LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2011 Archive 3


June 30, 2011

Sugary Drinks Associated with Higher Blood Pressure

Imperial College London

Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with higher blood pressure, according to a study of over 2,500 people reported in the journal Hypertension.

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death worldwide. Someone with a blood pressure level in millimetres of mercury (mmHg) of 135 over 85 is twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as someone with a reading of 115 over 75.
The new research shows that for every extra can of sugary drink consumed per day, participants on average had a higher systolic blood pressure by 1.6 mmHg and a higher diastolic blood pressure by 0.8 mmHg. This difference was statistically significant even after adjusting for factors such as weight and height.

Read more about the study here.


June 29, 2011

Resveratrol Shows Promise as Human Antiaging Compound

A review published online in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research concludes that the polyphenol resveratrol, which has recently gained attention as a possible aging and disease-preventive compound, could indeed possess an ability to help retard the development of some of the conditions associated with aging in humans.

In their introductory remarks, Heather Hausenblas of the University of Florida, James Smoliga of Marywood University and Joseph Barr of the University of Pennsylvania note that nearly 4000 studies have been published on the subject of resveratrol and that one study, conducted in 2007, found two-thirds of those who use multiple supplements include resveratrol in their regimen. "Studies using purified enzymes, cultured cells, and laboratory animals have suggested that resveratrol has antiaging, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that might be relevant to chronic diseases and/or longevity in humans," they write. "This review aims to examine the current state of knowledge on the effects of resveratrol on humans and to utilize this information to develop further guidelines for the implementation of human clinical trials."

Read more about the study here.


June 28, 2011

Study - Exercise & Longer Survival for Brain Cancer Patients

Xinhua News Agency - CEIS

Brain cancer patients who are able to exercise live significantly longer than sedentary patients, U.S. scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute have reported.

The finding, published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, adds to recent research that exercise improves how cancer patients feel during and after treatments, and may also extend their lives.

The study enrolled 243 patients with advanced recurrent gliomas, lethal brain malignancies that typically result in a median life expectancy of less than six months. The patients who reported participating in regular, brisk exercise -- the equivalent of an energetic walk five days a week for 30 minutes -- had significantly prolonged survival, living a median 21.84 months versus 13.03 months for the most sedentary patients.

Read more about the study here.

June 28, 2011

Diet Reverses Type 2 Diabetes?

A Newcastle University team has discovered that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed by an extreme low calorie diet alone.

Affecting two and half million people in the UK – and on the increase – Type 2 diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood.

In an early stage clinical trial of 11 people, funded by Diabetes UK, all reversed their diabetes by drastically cutting their food intake to just 600 calories a day for two months. And three months later, seven remained free of diabetes.

Professor Roy Taylor of Newcastle University who led the study and also works for The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “To have people free of diabetes after years with the condition is remarkable - and all because of an eight week diet.

Read more about the study here.


June 24, 2011

Exercise May Protect Telomeres

Exercise may prevent stress on telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are a measure of cell age and cellular health. Elizabeth Blackburn, from University of California/San Francisco (UCSF), and colleagues report that while psychological stress leads to shorter telomeres, exercise may prevent this damage. The team focused on three groups: post-menopausal women who were the primary caregivers for a family member with dementia; young to middle-aged adults with post-traumatic stress disorder; and healthy, non-smoking women ages 50 to 65 years.

Read more about the study here.


June 23, 2011

Blood Pressure Drugs Feeding The Obesity Epidemic?

(Reuters Health) - Blood pressure drugs known as beta-blockers could be helping to fuel the obesity epidemic, by dampening the body's ability to burn calories and fat over the long term, researchers say in a new report.

Weight gain is a known side effect of beta blockers, particularly older ones such as atenolol (Tenormin) and metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL). Newer versions, like carvedilol (Coreg), appear to carry less risk of added pounds.

Read more about the report here.


June 22, 2011

Conventional Medicine is the Leading Cause of Death

by Dr. Josh Axe

You may have thought cancer or heart disease takes the lives of more Americans than any other illness or event. But conventional medicine is actually the leading cause of death today!

