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How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat
September 12, 2016
The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show.
FDA’s final rule on antibacterial soaps bans 19 ingredients
September 7, 2016
Nineteen ingredients commonly used in antibacterial soaps and washes, including two suspected endocrine disruptors linked to reproductive and developmental harm, are being phased out with the publication of a new federal rule.
Keep exercising, say heart experts
January 20, 2016
There is ample evidence that regular physical activity reduces the risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD).
What are the best diets for 2016?
January 6, 2016
If you have made any New Year’s resolutions, chances are, one of them is to eat better. But with an overwhelming array of diets to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one is best. Now, US News & World Report have released their 2016 Best Diet Rankings with the aim of helping millions of Americans achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Could pesticide in milk contribute to Parkinson’s disease?
December 10, 2015
Heptachlor epoxide – a pesticide used until the 1980s and found in milk at that time – may be associated with signs of Parkinson’s disease in the brain, according to a study published in Neurology.
Mother nature may have solution for lowering cholesterol in pregnant women
November 25, 2015
Researchers are studying whether plant sterols can be used as a natural alternative to drug therapy for pregnant women who have high cholesterol. While it’s normal for a woman’s cholesterol to spike during pregnancy, excessive lipid levels — whether from genetic or dietary reasons — can have negative health effects on the offspring, both early in life and later on as adults.
US veterans find combat-related stress relief in holistic-medicine retreat
November 11, 2015
Kaufmann, of Montpelier, Va., thought he had tried everything to shake post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition common among military veterans that will affect nearly 8 percent of Americans at some point during their lifetime, according to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA)
Use of e-cigarettes, alternative tobacco products may lead to increased tobacco use
October 13, 2015
The increasing use of alternative tobacco products, such as water pipes and e-cigarettes, by children under the age of 18 is a burgeoning public health crisis, researchers write in a new commentary.
Fruit and vegetables aren’t only good for a healthy body; they protect your mind too
September 16, 2015
Eating a Mediterranean diet or other healthy dietary pattern, comprising of fruit, vegetables, legumes, and nuts and low in processed meats, is associated with preventing the onset of depression, according to research. A large study of 15,093 people suggests depression could be linked with nutrient deficits.
5 ways to de-stress and help your heart
August 25, 2015
Constant stress — whether from a traffic-choked daily commute, unhappy marriage, or heavy workload — can have real physical effects on the body. It has been linked to a wide range of health issues, including mood, sleep, and appetite problems — and yes, even heart disease.
California Scientists Develop Cataract-Dissolving Eye Drops
August 4, 2015
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a treatment that’s shown to shrink and even dissolve cataracts, the leading cause of human blindness worldwide.
10 Superfoods That Can Help You Achieve More Restful Sleep
July 27, 2015
When we think about the main things that keep us healthy, like nutrition, sleep and exercise, it’s easy to envision them as parallel highways, with what we do in one lane having little effect on another.
Zocere’s “Brain Saving” Drug Issued U.S. Patent
July 15, 2015
Zocere, Inc., a New Mexico-based pharmaceutical company, announces issuance of U.S. Patent No. 9,068,172 for its biologic-based “brain saving” drug. Derived from an STEP protein, the drug is a cell-permeable, recombinant peptide that shows promise as a potent neuroprotectant when administered post-stroke. Zocere’s drug also holds the potential for treating other severe brain injuries, including sports and trauma-related concussions.
Summer vacation: the health risks for travelers
July 1, 2015
Summer is officially here, which means many of us are likely to be looking forward to a well-deserved vacation. For almost half of those who are jetting off abroad, the ideal vacation involves sun, sea and sand. But while you’re busy packing your swimsuit and flip-flops, have you taken a minute to think about how you’re going to protect your health while away?
Experts call for dropping of total fat intake limits
June 25, 2015
Ahead of the publication of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, researchers have called for the US government to drop recommended restrictions on total fat consumption.
Importance of a balanced diet for mental health
June 18, 2015
The importance of nutrition for maintaining mental health has been highlighted by recent research. The human brain needs an adequate intake of key nutrients, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega-3, essential amino acids, B-group vitamins (B12 and folate), vitamin D and minerals like zinc, magnesium and iron. A balanced and high-quality diet, such as the Mediterranean, provides all of these, the researchers note.
Can We Prevent Aging?
National Institute on Aging
People are living longer. In 1970, the average life expectancy at birth in the United States was 70.8 years; in 2008, it was 78.0 years; and by 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau projects life expectancy will reach 79.5 years.
