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Health Concerns: January 2012 Archives



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Medications and Nutrients-



Medications and Nutrients- by Dr. Louden Metformin (Glucophage), a medication prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes and PCOS can cause deficiencies in B12 and Folic Acid. An increase in homocysteine, a toxic metabolite, may occur in those people taking this medication. Animals given homocysteine develop atherosclerosis and humans who have a genetic defect preventing the metabolism of homocysteine die from early development of atherosclerosis. Supplementation with B12 and folate can reduce homocysteine levels. Symptoms...

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Memory- keeping those neurons humming-



Memory- keeping those neurons humming- by Dr. Michael Kane My mom's death almost ten years ago due to complications from Alzheimer's left me determined to not have the same fate. The slow deterioration of her cognitive ability was a nightmare for all who witnessed her decline. In avoiding a similar fate, there are many life style changes that can alter the factors that contribute to dementia or other neurological illnesses. In the neurological literature...

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Anxiety



Anxiety Treatment Options Dr. Michael Kane It might be a sign of the times or a coincidence, but the number of patients who have listed anxiety as a chief health concern seems to be much more frequent of late. There are some patients that have been to their physicians first and have been given a prescription for either a seratonin- re-uptake inhibitor like zoloft, prozac or a benzodiazapam drug like xanax . I am...

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Labeling and Genetically Altered Food-



Hi everyone - this is really important.  The FDA has allowed companies to genetically alter our food without making them tell us which foods are genetically altered.  Some of these foods are changed so that they produce their own toxins - watch the video.  Please watch the video. Please sign the petition. All that is being asked of the FDA is to make the foods that contain genetically altered ingredients be labeled as such so...

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Antioxidants and Chemotherapy



New Systematic Review of Antioxidants and Chemotherapy Provides Some Reason for Hope and Little Reason for Concern      Author: Steve Austin, N.D.   Reference: Nakyama A, Alladin KP, Igbokwe O, White JD. Systematic review: generating evidence-based guidelines on the concurrent use of dietary antioxidants and chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Cancer Invest 2011;29:655-67.   Design: This review discusses outcomes from 52 clinical trials studying the effects of adding antioxidant nutrients to chemotherapy in the treatment of...

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Increase Dietary Fiber, Decrease Disease



ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2012) -- We should all be eating more dietary fiber to improve our health -- that's the message from a health review by scientists in India. The team has looked at research conducted into dietary fiber during the last few decades across the globe and now suggests that to avoid initial problems, such as intestinal gas and loose stool, it is best to increase intake gradually and to spread high-fiber foods...

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Lack of Sleep Makes Your Brain Hungry



ScienceDaily (Jan. 18, 2012) -- New research from Uppsala University shows that a specific brain region that contributes to a person's appetite sensation is more activated in response to food images after one night of sleep loss than after one night of normal sleep. Poor sleep habits can therefore affect people's risk of becoming overweight in the long run. The findings are published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers Christian Benedict...

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First Link Between Potentially Toxic PFCs in Office Air and in Office Workers' Blood



ScienceDaily (Jan. 18, 2012) -- In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists are reporting that the indoor air in offices is an important source of worker exposure to potentially toxic substances released by carpeting, furniture, paint and other items. Their report, which documents a link between levels of these so-called polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in office air and in the blood of workers, appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. Michael McClean and colleagues explain that...

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Environmental Exposure to Organochlorines May Impact Male Reproduction



ScienceDaily (Jan. 9, 2012) -- Melissa Perry, Sc.D., M.H.S., professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the GW School of Public Health and Health Services and adjunct associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, led an observational study indicating that environmental exposure to organochlorine chemicals, including Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and p,p'-DDE (the main metabolite of the insecticide DDT) can affect male reproduction. The research was published online...

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New, Noninvasive Way to Identify Lymph Node Metastasis



ScienceDaily (Jan. 12, 2012) -- Using two cell surface markers found to be highly expressed in breast cancer lymph node metastases, researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center, working with colleagues at other institutions, have developed targeted, fluorescent molecular imaging probes that can non-invasively detect breast cancer lymph node metastases. The new procedure could spare breast cancer patients invasive and unreliable sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsies and surgery-associated negative side effects. Their study was published in...

