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Health Concerns: December 2010 Archives



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High Levels of 'Good' Cholesterol May Be Associated With Lower Risk of Alzheimer's Disease



High Levels of 'Good' Cholesterol May Be Associated With Lower Risk of Alzheimer's Disease ScienceDaily (Dec. 15, 2010) -- High levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as "good" cholesterol, appear to be associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer's disease in older adults, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Neurology Dyslipidemia [high total cholesterol and triglycerides] and late-onset Alzheimer's disease are highly frequent in western societies," the authors write...

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Asthma? Allergens Could Be Growing in Your Lungs



Asthma? Allergens Could Be Growing in Your Lungs ScienceDaily (Dec. 15, 2010) --  Scientists investigating the allergic reactions that asthmatics suffer towards a common mould have discovered that many people with asthma actually had the mould growing in their own lungs. The research led by University of Leicester scientists at Glenfield Hospital has been published in the December 2010 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The team based in the...

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Increased BPA Exposure Linked to Reduced Egg Quality in Women



Increased BPA Exposure Linked to Reduced Egg Quality in Women ScienceDaily (Dec. 15, 2010) -- A small-scale University of California, San Francisco-led study has identified the first evidence in humans that exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) may compromise the quality of a woman's eggs retrieved for in vitro fertilization (IVF). As blood levels of BPA in the women studied doubled, the percentage of eggs that fertilized normally declined by 50 percent, according to the research...

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Garlic Could Protect Against Hip Osteoarthritis



Garlic Could Protect Against Hip Osteoarthritis ScienceDaily (Dec. 16, 2010) -- Researchers at King's College London and the University of East Anglia have discovered that women who consume a diet high in allium vegetables, such as garlic, onions and leeks, have lower levels of hip osteoarthritis. The findings, published in the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders journal, not only highlight the possible effects of diet in protecting against osteoarthritis, but also show the potential for using compounds...

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sleep and memory



Sleep Makes Your Memories Stronger, and Helps With Creativity ScienceDaily (Dec. 17, 2010) -- As humans, we spend about a third of our lives asleep. So there must be a point to it, right? Scientists have found that sleep helps consolidate memories, fixing them in the brain so we can retrieve them later. Now, new research is showing that sleep also seems to reorganize memories, picking out the emotional details and reconfiguring the memories to...

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Beetroot Juice Could Help People Live More Active Lives



Beetroot Juice Could Help People Live More Active Lives ScienceDaily (Dec. 17, 2010) -- New research into the health benefits of beetroot juice suggests it's not only athletes who can benefit from its performance enhancing properties -- its physiological effects could help the elderly or people with heart or lung-conditions enjoy more active lives. Beetroot juice has been one of the biggest stories in sports science over the past year after researchers at the University...

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Despite Longer Life Spans, Fewer Years Are Disease-Free



Despite Longer Life Spans, Fewer Years Are Disease-Free ScienceDaily (Dec. 13, 2010) -- Increased life expectancy in the United States has not been accompanied by more years of perfect health, reveals new research published in the December issue of the Journal of Gerontology. Indeed, a 20-year-old today can expect to live one less healthy year over his or her lifespan than a 20-year-old a decade ago, even though life expectancy has grown. From 1970 to...

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Study Supports Gluten-Free Diet in Potential Celiac Disease Patients



Study Supports Gluten-Free Diet in Potential Celiac Disease Patients ScienceDaily (Dec. 15, 2010) -- Findings from a new study of 141 adults add to an ongoing medical debate over which patients with symptoms of celiac disease should go on a gluten-free diet. Published in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research, the study concludes that people currently diagnosed as "potential" celiac disease patients and not advised to follow a gluten-free diet may not be "potential" patients at...

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Improvement in Cognition and Mood With Multivitamin/Mineral



Improvement in Cognition and Mood With Multivitamin/Mineral in Healthy MalesCommentary by: Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO Reference: Kennedy D, Veasey R, Watson A, et al. Effects of high-dose B vitamin complex with vitamin C and minerals on subjective mood and performance in healthy males Psychopharmacology. 2010;211:55-68.Design: Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial Participants: 215 healthy male volunteers ages 30-55 were recruited. 210 completed the study (placebo group = 107, multivitamin/mineral group = 103).Intervention: 1 tablet daily of a...

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Improving Children's Diets Using Behavior Change Video Games



Improving Children's Diets Using Behavior Change Video Games Shows PromiseScienceDaily (Dec. 13, 2010) -- Obesity in youngsters has risen dramatically in recent decades. Fruit and vegetable (FV) consumption and increased water intake can lower the risk of obesity, as can increased physical activity, but it is not always easy to convince children to eat better and exercise more. In a new study published in the January 2011 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine,...