Iatrogenesis is known as the “inadvertent and preventable induction of disease or complications by the medical treatment or procedures of a physician or surgeon.”

Read more about the article here.

[Video] Watch KC Craichy's interview with Dr. Patrick Purdue about the New Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.


June 21, 2011

[Study] Vitamin May Prevent Memory Loss


BBC News


A vitamin found in meat, fish and milk may help stave off memory loss in old age, a study has suggested.


Older people with lower than average vitamin B12 levels were more than six times more likely to experience brain shrinkage, researchers concluded.


The University of Oxford study, published in the journal Neurology, tested the 107 apparently healthy volunteers over a five-year period.


Some studies suggest two out of five people are deficient in the vitamin.


Read more about the study here.


June 20, 2011

Progressive Resistance Training and Age-Related Muscle Loss

University of Michigan scientists reveal that not only can we fight the battle of strength and muscle loss as we age, we can even build muscle and strength well into seniorhood. "Resistance exercise is a great way to increase lean muscle tissue and strength capacity so that people can function more readily in daily life," says Mark Peterson, from the University of Michigan Physical Activity and Exercise Intervention Research Laboratory, explaining that: "Our analyses of current research show that the most important factor in somebody's function is their strength capacity. No matter what age an individual is, they can experience significant strength improvement with progressive resistance exercise even into the eighth and ninth decades of life.”

Read more about the study here.


June 18, 2011

Dietary Supplement Use Common Among Specialists

Results of a survey reported in Nutrition Journal reveal that the use of nutritional supplements is common among specialist physicians, and that they frequently recommend them to their patients.

The Healthcare Professionals Impact Study surveyed 300 cardiologists, 300 dermatologists and 300 orthopedic surgeons concerning the type of supplements used and recommended. Participants were screened to ensure that none of them were affiliated with a pharmaceutical or dietary supplement company or had other conflicts of interest. Fifty-seven percent of cardiologists, 75 percent of dermatologists and 73 percent of orthopedists reported personal use, and supplements were recommended to patients by 72, 66 and 91 percent of these specialists, respectively. Only 25 percent of cardiologists, 17% of dermatologists, and 16% of orthopedists had never used nutritional supplements.

Read more about the survey here.


June 17, 2011

[Study] Fish Oil Omega 3's Better in Triglyceride Form

By Stephen Daniells

Fish oil omega-3s in the triglyceride form are better for boosting the omega-3 index than the ethyl ester form, says a new study from Germany, a result which echoes recent Danish findings.

Scientists from Leibniz Universitat Hannover and Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich report that the omega-3 index – a quantification of the fatty acid status of a person – increased “faster and higher” when supplementation used omega-3s in the triglyceride form, compared with the ethyl ester form.

Read more about the study here.


June 16, 2011

High Protein Breakfast Reduces Later Hunger

Neural Responses to Visual Food Stimuli After a Normal vs. Higher Protein Breakfast in Breakfast-Skipping Teens: A Pilot fMRI Study

Study Abstract:

This functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) pilot study identified whether breakfast consumption would alter the neural activity in brain regions associated with food motivation and reward in overweight “breakfast skipping” (BS) adolescent girls and examined whether increased protein at breakfast would lead to additional alterations.

Read more about the study here.


June 15, 2011

12 Healthy Reasons to Eat an Apple a Day


Apples routinely top grocery lists for a variety of tasty reasons. Beyond the plethora of varieties and apple products to be enjoyed, apples pack a nutritious punch, providing a daily dose of health benefits.
The U.S. Apple Association offers the following Delicious Dozen - 12 proven ways apples and apple products positively impact health, from head to toe, and from the inside out:

1. Brain Health

Researchers from Cornell University found that apple nutrients protected brain neurons against oxidative damage. Such damage can contribute to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The study highlighted the antioxidant quercetin as a principle compound responsible for the protective effect (Journal of Food Science, 2004, 69: S357-S360).

Read the rest of the 12 Health Reasons here.


June 14, 2011

Pump Iron to Drop Blood Pressure and Live Longer

by Christian Goodman

If you’re struggling with high blood pressure, it may be time to lift more than just your blood pressure monitor, research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reports.

