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May 2011 Archives



Natural Health News

Brisk Walking May Help Men With Prostate Cancer



  ScienceDaily (May 24, 2011) -- A study of 1,455 U.S. men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer has found a link between brisk walking and lowered risk of prostate cancer progression, according to scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and the Harvard School of Public Health.   The scientists found that men who walked briskly -- at least three miles per hour -- for at least three hours per week after diagnosis...

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Chlorine and Childhood Cancer



  ScienceDaily (May 25, 2011) -- A significant positive association between the risk of childhood leukemia and levels of chlorine-containing chemicals in the atmosphere has been found by researchers in Portugal. Details are reported in the current issue of the International Journal of Environment and Health. Maria do Carmo Freitas of the Technological and Nuclear Institute in Sacavém, Portugal, and statistician Maria Martinho of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United...

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Lecithin Component May Reduce Fatty Liver, Improve Insulin Sensitivity



ScienceDaily (May 25, 2011) -- A natural product called DLPC (dilauroyl phosphatidylcholine) increases sensitivity to insulin and reduces fatty liver in mice, leading Baylor College of Medicine researchers to believe it may provide a treatment for prediabetic patients. DLPC is an unusual phospholipid and a trace component of the dietary supplement lecithin. Dr. David D. Moore, professor of molecular and cellular biology at BCM, and his colleagues at first thought that DLPC would provide...

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Substance in Tangerines Fights Obesity and Protects Against Heart Disease, Research Suggests



ScienceDaily (May 26, 2011) -- New research from The University of Western Ontario has discovered a substance in tangerines not only helps to prevent obesity, but also offers protection against type 2 diabetes, and even atherosclerosis, the underlying disease responsible for most heart attacks and strokes. Murray Huff, a vascular biology scientist at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, along with Erin Mulvihill, a PhD student, studied the effects of a flavonoid in...

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Antibiotics Overused for Children With Asthma and Urinary Tract Infections



  ScienceDaily (May 26, 2011) -- Two new studies led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have found some antibiotics may be overused for children with asthma and urinary tract infections. The findings raise concerns around breeding drug resistance in children and underscore the need for pediatricians to take a more prudent approach when prescribing antibiotic medications. In the case of asthma, the findings have led to a new trial, in...

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Omega-3 May Cut Risk of Artery Disease, Heart Attacks for Patients With Stents



  ScienceDaily (May 27, 2011) -- Omega-3 fatty acids, combined with two blood-thinning drugs, significantly changed the blood-clotting process and may reduce the risk of heart attacks in patients with stents in their heart arteries, according to research reported in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association. Foods rich in omega-3, such as salmon and other oily fish, have been previously shown in other studies to reduce the risk of...

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Chronic Estrogen Exposure Linked to High Blood Pressure



  ScienceDaily (May 27, 2011) -- Researchers have found that long-term estrogen exposure generates excessive levels of a compound, superoxide, which causes stress in the body. The build-up of this compound occurs in an area of the brain that is crucial to regulating blood pressure, suggesting that chronic estrogen induces a build up of superoxide that in turn causes blood pressure to increase For many years doctors believed the estrogen women consumed in the...

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Fish Oil May Have Positive Effects on Mood, Alcohol Craving



Fish Oil May Have Positive Effects on Mood, Alcohol Craving, New Study Shows ScienceDaily (May 27, 2011) -- Omega 3 fatty acids may be beneficial for more than just the heart. Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have found at a molecular level a potential therapeutic benefit from these dietary supplements for treating alcohol abuse and psychiatric disorders In a multi-year study, researchers showed conclusive behavioral and molecular benefits for omega 3...

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Siginificant Benefits of Yoga in People With Rheumatoid Arthritis



Siginificant Benefits of Yoga in People With Rheumatoid Arthritis, Study Shows ScienceDaily (May 28, 2011) -- Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis who practice yoga showed statistically significant improvements in disease activity, according to a small study presented at the EULAR 2011 Annual Congress. The results of the study conducted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) among 47 patients (26 yoga patients and 21 controls) demonstrate that patients who completed 12 sessions of Raj yoga which...

