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Connecticut Center for Health: June 2012 Archives



Natural Health News

Tai Chi Increases Brain Size, Benefits Cognition



 in Randomized Controlled Trial of Chinese Elderly ScienceDaily (June 19, 2012) -- Scientists from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai found increases in brain volume and improvements on tests of memory and thinking in Chinese seniors who practiced Tai Chi three times a week, reports an article published June 19 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Findings were based on an 8-month randomized controlled trial comparing those who practiced Tai...

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Resveratrol May Be Natural Exercise Performance Enhancer



  ScienceDaily (June 19, 2012) -- A natural compound found in some fruits, nuts and red wine may enhance exercise training and performance, demonstrates newly published medical research from the University of Alberta. Principal investigator Jason Dyck and his team found out in lab experiments that high doses of the natural compound resveratrol improved physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in lab models. "We were excited when we saw that resveratrol showed results...

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No-Fat, Low-Fat Dressings Don't Get Most Nutrients out of Salads



ScienceDaily (June 19, 2012) -- The vegetables in salads are chock-full of important vitamins and nutrients, but you won't get much benefit without the right type and amount of salad dressing, a Purdue University study shows. In a human trial, researchers fed subjects salads topped off with saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat-based dressings and tested their blood for absorption of fat-soluble carotenoids -- compounds such as lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Those carotenoids are...

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Non-Antibiotic Approach for Treating Urinary Tract Infections



  ScienceDaily (June 20, 2012) -- A potential new approach for treating urinary tract infections (UTIs) -- which affect millions of people annually -- without traditional antibiotics is being reported in ACS' Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. It involves so-called FimH antagonists, which are non-antibiotic compounds and would not contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance bacteria. Beat Ernst and colleagues explain that antibiotics are the mainstay treatment for UTIs. Bacteria, however, are developing...

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Omega-3 Lowers Inflammation in Overweight Older Adults



  ScienceDaily (June 20, 2012) -- New research shows that omega-3 fatty acid supplements can lower inflammation in healthy, but overweight, middle-aged and older adults, suggesting that regular use of these supplements could help protect against and treat certain illnesses. Four months of omega-3 supplementation decreased one protein in the blood that signals the presence of inflammation by an average of more than 10 percent, and led to a modest decrease in one other...

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Declining Testosterone Levels in Men Not Part of Normal Aging



  ScienceDaily (June 23, 2012) -- A new study finds that a drop in testosterone levels over time is more likely to result from a man's behavioral and health changes than by aging. The study results will be presented June 25 at The Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting in Houston "Declining testosterone levels are not an inevitable part of the aging process, as many people think," said study co-author Gary Wittert, MD, professor of...

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Pasta Made from Green Banana Flour



a Tasty Alternative for Gluten-Free Diets ScienceDaily (June 23, 2012) -- People with celiac disease struggle with limited food choices, as their condition makes them unable to tolerate gluten, found in wheat and other grains. Researchers from the University of Brazil have developed a gluten-free pasta product from green banana flour, which tasters found more acceptable than regular whole wheat pasta. The product has less fat and is cheaper to produce than standard pastas....

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Western Diet Changes Gut Bacteria and Triggers Colitis in Those at Risk



ScienceDaily (June 13, 2012) -- Certain saturated fats that are common in the modern Western diet can initiate a chain of events leading to complex immune disorders such as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) in people with a genetic predisposition, according to a study to be published early online in the journal Nature. The finding helps explain why once-rare immune-mediated diseases have become more common in westernized societies in the last half century. It also...

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Chinese Meditation Prompts Double Positive Punch in Brain White Matter



ScienceDaily (June 13, 2012) -- A Texas Tech University scientist studying the Chinese mindfulness meditation known as integrative body-mind training (IBMT) said he and other researchers have confirmed and expanded on changes in structural efficiency of white matter in the brain that can be related to positive behavioral changes in subjects practicing the technique for a month and a minimum of 11 hours total. In a paper appearing in the online Early Edition of...

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Mindful Multitasking: Meditation First Can Calm Stress, Aid Concentration



ScienceDaily (June 14, 2012) -- Need to do some serious multitasking? Some training in meditation beforehand could make the work smoother and less stressful, new research from the University of Washington shows. Work by UW Information School professors David Levy and Jacob Wobbrock suggests that meditation training can help people working with information stay on tasks longer with fewer distractions and also improves memory and reduces stress. Their paper was published in the May...

