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December 2015 Archives



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Plant compound found in spices, herbs increases brain connections



v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Plant compound found in spices, herbs increases brain connections Flavonoid apigenin has potential to treat diseases like schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Apigenin, a substance found in parsley, thyme, chamomile and red pepper, improves neuron formation and strengthens the connections between brain cells, new lab research demonstratesThe neurons treated with apigenin (right) show more formation of synapses (red) than the neurons that were not treated. Brazilian...

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Food and Emotions: 90 percent overlook key to weight loss



Food and Emotions: 90 percent overlook key to weight loss, survey finds   Expert says diets fail because people don't address the emotional aspects of foodThe results of a national survey about weight loss barriers finds 90 percent of respondents discounted one of the most important factors -- your mind. A neuropsychologist says the most crucial factor is your psychological relationship with food and exercise, yet the majority (60 percent) listed diet and exercise...

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Magnesium ions show promise in slowing progression of Alzheimer's disease in mice



Magnesium ions show promise in slowing progression of Alzheimer's disease in mice   Magnesium ions may slow the progression of the disease by disrupting the development of amyloid plaques, research suggests  In mouse models Alzheimer's disease, oral administration of magnesium-L-threonate (MgT) alleviated cognitive decline, scientists report in a new article.New research published in the December 2015 issue of The FASEB Journal, shows that in mouse models of the disease oral administration of magnesium-L-threonate (MgT) alleviated...

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Novel intestinal bacterium provides human gut with healthy compounds



v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Novel intestinal bacterium provides human gut with healthy compounds Date:December 2, 2015Source:Wageningen University and Research CentreSummary:Fibers in our food are thought to be good for health since they are converted in the intestinal tract into the favorable compound butyrate, that is crucial to maintain intestinal health. In contrast, protein is believed to be less healthy since intestinal fermentation of the building blocks of proteins, amino acids,...

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How much TV you watch as a young adult may affect midlife cognitive function



How much TV you watch as a young adult may affect midlife cognitive function   Watching a lot of TV and having a low physical activity level as a young adult were associated with worse cognitive function 25 years later in midlife, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry.   Few studies have investigated the association between physical activity in early adulthood and cognitive function later in life. Coupled with the increasing prevalence...

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Physical activity and aerobic exercise helps keep brain healthy



Physical activity and aerobic exercise helps keep brain healthy   Regardless of gender, young adults who have greater aerobic fitness also have greater volume of their entorhinal cortex, an area of the brain responsible for memory. Better aerobic fitness however does not appear to impact hippocampal volume, another area in the brain responsible for memory.  Regardless of gender, young adults who have greater aerobic fitness also have greater volume of their entorhinal cortex, an...

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Intestinal bacteria are affected by antidiabetic drugs



Intestinal bacteria are affected by antidiabetic drugs, shows researchbacteria change their composition and function when diabetic patients are treated with the drug metformin, shows new research. In the field of disease research, changes in the composition and function of the complex intestinal bacterial communities -- so-called dysbioses -- have become a focus area. It is, however, a weakness of the studies that researchers have not taken into account the potential effects of drugs on...

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Sense of purpose in life linked to lower mortality and cardiovascular risk



Sense of purpose in life linked to lower mortality and cardiovascular risk   People who have a higher sense of purpose in life are at lower risk of death and cardiovascular disease, reports a pooled data analysis inPsychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society.   "Possessing a high sense of purpose in life is associated with a reduced risk for mortality and cardiovascular events," according to the study...

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Weaker breaths in kids linked to early pesticide exposure



Weaker breaths in kids linked to early pesticide exposure   A new study has linked the levels of organophosphate pesticide metabolites in the urine of 279 children living in California's Salinas Valley with decreased lung function. Each tenfold increase in concentrations of organophosphate metabolites was associated with a 159-milliliter decrease in lung function, or about 8 percent less air, on average, when blowing out a candle. The magnitude of this decrease is similar to...