“Gut reaction” to illness found to inform immune system response
June 10, 2015
Researchers have discovered that immune system cells in mice are programmed in advance to either repair or protect the body after receiving signals from cells in the infected gut.
Need to Curb Carb Cravings? Try Cutting the Coffee
May 29, 2015
If you find it easy to eat a healthy, balanced meal for breakfast, but carb cravings take over by dinner, research suggests your daily coffee habit may be to blame.
Can bio-identicalh hormone therapy help prevent Alzheimer’s?
May 20, 2015
With the prevalence of Alzheimer’s in society, I decided to research the link between bio-identical hormone therapy and Alzheimer’s disease. Estradiol effects 400 functions in the body, so how does it affect the brain? Many studies show estrogen (estradiol) can help in the prevention of dementia, heart disease and osteoporosis, especially if administered topically.
PMS, Peri-Menopause and Menopause Have Profound Impact On Women’s Physical and Emotional Health
May 7, 2015
When a health problem affects 75% of its possible population, one would think it would be considered a national health crisis. But in the case of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopause, many believe that these symptoms are just something to be tolerated and accepted, no matter how horribly they make women feel emotionally or physically.
Meditation may relieve IBS/IBD
May 5, 2015
Researchers found the relaxation response showed improvements in the two gastrointestinal disorders
How Integrative Medicine Empowers Patients To Take Charge Of Their Health
May 4, 2015
Integrative medicine, an approach to treating patients that aims to address the “whole person,” is a burgeoning field in health care — and for good reason.
Hidden Sugar in Health Food
April 22, 2015
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Corticosteroid use linked to development of adrenal insufficiency
April 13, 2015
Patients using corticosteroids for various conditions may be at risk for developing adrenal insufficiency, according to recent findings.
Sugary Soda Linked to Increased Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Drinking one or more sugary sodas a day, including regular cola, caffeine-free cola, and other sugar-sweetened carbonated sodas, may significantly increase a woman’s risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published recently in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Frequent Antibiotic Use and Type 2 Diabetes Risk
March 25, 2015
Data on 1 million people suggests a higher risk of the illness linked to changes in gut microbes.
New Study Links Energy Drinks to Increased Blood Pressure
March 16, 2015
According to a recent study, consuming energy drinks has been linked to an increase in the resting blood pressure in young people who do not drink caffeinated beverages on a regular basis. This can increase the risk of developing cardiac problems, researchers say.
Folic Acid May Help Ward Off Stroke in People With High Blood Pressure
SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Folic acid — the same nutrient women take in pregnancy to help ward off birth defects — may also help lower stroke risk in people with high blood pressure, a new Chinese study finds.
High acid diet may have negative effects on kidney health
Among patients with chronic kidney disease, patients who consumed high acid diets were 3-times more likely to develop kidney failure than patients who consumed low acid diets, research concludes. Low acid load diets are rich in fruits and vegetables, while high acid diets contain more meats.
U.S. Dietary Guidelines Take Aim at Sugar
Feb. 20, 2015
And continue to endorse fruits, vegetables and unsaturated fats.
Sugar industry’s attempt to influence public health policy is ‘a major issue
February 12, 2015
An investigative report from The BMJ claims to expose “extensive links” – going much deeper than previously known – between public health scientists and the sugar industry.
Antibiotic use has more unwanted effects than previously thought
February 11, 2015
We have known for some time that one of the unwanted side effects of taking antibiotics is their disruption of friendly microbes in the gut. But now a new study that takes a closer look suggests the consequences of long-term antibiotic use could be even far-more reaching than we thought.
Many G.M.O.-Free Labels, Little Clarity Over Rules
Antibiotic resistance could be transmitted through the air from farms
January 30, 2015
A new study shows scientists are starting to understand how antibiotic resistance from open-air farms can travel through the air to spread to human populations.
Sneaky Name Change has High Fructose Corn Syrup Hiding in your Health Food
Consumers are finally catching on to the fact that what we put in our mouths effects our waistline as well as our health. Since consumers have become much smarter and finally waking up to these realities, they are demanding healthier food choices. Every food company is smearing 100% natural on every box of anything regardless of whats inside the box. Now we have to know the new sneaky name to know whether or not we are consuming High Fructose Corn Syrup or not.
Study Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought
(Updated on Jan. 14, 2015)
Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), part of the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents as Class 2B Carcinogens – possibly carcinogenic to humans.
