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In the News: April 2013 Archives



Natural Health News

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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Change Diet, Exercise Habits at Same Time for Best Results, Study Says



Apr. 21, 2013 -- Most people know that the way to stay healthy is to exercise and eat right, but millions of Americans struggle to meet those goals, or even decide which to change first. Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered that focusing on changing exercise and diet at the same time gives a bigger boost than tackling them sequentially. They also found that focusing on changing diet first...

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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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CDC Report: Illnesses Linked To Poultry, Seafood Rising.



The AP   (4/19) reports, "Bacteria commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is causing more and more food poisonings, health officials said." Over the past five years, the number of Campylobacter cases "grew by 14 percent," according to a report   (pdf) released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the report, which the CDC refers to as "the nation's annual food safety report card," was "based on foodborne infections in only 10 states" (about...

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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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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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L-Carnitine Significantly Improves Patient Outcomes Following Heart Attack, Study Suggests



  Apr. 11, 2013 -- L-carnitine significantly improves cardiac health in patients after a heart attack, say a multicenter team of investigators in a study published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Their findings, based on analysis of key controlled trials, associate L-carnitine with significant reduction in death from all causes and a highly significant reduction in ventricular arrhythmias and anginal attacks following a heart attack, compared with placebo or control.     Heart disease 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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GMO Labeling Bill Passes First Hurdle-



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut took the first step requiring producers to label genetically modified food Wednesday, as a legislative committee overwhelmingly backed a measure promoted as giving consumers more information while avoiding the debate over health concerns.The legislature's Environment Committee voted 23-6 to approve the measure, allowing supporters to prevail over opponents who said the measure would lead to higher packaging costs."It's something that's coming, and I think we can be in the...

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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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Are Egg Yolks Healthy?



Are egg yolks healthy? This is a confusing one. Egg yolks are known primarily for their high cholesterol content. But the medical research community has learned that dietary cholesterol is a different measure than blood level of cholesterol, which is associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke. One recent study echoes the growing research, showing that egg consumption had no effect on the overall blood cholesterol levels of 115 healthy adults. What's more,...

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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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Pollinator Protection is Needed- Save our Bees



Two new studies confirm that common pesticides are scrambling the circuits of bees' brains. Researchers report that certain neonicotinoids and an organophosphate pesticide -- particularly in combination -- interfere with the insects' ability to learn, smell or remember, all critical capacities for foraging honeybees. The new studies add to a growing body of evidencepointing to pesticides as a key driver to the dramatic losses in bee colonies reported by beekeepers. The research, reported in the journals Nature Communications and the Journal of...

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