LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2011 Archive 1


February 28, 2011

Scientists Dismiss Claim About Cow's Milk

By Guy Montague-Jones

A group of German scientists have published a paper dismissing the suggestion that giving newborns cow’s milk could help promote dairy tolerance.

Writing in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the scientists replied to an earlier article in the same journal that had recommended early exposure (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology vol. 126, pages 77 – 82).

The authors of the original study, which was based on the self-reporting of the parents of some 13,019 infants, concluded that “supplementation at birth with CMP should be recommended to promote its tolerance.”

Read more about the study here.


February 26, 2011

Free Radicals Implicated in Common Eye Disease

The American Journal of Pathology reports the outcome of research conducted by Ula V. Jurkunas, MD and her colleagues at the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston which implicates free radical damage in the development of Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD), a potentially blinding disease characterized by the programmed cell death of epithelial cells in the eye's cornea (the clear tissue in the front of the eye) which is the most common reason for corneal transplant surgery.

Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage a variety of tissues, resulting in many of the diseases and conditions associated with aging. While some free radical damage is inevitable, increasing the body's levels of antioxidants, which bind with and neutralize free radicals, can help moderate this damage.

Read more about the research here.


February 25, 2011

Researchers Recommend Greater Intake of Vitamin D to Lower the Risk of Serious Diseases

Cedric Garland, DrPH of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and his colleagues recently revealed that significantly higher amounts of vitamin D than what are currently recommended are needed to raise levels to those that help prevent breast cancer, type 1 diabetes and other diseases. The findings were published on the website of Grassroots' Health, a non-profit community service organization dedicated to promoting public awareness about vitamin D, and will appear in the journal Anticancer Research.

Dr Garland, along with Christine B French, Leo L. Baggerly and Robert P. Heaney, MD, analyzed data from a survey of 3,667 men and women whose average age was 51. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels were measured and online questionnaires were completed every six months over a five year period to ascertain vitamin D levels, vitamin D intake, and health status.

Read more about the study here.


February 24, 2011

Lack of Sleep Found to Be a New Risk Factor For Colon Cancer

An inadequate amount of sleep has been associated with higher risks of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and death. Now colon cancer can be added to the list (see also Heart Disease).

In a ground-breaking new study published in the Feb. 15, 2011 issue of the journal Cancer, researchers from University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, found that individuals who averaged less than six hours of sleep at night had an almost 50 percent increase in the risk of colorectal adenomas compared with individuals sleeping at least seven hours per night. Adenomas are a precursor to cancer tumors, and left untreated, they can turn malignant.

"To our knowledge, this is the first study to report a significant association of sleep duration and colorectal adenomas," said Li Li, MD, PhD, the study's principal investigator, family medicine physician in the Department of Family Medicine at UH Case Medical Center and Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. "A short amount of sleep can now be viewed as a new risk factor for the development of the development of colon cancer."

Read more about the study here.


February 23, 2011

Lifestyle Change Can Reduce Mental Illness

United Press International

Mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety can be treated with lifestyle changes as successfully as diseases like diabetes, a U.S. researcher says.

Dr. Roger Walsh of the College of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, reviewed research on the effects of what he calls "therapeutic lifestyle changes," or TLCs, such as exercise and nutrition.

The review, published in American Psychologist, describes TLCs as effective, inexpensive and often enjoyable, with fewer side effects and complications than medications, but requiring a sustained effort.

Read more about the study here.


February 22, 2011

Study - Early Baldness Doubles Risk of Prostate Cancer

Agence France-Presse

Men who start to lose their hair by age 20 -- a syndrome known as pattern baldness -- are twice as likely to develop prostate cancer later in life, according to a new study.

The findings, published this week in the Annals of Oncology, could help identify men who should be screened early and more often for disease, the researchers said.

Prostate cancer is the commonest non-skin cancer among men worldwide and, after lung tumours, is the second biggest cause of death from cancer among men in the United States and Europe. Most cases occur among men aged in their sixties.

Read more about the study here.


February 21, 2011

Omega-3s May Counter Degenerative Muscle Loss

By Stephen Daniells

Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may boost the production of muscle protein in older people, and reduce the risk of degenerative muscle loss, suggest data from a new human trial.

Four grams per day of omega-3 fatty acids for eight weeks were found to increase the rate of muscle protein synthesis associated with increased supply of amino acids and insulin, according to findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Read more about the study here.


