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Natural Society - 2018-12-09 - Original post - cached version

Every summer, the media reports on someone who died after being infected with a brain-eating amoeba. These cases usually occur after a person has visited a pool, waterpark, or a tepid lake. These horrifying infections are exceedingly rare, but they can still occur after a person comes into...

Natural Society - 2018-12-08 - Original post - cached version

On December 7, the Trump administration relaxed rules aimed at making school lunches healthier, affecting 30 million children annually, many of them from low-income homes. Kid-friendly favorites like noodles, tortillas, biscuits, pasta, and an overall abundance of refined grains will be...

Natural Society - 2018-12-07 - Original post - cached version

Cold and flu season is upon us, so the medicines-intake will likely be rolling around. But if you’ve recently purchased liquid ibuprofen from Walmart, CVS, or Family Dollar, you should stop using it immediately and return it for a refund. The over-the-counter pain relievers were recalled...

Natural Society - 2018-12-06 - Original post - cached version

Following the news that a set of gene-edited twin girls had been born in China in November, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it was creating a working group to study gene-editing and the many ethical, social, and safety issues surrounding the process.

The panel’s job...

Natural Society - 2018-12-05 - Original post - cached version

It has become increasingly clear in recent years that exposure to numerous chemicals used in our daily lives can have a significant impact on human development. One recent study shows that chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products such as soaps and shampoos may push early puberty in...

Natural Society - 2018-12-04 - Original post - cached version

Like many workplaces, the nurses and staff of the neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy Children’s Hospital pool their money to enter the lottery. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. When it does pay off, the winnings are usually small beans. But in October 2018, the staffers at the St...

Natural Society - 2018-12-03 - Original post - cached version

Being an obese teenager is not easy. As if the bullying isn’t enough, being obese during adolescence puts kids at greater risk of health problems such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. But that’s not all; a recent study suggests that being obese during adolescence could even increase your...

Natural Society - 2018-12-02 - Original post - cached version

The Resilience Butte County Proud IPA campaign out of northern California is bringing together breweries from across the nation to brew 1 very special beer and donate 100% of the proceeds from the sales of that beer to those struggling to get back on their feet after the Camp Fire incident in...

Natural Society - 2018-11-30 - Original post - cached version

Just days after a Chinese scientist announced the birth of the world’s first gene-edited babies and a possible 2nd pregnancy, the Chinese government ordered a halt to the highly controversial experiments.

According to Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping, an...

Natural Society - 2018-11-29 - Original post - cached version

Have you ever used a touchscreen at McDonald’s to order your food? You’re reading an article on Natural Society, so of course not! But if you have, this bit of news may interest you. That touchscreen you ordered from probably has some poop on it, at least according to a recent investigation by...

Natural Society - 2018-11-29 - Original post - cached version

A researcher in China claims to have created the world’s first gene-edited babies, sparking deep discussion, along with some harsh criticisms and outrage among some of the world’s leading scientists.

The highly-controversial news that a set of twin girls was born in November with...

Natural Society - 2018-11-28 - Original post - cached version

In a study exploring the link between vitamin D and levels of physical fitness, researchers discovered that people who had a higher capacity for exercise also had higher levels of the nutrient in their blood. This suggests that having an ample amount of vitamin D in your diet can help boost your...

Natural Society - 2018-11-28 - Original post - cached version

Stress is getting to a lot of people these days. Even if you have a great job, plenty of money in the bank, and a healthy family, the current political climate can be enough to make you pack your bags and move to the mountains. It’s important for overall health to minimize stress as much as...

Natural Society - 2018-11-27 - Original post - cached version

You’ve probably heard that Americans spend too much time sitting on their duffs. Well, not much has changed. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans still sit too much. In fact, 4 out of 10 adults don’t get any moderate or vigorous exercise on a weekly...

Natural Society - 2018-11-26 - Original post - cached version

Newer nonstick compounds that were supposed to be safer than previous ones may be just as toxic, even in minuscule amounts, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study released on November 14 shows. [1]

First, here is some background information straight from the EPA about the...

Natural Society - 2018-11-25 - Original post - cached version

The word is out: yoga and meditation are excellent ways of dealing with stress, pain, and other woes. Impressively, it seems people are accepting this reality, as a government survey recently revealed that more U.S. adults and young people are practicing these forms of complementary medicine....

Natural Society - 2018-11-24 - Original post - cached version

If you often find yourself struggling to keep your eyes open during the day, it could mean you’re dehydrated, according to a recent study. And while you might be tempted to pour yourself another cup of coffee, drinking a glass of water might be the best and fastest way to perk yourself up.