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Link between a mitochondrial defect and heart disease



Link between a mitochondrial defect and heart disease   Diet rich in fatty acids can prevent heart disease and increase survival of the mice with this condition, study shows:A defect in mitochondria in the heart causes dilated cardiomyopathy, leading to heart disease and early death, according to a new study. The research shows that a diet rich in fatty acids can prevent heart disease and increase survival of the mice with this condition. Given...

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What your father ate before you were born could influence your health



What your father ate before you were born could influence your health   There is increasing evidence that parents' lifestyle and the environment they inhabit even long before they have children may influence the health of their offspring. A current study, led by researchers from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, sheds light on how.   Researchers in Associate Professor Romain Barrès' laboratory compared sperm cells from 13 lean men and...

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Pancreatitis often caused by gallstones



Pancreatitis often caused by gallstones   Statins also increase risk, researchers say   Idiopathic pancreatitis is often caused by small gallstones that are difficult to observe prior to surgery, shows a study. Small gallstones were found in surgery from two out of three idiopathic pancreatitis patients. The study also showed that acute pancreatitis was more common in statin users than non-users  Idiopathic pancreatitis is often caused by small gallstones that are difficult to observe...

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Physical activity may leave the brain more open to change



Physical activity may leave the brain more open to change   Learning, memory, and brain repair depend on the ability of our neurons to change with experience. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on December 7 have evidence from a small study in people that exercise may enhance this essential plasticity of the adult brain.   The findings focused on the visual cortex come as hopeful news for people with conditions including...

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Marker for cardiovascular disease



A specific cell type plays a key role in maintaining healthy arteries after inflammation, researchers have found. It's a discovery that could provide treatment options for cardiovascular disease -- one of the leading causes of death in North America.  Researchers from the University of Toronto have found that a specific cell type plays a key role in maintaining healthy arteries after inflammation. It's a discovery that could provide treatment options for cardiovascular disease --...

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Getting the most from your stretching routine



Getting the most from your stretching routine   The conclusions of a systematic review of hundreds of studies contradict the most common static stretching findings from the last 15 years. This research reviews hundreds of studies to determine best way to stretch to improve range of motion, prevent injury during sports and exercise.  The conclusions of a systematic review of hundreds of studies contradict the most common static stretching findings from the last 15...

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Experimental 'urban garden' helps cancer survivors' lower risk for recurrence, chronic illness



Experimental 'urban garden' helps cancer survivors' lower risk for recurrence, chronic illness   While there is substantial evidence that diet and body weight can impact cancer development, recurrence, and progression - for the estimated 14.5 million cancer survivors in the US, there are few resources available to help them optimize their dietary patterns and lifestyle behaviors after active cancer treatment is over. Now, new research shows that cancer survivors who participated in a multifaceted...

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New report finds 43 percent increase in ADHD diagnosis for US schoolchildren



New report finds 43 percent increase in ADHD diagnosis for US schoolchildren   Girls showed a sharp rise in ADHD diagnosis during eight-year study period Twelve percent of US children and teens had a diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 2011, a number that has jumped by 43 percent since 2003, according to a large national study based on parental reports of an ADHD diagnosis.  Twelve percent of U.S. children and teens had...

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Marker can indicate likelihood of suffering from rheumatoid arthritis



New blood test could predict arthritis risk early   Marker can indicate likelihood of suffering from rheumatoid arthritis even 16 years before condition takes effectUniversity of OxfordSummary:Testing for antibodies that target citrullinated tenascin-C (cTNC) could diagnose rheumatoid arthritis in around 50 percent of cases, including some cases not identified by current best tests. It also has a very low rate of false positives -- 98 percent accurate at ruling out rheumatoid arthritis.    Scientists...

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be threatening fertility



Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be threatening fertility in industrialized countries   The birth rate is declining in all industrialised countries, and socioeconomic factors and women's age are not solely to blame. Male reproductive health and environmental factors are also significant, as concluded in a new scientific review article. The article was recently published in the American journal Physiological Reviews.   Behind the article are fertility researchers from Denmark, the US and Finland. The researchers studied a...

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