May 3, 2010

It Does a Body Good

1 Milk Is Chock Full of Vitamin D

Vitamin D has received lots of press lately - and for good reason. A lack of it has been blamed for cardiovascular disease to obesity to certain cancers. Now, new research tells us that milk is a great source of Vitamin D, supplying nearly half of all Vitamin D in the American diet. "There are few true replacements for the nutrient package you find in one glass of fat free or lowfat milk," said Dr. Keith Ayoob, a registered dietitian and pediatric nutrition expert. "Without milk in the diet, it's hard to meet a number of nutrient needs – most notably vitamin D." Nutrition experts recommend drinking four glasses of fat free low-fat milk per day to meet the daily requirements for Vitamin D consumption.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Vitamin D Deficiency Is Widespread

Tags: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diet, Nutrition, Obesity, Vitamin D, Milk, Nutrients, Fat Free, Low Fat, Dr. Keith Ayoob

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Low Testosterone to Blame

2 ED Increases Risk of Death from CV Disease

Men with erectile dysfunction and low testosterone are at risk of succumbing to cardiovascular disease finds Dr. Giovanni Corona, University of Florence. In a study of 1687 ED patients, low testosterone alone was not to blame for a major cardiac event; however, men with low testosterone who have a major cardiac event are more likely to die than those with higher levels. This is the first study of its kind and “indicates that if you have erectile dysfunction, and if you have a very low testosterone level, then you are up to 7 times more likely to die from a major cardiac event than if you have erectile dysfunction and normal testosterone levels,” says Corona who also found that obesity and ED adversely affect cardiac health. He recommends greater screening for ED and testosterone levels.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Attack, Sexual Dysfunction, Testosterone, Erectile Dysfunction, ED, Low Testosterone, University of Florence, Dr. Giovanni Corona

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Beyond Height Stimulation

3 HGH May Benefit Hormonally-Deficient Children

Human growth hormone (HGH) can benefit deficient children as well as those who are hormonally normal but genetically destined to be short says Dr. Judith L. Ross, pediatric endocrinologist, Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. HGH can add between one and a half to as many as four inches to a child’s height. Its cost of tens of thousands of dollars a year is often not covered by insurance. HGH therapy is highly controversial but a report by Dr. Ross, published in the journal Pediatrics, says that children who are deficient in growth hormone could reduce side effects associated with the deficiency including low bone density, high cholesterol and heart disease. Doctors warn that the long-term effects of HGH therapy, especially in children with normal levels, are not known.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Children, Cholesterol, Heart Disease, Hormones, Pediatrics, Side Effects, Human Growth Hormone, HGH, Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Dr. Judith L. Ross, Endocrinology, Hormone Deficiency, Height, Normal Height, Low Bone Density

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Chef Has Taste Again

4 Chef Beats Cancer by Challenging Tradition

Grant Achatz almost lost his tongue because of cancer. This is really bad news when you’re an award-winning chef. Achatz's symptoms started in 2004 with a white dot on the side of his tongue, but the cause remained unknown. In 2007, he was diagnosed with stage IVb cancer and doctors advised removal of the infected tissue with a follow-up of chemotherapy and radiation. Achatz declined and found a doctor who challenged conventional treatment by doing chemotherapy and radiation first, relying on surgery as a last resort. The treatment was a success and the chef regained his sense of taste within a year. He advises people to understand that doctors are working people just like anyone else, so try and find something that feels right to you if you don’t like what you’re being told.

More at CNN Health | Posted 8 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Like Salt or Sweets, the Human Tongue Can Taste”

Tags: Surgery, Tongue Cancer, Chemotherapy, Radiation

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Broccoli a Day Keeps Cancer away

5 Broccoli May Help Prevent or Treat Breast Cancer

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center is currently studying sulforaphane, a compound derived from broccoli and broccoli sprouts. Recent lab results have shown that sulforaphane could help prevent or treat breast cancer. The compound targets and kills cancer cells to stop the growth of tumors and to prevent new ones from forming. At the moment, chemotherapies don't work against cancer stem cells, so this new break-through gives hope to patients suffering from breast cancer. Duxin Sun, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the U-M College of Pharmacy, is currently developing a method to extract and preserve sulforaphane and will be developing a clinical trial soon. Previously, there has often been research showing the effects of sulforaphane on cancer.

