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Connecticut Center for Health: January 2014 Archives



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Diet Beverages Not the Solution for Weight Loss



Jan. 16, 2014 -- Heavy adults who believe drinking diet soda will help them lose or keep weight off should think again. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who examined national patterns in adult diet beverage consumption and calorie intake found that overweight and obese adults who drink diet beverages consume more calories from food than obese or overweight adults who drink regular soda or other sugary beverages. The results...

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Melatonin May Lower Prostate Cancer Risk



Jan. 20, 2014 -- Higher levels of melatonin, a hormone involved in the sleep-wake cycle, may suggest decreased risk for developing advanced prostate cancer, according to results presented at the AACR-Prostate Cancer Foundation Conference on Advances in Prostate Cancer Research, held Jan. 18-21. Melatonin is a hormone that is produced exclusively at night in the dark and is an important output of the circadian rhythm, or the body's inherent 24-hour clock. Many biological processes...

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Mediterranean Diet Is Good for the Mind



Sep. 3, 2013 -- The first systematic review of related research confirms a positive impact on cognitive function, but an inconsistent effect on mild cognitive impairment. Over recent years many pieces of research have identified a link between adherence to a Mediterranean diet and a lower risk of age-related disease such as dementia. Until now there has been no systematic review of such research, where a number of studies regarding a Mediterranean diet and...

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Can Certain Herbs Stave Off Alzheimer's Disease?



Nov. 15, 2013 -- Enhanced extracts made from special antioxidants in spearmint and rosemary improve learning and memory, a study in an animal model at Saint Louis University found. "We found that these proprietary compounds reduce deficits caused by mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to Alzheimer's disease," said Susan Farr, Ph.D., research professor geriatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Farr added, "This probably means eating spearmint and rosemary is...

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Natural Compound Mitigates Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse



Nov. 19, 2013 -- Studies have shown that resveratrol, a natural compound found in colored vegetables, fruits and especially grapes, may minimize the impact of Parkinson's disease, stroke and Alzheimer's disease in those who maintain healthy diets or who regularly take resveratrol supplements. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that resveratrol may also block the effects of the highly addictive drug, methamphetamine. Dennis Miller, associate professor in the Department of Psychological...

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New Study Suggests Low Vitamin D Causes Damage to Brain



Dec. 2, 2013 -- A new study led by University of Kentucky researchers suggests that a diet low in vitamin D causes damage to the brain. In addition to being essential for maintaining bone health, newer evidence shows that vitamin D serves important roles in other organs and tissue, including the brain. Published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine, the UK study showed that middle-aged rats that were fed a diet low in vitamin...

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Omega-3 Dietary Supplements Pass Blood-Brain Barrier



Dec. 4, 2013 -- New research from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows that omega-3 fatty acids in dietary supplements can cross the blood brain barrier in people with Alzheimer's disease, affecting known markers for both the disease itself and inflammation. The findings are presented in the Journal of Internal Medicine, and strengthen the evidence that omega-3 may benefit certain forms of this seriously debilitating disease. "Earlier population studies indicate that omega-3 can protect against...

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Enzyme May Be Important in Predicting Alzheimer's Disease



Dec. 12, 2013 -- The critical enzyme beta-secretase1 (BACE1) is known to be elevated in brains with sporadic Alzheimer disease (AD). Scientists have now found increased levels of BACE1 in brains with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), suggesting that BACE1 activity is important for conversion of mild cognitive impairment to AD and may be an early indicator of AD. The results are published in the January issue of The American Journal of Pathology. Understanding the...

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High Good, Low Bad Cholesterol Levels Are Healthy for Brain, Too



Dec. 30, 2013 -- High levels of "good" cholesterol and low levels of "bad" cholesterol are correlated with lower levels of the amyloid plaque deposition in the brain that is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, in a pattern that mirrors the relationship between good and bad cholesterol in cardiovascular disease, UC Davis researchers have found. "Our study shows that both higher levels of HDL -- good -- and lower levels of LDL -- bad...

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High Serum Fatty Acid Protects Against Brain Abnormalities



Oct. 17, 2013 -- According to a new study, high long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid content in blood may lower the risk of small brain infarcts and other brain abnormalities in the elderly. The study was published in Journal of the American Heart Association.n the Cardiovascular Health Study in the USA, 3,660 people aged 65 and older underwent brain scans to detect so called silent brain infarcts, or small lesions in the brain that can cause...

