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In the News: October 2017 Archives



Natural Health News

Your Appendix Serves a Purpose



Scientists Find More Evidence That Your Appendix Serves a Purpose BY KATE HOROWITZ It's time to stop picking on the appendix. An article published in the journal Comptes Rendus Palevol supports the theory that the much-maligned organ may serve as a "safe house" for beneficial bacteria. Your appendix is a little tube connected to the cecum (a pouch at the end of your large intestine) on the right side of your abdomen. Most of us know two...

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High-intensity interval training rapidly improves diabetics' glucose metabolism



Source: University of Turku Summary: New research reveals that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) increases glucose metabolism in muscles as well as insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes. After just a two-week training period, the glucose uptake in thigh muscles returned to a normal level. New research reveals that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) increases glucose metabolism in muscles as well as insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes. Already after a two-week training period, the glucose...

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Is Fasting a key for the brain?



The So-Called "Hunger Hormone" May Be A Powerful Ally In The Fight Against Alzheimer's   When it's nearing 3 p.m. and you start craving the cookies someone left in the office kitchen, that's ghrelin at work. This chemical is produced by the stomach and its levels spike when you've gone a while without food, which is why it's known as the "hunger hormone." But recent research into ghrelin's dramatic effects on brain cells suggests that this nickname...

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A better way to wash pesticides off apples



A better way to wash pesticides off apples Date: October 25, 2017 Source: American Chemical Society Summary: Polishing an apple with your shirt might remove some dust and dirt, but getting rid of pesticide residues could take a little more work. Researchers now report that washing apples with a common household product -- baking soda -- could do the trick for residues on the surfaces of the fruit. Polishing an apple with your shirt might...

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Manipulating mitochondrial networks could promote healthy aging



Date: October 26, 2017 Source: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Summary: Manipulating mitochondrial networks inside cells -- either by dietary re,striction or by genetic manipulation that mimics it -- may increase lifespan and promote health, according to new research. Manipulating mitochondrial networks inside cells -- either by dietary restriction or by genetic manipulation that mimics it -- may increase lifespan and promote health, according to new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School...

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Almost half of food allergies in adults appear in adulthood



New study shows food allergies on the rise in adults as well as children Date: October 27, 2017 Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Summary: A new study shows that almost half of all food-allergic adults surveyed reported one or more adult-onset food allergies. When people think of food allergies, it's mostly in relation to children. New late-breaking research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual...

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Sleeping With Dogs Is Bad For Your Sleep And Health



Sep 25, 2017 10:00 AM By Lizette Borreli    Many dog owners remain split on this decision: whether or not to allow their wet-nosed pal to sleep in the bedroom. For some, sleeping with Fido is comforting and soothing, while for others, the priority is on keeping the bedroom free of pet hair--and, therefore, Fido. A recent study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings has found a dog's sleep position (whether on the bed or on the bedroom floor), can affect an...

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Popular prostate drug linked to serious side effects



Source: Boston University Medical Center Summary: Treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with the commonly prescribed Avodart (Dutsteride) may put men at an increased risk for diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and worsening erectile dysfunction, new research concludes. Treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with the commonly prescribed Avodart (Dutsteride) may put men at an increased risk for diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and worsening erectile...

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Tai chi holds promise as cardiac rehab exercise



Date: October 11, 2017 Source: American Heart Association Summary: The slow and gentle movements of Tai Chi -- which can increase in pace -- hold promise as an alternative exercise option for patients who decline traditional cardiac rehabilitation. The study is the first to suggest that Tai Chi may improve exercise behaviors in this high-risk group.     The slow and gentle movements of Tai Chi hold promise as an alternative exercise option for...

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Milk-alternative drinks do not replace the iodine in cows' milk



Date: September 26, 2017 Source: University of Surrey Summary: Consumers of milk-alternative drinks may be at of risk iodine deficiency, according to the findings of a new study. Consumers of milk-alternative drinks may be at of risk iodine deficiency, according to the findings of a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition. In the first study of its kind in the United Kingdom, researchers from the University of Surrey examined the iodine content...

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Black tea may help with weight loss



Date: October 4, 2017 Source: University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences Summary: Black tea may promote weight loss and other health benefits by changing bacteria in the gut, research indicates for the first time.   UCLA researchers have demonstrated for the first time that black tea may promote weight loss and other health benefits by changing bacteria in the gut. In a study of mice, the scientists showed that black tea alters...

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Farsighted children struggle with attention



Farsighted children struggle with attention, study finds Date: October 9, 2017 Source: Ohio State University Summary: Farsighted preschoolers and kindergartners have a harder time paying attention and that could put them at risk of slipping behind in school, a new study suggests.Farsighted preschoolers and kindergartners have a harder time paying attention and that could put them at risk of slipping behind in school, a new study suggests. An estimated 4 to 14 percent of preschoolers...

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Fats and oils help to unlock full nutritional benefits of veggies



A spoonful of oil: Fats and oils help to unlock full nutritional benefits of veggies, study suggestsDate:October 9, 2017Source:Iowa State UniversitySummary:Some dressing with your greens may help you absorb more nutrients, according to a new study. The research found enhanced absorption of multiple fat-soluble vitamins in addition to beta-carotene and three other carotenoids. The results may ease the guilt of countless dieters who fret about adding dressing to their salads.The song says a spoonful of...

