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Tue, 18 Sep 2007 12:54:12 GMT

Get Your Daily Five Veggies and Fruit

Get Your Daily Five Veggies and Fruit
Looking for a healthier beverage alternative than what comes out of a can or bottle? How about a beverage that provides a slew of phytonutrients and antioxidants found in many of the world's most nutritious fruits-including açai.
MonaVie is a unique beverage in 3 different formula/presentations that provides these nutrients and is easily absorbed into the body and gives you the benefits of a acai, the Brazilian berry superfood along with 18 other nutrient dense fruits.

MonaVie Original is a delicious and energizing blend of the Brazilian açai berry-one of nature's top superfood. The MonaVie blend includes açai, white grape, nashi pear, acerola, pear, aronia, purple grape, cranberry, passion fruit, banana, apricot, prune, kiwi, blueberry, bilberry, camu camu, wolfberry, pomegranate, and lychee fruit. Syngistically they will do more than any single fruit and would give your daily 5 every time you drink it. Read more of "Get Your Daily Five Veggies and Fruit with Tasty-licious MonaVie"

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July 11, 2007, 4:57 AM CT

The brown fat master switch

The brown fat master switch
Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have identified a long-sought "master switch" in mice for the production of brown fat, a type of adipose tissue that generates heat and counters obesity caused by overeating.

A team headed by Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, suggests in the recent issue of Cell Metabolism that turning up the equivalent switch in people might be a new strategy for treating overweight and obesity. The researchers said their next step is to rev up the control in mice and overfeed them to see if they are resistant to becoming obese.

"Brown fat is present in mice and in human infants, where it keeps them warm by dissipating food energy as heat, instead of storing it as white fat," said Spiegelman, senior author of the paper. "Human adults don't have much brown fat, but there is some, and from a therapeutic perspective the question is whether that pathway can be reactivated".

The pathway, as per the new report, is controlled by a gene and protein known as PRDM16 that is found in brown but not in white fat -- the type that stores excess calories and causes waistlines to bulge.

In some of the mouse experiments, the Dana-Farber researchers inserted PRDM16 genes into precursors of white fat, and implanted the white fat precursors under the skin of the animals. The PRDM16 gene coaxed those cells to generate brown fat cells. "These results illustrate that the gene we identified can turn on a broad program of brown fat cell development when we insert it into precursors that otherwise would produce white fat," Spiegelman added. Lead author on the paper is Patrick Seale, PhD, in the Spiegelman lab.........

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July 5, 2007, 9:15 PM CT

Exercise in Elderly Improve Quality of Life

Exercise in Elderly Improve Quality of Life
A new study appearing in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society compares the efficacy of three programs designed for reducing falls and improving quality-of-life among the elderly; education, home safety assessment and modification (HSAM) and exercise training. The study also examines the secondary effects of these programs on functional balance, daily activity, fear of falling and depression level, finding that exercise training yields the most significant improvements.

Participation in the study was open to people aged 65 years and older who had mandatory medical attention for a fall within the prior four weeks. Participants were assigned to one of the three fall prevention program groups, and quality of life was then assessed as per the World Health Organization's Quality of Life guidelines, focusing on four domains; physical capacity, psychological well-being, social relationships and environment.

Eventhough all programs appeared to lead to some improvement in quality of life, improvements were significantly greater in the exercise training group. Exercise training participation also led to improvements in functional reach, balance and fear of falling.

"The quality of life benefits reflect not just health states, but also how patients perceive and value the health- and non-health-related aspects of their conditions before and after receiving an intervention," says Dr. Mau-Roung Lin, co-author of the study. These measures may therefore be beneficial for selecting interventions that are of optimal value to older people.........

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Fri, 22 Jun 2007 03:07:09 GMT

Fatties do better after heart attacks

Fatties do better after heart attacks
Some doctors will admit to a little schadenfreude that health freakery does not confer cardiac invulnerability. There is nothing more depressing for the family doctor than trying to advise a slim, trim, lycra clad, non-smoking, gym-visiting middle-aged vegetarian, who has just has his first heart attack, on life style changes.

So much easier to help the flabby lounge lizard who is three stone overweight and has not taken exercise since TV remote controls were invented.