High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart disease and premature death in the Western world, killing an estimated 50,000 thousand Americans every year according to the American Heart Association.

Scientists at Spain’s University of Grenada found that the strong survived - hypertensive men that lifted weights regularly cut their risk of sudden death by more than 30%.

This research adds to a large body of science linking strength training with lower blood pressure and heart attack risk. These researchers hypothesize that strength training improves the strength of your heart and vascular system –not just you biceps. They advice those with high blood pressure to work large muscle groups like their legs and back at least twice weekly in conjunction with daily physical activity.

Read more about the study here.


June 13, 2011

A New Way of Testing for Colon Cancer

from Bottom Line Health

Colonoscopy has been the gold standard in colorectal cancer detection and prevention for a very long time -- but it’s by no means perfect, and some people will do just about anything to avoid keeping that appointment. Now along comes a new, noninvasive way to screen for colon cancer -- stool DNA testing -- a procedure that remarkably enough promises accurate detection without the discomfort. The question that naturally follows, and the one I’m asking myself right now: Is it really effective?

I talked with David A. Ahlquist, MD, at the Mayo Clinic to get a better sense of what the new test offers. He first took me through a little background. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, and colonoscopy -- the examination of your colon through insertion of a long, flexible tube -- so far represents our best weapon to catch and treat it early. But, he explained, colonoscopy may miss some cancers and precancerous lesions, particularly those on the right side of the colon, which has more nooks and crannies, making the search for polyps a challenge. The right side also has a greater likelihood of hard-to-detect flat polyps. In addition, colonoscopy is expensive. And, like any invasive procedure, it is associated with a risk for complications -- bleeding, perforation or sedation-related heart problems occur in a small percentage of patients.

Read more here.


June 11, 2011

Review Recommends Bone-building Nutrients Before Drugs

A review published in a recent issue of the journal Nutrients concludes that calcium and vitamin D supplements should be tried before resorting to bone building drugs to help maintain normal bone density.

For their review, Karen Plawecki and Karen Chapman-Novakofski of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign selected 62 human studies conducted over the past decade that evaluated the impact on bone health of calcium and vitamin D from food, calcium and vitamin D from supplements, other bone health-related nutrients (including protein, sodium, soy and vitamin K), and portfolio diets, such as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) and Mediterranean diets, which provide a number of nutrients. The researchers confirmed a benefit for supplements, food-based interventions and educational strategies on bone health. The findings suggest nutrition therapies as first-line treatments for postmenopausal women and others at risk of osteoporosis, particularly in light of the side effects associated with pharmaceutical agents used to treat the condition.

Read more about the review here.


June 10, 2011

Beet Juice Lowers Blood Pressure - Fast!

by Christian Goodman

Drinking only 250 ml of beet juice drops high blood pressure 10 points (mmHg) on the average – WITHIN THREE HOURS!

This is a results of a study made by Dr. Amrita Ahluwalia, Professor of Vascular Biology at Queen Mary’s William Harvey Research Institute in London, which was published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Beet juice has also been shown to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL) if used on daily basis. So overall health benefits of this simple vegetable are tremendous.

Read more about the study here.


June 9, 2011

Never Too Late To Build Muscle Mass

United Press International

People lose muscle mass as they age but U.S. researchers say adults can fight the battle of strength and muscle loss that comes with aging.

Mark Peterson, a research fellow in the University of Michigan's Physical Activity and Exercise Intervention Research Laboratory, says adults age 50 and older who are sedentary can expect muscle loss of as much as 0.4 pounds a year.

"That only worsens as people age. But even earlier in adulthood -- the 30s, 40s and 50s -- you can begin to see declines if you do not engage in any strengthening activities," Peterson says in a statement. "No matter what age an individual is, they can experience significant strength improvement with progressive resistance exercise even into the eighth and ninth decades of life."

Read more about the research here.


