until recently there was very little data on exactly how to accomplish this goal. New research on the effects of nutrition in pregnancy is yielding hard data on exactly what comprises a healthy prenatal diet. Surprisingly, there may even be links between...
  9. The Link Between Vitamin B3 and Birth Defects: Why You Should Supplement During Pregnancy

    The Link Between Vitamin B3 and Birth Defects: Why You Should Supplement During Pregnancy

    There are an estimated 23,000 miscarriages every year in the United States. About 3 percent of babies born in the U.S. have some type of birth defect, and these congenital defects are responsible for about 20 percent of all newborn fatalities. It is common knowledge that many different vitamins are crucial for a healthy pregnancy. Now, a new study claims...
  10. Gut Bacteria Found to Influence Diet, Reproductive Success and More

    Gut Bacteria Found to Influence Diet, Reproductive Success and More

    A growing body of research suggests that bacteria in the gut influence overall human health. While past research has indicated that trillions of bacteria thriving in the human digestive tract can affect everything from immune system function and nutrition to mood, two new studies have found that gut bacteria influence diet as well as reproductive success in fruit flies. These...

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