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Sleep to Protect Your Brain



Sleep to Protect Your BrainDec. 31, 2013 -- A new study from Uppsala University, Sweden, shows that one night of sleep deprivation increases morning blood concentrations of NSE and S-100B in healthy young men. These molecules are typically found in the brain. Thus, their rise in blood after sleep loss may indicate that a lack of snoozing might be conducive to a loss of brain tissue. The findings are published in the journalSleep.Fifteen normal-weight men...

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Lead Developer Of HPV Vaccines Comes Clean



Lead Developer Of HPV Vaccines Comes Clean, Warns Parents & Young Girls It's All A Giant Deadly Scam Secrets of the Fed Secretsofthefed.com January 6th, 2014     Dr. Diane Harper was a leading expert responsible for the Phase II and Phase III safety and effectiveness studies which secured the approval of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, Gardasil™ and Cervarix™.  Dr. Harper also authored many of the published, scholarly papers about the vaccines.  She is...

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Farmers Abandoning GMO Seed



Article from Offthegird.com A growing number of farmers are abandoning genetically modified seeds, but it's not because they are ideologically opposed to the industry. Simply put, they say non-GMO crops are more productive and profitable. Modern Farmer magazine discovered that there is a movement among farmers abandoning genetically modified organisms (GMO) because of simple economics. "We get the same or better yields, and we save money up front," crop consultant and farmer Aaron Bloom said...

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Higher Vitamin D Levels in Pregnancy Could Help Babies Become Stronger



Jan. 3, 2014 -- Children are likely to have stronger muscles if their mothers had a higher level of vitamin D in their body during pregnancy, according to new research from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU) at the University of Southampton. Low vitamin D status has been linked to reduced muscle strength in adults and children, but little is known about how variation in a mother's status during pregnancy affects...

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Dietary Fibers Protect Against Asthma, Study Suggests



Jan. 6, 2014 -- The Western diet probably has more to do with the asthma epidemic than has been assumed so far because developing asthma is related to the amount of fruit and vegetables consumed. Gut bacteria ferment the dietary fibers contained in them and fatty acids enter the blood as a result, influencing the immune response in the lungs. This has been shown by a research project funded by the Swiss National Science...

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Meditation for Anxiety, Depression?



Jan. 6, 2014 -- Some 30 minutes of meditation daily may improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, a new Johns Hopkins analysis of previously published research suggests. "A lot of people use meditation, but it's not a practice considered part of mainstream medical therapy for anything," says Madhav Goyal, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and leader of a study...

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Ear Tubes Vs. Watchful Waiting: Tubes Do Not Improve Long-Term Development



Jan. 6, 2014 -- Watchful waiting or ear tube surgery? It is a decision faced by millions of families of children with recurrent or chronic otitis media with effusion (non-infected fluid in the middle ear) each year. Out of concern regarding long-term effects like hearing loss and potential developmental delays, about a million such families choose ear tubes annually, opting for surgery that carries risks of its own. New research by the RTI-University of...

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Green Spaces Deliver Lasting Mental Health Benefits



Jan. 7, 2014 -- Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health, finds a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology. Analyzing data that followed people over a five year period, the research has found that moving to a greener area not only improves people's mental health, but that the effect continues long after they have moved. The findings add to evidence...

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Several Forms of Vitamin E Protect Against Memory Disorders, Study Says



Jan. 7, 2014 -- Elderly people with high serum vitamin E levels are less likely to suffer from memory disorders than their peers with lower levels, according to a study published recently in Experimental Gerontology. According to the researchers, various forms of vitamin E seem to play a role in memory processes. The study was carried out in cooperation between the University of Eastern Finland, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, Karolinska...

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BPA Increases Risk of Cancer in Human Prostate Tissue, Study Shows



Jan. 7, 2014 -- Fetal exposure to a commonly used plasticizer found in products such as water bottles, soup can liners and paper receipts can increase the risk for prostate cancer later in life, according to a study from the University of Illinois at Chicago published Jan. 7 online in the journal Endocrinology. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is widely used to soften plastics. Steering clear of the chemical is nearly impossible, says Gail Prins,...

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Amount, Types of Fat We Eat Affect Health, Risk of Disease



Jan. 8, 2014 -- Healthy adults should consume between 20 percent and 35 percent of their calories from dietary fat, increase their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, and limit their intake of saturated and trans fats, according to an updated position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The position paper "Dietary Fatty Acids for Healthy Adults" has been published in the January issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and...

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