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Archive for July, 2009

Feeding Fish Oils to Cows Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Bovine Farts

Posted July 31, 2009

Adding fish oil to the diets of cows and other ruminants may significantly reduce the amount of methane that the animals emit via belching or flatulence, according to a study conducted by researchers from University College Dublin and presented at a meeting of the Society for General Microbiology.

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Breast Cancer Discovery: Vitamin A Derivative Normalizes Cell Growth

Posted July 31, 2009

What if a substance was found that normalizes out-of-control cell growth? The result could be a way to treat and prevent cancer. And a new study offers hope that discovery may have already been made. Scientists from the University of Chicago have just published groundbreaking research in the journal Cell which concludes a powerful compound exists that can restore a healthy balance to cell processes.

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Intense exercise may cut risk of cancer death: study

Posted July 31, 2009

Men who regularly do heart-pounding exercise are less likely to develop cancer, according to a study released Tuesday. The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that the key factor in the reduced risk of cancer was a higher rate of oxygen consumption.

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Tight Management of Type 1 Diabetes Worth the Effort

Posted July 31, 2009

By carefully controlling blood sugar levels and taking medications that lower blood pressure and cholesterol, people with type 1 diabetes can significantly reduce their risk of developing the most serious complications associated with the disease, new research shows.

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Nearly 10 percent of health spending for obesity

Posted July 31, 2009

Obesity’s not just dangerous, it’s expensive. New research shows medical spending averages $1,400 more a year for an obese person than for someone who’s normal weight. Overall obesity-related health spending reaches $147 billion, double what it was nearly a decade ago, says the study published Monday by the journal Health Affairs.

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Monsanto GM Corn a Disaster in South Africa

Posted July 30, 2009

Farmers in South Africa have reported an inexplicable failure to seed in three different varieties of corn genetically modified (GM) by the Monsanto Corporation. “One can’t see from the outside whether a plant is unseeded,” said Kobus van Coller of Free State province. “One must open up the cob leaves to establish the problem.”

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With Autism, Diet Restrictions May Do More Harm Than Good

Posted July 30, 2009

Children with autism do not have a higher incidence of gastrointestinal problems than other children, a new study has found. However, autistic children do have a higher rate of constipation and eating issues, such as eating the same foods over and over, according to the study. But any number of factors, including medication, could cause these issues, the researchers said.

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Unhooking the Obesity-Diabetes Connection

Posted July 30, 2009

Scientists may be closer to solving a medical mystery with huge implications for personal and public health: Why obese people are prone to developing type 2 diabetes. A series of studies appearing online July 26 in Nature Medicine suggest that inflammation within the fat tissues of heavy individuals could trigger the blood sugar disease.

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One-Year Exercise Program May Reduce CRP in Obese Postmenopausal Women

Posted July 30, 2009

A moderate-intensity exercise intervention for 12 months reduces levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in women who were obese at baseline, according to the results of a randomized controlled trial reported in the August issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

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Acupuncture Side Effects: Are There Any I Need To Worry About?

Posted July 30, 2009

Most acupuncturists will tell you that the only acupuncture side effects are good ones. They will stress the benefits of the practice. It seems that many of the adverse side effects reported have come from a treatment by an inexperienced practitioner.

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