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Vitamin D With Calcium Shown to Reduce Mortality in Elderly



ScienceDaily (June 15, 2012) -- A study recently published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM)suggests that vitamin D -- when taken with calcium -- can reduce the rate of mortality in seniors, therefore providing a possible means of increasing life expectancy.During the last decade, there has been increasing recognition of the potential health effects of vitamin D. It is well known that calcium with vitamin D supplements reduces the risk of fractures....

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Natural Antioxidant Can Protect Against Cardiovascular Disease



ScienceDaily (June 16, 2012) -- University of Minnesota Medical School researchers have collaborated with the School of Public Health and discovered an enzyme that, when found at high levels and alongside low levels of HDL (good cholesterol), can dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.The enzyme -- glutathione peroxidase, or GPx3 -- is a natural antioxidant that helps protect organisms from oxidant injury and helps the body naturally repair itself. Researchers have found that...

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Treating Childhood Anxiety With Computers, Not Drugs



ScienceDaily (June 11, 2012) -- According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, one in eight children suffers from an anxiety disorder. And because many anxious children turn into severely anxious adults, early intervention can have a major impact on a patient's life trajectory. The understandable reluctance to use psychiatric medications when it comes to children means child psychologists are always searching for viable therapeutic alternatives. Now Prof. Yair Bar-Haim of Tel Aviv...

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Never Too Late to Quit: Quitting Smoking Reduces Mortality, Even in Older Patients



ScienceDaily (June 11, 2012) -- An analysis of available medical literature suggests smoking was linked to increased mortality in older patients and that smoking cessation was associated with reduced mortality at an older age, according to a report published in the June 11 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. Smoking is a known risk factor for many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer, however, the epidemiological evidence mostly relies...

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Sick from Your Stomach: Bacterial Changes May Trigger Diseases Like Rheumatoid Arthritis



ScienceDaily (June 11, 2012) -- The billions of bugs in our guts have a newfound role: regulating the immune system and related autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Larger-than-normal populations of specific gut bacteria may trigger the development of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and possibly fuel disease progression in people genetically predisposed to this crippling and confounding condition, say the researchers,...

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Breast Cancer Risk Can Be Lowered by Avoiding Unnecessary Medical Imaging



ScienceDaily (June 11, 2012) -- A report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) last December reviewed all the available scientific data compiled to date about potential environmental risks of breast cancer -- factors such as pesticides, beauty products, household chemicals, and the plastics used to make water bottles. Commissioned by the breast cancer foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the IOM report concluded that there was not enough data to confirm or...

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Early Gut Bacteria Regulate Happiness



ScienceDaily (June 12, 2012) -- UCC scientists have shown that brain levels of serotonin, the 'happy hormone' are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut during early life. Their research is being published June 12 in the international psychiatry journal, Molecular Psychiatry. This research shows that normal adult brain function depends on the presence of gut microbes during development. Serotonin, the major chemical involved in the regulation of mood and emotion, is...

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Dietary Changes Help Some Children With ADHD



ScienceDaily (Apr. 24, 2012) -- Together with child and adolescent psychiatrists, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have just completed an extensive report which reviews the studies which have been done so far on the significance of diet for children and young people with ADHD. The report shows that there are potential benefits in changing the diets of children with ADHD, but that key knowledge in the area is still lacking. The comprehensive report...

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Neuroscientists Show How Brain Responds to Sensual Caress



ScienceDaily (June 4, 2012) -- A nuzzle of the neck, a stroke of the wrist, a brush of the knee -- these caresses often signal a loving touch, but can also feel highly aversive, depending on who is delivering the touch, and to whom. Interested in how the brain makes connections between touch and emotion, neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have discovered that the association begins in the brain's primary somatosensory cortex, a...

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Breast Cancer Effectively Treated With Chemical Found in Celery, Parsley



, Mouse Study Suggests ScienceDaily (May 16, 2012) -- Apigenin, a natural substance found in grocery store produce aisles, shows promise as a non-toxic treatment for an aggressive form of human breast cancer, following a new study at the University of Missouri. MU researchers found apigenin shrank a type of breast cancer tumor that is stimulated by progestin, a synthetic hormone given to women to ease symptoms related to menopause. "This is the first study...

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You Are What You Eat: Why Do Male Consumers Avoid Vegetarian Options?



ScienceDaily (May 16, 2012) -- Why are men generally more reluctant to try vegetarian products? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers are influenced by a strong association of meat with masculinity "We examined whether people in Western cultures have a metaphoric link between meat and men," write authors Paul Rozin (University of Pennsylvania), Julia M. Hormes (Louisiana State University), Myles S. Faith (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill),...

