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Health Concerns: May 2014 Archives



Natural Health News

Vinegar and Health



The earliest known use of vinegar dates back more than 10,000 years ago and has been used as a food and medicine. A new review article in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), reports on recent studies showing different types of vinegars that may benefit human health.   (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Studies referenced in the article show vinegars contain antioxidants, which may reduce accelerated aging, cancer...

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The Power of Honey



Manuka honey could help clear chronic wound infections and even prevent them from developing in the first place, according to a new study published in Microbiology. The findings provide further evidence for the clinical use of manuka honey to treat bacterial infections in the face of growing antibiotic resistance.   Streptococcus pyogenes is a normal skin bacterium that is frequently associated with chronic (non-healing) wounds. Bacteria that infect wounds can clump together forming 'biofilms', which...

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Melatonin for Bones ????



McGill researchers have shown that melatonin supplements may make bones stronger in old rats. This suggests a possible avenue for the prevention of osteoporosis. Bones are built up by certain cells known as osteoblasts during the daytime and broken down by others (osteoclasts) at night. As we age, we sleep less, and so the cells that break down the bones are more active. By giving old rats melatonin supplements to regulate their circadian rhythms, the...

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Eating more fruits, vegetables may cut stroke risk



Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of stroke worldwide, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke.Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 20 studies published over the last 19 years to assess the effects of fruit and vegetable consumption on risk of stroke globally. The combined studies involved 760,629 men and women who had 16,981 strokes.Stroke risk decreased by 32 percent with every 200 grams of fruit consumed each day and...

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Inactivity has greatest impact on women's lifetime heart disease risk



From the age of 30 onwards, physical inactivity exerts a greater impact on a woman's lifetime risk of developing heart disease than the other well-known risk factors, suggests research published online in theBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.This includes overweight, the finding show, prompting the researchers to suggest that greater effort needs to be made to promote exercise.The researchers wanted to quantify the changing contribution made to a woman's likelihood of developing heart disease across her...

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Frequent arguments with family, friends linked to doubling in death risk in middle age



Frequent arguments with partners, relatives, or neighbors may boost the risk of death from any cause in middle age, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.Men and those not in work seemed to be the most vulnerable, the findings indicate.The evidence suggests that supportive social networks and strong relationships are good for general health and wellbeing, but the authors wanted to find out if the stressors inherent in family relationships and...

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Vitamin D may raise survival rates among cancer patients



Cancer patients who have higher levels of vitamin D when they are diagnosed tend to have better survival rates and remain in remission longer than patients who are vitamin D-deficient, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).The body naturally produces vitamin D after exposure to sunlight and absorbs it from certain foods. In addition to helping the body absorb the calcium and phosphorus needed for healthy bones,...

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Consuming high-protein breakfasts helps women maintain glucose control, study finds



In healthy individuals, the amount of glucose, or sugar, in the blood increases after eating. When glucose increases, levels of insulin increase to carry the glucose to the rest of the body. Previous research has shown that extreme increases in glucose and insulin in the blood can lead to poor glucose control and increase an individual's risk of developing diabetes over time. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found that when women consumed high-protein...

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Increased prevalence of GI symptoms among children with autism, study confirms



A new study conducted by researchers at Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine indicates that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more than four times more likely to experience general gastrointestinal (GI) complaints compared with peers, are more than three times as prone to experience constipation and diarrhea than peers, and complain twice as much about abdominal pain compared to peers.The results are reported in the April...

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Oral cancer linked to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection does not increase HPV infection risk among long-term partners



Partners of patients diagnosed with human papilloma virus (HPV)-positive oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) were no more likely to test positive for oral HPV infection than people in the general population, according to a study published in the April 28 online edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The findings should lessen anxiety that OPC cancer is contagious, at least among long-term partners, and confirms that couples who have been together for several years do not need to...

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Out of shape? Your memory may suffer



Here's another reason to drop that doughnut and hit the treadmill: A new study suggests aerobic fitness affects long-term memory.Michigan State University researchers tested 75 college students during a two-day period and found those who were less fit had a harder time retaining information."The findings show that lower-fit individuals lose more memory across time," said Kimberly Fenn, study co-author and assistant professor of psychology.The study, which appears online in the research journal Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral...

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