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Connecticut Center for Health: August 2011 Archives



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Over time, toxins accumulate in all our tissues and large amounts are deposited in our fat stores. When we go on a weight loss diet and begin to lose fat, these chemicals are released and blood levels increase. In essence, the toxins will then be redistributed if our body cannot process and eliminate them, causing us to feel worse and our metabolism to slow further.   There may be a mechanism by which the body...

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Coronary Calcium Beats C-Reactive Protein for Predicting Heart Attack and Stroke Risk



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2011) -- The presence of calcium in coronary arteries is a much better predictor of heart attack and stroke than C-reactive protein among people with normal levels of LDL cholesterol, according to a study of more than 2,000 people led by a Johns Hopkins heart specialist. Results of the study, published in the August 19, 2011 issue of The Lancet, have important implications for deciding whether cholesterol-lowering statin medication should...

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Saffron Shows Promise in Preventing Liver Cancer



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2011) -- New research suggests that saffron provides a significant chemopreventive effect against liver cancer in animal models. When saffron was administered to rats with diethylnitrosamine (DEN)-induced liver cancer an inhibition of cell proliferation and stimulation of apoptosis was observed. Full findings appear in the September issue of Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC),...

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Confirmation That Vitamin D Acts as a Protective Agent Against the Advance of Colon Cancer



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 16, 2011) -- A study conducted by VHIO researchers confirms that a lack of vitamin D increases the aggressiveness of colon cancer. The indication that vitamin D and its derivatives have a protective effect against various types of cancer is not new. In the field of colon cancer, numerous experimental and epidemiological studies show that vitamin D3 (or cholecalciferol) and some of its derivatives inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. Researchers...

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Molecular Pathway That Leads to Inflammation in Asthma Identified



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 9, 2011) -- Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have identified a molecular pathway that helps explain how an enzyme elevated in asthma patients can lead to increased mucus production and inflammation that is characteristic of the lung condition. Their findings, reported online in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal unique interactions between biological molecules that could be targeted to develop new asthma treatments....

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Curry Spice Could Offer Treatment Hope for Tendinitis



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 9, 2011) -- A derivative of a common culinary spice found in Indian curries could offer a new treatment hope for sufferers of the painful condition tendinitis, an international team of researchers has shown. Journal of Biological Chemistry, the researchers at The University of Nottingham and Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich have shown that curcumin, which also gives the spice turmeric its trademark bright yellow colouring, can be used to suppress...

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Poultry Farms That Go Organic Have Significantly Fewer Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 11, 2011) -- Antibiotic use in conventional animal food production in the United States has created public health concern because it has been shown to contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can potentially spread to humans. A new study, led by Dr. Amy R. Sapkota of the University of Maryland School of Public Health, provides data demonstrating that poultry farms that have transitioned from conventional to organic practices and...

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Antioxidant Spices, Like Turmeric and Cinnamon, Reduce Negative Effects of High-Fat Meal



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 11, 2011) -- Eating a diet rich in spices, like turmeric and cinnamon, reduces the body's negative responses to eating high-fat meals, according to Penn State researchers. "Normally, when you eat a high-fat meal, you end up with high levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood," said Sheila West, associate professor of biobehavioral health, Penn State, who led the study. "If this happens too frequently, or if triglyceride...

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Can Blaming Others Make People Sick?



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 11, 2011) -- Constant bitterness can make a person ill, according to Concordia University researchers who have examined the relationship between failure, bitterness and quality of life.   "Persistent bitterness may result in global feelings of anger and hostility that, when strong enough, could affect a person's physical health," says Carsten Wrosch, a professor in the Concordia University Department of Psychology and a member of the Centre for Research in Human...

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Red Meat Linked to Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 11, 2011) -- A new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers finds a strong association between the consumption of red meat -- particularly when the meat is processed -- and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The study also shows that replacing red meat with healthier proteins, such as low-fat dairy, nuts, or whole grains, can significantly lower the risk. The study, led by An Pan, research...

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Eating Protein Throughout the Day Preserves Muscle and Physical Function in Dieting Postmenopausal Women, Study Suggests



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 11, 2011) -- Dieting postmenopausal women who want to avoid losing muscle as they lose fat should pay attention to a new University of Illinois study. Adding protein throughout the day not only holds hunger pangs at bay so that dieters lose more weight, it keeps body composition -- the amount of fat relative to muscle -- in better proportion.   "A higher-protein weight-loss diet is more protective of muscle," said...

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mac and cheese



From the Sneakychef Mac & Cheese (Quick fixes for boxed macaroni & cheese) There's not a kids' menu in the United States that doesn't offer some variation of macaroni and cheese - the favorite - if not the most popular - of American comfort foods. Kraft now sells more than one million boxes every day! The beauty, for the purposes of this book, of even the packaged version is that its cheesy creaminess offers ample...