...
Natural Society - 2018-11-23 - Original post - cached version

A study released earlier this year shows that there are some mindset hacks revolving around total self-improvement that can help you make healthier choices in life.

If you’ve been finding it difficult to make healthy lifestyle changes, you’re not alone. That frustration can wreck your...

Natural Society - 2018-11-22 - Original post - cached version

Not getting enough sleep can cause a slew of health problems that generally are aware of, but research suggests it may cause a couple of other conditions you wouldn’t normally associate with sleep deprivation: loneliness and isolation.

What’s more, your lack of sleep doesn’t just affect...

Natural Society - 2018-11-21 - Original post - cached version

If you’re a woman, you should know that your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you age. But just know that there are things you can do to protect yourself. One study shows that losing weight after menopause may help reduce your risk of invasive breast cancer, and you don’t have to...

Natural Society - 2018-11-20 - Original post - cached version

An experimental new drug may now make it possible for some people with allergies to peanuts to build up a tolerance over time, saving countless lives. Could similar allergy-treatments be in the works for other major food allergens? [1]

The clinical trial, funded by Aimmune Therapeutics,...

Natural Society - 2018-11-18 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents and caregivers not to give honey to babies under 1 year of age after 4 infants in Texas were hospitalized with botulism after using pacifiers containing the sticky, sweet substance.

The warning was issued November 16 after the...

Natural Society - 2018-11-16 - Original post - cached version

When feeding baby, breast is always best. A recent study shows that both breast milk and formula encourage the growth of similar types of gut microbes, but the bacteria from the 2 forms of food work differently. [1]

How those differences affect a child’s health are unclear, however.

...
Natural Society - 2018-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Consuming omega-3 fatty acids is one of the best things you can do for your heart, and this has been established in numerous studies. Research shows that people who eat more fish rich in omega-3’s have lower rates of heart problems and have a lower risk of dying from heart disease compared to...

Natural Society - 2018-11-14 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new exercise guidelines on November 12 – for the first time in a decade. The recommendations state that Americans should sit less and move more, but there is good news for those who don’t particularly enjoy a 5-mile run: The...

Natural Society - 2018-11-13 - Original post - cached version

On November 12, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) updated the clinical guidelines for managing cholesterol for the first time since 2013. Unlike in the past, the new guidelines do not suggest a one-size-fits-all approach, but a more personalized...

Natural Society - 2018-11-11 - Original post - cached version

When you step into the shower, you’re expecting to come out all clean and shiny. But as a study shows, your shower-head may be dumping risky bacteria all over you – bacteria that can even cause lung infections.

You (hopefully) keep your toilet and sink clean, but be honest – you don’t pay...

Natural Society - 2018-11-10 - Original post - cached version

Oxford researchers said on November 7 that taxing meat could help off-set healthcare costs and save hundreds of thousands of lives. Additionally, taxing red and processed meat could allow hundreds of billions of dollars to be put toward healthcare costs each year, they suggest. [1]

Click...

Natural Society - 2018-11-09 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offered some good news on November 8 when it released data showing that smoking rates in the U.S. are the lowest they’ve ever been. Unfortunately, there was some bad news to go with it.

 

Smoking rates have fallen by 67...
Natural Society - 2018-11-08 - Original post - cached version

Americans went to the polls November 6 to vote in the midterm elections, giving the green light for marijuana either medical or recreational uses in 3 more states. [1]

On November 6, Michigan became the first Midwest state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, joining 9 other states...

Natural Society - 2018-11-07 - Original post - cached version

In recent years, health experts have been warning about the health consequences of consuming energy drinks, which contain a mixture of caffeine, sugar, and other herbal ingredients, due to the beverages’ effect on the heart. In a recent study, researchers found that consuming just 1 energy drink...

Natural Society - 2018-11-06 - Original post - cached version

Many genetic engineers have been vocal in their concern over genetically modified (GM) potatoes, but perhaps the most surprising voice is that of Caius Rommens, the creator of 1 type of engineered spud.

Rommens was director of research at Simplot Plant Sciences from 2000 to 2013, where he...

Natural Society - 2018-11-05 - Original post - cached version

Smartphones and tablets have become electronic babysitters for many children. They may keep kids out of mom’s hair for a while, but they do come with perils. According to a recent study, the devices are causing mental health problems in children as young as 2 years old. [1]

Hours per day...

