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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
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
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
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
Mar 19, 2009 - 9:34:11 AM
Acetaldehyde in alcohol -- no longer just the chemical that causes a hangover
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
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
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
Mar 17, 2009 - 5:31:08 PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mar 4, 2009 - 8:07:26 AM
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
Mar 3, 2009 - 11:14:47 AM
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
Mar 3, 2009 - 9:43:50 AM
Prenatal Vitamin B12 deficiency raises risk of birth defect
new study suggests that women should make sure they have enough vitamin
B12 in their blood before getting pregnant because vitamin B12
deficiency dramatically increases risk of a birth defect of the brain
and spinal cord in their babies.
Mar 2, 2009 - 3:49:44 PM
Drinking wine may help prevent esophageal cancer
some red wine from time to time may help reduce risk of developing
esophageal cancer, a new study published n the March 2009 issue of
Mar 2, 2009 - 3:48:41 PM
Doctors endorse vegan and vegetarian diets for healthy pregnancies
vegetarian and vegan diets are healthful choices for pregnant women and
their children, and vitamin B12 needs can be easily met with fortified
foods or any common multivitamin, say doctors and dietitians with the
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
Mar 2, 2009 - 3:47:08 PM
Broccoli compound may help prevent respiratory inflammation
high amounts of broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage daily may reduce
the risk of respiratory inflammation that causes conditions like
asthma, allergic rhinitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
according to a new study.
Mar 2, 2009 - 3:43:32 PM
Low Serum vitamin D level means high risk of prostate cancer death
new study published online January 20, 2009 in the British Journal of
Cancer suggests that low vitamin D levels in the blood could increase
risk of death from prostate cancer.
Mar 2, 2009 - 3:41:50 PM
Vegetable-based drug could suppress melanoma
Compounds extracted from green vegetables
when used along with selenium could be a potent treatment for melanoma,
a deadly skin cancer, according to a new study published in the March
2009 issue of Clinical Cancer Research.
Mar 1, 2009 - 9:57:58 AM
Some dietary supplements may raise lung cancer risk
Taking certain nutrient supplements like
beta-carotene and some other carotenoids-containing dietary supplements may
raise the risk of lung cancer, particularly in smokers, a study published in
the Feb 2009 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests.
Feb 27, 2009 - 9:22:41 AM
Vitamin D deficiency linked to influenza
In December 2006 a
psychiatrist at a state mental hospital in California, along with a
number of co-authors, first theorized that daily supplementation with
proper daily doses of vitamin D would prevent influenza and many
varieties of the common cold.
Feb 26, 2009 - 2:55:17 PM
New findings measure precise impact of fat on cancer spread
Researchers at Purdue University have precisely measured the impact of
a high-fat diet on the spread of cancer, finding that excessive dietary
fat caused a 300 percent increase in metastasizing tumor cells in
Feb 25, 2009 - 1:42:14 PM
Infectious Agent May Impact Lung Cancer
A previously unknown effect of an infectious agent relevant to the
prevention and/or treatment of lung cancer has been discovered by a
UMDNJ research team led by Melissa Rogers, Ph.D., professor of
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
Feb 23, 2009 - 10:04:38 PM
Green, black tea can reduce stroke risk
Drinking at least three cups of green
or black tea a day can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, a new
UCLA study has found. And the more you drink, the better your odds of
staving off a stroke.
Feb 23, 2009 - 10:01:34 PM