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Vitamin D protects against severe asthma attacks



Date: October 3, 2017 Source: Queen Mary University of London Summary: Taking oral vitamin D supplements in addition to standard asthma medication could halve the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance, according to new research. Taking oral vitamin D supplements in addition to standard asthma medication could halve the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Asthma affects more than 300 million...

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Antifungals and probiotics may play a key role in the development of treatment for Crohn's disease



Potential new therapeutic approaches for inflammatory bowel diseases may involve using antifungals with probiotics Date: October 4, 2017 Source: Elsevier Summary: Scientists have determined that fungus may play a key role in chronic intestinal inflammation disorders. They found that patients with Crohn's disease tend to have much higher levels of the fungus Candida tropicalis compared to their healthy family members. A new review looks at these findings and provides insights into potential new therapeutic...

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Multivitamins in pregnancy may be linked to lower autism risk in children



Evidence not yet sufficient to change practice but findings warrant further investigation, say researchers Date: October 4, 2017 Source: BMJ Summary: Taking multivitamins during early pregnancy may be associated with a reduced risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children compared with mothers who do not take multivitamins, finds a study. The researchers stress that their findings cannot establish cause and effect, but say they raise questions about a possible association that warrant further...

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Too much sugar? Even 'healthy people' are at risk of developing heart disease



Date: October 4, 2017 Source: University of Surrey Summary: Healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.   A ground-breaking study from the University of Surrey found that a subject group of otherwise healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their...

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A need for bananas? Dietary potassium regulates calcification of arteries



Low dietary potassium leads to calcified arteries and aortic stiffness, while increased dietary potassium alleviates that in a mouse model, suggesting dietary potassium may protect against heart disease and death from heart disease in humans Date: October 5, 2017 Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham Summary: Researchers have shown, for the first time, that reduced dietary potassium promotes elevated aortic stiffness in a mouse model. Such arterial stiffness in humans is predictive of heart...

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Women who get frequent UTIs may reduce risk by drinking plenty of water



Women who get frequent UTIs may reduce risk by drinking plenty of water Date: October 5, 2017 Source: Infectious Diseases Society of America Summary: Women who suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections may reduce their risk by drinking more water, according to a new study. Drinking an additional three pints of water a day may keep the urinary tract infection (UTI) away -- at least for women who are prone -- suggests a study being...

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Skipping breakfast associated with hardening of the arteries



Skipping breakfast associated with hardening of the arteries Date: October 2, 2017 Source: American College of Cardiology Summary: Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to a build-up of plaque, according to research.   Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to a build-up of plaque, according to research published in the Journal...

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One hour of exercise a week can prevent depression



  One hour of exercise a week can prevent depression Date: October 3, 2017 Source: University of New South Wales Summary: Regular exercise of any intensity can prevent future depression -- and just one hour can help, a landmark study has revealed. A landmark study led by the Black Dog Institute has revealed that regular exercise of any intensity can prevent future depression -- and just one hour can help.   Published in the American...

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Risks and recommendations for weight gain management in midlife women



Risks and recommendations for weight gain management in midlife women Date: October 2, 2017 Source: Mayo Clinic Summary: A review of the weight gain risks and challenges faced by women in midlife has led researchers to a series of recommendations for this patient population. A review of the weight gain risks and challenges faced by women in midlife has led Mayo Clinic researchers to a series of recommendations for this patient population. The findings are...

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Vitamin K and Heart Health in Children



Low consumption of vitamin K by adolescents associated with unhealthy enlargement of the heart's major pumping chamber A study of 766 otherwise healthy adolescents showed that those who consumed the least vitamin K1 -- found in spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce and olive oil -- were at 3.3 times greater risk for an unhealthy enlargement of the major pumping chamber of their heart, according to the study published in The Journal of Nutrition. Vitamin K1, or...

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Seven steps to keep your brain healthy from childhood to old age



Seven steps to keep your brain healthy from childhood to old age Date: September 7, 2017 Source: American Heart Association Summary: A set of simple steps that promote heart health, called Life's Simple 7, can also foster ideal brain health, an expert panel says. Improving your health status with Life's Simple 7 may reduce the risk of dementia caused by strokes, vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease.   A healthy lifestyle benefits your brain as much...

