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Connecticut Center for Health: June 2013 Archives



Natural Health News

Herbal Extract Boosts Fruit Fly Lifespan by Nearly 25 Percent



June 18, 2013 -- The herbal extract of a yellow-flowered mountain plant long used for stress relief was found to increase the lifespan of fruit fly populations by an average of 24 percent, according to UC Irvine researchers.But it's how Rhodiola rosea, also known as golden root, did this that grabbed the attention of study leaders Mahtab Jafari and Sam Schriner. They discovered that Rhodiola works in a manner completely unrelated to dietary restriction and affects different...

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Elevated Gluten Antibodies Found in Children With Autism



June 20, 2013 -- Researchers have found elevated antibodies to gluten proteins of wheat in children with autism in comparison to those without autism. The results also indicated an association between the elevated antibodies and the presence of gastrointestinal symptoms in the affected children. They did not find any connection, however, between the elevated antibodies and celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder known to be triggered by gluten. The results were e-published in the journalPLOS ONE.Gluten, a...

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Vitamin C May Be Beneficial Against Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction



June 12, 2013 -- Vitamin C may substantially reduce bronchoconstriction caused by exercise, says Dr. Harri Hemila from the University of Helsinki, Finland. Hemila's meta-analysis "Vitamin C may alleviate exercise-induced bronchoconstriction" was published in BMJ Open (7 June, 2013)Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction means the transient narrowing of the airways that occurs during or after exercise. It can cause symptoms such as cough, wheezing and the shortness of breath. Formerly, this condition was called exercise-induced asthma. Usually, the diagnosis...

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Cocoa May Help Fight Obesity-Related Inflammation



June 12, 2013 -- A few cups of hot cocoa may not only fight off the chill of a winter's day, but they could also help obese people better control inflammation-related diseases, such as diabetes, according to Penn State researchers.Mice that were fed cocoa with a high-fat diet experienced less obesity-related inflammation than mice fed the same high-fat diet without the supplement, said Joshua Lambert, associate professor of food science. The mice ate the human equivalent...

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Men With Restless Legs Syndrome May Be at Higher Risk of Early Death



June 12, 2013 -- Men who experience restless legs syndrome (RLS) may have a higher risk of dying earlier, according to research that appears in the June 12, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The disorder is characterized by an irresistible urge to move the legs and often causes leg sensations of burning, creeping, and tugging, which are usually worse at night."RLS affects five to 10 percent of adults...

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High Prevalence of NSAID Prescription in Those at Risk of Heart Attack/Death in Primary Care



June 14, 2013 -- New study data presented today at EULAR 2013, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, demonstrate a high prevalence of NSAID prescriptions in patients at risk of ischaemic heart disease (IHD).Published evidence suggest significant cardiovascular implications of NSAIDs for patients, with an immediate mortality risk demonstrated in patients who had suffered a myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack) even when prescribed treatment duration was less than one week.NSAIDs are used to...

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BPA Linked to a Common Birth Defect in Boys



BPA Linked to a Common Birth Defect in BoysJune 17, 2013 -- A new study links fetal exposure to a common chemical pollutant, bisphenol A (BPA), to defects of a testicular hormone in newborn boys with undescended testicles.The results, which were presented Monday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, suggest yet another potential harmful effect of BPA, which is widely used in many plastics, liners of food cans and dental sealants."Alone, our...

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Chemical in Antibacterial Soap Fed to Nursing Rats Harms Offspring



June 17, 2013 -- A mother's exposure to triclocarban, a common antibacterial chemical, while nursing her babies shortens the life of her female offspring, a new study in rats finds.The results were presented Monday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.Commonly used in antibacterial soap and other personal care products, triclocarban has the potential for a large portion of the public to be exposed to it, said the study's lead author, Rebekah Kennedy,...

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Exposure to High Pollution Levels During Pregnancy May Increase Risk of Having Child With Autism



June 18, 2013 -- Women in the U.S. exposed to high levels of air pollution while pregnant were up to twice as likely to have a child with autism as women who lived in areas with low pollution, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). It is the first large national study to examine links between autism and air pollution across the U.S."Our findings raise concerns since, depending on the pollutant,...

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Getting Enough Sleep Could Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes



June 18, 2013 -- Men who lose sleep during the work week may be able to lower their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by getting more hours of sleep, according to Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) research findings presented today at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.The study by Peter Liu, MD, PhD, an LA BioMed lead researcher, found that insulin sensitivity, the body's ability to clear glucose (blood sugar)...

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The Benefits of Fiber: For Your Heart, Weight, and Energy High-fiber Diets and Weight Loss



High-fiber Diets and Weight Loss WebMD Feature By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD If you're overweight and want some help losing weight, start eating foods high in fiber. Dietary fiber is not a magic weight loss weapon, but it has the power to help fill you up without filling you out.  Here's why: One of the most effective ways to lose those extra pounds is to control hunger, the dieter's Achilles...

