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Health Concerns: June 2012 Archives



Natural Health News

Tai Chi Increases Brain Size, Benefits Cognition



 in Randomized Controlled Trial of Chinese Elderly ScienceDaily (June 19, 2012) -- Scientists from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai found increases in brain volume and improvements on tests of memory and thinking in Chinese seniors who practiced Tai Chi three times a week, reports an article published June 19 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Findings were based on an 8-month randomized controlled trial comparing those who practiced Tai...

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Non-Antibiotic Approach for Treating Urinary Tract Infections



  ScienceDaily (June 20, 2012) -- A potential new approach for treating urinary tract infections (UTIs) -- which affect millions of people annually -- without traditional antibiotics is being reported in ACS' Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. It involves so-called FimH antagonists, which are non-antibiotic compounds and would not contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance bacteria. Beat Ernst and colleagues explain that antibiotics are the mainstay treatment for UTIs. Bacteria, however, are developing...

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Declining Testosterone Levels in Men Not Part of Normal Aging



  ScienceDaily (June 23, 2012) -- A new study finds that a drop in testosterone levels over time is more likely to result from a man's behavioral and health changes than by aging. The study results will be presented June 25 at The Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting in Houston "Declining testosterone levels are not an inevitable part of the aging process, as many people think," said study co-author Gary Wittert, MD, professor of...

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Pasta Made from Green Banana Flour



a Tasty Alternative for Gluten-Free Diets ScienceDaily (June 23, 2012) -- People with celiac disease struggle with limited food choices, as their condition makes them unable to tolerate gluten, found in wheat and other grains. Researchers from the University of Brazil have developed a gluten-free pasta product from green banana flour, which tasters found more acceptable than regular whole wheat pasta. The product has less fat and is cheaper to produce than standard pastas....

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Western Diet Changes Gut Bacteria and Triggers Colitis in Those at Risk



ScienceDaily (June 13, 2012) -- Certain saturated fats that are common in the modern Western diet can initiate a chain of events leading to complex immune disorders such as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) in people with a genetic predisposition, according to a study to be published early online in the journal Nature. The finding helps explain why once-rare immune-mediated diseases have become more common in westernized societies in the last half century. It also...

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Vitamin D With Calcium Shown to Reduce Mortality in Elderly



ScienceDaily (June 15, 2012) -- A study recently published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM)suggests that vitamin D -- when taken with calcium -- can reduce the rate of mortality in seniors, therefore providing a possible means of increasing life expectancy.During the last decade, there has been increasing recognition of the potential health effects of vitamin D. It is well known that calcium with vitamin D supplements reduces the risk of fractures....

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Treating Childhood Anxiety With Computers, Not Drugs



ScienceDaily (June 11, 2012) -- According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, one in eight children suffers from an anxiety disorder. And because many anxious children turn into severely anxious adults, early intervention can have a major impact on a patient's life trajectory. The understandable reluctance to use psychiatric medications when it comes to children means child psychologists are always searching for viable therapeutic alternatives. Now Prof. Yair Bar-Haim of Tel Aviv...

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Never Too Late to Quit: Quitting Smoking Reduces Mortality, Even in Older Patients



ScienceDaily (June 11, 2012) -- An analysis of available medical literature suggests smoking was linked to increased mortality in older patients and that smoking cessation was associated with reduced mortality at an older age, according to a report published in the June 11 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. Smoking is a known risk factor for many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer, however, the epidemiological evidence mostly relies...

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Sick from Your Stomach: Bacterial Changes May Trigger Diseases Like Rheumatoid Arthritis



ScienceDaily (June 11, 2012) -- The billions of bugs in our guts have a newfound role: regulating the immune system and related autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Larger-than-normal populations of specific gut bacteria may trigger the development of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and possibly fuel disease progression in people genetically predisposed to this crippling and confounding condition, say the researchers,...

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Breast Cancer Risk Can Be Lowered by Avoiding Unnecessary Medical Imaging



ScienceDaily (June 11, 2012) -- A report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) last December reviewed all the available scientific data compiled to date about potential environmental risks of breast cancer -- factors such as pesticides, beauty products, household chemicals, and the plastics used to make water bottles. Commissioned by the breast cancer foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the IOM report concluded that there was not enough data to confirm or...

