Aging Mechanism

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Aging Mechanism

It is now believed that the mechanism that plays a role in the disease Progeria causing accelerated aging of those suffering from this disease may be playing a role in normal aging as well.A study led by Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institute of Health, suggests aging may not simply be a gradual wearing out of cells.
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Caution with Herbal Products

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Caution with Herbal Products

There are particular herbals that should be avoided because they have known toxicities. Those mainly have been shown to cause liver damage. They include comfrey, liferoot and pokeroot to mention just a few.Patients should avoid herbals if they are pregnant, contemplating pregnancy, or lactating.Very elderly and the very young utilizing herbal treatments may face some dangers , because their metabolizing capacity is less than in normal adults.

Most importantly, patients should let their physicians know they are taking them. For example you may be taking ginkgo biloba and you may be also onCoumadin which may increase your risk of bleeding.

At times people are taking number of supplements which may create unexplained problems.


Breast-Feeding Linked to IQ

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Breast-Feeding Linked to IQ

A study confirms that breast-feeding of infants is accompanied by about a five-points higher IQ than in bottle-fed infants.At least 60 percent of the average intelligence gain seen in breast-fed infants comes from breast milk’s nutritional value, rather than benefits from maternal bonding.Intelligence is benefited by breast-feeding for up to six months. Children who are breast-fed for less than eight weeks show no IQ benefit.