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Vitamin D for Heart Health 
Researchers in Britain have found that vitamin D supplements appear to aid the heart in providing circulation. This is particularly significant news for seniors, who often suffer from D deficiencies, as well as circulatory problems. The BBC has the details: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35959556

Body’s Defenses May Induce Depression 
It appears that the very actions your body takes against viral invaders may push you toward depression. While depression among the recuperating has long been written off as “in the head”, evidence now points to the body’s defenses taking a toll on the nervous system, creating a very organic cause for depression. Ars Technica explains: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/04/bodys-defenses-against-common-viruses-may-mess-up-neurons-spark-depression/

Bathroom Hand Dryers Distribute Viruses 
It would seem the harder a hand dryer blows, the more it sucks, from an infection standpoint. While all air dryers sent viruses flying at much higher rates than paper towels, high-speed dryers, like the Dyson, spread the organisms at 1,300 times the rate of the towels. Ars Technica has the skinny: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/04/dyson-dryers-hurl-60x-more-viruses-most-at-kid-face-height-than-other-dryers/

Cold, Allergy Remedies Implicated in Dementia 
Anyone who has taken over-the-counter cold or allergy medicines can attest to the dulling effect they have on the wits. Now it appears they shrink the brain and may well contribute to Alzheimer’s. The Oregonian has the cautionary news: http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2016/04/common_allergy_and_cold_medici.html#incart_river_home_pop

“Fasting Mimicking Diet” Touted to Slow Ageing 
While it sounds like yet another “miracle diet”, the “fasting mimicking diet” is being promoted by real scientists after real research at the University of Southern California. It turns out there may be some very real, and substantial benefits to going hungry. The Oregonian has coverage, with links: http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2016/04/the_fasting_mimicking_diet_cou.html#incart_river_home_pop

 

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