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Connecticut Center for Health: September 2013 Archives

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Treat the Fungus Among Us With Nontoxic Medicinal Compound

Sep. 12, 2013 -- A Kansas State University microbiologist has found a breakthrough herbal medicine treatment for a common human fungal  Govindsamy Vediyappan, assistant professor of biology, noticed that diabetic people in developing countries use a medicinal herb called Gymnema slyvestre to help control sugar levels. He decided to study the microbiological use of Gymnema slyvestre -- a tropical vine plant found in India, China and Australia -- to see if it could treat a...

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Living Better With Heart Failure by Changing What You Eat

Sep. 24, 2013 -- Diet can dramatically lower hypertension and improve heart function in patients with a common type of heart failure, according to research presented at today's Heart Failure Society of America meeting in Orlando, Fla. fter 21 days of following a low-sodium Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, patients saw a drop in blood pressure similar to taking anti-hypertension medicine. "Our work suggests diet could play an important role in...

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Melatonin Helps Control Weight Gain

as It Stimulates the Appearance of 'beige Fat' That Can Burn Calories Instead of Storing Them, Study Suggests Sep. 25, 2013 -- Spanish scientists have discovered that melatonin consumption helps control weight gain because it stimulates the appearance of 'beige fat', a type of fat cell that burns calories in vivo instead of storing them. White adipose tissue stores calories leading to weight gain whereas 'beige fat' (also known as 'good or thinning fat') helps...

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Dietary Report Card Disappoints

By JANE E. BRODY From time to time, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group, prepares an updated "report card" on changes in the American diet. The latest, collated by the nutritionist Bonnie Liebman and published in the September issue of the center's Nutrition Action Newsletter, is not one Americans should be especially proud of. The analysis of changes in food consumption from 1970 to 2010 reveals that we...

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Walnuts in Diet Can Improve Endothelial Functions for Overweight Adults

Sep. 23, 2013 -- Medical researchers from the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Connecticut have found evidence suggestive that adding walnuts to one's diet can protect against diabetes and heart disease in at-risk individuals. Their original research article, "Effects of Walnuts on Endothelial Function in Overweight Adults with Visceral Obesity: A Randomized, Controlled, Crossover Trial," is now available in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the Official Publication of the American College...

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Curcumin And Radiation Treatment

Topic: Curcumin Attenuates Radiation-induced Inflammation and Fibrosis Keywords: INFLAMMATION, FIBROSIS, RADIATION - Curcumin, Turmeric Reference: "Curcumin attenuates radiation-induced inflammation and fibrosis in rat lungs," Cho YJ, Yi Co, et al, Korean J Physiol Pharmacol, 2013 Aug; 17(267-74. (Address: Department of Internal Medicine, Institute of Health Sciences, Gyeongsang National University School of Medicine, Jinju 660-290, Korea). Summary: In a study involving rats given daily doses of intragastric curcumin (200 mg/kg) prior to a single irradiation...

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Food-Manufacturer Group Sued Over Funds Against GMO Labels

  September 18th, 2013 [NOTE:  Cornucopia has created an infographic detailing spending on I-522] Seattle TimesBy Melissa Allison A nonprofit organization backing Initiative 522 has sued the Grocery Manufacturers Association, saying the industry group should be disclosing which member companies are giving money to fight the initiative. I-522 would require labeling of food with genetically engineered ingredients. The lawsuit says the industry association acted as a political committee to solicit and "launder" money from others...

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High-Intensity Exercise for People With Heart Disease

Sep. 20, 2013 -- High-intensity exercise is shown to be protective against coronary heart disease (CHD) and is well known as a popular and time-saving approach to getting fit. But what about people who already have heart disease? Previously, these patients were told to exercise, but only at a moderate intensity to protect their hearts. More recently, however, researchers have found that high-intensity exercise is very beneficial for these patients. But how intense should...

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Circadian Clock Is Key to Firing Up Cell's Furnace

Sep. 19, 2013 -- Each of our cells has an energy furnace, and it is called a mitochondrion. A Northwestern University-led research team now has identified a new mode of timekeeping that involves priming the cell's furnace to properly use stored fuel when we are not eating. The interdisciplinary team has identified the "match" and "flint" responsible for lighting this tiny furnace. And the match is only available when the circadian clock says so,...

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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Pose Global Health Threat

Sep. 19, 2013 -- In an editorial published in Endocrinology, a journal of The Endocrine Society, endocrine experts agreed that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) pose a threat to human health and to the ecosystems of Earth. The editorial comes in response to a commentary (Dietrich et al. Chem Biol Interact) signed by a number of editors of toxicology journals that dismisses the state-of-the-science on EDCs and argues for the status quo in the regulation of...

