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Health Concerns: November 2013 Archives

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High Tungsten Levels Double Stroke Risk

Nov. 11, 2013 -- High levels of tungsten in the body could double the risk of suffering a stroke, a new study published in the open access journal PLOS ONE has found. Using data from a large US health survey, the study has shown that high concentrations of tungsten -- as measured in urine samples -- is strongly linked with an increase in the occurrence of stroke, roughly equal to a doubling of the...

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Higher Dietary Acid Load Increases Risk of Diabetes, Study Says

Nov. 11, 2013 -- A study of more than 60 000 women has shown that higher overall acidity of the diet, regardless of the individual foods making up that diet, increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. The study, the first large prospective study to demonstrate these findings, is published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), and is by Dr Guy Fagherazzi and Dr Fran├žoise Clavel-Chapelon,...

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         We continually hear about the world-wide epidemic of childhood obesity.  It is not just an American problem anymore.  Certainly, diet plays a huge role in this dilemma.  Environmental factors are also at play.   A recent study found a causal link between "phthalates" and childhood obesity.  Commonly used in soft plastics, packaging, cosmetics, building materials and medical equipment, phthalates may change gene expression associated with fat metabolism.    The risk associated with...

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Endometriosis Risk Linked to Two Pesticides

Nov. 5, 2013 -- A Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center-led study has found that two organochlorine pesticides are associated with an increased risk of endometriosis, a condition that affects up to 10 percent of reproductive-age women. Specifically, researchers observed that women with higher exposures to two such pesticides, beta-hexachlorocyclohexane and mirex, had a 30- to 70-percent increase in endometriosis risk. The findings are published online ahead of the print issue of Environmental Health Perspectives,...

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Intestinal Bacteria Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Nov. 5, 2013 -- Researchers have linked a species of intestinal bacteria known as Prevotella copri to the onset of rheumatoid arthritis, the first demonstration in humans that the chronic inflammatory joint disease may be mediated in part by specific intestinal bacteria. The new findings by laboratory scientists and clinical researchers in rheumatology at NYU School of Medicine add to the growing evidence that the trillions of microbes in our body play an important...

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Testosterone Therapy Following Angiography Linked With Increased Risk of Adverse Outcomes

Nov. 5, 2013 -- Among a group of men who underwent coronary angiography and had a low serum testosterone level, the use of testosterone therapy was associated with increased risk of death, heart attack, or ischemic stroke, according to a study in the November 6 issue of JAMA. "Rates of testosterone therapy prescription have increased markedly in the United States over the past decade. Annual prescriptions for testosterone increased by more than 5-fold from...

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Health Benefits of Wild Blueberries Abound

Nov. 6, 2013 -- Wild blueberries are a rich source of phytochemicals called polyphenols, which have been reported by a growing number of studies to exert a wide array of protective health benefits. A new study by researchers at the University of Maine adds to this growing body of evidence. This new research, published today in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, shows that regular long-term wild blueberry diets may help improve or...

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Japanese Superfood Prevents Flu Infection

Nov. 6, 2013 -- Scientists have discovered that bacteria found in a traditional Japanese pickle can prevent flu. Could this be the next superfood? The research, which assesses the immune-boosting powers of Lactobacillus brevis from Suguki -- a pickled turnip, popular in Japan -- in mice that have been exposed to a flu virus, is published today in the SfAM journal, Letters in Applied Microbiology. Lead researcher, Ms Naoko Waki of KAGOME CO., LTD....

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New Explanation for Infection Susceptibility in Newborns

It Is All About Helping Beneficial Bacteria Colonize the Gut Nov. 6, 2013 -- Cells that allow helpful bacteria to safely colonize the intestines of newborn infants also suppress their immune systems to make them more vulnerable to infections, according to new research in Nature. Published online Nov. 6, the study could prompt a major shift in how medicine views the threat of neonatal infections -- and how researchers go about looking for new strategies...

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Earliest Marker for Autism Found in Young Infants

Nov. 6, 2013 -- Eye contact during early infancy may be a key to early identification of autism, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. Published this week in the journal Nature, the study reveals the earliest sign of developing autism ever observed -- a steady decline in attention to others' eyes within the first two to six months of life....

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