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A 20-Minute Bout of Yoga Stimulates Brain Function Immediately After



June 5, 2013 -- Researchers report that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants' speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information. Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time.The 30 study subjects were young, female,...

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Small Study Suggests Statins May Blunt Benefits Of Exercise



From Forbes Online:A small study is raising big questions about whether statins may blunt the beneficial effects of exercise. The study has been published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and was the subject of a New York Times blog today.37 previously sedentary overweight or obese adults with at least 2 other risk factors underwent 12 weeks of aerobic exercising training. 19 patients were randomized to also receive a statin (simvastatin 40 mg/day). At...

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Splenda, Sucralose Artificial Sweetener, Could Affect Body's Insulin Response



A new study may make you think twice before adding Splenda to your coffee. Published in the journal Diabetes Care, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis researchers found that sucralose, most popularly known by the brand name Splenda, has effects on the body's responses to sugar (glucose) -- which could thereby affect diabetes risk -- despite the fact that it has zero calories. "Our results indicate that this artificial sweetener is not inert...

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This Is Your Brain on Coffee By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS



This column appears in the June 9 issue of The New York Times Magazine.For thousands of years, coffee has been one of the two or three most popular beverages on earth. But it's only recently that scientists are figuring out that the drink has notable health benefits. In one large-scale epidemiological study from last year, researchers primarily at the National Cancer Institute parsed health information from more than 400,000 volunteers, ages 50 to 71, who were free...

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weight loss websites



Deciding to get in shape and lose weight is easy -- the hard part is actually sticking to that commitment!We scoured the web and tracked down the best websites to help you stay focused on your weight-loss and fitness goals. Best of all, all of the websites listed here are completely free to use.1. SparkPeople.comThe lowdown: It's an online dieting community, but SparkPeople.com also places a huge emphasis on adopting a healthy lifestyle for long-term weight maintenance....

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Are Food Sensitivities Causing Weight Gain or Retention?



By Sharon Hunter, NDOne factor we investigate with regard to diet is the area of food sensitivities. Without realizing it, many people are sensitive to foods that they eat often. It can even be foods which are eaten several times per day, making it very difficult to figure out on our own which foods, if any, are causing or contributing to chronic symptoms.Common examples of conditions caused by food intolerances are irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn/reflux, and...

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Flax Seed Chocolate Chip Bars



Flax Seed Chocolate Chip BarsDr. Louden I developed this recipe for a gluten free treat that can satisfy a "sweet" craving without spiking blood sugar and insulin levels. The fiber content is high which can help make you feel full longer too. I recommend consuming a glass of water before or after enjoying your bar.Makes 16 barsCalories: 163Carb:13g Fat: 12g Protein: 3g Fiber:3gIngredients:½ cup walnuts½ cup pecans4 TBS whole flax seeds4 TBS ground golden flax meal4...

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BYE- BYE BUGS



By Dr. Jacqueline GermainIt's that season again. We love the sun and the long daylight hours. With those comes another summer given: insect bites.The principle behind bug repellents is, of course, to repel. The repellent's job is to keep you as unappealing to the insects as possible. DEET is the most common repellent used in the United States. There are plenty of reasons to choose otherwise.In studies, the transdermal (across the skin) absorption of DEET...

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Probiotics Prevent Diarrhea Related to Antibiotic Use



May 30, 2013 -- Probiotic supplements have the potential to prevent diarrhea caused by antibiotics, according to a new Cochrane systematic review. The authors studied Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections in patients taking antibiotics and found symptoms of diarrhea were substantially reduced when patients were also treated with probiotics.Antibiotics disturb the beneficial bacteria that live in the gut and allow other harmful bacteria like C. difficile to take hold. Although some people infected with C. difficile...

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An Altered Gut Microbiota Can Predict Diabetes



June 3, 2013 -- Intestinal bacteria may have a greater influence on us than was previously thought. In a study published in the journal Natureon 29 May, researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, show that patients with type 2 diabetes have an altered gut microbiota. Their findings have led to a new model to identify patients at increased risk of developing diabetes.The human body contains ten times more...

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Distracted Drivers: Your Habits Are to Blame



June 3, 2013 -- More than a decade of research has shown that using a handheld or hands-free phone while driving is not safe because the brain does not have enough mental capacity to safely perform both tasks at once.Researchers have fallen short of explaining why drivers are so easily distracted until now. In two peer-reviewed academic journals, Georgia Tech Assistant Professor Robert Rosenberger explains that, because people talk on the phone on a regular basis,...

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Risk of Kidney Disease Doubled With Use of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics



June 3, 2013 -- The risk of acute kidney disease is doubled for people taking oral fluoroquinolone antibiotics, according to a study of published inCMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).Fluoroquinolones, including ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin and moxifloxacin, are common broad-spectrum antibiotics most often used to treat respiratory and urogenital infections. Case reports have indicated acute kidney injury with use, and prescription labels carry a warning of kidney failure. However, when oral fluoroquinolones are prescribed in clinical practice, kidney injury is...

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