Now we hear that fatties who have heart attacks may have a better prognosis than the the health freaks. Various theories are suggested.
(The) differences in body chemistry caused by obesity might play a role. For instance, levels of blood platelets, which can affect clotting, are lower in obese patients, while levels of fat in the heart tissue, which might have a protective effect, are higher. Another theory is that the higher levels of endogenous cannabinoids in obese people might be key. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that these chemicals have a protective effect during a heart attack. (BBC)Counter intuitive research findings like this are a constant source of pleasure. But I shall not be rushing to put all my post-heart attack patients on a diet of Mars Bars and McDonalds.

Why do fatties seem to do better? I am not sure I buy into any of the chemical theories advanced above.The truth is probably more mundane.

The life time risk of heart attack is predominantly a function of the hand of cards you are dealt at birth. The fatties may have been lower risk at birth, but have brought the disease prematurely upon themselves. The thinnies were probably always high risk and, had they not looked after themselves, would probably have had their heart attack even sooner. Given that they were high risk from the beginning, and already have excellent lifestyles, there is not much more they can do but keep their fingers crossed.Labels: fatties, heart attacks, mars bars, mcdonalds, prevention

Posted by: Dr John Crippen      Read more     Source

Mon, 21 May 2007 16:04:15 GMT

Get your fat people here

Get your fat people here
WYork Model Railway at the weekend. Fantastic place. Best model rail place we've been to for ages because you could actually press buttons and make stuff happen. Sometimes it was start a train, but sometimes it was something so small you had to peer really close to see what you were doing; like getting a miniature angler to cast for a fish. It was the tiniest of actions but it didn't matter because there's something magical about pressing a button and making something happen in another world.

The best bit was the shop though - all kinds of stuff for modelers. Including this set of Fat People which I couldn't resist. This is the way to get to know your target audience. I wonder if they do ABC1 Men or Digital Natives.

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April 15, 2007, 9:02 PM CT

Eating Well Is The Best Revenge

Eating Well Is The Best Revenge
We all know that eating fruits, vegetables and soy products provides essential nutrition for a healthy lifestyle, while obesity leads to the opposite. Yet proving the effect of nutrition, or obesity, on cancer is an experimental challenge and a focus for scientists. According to emerging evidence being presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, eating well might still be one of the more pleasurable ways to prevent cancer and promote good health.

A novel mechanism for the chemoprotection by 3,3-diindolylmethane (DIM) and genistein for breast and ovarian cancer: Abstract 4217

Eating such foods as broccoli and soy are believed to offer some protection against cancer, but how this occurs is not well-understood. Now, in laboratory experiments, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have discovered a biological mechanism whereby two compounds in these foods might lower the invasive and metastatic potential of breast and ovarian cancer cells.

They found that diindolylmethane (DIM), a compound resulting from digestion of cruciferous vegetables, and genistein, a major isoflavone in soy, reduce production of two proteins whose chemotactic attraction to each other is necessary for the spread of breast and ovarian cancers.........

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March 25, 2007, 8:52 PM CT

Lifestyle Choices And Heart Risks

Lifestyle Choices And Heart Risks
Genetics and family history play a large role in a persons risk for heart disease, but factors in diet, lifestyle and the environment are also thought to influence susceptibility to the disease. A number of studies presented today at the American College of Cardiologys 56th Annual Scientific Session look at how health-related behaviors can influence a persons risk for cardiovascular disease. ACC.07 is the premier cardiovascular medical meeting, bringing together cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists to further breakthroughs in cardiovascular medicine.

"Because scientific advances are pushing forward at such an incredible pace, our insight into the mechanism and progression of cardiovascular disease is growing exponentially," said Robert S. Rosenson, M.D., of University of Michigan, Preventive Cardiology, in Ann Arbor, Mich. "The research presented here today further demonstrates how researchers are beginning to understand the links between cardiovascular diseases and changes in lifestyle, including quitting smoking, geographic location, diet and weight, and other related factors".

Effects of Sustained Ingestion of Cocoa on Endothelial Function in Adults with BMI between 25-35 kg/m2: A Randomized, Single Blind, Placebo Controlled Trial (Presentation Number: 1026-34).........

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Wed, 21 Mar 2007 22:57:13 GMT

Free Honey Bunches of Oats

Free Honey Bunches of Oats
I don't generally post on freebies and minor financial stuff that can save you 10 cents, but, via Boston Gal, I see that Honey Bunches of Oats cereal is offering free samples at this site.