February 19, 2011


Being Overweight Could Be Making You Forgetful


By Mary Brophy Marcus




Older people who have larger waistlines, high blood pressure and other risk factors associated with a condition doctors call "metabolic syndrome" may be at higher risk of memory problems, a new study suggests.


In the large French study, older adults with metabolic syndrome were 20% more likely to have cognitive decline on a memory test than those without it.


"Our study sheds new light on how metabolic syndrome and the individual factors of the disease may affect cognitive health," study author Christelle Raffaitin of the French National Institute of Health Research in Bordeaux said in a press statement. "Our results suggest that management of metabolic syndrome may help slow down age-related memory loss, or delay the onset of dementia."


Read more about the study here.


Feb. 18, 2011


Repeat MRI Screening Results In Fewer False Positives


OAK BROOK, Ill. - MRI screening for breast cancer delivers consistent rates of cancer detection and fewer false-positive results over time, according to a new study published online and in the April print edition of Radiology.


While MRI can be more effective than mammography at identifying suspicious areas of the breast, it is not always able to distinguish between cancerous and benign lesions, which can result in additional testing and false-positive results that may cause anxiety for patients. A screening exam is considered to be false positive when its results recommend further testing or a biopsy of a suspicious finding, but no cancer is found.


"MRI is an excellent screening tool for breast cancer, but the higher rate of false-positive results keeps some women from undergoing the exam," said the study's co-author Martha B. Mainiero, M.D., director of the Anne C. Pappas Center for Breast Imaging at Rhode Island Hospital and associate professor of diagnostic imaging at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, R.I. "The goal of our study was to determine if the availability of prior MR images for comparison reduces the rate of false positives associated with the initial MRI breast screening exam."


Read more about the study here.


Feb. 15, 2011

Higher Magnesium Levels Linked with lower Risk of SCD

An article published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports a protective effect for higher plasma and dietary magnesium against the risk of sudden cardiac death in women. Up to 68 percent of women and 55 percent of men who undergo sudden cardiac death have no clinically recognized cardiovascular disease prior to the events, which take 184,000 to 462,000 people's lives each year.

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard University analyzed data from 88,375 women enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study who were free of disease in 1980. Questionnaires completed in 1980, 1984, 1986 and every four years through 2002 provided information on magnesium intake from food and supplements. Blood samples drawn from 32,826 participants between 1989 and 1990 were analyzed for plasma magnesium, lipids and other factors. Sudden cardiac deaths were defined as those that occurred within 1 hour of symptom onset or involved arrhythmia.

Read more about the study here.


Feb. 8, 2011

Can Vitamin D Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis?

A recent issue of the journal Neurology® reports a protective effect for high vitamin D levels and sun exposure against the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder characterized by progressive damage to the nerves' myelin sheathes. Symptoms include weakness, numbness, dizziness and other disturbances that can come and go for decades. The disease is diagnosed after an initial demyelinating event during which symptoms are experienced. Research has found a greater incidence of the disease in higher latitudes that are exposed to less sunlight, which reduces the body's production of vitamin D.

Read more about the report here.


Feb. 7, 2011

Could Raspberries Help to Fight Off Cancer?

Daily Mail

RASPBERRIES might prove a future tool in the fight against cancer. New research reveals that extracts of the summer fruit kill stomach and colon cancer cells.

In a preliminary study, 90 per cent of these cells were destroyed when exposed to an extract of red Meeker raspberries, a popular variety in the U.S.. Antioxidants in the fruit were also shown to kill breast cancer cells.

The researchers, from Clemson University in the U.S., say that while the antioxidants in the red fruit explain some of the effects, other as yet unidentified compounds seem to be at work as well. Unfortunately, experts believe the anti-cancer effect is seen only when the extract is applied directly to the diseased cells, and not when the fruit is eaten.

Read more about the study here.


Feb. 3, 2011

Dear Living Fuel Family,
Over the past two weeks on LivingFuelTV, we've explored the radiation effect of airport scanners, airline travel and even the ambient radiation we are exposed to over the course of our lives at ground level. While the impact of airport scanner radiation appears to be negligible, the effects of medical radiation and extensive air travel over a lifetime may have significant consequences to your and your family's good health. While you cannot "undo" a CT scan or x-ray from last week or several years ago, you can take practical steps to help your body heal any damage that may have resulted and minimize your risk of developing cancer. This is the important subject of our LivingFuelTV episode today.
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by KC Craichy
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Jan. 27, 2011

Radiation Dangers In-Flight?