June 8, 2011

Run, Don't Walk, Away From Hypertension

by Christian Goodman - Blue Heron

Those using exercise to fight high blood pressure should focus on high-intensity workouts like sprinting and tennis, a new study published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation found. In the study, a group of adults with high blood pressure were assigned to one of two training regimens. One had the subjects perform long, steady-state workouts like walking or light jogging. The other were asked to do interval training –alternate bouts of high-intensity activity followed by short rest periods.

The research team found that interval outperformed steady-state cardio work in terms of blood pressure reduction and improvement in fitness levels. The interval training lowered their blood pressure more than twice as much as the jogging group even though the amount of time that they exercised was significantly less.

Read more about the study here.


June 7, 2011

Middle-Aged Spread Linked to Dementia

New research has shown that being overweight or obese at midlife can significantly increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Weili Xu of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, and colleagues studied data of 8,534 twins aged 65 and older. Of those studied 350 had been diagnosed with dementia and 114 had possible dementia.

Read more about the research here.


June 7, 2011

Routine Exercise Equals Many Benefits

Jeff Meyers, The Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Exercising regularly leads to obvious benefits, including improved cardiac health, diabetes control and weight loss.

But some not-so-obvious benefits can be gained from a routine exercise program.

Dr. Wouter Rietesma, a Plattsburgh infectious-disease specialist, has done research on the topic and presented his findings during a recent luncheon with the Plattsburgh Noon Rotary Club and again with a group of volunteers for CVPH Medical Center.

"Let me stress that I'm not an expert in this field," said Rietsema, who is also the medical director for CVPH. "I had a patient who was trying to do things to improve brain function, so I started to do a little research."

Read more about the research here.


June 6, 2011

Do You Know What's Coloring Your Food?

Do you know what's coloring your food? Check out this study from the Ctr for Science in the the Public Interest

Food marketing to kids like Froot Loops, yogurts and other processed junk are rife with these artificial colors (Yellow #5, Red #2, etc.).


June 4, 2011

Study - Well-fed Italian Seniors May Still Need Multivitamins

Healthy Italian seniors may be at risk of nutrient deficiencies despite being eating a diet with adequate energy and macronutrient levels, say results of a 10-year study from Italy.

Data from 78 Italian seniors, aged between 70 and 75, showed that, despite no decline in the levels of energy intake, by the end of a decade of study, 50 per cent of the participants were deficient in vitamins A and B2..

“Multivitamin supplementation may be necessary, even in healthy individuals, to ensure an adequate micronutrient intake in the elderly,” report researchers from the University of Padua in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging.

Read more about the study here.


June 3, 2011

Reduced Q10 Levels and 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 report here.


June 2, 2011

Doctors Say Correct Vitamin D Deficiency Before Surgery

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery reports that nearly half of orthopedic surgery patients are deficient in vitamin D, a condition that impairs bone healing, muscle function and surgery recovery.

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and chief of the Metabolic Bone Disease Service at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery Joseph Lane, MD and colleagues reviewed the charts of 723 men and women scheduled for orthopedic surgery from January, 2007 to March, 2008. Forty-three percent of the patients had insufficient preoperative vitamin D levels, defined as 20 to 32 nanograms per milliliter, and 40 percent had deficient levels of less than 20 nanograms per milliliter. Younger individuals, men, and those with dark skin were likeliest to be low in vitamin D.

"This study should serve as a wake-up call to orthopedists that vitamin D deficiency is widespread, not necessarily tied to age, sex or background and screening for it should be part of routine presurgical care for adults," Dr Lane stated. "Meanwhile, patients who are planning to undergo any orthopedic procedure can request a screening (specifically, a blood test called the 25 hydroxyvitamin D test) or ask to be placed on a medically supervised vitamin D supplement regimen prior to surgery."

Read more about the study here.


June 1, 2011

Arthritis, Obesity Make Each Other Worse

United Press International

When arthritis and obesity occur together they can create a barrier to physical activity, each condition helping make the other worse, U.S. officials say.

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report used data from 2007 to 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System that found the prevalence of arthritis among obese U.S. adults was 36 percent.

"Obese adults with arthritis were 44 percent more likely to be physically inactive compared with obese adults without arthritis," the report says. "In every state, the prevalence of physical inactivity among adults with obesity was at least 5 percentage points higher among those with arthritis than those without arthritis."