BPA in Canned Goods May Raise Your Blood Pressure
Finding is latest to raise health concerns about the common estrogen-like chemical.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Eating food from cans lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could raise your blood pressure, a new study suggests.BPA previously has been linked to a variety of ills, including heart problems, developmental problems in children and high blood pressure. The chemical is widely used in products ranging from plastic bottles and food containers to dental fillings and cash register receipts.
Celiac disease triggers may include non-gluten proteins
Gluten – a protein found in wheat and other cereals – may not be the only trigger for celiac disease, according to a new study that found patients with the disease also showed reactions to non-gluten wheat proteins.
Body weight heavily influenced by gut microbes: Genes shape body weight by affecting gut microbes
November 6, 2014
Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a new study. Scientists identified a specific, little known bacterial family that is highly heritable and more common in individuals with low body weight. This microbe also protected against weight gain when transplanted into mice. The results could pave the way for personalized probiotic therapies that are optimized to reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases based on an individual’s genetic make-up.
Breakdown in gut barriers to bacteria may promote inflammation and craving in alcoholics
October 30, 2014
Bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract fulfill many vital functions and are critical for digestion. Yet, these same bacteria can induce strong inflammatory responses by the immune system if they penetrate the gut and enter the bloodstream.
Trans fat intake in America has decreased, but not enough
There appears to be a downward trend in the amount of trans fats being consumed by Americans, according to a new study. Unfortunately, the level of consumption is still higher than is recommended by the American Heart Association.
Menopause is a reason to have a ‘health audit,’ claim experts
To coincide with International Menopause Day, the International Menopause Society publish a report that suggests taking certain actions at the time of the menopause may be important for avoiding chronic diseases in later life.
GMOs are Everywhere and Should be Labeled, Study Finds
“Natural” label is virtually meaningless and should be banned, Consumer Reports declares.
Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are present in many common products including breakfast cereals, chips, and infant formula—including some that carry misleading labels like “natural,” according to a study released Tuesday by the nonprofit Consumer Reports.
Healthy lifestyle may reduce women’s stroke risk by more than 50%
A healthy lifestyle could reduce women’s risk of stroke by more than 50%, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology.
Fibromyalgia linked to decreased brain connectivity
A new study from Sweden finds fibromyalgia is linked to abnormal activity in parts of the brain that process pain signals and link them to other regions.
5 Most Confusing Health Halo Food Terms
I frequently meet my clients at their local supermarkets so we can walk the aisles together. Most find it incredibly eye-opening: sometimes what they think they know about which products to select or how to read food labels turn out to be misconceptions. For example, one client recently told me she avoids oats because they contain gluten. In reality oats are gluten-free, unless they’ve been contaminated with gluten during growing or processing, but many companies make pure, uncontaminated oats, and label them as such. She was thrilled to be able to eat oats for breakfast again!
Could Artificial Sweeteners Be Contributing To The Obesity Epidemic?
It’s been unclear whether artificial sweeteners actually help the obesity crisis – some evidence has shown that they may do just the opposite.
Scientific Study Links Flammable Drinking Water to Fracking
For the first time, a scientific study has linked natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing with a pattern of drinking water contamination so severe that some faucets can be lit on fire.
Japan mercury poisoning survivors boost First Nation’s compensation push
Experts from Minamata check for signs of illnesses in Ontario after officials vow to reconsider increased compensation
Mercury poisoning survivors and experts from Minamata, Japan — the site of one of the world’s worst industrial disasters — have arrived in Ontario to help assess the impact of a similar contamination on First Nation people there, a month after a hunger-striking chief prompted the provincial government to re-examine its compensation policy.
American Heart Association supports e-cigarettes for quitting tobacco
The American Heart Association circulated its official policy recommendation on electronic cigarettes Monday, saying that e-cigarettes can be can be used to quit smoking tobacco, but only as a last resort.
The association added that electronic cigarettes should be regulated in the same way as tobacco products, meaning stricter advertising restrictions and a ban on selling to minors. “We also support the inclusion of e-cigarettes in smoke-free air laws,” it said in its position paper, published in the journal Circulation.
How do sex hormones influence autism risk?
Changes in the brain’s estrogen signaling may partly explain the higher rates of autism spectrum disorders among males, according to new research published in the journal Molecular Autism.
Fish Oil Might Ease Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy: Study
MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Low doses of fish oil may help reduce the number of seizures experienced by people with a form of tough-to-treat epilepsy that no longer responds to drugs, a small new study suggests.
