Tooth Loss in Middle Age Tied to Heart Disease

By Thomson Reuters – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Losing two or more natural teeth in middle age may signal an increased risk for coronary heart disease, a U.S. study suggests.

“In addition to other established associations between dental health and risk of disease, our findings suggest that middle-aged adults who have lost two or more teeth in recent past could be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease,” Dr. Lu Qi of Tulane University in New Orleans said in a statement. “That’s regardless of the number of natural teeth a person has as a middle-aged adult, or whether they have traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as poor diet or high blood pressure.”

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New Migraine Device Treats Attacks With Magnetic Pulses

By Nick Tate – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

A new form of migraine treatment, using magnetic stimulation of the brain, has been shown to prevent attacks — cutting frequency of the sometimes-debilitating headaches by half.

The technique involves what’s known as single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (sTMS) — a technology developed by eNeura Inc., a medical technology company.

In a new study, published in the medical journal Cephalalgia, eNeura’s sTIMS device device reduced the frequency of migraine attacks in a group of more than 200 sufferers by about three days per month. That translates to a 50-percent reduction of monthly migraines in nearly half of the patients in the study. Continue reading

The Most Important Meal of the Day?

By Sylvia Booth Hubbard – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Mom always begged you to eat breakfast, saying it was the most important meal of the day. Once again, science proves that mom was right. Researchers from Japan’s Osaka University found that among its many benefits, eating breakfast every day could help ward off stroke.

The researchers followed 82,000 healthy men and women aged 45 and older for up to 15 years. The volunteers were classified as having breakfast up to two times a week, three to four times a week, five to six, or seven times a week.

Image: Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day?

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Why the Coming Elections Won’t Cure Italy’s Problems

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

[The results are in, and the big winner, though far from a majority, is theFive Star Movement. It may take weeks for any coalition to form a new government. -Bob]


  • If the elections produce a hung Parliament, it will likely reduce the chances of a new government introducing disruptive measures that could worry markets, but it will also delay the introduction of much-needed reforms to boost economic growth.
  • Rome will pressure the European Union to give Italy more room to cut taxes and increase spending, but moderate parties are more likely than their anti-establishment rivals to seek a compromise with Brussels.
  • The next Italian government will have to deal with high debt levels, slow economic growth, widespread social discontent with the political system and declining influence on EU affairs.

Italy votes in a crowded general election on March 4.

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An Arms Race Toward Global Instability

Omar Lamrani   By Omar Lamrani – Re-Blogged From Stratfor


  • The United States is shifting its focus to great power competition as it works to address the challenges of Russia’s and China’s growing confidence and capabilities.
  • Combined with this rivalry, weakening arms control regimes and the emergence of disruptive weapons technologies will erode global geopolitical stability.
  • Declining trust and increased competition will spark discord and conflict between the United States on the one hand and Russia and China on the other. 

U.S. and South Korean jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint exercise in July 2017.(South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)

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Tertiary Bubbles Have Burst

By Graham Summers – Re-Blogged From

The markets just changed.

Few understand what happened to the financial system after 2008. What happened was that the debt based financial system began to implode as debt deflation took hold. The scary thing is that it wasn’t even a large amount of debt deflation.

Remember the 2008 Crisis? That time when everyone thought the world was literally going to end? It’s that small dip in the dotted line below:

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