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SLEEPY?? Study Concludes How Much Sleep You Really Need — Depending On Your Age!

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Finally we have some answers!

The National Sleep Foundation conducted a study on different age groups to try and figure out how much sleep people really need to be getting every night.

And it turns out the answer is different for all of us!

[ Related: Sitting At A Desk Is Super Unhealthy… But Just One Hour Of THIS Can Make A HUGE Difference! ]

So, a panel of six sleep experts was set up, along with reviews from 12 medical experts from organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Psychiatric Association and the Society for Research in Human Development.

The study used healthy people from other studies documented in 312 articles 2004 to 2014. Here's what all of those findings revealed:

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Peanut Butter May Reduce Gum Disease!

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Peanut butter may reduce gum disease

Stock up on Skippy because a new study involving 9,000 adults conducted at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health found eating foods containing polyunsaturated fatty acids such as peanut butter and salmon reduced gum disease.

That's great news, but why would anyone ever think of conducting this study? Researcher Asghar Z. Naqvi said:

"To date, the treatment of periodontitis has primarily involved mechanical cleaning and local antibiotic application. Thus, a dietary therapy, if effective, might be a less expensive and safer method for the prevention and treatment of periodontitis."

The specific fatty acids associated with gum disease reduction were docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which the study revealed a 20 percent reduction in the number of subjects with gum disease for those with highest DHA intake.

That's sweet, but don't use this as an excuse to go crazy with the Reeses, Peanut Chews, or Nutter Butters.

Foods containing peanut butter that are also high in sugar most likely are not going to have the same benefit since gum disease and high sugar intake are linked.

If you're looking for some dental benefits, stick with some kind of low sugar peanut butter

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Botox For Migraines? FDA Says Yes!

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fda approves botox for prevention against chronic migraines

Looks like Botox is about to get a whole lot more socially acceptable!

The FDA has approved Botox injections to be used as a preventative against chronic migraines in adults.

They've recommended that the drug be injected every three months, around the head and neck, as a measure to dull headache symptoms in the future.

According to a statement, Botox "has not been shown to work against migraines that occur 14 days or fewer per month, nor has it been shown to work for other forms of headache."

Okay, so it doesn't work for ALL migraines, but at least it seems to be useful for seriously chronic sufferers.

Here's what associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Elizabeth W. Loder, had to say about this new usage of Botox:

"The benefits are modest when you look at the overall results. But, of course, within those results, there are always patients who do much better than the average and there are patients who don't have any benefit.

It will provide more options for patients who currently have very few forms of treatment available to them … when you are dealing with a problem like this, even modest improvement can mean the difference between being able to go to work and not being able to function very well."

Certainly an inneresting new revelation. We'll def be curious to hear more before we jump on the Botox bandwagon!

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