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How to remove a tick and prevent future bites



How to remove a tick and prevent future bites Date: September 19, 2017 Source: American Academy of Dermatology Summary: As tick populations grow and spread across the country, their prevalence is increasing the public's risk for some troubling diseases. Of these diseases, say dermatologists, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus and alpha-gal syndrome --- a mysterious red meat allergy --- are among the most serious.   As tick populations grow and spread across...

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Negative effects of pesticide exposure on birth outcomes



Negative effects of pesticide exposure on birth outcomes Researchers unravel the negative effects of pesticide exposure on birth outcomes, such as weight, gestation and abnormalities Date: August 29, 2017 Source: University of California - Santa Barbara Summary: Researchers have unraveled the negative effects of pesticide exposure on birth outcomes, such as weight, gestation and abnormalities. Although common opinion holds that exposure to pesticides increases adverse birth outcomes, the existing body of scientific evidence is ambiguous....

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Breastfeeding may help prevent children's asthma exacerbations later in life



Breastfeeding may help prevent children's asthma exacerbations later in life Date: September 1, 2017 Source: Wiley Summary: An analysis of children with asthma, those who had been breastfed had a 45 percent lower risk of asthma exacerbations later in life compared with children who had not been breastfed.   In a Pediatric Allergy and Immunology analysis of children with asthma, those who had been breastfed had a 45% lower risk of asthma exacerbations later in...

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Is ADHD really a sleep problem?



Is ADHD really a sleep problem? Date: September 4, 2017 Source: European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Summary: Around 75 percent of children and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also have sleep problems, but until now these have been thought to be separate issues. Now a in a pulling together of the latest research, Scientists are proposing of a new theory which says that much of ADHD may in fact be a problem associated with...

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Cannot sleep due to stress? Here is the cure



Cannot sleep due to stress? Here is the cure Date: September 5, 2017 Source: University of Tsukuba Summary: Everyone empirically knows that stressful events certainly affect sound sleep. Scientists have found that the active component rich in sugarcane and other natural products may ameliorate stress and help having sound sleep. Everyone empirically knows that stressful events certainly affect sound sleep. Scientists in the Japanese sleep institute found that the active component rich in sugarcane and...

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Yoga, meditation improve brain function and energy levels



Yoga, meditation improve brain function and energy levels, study shows Date: September 6, 2017 Source: University of Waterloo Summary: Practicing brief sessions of Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation can significantly improve brain function and energy levels, according to a new study.       Practicing brief sessions of Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation can significantly improve brain function and energy levels, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. advertisement The study found...

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Eleven minutes of mindfulness training helps drinkers cut back



Eleven minutes of mindfulness training helps drinkers cut back Date: August 24, 2017 Source: University College London Summary: Brief training in mindfulness strategies could help heavy drinkers start to cut back on alcohol consumption, finds a new study. Brief training in mindfulness strategies could help heavy drinkers start to cut back on alcohol consumption, finds a new UCL study. After an 11-minute training session and encouragement to continue practising mindfulness -- which involves focusing on...

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New light on link between gut bacteria and anxiety



New light on link between gut bacteria and anxiety Date: August 24, 2017 Source: BioMed Central Summary: New research sheds new light on how gut bacteria may influence anxiety-like behaviors. Investigating the link between gut bacteria and biological molecules called microRNAs (miRNAs) in the brain; researchers found that a significant number of miRNAs were changed in the brains of microbe-free mice. Research published in the open access journal Microbiome sheds new light on how gut...

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Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain



Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain Date: August 25, 2017 Source: Frontiers Summary: Physical exercise has an anti-aging effect on the hippocampus region of the brain -- an area that controls memory, learning and balance. A new study, comparing different forms of exercise -- dancing and endurance training -- undertaken by elderly volunteers for eighteen months, shows that both can have an anti-aging effect on the brain, but only dancing corresponded...

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