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Connecticut Center for Health: January 2018 Archives



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Fast food makes the immune system promote inflammation



Study shows that even after a change to a healthy diet, the body's defenses remain hyperactive Date: January 11, 2018 Source: University of Bonn Summary: The immune system reacts similarly to a high fat and high calorie diet as to a bacterial infection. Unhealthy food seems to make the body's defenses more aggressive in the long term. Even long after switching to a healthy diet, inflammation towards innate immune stimulation is more pronounced. These...

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Can writing your 'to-do's' help you to doze?



FULL STORY  Study suggests jotting down tasks can Date: January 11, 2018 Source: Baylor University Summary: Writing a 'to-do' list at bedtime may aid in falling asleep, according to a new study. Research compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down upcoming duties versus participants who chronicled completed activities. Writing a "to-do" list at bedtime may aid in falling asleep, according to a Baylor University study. Research compared sleep patterns of...

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Prebiotics in infant formula could improve learning and memory and alter brain chemistry



Date: January 17, 2018 Source: University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Summary: Among other benefits, breast milk contains natural sources of prebiotics: small, indigestible fiber molecules that promote the growth of good bacteria in the baby's gut. Yet for many families, breastfeeding is difficult or impossible. Fortunately, modern infant formulas are getting closer to the real thing with the help of University of Illinois researchers. Nearly every American who has...

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Low fitness is associated with larger waist size and higher degree of inflammation



Researchers found an inverse correlation between waist circumference and fitness, regardless of BMI Date: January 17, 2018 Source: PLOS Summary: Low fitness is associated with a larger waist size and a higher degree of inflammation, according to a new study. Low fitness is associated with a larger waist size and a higher degree of inflammation, according to a study published January 17, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Anne-Sophie Wedell-Neergaard from the...

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How treating eczema could also alleviate asthma



How treating eczema could also alleviate asthma Date: January 19, 2018 Source: VIB Summary: Scientists have discovered insights for a possible new therapy for eczema that also reduces the severity of asthma. The findings are an important next step in understanding the relationship between the two inflammatory diseases and to developing effective therapies.   Scientists from VIB-UGent have discovered insights for a possible new therapy for eczema that also reduces the severity of asthma. The...

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First brain training exercise positively linked to dementia prevention identified



First brain training exercise positively linked to dementia prevention identified Date: November 16, 2017 Source: Indiana University Summary: Aging research specialists have identified, for the first time, a form of mental exercise that can reduce the risk of dementia. Aging research specialists have identified, for the first time, a form of mental exercise that can reduce the risk of dementia. The cognitive training, called speed of processing, showed benefits up to 10 years after study...

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New mechanisms found of cell death in neurodegenerative disorders



New mechanisms found of cell death in neurodegenerative disorders Date: November 22, 2017 Source: King's College London Summary: New mechanisms of cell death have now been discovered, which may be involved in debilitating neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, report scientists. Researchers at King's College London have discovered new mechanisms of cell death, which may be involved in debilitating neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. This novel research, published...

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Trace elements of lithium in drinking water linked to longer life in Alzheimer's patients



Trace elements of lithium in drinking water linked to longer life in Alzheimer's patients Date: December 5, 2017 Source: IOS Press Summary: Trace elements of lithium in drinking water may slow death rates from Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. Rates of diabetes and obesity, which are important risk factors for Alzheimer's disease, also decrease if there is a particular amount of lithium in the water, says the study. Trace elements of lithium in drinking water...

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Healthy mitochondria could stop Alzheimer's



Healthy mitochondria could stop Alzheimer's Date: December 6, 2017 Source: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Summary: Using a bioinformatics and experimental approach, scientists have found that rendering mitochondria resistant to damage can halt diseases caused by amyloid toxicity, such as Alzheimer's disease.     Whole-brain hemisphere sections of Alzheimer's mice, the model APP/PSEN1, before and after treatment with the NAD+ booster Nicotinamide riboside (NR). The beta-amyloid plaque content in the brain of the APP/PSEN1 mice...

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Canola oil linked to worsened memory and learning ability in Alzheimer's



Canola oil linked to worsened memory and learning ability in Alzheimer's Date: December 7, 2017 Source: Temple University Health System Summary: Canola oil is one of the most widely consumed vegetable oils, yet little is known about its health effects. Now, a study links canola oil consumption in the diet with worsened memory, worsened learning ability and weight gain in mice which model Alzheimer's disease. It's the first study to suggest that canola oil is...

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Are There Any Proven Benefits to Fasting?



Expert Advice Are There Any Proven Benefits to Fasting? By Joe Sugarman Mark Mattson is a professor of neuroscience in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and also serves as chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging. You probably know that too many calories aren't good for your waistline, but as it turns out, they aren't good for your brain either. According to research conducted by neuroscientist Mark Mattson and others,...

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Why exercise slows progression of Parkinson's disease



Exercise can stop accumulation of a harmful protein in the brain Date: December 23, 2017 Source: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Summary: While vigorous exercise on a treadmill has been shown to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease in patients, the molecular reasons behind it have remained a mystery. While vigorous exercise on a treadmill has been shown to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease in patients, the molecular reasons behind it have...

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Introduction of Solid Foods to Infants



CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR HEALTH       Introduction of Solid Foods to Infants     For the first 6 months of life breast milk is the only food required by most infants.  Premature infants normally thrive on breast milk as it provides essential antibodies that protect their immune function and nutrients that optimize growth.  A nursing mother just needs to be sure her nutritional needs are being adequately met.  Generally, an additional 500 calories...

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When is the right time to start infants on solid foods?



Many parents start feeding their babies solid foods and other non-breast milk, non-formula foods before they should, according to current recommendations Date: January 4, 2018 Source: Elsevier Summary: The first study of a nationally representative group of US infants reports that more than half of babies are currently introduced to complementary foods, that is, foods or drinks other than breast milk or formula, sooner than they should be. Babies who were never breastfed or...

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People who sleep less than 8 hours a night more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety



Date: January 4, 2018 Source: Binghamton University Summary: Sleeping less than the recommended eight hours a night is associated with intrusive, repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety or depression, according to new research. Sleeping less than the recommended eight hours a night is associated with intrusive, repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety or depression, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Binghamton University Professor of Psychology Meredith...

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Scientists uncover why sauna bathing is good for your health



Date: January 5, 2018 Source: University of Eastern Finland Summary: Scientists in Finland have shown that sauna bathing is associated with a variety of health benefits. Using an experimental setting this time, the research group now investigated the physiological mechanisms through which the heat exposure of sauna may influence a person's health. Their latest study with 100 test subjects shows that taking a sauna bath of 30 minutes reduces blood pressure and increases vascular...

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