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Health Concerns: November 2011 Archives



Natural Health News

Moderate Alcohol Consumption Is Associated With Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth



ScienceDaily (Oct. 31, 2011) -- Just one drink per day for women -- two for men -- could lead to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and subsequently cause gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea, according to the results of a new study unveiled at the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 76th Annual Scientific meeting in Washington, DC. The retrospective review, "Moderate Alcohol Consumption is Associated with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth,"...

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Researchers Surprised to Find Fatty Liver Disease Poses No Excess Risk for Death



  ScienceDaily (Nov. 23, 2011) -- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common condition associated with obesity and heart disease long thought to undermine health and longevity. But a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests the condition does not affect survival. A report on the study was published online last week in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). "Physicians have considered fatty liver disease a really worrisome risk factor for cardiovascular disease," says...

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Vitamins Decrease Lung Cancer Risk by 50%



  by Robert G. Smith, PhD   (OMNS, Nov 18, 2011) A recent study [1] of the effect of B vitamins on a large group of participants reported an inverse relationship between blood serum levels of vitamin B6, methionine, and folate and the risk of lung cancer. High serum levels of vitamin B6, methionine and folate were associated with a 50% or greater reduction in lung cancer risk. This exciting finding has not been...

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Study Helps Eliminate Causes for Joint Pain Linked to Commonly Used Breast Cancer Drugs



ScienceDaily (Nov. 11, 2011) -- Researchers exploring why some women who take a common breast cancer drug develop serious joint pain have eliminated two possible causes: inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune disease. Because of these findings, the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) researchers say women should be encouraged to continue taking the medication to gain its full benefit. The study is published online November 11 in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. Preliminary findings...

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Study Suggests New Benefits of Eating Nuts for Patients With Metabolic Syndrome



ScienceDaily (Nov. 11, 2011) -- A recent scientific study has revealed the relationship between nut consumption and a high level of serotonin metabolites (an important neurotransmitter) in patients with metabolic syndrome, who are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. The article, published in the Journal of Proteome Research,  is authored by Cristina Andrés-Lacueva, Sara Tulipani (first author), Rafael Llorach and Mar Garcia-Aloy, from the University of Barcelona's Department of Nutrition and Bromatology, Olga Jaúregui,...

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Low Vitamin D Common in Spine Surgery Patients; Deficiency May Hinder Recovery



ScienceDaily (Nov. 3, 2011) -- A new study indicates that many patients undergoing spine surgery have low levels of vitamin D, which may delay their recovery. In a study of 313 patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery, orthopaedic surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that more than half had inadequate levels of vitamin D, including one-fourth who were more severely deficient. The researchers report their findings at the 26th Annual...

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Dead of Winter Is Tough On Arthritis Sufferers



ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2011) -- As cold winter weather sets in and daylight hours dwindle, many older Chicagoans with arthritis tend to sit idle, missing out on the daily dose of physical activity they need to improve their health, according to a Northwestern Medicine study. "We found that there's a huge difference in trying to get these patients to be active in the winter and trying to get them to be active in the...

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Young Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis at More Risk for Broken Bones, Study Finds



ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2011) -- Women under 50 with rheumatoid arthritis are at greater risk of breaking bones than women without the condition, according to a Mayo Clinic study being presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual scientific meeting in Chicago. Men with rheumatoid arthritis also are in more danger of fractures, but that risk seems to surface when they are older, researchers found. Rheumatoid arthritis can lead to chronic, debilitating inflammation of...

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Fatherhood Can Help Change a Man's Bad Habits



ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2011) -- After men become fathers for the first time, they show significant decreases in crime, tobacco and alcohol use, according to a new, 19-year study. Researchers assessed more than 200 at-risk boys annually from the age of 12 to 31, and examined how men's crime, tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use changed over time. While previous studies showed that marriage can change a man's negative behavior, they had not isolated the...

