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In the News: May 2010 Archives



Natural Health News

Supplements- Buyer beware



The New York Times reports, "Nearly all herbal dietary supplements tested in a Congressional investigation contained trace amounts of lead and other contaminants, and 16 of the 40 supplements tested contained pesticide residue that exceeded legal limits.Here are the details of what the Government Accounting Office found.Trace amounts of at least one potentially hazardous contaminant.    * Found in 37 of the 40 herbal dietary supplement products tested.          o None contained amounts considered to pose an...

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Growers Can Boost Benefits of Broccoli and Tomatoes



Growers Can Boost Benefits of Broccoli and TomatoesScienceDaily (May 14, 2010) -- A University of Illinois study has demonstrated that agronomic practices can greatly increase the cancer-preventive phytochemicals in broccoli and tomatoes."We enriched preharvest broccoli with different bioactive components, then assessed the levels of cancer-fighting enzymes in rats that ate powders made from these crops," said Elizabeth Jeffery, a U of I professor of food science and human nutrition.The highest levels of detoxifying enzymes were...

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Multivitamins Can Add Sparkle for Healthy Young People



Multivitamins Can Add Sparkle for Healthy Young PeopleScienceDaily (May 14, 2010) -- The effects of multivitamins are most often researched in the elderly. This is one of very few studies to assess the relationship between supplementation with vitamins/minerals and psychological functioning in healthy groups of non-elderly adults. This study shows how a proprietary multivitamin and mineral supplement improves mood and mental performance while also reducing stress, mental tiredness and fatigue in healthy males.Research into a...

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Hearing Loss May Be Associated With Use of Erectile Dysfunction Drug Viagra, Study Finds



Hearing Loss May Be Associated With Use of Erectile Dysfunction Drug Viagra, Study FindsScienceDaily (May 18, 2010) -- Research by a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) professor shows an association between hearing loss and the use of the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.Findings published May 18 in Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery indicate a potential for long-term hearing loss following use of Viagra, and possibly following use of other phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE-5i)...

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Pesticides tied to ADHD in children in U.S. study



Pesticides tied to ADHD in children in U.S. studyNEW YORK -- Children exposed to pesticides known as organophosphates could have a higher risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a U.S. study that urges parents to always wash produce thoroughly.Researchers tracked the pesticides' breakdown products in children' urine and found those with high levels were almost twice as likely to develop ADHD as those with undetectable levels.The findings are based on data from the general...

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Chemicals in your product- perfumes, and body sprays



May 12) -- A gaping loophole in a 37-year-old federal law allows makers of perfumes, colognes and body sprays to conceal the chemicals that comprise the fragrances -- and some of those unidentified odor creators may be harmful to public health, two advocacy groups say. In preparing their 43-page study, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group commissioned laboratory analysis of 17 big-selling fragrance products. Those tests showed the products together contained...

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NASA Studies Find Omega-3 May Help Reduce Bone Loss



NASA Studies Find Omega-3 May Help Reduce Bone LossScienceDaily (May 11, 2010) -- NASA-sponsored studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may play a role in mitigating bone breakdown that occurs during spaceflight and in osteoporosis. Ongoing research for decades has looked for ways to stop bone density loss in astronauts. The solution could have significant implications for space travelers and those susceptible to bone loss on Earth.The studies' results are...

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Many Pregnant Women Not Getting Enough Vitamin D



Many Pregnant Women Not Getting Enough Vitamin D: Prenatal Vitamins Help, but Are Not Enough for EveryoneScienceDaily (May 11, 2010) -- Seven out of every ten pregnant women in the United States are not getting enough Vitamin D according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. While prenatal vitamins do raise Vitamin D levels during pregnancy, the study shows that higher doses may be needed for...

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kidney stones and salt -restricted diet



A 3-month Study of a Salt-restricted Diet Demonstrates Reduced Calcium Excretion Commentary by: Michael T. Murray, ND Reference: Nouvenne A, Meschi T, Prati B, et al. Effects of a low-salt diet on idiopathic hypercalciuria in calcium-oxalate stone formers: a 3-mo randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010;91(3):565-570. Design: Randomized, controlled clinical trial Participants: A total of 210 patients affected by idiopathic calcium stone disease and hypercalciuria (.300 mg Ca/d in men and .250...

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Anti-inflammatory effects of ginger



From C.A.M.ReportGinger (Zingiber officnale) exerts anti-inflammatory effects, and heat treatment of ginger has been suggested to enhance its pain relieving effects. Now, researchers from Georgia College and State University, in Milledgeville report the results of 2 studies in adults. First, the details. 74 volunteers consumed 2 grams of either raw (study 1) or heated (study 2) ginger, or placebo for 11 days.Participants performed 18 eccentric actions of the elbow flexors (movement of the forearm...

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