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Connecticut Center for Health: April 2011 Archives



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Measuring Oxidative Stress Can Predict Risk of Atrial Fibrillation



  Measuring Oxidative Stress Can Predict Risk of Atrial Fibrillation ScienceDaily (Apr. 5, 2011) -- Measuring oxidative stress may help doctors predict the risk of developing atrial fibrillation, the most common heart beat irregularity. Research from Emory University School of Medicine has identified a connection between oxidative stress and enlargement of the heart's left atrium, which leads to atrial fibrillation. The data is being presented by Emory cardiology researcher Nima Ghasemzadeh, MD, at the American...

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Getting to the root of fatty liver disease



  ScienceDaily (Apr. 5, 2011) -- Researchers have identified a molecular switch that appears to be a common feature in the development of fatty liver disease. The discovery made in mice is consistent with data from human patients, suggesting that it may provide an underlying explanation for the development of fatty liver in people with obesity and metabolic syndrome.   The culprit is the reduced concentration of a little-known transcriptional co-factor known as transducin beta-like...

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Fatty Liver: How a Serious Problem Arises



Fatty Liver: How a Serious Problem Arises ScienceDaily (Apr. 6, 2011) -- Excess fat around the hips and belly may not really be compatible with current beauty ideals, but, to a certain degree, it is a normal, even vital energy store of our body. However, it is a different matter if the organism stores fat in organs such as the liver, pancreas or muscles. This is a clear sign of a metabolic disorder. Up to...

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Tangerines Fights Obesity and Protects Against Heart Disease



Substance in Tangerines Fights Obesity and Protects Against Heart Disease, Research Suggests ScienceDaily (Apr. 6, 2011) -- New research from The University of Western Ontario has discovered a substance in tangerines not only helps to prevent obesity, but also offers protection against type 2 diabetes, and even atherosclerosis, the underlying disease responsible for most heart attacks and strokes. Murray Huff, a vascular biology scientist at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, along with Erin...

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Strawberries May Slow Precancerous Growth in the Esophagus



Strawberries May Slow Precancerous Growth in the Esophagus ScienceDaily (Apr. 6, 2011) -- Eating strawberries may be a way to help people at risk of esophageal cancer protect themselves from the disease, according to a new study by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center -- Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC -- James) and researchers in China. Dr. Tong Chen is presenting the findings during a...

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Common Dietary Fat and Intestinal Microbes Linked to Heart Disease



  ScienceDaily (Apr. 6, 2011) -- A new pathway has been discovered that links a common dietary lipid and intestinal microflora with an increased risk of heart disease, according to a Cleveland Clinic study published in the latest issue of Nature. The study shows that people who eat a diet containing a common nutrient found in animal products (such as eggs, liver and other meats, cheese and other dairy products, fish, shellfish) are not predisposed...

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Fish Oil Boosts Responses to Breast Cancer Drug Tamoxifen,



Fish Oil Boosts Responses to Breast Cancer Drug Tamoxifen, Researchers Find ScienceDaily (Apr. 8, 2011) -- Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, with more than 200,000 women diagnosed each year. Being exposed to estrogen over a long period of time is one factor that can increase a woman's risk of developing the disease. One way a woman can combat this risk factor is by taking the breast cancer drug tamoxifen, which...

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Blueberries May Inhibit Development of Fat Cells



Blueberries May Inhibit Development of Fat Cells ScienceDaily (Apr. 10, 2011) -- The benefits of blueberry consumption have been demonstrated in several nutrition studies, more specifically the cardio-protective benefits derived from their high polyphenol content. Blueberries have shown potential to have a positive effect on everything from aging to metabolic syndrome. Recently, a researcher from Texas Woman's University (TWU) in Denton, TX, examined whether blueberries could play a role in reducing one of the world's...

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Green Tea and Tai Chi Enhance Bone Health



Green Tea and Tai Chi Enhance Bone Health and Reduce Inflammation in Postmenopausal Women ScienceDaily (Apr. 10, 2011) -- C.S. Lewis, the famous author and Oxford academic, once proclaimed "You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." We sip it with toast in the morning, enjoy it with sweets and biscuits in the afternoon, and relax with it at the end of the day. Tea has...

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How Meditation Reduces Pain



  ScienceDaily (Apr. 5, 2011) -- Meditation produces powerful pain-relieving effects in the brain, according to new research published in the April 6 edition of the Journal of Neuroscience.. "This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation," said Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., lead author of the study and post-doctoral research fellow at Wake Forest Baptist...

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Antioxidant Formula Prior to Radiation Exposure May Prevent DNA Injury, Trial Suggests



  ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2011) -- A unique formulation of antioxidants taken orally before imaging with ionizing radiation minimizes cell damage, noted researchers at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 36th Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago, Ill. In what the researchers say is the first clinical trial of its kind, as much as a 50 percent reduction in DNA injury was observed after administering the formula prior to CT scans.   "In our initial small study,...

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New Data Show Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Will Reach Epidemic Status in the US



  ScienceDaily (Apr. 2, 2011) -- According to new data presented at the International Liver CongressTM, the United States (U.S.) could soon be faced with an epidemic of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), one of the major contributing factors of chronic liver disease (CLD), considered as one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The study highlights that if the current rates of obesity and diabetes continue for another two decades, the prevalence...

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Antidepressants Linked to Thicker Arteries



  ScienceDaily (Apr. 2, 2011) -- Antidepressant use has been linked to thicker arteries, possibly contributing to the risk of heart disease and stroke, in a study of twin veterans. The data is being presented on April 5 at the American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans.   Depression can heighten the risk for heart disease, but the effect of antidepressant use revealed by the study is separate and independent from depression itself, says...

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Soy Increases Radiation's Ability to Kill Lung Cancer Cells



Soy Increases Radiation's Ability to Kill Lung Cancer Cells, ScienceDaily (Apr. 2, 2011) --  A component in soybeans increases radiation's ability to kill lung cancer cells, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, the official monthly journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. "To improve radiotherapy for lung cancer cells, we are studying the potential of natural non-toxic components of soybeans, called soy...

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Magnesium Deficiency: Not Always a Nutritional Problem



Magnesium Deficiency: Not Always a Nutritional Problem ScienceDaily (Apr. 4, 2011) -- Researchers and scientists of the Charité -- Universitätsmedizin Berlin, in cooperation with the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, and colleagues from the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and the Czech Republic have succeeded in identifying a genetic cause of magnesium deficiency. The study from Dr. Dominik Müller of the Department of Pediatric Nephrology, ascertained changes in a gene which is involved in the regulation...

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