LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2012 Archive 8


December 28, 2012

 Would You Know How To Help Someone Having A Heart Attack?

 Every day, thousands of people suffer sudden cardiac arrest. Would you know how to help?

 Click here to watch the Save-A-Life Simulator.

 

December 28, 2012

 Freshwater Creature’s Immortality & Secrets of Human Aging

 The Hydra, a freshwater organism, has an unlimited lifespan, due in large part to the indefinite self-renewal capacity of its stem cells. Anna-Marei Boehm, from Christian-Albrechts-University (Germany), and colleagues identified the transcription factor forkhead box O (FoxO) as one of the critical drivers of this continuous self-renewal. Specifically, FoxO overexpression he caused signs of aging, specifically in immune function; whereas FoxO down-regulation led to an increase in the number of terminally differentiated cells – resulting in a drastically reduced population growth rate, and caused down-regulation of stem cell genes and antimicrobial peptide (AMP) expression.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 28, 2012

 Stress: How Your Inability to Handle the 'Minor Hassles' of Life Affects Your Health

 David Templeton

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 When it comes to stress, it's better to be Teflon than Velcro.

 Don't let stress stick to you like fuzzy stuff to Velcro. Let it slide away, like a cooked pancake off a Teflon skillet.

 Such advice is warranted, given stress's dramatic effect on American health, even if it isn't as dire as the health problems caused by smoking, obesity and poor diet.

 Local psychologists -- with Pittsburgh serving as a national epicenter of stress research -- long have known that chronic stress causes psychological ailments such as depression, anxiety and anger. But "reactivity" to stress -- or the overreaction to stress -- gets physical and can lead to cardiovascular and infectious diseases and the worsening of autoimmune diseases and HIV/AIDS cases.

 It even makes people more susceptible to the common cold.

 But it gets even worse.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 28, 2012

 Citrus Fruits May Help Lower Men’s Cancer Risk

 There are over 4,000 flavonoids identified in fruits, vegetables, and beverages (such as tea, coffee, wine, and fruit drinks). Experimental studies have suggested that flavonoids may exert an anti-inflammatory action, induce cell death, and impair angiogenesis – all of which may help to lower men’s risks for aggressive prostate cancer. Susan E. Steck, from the University of South Carolina, and colleagues analyzed data collected on 920 black and 977 white men who were newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, enrolled in the North Carolina–Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project (PCaP), a multidisciplinary study of the social, individual, and tumor-level causes of racial differences in disease aggressiveness.

 Read more about the studies here.

 

December 28, 2012

 Looking forward: The Emerging Evidence for Vitamins and Health

 In the last 100 years vitamins have been found to play vital roles in our health and wellbeing, but the full benefits of many vitamins is yet to be elucidated.

 In this special edition article NutraIngredients looks at some of the areas of vitamin research that are showing promise for the future.

 Read more about the article here.

 

December 28, 2012

 Sedentary Living Prompts Disease & Death

 Sitting around compromises health of people- even if they meet typical physical activity guidelines, report researchers from the University of Leicester (United Kingdom). Emma Wilmot and colleagues completed a study that combined the results of 18 studies and included a total of 794,577 subjects. Analysis of the data revealed that those who sit for long periods have a two fold increase in their risk of diabetes, heart disease and death.

 Read more about the research here.

 

December 28, 2012

 Nine Foods You Should Never Eat Again

 by Jonathan Benson

 (NaturalNews) With so much misinformation out there about food and how it affects human health, making healthy food choices for you and your family can be difficult and confusing. There are a number of specific foods; however, that you will want to avoid in almost every circumstance because they provide virtually no health benefits while posing plenty of health risks. Here are nine foods you should never eat again if you care about preserving your long-term health:

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 27, 2012

 Vitamin D Scientifically Shown to Treat Tuberculosis, Significantly Speed Recovery.

 by Jonathan Benson

 (NaturalNews) Exposing your skin daily to natural sunlight or regularly supplementing with high doses of vitamin D3 can effectively shorten the duration of tuberculosis infection. This is the finding of a new study recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which reveals once again that vitamin D plays a critical role in disease treatment and prevention.

Read more about the study here.

 

December 27, 2012

 Dogs That Accurately Sniff Out Superbug Infections? The Role of Animals in Hospital Infections.

 (NaturalNews) In this high-tech world, sometimes it's better to rely on a low-tech solution or, in this case, no tech.

