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Connecticut Center for Health: January 2011 Archives



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Reviewing non-pharmacological options to prevent migraine



Reviewing non-pharmacological options to prevent migraine from the C.A.M. Report At the University of Turin, in Italy, researchers reviewed the evidence. And contributors to the US Headache Consortium tell us why it's important.•Acupuncture ◦Effective◦Consider to prevent migraine in patients with frequent or insufficiently controlled attacks•Homeopathy ◦No clear evidence to support or refute its use in managing migraine•Riboflavin (vitamin B-2) and coenzyme Q10 ◦Significantly decrease the frequency of migraine attacks•Alpha lipoic acid (antioxidant) ◦Reduces migraine frequency,...

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Discovery of a Biochemical Basis for Broccoli's Cancer-Fighting Ability



Discovery of a Biochemical Basis for Broccoli's Cancer-Fighting Ability ScienceDaily (Jan. 26, 2011) -- Scientists are reporting discovery of a potential biochemical basis for the apparent cancer-fighting ability of broccoli and its veggie cousins. They found for the first time that certain substances in the vegetables appear to target and block a defective gene associated with cancer. Their report, which could lead to new strategies for preventing and treating cancer, appears in ACS' Journal of...

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Eating Poorly Can Make You Blue



Eating Poorly Can Make You Blue: Trans-Fats Increase Risk of Depression, While Olive Oil Helps Avoid Risk ScienceDaily (Jan. 26, 2011) -- Researchers from the universities of Navarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria have demonstrated that the ingestion of trans-fats and saturated fats increase the risk of suffering depression, and that olive oil, on the other hand, protects against this mental illness. They have confirmed this after studying 12,059 SUN Project volunteers over the...

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Early Antibiotic Use Can Lead to Increased Risk of Childhood Asthma



Early Antibiotic Use Can Lead to Increased Risk of Childhood Asthma, Study Suggests ScienceDaily (Jan. 27, 2011) -- When babies are given antibiotics, their risk of developing asthma by age 6 may increase by 50 percent. This relationship between antibiotic use in babies less than six months old and risk of developing asthma was documented in a study conducted by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) researcher Kari Risnes. The research was conducted while...

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Deficiency of Dietary Omega-3 May Explain Depressive Behaviors



Deficiency of Dietary Omega-3 May Explain Depressive Behaviors ScienceDaily (Jan. 30, 2011) -- How maternal essential fatty acid deficiency impact on its progeny is poorly understood. Dietary insufficiency in omega-3 fatty acid has been implicated in many disorders. Researchers from Inserm and INRA and their collaborators in Spain collaboration, have studied mice fed on a diet low in omega-3 fatty acid. They discovered that reduced levels of omega-3 had deleterious consequences on synaptic functions and...

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Mindfulness Meditation Training Changes Brain Structure in Eight Weeks



Mindfulness Meditation Training Changes Brain Structure in Eight WeeksScienceDaily (Jan. 21, 2011) -- Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. In a study that will appear in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time...

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Stroke Rate Rises for Patients With HIV Infection



Stroke Rate Rises for Patients With HIV InfectionScienceDaily (Jan. 24, 2011) -- While the overall hospitalization rate for stroke has declined in recent years, the numbers have jumped dramatically for patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), suggesting they may be up to three times more likely to suffer a stroke than people uninfected by the virus that causes AIDS.In a paper published in the Jan. 19 online issue of Neurology, Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, professor...

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Unexpected Find Opens Up New Front in Effort to Stop HIV



Unexpected Find Opens Up New Front in Effort to Stop HIVScienceDaily (Jan. 24, 2011) -- HIV adapts in a surprising way to survive and thrive in its hiding spot within the human immune system, scientists have learned. While the finding helps explain why HIV remains such a formidable foe after three decades of research -- more than 30 million people worldwide are infected with HIV -- it also offers scientists a new, unexpected way to...

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N Acetylcysteine (NAC) to Treat a Life-Threatening Blood Disorder?



N Acetylcysteine (NAC) to Treat a Life-Threatening Blood Disorder?ScienceDaily (Jan. 25, 2011) -- Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a life-threatening disease of the blood system. The condition is caused by the presence of ultralarge multimers of the protein von Willebrand factor, which promote the formation of blood clots (thrombi) in small blood vessels throughout the body. Current treatments are protracted and associated with complications.However, a team of researchers, led by José López, at the Puget...

