LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2011 Archive 2


April 29, 2011

Sudy - Astaxanthin Shows Potential for Brain Health

By Stephen Daniells

Daily supplements of astaxanthin – the pigment that gives salmon its pink color – may reduce the abnormal accumulation of compounds associated with dementia, says a new study from Japan.

Twelve weeks of supplementation with astaxanthin were associated with significant reductions in levels of compounds called phospholipid hydroperoxides (PLOOH), known to accumulate abnormally in the red blood cells (erythrocytes) of people with dementia, compared with placebo.

Writing in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers led by Kiyotaka Nakagawa from Tohoku University, report that, since the data shows that astaxanthin is incorporated into the red blood cells, as is seen with lutein, the pink pigment may “contribute to the prevention of dementia”.

Read more about the study here.


April 29, 2011

Diet Plus Exercise Reduces Frailty

Washington University

By Jim Dryden

With a current 20% of adults 65 years of age or older as obese, and the prevalence anticipated to continue to rise with the globally aging population, older obese adults face severe health risks, including high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, which can be compounded by a lack of mobility.

For Dennis T. Villareal, from Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA), and colleagues evaluated the effects of dieting and exercise in more than 100 obese seniors over a one-year period. Although weight loss alone and exercise alone improved physical function by about 12% and 15%, respectively, neither was as effective as diet and exercise together, which improved physical performance by 21%. As well, the combination of dieting and exercise together were effective at reducing frailty than either approach solely.

Read more about the study here.


April 28, 2011

MIT Scientists Discover Cancer-Fighting Role For Cells

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT scientists have discovered that cells lining the blood vessels secrete molecules that suppress tumor growth and keep cancer cells from invading other tissues, a finding that could lead to a new way to treat cancer (see also Epithelial Cells).

Elazer Edelman, professor in the MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), says that implanting such cells adjacent to a patient's tumor could shrink a tumor or prevent it from growing back or spreading further after surgery or chemotherapy. He has already tested such an implant in mice, and MIT has licensed the technology to Pervasis Therapeutics, Inc., which plans to test it in humans.

Edelman describes the work, which appears in the journal Science Translational Medicine, as a "paradigm shift" that could fundamentally change how cancer is understood and treated. "This is a cancer therapy that could be used alone or with chemotherapy radiation or surgery, but without adding any devastating side effects," he says.

Read more about the study here.


April 27, 2011

Preventing Oral Cancer

Joe Gaines, The Brunswick News, Ga.
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Besides preventing cavities, a periodic dental cleaning or checkup could save your life.

Along with preventing and detection of cavities, a routine cleaning is an opportune time to check the mouth for signs of oral cancer.

As part of National Oral Cancer Prevention Week, Dr. Jeffery Capes, an oral surgeon with Coastal Oral Surgery on St. Simons Island, is encouraging patients to ensure that their dental health professional check for possible signs of cancer.

"About 8,000 people die of oral cancer a year," Capes said. "That's about one person every hour, every day."

The Oral Cancer Foundation predicts about 37,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer, and in the past five years, the number has been growing.

Read more about the story here.


April 26, 2011

Myths About Heart Disease

By Anita Manning

Imagine hearing news of a catastrophe causing the deaths of 2,200 Americans every day -- an average of one every 39 seconds.

A plague? Nuclear fallout?

It's heart disease, which includes diseases of the heart and circulatory system. The No. 1 killer stalking the world, cardiovascular diseases cause more deaths than all forms of cancer combined.

It's an equal-opportunity destroyer, although it does have a preference for people of color and those over 65. But no age, race or economic class is immune.

"There's a lack of awareness of what ideal cardiovascular health really is," says Ralph Sacco, president of the American Heart Association. While 35% of people surveyed say they're in good health, when quizzed about seven major health factors -- diet, activity level, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, blood sugar and smoking status -- only about half of 1% hit all the targets for good health, he says. "People think they're healthier than they are," he says, making it less likely that they'll take steps to reduce their heart risks.