Exercise May Guard Against Irregular Heartbeat
Physically active postmenopausal women had a 10 percent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, compared to women who were more sedentary, researchers report in the Aug. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association.
New technology offers insight into cholesterol
With new advanced techniques developed by the Copenhagen Center for Glycomics at the University of Copenhagen it is possible to study cells in greater detail than ever before. The findings have just been published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and may, in the long term, improve the treatment of high cholesterol.
Vitamin D deficiency increases dementia risk, study finds
Older people with a vitamin D deficiency are more likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s, according to a new study. About five million adults in the U.S. suffer from Alzheimer’s, with approximately 500,000 of them dying from the disease each year, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
More Evidence That Sugar May Be Bad For The Brain
A new study suggests that sugar-sweetened beverages may be harmful to the brain – especially the developing brain. The idea itself isn’t a surprise: Earlier studies have certainly hinted that sugar may have a detrimental effect on brain cells, in the way of memory impairment and cognitive problems.
Appeals court rules FDA can continue allowing antibiotics in animal feed
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can continue its policy of allowing widespread antibiotic use in animal feed – a practice believed by many to contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant “superbug” bacteria.
Asthma: just believing an odor is harmful ‘could trigger airway inflammation’
For many individuals with asthma, exposure to some odors – such as perfume – can increase inflammation of the airways. But according to a new study by researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, PA, just believing an odor will cause harm, even if it contains no irritants, can have the same effect.
Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Threat: CDC Head
WebMD News from HealthDay
July 24, 2014 — Tougher measures to control antibiotic resistance need to be taken in the coming years, to avoid the possibility of it becoming the “next pandemic,” the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
During an event at the National Press Club, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the agency plans to isolate, track and prevent bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics in hospitals, USA Today reported.
iPads Can Trigger Nickel Allergies in Kids
MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When an 11-year-old boy in San Diego developed a nasty skin allergy, doctors traced it to the nickel in his family’s iPad. They also found a quick and easy solution — cover the iPad’s metal surfaces with a form-fitting case.
The incident highlights the importance of considering “metallic-appearing electronics and personal effects as potential sources of nickel exposure” and nickel allergy, wrote Drs. Sharon Jacob and Shehla Admani, dermatologists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
They reported the case in the July 14 issue of the journal Pediatrics.
Mechanism that prevents lethal bacteria from causing invasive disease is revealed
Decision aids to simplify menopause consults and therapy
Monday 7 July 2014
Primary care physicians now have access to a “toolkit” of decision aids aiming to simplify the process of menopause diagnosis and management for the women who present concerns or symptoms.
The one-page flowchart algorithms were developed by researchers from Monash University in Victoria, Australia, who felt that a “void” needed filling amid the various guidelines on menopause that can run to dozens of pages in length.
The easy-to-use information should make effective menopause management more realistic within the short consultations women have with their primary care physicians.
Better pain management techniques needed, researchers say.
MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Nearly half of U.S. soldiers returning home are caught in the grip of chronic pain, with a substantial number of them relying on addictive narcotic painkillers to help them cope, a new study finds.
About 44 percent of the members of an Army infantry brigade reported chronic pain even three months after returning from their tour of duty in Afghanistan or Iraq, nearly double the estimate for the civilian population. Civilian chronic pain rates are about 26 percent.
Fourth US death from mad cow disease confirmed in Texas
A man in Houston, Texas has died from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a fatal brain disorder believed to be caused by eating beef from cattle with mad cow disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
It is the fourth known death from the disease in the U.S., the CDC said. The man, who died in May, was born and raised in a Middle Eastern country.
‘Bionic pancreas’ shows promise for Type 1 diabetes
Al Jazeera and the Associated Press
Scientists have made big progress on a “bionic pancreas” to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease, doctors said Sunday. A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as needed.
Tested for five days on 20 adults and 32 teens, the device improved blood sugar control more than standard monitors and insulin pumps did. Unlike other artificial pancreases in development that correct just high blood sugar, this one also can remedy levels that are too low, mimicking what a natural pancreas does.
Gov. Rick Scott signs ‘Charlotte’s Web’ medical marijuana bill
As he promised, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill on Monday that legalizes the use of a noneuphoric strain of marijuana to treat conditions such as epilepsy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and cancer.
Why Should You Avoid Sugar in Foods and Beverages?
Here is what one study found out about sugary beverages and weight gain
Can Losing Weight Help Relieve Acid Reflux?
