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Hormones are the chemical messengers in your body that determine the health of your metabolism, how you maintain your weight, your stress levels, your body temperature, your mood, your energy, and your muscle growth. And those are just a few of the many bodily systems your hormones have control over!

Scientists in Belgium have made a recent discovery that goes a long way to understanding how sugar affects cancer.

In a paper published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from VIB, a life sciences research institute, and Vrije University in Brussels found that a compound in sugar stimulates aggressive cancer cells and helps them to grow faster.

Led by Johan Thevelein, a microbiologist with VIB, this research builds on what scientists already knew about the Warburg effect, where cancer cells rapidly break down sugar for energy and to fuel for further growth.

In our clinics, we see a wide range of patients with all manner of pain and injury – however a large part of our work is centred on dealing with low back pain. Here are some simple tips on overcoming and preventing back pain that will help keep you in good shape and pain free:

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Stress is bad for our physical and mental health. It has been linked to several leading causes of death, including heart disease and mood disorders, such as depression.

Now new research suggests that the actual number of stressful experiences we encounter can have dramatic consequences for the health of our brains.

In all, 27 events were identified as being particularly detrimental. These include being expelled from school during adolescence and experiencing unemployment as an adult.

“Milk is an emotional product.”

Theresa Marquez, the mission executive at Organic Valley, hit the nail right on the head.

Whenever people talk about milk, and their choices in regards to this dairy product, it gets very personal, very quickly. Whether you were breast-fed or formula-fed, many of us transitioned to dairy milk as soon as we were toddlers. So it’s understandable that we hold it near and dear to our hearts, even if we drink almond milk or coconut milk today.

Acupuncture is a form of traditional medical therapy that originated in China several thousand years ago. It was developed at a time bereft of tools such as genetic testing or even a modern understanding of anatomy, so medical philosophers did the best they could with what was available – herbs, animal products and rudimentary needles. In the process, perhaps, they stumbled on an effective medical approach.

One of the simplest and most effective ways an athlete can care for their body is to incorporate self myofascial release (SMR) techniques into their training programs. Current research suggests that SMR is an important and useful protocol to include in an athletic warm up and cool down, since it helps prepare the body for movement and accelerates recovery.

The study, published online in Stroke on April 20, showed that consumption of one can of diet soda or more each day was associated with a three times increased risk for stroke and dementia over a 10-year follow-up period compared with individuals who drank no artificially sweetened beverages.

The use of acupuncture has significantly increased over the past decade in women and couples with infertility who are trying to improve their chances for pregnancy. Some pursue acupuncture to relieve the anxiety, frustration, and stress related to infertility, yet many questions remain about whether and how acupuncture may improve fertility.

Below are answers to commonly raised questions that can help patients who are contemplating acupuncture to increase their chances of conceiving.

Can acupuncture help to increase fertility?

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