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Connecticut Center for Health: May 2010 Archives



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Supplements- Buyer beware



The New York Times reports, "Nearly all herbal dietary supplements tested in a Congressional investigation contained trace amounts of lead and other contaminants, and 16 of the 40 supplements tested contained pesticide residue that exceeded legal limits.Here are the details of what the Government Accounting Office found.Trace amounts of at least one potentially hazardous contaminant.    * Found in 37 of the 40 herbal dietary supplement products tested.          o None contained amounts considered to pose an...

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Probiotics (mixed strains) Benefit Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome



Probiotics (mixed strains) Benefit Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Particularly Those with Loose Stools Reference: "Effect of probiotics on symptoms in korean adults with irritable bowel syndrome," Hong KS, Kang HW, et al, Gut Liver, 2009; 3(2): 101-7. (Address: Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea).  Summary: In a placebo-controlled study involving 70 adult patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS, Rome III criteria), supplementation with a mixture of probiotic strains...

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Quercetin Intake Can Benefit Athletic Performance and Endurance



 Quercetin Intake Can Benefit Athletic Performance and Endurance Reference: "The dietary flavonoid quercetin increases VO(2max) and endurance capacity," Davis JM, Carlstedt CJ, et al, Int J Sport Jutr Exerc Metab, 2010 Feb; 20(1):56-62. (Address: Division of Applied Physiology, Dept. of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA. E-mail: markd@mailbox.sc.edu ).  Summary: In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study, results indicate that supplementation with quercetin (500 mg/d) for...

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Zinc Supplementation May Help Protect Against Atherosclerosis



Topic: Zinc Supplementation May Help Protect Against Atherosclerosis Reference: "Zinc decreases C-reactive protein, lipid peroxidation, and inflammatory cytokines in elderly subjects: a potential implication of zinc as an atheroprotective agent," Bao B, Cardozo LJ, et al, Am J Clin Nutr, 2010 Apr 28; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Department of Internal Medicine School of Medicine Wayne State University Detroit MI, USA).  Summary: In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 40 healthy elderly subjects (aged 56-83...

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Mediterranean Diet Has Mind-Boosting Benefits



Mediterranean Diet Has Mind-Boosting Benefits By Jane Hart, MD Healthnotes Newswire (May 13, 2010)--Well known for its heart health and cancer protection benefits, the Mediterranean diet may also be good for the mind. A new report, published in Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care, suggests that people may reduce Alzheimer's disease risk by as much as 40% by closely following the Mediterranean diet. Diet linked to less dementia Often publicized in the media,...

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Pistachios Offer Multiple Benefits



Pistachios Offer Multiple Benefits, Study SuggestsScienceDaily (May 20, 2010) -- Pistachio nuts, eaten as part of a healthy diet, can increase the levels of antioxidants in the blood of adults with high cholesterol, according to an international team of nutritional scientists. "Our previous study showed the benefits of pistachios in lowering lipids and lipoproteins, which are a risk factor for heart disease," said Penny Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition, Penn State. "This new study shows...

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Daily Ginger Consumption Eases Muscle Pain by 25 Percent



Daily Ginger Consumption Eases Muscle Pain by 25 Percent, Study SuggestsScienceDaily (May 20, 2010) -- For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments such as colds and upset stomachs. But now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise.While ginger had been shown to exert anti-inflammatory effects in rodents, its effect on experimentally-induced human muscle pain...

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Growers Can Boost Benefits of Broccoli and Tomatoes



Growers Can Boost Benefits of Broccoli and TomatoesScienceDaily (May 14, 2010) -- A University of Illinois study has demonstrated that agronomic practices can greatly increase the cancer-preventive phytochemicals in broccoli and tomatoes."We enriched preharvest broccoli with different bioactive components, then assessed the levels of cancer-fighting enzymes in rats that ate powders made from these crops," said Elizabeth Jeffery, a U of I professor of food science and human nutrition.The highest levels of detoxifying enzymes were...

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Multivitamins Can Add Sparkle for Healthy Young People



Multivitamins Can Add Sparkle for Healthy Young PeopleScienceDaily (May 14, 2010) -- The effects of multivitamins are most often researched in the elderly. This is one of very few studies to assess the relationship between supplementation with vitamins/minerals and psychological functioning in healthy groups of non-elderly adults. This study shows how a proprietary multivitamin and mineral supplement improves mood and mental performance while also reducing stress, mental tiredness and fatigue in healthy males.Research into a...