Sacco and other heart experts highlight 10 myths of heart disease. Read what they are here.


April 26, 2011

High Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Tied to Memory Problems


Middle-age men and women who have cardiovascular issues, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, may not only be at risk for heart disease, but for an increased risk of developing early cognitive and memory problems as well. That's according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 63rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu April 9 to April 16, 2011.

For the study, 3,486 men and 1,341 women with an average age of 55 underwent cognitive tests three times over 10 years. The tests measured reasoning, memory, fluency and vocabulary. Participants received a Framingham risk score that is used to predict 10-year risk of a cardiovascular event. It is based on age, sex, HDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, systolic blood pressure and whether they smoked or had diabetes.

Read more about the study here.


April 25, 2011

As With Blood, Several Types Of Human Gut

Agence France-Presse


The human digestive track, host to an ecosystem teaming with trillions of living bacteria, comes in three variations as distinct as blood groups, according to a new study.


These so-called "enterotypes" are found in populations worldwide and exist independent of race, country of origin, diet, age or state of health, the study reported.


The findings have major implications for detecting and predicting the risk of diseases ranging from intestinal cancers to diabetes to Crohn's disease, a painful inflammation of the bowels, the researchers said.


Read more about the study here.



April 23, 2011

Reduced Coenzyme Q10 Levels Associated With Increased Breast Cancer Risk

An article published online in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention reveals an association between decreased levels of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and a greater risk of breast cancer in Chinese women. Coenzyme Q10 is a compound made in the human body that has been linked with numerous benefits, yet research suggests that many people produce amounts that are less than optimal.


The current investigation involved participants in The Shanghai Women’s Health Study of women between the ages of 40 and 70. Robert V. Cooney at the University of Hawaii and his colleagues matched 340 women with breast cancer to 653 subjects who were free of the disease. Plasma samples were analyzed for coenzyme Q10 and tocopherols.


Read more about the study here.



April 22, 2011

Gut Reaction

Spencer Hunt
The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

Doctors and scientists know that stress can lead to illness. They just don't know why.

But they are starting to understand where it all might begin.

Ohio State University researchers say they have found that stress-related illnesses likely start in an unlikely place -- among the hordes of good and bad bacteria that live in our guts.

Read more about the study here.


April 22, 2011

Reduced Vitamin D Levels Linked to Arterial Stiffness

A presentation by Ibhar Al Mheid, MD at the annual American College of Cardiology meeting revealed the finding of Emory University School of Medicine researchers of a protective effect for vitamin D against arterial stiffness and impaired blood vessel relaxation.

Dr Al Mheid, along with Emory Cardiovascular Research Institute director Arshed Quyyumi, MD, evaluated data from 554 participants in the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute's Center for Health Discovery and Well Being. Endothelial function was evaluated via brachial artery flow-mediated dilation, and microvascular function and arterial stiffness were assessed. Blood samples were analyzed for serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, a stable form of the vitamin that reflects dietary intake and skin production.

Read more about the study here.


April 22, 2011

Study Reveals Pathways For Omega-3’s Eye Benefits

By Nathan Gray

Research in mice has suggested the mechanisms that enable dietary omega-3 fatty acids to help prevent retinopathy, a common eye disease that can lead to blindness in premature babies and diabetics.

In the study, published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers led by scientists from Harvard Medical School, reported that metabolites from the breakdown of dietary omega-3 may directly affect the irregular blood vessel growth that leads to retinopathy.

Specifically, the omega-3 metabolite 4-hydroxy-docosahexaenoic acid (4-HDHA) was found to inhibit the sprouting and growth of irregular blood vessels.

“These results elucidate an important pathway through which omega-3 oils protect against retinopathy and perhaps exert some of their other beneficial effects: oxidation of omega-3 PUFAs by 5-LOX [5-lipoxygenase] and subsequent inhibition of angiogenesis,” said the authors, led by Dr Lois Smith, Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard.“In addition, we report significant 4-HDHA concentrations in healthy human subjects, suggesting that our findings may apply to omega-3 PUFA action in humans.”

