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Grace Antidepressants: Given Out Like Candy

It appears that more Americans are taking antidepressants than ever before, according to a new report in Time Magazine. A recent study shows that antidepressant use has more than doubled in this country between 1996 and 2005 – which encompasses 6% to 10% of the total population. This means as many as 27 million people are taking antidepressants.

Anti Depressants

Antidepressants: Treating More than a Melancholy Mood

Published this month in the Archives of General Psychiatry, the study observed nearly 50,000 people in the United States above the age of six. The study found that antidepressants are now being used to treat ...

Grace New Warnings on Tanning Beds

Do you visit the tanning bed regularly in pursuit of a gorgeous summer glow?  You might want to rethink your program. Scientists have recently confirmed what they have suspected for some time: tanning beds are bad for your health. In fact, they appear to have the same effect on the skin that cigarettes have on the lungs!

Tanning Bed

Tanning Beds – As Bad as Cigarettes?

A recent analysis of 20 different studies on the subject led scientists to the conclusion that tanning beds are a definite carcinogen. In fact, they have moved those seemingly harmless beds to the same list as tobacco ...

Alex Rivlin Top 5 Problems With The Health Insurance Reform Proposals

5.  We must stop calling the proposal “health care" reform.  It is not.  It is simply “health insurance" reform and only addresses some of the practices within health insurance that need reform.  For instance, inefficient claims processing is the second-biggest area of wasted dollars in health care, costing as much as $210 billion annually (enough money to pay for the current proposal twice).1 Health care's wasted dollars 4.  We are told the current proposal will increase coverage (near universal) and reduce costs.  It will not reduce costs.  A health insurance mandate, guaranteed issue or guaranteed coverage, and the requirement of insurers to cover ...

Grace Low-Cal Snacks that Tickle the Taste Buds

Losing extra pounds is easier said than done, as most of us who have “been there, done that" and failed dismally can attest. One culprit that you can count on to sabotage a diet is the dreaded "munchies" that threaten to dismantle all your good intentions. Now you don't need to worry when those hunger pangs come to call because we have low-cal snacks guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds.



This category weighs in at about 150 calories a serving and is guaranteed to tide you over until dinner is served.  Check out these tantalizing selections:

  • Veggies and ...

Grace Extreme Fitness: Parkour Comes to America

You've seen it in movies and on YouTube. Is it time to give it a try?  Parkour is a relatively old exercise regimen that has found new fame in the United States. The extreme sport has been glamorized by movies like the Bond favorite, Casino Royale. It has been featured on commercials and videos and will be the subject of an MTV special later this year. But will it help you flatten the abs and tone the thighs? Maybe – but only if your body is up to the test.

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Grace In Olympic Athletes, Size Does Matter

The past few Olympics have set incredible world records in swimming, but how have modern swimmers become so much faster?  Some say the suits are creating a more aerodynamic swimmer in the pool and others suggest the larger number of athletes competing may play a role. However, a new study by Duke University has a different theory; Olympian swimmers today are built for speed in terms of increased height and weight that propels them through the water at a faster pace.
Olympic swimer Michael Phelps

Olympic Champion Michael Phelps

Phelps: A Swimmer's DNA Let's take Michael Phelps, for example. This swimming wonder ...

Grace Swine Flu Vaccinations May Begin Next Month

The World Health Organization has reported that progress on vaccinations for the H1N1 influenza is moving along at a steady clip. The WHO estimates that the first vaccines will be ready for public administration as early as September. This update was provided by the WHO and reported on Reuters this week. The report is good news to people who are concerned about how the epidemic will arrive this fall, as well as for health care providers who have patients clamoring for a shot before the flu season gets into full swing.
swine flu vaccine by doctor

Swine Flu vaccines to be ready as early as ...

Grace Is Organic Better for Your Nutrition? New Study Says “Not Really"

Many of us spend the extra cash at the grocery store checkout to ensure the food we take home is as healthy as possible. In many cases, that means looking for the "organic" label on everything from produce to breakfast cereal. Organic has been touted as the nutritious, safer, and healthier option to much of the food on store shelves today. However, a recent study suggests that buying organic may not make that much difference in our overall health.

Organic sign in grocery store

Organic Food: Not Necessarily More Nutritious

A study published this week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that organic ...

Grace $150 Billion: The High Annual Cost of Obesity

We keep hearing that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in this country. Now we can put our money where our mouths are, with numbers to justify the high cost of obesity. It appears that we are spending more on obesity-related health issues than on any other type of medical care, including cancer treatment.
Percent of Obese People by State_Map of United States

Obesity in America

Is Obesity Fueling the High Healthcare Costs in America? Just how much are we spending? Based upon a recent study published in the Health Affairs Journal, the cost is inching up towards $150 billion each year - $147 billion in 2008, to be exact.  According ...

Grace Swine Flu Pandemic Continues to Grow

As the swine flu tops 700 confirmed deaths worldwide, schools are faced with the question this upcoming fall: to close or not to close? The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a recent news briefing that countries would have to determine whether school closures would be appropriate in their specific situations. Other decisions would have to be made in regards to large public events like sports and concerts as well.
pigs being stopped at the gate, swine flu

Swine Flu on the Rise

How to Contain the Fastest Spreading Pandemic in History Last week, the WHO stated that the swine flu, officially deemed H1N1 influenza, has now become ...
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