Sleep Deprivation Inhibits Production of Essential Brain Proteins

Over one third of adults, and about 70% of teenagers, are sleep deprived - with measurable impacts on health and functioning.

Two recent studies show in great detail the important functions of sleep and the impact of sleep deprivation. Researchers found that the brain prepares for the production of essential proteins before bed-time and before waking. But in sleep-deprived brains, the actual production does not take place. It’s a process of “on your marks”, “get ready”, “stop!” This has serious consequences on the brain’s ability to function.

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BPA is bad for your health!

BPA is bad for your health! Food stored and sold in plastic containers, especially when heated, may absorb bisphenol-A (BPA,  a chemical used to harden plastics. A new study examined if there is a connection between the amount of BPA in the body and  heart disease. The results were quite clear:  higher urinary concentrations of BPA metabolites are associated with an increased risk of developing coronary artery disease.

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Cell Phones and Cancer

In May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled radiation emitted from cell phones as “possibly carcinogenic”, and research supporting this conclusion was published subsequently. So, is it time to get rid of your cell phone?

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LifestyleRyan Tait
Internet Addiction: Make the Connection

The Internet has revolutionized such things as shopping, politics and entertainment. But for many people going online is not just about convenience. It's about the need to be online. And it interferes with social, professional and personal activities and obligations. A recent study sheds some light on this under-reported condition.

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LifestyleRyan Tait
Common Prescription Drugs May Increase Risk for Depression

More than one-third of U.S. adults are taking prescription medications that may have depression as a negative side effect, new research finds. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, warns that depression is a potential side effect of more than 200 commonly prescribed medications, including beta blockers for blood pressure, birth control pills, antacids, and painkillers.

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Ryan Tait