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Statin Use in Postmenopausal Women Associated With Increased Diabetes Risk



ScienceDaily (Jan. 9, 2012) -- The use of statins in postmenopausal women is associated with increased diabetes risk, according to a study published Online First by the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. But researchers note statins address the cardiovascular consequences of diabetes and current American Diabetes Association guidelines for primary and secondary prevention should not change. Likewise, researchers write that guidelines for statin use in nondiabetic populations also should not...

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Why Bigger Is Better When It Comes to Our Brain and Memory



ScienceDaily (Dec. 21, 2011) -- The hippocampus is an important brain structure for recollection memory, the type of memory we use for detailed reliving of past events. Now, new research published by Cell Press in the December 22 issue of the journal Neuron reveals characteristics of the human hippocampus that allow scientists to use anatomical brain scans to form predictions about an individual's recollection ability. The new research helps to explain why this relationship...

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High Levels of MRSA Bacteria in U.S. Retail Meat Products



ScienceDaily (Jan. 20, 2012) -- Retail pork products in the U.S. have a higher prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA) than previously identified, according to new research by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. MRSA can occur in the environment and in raw meat products, and is estimated to cause around 185,000 cases of food poisoning each year. The bacteria can also cause...

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Chemical in Personal Care Products (Phthalates) May Contribute to Child Obesity



ScienceDaily (Jan. 20, 2012) -- Researchers from the Children's Environmental Health Center at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York have found an association between exposure to the chemical group known as phthalates and obesity in young children -- including increased body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. Phthalates are human-made, endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can mimic the body's natural hormones. They are commonly used in plastic flooring and wall coverings, food processing materials,...

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Dried Licorice Root Fights the Bacteria That Cause Tooth Decay and Gum Disease, Study Finds



ScienceDaily (Jan. 4, 2012) -- Scientists are reporting identification of two substances in licorice -- used extensively in Chinese traditional medicine -- that kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in children and adults. In a study in ACS' Journal of Natural Products, they say that these substances could have a role in treating and preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Stefan Gafner and...

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Could Prevent and Treat Nerve Damage



ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2012) -- Research from Queen Mary, University of London suggests that omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, have the potential to protect nerves from injury and help them to regenerate. When nerves are damaged because of an accident or injury, patients experience pain, weakness and muscle paralysis which can leave them disabled, and recovery rates are poor. The new study, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience,...

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High Intestinal Microbial Diversity Safeguards Against Allergies



ScienceDaily (Dec. 8, 2011) -- High diversity and a variety of bacteria in the gut protect children against allergies as opposed to some individual bacterial genera. These are the findings of a comprehensive study of intestinal microflora (gut flora) in allergic and healthy children, which was conducted at Linköping University in Sweden. One hypothesis is that our immune system encounters too few bacteria during childhood, which explains the increasing proportion of allergic children. However...

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Women With Celiac Disease Suffer from Depression, Disordered Eating



ScienceDaily (Dec. 27, 2011) -- Women with celiac disease -- an autoimmune disorder associated with a negative reaction to eating gluten -- are more likely than the general population to report symptoms of depression and disordered eating, even when they adhere to a gluten-free diet, according to researchers at Penn State, Syracuse University and Drexel University. People with celiac disease often suffer from abdominal pain, constipation, decreased appetite, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting in response...

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Alzheimer's: Diet Patterns May Keep Brain from Shrinking



ScienceDaily (Dec. 29, 2011) -- People with diets high in several vitamins or in omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to have the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer's disease than people whose diets are not high in those nutrients, according to a new study published in the December 28, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Those with diets high in omega 3 fatty acids and...

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Dried Licorice Root Fights the Bacteria That Cause Tooth Decay and Gum Disease, Study Finds



ScienceDaily (Jan. 4, 2012) -- Scientists are reporting identification of two substances in licorice -- used extensively in Chinese traditional medicine -- that kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in children and adults. In a study in ACS' Journal of Natural Products, they say that these substances could have a role in treating and preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Stefan Gafner and...

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