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August 2012 Archives



Natural Health News

Mediterranean Diet Enriched With Olive Oil May Protect Bone



ScienceDaily (Aug. 15, 2012) -- A study to be published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM) shows consumption of a Mediterranean diet enriched with olive oil for two years is associated with increased serum osteocalcin concentrations, suggesting a protective effect on bone. Age-related bone mass loss and decreased bone strength affects women and men alike are an important determinant of osteoporosis and fracture risk. Studies have shown that the...

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BPA Link to Narrowing of the Arteries



ScienceDaily (Aug. 15, 2012) -- A research team from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD), University of Exeter, and University of Cambridge has for the first time established a link between high levels of urinary Bisphenol-A (BPA) and severe coronary artery stenosis (narrowing of the arteries). The study is published in PLoS ONE on 15th August 2012. The team analysed data from 591 patients who participated in the Metabonomics and Genomics Coronary...

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Pan-Fried Meat Increases Risk of Prostate Cancer



ScienceDaily (Aug. 16, 2012) -- Research from the University of Southern California (USC) and Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) found that cooking red meats at high temperatures, especially pan-fried red meats, may increase the risk of advanced prostate cancer by as much as 40 percent. Mariana Stern, associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, led analyses for the study, "Red meat and poultry, cooking practices, genetic susceptibility...

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Good Mood Foods:



 Some Flavors in Some Foods Resemble a Prescription Mood Stabilizer ScienceDaily (Aug. 19, 2012) -- New evidence reveals the possibility of mood-enhancing effects associated with some flavors, stemming at least in part from natural ingredients bearing a striking chemical similarity to valproic acid, a widely used prescription mood-stabilizing drug, scientists reported in Philadelphia. This effect joins those previously reported for chocolate, teas and some other known comfort foods. They presented the study of more than...

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Red Wine Compound Could Help Seniors Walk Away from Mobility Problems



ScienceDaily (Aug. 19, 2012) -- In a stride toward better health in later life, scientists have reported that resveratrol, the so-called "miracle molecule" found in red wine, might help improve mobility and prevent life-threatening falls among older people. The finding, believed to be the first of its kind, was presented August 19 to some 14,000 scientists and others gathered at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. The researchers say...

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Coconut Water Is an Excellent Sports Drink -- For Light Exercise



ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2012) -- Coconut water really does deserve its popular reputation as Mother Nature's own sports drink, a new scientific analysis of the much-hyped natural beverage concluded at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia on August 20. However, people who engage in strenuous exercise that involves a lot of sweat might want to take it all with a grain of salt ― literally ―...

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Acupuncture Offers Low-Cost Alternative to Knee Surgery for Osteoarthritis



ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2012) -- Acupuncture can relieve the pain of knee osteoarthritis and offer a low cost alternative to surgery for the condition, finds research published online in Acupuncture in Medicine. The researchers base their findings on 90 patients with knee osteoarthritis, who were referred for group acupuncture to two knee pain clinics in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 2008 and subsequently monitored for two years. The clinics were set up in 2008 for...

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Antibacterials in Personal-Care Products Linked to Allergy Risk in Children



ScienceDaily (June 19, 2012) -- Exposure to common antibacterial chemicals and preservatives found in soap, toothpaste, mouthwash and other personal-care products may make children more prone to a wide range of food and environmental allergies, according to new research from Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Results of the NIH-funded study are published online ahead of print June 18 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Using existing data from a national health survey of...

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Chemical Widely Used in Antibacterial Hand Soaps May Impair Muscle Function



ScienceDaily (Aug. 13, 2012) -- Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical widely used in hand soaps and other personal-care products, hinders muscle contractions at a cellular level, slows swimming in fish and reduces muscular strength in mice, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Colorado. The findings appear online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Triclosan is found in virtually everyone's home and is pervasive in the...

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Consuming Flavanol-Rich Cocoa May Enhance Brain Function



ScienceDaily (Aug. 9, 2012) -- Eating cocoa flavanols daily may improve mild cognitive impairment, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension. Each year, more than six percent of people aged 70 years or older develop mild cognitive impairment, a condition involving memory loss that can progress to dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Flavanols can be found in tea, grapes, red wine, apples and cocoa products and have been associated with a...

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Children's Healthy Diets Linked to Higher IQ



ScienceDaily (Aug. 7, 2012) -- Children fed healthy diets in early age may have a slightly higher IQ, while those on heavier junk food diets may have a slightly reduced IQ, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. The study -- led by University of Adelaide Public Health researcher Dr Lisa Smithers -- looked at the link between the eating habits of children at six months, 15 months and two years, and...

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Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Be Linked to Increased Cataract Risk



ScienceDaily (Aug. 7, 2012) -- Patients using cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may be at increased risk of developing age-related cataracts, according to a study -- "Age-related Cataract Is Associated with Type 2 Diabetes and Statin Use," in the August issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. While further research is needed to understand the true nature of the association, the additional risk of cataracts in statin users appears...

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Corticosteroids Not Effective for Treating Acute Sinusitis



ScienceDaily (Aug. 7, 2012) -- Corticosteroids, frequently prescribed to alleviate acute sinusitis, show no clinical benefit in treating the condition, according to a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The common cold is the main cause of acute sinusitis, which is characterized by inflammation of the nasal cavities, blocked nasal passages and sometimes headaches and facial pain. Allergies and bacteria can also cause the condition, which is uncomfortable and difficult...

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Chronic Exposure to Staph Bacteria May Be Risk Factor for Lupus



ScienceDaily (Aug. 8, 2012) -- Chronic exposure to even small amounts of staph bacteria could be a risk factor for the chronic inflammatory disease lupus, Mayo Clinic research shows. Staph, short for Staphylococcus aureus, is a germ commonly found on the skin or in the nose, sometimes causing infections. In the Mayo study, mice were exposed to low doses of a protein found in staph and developed a lupus-like disease, with kidney disease and...

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Iron, Vitamins Could Affect Physical Fitness in Adolescents



ScienceDaily (Aug. 8, 2012) -- Adolescence is an important time not only for growing but for acquiring healthy habits that will last a lifetime, such as choosing foods rich in vitamins and minerals, and adopting a regular exercise regimen. Unfortunately, several studies have shown that adolescents' intake of important nutrients, as well as their performance on standard physical fitness tests, has fallen in recent years. Because nutrition and fitness are intertwined -- for example,...

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Tai Chi Shown to Improve COPD Exercise Capacity



ScienceDaily (Aug. 8, 2012) -- Tai Chi can be used as an effective form of exercise therapy for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to new findings. The research, which was published online August 9, 2012 ahead of print in the European Respiratory Journal, suggests that this form of exercise can improve exercise capacity and quality of life in people with COPD and may be as beneficial as pulmonary rehabilitation. It is...

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