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Rising Indoor Winter Temperatures Linked to Obesity?



Rising Indoor Winter Temperatures Linked to Obesity?ScienceDaily (Jan. 24, 2011) -- Increases in winter indoor temperatures in the United Kingdom, United States and other developed countries may be contributing to rises in obesity in those populations, according to UCL research just published.The review paper, published in the journal Obesity Reviews, examines evidence of a potential causal link between reduced exposure to seasonal cold and increases in obesity in the UK and US.Reduced exposure to cold...

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Exercise Improve Symptoms in Irritable Bowel Syndrome



Exercise Improve Symptoms in Irritable Bowel SyndromeScienceDaily (Jan. 25, 2011) -- Physical activity improves symptoms in patients with IBS and is protective against symptom deterioration. This has recently been shown in a study from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.The study, which was conducted at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg and at Alingsås Hospital, included 102 IBS patients between the ages of 18 and 65. Half the group was randomly allocated to increase their physical activity...

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Hot Flushes Are Linked With a Significant Reduction in Breast Cancer Risk



Hot Flushes Are Linked With a Significant Reduction in Breast Cancer Risk, Study FindsScienceDaily (Jan. 25, 2011) -- Women who have experienced hot flushes and other symptoms of menopause may have a 50 percent lower risk of developing the most common forms of breast cancer than postmenopausal women who have never had such symptoms, according to a recent study by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.The results of the first study to examine the...

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Cancer-Fighting Role for Cells Discovered



Cancer-Fighting Role for Cells Discovered ScienceDaily (Jan. 21, 2011) -- MIT scientists have discovered that cells lining the blood vessels secrete molecules that suppress tumor growth and keep cancer cells from invading other tissues, a finding that could lead to a new way to treat cancer. Elazer Edelman, professor in the MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), says that implanting such cells adjacent to a patient's tumor could shrink a tumor or prevent...

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Yoga: More than exercise



Yoga: More than exerciseFrom The C.A.M. ReportYoga increases brain gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) activity, which is reduced in mood and anxiety disorders.Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine studied whether the changes in mood, anxiety, and GABA levels are specific to yoga or simply the result of physical activity.First, the details.    * Health people with no significant medical or psychiatric disorders were randomly assigned to a treatment group for 60 minutes 3 times a week for...

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more on vitamin d



Mechanisms underlying the actions of vitamin DDr. Christine Gonzalez from Los Angeles, California, has written a thorough review of vitamin D.Let's focus on the actions of vitamin D thought to contribute to disease prevention.Vitamin D effects    * Cancer          o Decreases spread of cells (proliferation) and increases cell differentiation          o Stops the growth of new blood vessels          o Significant anti-inflammatory effects          o Studies suggest a link between low vitamin D levels and an increased risk of...

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Effects of exposure to room light before bedtime



Effects of exposure to room light before bedtimeMillions of people habitually expose themselves to room light between dusk and bedtime, yet the effects of this behavior on melatonin are not well recognized.Researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston, measured the effects of room light in the late evening.First, the details.    * 116 healthy adults living in a General Clinical Research Center were assigned to a treatment group for at least 5 consecutive days.          o Exposure...

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Scientists Identify Avoidable Breast Cancer Risk Factors



Scientists Identify Avoidable Breast Cancer Risk FactorsScienceDaily (Jan. 18, 2011) -- Many risk factors for breast cancer are well studied and documented. Thus, scientists are sure by now that early first menstrual period, late onset of menopause and a family history of breast cancer are associated with an increased breast cancer risk.However, neither an individual woman nor medicine can influence whether family members develop breast cancer or at what age menopause starts -- these are...

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Antioxidants May Improve Chances of Conceiving in Male Subfertility



Antioxidants May Improve Chances of Conceiving in Male SubfertilityScienceDaily (Jan. 18, 2011) -- Antioxidant supplements may benefit couples who have difficulty conceiving naturally, according to a new systematic review published January 18 in The Cochrane Library. The review provides evidence from a small number of trials that suggest the partners of men who take antioxidants are more likely to become pregnant.Male subfertility affects one in 20 men. Chemicals called reactive oxygen species (ROS) are said...