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Popular Autism Diet Does Not Demonstrate Behavioral Improvement



Popular Autism Diet Does Not Demonstrate Behavioral ImprovementScienceDaily (May 19, 2010) -- A popular belief that specific dietary changes can improve the symptoms of children with autism was not supported by a tightly controlled University of Rochester study, which found that eliminating gluten and casein from the diets of children with autism had no impact on their behavior, sleep or bowel patterns.The study is the most controlled diet research in autism to date. The researchers...

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Hearing Loss May Be Associated With Use of Erectile Dysfunction Drug Viagra, Study Finds



Hearing Loss May Be Associated With Use of Erectile Dysfunction Drug Viagra, Study FindsScienceDaily (May 18, 2010) -- Research by a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) professor shows an association between hearing loss and the use of the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.Findings published May 18 in Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery indicate a potential for long-term hearing loss following use of Viagra, and possibly following use of other phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE-5i)...

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Pesticide residue on foods.



The dirty dozen and clean 15 of produce By Jackie PouMay 13th, 2010 A new report issued by the President's Cancer Panel recommends eating produce without pesticides to reduce your risk of getting cancer and other diseases. And according to the Environmental Working Group (an organization of scientists, researchers and policymakers), certain types of organic produce can reduce the amount of toxins you consume on a daily basis by as much as 80 percent. The...

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Pesticides tied to ADHD in children in U.S. study



Pesticides tied to ADHD in children in U.S. studyNEW YORK -- Children exposed to pesticides known as organophosphates could have a higher risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a U.S. study that urges parents to always wash produce thoroughly.Researchers tracked the pesticides' breakdown products in children' urine and found those with high levels were almost twice as likely to develop ADHD as those with undetectable levels.The findings are based on data from the general...

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Chemicals in your product- perfumes, and body sprays



May 12) -- A gaping loophole in a 37-year-old federal law allows makers of perfumes, colognes and body sprays to conceal the chemicals that comprise the fragrances -- and some of those unidentified odor creators may be harmful to public health, two advocacy groups say. In preparing their 43-page study, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group commissioned laboratory analysis of 17 big-selling fragrance products. Those tests showed the products together contained...

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Long-Term Use of Vitamin E May Decrease COPD Risk



Long-Term Use of Vitamin E May Decrease COPD Risk, Study FindsScienceDaily (May 16, 2010) -- Long-term, regular use of vitamin E in women 45 years of age and older may help decrease the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by about 10 percent in both smokers and non-smokers, according to a study conducted by researchers at Cornell University and Brigham and Women's Hospital."As lung disease develops, damage occurs to sensitive tissues through several proposed...

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High-Fat Meals a No-No for Asthma Patients, Researchers Find



High-Fat Meals a No-No for Asthma Patients, Researchers FindScienceDaily (May 16, 2010) -- People with asthma may be well-advised to avoid heavy, high-fat meals, according to new research. Individuals with asthma who consumed a high-fat meal showed increased airway inflammation just hours after the binge, according to Australian researchers who conducted the study. The high fat meal also appeared to inhibit the response to the asthma reliever medication Ventolin (albuterol)."Subjects who had consumed the high-fat...

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Growing your own-



Growing your own! by Dr. Michael Kane  As a child, in a family with eight children, the individual time spent with my father was limited to working in the garden. The spring planting of peas was one of the most enjoyable memories. Being Irish my dad and I usually tried to plant the snow peas right on St.Patrick's day.  If the ground was clear of snow and was not frozen solid we would be out there with...

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Green tea- Camellia sinensis



Green tea-  Camellia sinensis  by Dr. Michael Kane  Being a cancer survivor I try to look for those daily things I can do to support a cancer free body.  One of the most common suggestions has been to drink green tea .  Being high in anti-oxidants and flavinoids, green tea can have some significant health benefits.  Consuming green tea orally seems to help prevent or delay the onset of Parkinson's disease.  Green tea taken orally seems...

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Dietary Protein May Reduce Hip Fractures in the Elderly



Dietary Protein May Reduce Hip Fractures in the ElderlyScienceDaily (May 10, 2010) -- Seniors who consume a higher level of dietary protein are less likely to suffer hip fractures than seniors whose daily dietary protein intake is less, according to a new study by the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.The study, which examined the daily protein intake of 946 seniors from the Framingham Osteoporosis Study,...

