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February 2015 Archives



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Exposure to mercury, seafood associated with risk factor for autoimmune disease



Exposure to mercury, seafood associated with risk factor for autoimmune disease One of the greatest risk factors for autoimmunity among women of childbearing age may be associated with exposure to mercury such as through seafood, a new University of Michigan study says The findings, which appear in Environmental Health Perspectives, found that mercury -- even at low levels generally considered safe -- was associated with autoimmunity. Autoimmune disorders, which cause the body's immune system to...

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New study postulates the role of dietary advanced glycation end products in the risk of Alzheimer's diseas



New study postulates the role of dietary advanced glycation end products in the risk of Alzheimer's disease A new paper published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease provides evidence that cooking foods at high temperatures increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease. This study looked at the content of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in national diets and clinical studies comparing and compared total AGEs to Alzheimer's disease rates. AGEs are a group of compounds that...

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Compound found in grapes, red wine may help prevent memory loss



Compound found in grapes, red wine may help prevent memory loss A compound found in common foods such as red grapes and peanuts may help prevent age-related decline in memory, according to new research published by a faculty member in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Ashok K. Shetty, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine and Director of Neurosciences at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, has been...

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Organic food reduces pesticide exposure



Organic food reduces pesticide exposure While health-conscious individuals understand the benefits of eating fresh fruits and veggies, they may not be aware of the amount of pesticides they could be ingesting along with their vitamin C and fiber. A new study to be published in the Feb. 5 edition of Environmental Health Perspectives is among the first to predict a person's pesticide exposure based on information about their usual diet. The study was led by...

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Another reason to drink wine: It could help you burn fat



Another reason to drink wine: It could help you burn fat, study suggests Drinking red grape juice or wine -- in moderation -- could improve the health of overweight people by helping them burn fat better, according to a new study coauthored by an Oregon State University researcher The findings suggest that consuming dark-colored grapes, whether eating them or drinking juice or wine, might help people better manage obesity and related metabolic disorders such as...

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What's next in diets: Chili peppers?



What's next in diets: Chili peppers? Don't go chomping on a handful of chili peppers just yet, but there may be help for hopeful dieters in those fiery little Native American fruits A large percentage of the world's population -- fully one third, by the World Health Organization's estimates -- is currently overweight or obese. This staggering statistics has made finding ways to address obesity a top priority for many scientists around the globe, and...

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E-cigarette vapors, flavorings, trigger lung cell stress



E-cigarette vapors, flavorings, trigger lung cell stress Do electronic cigarettes help people quit smoking? As the debate continues on that point, a new University of Rochester study suggests that e-cigarettes are likely a toxic replacement for tobacco products Emissions from e-cigarette aerosols and flavorings damage lung cells by creating harmful free radicals and inflammation in lung tissue, according to the UR study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Irfan Rahman, Ph.D., professor of Environmental...

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Diet, nutrition essential for mental health



Diet, nutrition essential for mental health Published in The Lancet Psychiatry today, leading academics state that as with a range of medical conditions, psychiatry and public health should now recognise and embrace diet and nutrition as key determinants of mental health. Lead author, Dr Jerome Sarris from the University of Melbourne and a member of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR), said psychiatry is at a critical stage, with the current medically-focused model...

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Common pesticide may increase risk of ADHD



Common pesticide may increase risk of ADHD A commonly used pesticide may alter the development of the brain's dopamine system -- responsible for emotional expression and cognitive function -- and increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, according to a new Rutgers study The research published Wednesday in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), by Rutgers scientists and colleagues from Emory University, the University of Rochester...

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Added fructose is a principal driver of type 2 diabetes



Added fructose is a principal driver of type 2 diabetes Recent studies have shown that added sugars, particularly those containing fructose, are a principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes, even more so than other carbohydrates. Clinical experts writing in Mayo Clinic Proceedings challenge current dietary guidelines that allow up to 25% of total daily calories as added sugars, and propose drastic reductions in the amount of added sugar, and especially added fructose, people consume.Worldwide,...

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Gut bacteria byproduct linked to chronic kidney disease for the first time



Gut bacteria byproduct linked to chronic kidney disease for the first timeCleveland Clinic researchers have, for the first time, linked trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) -- a gut metabolite formed during the digestion of egg-, red meat- or dairy-derived nutrients choline and carnitine -- to chronic kidney disease TMAO has been linked to heart disease already, with blood levels shown to be a powerful tool for predicting future heart attacks, stroke and death. TMAO forms in the...

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Heavy drinking in middle-age may increase stroke risk more than traditional factors



Heavy drinking in middle-age may increase stroke risk more than traditional factors Drinking more than two alcoholic beverages daily in middle-age may raise your stroke risk more than traditional factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. In a study of 11,644 middle-aged Swedish twins who were followed for 43 years, researchers compared the effects of an average of more than two drinks daily...

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