As I said, I don't normally point this kind of stuff out, because your sample will probably be big enough for about half a bowl of the cereal (or equal to their idea of a serving size, which we all know is equal to half of the amount we actually end up eating). BUT, Honey Bunches of Oats is awesome! It is tasty, tasty, tasty---and I don't want you to miss out.

I am not being paid to tell you this. I simply love Honey Bunches of Oats.

Other favorite cereals: Frosted Mini Wheats, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Golden Grahams, Special K (except you have to eat a whole box to feel satisfied), and the occasional Cocoa Pebbles (Fruity makes me feel kind of sick).

Cereal turn-offs: Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat (my wife eata this with no frosting, eeyuck), Lucky Charms.

Cereals I miss and wish would return: Team Flakes, Buc Wheats

When I was in college I used to buy a lot of corn flakes because they were so darn cheap. And they really weren't half bad. I don't buy them anymore, but they were not a bad eating option when I was poor.

Another tip for poor college students. Get some of Taco Bell's mild sauce and mix it in with your macaroni and cheese to give it a little kick.

This post is all over the place.

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Wed, 21 Mar 2007 13:36:53 GMT

Britain: Producing Food to Waste It

Britain: Producing Food to Waste It
Are you an indulgent consumer and make impulse purchases of food that you are unlikely to eat? If so, then you are shamelessly wasting food that a hungry person could have eaten.

According to a recent government watchdog, Britains food waste mountain is 6.7million tonnes a year. Around half the total is made up of fruit, vegetables, meat, bread and dairy produce that could have been eaten.

The annual value of food thrown away is put at 460 per head, which equates to a staggering 23billion a year. For a typical family of four, this means food worth around 35 is going into the bin every week.

Why do consumers irrationally overstock?

Supermarkets in their cut-price promotions encourage customers to buy in bulk.
Consumers tend to be so neurotic about bugs that they chuck things out immediately. They go over the best-before date, which is often unnecessary.
Consumers prefer good looking stuff as a result huge amounts of fruit and vegetables are junked because they do not meet the ‘beauty pageant’ standards demanded by supermarkets.

Friends of the Earth campaigner Anna Watson said:

It is shocking to see how much food we throw away. This food mainly ends up in landfill sites where it releases methane, a powerful climate change gas.

What can be done?

Food should be packaged in smaller portions.
Supermarkets should help shoppers choose sensible portion sizes.
Food should be sealed better to preserve it for longer.
Stores should see which perishable goods are close to their sell-by date and should run two for one offers to make sure they are sold.
Packaging costs for smaller portions should be cut by letting the consumers carry away what they need.
Today to get food one need not toil too much. Modern times give man the indulgence of extravagance. Yet every time you waste you destroy somebody elses hard work, energy used and most of all, food that could have fed a hungry mouth!

Source: Daily mail

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Fri, 16 Mar 2007 01:09:10 GMT

Thai Health Promotion Foundation: Exercise Anywhere

Thai Health Promotion Foundation: Exercise Anywhere
Thai Health Promotion Foundation has launched this print advertisement to draw attention of people about as there is always time and space can be created for few games to play even exercise can be done in similar fashion. The campaign has taken efforts to outline the scope of exercise can be created any moment as per convenience. To exemplify the idea campaign has shown some games that need proper and huge arrangement are being played in smaller makeover.

The campaign has certainly used indicative message to be delivered to the general mass. However, the campaign does not have a very simplistic presentation and there was some room for improvement in its execution. However, the art direction of the campaign is considerably good. The text of the ad reads, ‘Exercise anywhere’, which is crisp, short and direct. The campaign was developed by TBWA.

Via Ads of the World

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March 6, 2007, 4:07 PM CT

Musculoskeletal Care During Pregnancy

Musculoskeletal Care During Pregnancy
Despite the high prevalence of musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy, few women in underserved populations receive treatment for their low back pain, according to a February 2007 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT). Moreover, researchers found that pain in a previous pregnancy may predict a high risk for musculoskeletal complaints in future pregnancies.

According to Clayton Skaggs, DC, the study's chief author, 85 percent of women surveyed reported that they had not received treatment for their musculoskeletal pain, and of the small percentage who perceived that their back complaints were addressed, less than 10 percent were satisfied with the symptom relief they obtained.

