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Did You Know?

  • Antibiotic exposure during early childhood predisposes the child to obesity later in life due to altered gut microbiota.

  • High-acid drinks such as soft drinks, fruit juice, and sports drinks can cause permanent damage to teeth within 30 seconds after drinking them in children and adolescents who suffer from acid reflux.

  • Whey protein drinks help control blood sugar in type 2 diabetics.

  • Age-related macular degeneration doesn’t just affect the elderly. It can occur in people as young as 35.

  • The average human nose can smell 1 trillion scents.

  • Habitually eating a high-fat diet may cause a reduced sense of smell.

  • Overweight mice have only half the neurons that are used to identify different odors.

  • Starving a pregnant mouse results in damage to her son’s sperm that can also impact the health of her grandchildren.

  • People who are deficient in vitamin D have a greater risk of death and serious complications after non-cardiac surgery.

  • Women who are deficient in vitamin D are only half as likely to undergo successful in vitro fertilization compared to women who had healthy levels of the vitamin.

  • Some skin creams contain mercury, especially some creams sold in ethnic stores.

  • Elite athletes live longer than the general population.

  • Athletes have a better diversity of intestinal microbiota compared to non-athletes and healthier metabolic profiles.

  • Exposure to the environmental toxin bisphenol A (BPA) immediately before or after birth could up the odds of developing food intolerance in adulthood, according to a recent study.

  • In women, stress can account for nearly 11 pounds of weight gain in one year.

October 2014

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