 A new study to be published in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal found that dogs can be used to sniff out Clostridium difficile, or C-diff, the element that is responsible for a rising number of hospital infections that are extremely resistant to antibiotics.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 27, 2012

 Flu Shots Are Medical Procedures That Come With Deadly Risks

 by Craig Stellpflug

 (NaturalNews) New data presented at IDWeek 2012 shows a small mortality risk the flu poses for healthy children. Considering that 30 percent of all flu vaccines can come with adverse reactions and according to the CDC, six percent of those will be "serious" events - including death - we are long past the point of diminishing return. Of course, their overall Big Pharma findings support the usual public rhetoric that encourages families to line up and bare their arms en-mass for a shot to prove that they take the flu virus seriously every year.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 27, 2012

 Tomato Compounds May Lower Stroke Risk

 A naturally occurring carotenoid compound that lends tomatoes their red color, lycopene has been identified by a number of previous studies to possess antioxidant capacities. Jouni Karppi, from the University of Eastern Finland (Finland), and colleagues studied 1,031 Finnish men, ages 46 to 65 years. Researchers tested the level of lycopene in the subjects’ blood at the start of the study, and followed them for an average of 12 years.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 27, 2012

 Recent Findings Reveal Green Tea Treats Acne

 (NaturalNews) Recently, two studies were performed to measure the potential of green tea in acne treatment and the results give hope for those looking for an alternative. The findings of these recent studies show that when applied to the affected area, green tea can reduce sebum production, inflammation and bacterial growth in acne-prone skin, as a result of an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).

 Read more about the studies here.

 

December 26, 2012

 Five Amazing Ways Probiotics Can Protect You This Flu Season

 by J. D. Heyes

 (NaturalNews) Right on time; flu season is once again upon us, and no doubt you're already getting bombarded with calls to get your "flu shot" so you can be "protected" from this year's strain of influenza.

 Well, you can do that if you choose, or you can take a more proactive approach to warding off the bugs and viruses this year by employing probiotics to help defend you.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 26, 2012

 Squash May Have Anti-Diabetic Properties

 United Press International

 Squash is mostly starchy carbohydrates but studies show it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties, a U.S. food expert says.

 "Squash includes both winter and summer varieties, some examples include, zucchini from the summer and butternut, buttercup, acorn, pumpkin and kabocha from winter," Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of supermarketguru.com, said in a statement.

 "Many of the carbs in winter starch come from polysaccharides found in the cell walls. These polysaccharides include pectins -- specially structured polysaccharides that in winter squash often include special chains of D-galacturonic acid called homogalacturonan. An increasing number of animal studies now show that these starch-related components in winter squash have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-diabetic and insulin-regulating properties."

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 26, 2012

 Eat Your Veggies! Carotenoids Reduce Fracture Risk

 by Sherry Baker

 (NaturalNews) With all the talk about the bone thinning condition osteoporosis almost always aimed at women, you may not be aware that thin men have a strong risk for hip fractures as they age. But a new study shows there may be a way to modify that risk. No, the answer isn't taking Big Pharma's side effect loaded drugs. Instead, the key is to eat more veggies loaded with carotenoids. These natural phytochemicals found in numerous fruits and vegetables (including carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, collard greens, papaya, bell peppers, and tomatoes).

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 26, 2012

 Study Backs Acidity Regulator for Bone Health Benefits

 Potassium citrate, commonly used to regulate the acidity of food and drink products, could also help to boost bone health according to new research findings.

 Read more about the research here.

 

December 26, 2012

 Severe Vitamin D Deficiency Influences Heart Health: Study

 by PF Louis

 (NaturalNews)

 Mainstream medicine has promoted the merits of vitamin D's bone health and rickets prevention for decades. For that level of health protection, a low RDA (recommended dietary allowance) was established of 600 iu (international units) daily while a vitamin D blood level at 20 ng/ml (nanograms/milliliter) was considered normal.