"Based on the findings of this study, doctors of chiropractic and other health care professionals need to expand the musculoskeletal care available during pregnancy, especially in underserved populations," Dr. Skaggs said. "As a proactive step, health professionals should consider including back pain screening as part of early obstetrical care to help identify musculoskeletal risk factors and allow for early education and/or treatment".

Researchers surveyed more than 600 women at a clinic that serves predominantly an uninsured, underinsured or Medicaid-insured population. Surveys were offered to all obstetrical patients and were designed to collect information about pregnancy-related pain and quality of life issues. Of those women who responded to the survey, two-thirds reported back pain and nearly half of all women reported pain at two or more locations, including pelvic pain and mid-back pain.........

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March 1, 2007, 4:37 AM CT

Weight-Related Sports and Unhealthful Weight Control

Weight-Related Sports and Unhealthful Weight Control
Participation by adolescents, particularly males, in sports emphasizing weight, such as ballet, gymnastics and wrestling, is strongly linked to both unhealthful weight-control behaviors and steroid use, as per scientists at the University of Minnesota.

The scientists studied more than 4,500 adolescents from 31 public middle and high schools in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. The students were asked if in the past week or the past year they had engaged in self-induced vomiting, used diet pills or laxatives or engaged in any other extreme weight-control behavior.

The strongest positive associations between weight-related sport participation and unhealthful weight-control behaviors were found in males:
  • 5.8 percent of males who reported participation in a weight-related sport had induced vomiting in the past week, compared with 0.9 percent of males who did not participate in a weight-related sport.
  • Use of diuretics within the past year was reported by 4.2 percent of males in a weight-related sport compared with 0.8 percent who did not participate in weight-related sports.

For females, vomiting, laxative use and steroid use were significantly linked to weight-related sports participation:
  • 6.6 percent of females who participated in a weight-related sport had vomited in the past week compared with 3.2 percent of females who did not.........

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February 21, 2007, 9:33 PM CT

Vitamin D May Reduce Falls in Elderly

Vitamin D May Reduce Falls in Elderly Diet rich in vitamin-D
New research suggests that reducing the number of falls suffered by seniors in nursing homes may be helped by taking a vitamin, along with other measures known to decrease falls. According to a study in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, seniors taking a high daily dose of vitamin D experienced 72 percent fewer falls compared to those taking a placebo.

Approximately 50 percent of nursing home residents fall every year, and those who are injured become even more prone to future falls. According to study authors Kerry Broe and Douglas Kiel, "lowering the risk of falls with a simple vitamin D supplement could improve the quality of life for nursing home residents by reducing the incidence of falls".

"Past studies have shown that vitamin D could help prevent falls in seniors, and may be due to a possible strengthening effect the vitamin has on the musculoskeletal system. Until now, we didn't know what dosage amount would be effective," say Broe and Kiel. The dose that was most effective, 800 International Units per day, is higher than the dose typically prescribed to seniors. Taking this dose of vitamin D should be done only through the approval of a patient's doctor and certain conditions, such as high blood calcium levels, need to be considered by a physician.........

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December 13, 2006, 5:09 AM CT

Obesity Linked to Acid Reflux Disease

Obesity Linked to Acid Reflux Disease
As per a new article in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GRD), more usually known as, acid reflux, is associated with obesity. Since (GRD) is strongly linked to more serious conditions, such as esophageal ulcers and cancer, weight reduction treatment may be useful in therapy and prevention of these conditions.

"The condition is very common, but prior studies have not been successful at pinpointing risk factors for the condition," says Douglas Corley, author of the study. "Because we evaluated the results of 20 studies on the subject, we were able to better identify and understand the association between obesity and acid reflux".

In a nation becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of obesity, this new finding provides yet another reason to discuss weight management with a physician. "We know that an increase in body weight increases the chance of having heartburn and acid reflux, which can increase the risk of esophageal ulcers and cancer," says Corley. "While we can't say at this time that weight loss treatment is definitely the solution to this condition, it certainly warrants further research as a therapy".........

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November 28, 2006, 4:20 AM CT

First Robot-assisted Weight Loss Surgery

First Robot-assisted Weight Loss Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center surgeons are the first in North Texas to perform robotically assisted laparoscopic gastric-bypass and colon-resections surgeries.

The procedures were performed using DaVinci, a four-armed robot controlled by the surgeon via a joystick. DaVinci can provide better camera views and more precise surgical manipulations than are available in traditional laparoscopic surgeries.

