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New Study Finds Air Purifiers Prevent Heart Disease

Can air purifiers help your heart condition? We’ve got some good news. According to new studies, anyone with poor heart health may benefit from using indoor air purifiers. Although the study can’t definitively say an air purifier will prevent heart attacks or other major coronary or artery diseases, Dr. Sanjay Rajagopalan of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore says that his studies on Chinese college students prove several risk factors for heart disease dissipate greatly when air purifiers are implemented and fine particulates are removed from the air.

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Cleanliness is Overrated (Part 2 of 2)

This is Part 2 of 2 on Cleanliness. Read Part 1 here. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, as the old saying goes. Keeping a clean house can reduce allergies, kills germs, and just put your mind at ease. But the American obsession with cleanliness is actually a recent phenomenon. A hundred years ago, it wasn’t uncommon for people to bathe once a week, and two hundred years ago, soap was all but unheard of in the Western world. In fact, early Christians thought filth would bring you closer to God, since cleanliness signified wealth and

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Cleanliness is Overrated! (Part 1 of 2)

Over-cleaning may lead to allergies and asthma

Last year, we wrote about the Hygiene Hypothesis and its predecessor, the Old Friends Hypothesis. While the details vary somewhat, both hypotheses suggest that the immune system relies on early exposure to germs in order to develop properly. The basic conclusion is that when infants and children lack exposure to germs, they are more likely to suffer from asthma and allergies, due to the immune system overreacting to common and harmless triggers. The rate of allergies, asthma, and respiratory infections has tripled by some estimates. And at the same time, so has the level of

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Air Pollution and Heart Health

Pollution in cities can cause heart attacks and asthma attacks

We’ve written previously about the impact pollution and air quality can have on health.  Now we turn to air pollution and heart health. This year, China has been undergoing what’s been dubbed the “airpocalypse” as pollution levels reach deadly highs. Many parts of the United States also have similar crises on a smaller scale, not just in big cities. Areas with lots of factories or vehicles can have higher concentrations of ozone, which lead to increased asthma attacks, hospital admissions, and even death, especially in older adults and during the warmer seasons. Pollution and ozone

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3 Steps for Stopping Superbugs

Over the past week, news media have spoken often about the threat of the superbugs: antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Just days ago, the UK’s Chief medical officer called this new wave of bacteria a “catastrophic threat,” urging governments and organizations around the world to be prepared. And last week, the CDC had a similar message, specifically for hospitals who saw a 400% increase in superbugs infections. Superbugs are newly evolved forms of bacterial strains that have developed an immunity to antibiotics. While resistant bugs have always existed, the over-use of antibiotics over the past few decades has

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Chocolate Makes the Heart Healthier

Chocolate and Wine - Heart Healthy Valentine's Day treats

Everyone knows the old saying: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. But this year, let’s replace it with our own saying: Chocolate makes the heart healthier! February is Heart Health Month, and as everyone knows, this Thursday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Along with love, chocolate could be the best gift you get your significant other this year! Study after study has shown protective effects from eating dark chocolate made of at least 60-70% cocoa. Some of the benefits include reducing the risk of diabetes, preventing heart disease, managing cravings and hunger, reducing blood pressure,

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What to Do About the Flu?

This year, flu season seems to be worse than ever, and has reached epidemic proportions in 26 states. So what can you do to protect yourself and your family against the flu? The number one best thing to do is get vaccinated. The vaccine is designed to prevent against the most common strains of flu viruses going around this season. If you were vaccinated last year, it won’t keep you protected this year because the influenza virus changes so quickly. But unfortunately, there are several flu myths that keep people from getting the flu shot

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