Natural Society - 2018-11-03 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the nation’s health watchdog, yet it has just approved a powerful new opioid, even as opioid overdoses continue to claim thousands of lives each year. [1]

The drug, approved November 2, is for use in healthcare settings. It will not be...

Natural Society - 2018-11-02 - Original post - cached version

The former school groundskeeper who alleged at trial that the popular herbicide Roundup caused his cancer will accept a reduced award of $78 million, instead of the $289 million award a jury originally decided on.

In August, a San Francisco Superior Court jury awarded Dewayne Johnson $289...

Natural Society - 2018-10-31 - Original post - cached version

As more people pay attention to what they eat, food manufacturers are trying to convince buyers that their products are healthy. But what does “healthy” really mean as it applies to food? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of changing the way it defines the word in...

Natural Society - 2018-10-30 - Original post - cached version

If you stay on top of world news, then you already know that countries, cities, and individual companies are trying to reduce the amount of plastic waste littering the planet. In many places, single-use plastic bags, plastic straws, and plastic eating utensils have already been axed, but it will...

Natural Society - 2018-10-28 - Original post - cached version

An expert panel of toxicologists is calling for an entire class of pesticides to be banned because they threaten the health of both pregnant women and children.

The paper, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, states that exposure to organophosphates (OPs) increases the risk of lower...

Natural Society - 2018-10-27 - Original post - cached version

Altria Group, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes and e-cigarettes, announced October 25 that it would pull its pod-based e-cigarettes from store shelves, at least for now. The move is in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) growing concerns over teen e-cigarette use and they’...

Natural Society - 2018-10-26 - Original post - cached version

Forgive me for sounding like a broken record, because if you’re a regular reader, then you’ve heard this one before on numerous occasions. But … trace amounts of the glyphosate herbicide have been detected in popular breakfast cereals yet again. This time, the testing was done by the...

Natural Society - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

Infants who are breastfed for at least 6 months have fewer antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts, likely because the sugars in breast milk feed “good bacteria,” which prevents the proliferation of harmful microbes, a new study shows.

It’s an important benefit of breastfeeding, as...

Natural Society - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

Some people laugh at those who make the effort to buy organic foods as often as possible. It’s a waste of money, they say. An organic apple isn’t any healthier than a non-organic apple, they insist. Well, the next time you hear someone spew this baloney, you reference this recent research...

Natural Society - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to sperm count, which is better – boxers or briefs? Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have the answer.

A study published in the journal Human Reproduction shows that men who wear boxers tend to have a higher sperm count than men who wear briefs,...

Natural Society - 2018-10-24 - Original post - cached version

A California judge on October 22 upheld a San Francisco jury’s verdict finding that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide caused a former school groundskeeper’s cancer, but slashed the amount of money to be paid from $289 million to just over $78 million. [1]

In August, a jury awarded Dewayne...

Natural Society - 2018-10-23 - Original post - cached version

Microplastics are in bottled water, tap water, fish and seafood, and even table salt. There are more microplastics littering the planet than stars in the sky; it’s impossible to avoid them. Most recently, researchers have discovered microplastics in human poop, and you probably have some in...

Natural Society - 2018-10-22 - Original post - cached version

The average adult ingests about 2,000 microplastics each year through table salt, a study estimates. That’s because the same study found that microplastics were present in 90% of table salt brands sampled worldwide. It’s next to impossible to avoid adding plastic to your baked potato when you...

Natural Society - 2018-10-21 - Original post - cached version

An analysis shows that tobacco use increases the risk of oral cancer (duh). But e-cigarettes, too, were linked to an increased risk of oral cancer, particularly if people used the nicotine-delivery devices alongside tobacco products. [1]

Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue,...

Natural Society - 2018-10-20 - Original post - cached version

In a study of more than 3,500 individuals with psoriasis, adopting a healthier diet was associated with an improvement in their symptoms – particularly a Mediterranean diet. [1]

In fact, the closer someone adhered to the Mediterranean diet, the less burdensome their psoriasis became,...

Natural Society - 2018-10-19 - Original post - cached version

If you vape, then you may have heard that e-cigarettes are safer than tobacco cigarettes. There might be some truth to that, but as a study shows, most e-cigarette users don’t really know what they’re inhaling, even if they take the time to look at the ingredients on the label. [1]

Study...

Natural Society - 2018-10-19 - Original post - cached version

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Research shows that fewer opioid prescriptions are written in states that have access to legal marijuana. Could there be a connection between decreased opioid...

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