Read more about the study here.


June 1, 2011

Vitamin D Lack and Pneumonia Increase Death Risk

United Press International

Adult patients lacking in vitamin D were more likely than others to die soon after being hospitalized with pneumonia, researchers in New Zealand say.

Researchers at Waikato Hospital, the University of Waikato and the University of Otago measured vitamin D in the blood samples of 112 adult patients admitted with community-acquired pneumonia during the winter at the only acute-care hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The researchers found vitamin D deficiency was associated with higher mortality within the first 30 days after hospital admission for pneumonia. The association between vitamin D deficiency was not explained by patient age, sex, co-morbidities, the severity of the systemic inflammatory response or other known prognostic factors.

Read more about the study here.


May 31, 2011

Heart Attacks Are the No. 1 Killer of Women

Jane Glenn Haas
The Orange County Register, Calif.

Women fret about the possibility of breast cancer. They worry about the potential of dementia.
They should be concerned about their hearts, because more women die of heart attacks than any other cause.

"It's true that our hearts are somewhat protected by estrogen, so studies show that our risks for attack increase after menopause. But we should be taking steps to care for ourselves at all ages," says Sherry Torkos, a Canadian pharmacist and fitness instructor. Torkos and Dr. Martha Gulati, a cardiologist and professor at Ohio State University, are co-authors of "Saving Women's Hearts" (John Wiley Publishing).

Read more about the report here.


May 30, 2011

Vitamin D Benefits May Be Independent of Sun Exposure \

By Nathan Gray

Previous levels of sun exposure and vitamin D status may have independent roles in the development of multiple sclerosis, according to new research.

Although it is generally thought that vitamin D status (indicated by 25(OH)D blood serum levels) is an indicator of recent sun exposure, researchers from the Australian National University have suggested that past and current exposure to UV sunlight may have separate roles to serum vitamin D levels in the prevention of multiple sclerosis (MS) – a chronic disease of the brain and spinal cord.

Read more about the study here.


May 28, 2011

Alzheimer's Disease May Be Easily Misdiagnosed


New research shows that Alzheimer's disease and other dementing illnesses may be easily misdiagnosed in the elderly, according to early results of a study of people in Hawaii who had their brains autopsied after death.

"Diagnosing specific dementias in people who are very old is complex, but with the large increase in dementia cases expected within the next 10 years in the United States, it will be increasingly important to correctly recognize, diagnose, prevent and treat age-related cognitive decline," said study author Lon White, MD, MPH, with the Kuakini Medical System in Honolulu.

Read more about the study here.


May 27, 2011

Is Sunscreen Enough on "Don't Fry Day"?


Despite skin cancer's being largely preventable, it remains by far the most common type of cancer in the United States. There are over two million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually, which is more than new cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined. To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designated the Friday before Memorial Day, May 27, 2011, as "Don't Fry Day."

Read more about the report here.


May 25, 2011

Can TSA Backscatter Radiation Safety Tests Be Trusted?

(NaturalNews) It can now be revealed by NaturalNews that the TSA faked its safety data on its X-ray airport scanners in order to deceive the public about the safety of such devices.


May 24, 2011

Reduce Childhood Obesity - Replace Junk Food

(NaturalNews) According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the rate of childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. Junk food is one of the culprits for the obesity epidemic. Kids are exposed to junk food in many ways, from unhealthy parental role models to marketing geared towards kids and teens that encourages them to make unhealthy food choices. Kids are also offered poor food choices at school. A clean environment is the first step in helping kids make healthier choices. School lunches and vending machines are loaded with extra fat and calories. Replacing these junk foods with organic alternatives gives kids better options.

The problem with fast food items and junk food is they lack nutritional value, while also delivering a high dose of fat, calories, sugar, salt and carbs. These foods are robbing kids of essential vitamins and minerals. Eating excessive amounts of these foods leads to obesity and malnutrition.


May 23, 2011

Moderate Physical Exercises Reduce Cancer Risk

Xinhua News Agency - CEIS

Moderate physical exercises can help reduce the risk of cancers such as breast cancer and colon cancer, the World Health Organization said recently.