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Study Characterizes Epigenetic Signatures of Autism in Brain Tissue



ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2011) -- Neurons in the prefrontal cortex of individuals with autism show changes at numerous sites across the genome, according to a study being published Online First by the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Autism spectrum disorders are a group of complex illnesses with different causes and origins. Neuronal dysfunction in the cerebral cortex and other regions of the brain could contribute to the cognitive and behavioral...

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Farmed Fish Fed Vegetable Matter May Have Residual Pesticides



ScienceDaily (Nov. 8, 2011) -- Today, half of all the fish we eat comes from fish farms. The problem is that these fish are increasingly being fed vegetable matter, which could lead to a build-up of residual pesticides in them. A new test shows how high the risk of contamination really is. People are eating more and more fish. To meet rising demand, fish are increasingly being cultivated in fish farms. Aquaculture is the...

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Autistic People Superior in Multiple Areas



 Scientists Must Stop Emphasizing Autistics' Shortcomings, Expert Urges ScienceDaily (Nov. 2, 2011) -- We must stop considering the different brain structure of autistic individuals to be a deficiency, as research reveals that many autistics -- not just "savants" -- have qualities and abilities that may exceed those of people who do not have the condition, according to a provocative article published November 2 in Nature by Dr. Laurent Mottron at the University of Montreal's Centre...

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Treating Depression



From the CAM/ ReportCAM options for treating depression About 20 million Americans suffer from clinical depression. Low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, are thought to contribute to depression. Depression is also associated with diseases like diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, hormonal imbalance, hypoglycemia, stress, impaired thyroid function, environmental toxins, and unhealthy lifestyles. There are eight criteria for depression according to the DSM. Five of them, if they persist for two weeks or longer, strongly suggest...

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Exposure to Chemical BPA Before Birth Linked to Behavioral, Emotional Difficulties in Girls



ScienceDaily (Oct. 24, 2011) -- Exposure in the womb to bisphenol A (BPA) -- a chemical used to make plastic containers and other consumer goods -- is associated with behavior and emotional problems in young girls, according to a study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center, and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. BPA is found in many consumer products, including canned food...

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Dietary Patterns May Be Linked to Increased Colorectal Cancer Risk in Women



ScienceDaily (Oct. 24, 2011) -- Researchers may have found a specific dietary pattern linked to levels of C-peptide concentrations that increase a woman's risk for colorectal cancer. "High red meat intake, fish intake, sugar-sweetened beverage intake, but low coffee, whole grains and high-fat dairy intake, when taken as a whole, seemed to be associated with higher levels of C-peptide in the blood," said Teresa T. Fung, S.D., R.D., professor of nutrition at Simmons College...

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Yoga Eases Back Pain in Largest U.S. Yoga Study to Date



ScienceDaily (Oct. 24, 2011) -- Yoga classes were linked to better back-related function and diminished symptoms from chronic low back pain in the largest U.S. randomized controlled trial of yoga to date, published by the Archives of Internal Medicine as an "Online First" article on October 24. But so were intensive stretching classes. "We found yoga classes more effective than a self-care book -- but no more effective than stretching classes," said study leader...

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Childhood Diet Lower in Fat and Higher in Fiber May Lower Risk for Chronic Disease in Adulthood



ScienceDaily (Oct. 27, 2011) -- A recent study has found that a childhood behavioral intervention to lower dietary intake of total fat and saturated fat and increase consumption of foods that are good sources of dietary fiber resulted in significantly lower fasting plasma glucose levels and lower systolic blood pressure when study participants were re-evaluated in young adulthood. The study was accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism...

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Watermelon Reduces Atherosclerosis, Animal Study Finds



ScienceDaily (Oct. 27, 2011) -- In a recent study by University of Kentucky researchers, watermelon was shown to reduce atherosclerosis in animals. The animal model used for the study involved mice with diet-induced high cholesterol. A control group was given water to drink, while the experimental group was given watermelon juice. By week eight of the study, the animals given watermelon juice had lower body weight than the control group, due to decrease of...

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