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Health Concerns: October 2010 Archives



Natural Health News

Fructose Intolerance Common in Children With Functional Abdominal Pain



Fructose Intolerance Common in Children With Functional Abdominal Pain; Low-Fructose Diet Is an Effective Treatment, Study FindsScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2010) -- Fructose intolerance, or fructose malabsorption, is common in children with recurrent or functional abdominal pain, but the condition can be effectively managed with a low‐fructose diet, according to the results of a new study unveiled at the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 75th Annual Scientific meeting in San Antonio, Texas.The study, "Fructose Intolerance/Malabsorption and...

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Creams Used to Treat Eczema Could Make It Worse, Study Suggests



Creams Used to Treat Eczema Could Make It Worse, Study SuggestsScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2010) -- New research at the University of Bath suggests that using emollient creams to relieve the symptoms of eczema could actually make the condition worse.The researchers, from the University's Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, have published a study in the British Journal of Dermatology showing that aqueous cream BP reduces the thickness of healthy skin over a period of four weeks,...

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Soy Intake Associated With Lower Recurrence of Breast Cancer in Hormone-Sensitive Cancers



Soy Intake Associated With Lower Recurrence of Breast Cancer in Hormone-Sensitive CancersScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2010) -- Post-menopausal breast cancer patients with hormone-sensitive cancers who consumed high amounts of soy isoflavones had a lower risk of recurrence, found a research study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).Soy isoflavones are similar to estrogen in chemical structure and may stimulate or inhibit estrogen-like action in tissues. Consumption of soy isoflavones, found in soybeans and soy products, has...

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vitamin b12 and alzeheimer's disease



ScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2010) -- A new study shows that vitamin B12 may protect against Alzheimer's disease, adding more evidence to the scientific debate about whether the vitamin is effective in reducing the risk of memory loss.The research will be published in the October 19, 2010, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology."Our findings show the need for further research on the role of vitamin B12 as a marker for...

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Potent New Hepatitis C Drug: First Clinical Trials Successfully Completed



Potent New Hepatitis C Drug: First Clinical Trials Successfully CompletedScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2010) -- The first clinical trials on a new investigational drug being developed to treat infections caused by Hepatitis C virus have been successfully completed.Completion of the initial phase (phase 1a) of trials of INX-189, discovered and first prepared by researchers at Cardiff University's Welsh School of Pharmacy in 2008, means the chances of it becoming an approved medicine have significantly improved.Approximately 170...

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Compound in Celery, Peppers Reduces Age-Related Memory Deficits



Compound in Celery, Peppers Reduces Age-Related Memory DeficitsScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2010) -- A diet rich in the plant compound luteolin reduces age-related inflammation in the brain and related memory deficits by directly inhibiting the release of inflammatory molecules in the brain, researchers report.Luteolin (LOOT-ee-oh-lin) is found in many plants, including carrots, peppers, celery, olive oil, peppermint, rosemary and chamomile.The new study, which examined the effects of dietary luteolin in a mouse model of aging, appears...

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Enzyme and gut health



scienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2010) -- An enzyme that keeps intestinal bacteria out of the bloodstream may also play an important role in maintaining the normal microbial population of the gastrointestinal system. Since the loss of beneficial bacteria that usually results from antibiotic therapy can sometimes lead to serious health problems, a treatment that maintains microbial levels could have significant benefits.Our mouse studies confirmed that giving this enzyme by mouth keeps the gut healthy, in terms...

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Watermelon Lowers Blood Pressure



Watermelon Lowers Blood Pressure, Study FindsScienceDaily (Oct. 13, 2010) -- No matter how you slice it, watermelon has a lot going for it -- sweet, low calorie, high fiber, nutrient rich -- and now, there's more. Evidence from a pilot study led by food scientists at The Florida State University suggests that watermelon can be an effective natural weapon against prehypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease.It is the first investigation of its kind in humans....

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Preserve your Memory with walking



ScienceDaily (Oct. 13, 2010) -- New research suggests that walking at least six miles per week may protect brain size and in turn, preserve memory in old age, according to a study published in the October 13, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology."Brain size shrinks in late adulthood, which can cause memory problems. Our results should encourage well-designed trials of physical exercise in older adults as a...

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Rice and Heart Disease



Rice and Heart Diseasefrom The C.A. M. ReportThere's an ingredient in rice that may help control blood pressure and explain the lower risk of cardiovascular disease in Japan.Researchers at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, presented the results of their laboratory study during the annual 2010 Experimental Biology conference.First, some background.    * The subaleurone layer of Japanese rice (between the white center and brown fibrous outer layer) contains oligosaccharides (sugars) and dietary fibers, which provide nutritional...

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Consuming Vegetables Linked to Decreased Breast Cancer Risk in African-American Women



Consuming Vegetables Linked to Decreased Breast Cancer Risk in African-American WomenScienceDaily (Oct. 12, 2010) -- Investigators from the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have reported that African American women who consume more vegetables are less likely to develop estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer than women with low vegetable intake. The study results, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, were based on data from the Black Women's Health Study (BWHS), a...