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Common Antibiotic Carries Heart Risk, Study Suggests



ScienceDaily (May 16, 2012) -- Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a rare, but important risk posed by the antibiotic azithromycin, commonly called a "Z-pack." The study found a 2.5-fold higher risk of death from cardiovascular death in the first five days of taking azithromycin when compared with another common antibiotic or no antibiotics at all.Wayne A. Ray, Ph.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, and C. Michael Stein, M.B.Ch.B., the Dan May Chair in Medicine and professor...

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Clearly Linked to Gut Bacteria



ScienceDaily (May 25, 2012) -- An overgrowth of bacteria in the gut has been definitively linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome in the results of a new Cedars-Sinai study which used cultures from the small intestine. This is the first study to use this "gold standard" method of connecting bacteria to the cause of the disease that affects an estimated 30 million people in the United States. Previous studies have indicated that bacteria play a...

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Like Curry? New Biological Role Identified for Compound Used in Ancient Medicine



ScienceDaily (May 25, 2012) -- Oregon State University scientists just identified a new reason why some curry dishes, made with spices humans have used for thousands of years, might be good for you. New research has discovered that curcumin, a compound found in the cooking spice turmeric, can cause a modest but measurable increase in levels of a protein that's known to be important in the "innate" immune system, helping to prevent infection in...

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Garlic Constituent Blocks Biofilm Formation



, Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients and Others ScienceDaily (May 27, 2012) -- E Pluribus Unum, the de facto motto of the United States, could just as well apply to biofilm-forming bacteria. Bacterial biofilms are far more resistant than individual bacteria to the armories of antibiotics we have devised to combat them. Now Tim Holm Jakobsen and Michael Givskov of the University of Copenhagen, and their many collaborators have pinpointed a constituent of garlic that...

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Mediterranean Diet Is Definitively Linked to Quality of Life



ScienceDaily (May 29, 2012) -- For years the Mediterranean diet has been associated with a lesser chance of illness and increased well-being. A new study has now linked it to mental and physical health too. The Mediterranean diet, which is characterised by the consumption of fruit, vegetables, pulses (beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils etc.) , fish, olive oil and nuts, has been proven to be beneficial to the health in terms of a lesser...

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PCB Exposure Linked to Increased Abdominal Fat



ScienceDaily (May 29, 2012) -- There is a correlation between high levels of the environmental toxin PCB and the distribution of body fat to the abdomen. This is shown in a new study published May 29 in the scientific journal Obesity. Abdominal fat is already known to increase the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, among other conditions. Fat inside the abdomen (visceral fat) is considerably more dangerous that fat near the surface...

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Bananas Are as Beneficial as Sports Drinks, Study Suggests



ScienceDaily (May 29, 2012) -- Bananas have long been a favorite source of energy for endurance and recreational athletes. Bananas are a rich source of potassium and other nutrients, and are easy for cyclists, runners or hikers to carry.Research conducted at Appalachian State University's Human Performance Lab in the Kannapolis-based North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) has revealed additional benefits. "We wanted to see which was more beneficial when consumed during intense cycling -- bananas...

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Antioxidant Shows Promise as Treatment for Certain Features of Autism



ScienceDaily (May 29, 2012) -- A specific antioxidant supplement may be an effective therapy for some features of autism, according to a pilot trial from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital that involved 31 children with the disorder. The antioxidant, called N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC, lowered irritability in children with autism as well as reducing the children's repetitive behaviors. The researchers emphasized that the findings must be confirmed in a...

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Early Exposure to Microbes Reduces Inflammation Related to Chronic Disease Later



ScienceDaily (May 30, 2012) -- American parents may want to think again about how much they want to protect their children from everyday germs. A new Northwestern University study done in lowland Ecuador remarkably finds no evidence of chronic low-grade inflammation -- associated with diseases of aging like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia. In contrast, about one-third of adults in the United States have chronically elevated C-reactive protein (CRP). Acute elevations in CRP --...

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Health Benefits of Vitamin D Dependent On Type Taken



ScienceDaily (May 31, 2012) -- New research funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has shown that vitamin D3 supplements could provide more benefit than the close relative vitamin D2. The findings published in the June edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition could potentially lead to changes in the food industry when it comes to fortification. Vitamin D is important for bone and muscle health and there is concern...

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