IN YOUR DAILY DOSE: today is research from the University of California that demonstrates the bacteria growing on your skin may be linked to the development of skin cancer.
MAKING CHANGES: Sometimes you can just be too clean!
FACT OR FICTION: Laughter really is the best medicine.
In The News
Researchers from the University of California have found specific strains of bacteria on your skin may help protect you against skin cancer. Lead author and Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology at UC San Diego School of Medicine, Richard Gallo, M.D., Ph.D., commented in Science Daily, saying:
"We have identified a strain of Staphylococcus epidermidis, common on healthy human skin, that exerts a selective ability to inhibit the growth of some cancers. This unique strain of skin bacteria produces a chemical that kills several types of cancer cells but does not appear to be toxic to normal cells."
Daily Health Tip
While cleanliness is important, you can go too far by washing your hands or bathing obsessively.
The strength of your immune system is reliant on your exposure to bacteria and viruses. The stronger your system, the more you can resist what you are exposed to. In order to take advantage, wash your hands before eating, keep your fingers off your face and enjoy the rest of your day!
Building up others strengthens me.
I grow stronger when I help others. The compassion and encouragement I give away comes back to me many times over.
I look for ways to help others feel good about themselves. I pay attention so I can spot their hidden talents and discover their potential. I affirm their worth.
Fact or Fiction?
Laughter really is the best medicine. Researchers from California’s Loma Linda University measured the effects of laughter on stress and short-term memory in older adults. They found laughter improved recall by over 40 percent, and lower levels of cortisol (your stress hormone). Other studies found that laughter can help prevent heart disease. And other studies have demonstrated that laughter improves your social interactions. Find what makes you laugh and incorporate it into you day, every day!
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team