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Fist bumps are determined to be a healthier alternative to handshakes

successful-businessmen-shaking-hands-100223938While hand shakes are the traditional professional greeting, a recent study published in the American Journal of Infection Control says that it is also a great way to transfer bacteria. The researchers dipped latex gloves in Escherichia Coli, and then either shook hands, gave high-fives, or fist bumped. According to the results, a fist bump transferred the least amount of bacteria between gloves, and the hand shake transferred the most. Firmer handshakes, longer fist bumps and high-fives were also determined to be better ways of transferring bacteria. This could mean a change in the way health care professionals greet each other, especially in hospitals where bacterial resistance has become a problem. What measures do you take to reduce bacteria transmission?

Find out more from The New York Times

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Choosing organic foods may lead to significant health benefits

vegetables-at-market-10042218A recently concluded study published in the British Journal of Medicine compiled and evaluated 343 peer-reviewed studies that focus on the nutrient differences between organic and non-organic foods. The evaluation concluded that the organic food had a higher concentration of antioxidants, and lower levels of cadmium and pesticide residues. Antioxidants are known to play a part in reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, and cadmium, in high levels, is a potential neurotoxin. What this translates to for consumers is a possible protective health benefit. How familiar are your patients with Environmental Working Group Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen?  How often do you discuss organic vs non-organic foods with them?

Find out more from Environmental Working Group

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Now available to stream on video Numen: the animating force in all things living.

white-cosmos-flower-on-field-100231558Newly available to stream online in your home from Vimeo is Numen: the animating force in all things living. This documentary discusses several topics relating to the use of herbal medicine in the pursuit of healthy living. With beautiful cinematography and a provocative storyline, this film is guaranteed to make you think about the current model of healthcare. What are some of your favorite documentaries that look at health and well-being?

 

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Running may help reduce the symptoms of autism in children with the diagnosis

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In 2012, Achilles International, a non-profit organization that provides physical development opportunities for people with disabilities, had developed a training program for children with autism. The program involved helping the children train for a mainstream five mile race, and it has produced some anecdotal evidence that points to a link between running and the symptoms of autism. Achilles found that children with autism who run exhibit a decrease in descriptiveness and aggression, while exhibiting an improvement with social interactions. They say that running gives these children a way to refocus and to decrease stress. A grant provided by the Cigna Foundation will allow Achilles to research this link further. Achilles hopes to find how running effects the symptoms of autism in order to improve the quality of life for these children. How do you keep yourself focused and stress-free?

Find more information at The Washington Post

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Are games and puzzles helping older adults fight off dementia?

we-are-a-happy-couple-100266342A recent study looked at the connection between mental acuity and playing puzzles and games for adults in their 50’s and 60’s. It was found that adults who played games on a regular basis also had a greater amount of brain tissue. Researchers are not able to determine from these results if it is because older adults who play games have more brain tissue, or if older adults with more brain tissue like to play games. For right now, the research suggests that games be incorporated into a healthy life style, including eating a healthy diet, getting physical exercise, and managing their cardiovascular risk. What methods do you use to keep your mind sharp? What do you suggest to your patients?

Find more information at WebMD

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Scent receptors on the skin promote cell proliferation and wound healing when exposed to Sandalwood Oil

texture-tree-bark-100133553Scent receptors have been found to exist on almost all tissues of the human body, including the heart and the liver. Researchers have concluded a study that look at the potential role that these receptors play in wound healing. They chose a particular scent receptor found on the skin, OR2AT4, and exposed it to sandalwood essential oil and 10 synthetic oils, known as Sandalore. Three of the oils tested had a positive effect on cell proliferation and cell migration, both of which are characteristics of wound healing. Because wound healing is triggered at concentrations a thousand times higher than the amount needed to stimulate a receptor in the nose, the clinical use for this information is not yet known. What do you currently recommend to your patients to promote wound healing? What has worked the best?

Find more information at Natural News

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