 Now most real vitamin D experts agree that the minimum 25(OH)D serum level for optimum health and immunity from disease should start at 50 ng/ml. With these recent discoveries, many are taking four to ten thousand iu of vitamin D3 supplements daily, unless they're under the sun relatively bare-skinned and often.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 21, 2012

 Healing the Heart in Body, Mind and Emotions

 (NaturalNews) Integrative cardiology is a newer field in the larger scope of integrative medicine. It specializes in treating the heart from a body, mind and emotions perspective and in doing so; decreases the reliance upon using medication alone to help the function of the heart. Since most medications have an average of 70 side effects and some up to 525, it makes good sense to treat the whole person instead of relying on medication to temporarily help the heart function when in the long run it can harm multiple systems, organs and glands. To heal the heart, people should focus on diet, supplementation, lifestyle and stress reduction. If these areas are balanced then working with an integrative cardiologist to analyze heart function and fine tune it with low dose medication if necessary is the best of both worlds.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 21, 2012

 Higher Vitamin D Intake Linked with Cognitive Performance and Alzheimer's Disease

 by John Phillip

 (NaturalNews) Higher blood saturation levels of vitamin D have been conclusively shown to lower the risk for a myriad of chronic illnesses including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. More recent scientific studies are beginning to draw a solid connection between intake of the sunshine vitamin and how well we retain memories, utilize thought processes and learn new concepts. Additionally, many forward thinking health researchers are providing clear evidence that the prohormone can impact the overall risk for developing the insidious memory robbing illness known as Alzheimer's disease.

 Read more about the studies here.

 

December 21, 2012

 School Violence and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

 Sobering resource site about SSRIs and violence in schools. Almost 5,000 cases listed with links to media reports.

 Click here for website.

 

December 21, 2012

 Vitamin C Prevents Hypogonadal Bone Loss

 The School of Stomatology, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei, China, and The Mount Sinai Bone Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, report findings that vitamin C can help prevent bone loss.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 21, 2012

 Eating Mindfully is a Key Tool in Treating Type II Diabetes Naturally

 by J. D. Heyes

 (NaturalNews) A new study from Ohio State University found that eating mindfully - consuming food in response to physical cues of hunger and fullness - is as effective as sticking to nutrition-based guidelines to reduce both weight and blood sugar levels in adults with Type II diabetes.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 21, 2012

 Physical Activity Promotes Cognitive Health

 Previous studies have associated physical activity with lower risk of cognitive decline and progression to dementia. Ana Verdelho, from the University of Lisbon (Portugal), and colleagues involved in the LADIS (Leukoaraiosis and Disability) Study studied 638 men and women, average age 74.1 years, of whom 64% were considered physically active at baseline. Baseline MRI revealed the severity of white matter changes categorized as mild and 44% of subjects, moderate and 31%, and severe 25%. Participants were given neuropsychological tests annually for three years.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 20, 2012

 Melatonin, Exercise, and Alzheimer's

 Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a devastating age-related neurodegenerative disease with no specific treatment at present. What can we learn from combining melatonin and physical exercise?

 Click here to read a study from the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona (IIBB), CSIC, IDIBAPS, Barcelona, Spain.

 

December 20, 2012

 Does CLA Boost Bone Health for Men?

 Long-term intakes of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may be associated with bone strength in men, says a new study from Canada and Australia, but the conclusions have been questioned by a leading CLA supplier.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 20, 2012

 Deadly New Pertussis Strain Linked with Whooping Cough Vaccine

 by Carolanne Wright

 (NaturalNews) Whooping cough (pertussis) has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. -- the highest in five decades. Considering a majority of those who contract the disease are vaccinated, the absurdity of the call for increased pertussis vaccinations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is yet another example of our broken medical system. Even more disturbing, scientists now suspect that vaccines are actually causing this upsurge in whooping cough -- contributing to mutations of the original bacterium into more virulent forms.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 20, 2012

 Deadly New Pertussis Strain Linked with Whooping Cough Vaccine

 by Carolanne Wright

 (NaturalNews) Whooping cough (pertussis) has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. -- the highest in five decades. Considering a majority of those who contract the disease are vaccinated, the absurdity of the call for increased pertussis vaccinations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is yet another example of our broken medical system. Even more disturbing, scientists now suspect that vaccines are actually causing this upsurge in whooping cough -- contributing to mutations of the original bacterium into more virulent forms.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 20, 2012

 Balsamic Vinegar Added to Pasta Dishes Lowers Blood Sugar and Helps You Lose Weight

 by JB Bardot

 (NaturalNews) Pasta is a forbidden food on many low-carb diets due to its high starch content. Not only do starches cause weight gain; as they digest, they also cause spikes in blood sugar. Choosing the type of pasta and what toppings to add can actually help you lose weight and lower your blood sugar. Anti-obesity advocate Jamie Oliver recommends adding balsamic vinegar to all pasta dishes to make them healthier and less likely to contribute to weight gain. Adding balsamic vinegar to a pasta dish doesn't lower its sugar content, rather helps to modify how your body metabolizes the sugars.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 20, 2012