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Benefits of green tea to control blood sugar

From CAM Report-Researchers in Chongqing, People's Republic of China, evaluated the effect of green tea on glucose control and insulin sensitivity.First, the details.17 studies with data from 1133 people were included in the meta-analysis.Jadad scores were used to assess the quality of the studies-And, the results.Drinking green tea significantly reduced the fasting glucose and hemoglobin A1c (A1c) concentrations by -0.09 mmol/L and -0.30%, respectively.Blood levels of A1c are used to measure average blood sugar levels over prolonged periods.The best studies, based...

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Inhaled Corticosteroids Raise Pneumonia Risk

Sep. 18, 2013 -- A University of Alberta researcher says health professionals should be cautious about prescribing inhaled corticosteroids to high-risk patients such as pneumonia survivors, citing a twofold risk for repeat infection.Dean Eurich led a research team that examined inhaled corticosteroid use among elderly patients for a clinical study. The team evaluated more than 6,200 seniors who survived an initial episode of pneumonia but were still at high risk of developing another bout...

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Diet Is Associated With Risk of Depression

Sep. 16, 2013 -- A healthy diet may reduce the risk of severe depression, according to a prospective follow-up study of more than 2,000 men conducted at the University of Eastern Finland. In addition, weight loss in the context of a lifestyle intervention was associated with a reduction in depressive symptoms."The study reinforces the hypothesis that a healthy diet has potential not only in the warding off of depression, but also in its prevention," says Ms...

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Women Can Lower Their Risk for Gynecologic Cancers

Sep. 16, 2013 -- From losing weight to knowing their family history, there are several things women can do to lower their risk of developing certain types of cancer, and improve their chances for survival if they do develop one of them, according to the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), the leading organization of doctors and other health care professionals specializing in women's cancers.During September -- Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month -- gynecologic oncology specialists are making...

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Gut Microbes Closely Linked to Proper Immune Function

Other Health IssuesSep. 16, 2013 -- A new understanding of the essential role of gut microbes in the immune system may hold the key to dealing with some of the more significant health problems facing people in the world today, Oregon State University researchers say in a new analysis.Problems ranging from autoimmune disease to clinical depression and simple obesity may in fact be linked to immune dysfunction that begins with a "failure to communicate" in the...

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Study: Improving Sex Life Through Yoga

Sep. 16, 2013 -- Partner yoga may help couples who are struggling with sexual dysfunction, according to sexual wellness experts at Loyola University Health System (LUHS).This form of yoga uses massage, breathing exercises and mutually beneficial postures couples can do together to build trust, relax and have fun."Distance and resentment can develop in marriages over time," said Susan Walsh, PsyD, psychologist and certified yoga instructor for Loyola's Sexual Wellness Clinic. "Partner yoga can clear this negative...

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Red Grapes, Blueberries May Enhance Immune Function

Sep. 17, 2013 -- In an analysis of 446 compounds for their the ability to boost the innate immune system in humans, researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University discovered just two that stood out from the crowd -- the resveratrol found in red grapes and a compound called pterostilbene from blueberries.Both of these compounds, which are called stilbenoids, worked in synergy with vitamin D and had a significant impact in raising the...

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Naturopathic Medicine Week October 7-13, 2013!!!

Senate Passes Naturopathic Medicine Week Resolution   The U.S. Senate last night unanimously passed a resolution designating October 7 - October 13 as Naturopathic Medicine Week.    The resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing "safe, effective, and affordable health care" and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions.   According to Jud Richland, CEO of the National Association of Naturopathic Physicians, "Passage of...

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Ease of Access Improves Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

  Sep. 3, 2013 -- Low-income communities have particular problems getting adequate fruits and vegetables because of limited access to supermarkets and farmers markets. A new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows that community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs may be a feasible approach for providing fresh fruits and vegetables to under-resourced communities.   Lead author Sara A. Quandt, Ph.D., a professor of epidemiology and prevention at Wake Forest Baptist, said that CSAs, which link...

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More Than One-Third of Populations Worldwide May Have Low Levels of Vitamin D

, Study Shows Sep. 4, 2013 -- A new systematic review published in the British Journal of Nutrition, is one of the first to focus on patterns of vitamin D status worldwide and in key population subgroups, using continuous values for 25(OH)D to improve comparisons.     Principal investigator, Dr. Kristina Hoffmann of the Mannheim Institute of Public Health (MIPH), Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University stated, "The strength of our study is that we used...

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