Last week on LivingFuelTV we reported on the radiation of airport scanning machines. I compared the radiation exposure of these machines to the background radiation we're exposed to in the natural course of our lives and the radiation exposure from a medical CT scan. I also pointed out that airport scanning machines expose you to the equivalent 2-4 minutes flying in a commercial airliner. Many of you asked the insightful and obvious follow-up question:

So how much radiation are we being exposed to while flying?

Join me today as we address this question on LivingFuelTV. This is a must-see episode for you, your family and your friends that fly. To easily forward this episode, click the Forward-to-a-Friend link below the graphic. And click here to tune in.

Here's to your SuperHealth,



Jan. 26, 2011

Physical Fitness Prevents Seasonal Flu Better Than Vaccines
(NaturalNews) Staying physically fit may reduce your time spent sick during cold and flu season by nearly 50 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers from Appalachian State University and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Researchers followed 1,002 adults younger than age 86 for 12 weeks in either the fall or winter of 2008. Participants reported how much time they spent exercising and rated their own fitness on a 10-point scale. The researchers found that after adjusting for potentially complicating factors such as age, body mass index, education, fruit intake, marital status, mental stress and sex, people who exercised at least five days per week spent 43 percent less time with an upper respiratory tract infection than people who exercised one or fewer days per week.

Read more of the story here.


Jan. 26, 2011

Kids Who Get Recommended Sleep Least Likely To Be Obese

Nanci Hellmich

Parents, here's another good reason to make sure your kids get enough shut-eye: Children who get sufficient sleep are less likely to be obese, a new study shows.

Other research shows sleep affects kids' academic performance, mood and attention span.

For the latest study, scientists at the University of Chicago and the University of Louisville compared the sleep patterns of 308 children, ages 4-10, with their body mass index, a number that considers height and weight. The children wore special wrist-band devices for a week to track the amount they slept.

Read more about the study here.


Jan. 25, 2011

Study - Vitamin E Supplementation and Increased Lifespans

A report published online in the journal Age and Ageing describes the finding of Dr Harri Hemila and Professor Jaakko Kaprio of the University of Helsinki of an association between supplementing with vitamin E and longer life among older male smokers, particularly in those who smoked less than a pack of cigarettes per day and whose dietary intake of vitamin C was high. "This is the first study to strongly indicate that protection against oxidative stress can increase the life expectancy of some initially healthy population groups," Drs Hemila and Kaprio announce.

Read more about the study here.


Jan. 24, 2011

Bigger Breakfast Doesn't Help Weight Loss

United Press International

Eating a big breakfast may help you lose weight -- but only if you eat a lighter lunch or dinner, researchers in Germany say.

Dr. Volker Schusdziarra of the Else-Kroner-Fresenius Center of Nutritional Medicine in Munich, Germany, and colleagues say they wanted to address previous research, which suggests that eating a big breakfast reduces total calorie intake during the day. The researchers say this research is misleading.

The study involved more than 300 people who were asked to keep a journal of what they usually ate -- some ate a big breakfast, some ate a small breakfast and some skipped breakfast, Schusdziarra says.

The study, published in Nutrition Journal, showed that people ate the same at lunch and dinner, regardless of what they had for breakfast. A big breakfast, on average 400 calories greater than a small breakfast, resulted in a total increase in calories eaten during the day of about 400 calories.

Read more about the study here.


Jan. 21, 2011

How Much Risk Does Radiation on Planes Pose?

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Transportation Security Administration says its new body-imaging scanners produce about the same level of radiation as flying in an airliner for two minutes. That raises the question: How much radiation do pilots, flight attendants and passengers receive per flight?

For the vast majority of people, even frequent fliers, it's not enough to create any health risks, experts say. Yet for some, notably those predisposed to cancer, even the tiny amount seeping into an airline cabin could spell trouble.

It's enough of a concern that some pilots take precautions to minimize their exposure.

Read more about the story here.


Jan. 20, 2011

Airport Scanner Danger? d

Airport security has been front and center news since the tragic events of 9-11 and subsequent terrorist actions. Much about air travel has dramatically changed with the goal of making air travel and our airports safe and secure. Recently, you’ve likely heard about the potential harm of airport scanning machines at security check points.

We’ve produced LivingFuelTV episodes on the dangers of medical radiation. So how do the imposing scanning machines at the airport compare to medical devices such as CT scanners and x-ray machines? Is there a significant danger of excessive radiation exposure using these airport scanners? How can I protect myself and my family? We cut through the hype and hysteria today on LivingFuelTV.

Click here to watch the video.