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Simple Sugar, Lactate, Is Like 'Candy for Cancer Cells'



Simple Sugar, Lactate, Is Like 'Candy for Cancer Cells': Cancer Cells Accelerate Aging and Inflammation in the Body to Drive Tumor Growth ScienceDaily (May 28, 2011) -- Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have shed new light on the longstanding conundrum about what makes a tumor grow -- and how to make it stop. Interestingly, cancer cells accelerate the aging of nearby connective tissue cells to cause inflammation, which ultimately provides "fuel"...

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Obesity Greater Risk for Fatty Liver Than Moderate Amounts of Alcohol



ScienceDaily (May 30, 2011) -- Being overweight and resistant to insulin constitute a greater risk for fatty liver than was previously thought, according to a study from Linköping University in Sweden that is now being published in the journal Annals of Medicine. It has long been known that large amounts of alcohol can cause fatty liver. More recent research has shown that obesity and insulin resistance can also cause fatty liver, which in turn...

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Gastrointestinal Disorder Linked to Bacterial Overgrowth



ScienceDaily (May 13, 2011) -- Cedars-Sinai researchers have reported two advances in the understanding of irritable bowel syndrome, the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the United States, affecting an estimated 30 million people. One study provides further evidence that IBS is linked to an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut. In a separate study, a mathematical model reveals the disease's link to food poisoning and shows that military personnel are at a much higher...

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Limiting Carbs, Not Calories, Reduces Liver Fat Faster, Researchers Find



Limiting Carbs, Not Calories, Reduces Liver Fat Faster, Researchers FindScienceDaily (Apr. 19, 2011) -- Curbing carbohydrates is more effective than cutting calories for individuals who want to quickly reduce the amount of fat in their liver, report UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers."What this study tells us is that if your doctor says that you need to reduce the amount of fat in your liver, you can do something within a month," said Dr. Jeffrey Browning,...

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Tinnitus Caused by Too Little Inhibition of Brain Auditory Circuits



Tinnitus Caused by Too Little Inhibition of Brain Auditory Circuits, Study FindsScienceDaily (Apr. 19, 2011) -- Tinnitus, a relentless and often life-changing ringing in the ears known to disable soldiers exposed to blasts, unwary listeners of too-loud music and millions of others, is the result of under-inhibition of key neural pathways in the brain's auditory center, according to scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

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Antibiotics Disrupt Gut Ecology, Metabolism



Antibiotics Disrupt Gut Ecology, MetabolismScienceDaily (Apr. 20, 2011) -- Humans carry several pounds of microbes in our gastro-intestinal tracts. Recent research suggests that this microbial ecosystem plays a variety of critical roles in our health. Now, working in a mouse model, researchers from Canada describe many of the interactions between the intestinal microbiota and host, and show that antibiotics profoundly disrupt intestinal homeostasis. The research is published in the April 2011 issue of the journal...

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How Peppermint Helps to Relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome



How Peppermint Helps to Relieve Irritable Bowel SyndromeScienceDaily (Apr. 20, 2011) -- University of Adelaide researchers have shown for the first time how peppermint helps to relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which affects up to 20% of the populationIn a paper published in the journal Pain, researchers from the University's Nerve-Gut Research Laboratory explain how peppermint activates an "anti-pain" channel in the colon, soothing inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract.Dr Stuart Brierley says while peppermint has...

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Dietary, Lifestyle Changes Can Significantly Reduce Triglycerides



Dietary, Lifestyle Changes Can Significantly Reduce TriglyceridesScienceDaily (Apr. 24, 2011) -- Dietary and lifestyle changes significantly reduce elevated triglycerides (a type of blood fat) -- which is associated with heart, blood vessel and other diseases -- according to an American Heart Association scientific statement.Changes such as substituting healthy, unsaturated dietary fats for saturated ones, engaging in physical activity and losing excess weight can decrease triglycerides by 20 percent to 50 percent, according to the statement's...

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Higher Levels of Social Activity Decrease the Risk of Cognitive Decline



Higher Levels of Social Activity Decrease the Risk of Cognitive DeclineScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2011) -- If you want to keep your brain healthy, it turns out that visiting friends, attending parties, and even going to church might be just as good for you as crossword puzzles.According to research conducted at Rush University Medical Center, frequent social activity may help to prevent or delay cognitive decline in old age. The study has just been posted online...