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New Urine Test Shows Prostate Cancer Risk; Test for Gene Fusion Can Assist in the Early Detection of Prostate Cancer



ScienceDaily (Aug. 4, 2011) -- A new urine test can help aid early detection of and treatment decisions about prostate cancer, a study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology finds.The test supplements an elevated prostate specific antigen, or PSA, screening result, and could help some men delay or avoid a needle biopsy while pointing out men at highest risk for clinically significant prostate cancer.The test looks...

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A Wise Man's Treatment for Arthritis: Frankincense?



ScienceDaily (Aug. 4, 2011) -- The answer to treating painful arthritis could lie in an age old herbal remedy -- frankincense, according to Cardiff University scientists. Cardiff scientists have been examining the potential benefits of frankincense to help relieve and alleviate the symptoms of the condition."The search for new ways of relieving the symptoms of inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis is a long and difficult one," according to Dr Emma Blain, who leads the research with...

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Mold Exposure During Infancy Increases Asthma Risk, Study Finds



ScienceDaily (Aug. 4, 2011) -- Infants who live in "moldy" homes are three times more likely to develop asthma by age 7 -- an age that children can be accurately diagnosed with the condition.Study results are published in the August issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)."Early life exposure to mold seems to play a critical role in childhood asthma development,"...

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Weight Loss Improves Sexual Health of Overweight Men With Diabetes



ScienceDaily (Aug. 5, 2011) -- A new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine reveals that in obese men with type 2 diabetes, weight loss improves erectile function, sexual desire and lowers urinary tract symptoms.Researchers led by Professor Gary Wittert, MBBch, MD, FRACP, FRCP, of the University of Adelaide studied 31 obese men with type 2 diabetes over 8 weeks. The men received either a meal replacement-based low-calorie diet or a low-fat, high-protein, reduced-carbohydrate...

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Hiding Vegetables in Kids' Foods Can Increase Vegetable Intake



ScienceDaily (Aug. 8, 2011) -- Preschool children consumed nearly twice as many vegetables and 11 percent fewer calories over the course of a day when researchers at Penn State added pureed vegetables to the children's favorite foods."Childhood obesity rates are on the rise, and at the same time children are not eating the recommended amount of vegetables," said Barbara Rolls, holder of the Helen A. Guthrie Chair in Nutritional Sciences. "Vegetables have been shown to...

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Omega 3 Fatty Acids Have Protective Benefits When Taken During Pregnancy, Study Suggests



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 1, 2011) -- An Emory University study published online on August 1 in Pediatrics suggests consuming Omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy helps protects babies against illness during early infancy. The randomized, placebo-controlled trial followed approximately 1,100 pregnant women and 900 infants in Mexico. The women were supplemented daily with 400 mg of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) supplements in the algal form or placebo from 18 to 22 weeks gestation through childbirth....

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Some Exercise Is Better Than None: More Is Better to Reduce Heart Disease Risk



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 1, 2011) -- Even small amounts of physical activity will help reduce heart disease risk, and the benefit increases as the amount of activity increases, according to a quantitative review reported in Circulation, journal of the American Heart Association. People who engaged in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity leisure activity had a 14 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) compared to those who reported no exercise or physical activity. At...

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Cooked Green Vegetables, Dried Fruit, Legumes, and Brown Rice Associated With Fewer Colon Polyps



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 2, 2011) -- Eating legumes at least three times a week and brown rice at least once a week was linked to a reduced risk of colon polyps by 33 percent and 40 percent respectively, according to Loma Linda University research recently published in Nutrition and Cancer. High consumption of cooked green vegetables and dried fruit was also associated with greater protection, the study shows. "Eating these foods is likely to...

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Can Eggs Be a Healthy Breakfast Choice?



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 2, 2011) -- Eggs, one of the most commonly consumed breakfast foods in the United States, have long been a subject of controversy. Are they healthy or are they a high-cholesterol trap? The answer depends on what the hen eats, says a Tel Aviv University researcher. Dr. Niva Shapira of Tel Aviv University's School of Health Professions says that all eggs are not created equal. Her research indicates that when hens...

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One Species of Pathogen Can Produce Two Distinct Biofilms



  ScienceDaily (Aug. 2, 2011) -- Many medical devices, ranging from artificial hip joints to dentures and catheters, can come with unwelcome guests -- complex communities of microbial pathogens called biofilms that are resistant to the human immune system and antibiotics, thus proving a serious threat to human health. However, researchers may have a new way of looking at biofilms, thanks to a study conducted by University of Iowa biologist David Soll and his...

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