The robot can offer easier access to some of the more inaccessible places in the body such as abdominal and gastrointestinal areas. As a result, laparoscopic surgeons expect the robotic procedures to grow in popularity for colon, gastric and esophageal operations, said Dr. Edward Livingston, chairman of GI/endocrine surgery.

Surgeries for colon cancers are on the rise, while gastric bypass procedures also are becoming more common.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in America with more than 106,000 new cases in 2006.

Gastric bypass has become more popular as obesity among the nations population increases. More than 140,000 gastric bypass procedures are performed annually in the United States.

Laparoscopic surgeries, also called minimally invasive surgeries, are performed via several tiny holes rather than one long incision. This usually results in fewer complications, shorter recovery times and less post-operative pain.........

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November 20, 2006, 5:02 AM CT

Confusion About Calories Is Nothing New

Confusion About Calories Is Nothing New
While enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, most try to avoid thinking about the seemingly unending number of Calories they're consuming.

It probably never crosses their minds, however, to think about why food is measured in Calories.

James L. Hargrove, associate professor of foods and nutrition in the University of Georgia's College of Family and Consumer Sciences, said many nutritionists aren't even sure of the true origin of the Calorie (or why it's supposed to be capitalized).

"We all teach this unit, and nobody knows where it came from, not even the historians of nutrition," he said.

After this realization, Hargrove began studying the origins of the Calorie. He details his findings in a study would be published in the recent issue of the Journal of Nutrition.

Formally, a Calorie is a measure of the amount of energy required to heat one kilogram of water one degree Celsius. It was first used in engineering and physics, but eventually found its niche in nutrition, where it is used to measure the amount of energy food contains.

Hargrove found that there's some controversy about who "invented" the Calorie. Some references show that two Frenchmen, P.A. Favre and J.T. Silbermann, invented the Calorie in 1852. Other texts state that a German physician, Julius Mayer, effectively invented the Calorie in a study he published in 1848.........

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October 31, 2006, 4:08 AM CT

Microwaving Your French Fries Before You Fry Them

Microwaving Your French Fries Before You Fry Them
Microwaving your French fries before you fry them reduces the levels of a cancer-causing substance, reveals findings published recently in the SCI's Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

The discovery of acrylamide - a possible carcinogenic in humans - has led to much research being done to investigate the benefits of alternative cooking methods. Acrylamide forms during processes such as frying, baking and roasting where high-temperature and low-moisture conditions exist.

Although numerous studies have been conducted to explore the possibilities of reducing acrylamide levels in French fries, a team of researchers from Turkey has shown that by reducing the frying time and hence the acrylamide formation by microwave pre-cooking of potato strips prior to frying.

Publishing their work in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, the researches showed that microwave application prior to frying resulted in a marked reduction of the acrylamide level in the surface region. When the potato strips were subjected to frying after a microwave pre-cooking step, acrylamide content in the whole potato strip was reduced by 36%, 41% and 60% for frying at 150, 170 and 190oC respectively.

"Microwaving French fries before cooking takes little time and in fact, microwave pre-cooked samples fried to the same degree of cooking appeared to have a more acceptable colour, probably due to the more gentle heat treatment they experienced during frying," says lead author Koray Palazoglu, of the University of Mersin, Turkey.........

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September 13, 2006, 5:03 AM CT

Added Benefit Of Statins

Added Benefit Of Statins
UC Davis researchers have shown that statins not only improve cholesterol levels, but also dramatically reduce disease-causing inflammation in patients with metabolic syndrome - a condition defined by symptoms that include abdominal obesity and high blood pressure.

The study, published online in the September 12 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, offers new hope to the one in four Americans with metabolic syndrome who have double the risk of developing heart disease and are five times more likely to develop diabetes.

"Changes in diet and exercise, resulting in weight loss are still the treatment of choice for preventing the consequences of metabolic syndrome," said Kenny Jialal, a professor of internal medicine at UC Davis Health System and director of the Laboratory for Atherosclerosis and Metabolic Research. "However, people don't always adhere to those changes. Our results suggest that statin may be a way to forestall the deadly complications of metabolic syndrome".