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Tai Chi Appears to Benefit Quality of Life for Patients With Chronic Heart Failure



Tai Chi Appears to Benefit Quality of Life for Patients With Chronic Heart Failure, Study FindsScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2011) -- Tai chi exercise appears to be associated with improved quality of life, mood and exercise self-efficacy in patients with chronic heart failure, according to a report in the April 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals."Historically, patients with chronic systolic heart failure were considered too frail to exercise and, through...

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Interval Training and Healthy Eating Is Solution to Obesity



Interval Training and Healthy Eating Is Solution to Obesity, Study ShowsScienceDaily (Apr. 29, 2011) -- A program which combines interval training and healthy eating practices seems to be perfectly indicated for those suffering from obesity, according to the results of a new study from the Montreal Hearth Institute's centre for preventive medicine and physical activity (ÉPIC Centre). Results of the study were announced at the National Obesity Summit, currently taking place in Montreal.Within the framework...

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Tropical Blueberries Extremely High in Healthful Antioxidants



Super-Fruits: Tropical Blueberries Extremely High in Healthful Antioxidants, Study SuggestsScienceDaily (Apr. 29, 2011) -- The first analysis of the healthful antioxidant content of blueberries that grow wild in Mexico, Central and South America concludes that some of these fruits have even more healthful antioxidants than the blueberries -- already renowned as "super fruits" -- sold throughout the United States. These extreme super fruits could provide even more protection against heart disease, cancer and other conditions,...

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Plant Extract May Be New Therapy for Hay Fever



Plant Extract May Be New Therapy for Hay Fever, Study SuggestsScienceDaily (Apr. 30, 2011) -- Fighting hay fever with a plant extract -- this works, as was shown in a clinical study conducted by researchers of the Center of Allergy & Environment (ZAUM) of Helmholtz Zentrum München and Technische Universität München. Allergic symptoms were alleviated significantly better than with the usual histamine receptor antagonists. In a paper published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical...

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New Studies Show Negative Effects from Revised Mammography Recommendation for Women, Ages 40-49



New Studies Show Negative Effects from Revised Mammography Recommendation for Women, Ages 40-49ScienceDaily (May 2, 2011) -- Two new studies reveal that the United States Preventative Services Task Force's (USPSTF) recommendation to no longer screen women ages 40-49 for breast cancer using mammograms has begun to negatively affect the number of yearly mammograms performed in this age group and thus decrease the benefits of early detection.After the USPSTF delivered their recommendations in November 2009, researchers...

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Before You Start Bone-Building Meds, Try Dietary Calcium and Supplements, Experts Urge



Before You Start Bone-Building Meds, Try Dietary Calcium and Supplements, Experts UrgeScienceDaily (May 2, 2011) -- Has a bone density scan placed you at risk for osteoporosis, leading your doctor to prescribe a widely advertised bone-building medication? Not so fast! A University of Illinois study finds that an effective first course of action is increasing dietary calcium and vitamin D or taking calcium and vitamin D supplements."For many people, prescription bone-building medicines should be a...

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Chemical in Plastic, BPA, Exposure May Be Associated With Wheezing in Children



Chemical in Plastic, BPA, Exposure May Be Associated With Wheezing in ChildrenScienceDaily (May 2, 2011) -- Exposure to the chemical bisphenol A during early pregnancy may be associated with wheezing in children, according to a Penn State College of Medicine researcher.Bisphenol A, or BPA is a chemical found in many consumer products, including plastic water bottles and food containers. It is present in more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, suggesting widespread exposure. Experimental...

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A Little Belly Fat Can Double the Risk of Death in Coronary Artery Disease Patients



A Little Belly Fat Can Double the Risk of Death in Coronary Artery Disease PatientsScienceDaily (May 2, 2011) -- One of the largest studies of its kind has found that people with coronary artery disease who have even a modest beer belly or muffin top are at higher risk for death than people whose fat collects elsewhere. The effect was observed even in patients with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI). The findings of this...

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Insomnia Linked to High Insulin Resistance in Diabetics



Insomnia Linked to High Insulin Resistance in DiabeticsScienceDaily (May 3, 2011) -- In the largest study of it kind to establish a link between sleep and diabetes, researchers found that people with diabetes who sleep poorly have higher insulin resistance, and a harder time controlling the diseaseThe findings, published in the June issue of Diabetes Care, suggest that poor sleep may contribute to worse outcomes in people with diabetes."Poor sleep quality in people with diabetes...

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