 Severe, Acute Kidney Injuries in Humans Double Due to GMO Foods?

 by Craig Stellpflug

 (NaturalNews) Severe, acute kidney injuries have doubled over the last decade and continue to rise by 10 percent a year according to a hot new study out of the University of California, San Francisco. Raymond K. Hsu, MD, a UCSF nephrologist who led the research said "That was a staggering revelation of how increasingly common and how life-threatening acute kidney injury has become over the past decade in the United States." Of course, doctors are clueless and cannot account for the rise in acute kidney injury.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 19, 2012

 Fish Oil, Glucosamine and Chondroitin Lead the Way for Anti-inflammatory Potential

 Regular use of dietary supplements containing fish oil, or glucosamine and chondroitin may reduce markers of inflammation by up to 22%, says a new study.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 19, 2012

 Green Tea Shown to Block Carbohydrate Breakdown to Prevent Blood Glucose Spikes

 (NaturalNews) Rapidly changing levels of blood glucose as a response to eating a high carbohydrate meal is now widely recognized as a trigger for many chronic illnesses ranging from heart disease to cancer, metabolic dysfunction and diabetes. Researchers have uncovered a host of naturally occurring compounds that slow the release of glucose from carbohydrates after consumption, or help to usher sugar into our cells where it is used for energy metabolism. Chromium is a mineral that is essential for proper glucose utilization, and resveratrol has been shown to improve insulin signaling to help prevent metabolic dysfunction.

 Read more about the research here.

 

December 19, 2012

 Food Waste Mops Up Heavy Metal

 Onion and garlic waste from the food industry could be used to absorb hazardous heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium, iron, lead, mercury and tin in contaminated materials.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 19, 2012

 Telltale Visible Signs of Aging May Predict Heart Disease

 NewsRx.com

 By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Heart Disease Weekly

If you look old, your heart may feel old, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012.

 In a new study, those who had three to four aging signs - receding hairline at the temples, baldness at the head's crown, earlobe crease, or yellow fatty deposits around the eyelid (xanthelasmata) - had a 57 percent increased risk for heart attack and a 39 percent increased risk for heart disease.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 19, 2012

 Individual Organs Capable of Independent Immune Response, Study Suggests

 by David Gutierrez

 (NaturalNews) Individual organs may possess innate, individual immune systems separate from the body's larger immune system, suggests a study conducted by researchers from The Rockefeller University, Harvard Medical School and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 18, 2012

 Overweight and Obesity are Shown to Increase Cancer Risk by Up to 50 Percent

 (NaturalNews) It doesn't take much more than a casual glance around you to know that overweight and obesity rates have risen during the past half century, specifically skyrocketing over the past five to ten years. An overabundance of highly processed, fructose-infused convenience foods and meals eaten at fast food restaurants have been significant contributors to the rapidly growing problem apparent in many western cultures. To put it simply, people today eat differently than their parents and grandparents, and our fast paced lifestyle and lack of physical activity are accumulating pounds around the waists of many children and adults.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 18, 2012

 Study Links Exposure to Light at Night to Depression, Learning Issues

 by Lisa De Nike

 For most of history, humans rose with the sun and slept when it set. Enter Thomas Edison, and with a flick of a switch, night became day, enabling us to work, play, and post cat and kid photos on Facebook into the wee hours.

 However, according to a new study led by a Johns Hopkins biologist, this typical 21st- century scenario comes at a serious cost: When people routinely burn the midnight oil, they risk suffering depression and learning issues, and not only because of lack of sleep. The culprit could also be exposure to bright light at night from lamps, computers, and even iPads.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 18, 2012

 Higher Vitamin Level May Slow Cognitive Decline

 An 8-year study of people in their 70's found that cognitive functioning (memory and other mental skills) declined faster among those with lower blood levels of vitamin B-12 compared to those with higher levels. Particularly surprising was that 40% of the people in the study fell into the lower B-12 group, many of whom had levels which would not normally define them as deficient in B-12. This and other recent studies suggest a role for vitamin B-12 in minimizing cognitive decline in older people.

 For details, see the updated B Vitamin Supplements Review.

