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New Childhood Obesity Rates Study Causes Call to Action

Posted February 27, 2014

With more than one-third of American adults and 17 percent of children categorized as obese, the health of our nation and future generations is truly at stake, making obesity a top priority for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its members.

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Study: Tackling Appetite Could Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

Posted February 18, 2014

A heartier appetite is linked to more rapid infant growth and to genetic predisposition to obesity, according to two papers published in JAMA Pediatrics. The studies investigated how weight gain is linked to two key aspects of appetite, namely lower satiety responsiveness (a reduced urge to eat in response to internal ‘fullness’ signals) and higher food responsiveness (an increased urge to eat in response to the sight or smell of nice food).

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New study shows vitamin D-related ‘molecular switches’ predict childhood bone mass

Posted August 16, 2013

Researchers at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, have demonstrated that the degree to which a gene related to vitamin D action is switched on or off, when measured at birth, predicts bone density of the child at four years of age.

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Green Tea Extract can Kill Childhood Cancers, Finds Study

Posted August 3, 2013

Catechin – a green tea extract could help kill deadly childhood cancers that are resistant to chemotherapy, finds study. Cancer researcher Orazio Vittorio said that a modified antioxidant called catechin can kill 50 per cent of the cells from neuroblastoma cancers within three days in laboratory studies.

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Potential nutritional therapy for childhood neurodegenerative disease

Posted August 3, 2013

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified the gene mutation responsible for a particularly severe form of pontocerebellar hypoplasia, a currently incurable neurodegenerative disease affecting children. Based on results in cultured cells, they are hopeful that a nutritional supplement may one day be able to prevent or reverse the condition.

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Common Childhood Leukemia May Be Treated With Vegetable Compound

Posted December 17, 2012

It looks like your mother was on to something when she said, “Eat your vegetables!” A concentrated form of a compound called sulforaphane found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables has been shown to reduce the number of acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells in the lab setting, said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine. The findings appear in PLOS ONE.

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Folic Acid Tied to Drop in Some Childhood Tumors

Posted May 21, 2012

Folic acid supplementation of grain products — mandated in the U.S. since 1998 — is associated with a reduced incidence of a few, though not all, childhood cancers, retrospective analyses found.

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Anxiety Disorders and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted April 30, 2012

Anxiety is a mental disorder that affects literally millions of people. It’s an illness that often dovetails with depression and alternates from mild discomfort to almost uncontrollable panic with physical symptoms. While some medications have been known to ease anxiety, they may also suffer from undesirable side effects, suppressing the symptoms while making individuals chemically toxic.

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The Breathing Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted April 30, 2012

Traditional Chinese Medicine has developed a variety of herbs, prescriptions, and therapies to treat practically any health problem, and that includes breathing ailments. These remedies are often a departure from conventional Western drugs and modalities. Their goal is typically to address the underlying causes of a particular health issue.

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New Developments in the Field of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Posted April 30, 2012

Though Traditional Chinese Medicine has been around for ages, literally, modern medicine is only now fathoming all of the ways in which this ancient method of healing can be beneficial to us. We take a look at some recent findings with relation to TCM or traditional Chinese medicine.

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