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March 31, 2015

Why Mammography Screening is Being Abolished in Switzerland

Last year, the Swiss Medical Board, an independent health technology assessment initiative, was asked to prepare a review of mammography screening. The team of experts on the board included a medical ethicist, a clinical epidemiologist, a pharmacologist, an oncologic surgeon, a nurse scientist, a lawyer, and a health economist.

After a year of reviewing the available evidence and its implications, they noted they became “increasingly concerned” about what they were finding. The “evidence” simply did not back up the global consensus of other experts in the field suggesting that mammograms were safe and capable of saving lives.

Read more about the report here.

 

March 30, 2015

Can Vitamin B Supplementation Cut Stroke Risk?

(NaturalNews) Stroke is a leading cause of death throughout the world, and it is responsible for the most deaths in China. Prevention before a first stroke occurs -- often called primary prevention -- is of the utmost in importance, because most strokes -- about 77 percent -- can be termed as being first-time events. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a recent study undertaken in China involving the vitamin B supplementation has promising implications for the short- and long-term health of those most at risk for stroke.

Read more about the report here.

 

March 26, 2015

Are Antipsychotic Drugs More Dangerous to Dementia Patients Than Thought?

Mental Health Weekly Digest

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Mental Health Weekly Digest
ANN ARBOR, Mich.

Drugs aimed at quelling the behavior problems of dementia patients may also hasten their deaths more than previously realized, a new study finds.

The research adds more troubling evidence to the case against antipsychotic drugs as a treatment for the delusions, hallucinations, agitation and aggression that many people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias experience.

Read more about the research here.

 

March 26, 2015

Can Coffee Help Counter Cancer?

A number of previous studies suggest that coffee – abundant in antioxidant compounds, may exert health protective effects. Melissa Merritt, from Imperial College London, and colleagues analuzed data collected on over 456,000 women, enrolled in either the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer (EPIC) or Nurses’ Health Studies (NHS/NHSII).

Read more about the study here.

 

March 25, 2015

Got Candida? What Foods to Avoid

(NaturalNews) Obviously, there's sugars. Most everyone who has studied Candida knows that any and all sugars feed yeast. On the other hand, all whole foods contain sugars, and every creature needs sugar to survive, including us. The trick is to eat the unrefined sugars in whole foods that have other nutrients bound to them, like fruit instead of fruit juices.

Read more about the report here.

 

March 24, 2015

Think D for Depression

An article published online in Psychiatry Research reports an association between depression in young women and reduced vitamin D levels.

The current study included 185 female undergraduates residing in the Pacific Northwest during fall, winter and spring academic terms. Participants rated their depressive symptoms weekly for four weeks. Blood samples collected at the beginning and end of the study were analyzed for vitamins C and D3.

Read more about the study here.

 

March 19, 2015

Do Most Men with Borderline Testosterone Levels Have Depression?

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week
San Diego, CA

Men with borderline testosterone levels have higher rates of depression and depressive symptoms than the general population, new research finds.

"Over half of men referred for borderline testosterone levels have depression. This study found that men seeking management for borderline testosterone have a very high rate of depression, depressive symptoms, obesity and physical inactivity," said principal study author Michael S. Irwig, MD, FACE, associate professor of medicine and director of the Center for Andrology in the Division of Endocrinology at George Washington University in Washington, DC. "Clinicians need to be aware of the clinical characteristics of this sample population and manage their comorbidities such as depression and obesity."

Read more about the study here.

 

March 18, 2015

Cranberries are Natural Antibiotic, Source of Antioxidants

(NaturalNews) One of only three commercially grown fruits native to the United States, cranberries offer a multitude of health benefits that can help ward off cancer, heart disease, diabetes and bacterial infections.

It is unsurprising that cranberries have so many health benefits, considering that the cranberry plant is a close relative of the blueberry, another superfood known for its incredible healing properties.

Read more about the report here.

 

March 18, 2015

Can Regular Exercise Rev Up Brain Health?

Oxygen availability correlates to brain health and cognitive performance. Tracy A. Cameron, from the University of Otago (New Zealand), and colleagues assessed a group of 52 healthy young women for the role of regular engagement in physical activity on oxygen availability in the anterior frontal region of the brain – the area involved in completing difficult cognitive tasks.

Read more about the research here.

 

March 17, 2015

Are Decreased Levels of the Omega-3 Fatty Acid EPA Associated with Greater Risk of Intracerebral Hemorrhage?

The March 2015 issue of the journal Nutrition Research published the discovery of scientists at Japan's Tokai University School of Medicine of a protective effect for the omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) against the risk of intracerebral hemorrhage, which is characterized by bleeding in the brain.

