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In the News: May 2011 Archives



Natural Health News

Chlorine and Childhood Cancer



  ScienceDaily (May 25, 2011) -- A significant positive association between the risk of childhood leukemia and levels of chlorine-containing chemicals in the atmosphere has been found by researchers in Portugal. Details are reported in the current issue of the International Journal of Environment and Health. Maria do Carmo Freitas of the Technological and Nuclear Institute in Sacavém, Portugal, and statistician Maria Martinho of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United...

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Lecithin Component May Reduce Fatty Liver, Improve Insulin Sensitivity



ScienceDaily (May 25, 2011) -- A natural product called DLPC (dilauroyl phosphatidylcholine) increases sensitivity to insulin and reduces fatty liver in mice, leading Baylor College of Medicine researchers to believe it may provide a treatment for prediabetic patients. DLPC is an unusual phospholipid and a trace component of the dietary supplement lecithin. Dr. David D. Moore, professor of molecular and cellular biology at BCM, and his colleagues at first thought that DLPC would provide...

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Substance in Tangerines Fights Obesity and Protects Against Heart Disease, Research Suggests



ScienceDaily (May 26, 2011) -- New research from The University of Western Ontario has discovered a substance in tangerines not only helps to prevent obesity, but also offers protection against type 2 diabetes, and even atherosclerosis, the underlying disease responsible for most heart attacks and strokes. Murray Huff, a vascular biology scientist at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, along with Erin Mulvihill, a PhD student, studied the effects of a flavonoid in...

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Antibiotics Overused for Children With Asthma and Urinary Tract Infections



  ScienceDaily (May 26, 2011) -- Two new studies led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have found some antibiotics may be overused for children with asthma and urinary tract infections. The findings raise concerns around breeding drug resistance in children and underscore the need for pediatricians to take a more prudent approach when prescribing antibiotic medications. In the case of asthma, the findings have led to a new trial, in...

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Chronic Estrogen Exposure Linked to High Blood Pressure



  ScienceDaily (May 27, 2011) -- Researchers have found that long-term estrogen exposure generates excessive levels of a compound, superoxide, which causes stress in the body. The build-up of this compound occurs in an area of the brain that is crucial to regulating blood pressure, suggesting that chronic estrogen induces a build up of superoxide that in turn causes blood pressure to increase For many years doctors believed the estrogen women consumed in the...

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Gastrointestinal Disorder Linked to Bacterial Overgrowth



ScienceDaily (May 13, 2011) -- Cedars-Sinai researchers have reported two advances in the understanding of irritable bowel syndrome, the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the United States, affecting an estimated 30 million people. One study provides further evidence that IBS is linked to an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut. In a separate study, a mathematical model reveals the disease's link to food poisoning and shows that military personnel are at a much higher...

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Tinnitus Caused by Too Little Inhibition of Brain Auditory Circuits



Tinnitus Caused by Too Little Inhibition of Brain Auditory Circuits, Study FindsScienceDaily (Apr. 19, 2011) -- Tinnitus, a relentless and often life-changing ringing in the ears known to disable soldiers exposed to blasts, unwary listeners of too-loud music and millions of others, is the result of under-inhibition of key neural pathways in the brain's auditory center, according to scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

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How Peppermint Helps to Relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome



How Peppermint Helps to Relieve Irritable Bowel SyndromeScienceDaily (Apr. 20, 2011) -- University of Adelaide researchers have shown for the first time how peppermint helps to relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which affects up to 20% of the populationIn a paper published in the journal Pain, researchers from the University's Nerve-Gut Research Laboratory explain how peppermint activates an "anti-pain" channel in the colon, soothing inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract.Dr Stuart Brierley says while peppermint has...

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Higher Levels of Social Activity Decrease the Risk of Cognitive Decline



Higher Levels of Social Activity Decrease the Risk of Cognitive DeclineScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2011) -- If you want to keep your brain healthy, it turns out that visiting friends, attending parties, and even going to church might be just as good for you as crossword puzzles.According to research conducted at Rush University Medical Center, frequent social activity may help to prevent or delay cognitive decline in old age. The study has just been posted online...

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Tropical Blueberries Extremely High in Healthful Antioxidants



Super-Fruits: Tropical Blueberries Extremely High in Healthful Antioxidants, Study SuggestsScienceDaily (Apr. 29, 2011) -- The first analysis of the healthful antioxidant content of blueberries that grow wild in Mexico, Central and South America concludes that some of these fruits have even more healthful antioxidants than the blueberries -- already renowned as "super fruits" -- sold throughout the United States. These extreme super fruits could provide even more protection against heart disease, cancer and other conditions,...

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Plant Extract May Be New Therapy for Hay Fever



Plant Extract May Be New Therapy for Hay Fever, Study SuggestsScienceDaily (Apr. 30, 2011) -- Fighting hay fever with a plant extract -- this works, as was shown in a clinical study conducted by researchers of the Center of Allergy & Environment (ZAUM) of Helmholtz Zentrum München and Technische Universität München. Allergic symptoms were alleviated significantly better than with the usual histamine receptor antagonists. In a paper published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical...

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New Studies Show Negative Effects from Revised Mammography Recommendation for Women, Ages 40-49



New Studies Show Negative Effects from Revised Mammography Recommendation for Women, Ages 40-49ScienceDaily (May 2, 2011) -- Two new studies reveal that the United States Preventative Services Task Force's (USPSTF) recommendation to no longer screen women ages 40-49 for breast cancer using mammograms has begun to negatively affect the number of yearly mammograms performed in this age group and thus decrease the benefits of early detection.After the USPSTF delivered their recommendations in November 2009, researchers...

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Chemical in Plastic, BPA, Exposure May Be Associated With Wheezing in Children



Chemical in Plastic, BPA, Exposure May Be Associated With Wheezing in ChildrenScienceDaily (May 2, 2011) -- Exposure to the chemical bisphenol A during early pregnancy may be associated with wheezing in children, according to a Penn State College of Medicine researcher.Bisphenol A, or BPA is a chemical found in many consumer products, including plastic water bottles and food containers. It is present in more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, suggesting widespread exposure. Experimental...

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Insomnia Linked to High Insulin Resistance in Diabetics



Insomnia Linked to High Insulin Resistance in DiabeticsScienceDaily (May 3, 2011) -- In the largest study of it kind to establish a link between sleep and diabetes, researchers found that people with diabetes who sleep poorly have higher insulin resistance, and a harder time controlling the diseaseThe findings, published in the June issue of Diabetes Care, suggest that poor sleep may contribute to worse outcomes in people with diabetes."Poor sleep quality in people with diabetes...

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