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Iron deficiency important to assess in children adopted from institutional settings

Posted March 10, 2014

Iron deficiency predicts lower IQ scores and poor higher-order thinking skills in children adopted from institutional settings like orphanages, according to a new longitudinal study. The study analyzed data on 55 children adopted from international institutions, with a focus on nutritional status. Conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota, the research appears in the journal Child Development.

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Are You Deficient in The Mineral That Could Save You From Infections?

Posted March 6, 2014

The essential mineral that can help combat inflammation and lower the risk of infection and chronic disease, is a mineral that many experts fear a quarter of the world’s population is deficient in. But how big of a role does this nutrient play?

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Vitamin D deficiency occurs in an early stage in type 1 diabetes

Posted March 3, 2014

Low levels of vitamin D are commonly found in people with type 1 diabetes. But even children who have multiple positive islet autoantibodies without manifest type 1 diabetes have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood. This does not appear, however, to influence the progression of the disease from pre-diabetes to diabetes, according to scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich in the specialist journal Diabetologia.

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Low iron in your blood may increase stroke risk

Posted March 2, 2014

New research by scientists in the United Kingdom has found that iron deficiency increases your chance of suffering a stroke by making the blood stickier. In a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers from the Imperial College London acknowledged previous research which indicated that iron deficiency can be a risk factor for ischemic stroke — which occurs when small blood clots interrupt blood flow to the brain — in both adults and children.

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LDL cholesterol indicates an amino acid deficiency, researcher says

Posted February 27, 2014

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad cholesterol” that doctors consider a sign of potential heart disease, is merely a marker of a diet lacking all of the essential amino acids, says University of Illinois comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow, 99, a longtime opponent of the medical establishment’s war on cholesterol.

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Vitamin D: Are you getting enough of this essential vitamin?

Posted February 24, 2014

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and one of the most important vitamins for our overall health. Though five forms of it are known to science (vitamins D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5), the two forms that matter most to us are D2 (ergocalciferol, a synthetic form made by irradiating fungus and plant matter) and D3 (cholecalciferol, a natural form created in our bodies from sunlight exposure). Aside from being more natural, vitamin D3 is 87 percent more potent than vitamin D2, making it the best form of vitamin D for our bodies.

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Vitamin D and calcium disparities found among American subpopulations

Posted February 24, 2014

Many Americans do not meet recommended intakes of calcium and vitamin D, despite the important role these vital nutrients play in bone health during all stages of the lifecycle. Researchers set out to determine calcium and vitamin D intakes among specific subpopulations of Americans in order to identify those most in need of fortification/enrichment and supplementation. Their findings are now available in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the Official Publication of the American College of Nutrition and a publication from Routledge.

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Iron deficiency increases stroke risk by making blood sticky

Posted February 20, 2014

More than 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke every year, resulting in almost 6 million deaths. Now, new research from Imperial College London in the UK finds that iron deficiency could increase a person’s risk of stroke by making the blood sticky.

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Zinc Levels may be Responsible for Tissue Damage Caused by Osteoarthritis

Posted February 17, 2014

A new study published in the journal Cell Press suggests that the molecular pathway responding to zinc levels in cartilage cells could be responsible for tissue damage caused by osteoarthritis.

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Maternal vitamin A deficiency linked to postnatal asthma: Mouse data

Posted February 14, 2014

US researchers may have identified the first direct evidence of a link between prenatal vitamin A status and postnatal risk of asthma in offspring.

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