 

December 17, 2012

 Probiotic Twice A Day Zaps 'Bad' Cholesterol, Could Prevent Heart Disease

 (NaturalNews) For decades, natural health and nutrition advocates have advised paying attention to our internal environment for optimum health - specifically, to make sure the "good" bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract was plentiful by eating yogurt and other fermented foods and/or taking probiotic supplements. Once considered fringe, "health nut" advice, scientists have recently documented multiple ways probiotics can benefit health. Now, at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012 currently underway in Los Angeles, researchers have announced taking a probiotic supplement might help prevent heart disease.

 Read more about the research here.

 

December 17, 2012

 Gut Bacteria Changes Linked To Stroke Risk

 by Nathan Gray

 Alterations to the gut microbiota in humans are associated with symptomatic atherosclerosis and stroke, say researchers.

 Read more about the research here.

 

December 17, 2012

 Are You Sitting On Toxic Chemicals?

 Wendy Koch, USA TODAY

 More than half of U.S. couches contain potentially toxic flame retardants that pose risks to humans as the chemicals migrate from furniture foam into house dust, says a Duke University-led study published recently.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 17, 2012

 Broccoli Compound Backed To Help In Leukemia Fight

 by Nathan Gray

 A compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables could help to battle leukemia, say researchers.

 Read more about the research here.

 

December 17, 2012

 Heart Disease Danger: Vast Majority Of Patients Given Wrong Drug Doses

 (NaturalNews) Cardiology researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute say they've found startling evidence that millions of Americans with coronary artery disease are at increased risk for serious problems like uncontrolled bleeding or developing blood clots. The reason? The drugs they are taking as prescribed by their doctors are the wrong dose for their bodies.

 Read more about the research here.

 

December 17, 2012

 Water Workouts Exert Less Joint Wear & Tear

 Canadian researchers report that exercising in the water can be as beneficial for health as exercising on land. Martin Juneau, from the Montreal Heart Institute, and colleagues enrolled healthy subjects to perform exercise tests on both the land and water cycling machines (with water up to chest level).

 Read more about the research here.

 

December 14, 2012

 Natural Cold And Flu Remedies For Children

 (NaturalNews) There have been many recalls on Children's Tylenol and Motrin over the years due to inadequate (or non-existent) testing procedures. This should be a major concern for parents when their children fall ill. Homeopathic medicine has shown to have an 82.6 percent success rate versus conventional medicine at 67.3 percent response in regards to respiratory tract infections. This article will share some natural alternatives to over the counter medicines.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 14, 2012

 Vitamin K Intake Cuts Risk Of Diabetes In The Elderly By 50 Percent

 (NaturalNews) New cases of diabetes continue to increase exponentially every five to ten years. The toll this disease takes on millions of unsuspecting children and adults places the illness in a class by itself as it is the primary cause of death from diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Excess glucose in circulation slowly damages virtually every cell and molecular structure in our body as it makes critical proteins, enzymes and fats dysfunctional and significantly increases the risk of arterial plaque development.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 14, 2012

 Curcumin May Benefit Heart Health to Same Extent as Exercise

 A number of studies suggest that curcumin, a spice compound extracted from the rootstalks of the turmeric plant and gives curry its yellow color and pungent flavor, exerts potential protective effects against Alzheimer’s Disease, certain cancers, diabetes, arthritis, and other chronic inflammation-related disorders. Nobuhiko Akazawa , from the University of Tsukuba (Japan), and colleagues enrolled 32 post-menopausal women, in an eight week long study, assigning each subject to one of three groups: one group receiving curcumin supplements (25 mg per day); a second group instructed to engage in aerobic exercise; and the third group acting as controls. Flow mediated dilation (FMD), a marker of vascular health and potentially a predictor of future adverse cardiovascular events, increased by a significant 1.5% in both the curcumin-supplemented and exercise groups, with no changes in the control group.

 Read more about the studies here.

 

December 14, 2012

 Seven Servings of Fruit and Veggies Promote Happiness

 The fast pace of today’s 24/7 lifestyle leaves many people neglecting to follow the “Five a Day” recommendation by most developed nations that aim at improving cardiovascular health and reducing cancer risk. David G. Blanchflower, from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom), and colleagues completed a review of cross-sectional data involving 80,000 Britons who were measured by standardized assessments to ascertain life satisfaction, happiness, nervousness, etc., and surveyed for the daily portions of fruits and vegetables consumed. The researchers found that happiness and mental health rise in an approximately dose-response way with the number of daily portions of fruit and vegetables.