In a report, WHO recommended moderate intensity aerobic physical activities of at least 150 minutes a week, for all people aged 18 and over, which has proven effective in bring down risks to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

For the 5 to 17-age group, the WHO said at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activities can serve to prevent such diseases from building-up.

Read more about the report here.


May 20, 2011

How To Do Skin Self-exams

Karen Morgan
Daily Press, Newport News, Va.

Early detection of skin cancers - particularly melanomas - is crucial to treatment. You can help protect yourself with regular at-home body inspections, says Dr. Melissa Schwarzschild of Richmond Dermatology & Laser Specialists in Richmond, Va. "You can be proactive and alleviate anxiety," she says.

Do regular inspections. Check all of your moles about every six months, especially if you have lots of them or have a personal or family history of skin cancer. See a dermatologist once a year for a routine full-body check.

Read more about this report here.


May 19, 2011

Vitamin D Supplementation Improves COPD Rehab Outcome

The American Thoracic Society's 2011 International Conference held in Denver was the site of a presentation concerning the finding of a benefit for vitamin D supplementation in patients participating in a rehabilitation program for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

"COPD can be considered as a respiratory disease with important nonrespiratory consequences, such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and muscle weakness," explained researcher Miek Hornikx, who is a physiotherapist and doctoral student in the department of pneumology at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. "These consequences eventually will be negatively influenced by physical inactivity which, along with exercise intolerance, is a common feature among patients with COPD and is proven to be related to mortality."

Read more about this report here.


May 18, 2011

Green Tea Polyphenols Protect and Benefit Skin

A report published online in the Journal of Nutrition describes protective benefits for green tea polyphenols against ultraviolet light-induced skin damage, as well as an ability to improve elasticity, density and other skin properties.

Researchers at the University of Witten-Herdecke and Heinrich Heine University in Germany assigned 60 women with light to normal ultraviolet sensitivity to receive a green tea beverage containing 1,402 milligrams per liter total catechins or a control beverage daily for twelve weeks. Before the treatment period and at six and twelve weeks, participants received a dose of irradiation to the skin from a solar simulator. Reddening, elasticity, roughness, scaling, density and water homeostasis were evaluated at these time points and blood samples were analyzed for flavonoids and other variables.

Read more about the study here.


May 17, 2011

5 Motivation Myths Debunked

Hollis Templeton
Mclatchy-Tribune News Service.

Calories in, calories out-in theory, losing weight should be that simple. But we're going to venture a guess that the reason two thirds of Americans are classified as overweight or obese isn't because they can't do basic math. Age, genetics, hormones, and the big one-a lack of will power-better explain the disconnect between wanting to lose weight and actually doing it.

In fact, while 84 percent of people claim they're trying to take better care of their health today than just a few years ago, 59 percent of people reported they don't have the will power to change their habits, according to a recent survey by The Futures Company. Lack of will power is the number one barrier preventing Americans from living healthier lifestyles, ranking higher than a lack of money, time, desire, and a perceived lack of need, according to the survey.

Read more about the story here.


May 17, 2011

Clinical Use of Hyperthermia for Cancer Treatment

Business Wire

BSD Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: BSDM) (Company or BSD), a leading provider of medical systems that utilize heat therapy to treat cancer, today reported that the focus at the annual Society of Thermal Medicine (STM) conference, which was held in New Orleans, was the increasing clinical use of hyperthermia in the treatment of cancer. The researchers at the meeting presented data showing significant benefits for the use of hyperthermia to treat a variety of tumors, including breast, prostate, head and neck, cervix, soft tissue sarcomas and bladder cancer. A number of presentations also discussed the importance of studying the use of hyperthermia and chemotherapy for the treatment of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer.

See more about the report here.


May 16, 2011

Diabetic Retinopathy is Leading Cause of Blindness

Diabetes is often called the "silent killer" because people who have it are often unaware they are affected. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects 26 million people - including children - in the United States. Approximately one-quarter of those people do not know they're living with the disease.

