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Health Concerns: March 2011 Archives



Natural Health News

Plant Oil May Hold Key to Reducing Obesity-Related Medical Issues



Plant Oil May Hold Key to Reducing Obesity-Related Medical Issues, Researcher FindsScienceDaily (Mar. 24, 2011) -- Scientists have known for years that belly fat leads to serious medical problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found a plant oil that may be able to reduce belly fat in humans.In his latest study, James Perfield, assistant professor of food science in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural...

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Knowing It in Your Gut': Cross-Talk Between Human Gut Bacteria and Brain



Knowing It in Your Gut': Cross-Talk Between Human Gut Bacteria and BrainScienceDaily (Mar. 24, 2011) -- A lot of chatter goes on inside each one of us and not all of it happens between our ears. Researchers at McMaster University discovered that the "cross-talk" between bacteria in our gut and our brain plays an important role in the development of psychiatric illness, intestinal diseases and probably other health problems as well including obesity."The wave of...

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High Levels of Dietary Nitrate Might in Part Explain the Vascular Benefits of Diets Rich in Leafy Greens



High Levels of Dietary Nitrate Might in Part Explain the Vascular Benefits of Diets Rich in Leafy GreensScienceDaily (Mar. 24, 2011) -- Disorders of the circulatory system -- vascular diseases -- are common in the developed world, and can lead to heart attacks, strokes and even death. However, treatments for these disorders, such as bypass surgery and angioplasty, themselves induce vascular injury, after which the cells of the blood vessel can over-proliferate in a way...

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When You Cough Up Green or Yellow Phlegm You Need to Be Prescribed Antibiotics, Right?



When You Cough Up Green or Yellow Phlegm You Need to Be Prescribed Antibiotics, Right?ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2011) -- Prescribing antibiotics for patients with discoloured phlegm caused by acute cough has little or no effect on alleviating symptoms and recovery, a Cardiff University study has found.Acute cough is one of the common reasons why people visit their GP and accounts for a large proportion of antibiotics prescribed in the community. One of the most common...

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Resveratrol May Be Useful Tool for Reducing Body Fat



Resveratrol May Be Useful Tool for Reducing Body Fat ScienceDaily (Mar. 18, 2011) -- For her thesis entitled Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Resveratrol: the effect of these functional ingredients on the metabolism of triglycerides and adiposity, nutrition and obesity research team member at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Ms Arrate Lasa, studied the fat-reducing effect of CLA and resveratrol. Obesity is a very common illness in developed countries, there being more than 1,000...

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Tai Chi Beats Back Depression in the Elderly



Tai Chi Beats Back Depression in the Elderly, Study ShowsScienceDaily (Mar. 20, 2011) -- The numbers are, well, depressing: More than 2 million people age 65 and older suffer from depression, including 50 percent of those living in nursing homes. The suicide rate among white men over 85 is the highest in the country -- six times the national rate. And we're not getting any younger. In the next 35 years, the number of Americans...

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Used Woodwind and Brass Musical Instruments Harbor Harmful Bacteria and Fungi



Used Woodwind and Brass Musical Instruments Harbor Harmful Bacteria and Fungi, Study SuggestsScienceDaily (Mar. 14, 2011) -- Research has shown that playing a musical instrument can help nourish, cultivate, and increase intelligence in children, but playing a used instrument also can pose a potentially dangerous health risk.Used woodwind and brass instruments were found to be heavily contaminated with a variety of bacteria and fungi, many of which are associated with minor to serious infectious and...

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Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake Linked With Reduced Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Women



Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake Linked With Reduced Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in WomenScienceDaily (Mar. 15, 2011) -- Regular consumption of fish and omega-3 fatty acids found in fish is associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing age-related macular degeneration in women, according to a report posted online that will appear in the June issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals."An estimated nine million U.S. adults aged 40 years and older...

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Using acupuncture to prevent atrial fibrillation



From The C.A.M. ReportUsing acupuncture to prevent atrial fibrillationAtrial fibrillation (aka A-fib) is the most common abnormal heart rhythm. It involves the 2 upper chambers of the heart.Researchers at the Universita degli Studi di Milano, in Italy, evaluated whether acupuncture might prevent or reduce the rate of arrhythmia recurrences in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation.First, the details.    * The researchers studied 80 patients with persistent atrial fibrillation after restoring their normal sinus rhythm with electrical...