 Read more about the research here.

 

December 14, 2012

 Tea Consumption Linked To Lower Diabetes Risk: Unilever Study

 by Nathan Gray

 Populations which drink high quantities of black tea have a significantly lower prevalence of diabetes, according to new research backed by Unilever.

 Read more about the research here.

 

December 13, 2012

 Daily Soft Drink Serving Boosts Aggressive Prostate Cancer Risk By 40 Percent

 by John Phillip

 (NaturalNews) Nearly one-quarter of a million men will be diagnosed with some stage of prostate cancer this year in the U.S., and many will suffer the unnecessary consequences of invasive treatment techniques that cut, irradiate and poison tumor cells in an effort to control the illness. In a manner similar to many other types of cancer, prostate cancer incidence is closely related to dietary and lifestyle practices over the course of many years and decades of life. New research pending publication in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that fast-releasing carbohydrates and sugary drinks dramatically increases risk of the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 13, 2012

 Arginine: Nature's Remedy for Sexual Dysfunction and Stress

 by Raw Michelle

 (NaturalNews) Arginine is a health bolstering amino-acid with a heap of beneficial effects, and that can be easily acquired from plant sources. While it is not an essential amino acid in adult humans, low arginine intake can weaken the body and pave the way for an array of health problems.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 12, 2012

 Brighten A Bad Day

 People's satisfaction with life rates higher on days when they exercise more than usual. Jaclyn Maher, from Penn State, and colleagues examined the influence of physical activity on satisfaction with life among young adults, ages 18 to 25 years. The first group, consisting of 190 individuals, entered information into a diary every day for eight days. The second group, consisting of 63 individuals, entered information into a secure website every day for 14 days. Both groups were assessed for satisfaction with life, physical activity and self-esteem.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 12, 2012

 Multi-Nutrient Supplement Shows Big Benefits For Lung Function In Asthmatics

 by Stephen Daniells

 A supplement containing a combination of fish oil, probiotics, and extracts from fruit and vegetables may improve lung function in young asthmatics, says a new study from Taiwan.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 11, 2012

 Rising Diabetes Rates Spare No Race, Age, Gender, Or State

 by: Katie Brind''Amour

 (NaturalNews) -- Although it may come as no surprise to those who have been keeping tabs on the health of the nation, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. has risen steadily and universally from 1995 to 2010. In the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for November 16th, the CDC announced that no demographic (or geographic) category of people has been safe from the sharp increase in diagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 11, 2012

 Newly Discovered Effects Of Vitamin D On Cancer

 NewsRx.com

 By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Cancer Weekly

 A team of researchers at McGill University have discovered a molecular basis for the potential cancer preventive effects of vitamin D. The team, led by McGill professors John White and David Goltzman, of the Faculty of Medicine's Department of Physiology, discovered that the active form of vitamin D acts by several mechanisms to inhibit both the production and function of the protein cMYC. cMYC drives cell division and is active at elevated levels in more than half of all cancers. Their results are published in the latest edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (see also McGill University).

 Read more about the research here.

 

December 10, 2012

 Randomized Trials Show Benefits Of Magnesium Chelate Ingredient

 Daily supplements of magnesium bisglycinate chelate may reduce the frequency and intensity of pregnancy-induced leg cramps, say results from a double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.

 Read more about the trials here.

 

December 10, 2012

 Study Finds High-dose Intravenous Vitamin C Reduces Pain and Inflammation in Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis as Reported in a Recent Paper Published by Riordan Clinic Scientists

 PRNewswire-USNewswire

 Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a major inflammatory joint disease that causes cartilage destruction, bone erosions, and joint destruction. In severe cases, it can also lead to rheumatoid nodules, vasculitis, heart disease, lung disease, anemia, and peripheral neuropathy. Oxidative stress is elevated in RA patients implying reactive oxygen species (ROS) are possible mediators of tissue damage. ROS trigger a cascade of events through nuclear factors' activation, which up-regulates gene expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines that mediate the immune responses causing inflammation. Decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress may provide protection for regenerating cartilage within the joint. Control of inflammation in patients with RA is also the important goal when it comes to the reduction of cardiovascular risk in these patients.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 10, 2012

 Review of Protein Powders and Drinks

 ConsumerLab.com

 Whether you are trying to add muscle or just maintain it, a new report suggests that additional protein leads to further gains from resistance-type training. The analysis of 22 clinical studies shows that both young and old individuals who received additional protein from supplements or high-protein foods experienced significantly greater increases in muscle mass and strength than those not getting additional protein.