Read more about the study here.


April 21, 2011

Vegetarians Have Less Metabolic Syndrome

United Press International

Vegetarians have lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome -- a precursor to heart disease and diabetes -- than non-vegetarians, U.S. researchers say.

Metabolic syndrome involves having three or more of the following -- blood pressure equal to or higher than 130/85 millimeters of mercury; fasting blood sugar equal to or higher than 100 milligrams per deciliter; large waist circumference [for men, 40 inches or more, for women 35 inches or more]; low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol [for men, under 40 mg/dL, for women, under 50 mg/dL; and triglycerides equal to or higher than 150 mg/dL.

The study examined more than 700 adults -- 35 percent were vegetarians -- randomly selected from Loma Linda University's long-term study of the lifestyle and health of almost 100,000 Seventh-day Adventists across the United States and Canada.

Read more about the study here.


April 21, 2011

Look After Your Brain

As the average life span becomes longer, dementia becomes more common. Swedish scientist Laura Fratiglioni has shown that everyone can minimize his or her risk of being affected. Factors from blood pressure and weight to the degree of physical and mental activity can influence cognitive functioning as one gets older.

The lengthening of the average life span in the population has caused an increase in the prevalence of aging related disorders, one of which is cognitive impairment and dementia. An expert panel estimates that worldwide more than 24 million people are affected by dementia, most suffering from Alzheimer's disease. In the more developed countries, 70 percent of the persons with dementia are 75 years or older.

Age is the greatest risk factor for developing dementia. But there is growing evidence that the strong association with increasing age can be, at least partially, explained by a life course cumulative exposure to different risk factors.

Read more about the study here.


April 20,2011

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 report here.


April 20, 2011

Omega-3 May Protect Against Traumatic Brain Injury

By Stephen Daniells

Supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexanoic acid) may prevent traumatic brain injury, according to a new study with rats with potential implications for sportsmen and soldiers.

Researchers from West Virginia University report that rats who received the highest dose of DHA supplementation prior to traumatic brain injury experienced the least amount of tissue damage.

Read more about the study here.


April 19, 2011

CDC - 'Diabetes Belt' Mostly in Southeast

United Press International

Areas with high rates of diabetes -- a "diabetes belt" -- are clustered in 644 counties in 15 mostly Southeastern states, U.S. health officials said.

Lead investigator Lawrence E. Barker of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said it was in the 1960s when Southern states were identified as the "stroke belt," but this is the first time diagnosed diabetes clustering was identified in all U.S. counties.

The belt -- diabetes prevalence rates greater than 11 percent -- includes portions of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and the entire state of Mississippi.

Read more about the study here.


April 19, 2011

Marker of Inflammation Associated with Memory Decline

A presentation at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Honolulu revealed the finding of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco of a link between higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP, a marker of inflammation) and memory loss in older individuals.

University of California, San Francisco clinical professor of neuropsychology Joel H. Kramer, PsyD and his associates compared 76 men and women with an average age of 71.8 who had detectable levels of C-reactive protein to 65 adults of a similar age with undetectable levels. Word list testing evaluated the participants' verbal recall, and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain measured the volume of the medial temporal lobe, including the hippocampus, entorhinal cortex and parahippocampal cortex. (Animal experiments have revealed that function of the hippocampus, which is involved in memory storage, is impaired by prolonged brain inflammation.)

Read more about the study here.


April 19, 2011

Vegetarian Diet Can Boost Cardiovascular Health

Jan Jarvis
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas

Last year, when former President Bill Clinton gave up meat for his daughter's very vegan wedding, it was an act of love that came straight from the heart.

In the long run, his decision to change his eating habits and shed 20 pounds for Chelsea just might save his heart, too.

The American Heart Association recommends eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats and poultry. But lately, plant-based diets have gotten a big boost from Clinton and others who believe it reduces the risk of heart disease.

