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Mar 25, 2009 - 1:43:31 PM

General Health : Other News
Does Teaching Kids to Hunt Make Them Violent?
March was a bloody month for the gun lobby starting with the Alabama, Illinois church and Germany shootings and ended with the Oakland police killings this week.
Mar 24, 2009 - 2:12:25 PM

General Health : Drug News
A possible risk group for statin use
In a patient study of over 1,000 individuals with coronary artery disease (CAD), researchers have found that high levels of an enzyme called PLTP significantly increased the risk of heart attack in the subset of patients taking statins. While follow-up studies will be needed to tease out the exact connection between PLTP and statins, this connection does suggest levels of PLTP in the blood should be a consideration for potential statin treatment.
Mar 23, 2009 - 10:34:46 AM

Food & Health : Agri. & Environ.
'Delicious' new grape debuts
Researchers at the University of Florida have introduced 'Delicious', a new muscadine grape cultivar. 'Delicious' ripens early, produces high yields, and is disease-resistant. The black fruit features exceptional taste and texture with an edible skin, making it well-suited for fresh fruit consumption and the potential for wine production. The name 'Delicious' was selected based on the comments of vineyard visitors who sampled the fruit
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:17:48 AM

Diet & Health : Heart & Blood
Proteins from garden pea may help fight high blood pressure, kidney disease
Researchers in Canada are reporting that proteins found in a common garden pea show promise as a natural food additive or new dietary supplement for fighting high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Those potentially life-threatening conditions affect millions of people worldwide.
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:16:35 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Study shows how Salmonella survives in environment
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have demonstrated how a single-celled organism, living freely in the environment, could be a source of Salmonella transmission to animals and humans.
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:14:54 AM

Diet & Health : Cancer
Alcohol 'flush' signals increased cancer risk among East Asians
Many people of East Asian descent possess an enzyme deficiency that causes their skin to redden, or flush, when they drink alcohol. Scientists from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and Japan's Kurihama Alcohol Center now caution that heavy alcohol consumption greatly increases the risk for esophageal cancer among such individuals, who comprise about 8 percent of the world's population.
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:13:54 AM

Food & Health : Food Chemicals
Review of probiotic trial research finds only Bifantis able to claim efficacy for IBS symptoms

Study adds to growing evidence of B. infantis 35624 efficacy in IBS population


Mar 23, 2009 - 9:12:26 AM

Diet & Health : Children & Women
Liking sweets makes sense for kids
As any parent knows, children love sweet-tasting foods. Now, new research from the University of Washington and the Monell Center indicates that this heightened liking for sweetness has a biological basis and is related to children's high growth rate.
Mar 19, 2009 - 9:36:09 AM

Diet & Health : Body Weight
Mice stay lean with high-carb diet
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have identified a gene that plays a critical regulatory role in the process of converting dietary carbohydrates to fat. In a new study, they disabled this gene in mice, which consequently had lower levels of body fat than their normal counterparts, despite being fed the equivalent of an all-you-can-eat pasta buffet.
Mar 19, 2009 - 9:34:11 AM

Diet & Health : Cancer
Acetaldehyde in alcohol -- no longer just the chemical that causes a hangover
New evidence by researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and researchers in Germany shows that drinking alcohol is the greatest risk factor for acetaldehyde-related cancer. Heavy drinkers may be at increased risk due to exposure from multiple sources.
Mar 19, 2009 - 9:31:52 AM

Diet & Health : Cancer
Mushrooms Protect Against Breast Cancer
Mushrooms may reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a case-control study conducted in southeast China. Researchers analyzed dietary records from more than 2,000 pre- and postmenopausal women with breast cancer and a group of matched healthy controls.
Mar 18, 2009 - 2:35:32 PM

Diet & Health : Nutrition
Nutrigenomics -- developing personalized diets for disease prevention
The relationships between food, nutrition science, and health outcomes have been intensively analyzed over the past century. Genomic variation among individuals and populations is a new factor that enriches and challenges our understanding of these complex relationships
Mar 17, 2009 - 5:31:08 PM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Fish consumption guidelines not environmentally sustainable
Recommendations to increase fish consumption because of health benefits may not be environmentally sustainable and more research is needed to clarify the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, write Dr. David Jenkins of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and coauthors in an analysis in CMAJ http://www.cmaj.ca/press/pg633.pdf.
Mar 17, 2009 - 8:36:44 AM

Diet & Health : Heart & Blood
Low vitamin D levels associated with several risk factors in teenagers
• Low levels of vitamin D were associated with increased risk of high blood pressure, high blood sugar and metabolic syndrome in teenagers.
• The highest levels of vitamin D were found in whites, the lowest levels in blacks and intermediate levels in Mexican-Americans.