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Healthy Gums, Healthy Lungs



Healthy Gums, Healthy Lungs: Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums May Reduce Risk for Pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pumonary DiseaseScienceDaily (Jan. 18, 2011) -- Maintaining periodontal health may contribute to a healthy respiratory system, according to research published in the Journal of Periodontology. A new study suggests that periodontal disease may increase the risk for respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. These infections, which are caused when bacteria from the upper throat...

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Vitamin D Levels Lower in African-Americans



Vitamin D Levels Lower in African-Americans, Research FindsScienceDaily (Oct. 1, 2010) -- African-American women had lower vitamin D levels than white women, and vitamin D deficiency was associated with a greater likelihood for aggressive breast cancer, according to data presented at the Third AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities."We know that darker skin pigmentation acts somewhat as a block to producing vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, which is the primary source...

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Vitamin D3 Is More Potent Than Vitamin D2



HE JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM Submitted on September 21, 2010, Accepted on December 2, 2010 Vitamin D3 Is More Potent Than Vitamin D2 in Humans Robert P. Heaney*, Robert R. Recker, James Grote, Ronald L. Horst, and Laura A. G. Armas Creighton University (R.P.H., L.A.G.A., R.R.R.), Osteoporosis Research Center, Omaha, Nebraska 68131; BTR Group, Inc. (J.G.), Pittsfield, Illinois 62363; and Heartland Assays, Inc. (R.L.H.), Ames, Iowa 50010 Background: Current unitage for the calciferols...

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Taking More Steps Every Day Can Help Ward Off Diabetes



Taking More Steps Every Day Can Help Ward Off Diabetes ScienceDaily (Jan. 14, 2011) -- Simply taking more steps every day not only helps ward off obesity but also reduces the risk of diabetes, finds a study published on the British Medical Journal website. While several studies have shown that physical activity reduces body mass index and insulin resistance -- an early stage in the development of diabetes -- this is the first study to...

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Bioactive Compounds in Berries Can Reduce High Blood Pressure



Bioactive Compounds in Berries Can Reduce High Blood Pressure ScienceDaily (Jan. 15, 2011) -- Eating blueberries can guard against high blood pressure, according to new research by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Harvard University. High blood pressure -- or hypertension -- is one of the major cardiovascular diseases worldwide. It leads to stroke and heart disease and costs more than $300 billion each year. Around a quarter of the adult population is affected...

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Essential Oil Pill Prevents PMS



Essential Oil Pill Prevents PMS, Study Suggests ScienceDaily (Jan. 16, 2011) -- A pill containing a mix of essential oils has been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Reproductive Health tested the tablets by carrying out a randomised, controlled trial in 120 women. Edilberto Rocha Filho worked with a team of researchers from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, to conduct the tests....

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Pregnant Women in US Test Positive for Multiple Chemicals



99% of Pregnant Women in US Test Positive for Multiple Chemicals Including Banned Ones, Study Suggests ScienceDaily (Jan. 14, 2011) -- The bodies of virtually all U.S. pregnant women carry multiple chemicals, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products, according to a new study from UCSF. The study marks the first time that the number of chemicals to which pregnant...

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Quality Assurance



Quality Assurance Missing the Mark: Raw Materials Rejected Due To Solvent Issues or Contamination Rick Liva, ND, RPh   As always, the doctors at the CT Center for Health advocate for dietary supplement companies to be comprehensive and diligent in their raw material testing as the primary tool to ensure identity, potency, and minimal-to-no contamination. By testing comprehensively, companies can assurance end users that the products they sell have met a high standard of quality....

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High Dietary Fat, Cholesterol Linked to Increased Risk of Breast Cancer



High Dietary Fat, Cholesterol Linked to Increased Risk of Breast CancerScienceDaily (Jan. 7, 2011) -- Elevated fat and cholesterol levels found in a typical American-style diet play an important role in the growth and spread of breast cancer, say researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.The study, published in the January issue of The American Journal of Pathology, examines the role of fat and cholesterol in breast cancer development using a mouse model. The...

