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Connecticut Center for Health: November 2014 Archives



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Women's fertility linked to detox element in diet



Women's fertility linked to detox element in diet University of Adelaide research has for the first time shown how much of a critical role the natural antioxidant selenium plays at the earliest stages of a woman's fertilityThe discovery has been made in joint research involving the University's School of Chemistry and Physics and the Robinson Research Institute. For her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Adelaide, Melanie Ceko investigated the role and location of...

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Triclosan, a common antimicrobial in personal hygiene products, causes liver fibrosis and cancer in mice



The 'dirty' side of soap: Triclosan, a common antimicrobial in personal hygiene products, causes liver fibrosis and cancer in mice Triclosan is an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Despite its widespread use, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to the chemical. The study, published Nov. 17 by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that triclosan...

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Testosterone replacement therapy does not increase cardiovascular risks in men with low testosterone levels



Testosterone replacement therapy does not increase cardiovascular risks in men with low testosterone levels An important new study of men who have undergone testosterone replacement therapy has found that taking supplemental testosterone does not increase their risk of experiencing a major adverse cardiac event, such as a heart attack or stroke Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, which is the flagship facility for the Intermountain Healthcare system, studied 5,695 men...

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Trans fat consumption linked to diminished memory in working-aged adults



Trans fat consumption linked to diminished memory in working-aged adults High trans fat consumption is linked to worse memory among working-age men, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014 In a recent study of approximately 1,000 healthy men, those who consumed the most trans fats showed notably worse performance on a word memory test. The strength of the association remained even after taking into consideration things like age, education, ethnicity...

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New clue in celiac disease puzzle: Cause of oat toxicity explained



New clue in celiac disease puzzle: Cause of oat toxicity explained Melbourne researchers have identified why some people with celiac disease show an immune response after eating oats the researchers have identified the key components in oats that trigger an immune response in some people with celiac disease. The findings may lead to better tests for oat toxicity, and have implications for new treatments being developed for celiac disease. As many as one in 60...

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Soy spells fewer hot flashes for certain women



Soy spells fewer hot flashes for certain women Does soy in the diet help with hot flashes? It does, but only for women whose bodies can produce the soy metabolite equol, reports a study of American women just published online in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society. About 20% to 50% of North American and European women have this ability. The researchers surveyed women from age 45 to 55 in a Seattle,...

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DNA methylation: The role it plays in aging cells



DNA methylation: The role it plays in aging cells Although every person's DNA remains the same throughout their lives, scientists know that it functions differently at different ages. As people age, drastic changes occur in their DNA methylation patterns, which are thought to act as a "second code" on top of the DNA that can lock genes in the on or off position. However, what the consequences of these changes are remains a mystery.To begin...

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Just one gram of turmeric a day could boost memory



Just one gram of turmeric a day could boost memory Adding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment. The finding has particular significance given that the world's ageing population means a rising incidence of conditions that predispose people to diabetes, which in turn is connected to dementia Early intervention could help to reduce...

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Shift in gut bacteria observed in fiber supplement study may offer good news for weight loss



Shift in gut bacteria observed in fiber supplement study may offer good news for weight loss Most Americans don't get the daily recommended amount of fiber in their diet, though research has shown that dietary fiber can cause a shift in the gut toward beneficial bacteria, reducing the risk of colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases. A new study from the University of Illinois shows that two specific functional fibers may also have...

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Taking antibiotics during pregnancy increases risk for child becoming obese



Taking antibiotics during pregnancy increases risk for child becoming obese A study just released by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that children who were exposed to antibiotics in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had a higher risk of childhood obesity at age 7. The research also showed that for mothers who delivered their babies by a Caesarean section, whether elective or non-elective, there was a higher risk for obesity in...

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New dietary supplement beats calcium, vitamin D for bone strength



New dietary supplement beats calcium, vitamin D for bone strength A new study by a Florida State University researcher reveals that a new dietary supplement is superior to calcium and vitamin D when it comes to bone health. Over 12 months, Bahram H. Arjmandi, Margaret A. Sitton Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences and Director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging (CAENRA) at Florida State, studied...

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Research suggests high-fat diets during pregnancy could influence brain functioning, behavior of children



Research suggests high-fat diets during pregnancy could influence brain functioning, behavior of children New research suggests that a high-fat maternal diet during pregnancy and while breastfeeding could have significant and lasting detrimental effects on the brain function and behavior of children. The study is one of few basic science studies conducted to measure the direct effect of a high-fat maternal diet on the cognitive functioning on offspring. Results from this study, and others related to...

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ADHD-air pollution link



: Breathing dirty air during pregnancy raises odds of childhood ADHD-related behavior problems Prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAH, a component of air pollution, raises the odds of behavior problems associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, at age 9, according to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health. Results are published online in the journal PLOS ONE. The researchers followed 233 nonsmoking...

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Number of young patients with newly diagnosed colorectal cancer anticipated to nearly double by 2030



In the next 15 years, more than one in 10 colon cancers and nearly one in four rectal cancers will be diagnosed in patients younger than the traditional screening age, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. This growing public health problem is underscored by data trends among 20- to 34-year-olds in the U.S., among whom the incidence of colon and rectal cancer (CRC) is expected to increase by...

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Association between coronary artery plaque, liver disease found



Association between coronary artery plaque, liver disease found Researchers using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) have found a close association between high-risk coronary artery plaque and a common liver disease. The study, published online in the journal Radiology, found that a single CT exam can detect both conditions. Previous research has shown that CCTA can detect high-risk coronary artery plaque, or plaque prone to life-threatening ruptures. For the new study, researchers looked at associations between...

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