Mar 16, 2009 - 9:59:47 AM

Diet & Health : Heart & Blood
Consuming a little less salt could mean fewer deaths
• A moderate decrease in daily salt intake could benefit the U.S. population and reduce the rates of heart disease and deaths.
• All segments of the U.S. population would be expected to benefit, with the largest health benefits experienced by African Americans who are more likely to have hypertension and whose blood pressure may be more sensitive to salt.

Mar 16, 2009 - 9:58:22 AM

Diet & Health : Cancer
Study finds folic acid supplements linked to higher risk of prostate cancer
A study led by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) found that men who took a daily folic acid supplement of 1 mg daily had more than twice the risk of prostate cancer compared with men who took a placebo.
Mar 16, 2009 - 9:53:46 AM

Diet & Health : Children & Women
Teenage boys who eat fish at least once a week achieve higher intelligence scores
Fifteen-year-old males who ate fish at least once a week displayed higher cognitive skills at the age of 18 than those who it ate it less frequently, according to a study of nearly 4,000 teenagers published in the March issue of Acta Paediatrica.
Mar 16, 2009 - 9:52:11 AM

Diet & Health : General Health
Vitamin C intake associated with lower risk of gout in men
Men with higher vitamin C intake appear less likely to develop gout, a painful type of arthritis, according to a report in the March 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Mar 16, 2009 - 9:50:43 AM

Diet & Health : General Health
Diabetes and elevated levels of cholesterol linked to faster cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients
Heart disease and stroke linked to increased cognitive decline only in Alzheimer's patients who carry the APOE-e4 gene -- previously implicated in late-onset disease
Mar 16, 2009 - 9:49:14 AM

Diet & Health : Cancer
Red wine vs. white? It makes no difference when it comes to breast-cancer risk
The largest study of its kind to evaluate the effect of red versus white wine on breast-cancer risk concludes that both are equal offenders when it comes to increasing breast-cancer risk. The results of the study, led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, were published in the March issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
Mar 16, 2009 - 9:47:08 AM

Diet & Health : Body Weight
A diet rich in calcium aids weight loss
Boosting calcium consumption spurs weight loss, according to a study published in the most recent issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, but only in people whose diets are calcium deficient.
Mar 16, 2009 - 9:43:11 AM

Misc. News : Consumer Affair
Does Your Veterinarian Really Love Animals?
You wouldn't think a veterinarian would have to say, "I love animals." After all, doctors don't say, "I love people." But in 200 email messages to the Daily O’Collegian, the Oklahoma State University (OSU) student newspaper, that's just what vets and vet students are saying to defend the vet school's live dog labs.
Mar 7, 2009 - 7:44:15 AM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Supreme Court Decision in Wyeth v. Levine Victory for Consumers
"Today's victory for Diana Levine is really a victory for all American consumers," said Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron.  The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, rejected the premise that drug manufacturers who fail to warn consumers of the dangers associated with their products can evade responsibility for the harm they do to Americans.
Mar 5, 2009 - 1:28:04 PM

Food & Health : Laws & Politics
Congress to Tackle Junk Food in Schools
Buoyed by a President and Secretary of Agriculture who have voiced their support for healthier school foods , health groups say this is the year Congress should take action .
Mar 5, 2009 - 12:56:27 PM

Diet & Health : General Health
Is one diet as good as another?
Any diet will do? Not if you want to lose fat instead of muscle. Not if you want to lower your triglyceride levels so you'll be less likely to develop diabetes and heart disease. Not if you want to avoid cravings that tempt you to cheat on your diet. And not if you want to keep the weight off long-term.
Mar 4, 2009 - 1:22:00 PM

Diet & Health : Nutrition
Pure fructose frequently confused with high fructose corn syrup
As researchers continue to examine the role of sweeteners in the diet, it's important that people understand the differences among various ingredients used in scientific studies, according to the Corn Refiners Association (CRA). Interchanging two distinctly different ingredients, such as pure fructose and high fructose corn syrup, creates factually incorrect conclusions and misleads consumers
Mar 4, 2009 - 8:07:26 AM

Diet & Health : General Health
Garlic helps patients with diabetes or high blood pressure
A new study suggests that eating garlic daily may help patients with diabetes and or high blood pressure.
Mar 3, 2009 - 11:14:47 AM

Food & Health : Cooking & Packing
Healthy Recipes: Lemon Dijon Salmon
If you’re looking for a quick, nutritious and flavorful dinner tonight, you’ve come to the right place. Requiring only a handful of ingredients and taking less than 20 minutes to prepare, this lemon Dijon salmon is the perfect alternative to quick-fix frozen dinners.
Mar 3, 2009 - 10:32:01 AM

Diet & Health : General Health
Vitamin B and folic acid may reduce AMD risk
Taking supplements with vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid helps reduce risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in women, according to a study reported in the Feb 23, 2009 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
Mar 3, 2009 - 9:43:50 AM

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