Jan. 18, 2011

Vitamin D May Boost Urinary Tract Health

By Stephen Daniells, 05-Jan-2011

Adequate vitamin D levels may boost the body’s immune response and protect against urinary tract infections, says a new study from Sweden.

Vitamin D supplementation was found to promote production of an anti-microbial peptide called cathelicidin in the urinary tract, thereby offering local and site-specific protection, according to findings published in Public Library of Science One (PLoS ONE ).

Read more about the study here.


Jan. 15, 2011

Study Suggests Timing is Important in Cancer Chemoprevention

An article published online in the journal Carcinogenesis reports the outcome of a rodent study which found a protective benefit for vitamin E and selenium against esophageal cancer, particularly if administered early after exposure to a carcinogenic substance.

Read more about the study here.


Jan. 14, 2011

High-sugar Teen Diet Ups Heart Risk Later

United Press International

Teenagers who eat a diet high in sugar -- mainly due to sweetened drinks -- may have a higher risk of heart disease later in life, U.S. researchers suggest.

Study author Jean Welsh, a nurse who is a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric nutrition at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, says overweight or obese teens with the highest levels of added sugar intake had increased signs of insulin resistance -- often a precursor to diabetes.

"Adolescents are eating 20 percent of their daily calories in sugars that provide few if any other nutrients," Welsh says in a statement. "We know from previous studies the biggest contributors of added sugars to the diet are sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, fruit-flavored drinks and sweetened coffees and teas."

Read more about the study here.


Jan. 5, 2011

Blood Test To Spot 1 Cancer Cell In A Billion Healthy Ones

Canadian Press

BOSTON - A blood test so sensitive that it can spot a single cancer cell lurking among a billion healthy ones is moving one step closer to being available at your doctor's office.

Boston scientists who invented the test and health care giant Johnson & Johnson will announce Monday that they are joining forces to bring it to market. Four big cancer centres also will start studies using the experimental test this year.

Read more here.


Jan. 4, 2011

Vitamin D Insufficiency Linked to Autoimmune Lung Disease

The January 4, 2011 issue of the journal Chest reports the finding of researchers at the University of Cincinnati of an increased incidence of vitamin D insufficiency in patients with connective tissue disease-related interstitial lung disease (ILD), an autoimmune condition characterized by lung fibrosis.

Vitamin D insufficiency has been examined as a modifiable factor in a number of autoimmune disorders, including connective tissue diseases such as lupus, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis. "We wanted to see if lack of sufficient vitamin D would also be seen in patients who are diagnosed with an autoimmune interstitial lung disease (ILD) and whether it was associated with reduced lung function," stated lead researcher and pulmonologist Brent Kinder, MD, who is the director of the University of Cincinnati's Interstitial Lung Disease Center. "ILD is a group of diseases that mainly affect the tissues of the lungs instead of the airways, like asthma and emphysema do. It causes scarring of the lungs, is more difficult to diagnosis and treat than other kinds of lung diseases and is often fatal."

Read more about the study here.


Jan. 4, 2011

Extra Vitamin K May Help Prevent Or Slow Osteoarthritis

Chicago Daily Herald

We know that eating green vegetables is good for health, but it might also be an important factor in the prevention of arthritis of the knee. Recent medical research suggested that vitamin K, found in leafy, green vegetables, has a significant role in the prevention of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis of the knees and hands. It is the result of a progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint, exposing the bare bone within. OA is most common in people over 50 years old. There are risk factors including being overweight, genetics, and trauma to the knee and surrounding tissue. There is very little research about actually preventing OA or possible nutritional factors associated with it.

Read more about the research here.


Jan. 3, 2011

Magnesium May Stave Off Sudden Cardiac Death

Chicago Daily Herald

Magnesium is a mineral that is important for health, but can it prevent sudden cardiac death? According to a recent medical study, the answer is yes.

Sudden cardiac death is a leading cause of heart-related deaths, especially in people 40 and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SCD accounts for more than 250,000 deaths annually. That is more than colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS combined.

Read more about the story here.


Jan. 1, 2011

After 65, Stay Fit To Stay Healthier

By Janice Lloyd


NEW ORLEANS -- Baby Boomers better think again if they're longing for a sedentary old age.
Health experts at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America this weekend shed new light on exercise's value as a strong tool in combating diseases often associated with aging.

"How you live after age 65 is vitally important," says Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. "Up until then, a healthy life is dominated by your genes. After that, it's predominantly about lifestyle. Exercise and nutrition become more important."

Read more about the story here.


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