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Archive for May, 2010

Vitamin K linked to lower diabetes risk

Posted May 31, 2010

People who get plenty of vitamin K from food may have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who get less of the vitamin, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among more than 38,000 Dutch adults they followed for a decade, those who got the most vitamin K in their diets were about 20 percent less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during the study period.

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Supplement May Prevent Alcohol-Related Brain, Skull Defects

Posted May 31, 2010

The dietary supplement CDP-choline, sold as a brain-boosting agent and under study for stroke and traumatic brain injury, may block skull and brain damage that can result from alcohol consumption early in pregnancy, Medical College of Georgia researchers report.

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Stimulating Immune System To Fight Range Of Bacteria Could Be New Alternative To Antibiotics

Posted May 31, 2010

Researchers in the US have developed a new type of treatment that could herald a new approach to fighting infectious diseases that stimulates the immune system to protect the body against a range of bacteria instead of relying on antibiotics to attack them directly, which can lead to the emergence of resistant strains of pathogens.

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New Anti-Cancer Compound Derived from Ancient Plant

Posted May 31, 2010

University of Arizona scientists have used a new quick-growing technique to produce a water-soluble form of a plant compound that combats cancer and encourages the survival of healthy cells.

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New Finding Adds Weight to Ketogenic Diet for Childhood Seizures

Posted May 31, 2010

The ketogenic diet is an effective alternative for pediatric patients with persistent seizures who have not responded to other therapies, say investigators. Reporting results from the largest analysis to date, researchers from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore, Maryland, show that about two-thirds of refractory patients respond to the high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet.

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Seaweed Ingredient Reduces Sugar Levels

Posted May 30, 2010

Results from a new study have shown a polyphenol ingredient derived from brown seaweeds helps control blood glucose by affecting table sugar digestion and assimilation. Conducted by an independent research center, the trial involved both lean and obese Zucker rats given 7.5 mg/kg bw InSea2 daily, along with a sucrose load. In the lean animals, InSea2ô significantly reduced blood glucose levels by 38 percent and 51 percent at 30 minutes and 60 minutes post-administration, respectively.

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Doctor beats swine flu with vitamin D and elderberries

Posted May 30, 2010

A former family practitioner in Canada says she cured herself of the H1N1 swine flu by taking supplements of vitamin D and elderberries. Dr. Gillian Arsenault, now a public health employee, said that she had a prescription for antiviral drugs on hand when she became infected with swine flu, but never ended up having to fill it. Writing in the Medical Post, Arsenault recounts how the flu “hit like a truck,” but was reduced to only a lingering cough within four days.

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Milk: Two glasses a day tones muscles, keeps the fat away in women, study shows

Posted May 30, 2010

Women who drink two large glasses of milk a day after their weight-lifting routine gained more muscle and lost more fat compared to women who drank sugar-based energy drinks, a McMaster study has found.

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Flavanol-rich cocoa help prevent heart attacks

Posted May 30, 2010

A study published in the March-April 2009 issue of Journal of the American Society of Hypertension suggests eating flavanol-rich cocoa may reduce risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack).

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Exercise Appears To Reduce Cellular Aging Caused By Stress

Posted May 30, 2010

Researchers in the US found that brief vigorous exercise can reduce cellular aging by preventing the shortening of telomeres due to stress. You can read about the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) study in a paper published online in the open access journal PLoS ONE on 26 May.

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