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New Study Finds Eating Fast Foods Increases Your Risk for Diabetes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 18:53
Researchers are finally confirming what ordinary men have known all along. Eating fast food regularly increases the risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. A recent study done by Julie R Palmer and her colleagues found that the consumption of restaurant foods significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes in African American women. Another study found that young adults who frequent fast food restaurants are more likely to become obese in later life.
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Omega-3 may boost brain function in boys: Study PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 18:50
Supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may alter the function of the brain associated with working memory, according to results of a new study with healthy boys.

Scientists from the University of Cincinnati showed for the first time using neuro-imaging that supplementation with DHA alters the functional activity in cortical attention networks in humans.

"The present findings add to an emerging body of evidence from preclinical and clinical imaging studies that suggest that dietary DHA intake is a robust modulator of functional cortical activity," wrote lead author Robert McNamara in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

European support

The study follows hot on the heels of, and vindicates, backing from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for DHA-related brain and eye health claims for infants.

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Children's Fitness Can Be Improved By Physical Activity Programs In Schools PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 11:38
A study published on bmj.com today reports that a structured physical activity program at school can develop children's fitness and reduce body fat.

A total of 540 children from fifteen schools in Switzerland were evaluated by researchers. Children were seven to eleven year old. Pupils were randomly allocated to an intervention group. For over nine months they underwent a physical activity program designed by experts. This involved structuring their existing three physical education lessons and adding two extra lessons a week. Also, they were given daily short activity breaks and physical activity homework. The pupils that were randomly allocated to a control group continued to only receive their existing three lessons a week.

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Widely-used diabetes drug 'increases risk of heart disease and death', warn experts PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 February 2010 11:47
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the medicines safety watchdog, has asked an advisory committee to look again at the safety of the drug. The British equivalent, the MHRA, said it is "continuously monitoring" the safety of Avandia.

In a report, senators Max Baucus and Charles Grassley alleged the FDA had not banned the drug because it was too "cozy" with drugs firms.

They quoted a memo written by two FDA reviewers which concluded: "The risks of (Avandia) are serious and exceed those for rival drug Actos."

The reviewers said there was "strong evidence that (Avandia) confers an increased risk of" heart attack and heart failure when compared to Actos.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 February 2010 11:50
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Green Tea May Protect Against Eye Diseases PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 February 2010 00:00
New research from Hong Kong suggests that green tea may protect against eye diseases such as glaucoma because the researchers found green tea antioxidants called catechins present in various tissue structures in the eyes of laboratory rats after they had ingested green tea.

The researchers, based at Hong Kong Eye Hospital, Kowloon, and the Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, in the New Territories, Hong Kong, have written about their findings in a paper that appeared in the 10th February print issue of the American Chemical Society's bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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Research Ties Diabetes Drug to Heart Woes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00
Hundreds of people taking Avandia, a controversial diabetes medicine, needlessly suffer heart attacks and heart failure each month, according to confidential government reports that recommend the drug be removed from the market.

The reports, obtained by The New York Times, say that if every diabetic now taking Avandia were instead given a similar pill named Actos, about 500 heart attacks and 300 cases of heart failure would be averted every month because Avandia can hurt the heart. Avandia, intended to treat Type 2 diabetes, is known as rosiglitazone and was linked to 304 deaths during the third quarter of 2009.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 February 2010 01:17
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Influenza Vaccines: Poor Evidence for Effectiveness in Elderly PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 00:00
Evidence for the safety and efficacy of influenza vaccines in the over 65s is poor, despite the fact that vaccination has been recommended for the prevention of influenza in older people for the past 40 years. These are the conclusions of a new Cochrane Systematic Review.

Adults aged 65 and over are some of the most vulnerable during influenza season and a priority for vaccination programmes. However, very few systematic reviews of the effectiveness of vaccines in this group have ever been carried out.

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Magnesium supplements may boost lung health for asthmatics PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 February 2010 00:00
Daily supplements of magnesium may improve lung function in asthmatics, and improve their quality of life, says a new study from America.

Measures of lung capacity increased by about 6 per cent during six months of magnesium supplementation, and improvements were also observed in the bronchial response to methacholine, a chemical that produces constriction of the lungs, according to findings published in the Journal of Asthma.

"Although there is conflicting research regarding magnesium supplementation and asthma outcomes, this study adds to the body of research that shows a beneficial response to magnesium supplementation in people who have mild to moderate asthma," wrote researchers, led by Alexandra Kazaks from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington State.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2010 00:59
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Chamomile can help you beat stress PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 00:00
Chamomile's power as a stress-buster has been around for years. And now, two researchers are trying to find how much truth is there behind the old wives' tale.

In an evaluation for Faculty of 1000, Michael Van Ameringen and Beth Patterson have discussed the first randomized controlled trial of chamomile for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology , the study reports that "chamomile extract therapy was found to be efficacious for mild-moderate GAD".

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Mediterranean diet good for your brain PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 February 2010 00:00
Mediterranean diet, which includes a high intake of veggies, whole grains and fish, a low intake of saturated fat and meat and moderate alcohol use, can help people avoid the small areas of brain damage that can lead to problems with thinking and memory, says a new study.

To reach the conclusion, researchers assessed the diets of 712 people in New York and divided them into three groups based on how closely they were following the Mediterranean diet. Then they conducted MRI brain scans of the people an average of six years later. A total of 238 people had at least one area of brain damage.

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