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Ginseng

by on Nov.24, 2011, under Health

Ginseng is a perennially top-selling and heavily romanticized herb. However, its reputation is based more on lore than on science. While animal studies suggest ginseng may indeed possess some intriguing properties deserving the name “adaptogen” (see “Ginseng and Its History” for a definition), this herb has no properly documented clinical benefits. (continue reading…)

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Vaccine Update August 1999. Part 2

by on Nov.17, 2011, under Prescription Drug

Hepatitis A

Not yet widely used but this vaccine is safe in young children and can be given to infants at risk for hepatitis A. This type of hepatitis is actually more common than hepatitis B which your newborns are already getting vaccinated against.
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Vaccine Update August 1999. Part 1

by on Nov.17, 2011, under Prescription Drug

The former topic of scary news tabloid reports and playground horror stories has mostly and long awaitedly bitten the dust. We are now using a vaccine that essentially takes the risk out of the pertussis portion by making it “acellular” hence the new acronym DaPT or acellular DPT and you might recognize this from your 18 month old’s booster record because it isn’t really new. (continue reading…)

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Melatonin for the Blind

by on Nov.17, 2011, under Prescription Drug

Why do we get sleepy in the evening, and wake up in the morning? The answer is “light cues.” Nerve signals from the eye travel into the depth of the brain, and synchronize our feelings of tiredness and wakefulness with the rhythm of light and dark. The hormone melatonin plays a significant role in this process. (continue reading…)

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Kitschy Christmas

by on Nov.09, 2011, under Entertainment

Bubble lights? Old fashioned “Flexible Flyer” sled? Fiestaware? Fun, funky, and the ’50s and ’60s come to mind when I think back to the holidays of my youth which featured all of those things. Get sets of the large, colorful outdoor lightbulbs (nightlight-size) and do some time traveling with your decorating! (continue reading…)

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Getting Up To Date On Back Pain

by on Nov.02, 2011, under Fitness

Yoga relaxation techniques can be a powerful tool for coping with back pain. If you’ve ever suffered from an aching back, (and most of us have), you will have noticed that the pain seems to strike at the most inappropriate times – hurrying to an important meeting, racing to meet a business deadline, about to board an airplane for that long overdue vacation. (continue reading…)

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Are you Just Starting at University If so, you’d Better Read Net Girl’s Top Uni’ Tips! Part 2

by on Nov.02, 2011, under Communication

If it’s cold where you are, a house party could be just the thing to perk your spirits. And if it’s Summer in your country what better time to gather your friends in the garden and have fun under the sun. City 2000′s Cocktail Club is a new on-line cocktail guide with hundreds of fab cocktails ranging from traditional Tequila Sunrise to the obscure which are submitted by cocktail makers the world over. The Cocktail Club has a barman named Shake-Happy who mixes the recipes but unfortunately lacks the sex appeal of Tom Cruise! Cocktails are great at parties because you can mix all kinds of drink and have a schoolboy chuckle at cocktails like Blow Jobs and Ugly Virgin. If you’re planning a party follow the Net Girl guide to get the party swinging. (continue reading…)

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