 Get the details, as well as tests and reviews of protein powders and drinks, in the updated Protein Powders and Drinks Review

(Including Sports, Nutrition, and Diet Products).

 

December 8, 2012

 Asparagus in Diabetes Hope

 The Herald

 Asparagus could be a powerful new weapon in the fight against diabetes.

 Scientists found a regular intake kept blood sugar levels under control and boosted the body's production of insulin.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 7, 2012

 Ohio-based TriHealth Company Fires 150 Employees For Refusing Flu Shots

 (NaturalNews) Health freedom is under attack in Ohio, where a major Cincinnati-based healthcare conglomerate is forcing all of its 10,800 employees to take a "free" flu shot or else face termination. According to WLWT News 5 in Cincinnati, the 150 objectors who have thus far refused the shot have until December 3 to either comply with the company's demands, provide a valid reason why they cannot take the vaccine, or else get fired.

 The non-profit group TriHealth reportedly sent out letters to all of its employees several months ago notifying them that vaccination for the flu was mandatory this year, and that all healthcare workers would have to get jabbed by November 16 in order to be in compliance with company policy. And on November 27, WLWT reported that 150 TriHealth employees had refused the shot, and that they were being immediately terminated from their positions.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 7, 2012

 10 Habits For Highly Effective Sleep

 (NaturalNews) Poor sleep is a very serious threat to an individual's health. Poor sleeping habits lead to altered hormone balances and circadian rhythms. This process accelerates the aging process and speeds up the development of degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and osteoarthritis among others.

 Read more about the report here.

 

Also, check out Golden Key #5 in KC Craichy's best-selling book, "Super Health: 7 Golden Keys to Unlock Lifelong Vitality" and "The Super Health Diet: The Last Diet You Will Ever Need!"

 

 December 7, 2012

 Alternative Methods Of Relieving Hot Flashes

 (NaturalNews) Seven out of ten menopausal women have experienced hot flashes and night sweats, with one in ten cases showing symptoms that persist for many years. It is believed that the condition is caused by fluctuations in hormone levels and changes in the body's temperature regulation mechanisms. A new study coming from Sweden shows that through the right relaxation techniques, women can significantly reduce the incidence and intensity of hot flashes. Moreover, specific foods can bolster these effects, and help women achieve sustainable mental clarity and inner balance.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 7, 2012

 Running Reverses Brain Aging: Study

Drishya Nair

 Put on those running shoes and hit the road early in the morning, if not for a healthy body, then at least for a healthy brain.

 A new University of Queensland study suggests that physical exercise is just as important as cognitive exercise when it comes to maintaining a healthy brain, reports Medical Xpress.

 Read the full report here.

 

December 7, 2012

 Some Deadly Side Effects Of Consuming Fluoridated Tap Water

 (NaturalNews) The issue of water fluoridation has been in the news recently, with the City Council in Portland, Ore., voting recently to start putting fluoride in the water supply (despite stiff opposition from residents) while voters in Wichita, Kan., rejected a proposal to add fluoride to city water in November, just as residents did in 1964 and 1978, the previous two times the issue came up for a vote.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 6, 2012

 Natural Lemon Extract Is Cytotoxic To Breast Cancer Cells

 (NaturalNews) A new study has shown for the first time how limonoids, natural compounds present in lemons and other citrus fruit, impede both ER+ and ER- breast cancer cell growth. This sheds new light on the importance of citrus fruit for breast cancer prevention and supports past studies which showed fruit consumption may lower breast cancer risk.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 6, 2012

 Omega-3 Backed For Postpartum Depression

 Increasing the levels of omega-3 fatty acids could help to battle postpartum depression, according to a new review.

 Read more about the review here.

 

December 6, 2012

 Facebook Is Making You Miserable, Scientists Find

 (NaturalNews) Two separate studies have emerged pointing to the conclusion that for all its popularity, Facebook is actually making people unhappy.

 The first study, conducted by researchers from New Zealand's University of Canterbury, sought to determine how people felt about the various activities that they spent time on during the day. Researcher Carsten Grimm used a technique known as "experience sampling," sending text messages to people to ask what they were doing and how they ranked the activity in terms of pleasure, engagement, meaningfulness and happiness.