Read more about the report here.


April 18, 2011

Higher Magnesium Levels and Lower Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

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.


April 16, 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.

Scientists at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing gave five groups of rats a diet that contained reduced amounts of vitamin E and selenium, which was designed to mimic the diet of some human populations. All but one group were administered the carcinogen NMBzA 3 times per week for 5 weeks. One of the carcinogen-treated groups received the diet supplemented with vitamin E and selenium for the first 10 weeks of the study, while a second group was supplemented between 11 and 25 weeks. A third group received a supplemented diet throughout the 25 week experiment.

Read more about the study here.


April 7, 2011

What You Need To Know About Statin Drugs Side Effects

This is the latest animation from the Health Ranger, revealing the health dangers of statin drugs. According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, statin drugs cause liver dysfunction, acute kidney failure. cataracts and extreme muscle weakness (among other side effects).

This video encourages people to think twice about taking statin drugs. Statin drugs also deplete CoQ10, a vital nutrient for heart health and cellular energy. That's why people feel so week when taking statins.

Cholesterol is not a "disease," and statin drugs are synthetic chemicals that are not bio-compatible with the human body.

Watch the video here.


April 7, 2011

Omega-3s Promote Muscle Protein Production

Sarcopenia, the loss of muscle mass with aging, is a major public health concern. Previous studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids stimulate protein anabolism in animals, and might therefore be useful for the treatment of sarcopenia. However, the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on human protein metabolism is unknown.

Bettina Mittendorfer, PhD, from Washington University School of Medicine (Missouri, USA), and colleagues studied 16 healthy adults, average age 71 years, and an average BMI of 25.65 kg/m2, assigning each to receive either omega-3s (providing provided a daily dose of 1.86 grams of EPA [eicosapentaenoic acid] and 1.5 grams of DHA [docosahexaenoic acid]), or corn oil (placebo) for eight weeks.

Read more about the study here.


April 6, 2011

Maple Syrup May Help Treat Diabetes

United Press International

A U.S. researcher says she has discovered 34 new beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup from Quebec -- five of which have never been seen in nature.

Navindra Seeram of the University of Rhode Island also confirmed that 20 maple syrup compounds she discovered last year in preliminary research play a key role in human health.

"I continue to say that nature is the best chemist, and that maple syrup is becoming a champion food when it comes to the number and variety of beneficial compounds found in it," Seeram said in a statement.

Read more about the study here.


April 6, 2011

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Protect Against Obesity-related Disease

An article published online in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals a protective effect for high omega-3 fatty acid intake against the development of diseases related to obesity, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

For the current study, Zeina Makhoul, PhD and her colleagues at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in collaboration with the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, evaluated data from 330 Yup’ik Eskimos. Omega-3 fatty acid intake among the Yup'iks averages twenty times higher than most Americans.

Read more about the study here.


April 5, 2011

More Antioxidants and Lower Metabolic Syndrome Risk

A report published online in the Journal of Nutrition reveals the results of a large study of adult Americans which found a lower risk of metabolic syndrome (a cluster of risk factors that increase the risk of developing diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease), among those with higher serum levels of vitamin C and carotenoids.

May A. Beydoun of the National Institute on Aging and her associates evaluated data from up to 11,845 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2006, which included men and women aged 20 to 85 residing in the United States. Anthropometric measurements and blood pressure were assessed upon enrollment, and blood samples were analyzed for the antioxidant nutrients retinol, retinyl esters, carotenoids (which include alpha and beta carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein plus zeaxanthin, and lycopene), vitamin C and vitamin E, as well as glucose, lipids, C-reactive protein and other factors.

Read more about the study here.


April 4, 2011

Buck Institute Finds Secrets Of Longevity - In Roundworms

Guy Kovner, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Yellow dye commonly found in science laboratories is a fountain of youth and staves off diseases like Alzheimer's, at least for microscopic roundworms, scientists at Novato's Buck Institute reported.
Coming in a close second as an agent to extend worm longevity is curcumin, the active ingredient in the Indian spice turmeric, a far more palatable and accessible substance.