"Omega-3 fatty acids, including eicosapentaenoic acid, prevent ischemic stroke," write Yoshimori Ikeya and colleagues. "The preventive effect has been attributed to an antithrombic effect induced by elevated EPA and reduced arachidonic acid (AA) levels. However, the relationship between intracranial hemorrhage and omega-3 fatty acids has not yet been elucidated."

Read more about the study here.

 

March 16, 2015

Detoxify - Nutrients That Help the Body Eliminate Toxins

(NaturalNews) Toxins are poisonous substances that come from the environment or are made by the body. Generally, the body can easily process and eliminate day-to-day toxins. Too much exposure to these substances, however, may put one's body at more of a risk of toxin overload. Alcohol, unhealthy foods, long-distance traveling etc., can cause a toxin build-up that can cause damage to the cells, resulting in symptoms such as lethargy, headaches, insomnia, weight gain, anxiety and nausea. Specific nutrients can help one to detoxify and put one back on the path to optimal health.

Read more about the report here.

 

March 13, 2015

Time to 'Just Say No' to Behavior-Calming Drugs for Alzheimer Patients?

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Clinical Trials Week
ANN ARBOR, Mich.

Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude in a new report.

In fact, non-drug approaches should be the first choice for treating dementia patients' common symptoms such as irritability, agitation, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, aggression, apathy and delusions, say the researchers in a paper just published by the British Medical Journal.

Read more about the research here.

 

March 12, 2015

A Killer Green Tea Compound

A number of previous studies report that compounds in green tea, most notably epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), exert cancer preventative effects. Joshua Lambert, from Pennsylvania State University, and colleagues elucidate the mechanism by which EGCG kills oral cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed.

Read more about the study here.

 

March 11, 2015

These Simple Physical Signs Could Indicate a Nutrient Deficiency

(NaturalNews) It's wise to consult a holistic physician, chiropractor, orthomolecular (mega-dose supplements instead of pharmaceuticals) practitioner, naturopath or other holistic practitioner who is conversant with nutritional health if you're feeling "blah," not with it or in poor health.

Read more about the report here.

 

March 10, 2015

Does Fructose Feed Diabetes?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that: “In the past 2 decades, managing diabetes has become more expensive.” As such, increasing scientific interest is focusing on the role of dietary factors in the disease. A number of previous studies suggest that added sugars, particularly those containing fructose, are a principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes, to a greater extent than other carbohydrates.

Read more about the report here.

 

March 9, 2015

Is Vitamin K2 Supplementation Associated with Reduced Arterial Stiffness in Women?

The results of a clinical trial reported in Thrombosis and Haemostasis reveal improvement in arterial stiffness among postmenopausal women who supplemented with 180 mg per day of the form of vitamin K2 known as menaquinone-7 (MK-7) for three years.

"Observational studies showed lower prevalence of arterial calcification and coronary heart disease mortality in subjects with the highest intake of menaquinones (vitamin K2)" write Marjo H. J. Knapen and colleagues at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. "Remarkably, no effect was seen for phylloquinone (vitamin K1) intake in these studies."

Read more about the study here.

 

March 6, 2015

How to Treat Candida and Balance Gut Flora

(NaturalNews) People that suffer from an overabundance of yeast like Candida, or any other type of fungal infection, need to cut out sugars. This protocol has worked for many people, and it works faster and better than any medication as long as the diet is right, refined sugars are not ingested, and the body is not filled with toxic pharmaceuticals. This includes vaccines. Vaccinations have toxins in them that kill gut flora and weaken the immune system.

Read more about this report here.

 

March 5, 2015

How Important Is Nutrition To Mental Health?

With pharmacological approaches both costly in developed nations and largely inaccessible in developing countries, scientists and public health experts are looking at nutritional approaches to address mental health issues. Jerome Sarris, from the University of Melbourne (Australia), and colleagues submit that: “Evidence is steadily growing for the relation between dietary quality (and potential nutritional deficiencies) and mental health, and for the select use of nutrient-based supplements to address deficiencies, or as monotherapies or augmentation therapies.”

Read more about the research here.

 

March 3, 2015

Can L-Carnitine Supplementation Lower Inflammation in Heart Disease?

The March 2015 issue of the journal Nutrition reported the outcome of a randomized trial of coronary artery disease (CAD) patients which found that supplementation with L-carnitine was associated with a reduction in markers of inflammation.

Read more about the study here.

 

March 2, 2015

These Simple Physical Signs Could Indicate a Nutrient Deficiency

(NaturalNews) It's wise to consult a holistic physician, chiropractor, orthomolecular (mega-dose supplements instead of pharmaceuticals) practitioner, naturopath or other holistic practitioner who is conversant with nutritional health if you're feeling "blah," not with it or in poor health.

But in lieu of those resources, there are some telltale guidelines that may help you determine which areas you need to supplement more. Of course, one needs to stay away from the standard American diet of processed and fast foods and instead eat locally grown, chemical-free organic food as much as possible.

Read more about the report here.

 

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