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Connecticut Center for Health: December 2011 Archives



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Studies Suggest an Acetaminophen-Asthma Link



  By CHRISTIE ASCHWANDEN   THE INVESTIGATOR Dr. John T. McBride, Akron Children's Hospital. The sharp worldwide increase in childhood asthma over the past 30 years has long perplexed researchers, who have considered explanations as varied as improved hygiene and immunizations. Over the last decade, however, a new idea has emerged. The asthma epidemic accelerated in the 1980s, some researchers have noted, about the same time that aspirin was linked to Reye's syndrome in children....

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Probiotics Reduce Infections for Patients in Intensive Care



ScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2011) -- Traumatic brain injury is associated with a profound suppression of the patient's ability to fight infection. At the same time the patient also often suffers hyper-inflammation, due to the brain releasing glucocorticoids in response to the injury. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care shows that including probiotics with nutrients, supplied via the patient's feeding tube, increased interferon levels, reduced the number of infections, and even...

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Young Women May Reduce Heart Disease Risk Eating Fish With Omega 3 Fatty Acids



  ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2011) -- Young women may reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease simply by eating more fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, researchers reported in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association. In the first population-based study in women of childbearing age, those who rarely or never ate fish had 50 percent more cardiovascular problems over eight years than those who ate fish regularly. Compared to women who ate fish...

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New Biochemical Changes Found in Children With ADHD



  ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2011) -- A new study at Örebro University in Sweden shows that children with ADHD have nearly 50 percent less of a protein that is important for attention and learning. The finding may mean that there are other biochemical disturbances in the brains of individuals with ADHD than was previously believed. "This indicates that several signal substances are implicated in ADHD and that in the future this could pave the...

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New Tick-Borne Disease Discovered in Sweden



  ScienceDaily (Dec. 6, 2011) -- Researchers at the University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy have discovered a brand new tick-borne infection. Since the discovery, eight cases have been described around the world, three of them in the Gothenburg area, Sweden. In July 2009 a 77-year-old man from western Sweden was out kayaking when he went down with acute diarrhea, fever and temporary loss of consciousness. He was taken to hospital where it was found...

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Rotating Night Shift Work Linked to Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Women,



  ScienceDaily (Dec. 7, 2011) -- Women who work a rotating (irregular) schedule that includes three or more night shifts per month, in addition to day and evening working hours in that month, may have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes when compared with women who only worked days or evenings, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). In addition, the researchers found that...

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Fruits and Vegetables Reduce Risks of Specific Types of Colorectal Cancers



  ScienceDaily (Sep. 26, 2011) -- The effects of fruit and vegetable consumption on colorectal cancer (CRC) appear to differ by site of origin, according to a new study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Researchers found that within the proximal and distal colon, brassica vegetables (Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli) were associated with decreased risk of these cancers. A lower risk of distal colon cancer...

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Geneticists Help Show Bitter Taste Perception Is Not Just About Flavors



  ScienceDaily (Dec. 7, 2011) -- Long the bane of picky eaters everywhere, broccoli's taste is not just a matter of having a cultured palate; some people can easily taste a bitter compound in the vegetable that others have difficulty detecting. Now a team of Penn researchers has helped uncover the evolutionary history of one of the genes responsible for this trait. Beyond showing the ancient origins of the gene, the researchers discovered something...

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Short Walk Cuts Chocolate Consumption in Half



  ScienceDaily (Dec. 7, 2011) -- A 15-minute walk can cut snacking on chocolate at work by half, according to research by the University of Exeter. The study showed that, even in stressful situations, workers eat only half as much chocolate as they normally would after this short burst of physical activity. Published in the journal Appetite, the research suggests that employees may find that short breaks away from their desks can help keep...

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Shedding Light On Why It Is So 'Tough' to Make Healthier Hot Dogs



  ScienceDaily (Dec. 7, 2011) -- In part of an effort to replace animal fat in hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers and other foods with healthier fat, scientists are reporting an advance in solving the mystery of why hot dogs develop an unpleasant tough texture when vegetable oils pinch hit for animal fat. A report on their study appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Anna M. Herrero and colleagues explain that some...

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Intermittent, Low-Carbohydrate Diets More Successful Than Standard Dieting



  ScienceDaily (Dec. 8, 2011) -- An intermittent, low-carbohydrate diet was superior to a standard, daily calorie-restricted diet for reducing weight and lowering blood levels of insulin, a cancer-promoting hormone, according to recent findings. Researchers at Genesis Prevention Center at University Hospital in South Manchester, England, found that restricting carbohydrates two days per week may be a better dietary approach than a standard, daily calorie-restricted diet for preventing breast cancer and other diseases, but...

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Elevated Body Temperature Helps Certain Types of Immune Cells to Work Better



  ScienceDaily (Nov. 1, 2011) -- With cold and flu season almost here, the next time you're sick, you may want to thank your fever for helping fight off infection. That's because scientists have found more evidence that elevated body temperature helps certain types of immune cells to work better. This research is reported in the November 2011 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. "An increase in body temperature has been known since...

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New Light On Medicinal Benefits of Plants



  ScienceDaily (Dec. 15, 2011) -- Scientists are about to make publicly available all the data they have so far on the genetic blueprint of medicinal plants and what beneficial properties are encoded by the genes identified. The release of the resources follows a $6 million initiative to study how plant genes contribute to producing various chemical compounds, some of which are medicinally important. "Our major goal has been to capture the genetic blueprints...

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Teens Choose Water When Calorie Count of Sugary Beverages Is Easier to Understand



  ScienceDaily (Dec. 15, 2011) -- Thirsty? You may be more inclined to reach for plain old H2O if you knew how many calories are in sugar-sweetened beverages; this is according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. They examined the effect of providing clear and visible caloric information about sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda and fruit juice on the number of sugar-sweetened beverage purchases...

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Antioxidant Has Potential in the Alzheimer's Fight



  ScienceDaily (Dec. 14, 2011) -- When you cut an apple and leave it out, it turns brown. Squeeze the apple with lemon juice, an antioxidant, and the process slows down. Simply put, that same "browning" process-known as oxidative stress-happens in the brain as Alzheimer's disease sets in. The underlying cause is believed to be improper processing of a protein associated with the creation of free radicals that cause oxidative stress. Now, a study...

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Scientists Discover Anti-Inflammatory Polyphenols in Apple Peels



  ScienceDaily (Nov. 30, 2011) -- Here's another reason why "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" -- according to new research findings published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, oral ingestion of apple polyphenols (antioxidants found in apple peels) can suppress T cell activation to prevent colitis in mice. This study is the first to show a role for T cells in polyphenol-mediated protection against an autoimmune disease and could lead to...

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Low Iron Levels in Blood Raises Blood Clot Risk



  ScienceDaily (Dec. 15, 2011) -- People with low levels of iron in the blood have a higher risk of dangerous blood clots, according to research recently published in the journal Thorax. A study of clotting risk factors in patients with an inherited blood vessel disease suggests that treating iron deficiency might be important for preventing potentially lethal blood clots.   Each year, one in every 1,000 people in the UK is affected by...

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