It will take years and not-so-small fortunes to determine if the dye, known as Thioflavin T, or the spice associated with curry have a similarly salutatory effect on humans, the experts at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging said.

But their findings, published last week in the prestigious journal Nature, point out an "exciting new avenue in the search for compounds that both extend lifespan and slow disease processes," said Silvestre Alavez, a Buck biochemist.

Read more about the study here.


March 31, 2011

Study- Iron Storage Status Not Linked To Mortality

By Nathan Gray

High levels of iron storage markers – previously linked to roles in several disease states – are not associated with an increased risk of mortality, according to new research.

The study, published in Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases, found markers of iron storage in blood plasma are not associated with the risk of mortality, among a large sample of US adults, not taking iron supplements without a baseline history of cardiovascular disease or cancer.

“In this large, population-based prospective study, higher levels of ferritin and transferrin saturation were not associated with an increased risk of mortality,” said the authors,” led by Dr. Andrew Menke from Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Read more about the study here.


March 30, 2011

Shorter Telomeres Linked With Increased Mortality Risk

The April, 2011 issue of the Journal of Gerontology: Biological and Medical Sciences reports the finding of Annette L. Fitzpatrick of the University of Washington and her colleagues of an association between shorter telomere length and an increased risk of dying over 6.1 years of follow-up. Telomeres are protective caps at the ends of chromosomes which shorten as individual cells age. Leukocyte (white blood cell) telomere length has been associated with age, gender, and age-related diseases, yet its relationship with the risk of human mortality is uncertain.

The current study included 1,136 participants in the Cardiovascular Health Study of adults aged 65 and older. Blood samples obtained upon enrollment between 1992 and 1993 were analyzed for leukocyte telomere length. Cause was ascertained for 468 deaths that occurred over 6.1 years of follow-up.

Read more about the study here.


March 29, 2011

Study - Selenium May Reduce Prostate Cancer Markers

By Nathan Gray

Supplementation with selenium glycinate may increase the activities of related plasma enzymes, and reduce the levels of an important marker for the risk of prostate cancer, according to a new study that contradicts current thinking.

The research, published in Nutrition Research, suggests that selenium glycinate supplementation gave changes consistent with improved selenium functional status and lowered prostate cancer risk in a group of 30 middle-aged US men.

The researchers, from Ohio State University, USA, said that the study contradicts conventional wisdom that selenium supplementation should not increase the activities of blood glutathione peroxidase (GPx) nor affect prostate cancer risk.

Read more about the study here.


March 29, 2011

What's Really Going On In Your Heart

Debby Abe
The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.

So you think you're on top of your heart health knowledge because you know your cholesterol levels, your weight and your blood pressure.

But what about your c-reactive protein number? Do you know if you suffer from metabolic syndrome?
Cardiac health expert Joseph Piscatella says those are a couple of the newest predictors of heart disease, yet most people have no idea what the terms mean.

The Gig Harbor author explains the latest thinking in cardiac health in "Prevent Halt & Reverse Heart Disease: 109 Things You Can Do." Piscatella wrote the book, which came out in January, with Barry A. Franklin, director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Laboratories at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. It's an update of their 2003 work, "Take a Load off Your Heart: 109 Things You Can Actually Do to Prevent, Halt and Reverse Heart Disease."

Read more here.


March 28, 2011

Eskimo Study Supports Omega-3 for Heart Health

By Stephen Daniells

High intakes of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of obesity-related chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, according to new findings from a study with Alaskan Eskimos.

Yup’ik Eskimos, the most famous indigenous people of the US’ 49th State, have similar obesity rates to the lower 48 states, but the incidence of type-2 diabetes is only 3.3 percent, compared with 7.7 percent nationally.

According to researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, this apparent reduction in diabetes risk is linked to the observation that the Eskimos’ average consumption of omega-3s from fish is 20 times more than people in the lower 48 states.