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Routine Blood Test May Identify People With Pre-Diabetes



Routine Blood Test May Identify People With Pre-Diabetes, Cutting Later Treatment CostsScienceDaily (Jan. 6, 2011) -- A simpler form of testing individuals with risk factors for diabetes could improve diabetes prevention efforts by substantially increasing the number of individuals who complete testing and learn whether or not they are likely to develop diabetes.Approximately 60 million Americans, one-third of the adult population, are pre-diabetic. Thirty percent of these individuals will develop Type 2 diabetes in less...

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Deceptive Food Labels Lead to Increased Risk of Deadly Diseases



Call for Truth in Trans Fats Labeling by US FDA: Study Shows How Deceptive Food Labels Lead to Increased Risk of Deadly DiseasesScienceDaily (Jan. 3, 2011) -- Did you know that when you pick up a product promoted as trans fat free, you may still be ingesting a significant amount of this potentially harmful substance?An article by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine student Eric Brandt, published in the January/February 2011 issue of the...

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Where MRSA Colonizes on the Human Body



Where MRSA Colonizes on the Human Body: Study Identifies Quantity and Locations of MRSA ColonizationScienceDaily (Jan. 5, 2011) -- When methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is carried in the nose (nares), it is a risk factor for an invasive infection, including a surgical site infection. Some studies have found that the heavier the carriage of MRSA in the nose, the greater the risk of transmission to others and the greater risk of infection to the patient....

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Exercise May Lower Risk of Death for Men With Prostate Cancer



Exercise May Lower Risk of Death for Men With Prostate CancerScienceDaily (Jan. 5, 2011) -- A new study of men with prostate cancer finds that physical activity is associated with a lower risk of overall mortality and of death due to prostate cancer. The Harvard School of Public Health and University of California, San Francisco researchers also found that men who did more vigorous activity had the lowest risk of dying from the disease. It...

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Protective Properties of Green Tea Uncovered



Protective Properties of Green Tea UncoveredScienceDaily (Jan. 5, 2011) -- Regularly drinking green tea could protect the brain against developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, according to latest research by scientists at Newcastle University.The study, published in the academic journal Phytomedicine, also suggests this ancient Chinese remedy could play a vital role in protecting the body against cancer.Led by Dr Ed Okello, the Newcastle team wanted to know if the protective properties of green...

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breast cancer- EPA and DHA study



This is a big deal. Topic: EPA and DHA Intakes from Marine Sources may be Associated withImproved Breast Cancer PrognosisReference: "Marine Fatty Acid Intake Is Associated with Breast CancerPrognosis," Patterson RE, Pierce JP, et al, J Nutr, 2010 Dec 22; [Epub aheadof print]. (Address: Moores UCSD Cancer Center, University of California,San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA). Summary: In a follow-up study involving 3,081 women who had been diagnosedand treated for early stage breast cancer,...

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massage and your body's response



From "The C.A.M Report"Measuring the physiologic response to massageResearchers at Umea University, Sweden get clinical.First, the details.    * 22 healthy adults received both treatments (crossover design).          o Touch massage was performed on hands and feet for 80 minutes.          o During the control period, participants rested in the same setting.    * Measurements included the following:          o Heart rate and heart rate variability          o Saliva levels of stress hormones (cortisol)          o Blood sugar and insulin levels          o...

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10 healthy foods for eating well



10 healthy foods for eating well So many studies of the health benefits of this diet or that. But what should you eat? MayoClinic.com lists 10 health foods. Each recommendation meets at least 3 of the following criteria: Good or excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrientsHigh in phytonutrients and antioxidant compounds, such as vitamins A and E and beta-caroteneMay help reduce risk of heart disease and other health conditionsLow in calorie density,...

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Treating mastitis with probiotics



Treating mastitis with probioticsMastitis is an infection of breast tissue that results in breast pain, swelling, warmth, and redness of the breast. It's a common infection during lactation.Researchers at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, in Spain compared 2 lactobacilli strains isolated from breast milk to antibiotic therapy of lactational mastitis.First, the details.    * 352 women with infectious mastitis were randomly assigned to a treatment group for 3 weeks.          o L. fermentum CECT5716, 9 log(10) colony-forming...

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