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Connecticut Center for Health: February 2011 Archives



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Fish Oil Fights Weight Loss Due to Chemotherapy



Fish Oil Fights Weight Loss Due to Chemotherapy ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2011) -- A new analysis has found that supplementing the diet with fish oil may prevent muscle and weight loss that commonly occurs in cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that fish oil may help combat cancer-related malnutrition. Chemotherapy can cause cancer patients to lose muscle mass and become...

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Napping May Help With Blood Pressure Management



Napping May Help With Blood Pressure Management ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2011) -- A daytime sleep could have cardiovascular benefits according to new research by Ryan Brindle and Sarah Conklin, PhD, from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania in the US. Their study, looking at the effect of a daytime nap on cardiovascular recovery following a stress test, found that those participants who slept for at least 45 minutes during the day had lower average blood pressure after...

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High Cholesterol and Blood Pressure in Middle Age Tied to Early Memory Problems



High Cholesterol and Blood Pressure in Middle Age Tied to Early Memory ProblemsScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2011) -- Middle-age men and women who have cardiovascular issues, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, may not only be at risk for heart disease, but for an increased risk of developing early cognitive and memory problems as well. That's according to a study released Feb. 21 that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 63rd...

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Long-Term Use of Osteoporosis Medication Associated With Increased Risk of Atypical Fractures



Long-Term Use of Osteoporosis Medication Associated With Increased Risk of Atypical FracturesScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2011) -- Older women who used bisphosphonates (medications that prevent loss of bone mass) for five years or more were more likely to experience "atypical" fractures involving the femoral shaft (bone in the leg that extends from the hip to the knee) or subtrochanteric (fractures in the bone just below the hip joint), compared to women with less usage. However, the...

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Drinking Alcohol in Moderation Protects Against Heart Disease



Drinking Alcohol in Moderation Protects Against Heart Disease, Meta-Analysis FindsScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2011) -- Individuals who drink alcohol in moderation (about one drink a day or less) are 14-25% less likely to develop heart disease compared to those who drink no alcohol at all, finds research led by Professor William Ghali from the University of Calgary, published online in the British Medical Journal.The first paper, led by Paul Ronksley from the University of Calgary, emphasises...

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Old Folk Remedy Revived: How Tansy May Be a Treatment for Herpes



Old Folk Remedy Revived: How Tansy May Be a Treatment for HerpesScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2011) -- For centuries, tansy has been used as a folk remedy, but now scientists from Britain and Spain believe the plant may have medical benefits after all, as a treatment for herpes. The team's findings, published in Phytotherapy Research, are the result of joint work between two teams to established scientific evidence for traditional medicines.Tansy, Tanacetum vulgare, is a flowering...

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Genetic Evidence That Antioxidants Can Help Treat Cancer



Genetic Evidence That Antioxidants Can Help Treat CancerScienceDaily (Feb. 15, 2011) -- Researchers from Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center have genetic evidence suggesting the antioxidant drugs currently used to treat lung disease, malaria and even the common cold can also help prevent and treat cancers because they fight against mitochondrial oxidative stress -- a culprit in driving tumor growth.For the first time, the researchers show that loss of the tumor suppressor protein Caveolin-1 (Cav-1) induces mitochondrial...

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Lavender Oil Has Potent Antifungal Effect



Lavender Oil Has Potent Antifungal EffectScienceDaily (Feb. 16, 2011) -- Lavender oil could be used to combat the increasing incidence of antifungal-resistant infections, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology. The essential oil shows a potent antifungal effect against strains of fungi responsible for common skin and nail infections.Scientists from the University of Coimbra in Portugal distilled lavender oil from the Lavandula viridis L'Hér shrub that grows in southern Portugal. The...

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New Explanation for Heart-Healthy Benefits of Chocolate



New Explanation for Heart-Healthy Benefits of ChocolateScienceDaily (Feb. 9, 2011) -- In time for the chocolate-giving and chocolate-noshing fest on Valentine's Day, scientists are reporting discovery of how this treat boosts the body's production of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) -- the "good" form of cholesterol that protects against heart disease. Just as those boxes of chocolates get hearts throbbing and mouths watering, polyphenols in chocolate rev up the activity of certain proteins, including proteins that...

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Diet Soda May Raise Odds of Vascular Events; Salt Linked to Stroke Risk



Diet Soda May Raise Odds of Vascular Events; Salt Linked to Stroke RiskScienceDaily (Feb. 10, 2011) -- Even if you drink diet soda -- instead of the sugar variety -- you could still have a much higher risk of vascular events compared to those who don't drink soda, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2011.In findings involving 2,564 people in the large, multi-ethnic Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS), scientists said...

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Eating Berries May Lower Risk of Parkinson's



Eating Berries May Lower Risk of Parkinson'sScienceDaily (Feb. 13, 2011) -- New research shows men and women who regularly eat berries may have a lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease, while men may also further lower their risk by regularly eating apples, oranges and other sources rich in dietary components called flavonoids.The study was released February 13 and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 63rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu April 9 to...

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