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Comparing fructose- and glucose-sweetened beverages



From C.A.M. ReportComparing fructose- and glucose-sweetened beveragesOverweight and obese subjects consumed glucose- or fructose-sweetened beverages, and researchers from the US and Japan compared the effects.A new TV commercial in the US claims there's no difference. Not so, according to these results. Here are the findings, and the potential significance of this research.First, the details.    * 32 overweight and obese adult men and women were observed for 10 weeks.    * They drank beverages sweetened with glucose...

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Melatonin cream protects from radiation burns in breast cancer patients



Melatonin cream protects from radiation burns in breast cancer patientsRedness, tenderness, and swelling of the skin are common during radiotherapy for breast cancer.Melatonin-based creams protect from these effects in rats. So, researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, tested it in women with breast cancer.First, the details.    * After lumpectomy, 47 were randomly assigned to a treatment group during radiotherapy.          o Melatonin cream applied twice daily          o Placebo    * All women received 50Gy whole breast...

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In Parkinson's Disease, Brain Cells Abandon Mitochondria



In Parkinson's Disease, Brain Cells Abandon MitochondriaScienceDaily (Oct. 8, 2010) -- In a study that sheds new light on the causes of Parkinson's disease, researchers report that brain cells in Parkinson's patients abandon their energy-producing machinery, the mitochondria. A shutdown in fuel can have devastating effects on brain cells, which consume roughly 20 percent of the body's energy despite making up only 2 percent of body weight.The findings indicate that boosting the mitochondria with FDA...

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Homeopathic treatment of migraine



Homeopathic treatment of migraine Researchers at Charite University Medical Center, in Berlin, Germany, studied the effects of individualized homeopathic treatment in patients with migraine being treated with usual care.First, the details. •212 adults (89% women) were treated by 67 physicians.•Patients had suffered from migraine for an average of 15 years.•Most patients (90%) were conventionally pretreated.And, the results. •Physicians took the initial patient history (average 2 hours), case analysis (40 minutes), and follow-ups (7 minutes).•Patients received...

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Scientists Discover That Inflammation Helps to Heal Wounds



Surprise: Scientists Discover That Inflammation Helps to Heal Wounds ScienceDaily (Oct. 5, 2010) -- A new research study published in The FASEB Journal may change how sports injuries involving muscle tissue are treated, as well as how much patient monitoring is necessary when potent anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed for a long time. That's because the study shows for the first time that inflammation actually helps to heal damaged muscle tissue, turning conventional wisdom on its...

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Low Testosterone Linked to Alzheimer's Disease



Low Testosterone Linked to Alzheimer's Disease ScienceDaily (Oct. 5, 2010) -- Low levels of the male sex hormone, testosterone, in older men is associated with the onset of Alzheimer's disease, according to research by a team that includes a Saint Louis University scientist. "Having low testosterone may make you more vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease," said John E. Morley, M.D., director of the division of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University and a study co-investigator. "The...

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Memory and psychotic effects of smoking cannabis



From C.A.M. ReportMemory and psychotic effects of smoking cannabisResearchers at the University College London, in the UK, report on the acute negative effects of smoking pot.Here are their results and why they're important.First, the details.    * 134 cannabis users were tested 7 days apart on measures of memory and psychotic symptoms.          o They were tested once while drug free and once while acutely intoxicated by their own chosen smoked cannabis.    * A sample of cannabis...

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Walnuts, Walnut Oil, Improve Reaction to Stress



Walnuts, Walnut Oil, Improve Reaction to StressScienceDaily (Oct. 4, 2010) -- A diet rich in walnuts and walnut oil may prepare the body to deal better with stress, according to a team of Penn State researchers who looked at how these foods, which contain polyunsaturated fats, influence blood pressure at rest and under stress.Previous studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids -- like the alpha linolenic acid found in walnuts and flax seeds -- can...

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Zinc decreases CRP and Inflammatory Markers



  45mg of Zinc from Zinc Gluconate decreases CRP and Inflammatory Markers Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Jun;91(6):1634-41. Epub 2010 Apr 28. Zinc decreases C-reactive protein, lipid peroxidation, and inflammatory cytokines in elderly subjects: a potential implication of zinc as an atheroprotective agent. Bao B, Prasad AS, Beck FW, Fitzgerald JT, Snell D, Bao GW, Singh T, Cardozo LJ. Department of Internal Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA. bbao@med.wayne.edu <bbao@med.wayne.edu> Abstract BACKGROUND: Chronic inflammation...

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Blueberries Help Fight Artery Hardening



Blueberries Help Fight Artery Hardening, Lab Animal Study IndicatesScienceDaily (Sep. 30, 2010) -- Blueberries may help fight atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, according to results of a preliminary U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded study with laboratory mice. The research provides the first direct evidence that blueberries can help prevent harmful plaques or lesions, symptomatic of atherosclerosis, from increasing in size in arteries.Principal investigator Xianli Wu, based in Little Rock, Ark., with the...

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Garlic Oil Shows Protective Effect Against Heart Disease in Diabetes



Garlic Oil Shows Protective Effect Against Heart Disease in DiabetesScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2010) -- Garlic has "significant" potential for preventing cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that is a leading cause of death in people with diabetes, scientists have concluded in a new study. Their report, which also explains why people with diabetes are at high risk for diabetic cardiomyopathy, appears in ACS' bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Wei-Wen Kuo and colleagues note...

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