Read more about the study here.


March 28, 2011

Vegan Diet Requires Omega-3 and B12 Boost

By Nathan Gray

People following a vegan diet may require additional omega-3 and vitamin B12 supplementation to reduce an excess risk of heart disease, according to a new review.

The review authors said that although meat eaters are known for having a significantly higher combination of cardiovascular risk factors than vegetarians, people following strict vegetarian and vegan diets are not immune from risk, as their diets tend to lack several key nutrients, including iron, zinc, vitamin B12, and omega-3.

Published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the review suggests that following a vegan lifestyle that is low in omega-3 and vitamin B12, may have a high risk of developing blood clots and atherosclerosis – both of which increase the risk for heart attacks and stroke. As such, the authors suggest that an increased intake or supplementation of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin B12 may help to alleviate such risks.

“On the basis of the present data, it is suggested that vegetarians, especially vegans, could benefit from increased dietary intake of omega-3 PUFA and vitamin B12 and thus improve the balance ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 PUFA and vitamin B12 status … which may reduce any thrombotic tendency that might increase their generally low risk of cardiovascular disease,” said the review author, Duo Li from Zhejiang University, China.

Read more about the review here.


March 26, 2011

Fatty Liver Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Xinhua News Agency - CEIS

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Individuals with fatty liver were five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those without fatty liver, researchers at Stanford University in California said.

This new finding was published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on its website.

The researchers examined 11,091 Koreans who had a medical evaluation including fasting insulin concentration and abdominal ultrasound at baseline and had a follow-up after five years.

Regardless of baseline insulin concentration, individuals with fatty liver had significantly more metabolic abnormalities including higher glucose and triglyceride concentration and lower high- density lipoprotein cholesterol (sometimes called "good cholesterol") concentration, according to the study.

"Many patients and practitioners view fat in the liver as just 'fat in the liver,' but we believe that a diagnosis of fatty liver should raise an alarm for impending type 2 diabetes," said Sun Kim of Stanford University in California.

Read more about the story here.


March 25, 2011

Antioxidants Could Combat Mesothelioma Cancer

By Mike Stones

Antioxidants could prove a powerful new weapon in the fight against the rare form of cancer malignant mesothelioma, according to new research from the Thomas Jefferson Hospital’s Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

Consumers have long valued antioxidants, such as beta carotene, as dietary supplements which can combat oxidative stress at the cellular level. Fruit such as blueberries, apples, cranberries, strawberries, cherries and plums are particularly high in antioxidants.

Now researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center have linked antioxidant-based drugs, which have a similar effect oxidative stress as certain types of fruit, to the suppression of cancers such as mesothelioma.

Read more about the study here.


March 25, 2011

TSA Wants to Scan and Harvest Your DNA

(NaturalNews) As if it's not enough for the TSA to feel you up at the airport, now they're experimenting with rapid results DNA scanners that can scan and analyze your DNA using just a drop of saliva. Spit at the TSA agent who is molesting you, in other words, and they can use that saliva to scan your DNA and then store it in a government database.

Why would they want to do that? We can only imagine. Remember, it was Alex Jones who broke the story about hospitals secretly taking blood samples of babies and handing them over to the federal government for use in a national genetic database.


March 24, 2011

Study - Pecan Antioxidants May Aid Heart Health

By Nathan Gray

Antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention, according to new research.

The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, suggests that the high levels of antioxidants such as gamma-tocopherol and flavan-3-ol found in pecan nuts can double the levels of the antioxidant compounds in blood plasma, and reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol by a third.

"Our tests show that eating pecans increases the amount of healthy antioxidants in the body … This protective effect is important in helping to prevent development of various diseases such as cancer and heart disease,” said Dr Ella Haddad, associate professor in the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University.

Read more about the study here.


March 24, 2011

Long-term Vitamin E Supplementation, Reduced Risk of ALS

The March 15, 2011 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology published the results of an analysis of over a million men and women which concluded that supplementing with vitamin E is associated with a reduction in the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive, fatal neurologic disease.

Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health pooled data from the Nurses' Health Study, the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort, the Multiethnic Cohort Study and the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study for their review.

Questionnaires completed by 545,377 men and 510,169 women were analyzed for the vitamin E content of their diets and vitamin E supplement use. Over the studies' follow-up periods, which ranged from 10 to 18 years, 805 cases of ALS were diagnosed.

Read more about the study here.


March 23, 2011

Research Links Sugary Drinks With High Blood Pressure Risk

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Sugar-sweetened beverages could increase the risk of developing high blood pressure, according to research published in the journal Hypertension.

High blood pressure is thought to be a major risk factor for heart disease, the number one cause of death worldwide.

In a study of more than 2,500 people from the United States and the UK, researchers said they found a link between an increase in blood pressure and quantity of sugar-sweetened soft drinks, with systolic blood pressure higher by an average of 1.6 mmHg and diastolic readings by an average of 0.8 mmHg for every extra serving of sugar-sweetened soft drink consumed. They did not find a similar link between diet soft drink consumption and blood pressure, and the link was most pronounced in those with the highest consumption levels of both sugar and sodium, the researchers reported.

Read more about the study here.


March 23, 2011

Vitamin D Insufficiency Could Play Role In Parkinson's

Researchers at Emory University report in the March, 2011 issue of Archives of Neurology the finding of a correlation between insufficient levels of vitamin D and the development of early Parkinson's disease (PD).

In the article's background information, Marian L. Evatt, MD, MS of Emory University School of Medicine and the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center and colleagues remark that "Vitamin D insufficiency has been reported to be more common in patients with Parkinson's disease than in healthy control subjects, but it is not clear whether having a chronic disease causing reduced mobility contributes to this relatively high prevalence."

Read more about the study here.


March 22, 2011

TSA, DHS Plan Massive Rollout of Mobile Surveillance Vans With Long-distance X-ray Capabilities, Eye Movement Tracking And More

(NaturalNews) Newly-released documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) reveal that the US Depart of Homeland Security has been working on plans to roll out a new wave of mobile surveillance technologies at train stations, stadiums and streets. These new technologies will track your eye movements, capture and record your facial dimensions for face-recognition processing, bathe you in X-rays to look under your clothes, and even image your naked body using whole-body infrared images that were banned from consumer video cameras because they allowed the camera owners to take "nude" videos of people at the beach.

Read more here.

March 22, 2011

[Study] Exercise Enlarges Brain's Memory-keeping Area

Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

The mall walkers have it right.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and three other schools has shown that a year of moderate exercise -- the kind relished by older walkers who walk laps at the mall -- can increase the size of an area of the brain related to memory in older adults and lead to improved spatial memory.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was the first of its kind to follow sedentary adults ages 60 to 80 who already were experiencing a natural shrinking of the hippocampus, a section of the brain involved in memory function.

Read more about the study here.


March 22, 2011

Nutrigenomics Shows Benefit of Magnesium’s Metabolic Actions

By Stephen Daniells

Magnesium’s favorable effects on certain metabolic pathways is associated with changes in gene expression, says a new study that adds to our knowledge of nutrigenomics.

Four weeks of magnesium supplementation were associated with a decrease in levels of C-peptide, a marker of improved insulin sensitivity. The mineral was also linked to down-regulation of certain genes related to metabolic and inflammatory pathways”, according to findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“These findings lend support to the hypothesis that dietary magnesium plays a beneficial role in the regulation of insulin and glucose homeostasis,” wrote researchers led by Simin Liu, MD, ScD, Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Read more about the study here.