 Read more about the studies here.

 

December 5, 2012

 Resistant Starch May Boost Fiber Content & Taste Of Cookies

 Replacing wheat flour with resistant starches may improve the nutritional profile of cookies that are also tastier than ‘conventional’ cookies, says new research.

 Read more about the research here.

 

December 5, 2012

 Detox Tips For Overindulgence During The Holidays

 (NaturalNews) With all the delicious foods to choose from during the holidays, and in spite of our best efforts to keep food indulgences to a minimum, there are times when we find that it's nearly impossible to resist an extra helping of treats.

 To deal with our temporary lack of constraint that can produce an upset tummy, here are some natural and inexpensive remedies to jump start your digestive system back into high gear.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 5, 2012

 High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diabetes

 (NaturalNews) A new, eye-opening study has taken the novel approach of examining a country's high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) consumption and correlated that with the incidence of diabetes. This study examines the long-suspected assumption that corn syrup contributes to the rapidly and consistently increasing rise in diabetes in developed countries. No surprise that in this study a high HFCS use by consumers is associated with a higher incidence of diabetes in that country.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 5, 2012

 Protein Supplements Effective For Muscle Mass Boosts In Young And Old: Meta-Analysis

 A meta-analysis of 22 clinical trials shows that protein supplements are effective for boosting muscle mass and strength gains during resistance exercise in both younger and older subjects.

Read more about the analysis here.

 

December 5, 2012

Florida Town Passes Ordinance Warning Residents About Cell Phone Dangers

 (NaturalNews) Though many health organizations around the world are still reluctant to admit it, numerous scientific studies confirm that prolonged cell phone use, particularly when the device is pressed directly against the ear or skin, can potentially lead to the development of cancer and other health conditions. And one Florida town is taking this reality seriously, having recently passed a resolution that warns local residents about these dangers, and urges them to take precautions to avoid developing health complications.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 4, 2012

 Glucosamine Protects Against Cancer, Heart Disease, And Death From All Causes - Landmark Study

 (NaturalNews) The benefits of glucosamine now appear to extend far beyond joint health: latest results from a large cohort study show that glucosamine users had 18 percent less risk of death from all causes, including 13 percent less risk of cancer death and a stunning 41 percent less risk of death from respiratory diseases, compared to non-users during the follow-up period of the study.

 Read more about study here.

 

December 4, 2012

 High Fructose Consumption, Higher Diabetes

 United Press International

 Large amounts of high-fructose corn syrup may be one of the factors for the global epidemic of type 2 diabetes, U.S. and British researchers suggest.

 The study, published in Global Public Health, found countries with higher use of high-fructose corn syrup had an average prevalence of type 2 diabetes of 8 percent compared to 6.7 percent in countries not using high-fructose corn syrup.

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December 4, 2012

 Higher Dairy Intake Lowers Semen Quality – Harvard Study

 Young men with a high daily intake of full-fat dairy may be risking their chance of having children, US researchers have claimed.

 Read more about the study here.

 

December 4, 2012

 Your Skin Is Amazing!

 (NaturalNews) The skin is the largest organ in the body and the outer layer that we present to the world. It is a truly remarkable organ in its direct reflection of what is going on inside your body. It weighs approximately eight pounds and stretches 22 square feet with about 300 million cells. Laid out in a line, your skin contains about 45 miles of nerves.

 Engaging in a lifestyle that is against your bodys' natural constitution creates an imbalance and leads to toxicity, inevitably manifesting in skin conditions. Since the skin is the body's largest organ and exposed to most of the natural and man-made dangers, it is understandable that it is susceptible to more problems than any other organ in the human body. For those suffering from a skin condition, realizing that skin problems are extremely common might bring some comfort.

 Read more about the report here.

 

December 3, 2012

 'Evidence Is Strong' For Omega-3s Heart health Benefits: Linus Pauling Review

By Stephen Daniells

 The evidence supporting the heart health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids is strong, despite 'less conclusive' recent studies, says a new review from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

 Read more about the studies here.

 

December 3, 2012

 Acrylamide: A Scandal In The Making

 Acrylamide is a recognised carcinogen that we’ve known is in our food at dangerous levels for a decade. Today, the food industry has tools to mitigate it, but uptake is slow. Industry, beware. This is how scandals are made.

 Read more about the report here.

 

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