"Many people are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which can have serious effects on a person's eyesight," said Dr. Mark Lynn, owner and operator of 45 Dr. Bizer's VisionWorld, Doctor's ValuVision and Doctor's VisionWorks in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Georgia. "Those who have diabetes are at greater risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to vision loss and more serious problems with the eye."

Read more about the study here.


May 14, 2011

Dancing Can Help Offset Dementia, Weight Gain, HBP

The Sacramento Bee

Want to avoid your risk of dementia holistically? Besides controlling your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugars and decreasing your intake of inflammatory foods, what else can you do?

Start dancing!

Dancing has been shown to have numerous health benefits in various studies. The most obvious are increased socialization and improved physical functioning. Two recent studies conducted by University of Missouri researchers found that participation in dance-based therapy can improve balance and gait in older adults. This can reduce the risk of falls and injuries in this population.

Read more about the study here.

May 11, 2011

The Latest on Radiation Exposure

Drs. Kay Judge and Maxine Barish-Wreden

The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

Radiation exposure has been in the news lately with the recent events in Japan, making the public more aware of possible radiation hazards from other sources. A study published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine included some interesting news about chest X-rays. People with pneumonia who are younger than 50 and don't smoke don't necessarily need chest X-rays.

Most medical diagnostic guidelines recommend an X-ray for all patients with pneumonia. This is because a mass (cancer) in the lungs can theoretically obstruct the lungs and cause pneumonia. But a study published in April suggests that these guidelines may be too broad.

Read more about the study here.


May 10, 2011

Study - Market Lighting Affects Nutrition

United Press International

Don't grab the bag of vegetables from the back of the produce shelf, U.S. scientists say -- the ones in front exposed to more light have more nutrition.

A study by post-harvest plant physiologist Gene Lester of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service found that spinach leaves exposed to continuous light during storage were, overall, more nutritionally dense than leaves kept continuously in the dark.

Read more about the study here.


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 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 most common skin cancer among men worldwide and, after lung tumors, 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.


Earlier research has shown that sex hormones called androgens play a key role in the development of both pattern baldness and cancer of the prostate, a walnut-sized gland near the bladder crucial to the male reproductive system.


But the link between the two remained obscure, with at least one study suggesting that premature baldness actually pointed to a reduced risk of cancer.


Read more about the study here.



May 7, 2011


Avocado Has More Potassium Than Banana


United Press International


The avocado, celebrated for centuries as an indulgent food with a seductively creamy texture, is also high in nutrition, a U.S. food expert says.


Phil Lempert -- a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of the Web site -- says the avocado originated in parts of ancient Mexico, Central America, and South America, and was once believed to be an aphrodisiac, but today it is a staple in Mexican culture as butter is in the United States.


Avocados are rich in potassium. One avocado actually has three times as much potassium as one banana.


Read more about the report here.



May 6, 2011

Blueberries Inhibit Fat Cell Formation

Blueberries may confer an inhibitory effect on the development of adipocytes (fat cells) according to research presented at the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting in Washington, DC.

Texas Woman's University graduate student Shiwani Moghe, MS reported the results of an experiment in which three doses of blueberry polyphenols were administered to preadipocyte tissue cultures derived from mice. The tissue cultures were analyzed for polyphenols' effect on adipocyte differentiation, which is the process by which unspecialized cells acquire the features of adipocytes that synthesize and store fat.

Read more about the research here.


May 5, 2011

Mayo Clinic study Says Waist-Hip Ratio Matters More Than BMI

Christopher Snowbeck, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.
Saint Paul Pioneer Press, Minn.

Heart disease patients have another reason to bemoan their bellies.

In a study being published this month, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester conclude that patients with both coronary artery disease and "central obesity" -- a weight measurement that focuses on stomach fat -- had up to twice the risk of dying as heart disease patients with more petite paunches.

Central obesity is measured by comparing the circumference of a patient's stomach to the circumference of the hips. When the stomach measurement is 90 percent or more of the hip measurement in men -- and 85 percent or more of the hip measurement in women -- a patient generally is thought to have a worrisome distribution of fat, said Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, director of the cardiometabolic program at the Mayo Clinic.

Read more about the study here.
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