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Adolescent drinking damages later verbal learning and memory performance

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Improved Digestion | 0 comments

Adolescent drinking damages later verbal learning and memory performance Adolescence is both a time of rapid neurobiological changes and of the initiation of drinking – alcohol is the most commonly used substance among students in grades eight to 12. Binge-drinking effects are particularly concerning, although it is unclear whether and how much it affects neurocognitive performance. This study looked at two questions:See Original Article As body mass index increases, so does spread of multiple myeloma Obesity is believed to be a risk factor for many cancers, and each 5 kg/m2 increase in BMI is associated with an increase of 10 percent in cancer-related deaths, studies show. Now researchers have shown that as body mass index increases, so does the growth and spread of the blood cancer multiple myeloma.See Original Article Most siblings of food allergic kids do not have food allergy The risk of food allergy in siblings of an affected child is only minimally higher than in the general population, new data suggests. The study found that the majority (53%) of siblings of food allergic children showed food sensitization with testing, but did not experience food allergy symptoms. An additional one-third of siblings tested negative See Original Article Hungry parents may feed their kids more, study finds The hungrier parents are at mealtimes, a new study shows, the more they may feed their young children, which could have implications for childhood obesity.See Original...

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Millions of maternal and child lives could be saved every year for less than $5 a person

Posted by on May 7, 2016 in Improved Digestion | 0 comments

Millions of maternal and child lives could be saved every year for less than $5 a person By spending less than $5 per person on essential health care services such as contraception, medication for serious illnesses and nutritional supplements, millions of maternal and child lives could be saved every year, according to a new analysis.See Original Article World-first new treatment for alcohol addictions An FDA-approved beta blocker could be the answer in treating alcohol addiction, researchers report. Alcohol addiction causes almost 3.8 percent of deaths worldwide, authors say.See Original Article Infant BMI is good predictor of obesity at age two Babies with a high body mass index (BMI) at age two months are at risk for obesity at age two years, say pediatric researchers. The authors say that BMI better predicts early childhood obesity than weight-for-length, the current standard measurement.See Original Article Longitudinal trial of safety, efficacy of calcium supplement used to enhance bone mineral density A recent study examines the safety and efficacy of a vitamin/mineral enhanced plant-sourced calcium supplement in female consumers who had taken the supplement from 1 to 7 years.See Original...

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Can vitamin D levels be determined by genes?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Improved Digestion | 0 comments

Can vitamin D levels be determined by genes? Certain genetic variations increase the risk of having a lower level of vitamin D. This is the finding of a PhD project from Denmark, which has examined the effect of eating vitamin D fortified foods or receiving artificial UVB irradiation during the winter months. The fortified diet and artificial sunlight had less of an effect on vitamin D statusSee Original Article Food and Emotions: 90 percent overlook key to weight loss, survey finds The results of a national survey about weight loss barriers finds 90 percent of respondents discounted one of the most important factors — your mind. A neuropsychologist says the most crucial factor is your psychological relationship with food and exercise, yet the majority (60 percent) listed diet and exercise to be the biggest barriers of weightSee Original Article Low energy sweeteners help reduce energy intake and body weight, evidence shows Use of low energy sweeteners (LES) in place of sugar, in children and adults, leads to reduced calorie intake and body weight – and possibly also when comparing LES beverages to water — according to a new review.See Original Article Research shows benefits, danger of ultraman competition The endurance competition called the Ultraman can lead to large reductions in body fat, but also causes temporary muscle damage and potentially insulin resistance, new research confirms.See Original...

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Cholesterol-lowering 'portfolio diet' also reduces blood pressure

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Improved Digestion | 0 comments

Cholesterol-lowering 'portfolio diet' also reduces blood pressure A diet developed for reducing cholesterol also lowers blood pressure, a new study has found. The portfolio diet lowered blood pressure by an average two per cent, when compared with another diet recommended to reduce hypertension.See Original Article Food policy: Cutting waste, broadening systems In two separate articles, researchers detail strategies aimed at cutting food waste and broadening approaches to food policy, moves that the researchers say would ultimately improve public health and food security.See Original Article Diet may determine your risk for rheumatoid arthritis Two new studies show a person’s diet can significantly affect his or her chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis.See Original Article Gut bacteria could be blamed for obesity, diabetes An excess of bacteria in the gut can change the way the liver processes fat and could lead to the development of metabolic syndrome, according to health researchers. Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and excess body fat around the waist. People experiencing three orSee Original...

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Packaged food purchases at non-grocery stores are up but nutritional quality is down

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Improved Digestion | 0 comments

Packaged food purchases at non-grocery stores are up but nutritional quality is down Consumers are increasingly buying food from mass merchandisers, warehouse clubs, and convenience stores, but are selecting foods with poor nutritional profiles, according to new study.See Original Article Factors in breast milk may play a role in transmission of obesity The road to obesity may be paved with non-nutritious carbohydrates in breast milk, shifting popular notions about how and why children grow to become overweight adults, researchers report.See Original Article Molecular switch generates calorie-burning brown fat A molecular switch capable of converting unhealthy white fat into healthy, energy-burning brown fat has been discovered in mice, scientists report.See Original Article Single gene variation linked to obesity A single variation in the gene for brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) may influence obesity in children and adults, according to a new study. The study suggests that a less common version of the BDNF gene may predispose people to obesity by producing lower levels of BDNF protein, a regulator of appetite, in the brain.See Original...

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New research backs belief that tomatoes can be a gout trigger

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Improved Digestion | 0 comments

New research backs belief that tomatoes can be a gout trigger People who maintain that eating tomatoes can cause their gout to flare up are likely to welcome new research that has, for the first time, found a biological basis for this belief.See Original Article Gestational diabetes can be prevented in high-risk women Gestational diabetes can be prevented by a simple, easily applicable individualized lifestyle intervention in high-risk women, finds a study. The results of the study are promising, and may have major health consequences for both the mother and the child.See Original Article Gut microbes affect circadian rhythms and metabolism in mice A new study found evidence that gut microbes affect circadian rhythms and metabolism in mice.See Original Article Yo-yo dieting not associated with increased cancer risk The first comprehensive study of its kind finds weight cycling, repeated cycles of intentional weight loss followed by regain, was not associated with overall risk of cancer in men or women.See Original...

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