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Health Concerns: February 2014 Archives



Natural Health News

Study shows yogurt consumption reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes



New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that higher consumption of yoghurt, compared with no consumption, can reduce the risk of new-onset type 2 diabetes by 28%. Scientists at the University of Cambridge found that in fact higher consumption of low-fat fermented dairy products, which include all yoghurt varieties and some low-fat cheeses, also reduced the relative risk of diabetes by 24% overall.Lead scientist Dr Nita Forouhi,...

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Nutritional supplement improves cognitive performance in older adults



Declines in the underlying brain skills needed to think, remember and learn are normal in aging. In fact, this cognitive decline is a fact of life for most older Americans.Therapies to improve the cognitive health of older adults are critically important for lessening declines in mental performance as people age. While physical activity and cognitive training are among the efforts aimed at preventing or delaying cognitive decline, dietary modifications and supplements have recently generated considerable...

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Toxin in seafood causes kidney damage in mice



A chemical that can accumulate in seafood and is known to cause brain damage is also toxic to the kidneys, but at much lower concentrations. The findings, which come from a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology(JASN), suggest that officials may need to reconsider what levels of the toxin are safe for human consumption.The world's oceans contain algae that produce certain chemicals that can be harmful to...

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Pesticides increase risk for Parkinson's disease



Previous studies have shown the certain pesticides can increase the risk for developing Parkinson's disease. Now, UCLA researchers have now found that the strength of that risk depends on an individual's genetic makeup, which in the most pesticide-exposed populations could increase the chances of developing the debilitating disease by two- to six-fold.In a previous study published January 2013 in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the UCLA research team discovered a link between Parkinson's...

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Blue Light for Alertness and Performance



Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have found that exposure to short wavelength, or blue light, during the biological day directly and immediately improves alertness and performance. These findings are published in the February issue of Sleep."Our previous research has shown that blue light is able to improve alertness during the night, but our new data demonstrates that these effects also extend to daytime light exposure," said Shadab Rahman, PhD, a researcher in BWH's Division...

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Popular IBD Diet Associated With Increased Microbial Diversity



by David WildSan Diego--The specific carbohydrate diet (SCD), popular among patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), is associated with distinct changes in the intestinal microbiome, researchers at Rush University have found.The trademarked SCD, as described by Elaine Gottschall, MSc, in her book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" (The Kirkton Press; 2012), is "predicated on the understanding that ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome and gluten therapy resistant celiac [disease] are the consequence of an overgrowth...

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