March 21, 2011

The Stealth Drug Cause of Diabetes

by Suzy Cohen, R.Ph, Author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist, Diabetes Without Drugs, and Drug Muggers: Keep Your Medicine from Stealing the Life Out of You

Statins are popular cholesterol-lowering drugs. They work in the liver by preventing your body from making cholesterol. When you eat meals that have starches and sugar, some of the excess sugar goes to the liver, where the liver stores it away as cholesterol and triglycerides. Now stay with me — when you have a statin on board, it’s like a message to your liver saying, “No! Don’t make any more cholesterol, please stop.” So your liver sends the sugar back OUT to the bloodstream.

Many statin users come back to see their doctor for a routine visit and find that their cholesterol may be better, but now they have high blood sugar. It’s entirely possible that some physicians mistakenly diagnose their patients with diabetes when in fact they just have hyperglycemia, the result of a medication that was prescribed to them months earlier.

It’s entirely possible that what you actually have is a known side effect of the most widely prescribed classes of medications in the world, and I personally think that this is one of the reasons now that millions of people think they have diabetes.

Obviously, there’s more to the story that you can sink your teeth into, so below are 3 links explaining exactly the mechanism of action. It’s not something that is discussed freely in the media (they keep it hush hush). It’s like the best kept secret.


Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology May 1, 2004; 18(7): 805-815

Journal of Investigative Medicine March 2009; 57(3): 495-499 February 20, 2010


March 20, 2011

Intergenerational Activities Promote Well-Being

The adage that “A family that plays together stays together” has been confirmed by researchers from Concordia University (Canada). Enrolling 14 intergenerational families – composed of 16 retired or semiretired grandparents, ages 65 to 89 years, along with their respective grandchildren, ages 18 to 24 years, Shannon Hebblethwaite and colleagues observed that leisure-time activities, such as cooking, shopping, and gardening help grandparents to maintain close ties with their grandchildren.

Grandparents utilized such get-togethers as opportunities to teach, mentor and pass on family values and traditions; and reciprocally, seniors found the activities catalyzed their own new discoveries. The researchers conclude that: “The findings illustrate the important role that family leisure played in the experience and expression of generativity,” thereby confirming previous research that found healthy intergenerational connections help grandparents age better and feel more positively about life.

Read more about the study here.


March 19, 2011

Sunlight Can Influence the Breakdown of Medicines in the Body

A study from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet has shown that the body's ability to break down medicines may be closely related to exposure to sunlight, and thus may vary with the seasons. The findings offer a completely new model to explain individual differences in the effects of drugs, and how the surroundings can influence the body's ability to deal with toxins (see also Enzymes and Coenzymes).

The study will be published in the scientific journal Drug Metabolism & Disposition and is based on nearly 70,000 analyses from patients who have undergone regular monitoring of the levels of drugs in their blood. The drugs taken by these patients are used to suppress the immune system in association with organ transplants. Samples taken during the winter months were compared with those taken late in the summer.

Read more about the study here.


March 18, 2011

Longer Life Associated with Higher Alpha-carotene Levels

An article appearing online in the American Medical Association journal Archives of Internal Medicine reports the discovery by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta of an association between higher serum levels of the carotenoid alpha-carotene and a lower risk of dying over a 13.9 year average period.

Chaoyang Li, MD, PhD and colleagues evaluated data from 15,318 adults who enrolled in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Follow-up Study between 1988 and 1994. Blood samples drawn upon enrollment were analyzed for serum alpha-carotene and other factors. The participants were followed through 2006 during which the causes of deaths that occurred were recorded.

Over the follow-up period, there were 3,810 deaths, including 1,671 from cardiovascular disease and 834 from cancer. As serum alpha-carotene levels increased there was a corresponding decline in the risk of dying. Among participants whose alpha-carotene levels were highest at 9 or more micrograms per deciliter, there was a 39 percent lower adjusted risk of dying from any cause compared with those whose levels were lowest at 0 to 1 mcg/dL. When deaths were examined by cause, those whose alpha-carotene levels were highest had a 29 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, a 43 percent lower risk of cancer mortality, and a 45 percent lower risk of dying from other causes in comparison with the lowest group. The inverse association was independent of demographic characteristics, lifestyle and traditional health risk factors.

Read more about the study here.

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