Posted By Stephanie Scarmo On June 9, 2014 @ 5:00 am In Diet and Weight Loss
“Being overweight increases pressure around the abdomen, which is more likely to cause reflux,” explains Lauren Gerson, a gastroenterologist at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. “There may also be hormones, like estrogen, secreted by the fat cells that cause the esophageal sphincter muscle to relax.” The best evidence that extra pounds increases GERD comes from the Nurses’ Health Study.
Cell Phone Exposure May Harm Male Fertility
MONDAY, June 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Men who carry a cellphone in their pants pocket may harm their sperm and reduce their chances of having children, a new review warns.
The research team analyzed the findings of 10 studies that examined how cellphone exposure may affect male fertility. Among men with no exposure to cellphones, 50 percent to 85 percent of their sperm had a normal ability to move towards an egg.
Light bedrooms ‘link to obesity’
By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News
Sleeping in a room with too much light has been linked to an increased risk of piling on the pounds, a study shows. A team at the Institute of Cancer Research in London found women had larger waistlines if their bedroom was “light enough to see across” at night. However, they caution there is not enough evidence to advise people to buy thicker curtains or turn off lights.
Secret toxins in menstrual products cause alarm
Bill to require research into menstrual product additives is introduced after global Menstrual Hygiene Day
May 29, 2014
by Lisa De Bode @lisadebode
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require the National Institutes of Health to research whether menstrual hygiene products that contain chemical additives like chlorine and fragrances are health risks. The Robin Danielson Act of 2014 would ask the Federal Drug Administration to monitor and publish information on the presence of these contaminants in a broad range of products such as pads, liners, cups and sponges used by millions of American women.
Ginseng can treat, prevent influenza, RSV, researcher finds
Source: Georgia State University
Ginseng can help treat and prevent influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages, according to research findings by a scientist in Georgia State University’s new Institute for Biomedical Sciences.
In a recent issue of Nutrients and an upcoming publication of the International Journal of Molecular Medicine, Sang-Moo Kang reports the beneficial effects of ginseng, a well-known herbal medicine, on human health.
Chinese herbal remedy as good as methotrexate for treating rheumatoid arthritis
BMJ-British Medical Journal
A traditional Chinese herbal remedy used to relieve joint pain and inflammation works as well as methotrexate, a standard drug treatment that is frequently prescribed to control the symptoms of active rheumatoid arthritis, reveals research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
Furthermore, combining the herbal remedy with methotrexate — the disease modifying drug (DMARD) most commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis — was more effective than treatment with methotrexate alone, the findings showed.
Study: Honeybee Collapse Caused by Insecticides, Will Congress Act?
11 May 14
A new study by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health says that the widespread demise of honeybees is due to the use of a class of popular insecticides called neonicotinoids, combined with cold temperatures during the winter months. The study is published online in the Bulletin of Insectology.
The deadly combination of insecticides and cold weather causes honeybees to abandon their hives–a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Over recent years, Western countries have lost between 30 percent and 70 percent of their honeybee populations, scientists say.
The new study replicates earlier research by same research team that found a link between CCD and low doses of imidacloprid, another neonicotinoid insecticide.
Fruits and vegetables linked to stroke prevention
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce stroke risk by almost a third, according to a fresh look at recent evidence. The results support existing recommendations from organizations like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which already call for a diet rich in fresh greens.
Limit Use of Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attack, FDA Says
Going against years of widely dispensed advice, the FDA warned the public in a statement that most people shouldn’t take aspirin to prevent heart attacks, Bloomberg reports
Risk of stomach and brain bleeds
In the statement, the FDA explained that ingesting aspirin on a regular basis isn’t recommended to people who have never experienced a cardiovascular event because the drug raises a person’s risk of experiencing stomach and brain bleeds. Even people who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease, but haven’t experienced any symptoms yet, should refrain from taking the drug as a preventative measure. In short, the benefits of the drug only outweigh the risks in cases where people have already experienced a stroke or a heart attack.
Coke, Pepsi dropping ‘BVO’ from all drinks
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo will both remove from all of their beverages a controversial ingredient that includes an element also found in flame retardants. Coca-Cola intends to have the ingredient, brominated vegetable oil (BVO), removed from its drinks by the end of the year; PepsiCo removed BVO from Gatorade last year and said yesterday— apparently following Coca-Cola’s announcement — that the rest of its products would also be dropping it, though no timeframe was given.