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Early Gut Bacteria Regulate Happiness



ScienceDaily (June 12, 2012) -- UCC scientists have shown that brain levels of serotonin, the 'happy hormone' are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut during early life. Their research is being published June 12 in the international psychiatry journal, Molecular Psychiatry. This research shows that normal adult brain function depends on the presence of gut microbes during development. Serotonin, the major chemical involved in the regulation of mood and emotion, is...

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Dietary Changes Help Some Children With ADHD



ScienceDaily (Apr. 24, 2012) -- Together with child and adolescent psychiatrists, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have just completed an extensive report which reviews the studies which have been done so far on the significance of diet for children and young people with ADHD. The report shows that there are potential benefits in changing the diets of children with ADHD, but that key knowledge in the area is still lacking. The comprehensive report...

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Neuroscientists Show How Brain Responds to Sensual Caress



ScienceDaily (June 4, 2012) -- A nuzzle of the neck, a stroke of the wrist, a brush of the knee -- these caresses often signal a loving touch, but can also feel highly aversive, depending on who is delivering the touch, and to whom. Interested in how the brain makes connections between touch and emotion, neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have discovered that the association begins in the brain's primary somatosensory cortex, a...

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Breast Cancer Effectively Treated With Chemical Found in Celery, Parsley



, Mouse Study Suggests ScienceDaily (May 16, 2012) -- Apigenin, a natural substance found in grocery store produce aisles, shows promise as a non-toxic treatment for an aggressive form of human breast cancer, following a new study at the University of Missouri. MU researchers found apigenin shrank a type of breast cancer tumor that is stimulated by progestin, a synthetic hormone given to women to ease symptoms related to menopause. "This is the first study...

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Clearly Linked to Gut Bacteria



ScienceDaily (May 25, 2012) -- An overgrowth of bacteria in the gut has been definitively linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome in the results of a new Cedars-Sinai study which used cultures from the small intestine. This is the first study to use this "gold standard" method of connecting bacteria to the cause of the disease that affects an estimated 30 million people in the United States. Previous studies have indicated that bacteria play a...

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Like Curry? New Biological Role Identified for Compound Used in Ancient Medicine



ScienceDaily (May 25, 2012) -- Oregon State University scientists just identified a new reason why some curry dishes, made with spices humans have used for thousands of years, might be good for you. New research has discovered that curcumin, a compound found in the cooking spice turmeric, can cause a modest but measurable increase in levels of a protein that's known to be important in the "innate" immune system, helping to prevent infection in...

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Garlic Constituent Blocks Biofilm Formation



, Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients and Others ScienceDaily (May 27, 2012) -- E Pluribus Unum, the de facto motto of the United States, could just as well apply to biofilm-forming bacteria. Bacterial biofilms are far more resistant than individual bacteria to the armories of antibiotics we have devised to combat them. Now Tim Holm Jakobsen and Michael Givskov of the University of Copenhagen, and their many collaborators have pinpointed a constituent of garlic that...

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PCB Exposure Linked to Increased Abdominal Fat



ScienceDaily (May 29, 2012) -- There is a correlation between high levels of the environmental toxin PCB and the distribution of body fat to the abdomen. This is shown in a new study published May 29 in the scientific journal Obesity. Abdominal fat is already known to increase the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, among other conditions. Fat inside the abdomen (visceral fat) is considerably more dangerous that fat near the surface...

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Antioxidant Shows Promise as Treatment for Certain Features of Autism



ScienceDaily (May 29, 2012) -- A specific antioxidant supplement may be an effective therapy for some features of autism, according to a pilot trial from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital that involved 31 children with the disorder. The antioxidant, called N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC, lowered irritability in children with autism as well as reducing the children's repetitive behaviors. The researchers emphasized that the findings must be confirmed in a...

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Early Exposure to Microbes Reduces Inflammation Related to Chronic Disease Later



ScienceDaily (May 30, 2012) -- American parents may want to think again about how much they want to protect their children from everyday germs. A new Northwestern University study done in lowland Ecuador remarkably finds no evidence of chronic low-grade inflammation -- associated with diseases of aging like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia. In contrast, about one-third of adults in the United States have chronically elevated C-reactive protein (CRP). Acute elevations in CRP --...

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Health Benefits of Vitamin D Dependent On Type Taken



ScienceDaily (May 31, 2012) -- New research funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has shown that vitamin D3 supplements could provide more benefit than the close relative vitamin D2. The findings published in the June edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition could potentially lead to changes in the food industry when it comes to fortification. Vitamin D is important for bone and muscle health and there is concern...

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