8Dec, 2016

Your mouth can reveal serious health issues

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Want to prevent heart disease? Take a look at your teeth. A study published in October in the American Journal of Medicine found that those who used toothpaste that targeted plaque, and therefore were more diligent in brushing their teeth, lowered their levels of heart-attack-triggering inflammation. The study’s authors found that keeping up the habit could lead to a decreased risk of future heart attacks. But heart disease isn’t the only health issue linked to the mouth — dentists say opening wide can reveal health woes ranging from digestive troubles to […]
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30Nov, 2016

Study Links Shorter Sleep and Sugar-Sweetened Drink Consumption

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People who sleep five or fewer hours a night are likely to also drink significantly more sugary caffeinated drinks, such as sodas and energy drinks, according to a new study of more than 18,000 adults led by UC San Francisco scientists. The authors emphasize that it’s not yet clear whether drinking sugar-sweetened beverages causes people to sleep less, or whether sleep deprivation makes people seek out more sugar and caffeine to stay awake, though previous research suggests both could be true. “We think there may be a positive feedback loop […]
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21Sep, 2016

Common bacteria show promise for treating celiac disease

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Researchers have isolated an enzyme from bacteria present in human saliva that has potential as a therapy for celiac disease (CD), an autoimmune disorder that causes severe digestive and other health problems among sufferers when they consume gluten. An estimated 3 million people in the U.S. have celiac disease. Currently, the main course of treatment for people with CD is adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. The study, published in the American Journal of Physiology — Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, was chosen as an APSselect article for September. “Gluten are […]
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