Statins are a class of drugs used to prevent and treat heart disease. They work by lowering cholesterol levels and preventing atherosclerosis, the blockage of blood vessels due to plaque build-up. Previously, Jialal's group showed that statins, as a class of drugs, are anti-inflammatory. Typically typically since the metabolic syndrome, is characterized by low-grade inflammation and insulin resistance, they decided to look at the direct effect of statins on inflammation in these patients.........

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August 12, 2006, 6:17 AM CT

Breast Cancer Survivors Change Lifestyle

Breast Cancer Survivors Change Lifestyle
Breast cancer survivors' beliefs about what may have caused their cancer are connected to whether they make healthy changes in lifestyle after a cancer diagnosis. This is the finding of a research study appearing in the August 2006 issue of Psycho-Oncology by scientists at The Miriam Hospital and Brown Medical School.

"We observed that breast cancer survivors who believed that an unhealthy behavior - such as consuming an unhealthy diet, contributed to their cancer - were more likely to say that they had changed that behavior since their diagnosis," says lead author Carolyn Rabin, PhD, a psychology expert at The Miriam Hospital's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine. "Likewise, breast cancer survivors who believed that a healthy behavior- such as consuming a healthy diet, could ward off a cancer recurrence - were more likely to say that they had adopted that behavior since their diagnosis".

Due to advances in detection and therapy, there are now more than 10 million Americans who are cancer survivors, as per the American Cancer Society. However, scientists have still not determined why some cancer survivors are motivated by a cancer diagnosis to make healthy changes in lifestyle, while others are not. This question prompted the study by scientists at The Miriam Hospital and Brown Medical School.........

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August 7, 2006, 3:38 PM CT

Classification of Diets

Classification of Diets
People have come to identify some essential factors which influence the general state of health and quality of life. These factors include eating, working, exercising, resting and spiritual activity closely linked to one's mental state.

Eating crucially influences the state of health. It provides the body with essential vital substances which are subsequently converted into the necessary forms of energy for life. For this reason, special attention has always been given to eating. A wide range of diets emerged from various traditions and philosophies.........

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July 29, 2006, 8:14 PM CT

meditation and cognitive impairment

meditation and cognitive impairment
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine are examining the effectiveness of meditation on early cognitive impairment. Once this new study is completed, the results could help answer lingering questions over whether or not stress-reducing techniques and mind exercises can lessen or even prevent cognitive decline. This is the first study at Penn's new "Center for Spirituality and the Mind," which evolved from work initiated in Penn's Department of Radiology to embrace and encourage researchers from the fields of medicine, pastoral care, religious studies, social work, nursing, and bioethics to expand our knowledge of how spirituality may affect the human brain.

"We'll be looking at patients with mild cognitive impairment or symptoms of early Alzheimer's disease," explains Andrew Newberg, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology, Psychiatry, and Religious Studies, who also directs the Center's investigations and is Principal Investigator of this pilot study. "We'll combine their meditation with brain imaging over a period of time to see if meditation improves cognitive function and is associated with actual change in the brain's activity levels. Specifically, we'll be looking for decreased activity in specific areas of the brain".

The dementia process causes a decreased function of neurons in the brain and can result in problems with memory, visual-spatial tasks, and handling emotional issues. As it worsens in a patient, it can also eventually lead to the need for round-the-clock care.........

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July 25, 2006, 8:53 PM CT

Overweight Teens Reduce Risk Of Diabetes

Overweight Teens Reduce Risk Of Diabetes
Teens at risk of developing diabetes can prevent or delay its onset through strength training exercise, a University of Southern California study has found.

Research led by Michael Goran, PhD, professor of preventive medicine in the Keck School of Medicine of USC, showed that overweight Latino teenage boys who lifted weights twice per week for 16 weeks significantly reduced their insulin resistance, a condition in which their bodies don't respond to insulin and can't process sugars properly. Insulin resistance is common in obese children and is a precursor of diabetes. The findings were published in the recent issue of Medicine and Science of Sports Exercise.

Previous research has demonstrated that aerobic and resistance exercise is effective in improving insulin sensitivity in adults, but no controlled studies of resistance exercise had been done on overweight youth. Goran and colleagues hypothesized that overweight teens would be more likely to stick with a resistance training regimen compared to aerobic exercise because it is less physically taxing and gives visible results quicker.

The researchers chose to focus on Latino teens because they are at particular risk for diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about half of all Latino children born in 2000 are expected to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.........

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