From the monthly archives:

April 2012

Much of the tuna scrape responsible for the current outbreak of Salmonella has been recalled, but more cases were reported early this month, including the appearance of a strain of Salmonella not usually seen in the US. Food poisoning symptoms can start within an hour after exposure, or up to two weeks. So although the […]

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Allergy sufferers, rejoice… sort of. While traditionally viewed as a gross overreaction to relatively harmless pathogens, symptoms of allergies (coughing, sneezing, red bleary eyes) may actually be a sign that your immune system’s working fine. Mild symptoms of allergies, according to new research, may be how bodies are supposed to work. While the immune system […]

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Over the last twenty years, sleep became undervalued. More people are sleeping less than 6 hours a night, and with the ubiquity of personal electronic devices we’ve allowed the quality of our sleep to slip in favor of having the bright LEDs close by, and the constant updates of friend’s text messages, status updates, and […]

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Just as tick bites are expected to be a bigger problem this summer, mosquito bites will be a similar problem. Just like ticks, mosquito populations are larger and coming earlier—and to complicate both tick and mosquito bites the range for transmitted diseases spreads a little each year, and ticks in particular are being recorded as […]

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Does Acupuncture Work?

April 24, 2012

While many have touted the benefits of acupuncture, others shun alternative medicine until formal research has been done. In the case of many alternative treatments, that work is beginning. New studies done using brain scanning technologies like MRI and PET-CT show that there is a definite neurological reaction to acupuncture, and that that reaction changes […]

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