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Health Concerns: April 2013 Archives



Natural Health News

Carnitine in blood is indicator of cardiovascular issues, not cause, expert says



Carnitine in blood is indicator of cardiovascular issues, not cause, expert says A recent headline-grabbing study from the Cleveland Clinic linking L-carnitine with atherosclerosis is a case of shooting the messenger, according a doctor who did much of the early research on the substance. http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Carnitine-in-blood-is-indicator-of-cardiovascular-issues-not-cause-expert-says...

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Ten things to do with chia seeds.



Ten things to do with chia seeds.   1. As a Safe Egg Substitute I recommend a lot of egg consumption and many of my recipes contain eggs. I occasionally get emails from readers who need to adapt a recipe to avoid eggs, and from my research/testing, Chia Seeds are the best option for this. To substitute for an egg: Use 1 tablespoon finely ground chia seeds (grind them dry in a blender, food processor or coffee grinder) and 3 tablespoons...

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More Evidence Berries Have Health-Promoting Properties



Apr. 21, 2013 -- Adding more color to your diet in the form of berries is encouraged by many nutrition experts. The protective effect of berries against inflammation has been documented in many studies. Diets supplemented with blueberries and strawberries have also been shown to improve behavior and cognitive functions in stressed young rats. To evaluate the protective effects of berries on brain function, specifically the ability of the brain to clear toxic accumulation,...

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Some Visible Signs of Lyme Disease Are Easily Missed or Mistaken



Apr. 22, 2013 -- When a person contracts Lyme disease, quick diagnosis and treatment are essential to avoiding long term complications. But the diagnostic process may be delayed if a physician does not recognize a skin rash caused by Lyme disease because it does not have the bull's-eye appearance that is best known to physicians and the public. In a Research Letter just published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, a prominent research team...

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Drinking Cup of Beetroot Juice Daily May Help Lower Blood Pressure



Apr. 15, 2013 -- A cup of beetroot juice a day may help reduce your blood pressure, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.People with high blood pressure who drank about 8 ounces of beetroot juice experienced a decrease in blood pressure of about 10 mm Hg. But the preliminary findings don't yet suggest that supplementing your diet with beetroot juice benefits your health, researchers said."Our hope is that increasing one's intake...

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Ricebag to Treat Soft Tissue Injuries



Apr. 17, 2013 -- University Teknology MARA researchers investigated the effects of rice, barley and mung beans in heated bags for treating soft tissue injuries. Rice displayed superior quality in maintaining heat and can act as a substitute to ice packs or heat gels in treating these injuries.Researchers from the Faculty of Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Sport Sciences at University Teknology MARA collaborated in a study to invent supplementary and better solutions to treat...

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Making Fruit Easier to Eat Increases Sales and Consumption in School Cafeterias



Apr. 17, 2013 -- Previous studies and surveys have shown that kids love to eat fruit in ready-to-eat bite-sized pieces, yet in most school settings, the fruit is served whole, which could be the cause that children are taking fruits but not eating them. Most people believe that children avoid fruit because of the taste and allure of alternative packaged snacks. A study by Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab researchers Brian Wansink, David Just, Andrew...

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Long-Term Exposure to Fine Particles of Traffic Pollution Increases Risk of Heart Disease



Apr. 18, 2013 -- The association between road traffic and heart disease has been suggested in several studies. In 2012 a large prospective cohort study from Denmark showed that traffic noise was significantly associated with risk of heart attack -- for every 10 decibel increase in noise exposure (either at the time of the attack or over the five years preceding it) there was a 12% increased risk.Now, a new study presented at the EuroPRevent 2013...

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Foods That Increase Prostate Cancer Risk



    Rick Liva RPh, ND Wives, daughters, sisters, fiancés, and mothers give this information to your husbands, brothers, fathers, husbands to be, and sons.    Researchers reported in October 2012 that men who consume the most ground beef more than double their risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Interestingly, the consumption of rare or less cooked meat was not associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.  Seems like well cooked or charred beef is...

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Culprit in Heart Disease Goes Beyond Meat's Fat



NY Times By GINA KOLATA Published: April 7, 2013 ·                                It was breakfast time and the people participating in a study of red meat and its consequences had hot, sizzling sirloin steaks plopped down in front of them. The researcher himself bought a George Foreman grill for the occasion, and the nurse assisting him did the cooking.   For the sake of science, these six men and women ate every last juicy bite of the...

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Fecal Microbial Transplantation Found to Be Possible Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis



  Apr. 4, 2013 -- A Spectrum Health clinical trial has found that fecal microbial transplantation (FMT) has resulted in the improvement or absence of symptoms in most pediatric patients with active ulcerative colitis.   The phase I clinical trial of the procedure was conducted by members of the Pediatric Specialty Department of the Spectrum Health Medical Group at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, the first in the country to study FMT in children. FMT is...

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Decreased Melatonin Secretion Associated With Higher Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes



Apr. 2, 2013 -- With previous evidence suggesting that melatonin may have a role in glucose metabolism, researchers have found an independent association between decreased secretion of melatonin and an increased risk for the development of type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the April 3 issue of JAMA."Melatonin receptors have been found throughout the body in many tissues including pancreatic islet cells, reflecting the widespread effects of melatonin on physiological functions such as energy metabolism...

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Nothing Fishy About It: Fish Oil Can Boost the Immune System



  Apr. 1, 2013 -- Fish oil rich in DHA and EPA is widely believed to help prevent disease by reducing inflammation, but until now, scientists were not entirely sure about its immune enhancing effects. A new report appearing in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, helps provide clarity on this by showing that DHA-rich fish oil enhances B cell activity, a white blood cell, challenging the notion that fish oil...

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