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Connecticut Center for Health: October 2017 Archives



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Farsighted children struggle with attention



Farsighted children struggle with attention, study finds Date: October 9, 2017 Source: Ohio State University Summary: Farsighted preschoolers and kindergartners have a harder time paying attention and that could put them at risk of slipping behind in school, a new study suggests.Farsighted preschoolers and kindergartners have a harder time paying attention and that could put them at risk of slipping behind in school, a new study suggests. An estimated 4 to 14 percent of preschoolers...

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Fats and oils help to unlock full nutritional benefits of veggies



A spoonful of oil: Fats and oils help to unlock full nutritional benefits of veggies, study suggestsDate:October 9, 2017Source:Iowa State UniversitySummary:Some dressing with your greens may help you absorb more nutrients, according to a new study. The research found enhanced absorption of multiple fat-soluble vitamins in addition to beta-carotene and three other carotenoids. The results may ease the guilt of countless dieters who fret about adding dressing to their salads.The song says a spoonful of...

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Common acid reflux medications promote chronic liver disease



Date: October 10, 2017 Source: University of California - San Diego Summary: Approximately 10 percent of Americans take a proton pump inhibitor drug to relieve symptoms of frequent heartburn and acid reflux. That percentage can be much higher for people with chronic liver disease. Researchers have discovered evidence in mice and humans that these medications alter gut bacteria in a way that promotes three types of chronic liver disease. Approximately 10 percent of the...

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Bright light therapy at midday helped patients with bipolar depression



Six weeks of light therapy decreased depression, increased daily functioning in patients Date: October 10, 2017 Source: Northwestern University Summary: Daily exposure to bright white light at midday significantly decreased symptoms of depression and increased functioning in people with bipolar disorder, a recent study found. More than 68 percent of patients who received midday bright light achieved a normal level of mood, compared to 22.2 percent of patients who received a dim placebo light....

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On-and-off fasting helps fight obesity



Researchers investigate why periods of sporadic fasting can be beneficial for the metabolism Date: October 17, 2017 Source: Springer Summary: Up to sixteen weeks of intermittent fasting without otherwise having to count calories helps fight obesity and other metabolic disorders. Such fasting already shows benefits after only six weeks, according to a new study. Up to sixteen weeks of intermittent fasting without otherwise having to count calories helps fight obesity and other metabolic disorders....

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Osteoporosis and Calcium



A new clinical guide summarizes the evidence regarding the effects of calcium in reducing the risk of osteoporosis after the menopause.Osteoporosis is common and affects 1 in 3 women. Calcium is vital for strong healthy bones and worldwide scientific societies have issued guidance about the daily requirements from childhood to old age. The European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) has issued a new clinical guide with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of...

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Like it or not: Broccoli may be good for the gut



Date: October 12, 2017 Source: Penn State Summary: For the broccoli haters of the world, researchers may have more bad news: the vegetable may also help promote a healthy gut.   For the broccoli haters of the world, researchers may have more bad news: the vegetable may also help promote a healthy gut.   In a study, when mice ate broccoli with their regular diet, they were better able to tolerate digestive issues similar...

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Scientists reveal the relationship between sugar, cancer



Date: October 13, 2017 Source: VIB Summary: A nine-year joint research project has led to a crucial breakthrough in cancer research. Scientists have clarified how the Warburg effect, a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars, stimulates tumor growth. This discovery provides evidence for a positive correlation between sugar and cancer, which may have far-reaching impacts on tailor-made diets for cancer patients.   A nine-year joint research project conducted by VIB, KU...

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Vitamin D protects against severe asthma attacks



Date: October 3, 2017 Source: Queen Mary University of London Summary: Taking oral vitamin D supplements in addition to standard asthma medication could halve the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance, according to new research. Taking oral vitamin D supplements in addition to standard asthma medication could halve the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Asthma affects more than 300 million...

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Antifungals and probiotics may play a key role in the development of treatment for Crohn's disease



Potential new therapeutic approaches for inflammatory bowel diseases may involve using antifungals with probiotics Date: October 4, 2017 Source: Elsevier Summary: Scientists have determined that fungus may play a key role in chronic intestinal inflammation disorders. They found that patients with Crohn's disease tend to have much higher levels of the fungus Candida tropicalis compared to their healthy family members. A new review looks at these findings and provides insights into potential new therapeutic...

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Multivitamins in pregnancy may be linked to lower autism risk in children



Evidence not yet sufficient to change practice but findings warrant further investigation, say researchers Date: October 4, 2017 Source: BMJ Summary: Taking multivitamins during early pregnancy may be associated with a reduced risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children compared with mothers who do not take multivitamins, finds a study. The researchers stress that their findings cannot establish cause and effect, but say they raise questions about a possible association that warrant further...

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Too much sugar? Even 'healthy people' are at risk of developing heart disease



Date: October 4, 2017 Source: University of Surrey Summary: Healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.   A ground-breaking study from the University of Surrey found that a subject group of otherwise healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their...

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A need for bananas? Dietary potassium regulates calcification of arteries



Low dietary potassium leads to calcified arteries and aortic stiffness, while increased dietary potassium alleviates that in a mouse model, suggesting dietary potassium may protect against heart disease and death from heart disease in humans Date: October 5, 2017 Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham Summary: Researchers have shown, for the first time, that reduced dietary potassium promotes elevated aortic stiffness in a mouse model. Such arterial stiffness in humans is predictive of heart...

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Women who get frequent UTIs may reduce risk by drinking plenty of water



Women who get frequent UTIs may reduce risk by drinking plenty of water Date: October 5, 2017 Source: Infectious Diseases Society of America Summary: Women who suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections may reduce their risk by drinking more water, according to a new study. Drinking an additional three pints of water a day may keep the urinary tract infection (UTI) away -- at least for women who are prone -- suggests a study being...

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Skipping breakfast associated with hardening of the arteries



Skipping breakfast associated with hardening of the arteries Date: October 2, 2017 Source: American College of Cardiology Summary: Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to a build-up of plaque, according to research.   Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to a build-up of plaque, according to research published in the Journal...

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One hour of exercise a week can prevent depression



  One hour of exercise a week can prevent depression Date: October 3, 2017 Source: University of New South Wales Summary: Regular exercise of any intensity can prevent future depression -- and just one hour can help, a landmark study has revealed. A landmark study led by the Black Dog Institute has revealed that regular exercise of any intensity can prevent future depression -- and just one hour can help.   Published in the American...

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Risks and recommendations for weight gain management in midlife women



Risks and recommendations for weight gain management in midlife women Date: October 2, 2017 Source: Mayo Clinic Summary: A review of the weight gain risks and challenges faced by women in midlife has led researchers to a series of recommendations for this patient population. A review of the weight gain risks and challenges faced by women in midlife has led Mayo Clinic researchers to a series of recommendations for this patient population. The findings are...

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Vitamin K and Heart Health in Children



Low consumption of vitamin K by adolescents associated with unhealthy enlargement of the heart's major pumping chamber A study of 766 otherwise healthy adolescents showed that those who consumed the least vitamin K1 -- found in spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce and olive oil -- were at 3.3 times greater risk for an unhealthy enlargement of the major pumping chamber of their heart, according to the study published in The Journal of Nutrition. Vitamin K1, or...

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