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Common acid reflux medications promote chronic liver disease



Date: October 10, 2017 Source: University of California - San Diego Summary: Approximately 10 percent of Americans take a proton pump inhibitor drug to relieve symptoms of frequent heartburn and acid reflux. That percentage can be much higher for people with chronic liver disease. Researchers have discovered evidence in mice and humans that these medications alter gut bacteria in a way that promotes three types of chronic liver disease. Approximately 10 percent of the...

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Bright light therapy at midday helped patients with bipolar depression



Six weeks of light therapy decreased depression, increased daily functioning in patients Date: October 10, 2017 Source: Northwestern University Summary: Daily exposure to bright white light at midday significantly decreased symptoms of depression and increased functioning in people with bipolar disorder, a recent study found. More than 68 percent of patients who received midday bright light achieved a normal level of mood, compared to 22.2 percent of patients who received a dim placebo light....

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On-and-off fasting helps fight obesity



Researchers investigate why periods of sporadic fasting can be beneficial for the metabolism Date: October 17, 2017 Source: Springer Summary: Up to sixteen weeks of intermittent fasting without otherwise having to count calories helps fight obesity and other metabolic disorders. Such fasting already shows benefits after only six weeks, according to a new study. Up to sixteen weeks of intermittent fasting without otherwise having to count calories helps fight obesity and other metabolic disorders....

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Like it or not: Broccoli may be good for the gut



Date: October 12, 2017 Source: Penn State Summary: For the broccoli haters of the world, researchers may have more bad news: the vegetable may also help promote a healthy gut.   For the broccoli haters of the world, researchers may have more bad news: the vegetable may also help promote a healthy gut.   In a study, when mice ate broccoli with their regular diet, they were better able to tolerate digestive issues similar...

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Scientists reveal the relationship between sugar, cancer



Date: October 13, 2017 Source: VIB Summary: A nine-year joint research project has led to a crucial breakthrough in cancer research. Scientists have clarified how the Warburg effect, a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars, stimulates tumor growth. This discovery provides evidence for a positive correlation between sugar and cancer, which may have far-reaching impacts on tailor-made diets for cancer patients.   A nine-year joint research project conducted by VIB, KU...

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Antifungals and probiotics may play a key role in the development of treatment for Crohn's disease



Potential new therapeutic approaches for inflammatory bowel diseases may involve using antifungals with probiotics Date: October 4, 2017 Source: Elsevier Summary: Scientists have determined that fungus may play a key role in chronic intestinal inflammation disorders. They found that patients with Crohn's disease tend to have much higher levels of the fungus Candida tropicalis compared to their healthy family members. A new review looks at these findings and provides insights into potential new therapeutic...

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Multivitamins in pregnancy may be linked to lower autism risk in children



Evidence not yet sufficient to change practice but findings warrant further investigation, say researchers Date: October 4, 2017 Source: BMJ Summary: Taking multivitamins during early pregnancy may be associated with a reduced risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children compared with mothers who do not take multivitamins, finds a study. The researchers stress that their findings cannot establish cause and effect, but say they raise questions about a possible association that warrant further...

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Too much sugar? Even 'healthy people' are at risk of developing heart disease



Date: October 4, 2017 Source: University of Surrey Summary: Healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.   A ground-breaking study from the University of Surrey found that a subject group of otherwise healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their...

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A need for bananas? Dietary potassium regulates calcification of arteries



Low dietary potassium leads to calcified arteries and aortic stiffness, while increased dietary potassium alleviates that in a mouse model, suggesting dietary potassium may protect against heart disease and death from heart disease in humans Date: October 5, 2017 Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham Summary: Researchers have shown, for the first time, that reduced dietary potassium promotes elevated aortic stiffness in a mouse model. Such arterial stiffness in humans is predictive of heart...

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Women who get frequent UTIs may reduce risk by drinking plenty of water



Women who get frequent UTIs may reduce risk by drinking plenty of water Date: October 5, 2017 Source: Infectious Diseases Society of America Summary: Women who suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections may reduce their risk by drinking more water, according to a new study. Drinking an additional three pints of water a day may keep the urinary tract infection (UTI) away -- at least for women who are prone -- suggests a study being...

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Skipping breakfast associated with hardening of the arteries



Skipping breakfast associated with hardening of the arteries Date: October 2, 2017 Source: American College of Cardiology Summary: Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to a build-up of plaque, according to research.   Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to a build-up of plaque, according to research published in the Journal...

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One hour of exercise a week can prevent depression



  One hour of exercise a week can prevent depression Date: October 3, 2017 Source: University of New South Wales Summary: Regular exercise of any intensity can prevent future depression -- and just one hour can help, a landmark study has revealed. A landmark study led by the Black Dog Institute has revealed that regular exercise of any intensity can prevent future depression -- and just one hour can help.   Published in the American...

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Risks and recommendations for weight gain management in midlife women



Risks and recommendations for weight gain management in midlife women Date: October 2, 2017 Source: Mayo Clinic Summary: A review of the weight gain risks and challenges faced by women in midlife has led researchers to a series of recommendations for this patient population. A review of the weight gain risks and challenges faced by women in midlife has led Mayo Clinic researchers to a series of recommendations for this patient population. The findings are...

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Vitamin K and Heart Health in Children



Low consumption of vitamin K by adolescents associated with unhealthy enlargement of the heart's major pumping chamber A study of 766 otherwise healthy adolescents showed that those who consumed the least vitamin K1 -- found in spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce and olive oil -- were at 3.3 times greater risk for an unhealthy enlargement of the major pumping chamber of their heart, according to the study published in The Journal of Nutrition. Vitamin K1, or...

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