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Whey Supplements Lower Blood Pressure



Whey Supplements Lower Blood Pressure: Low-Cost Protein Gets Big Results in People With Elevated Blood PressureScienceDaily (Dec. 8, 2010) -- Beverages supplemented by whey-based protein can significantly reduce elevated blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease, a Washington State University study has found.Research led by nutritional biochemist Susan Fluegel and published in International Dairy Journal found that daily doses of commonly available whey brought a more than six-point reduction in the average...

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atrial fibrillation and warfarin/coumadin



New Assessment Quantifies Risks And Benefits Of Warfarin Treatment For Atrial FibrillationScienceDaily (Sep. 21, 2009) -- Warfarin therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation - the most common type of significant heart rhythm disorder - appears to be most beneficial for the oldest patients, those who have had a prior stroke and for patients with multiple risk factors for stroke, according to a new study by Kaiser Permanente and Massachusetts General Hospital researchers.This comparative effectiveness research...

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Blood-Thinning Treatment Standards Changing for Heart Patients



Blood-Thinning Treatment Standards Changing for Heart Patients, New Research ShowsScienceDaily (Dec. 9, 2010) -- Researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Massachusetts General Hospital have found that warfarin, a known anticoagulation (blood-thinning) drug, may not be as beneficial to some patients with atrial fibrillation as previously thought.These findings were published online this week ahead of print in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.Warfarin is commonly prescribed to prevent blood clotting, particularly for patients with...

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New Evidence for Eye-Protective Effects of Omega-3-Rich Fish



New Evidence for Eye-Protective Effects of Omega-3-Rich Fish, ShellfishScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2010) -- Researchers at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, wanted to know how the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) would be affected in a population of older people who regularly ate fish and seafood, since some varieties are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. A diet rich in omega-3s probably protects against advanced AMD, the leading cause of blindness in...

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How Cannabis Suppresses Immune Functions



How Cannabis Suppresses Immune Functions: Cannabis Compounds Found to Trigger Unique Immune Cells Which Promote Cancer Growth ScienceDaily (Nov. 26, 2010) -- An international team of immunologists studying the effects of cannabis have discovered how smoking marijuana can trigger a suppression of the body's immune functions. The research, published in the European Journal of Immunology, reveals why cannabis users are more susceptible to certain types of cancers and infections.The team, led by Dr Prakash Nagarkatti...

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More Protein, Less Refined Starch Important for Dieting



More Protein, Less Refined Starch Important for Dieting, Large Study Shows ScienceDaily (Nov. 26, 2010) -- Researchers at the Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE), University of Copenhagen, can now unveil the results of the world's largest diet study: If you want to lose weight, you should maintain a diet that is high in proteins with more lean meat, low-fat dairy products and beans and fewer finely refined starch calories such as white bread and white...

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Light Exercise May Prevent Osteoarthritis



Light Exercise May Prevent Osteoarthritis, Study SuggestsScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2010) -- People at risk for osteoarthritis may be able to delay the onset of the disease or even prevent it with simple changes to their physical activity, according to a study presented November 29 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)."According to the results of our study, participating in a high-impact activity, such as running, more than one hour per...

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Male Reproductive Problems May Add to Falling Fertility Rates



Male Reproductive Problems May Add to Falling Fertility RatesScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2010) -- Reduced male fertility may be making it even harder for couples to conceive and be contributing to low birth rates in many countries, reveals a new European Science Foundation (ESF) report launching at the IPSEN meeting in Paris.More than 10% of couples worldwide are infertile, contributing to the growing demand for assisted reproduction techniques such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for which...

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Antibacterial Soaps: Being Too Clean Can Make People Sick



Antibacterial Soaps: Being Too Clean Can Make People Sick, Study SuggestsScienceDaily (Nov. 30, 2010) -- Young people who are overexposed to antibacterial soaps containing triclosan may suffer more allergies, and exposure to higher levels of Bisphenol A among adults may negatively influence the immune system, a new University of Michigan School of Public Health study suggests.Triclosan is a chemical compound widely used in products such as antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, pens, diaper bags and medical devices....

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Internal Body Clock Controls Fat Metabolism



Internal Body Clock Controls Fat MetabolismScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2010) -- UC Irvine researchers have discovered that circadian rhythms -- the internal body clock -- regulate fat metabolism. This helps explain why people burn fat more efficiently at certain times of day and could lead to new pharmaceuticals for obesity, diabetes and energy-related illnesses.The study was headed by Paolo Sassone-Corsi, Donald Bren Professor and chair of pharmacology. A leading expert on circadian rhythms, he discovered many...

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Brain Scans Detect Autism's Signature



Brain Scans Detect Autism's SignatureScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2010) -- An autism study by Yale School of Medicine researchers using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has identified a pattern of brain activity that may characterize the genetic vulnerability to developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Published Nov. 15 in the early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study could eventually lead to earlier and more accurate autism diagnosis.ASD is defined by impaired social...

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