Vitamin D Reduces Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system and normally strikes between the ages of 20-40, causing progressive neurologic deterioration. Women are more commonly afflicted. Swedish scientists have published results from a 35 year study of 164,000 patients, predominately pregnant women, in the medical journal, Neurology, which found that patients who…

Texas Makes the Top 10!

Congratulations Texas! You made another top 10 list! This one may not be the best news; however, since the Great State of Texas has the 10th highest rate of adult obesity. The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey indicates that over 30 percent of Texas adults meet BMI criteria for obesity. This trend…

Autism Linked to Maternal Obesity during Pregnancy

Autism and obesity are both on the rise and the two are directly linked according to a recent report in the respected journal, Pediatrics. A study of over 1,000 children between 2-5 years of age demonstrated that maternal obesity before pregnancy was associated with a 60% increase in the likelihood of giving birth to a…

"Stimulants" Do Not Increase Risks of CV Complications

Two recent FDA-funded reports in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine found no evidence that stimulant medication widely utilized to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) increased the risk of serious cardiac complications. Ritalin and Adderall were the primary drugs reviewed. One study reviewed records of 150,000…

Is Caffeine a Healthy Choice?

A report from Harvard University on long term followup of 50,739 female Registered Nurses in the Nurse's Health Study suggests that caffeine, particularly caffeinated coffee, reduces the risk of developing chronic depression by 15% over a ten year follow up. This effect was seen in women who drank 2-3 cups of coffee daily. Drinking four…

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