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Popular Drugs for Common Male Health Problems Can Affect Their Sexual Health



Popular Drugs for Common Male Health Problems Can Affect Their Sexual HealthScienceDaily (Mar. 7, 2011) -- A new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine reveals that, for the first time, 5a-reductase inhibitors commonly used to treat urinary problems in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and found in popular medications to treat hair loss, can produce, persistent erectile dysfunction (ED), depression and loss of libido, even after the medication has been discontinued.Researchers led...

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Helicobacter Pylori Infection Linked to Decreased Iron Levels in Otherwise Healthy Children



Helicobacter Pylori Infection Linked to Decreased Iron Levels in Otherwise Healthy ChildrenScienceDaily (Mar. 7, 2011) -- Children without previous iron deficiencies or anemia who remained infected with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) had significantly lower levels of iron compared to children who had the infection eradicated, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)."Half of the world's population is infected with H. pylori and most of the individuals are asymptomatically...

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Removing Arsenic from Drinking Water



Removing Arsenic from Drinking WaterScienceDaily (Mar. 7, 2011) -- Pioneering technology by scientists at Queen's University Belfast, which is transforming the lives of millions of people in Asia, is now being used to create safer drinking water in the United States.The award-winning system -- Subterranean Arsenic Removal -- removes arsenic from groundwater without using chemicals. It was developed by a team of European and Indian engineers led by Dr Bhaskar Sen Gupta in Queen's University...

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Exercise Can Curb Marijuana Use and Cravings



Exercise Can Curb Marijuana Use and Cravings, Study FindsScienceDaily (Mar. 8, 2011) -- Vanderbilt researchers are studying heavy users of marijuana to help understand what exercise does for the brain, contributing to a field of research that uses exercise as a modality for prevention and treatment.Participants saw a significant decrease in their cravings and daily use after just a few sessions of running on the treadmill, according to a Vanderbilt study published March 3 in...

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A quercetin containing supplement reduces niacin-induced flush in humans.



A quercetin containing supplement reduces niacin-induced flush in humans. Kalogeromitros D, Makris M, Chliva C, Aggelides X, Kempuraj D, Theoharides TC. Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2008 Jul-Sep;21(3):509-14. Allergy Clinical Research Center, Allergy Section, Attikon Hospital, University of Athens Medical School, Athens, Greece. Coronary artery disease is associated with increased serum levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL, but low levels of HDL. The most potent agent capable of reversing this trend is the vitamin nicotinic...

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Antibacterial Soaps: Being Too Clean Can Make People Sick,



Antibacterial Soaps: Being Too Clean Can Make People Sick, Study Suggests ScienceDaily (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...

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Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Allergies in Kids



Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Allergies in Kids ScienceDaily (Feb. 25, 2011) -- A study of more than 3,000 children shows that low vitamin D levels are associated with increased likelihood that children will develop allergies, according to a paper published in the February 17 online edition of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University headed the study. Researchers looked at the serum vitamin...

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Steroids to Treat Asthma: How Safe Are They?



Steroids to Treat Asthma: How Safe Are They? ScienceDaily (Feb. 24, 2011) -- Children experiencing an asthma attack who are treated with a short burst of oral steroids may have a brief and transient depression of immune response, according to a new study led by Université de Montréal. These findings, published in this month's issue of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonology, have implications for asthmatic children who have flare-ups and who may be exposed to...

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vitamins and breast cancer



Vitamins & Breast CA - A Positive Association   SUMMARY We found that vitamin use shortly after breast cancer diagnosis was associated with reduced mortality and recurrence risk, even after adjusted for multiple lifestyle factors, socio-demographics, and known clinical prognostic factors. Women who used antioxidants (vitamin E, vitamin C, multivitamins) had 18% reduced mortality risk (hazard ratio (HR) = 0.82, 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.65-1.02) and 22% reduced recurrence risk (HR = 0.78, 95% CI:...

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Fish Oil Supplementation Increases First-line Chemotherapy Efficacy in Patients with Non-small Cell Lung Cancer



Fish Oil Supplementation Increases First-line Chemotherapy Efficacy in Patients with Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Reference: "Supplementation with fish oil increases first-line chemotherapy efficacy in patients with advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer," Murphy RA, Mourtzakis M, et al, Cancer, 2011 Feb 15; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address:Division of Human Nutrition, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada).  Summary: In a study involving 46 patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC),...

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