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Flaxseed-Fed Chickens Shed Light on Ovarian Cancer



Flaxseed-Fed Chickens Shed Light on Ovarian CancerScienceDaily (May 11, 2010) -- In the race to find answers about ovarian cancer, researchers now have something to cluck about. For five years, University of Illinois researchers have been using the chicken as a model to study this deadly disease and have recently discovered that a diet enriched with flaxseed decreases severity of ovarian cancer and increases survival in hens.Flaxseed is the richest plant source of alpha-linolenic acid,...

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NASA Studies Find Omega-3 May Help Reduce Bone Loss



NASA Studies Find Omega-3 May Help Reduce Bone LossScienceDaily (May 11, 2010) -- NASA-sponsored studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may play a role in mitigating bone breakdown that occurs during spaceflight and in osteoporosis. Ongoing research for decades has looked for ways to stop bone density loss in astronauts. The solution could have significant implications for space travelers and those susceptible to bone loss on Earth.The studies' results are...

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Many Pregnant Women Not Getting Enough Vitamin D



Many Pregnant Women Not Getting Enough Vitamin D: Prenatal Vitamins Help, but Are Not Enough for EveryoneScienceDaily (May 11, 2010) -- Seven out of every ten pregnant women in the United States are not getting enough Vitamin D according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. While prenatal vitamins do raise Vitamin D levels during pregnancy, the study shows that higher doses may be needed for...

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Vitamin D levels and the risk of colon cancer



Vitamin D levels and the risk of colon cancerFrom C.A.M. ReportResearchers at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC, in Lyon, France) and Imperial College of London, UK report a significant reduction in risk.First, the details.    * The study was conducted within the EPIC study, a cohort of more than 520 000 participants from 10 western European countries.    * 1248 cases of colorectal cancer developed after enrollment and were matched to 1248 cases with...

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Benefits of Pilates in breast cancer patients



Benefits of Pilates in breast cancer patientsFrom C.A.M. ReportResearchers at Ege University, in Izmir, Turkey studied the impact of Pilates exercises on physical performance, flexibility, fatigue, depression, and quality of life in women treated for breast cancer.First, the details.    * 52 patients with breast cancer were randomly assigned to a treatment group.          o Pilates 3 times a week for 8 weeks in the rehabilitation unit + home exercises          o Home exercises only    * Changes in...

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kidney stones and salt -restricted diet



A 3-month Study of a Salt-restricted Diet Demonstrates Reduced Calcium Excretion Commentary by: Michael T. Murray, ND Reference: Nouvenne A, Meschi T, Prati B, et al. Effects of a low-salt diet on idiopathic hypercalciuria in calcium-oxalate stone formers: a 3-mo randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010;91(3):565-570. Design: Randomized, controlled clinical trial Participants: A total of 210 patients affected by idiopathic calcium stone disease and hypercalciuria (.300 mg Ca/d in men and .250...

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How Dark Chocolate May Guard Against Brain Injury from Stroke



How Dark Chocolate May Guard Against Brain Injury from StrokeScienceDaily (May 5, 2010) -- Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that a compound in dark chocolate may protect the brain after a stroke by increasing cellular signals already known to shield nerve cells from damage.Ninety minutes after feeding mice a single modest dose of epicatechin, a compound found naturally in dark chocolate, the scientists induced an ischemic stroke by essentially cutting off blood supply to...

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Anti-inflammatory effects of ginger



From C.A.M.ReportGinger (Zingiber officnale) exerts anti-inflammatory effects, and heat treatment of ginger has been suggested to enhance its pain relieving effects. Now, researchers from Georgia College and State University, in Milledgeville report the results of 2 studies in adults. First, the details. 74 volunteers consumed 2 grams of either raw (study 1) or heated (study 2) ginger, or placebo for 11 days.Participants performed 18 eccentric actions of the elbow flexors (movement of the forearm...

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Sun and bugs- What you need to know.



Sun and bugs- What you need to know.   by Dr. Jacqueline Germain  SHOO FLY DON'T BOTHER ME It's springtime and along with the fragrant flowers and warmer days comes those bothersome insects.  Every year, one third of the American population uses insect repellents containing DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) to ward off mosquitoes and other pests.  Of the available bug repellant products on the market, DEET is used in amore than 200 products.DEET is a nasty chemical.   Studies...

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Skin Care- by Dr. Keli Samuelson



Skin Care- by Dr. Keli Samuelson   Healing from both inside and out!  The skin is the body's largest organ. It is also a permeable membrane. What is applied to the skin is absorbed and distributed throughout the body via the blood stream. And what we put into the body can have a tremendous effect on the health of our skin cells.  Healthy skin, hair and nails go through regular cycles of rejuvenation. To ensure this...

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