More at University of Michigan | Posted 8 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Cancer, Research, University of Michigan, Duxin Sun, Broccoli, Vegetable, Sprout, Greens, Breast, Stem Cell, Clinical Trial, Sulforaphane, Chemotheraphy

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Ages 6 to 9 Peak of Bullying

6 No Obese Kids Isolated from Childhood Bullying

Bullying of obese kids has no bounds. New study findings from the University of Michigan showed that obese kids are bullied regardless of gender, race, academic achievement or socioeconomic status. The study, to be published in the June issue of Pediatrics, also revealed that obese children may be bullied even if they have great social skills. Both childhood obesity and bullying are considered pervasive public health problems, particularly since close to 20 percent of children in the United States ages 6 to 11 were estimated as obese between 2003 and 2006. Researchers found that bullying peaks between the ages of 6 and 9. Parents of obese children indicate that bullying is their top health concern, and prior studies have shown that obese kids experience more depression.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Obesity, Obese Kids, Which Kids Obese, Problems with Childhood Obesity, Childhood Bullying, Obese Kids Bullied, Childhood Obesity Studies, Age Childhood Bullying Peaks, Journal Pediatrics, Depression in Kids, Risk Factor for Childhood Depression, Top Health Concern of Parents, University of Michigan

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Reasons to Limit Toddler TV

7 Too Much Toddler TV Leads to Problems Later

While allowing toddlers to watch television may seem harmless, new research suggests otherwise. A study from Michigan and Montreal Universities revealed that older kids face issues that may be traced back to their TV viewing habits as toddlers. For every hour of television watched, kids faced negative effects later, such as poor school performance and a higher consumption of junk food. For the study, parents reported on toddler TV habits at 29 and 53 months. When the children were 10 years old, teachers reported on their school performance, behavior, health and body mass index (BMI). Two-year-old kids who watched the highest levels of TV had increased BMI, poor math achievement and lower levels of classroom involvement at age 10. Recommended maximum amount of TV per day is two hours.

More at BBC | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: BMI, Childhood Obesity, Obesity, Body Mass Index, Toddler TV viewing Habits, Effects of TV watching on Kids, Junk Food Consumption Linked with TV Habits, Dangers of Television for Kids, TV Viewing Habits

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She's a Man Killer

8 Beautiful Women Bad for Men's Health

Spending just five minutes alone with a beautiful woman can raise a man's cortisol levels. That may be a bad thing since cortisol, a hormone produced during physical or psychological stress, can be responsible for worsening heart disease, diabetes, impotency and hypertension. A new study from the University of Valencia showed that the cortisol effects were heightened when men thought that the woman in the room was "out of their league." The 84 men involved in the study were trying to solve a Sudoku puzzle. When another male exited the room, leaving only the attractive female, the man's cortisol levels rose. Researchers think the cortisol levels rose due to the perception of an opportunity for courtship.

More at Telegraph | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cortisol Levels, Sudoku Puzzle, Stress Hormones, Affect of Beautiful Women on Men, Courtship Stress, Dangers of Cortisol, University of Valencia, Impotency, Cortisol Effects

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Rare Condition Gave Woman N Cups

9 Extremely Large Breasts Keep Woman Bedbound

Julia Manihuari, a 29-year-old mother who lives in northern rural Peru, has been trapped in her bed for six months because of giant N-cup breasts. She said the pain from her breasts, which were so big they touched her legs, would cause tremendous pain. Doctors believe she suffers from gigantomastia, a rare condition of excessive breast growth that may occur during puberty or after pregnancy. The surge of hormones, both estrogen and progesterone, causes breast tissue to increase. Most women only experience only a one to three cup size change. After local media paid for her to take a 3-day boat trip to the nearest town, she underwent a 6-hour surgery that removed 35 pounds of breast tissue, leaving Manihuari with size 34B’s. (Before and after photos.)

More at Fox News | Posted 8 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Demand for G Cup Bras Grows

Tags: Pregnancy, Bra Size, Hormones, Estrogen, Rare Conditions, Gigantomastia, Julia Manihuari, N Cup Breasts, Progesterone, Breast Reduction Surgery, Large Breasts, Big Boobs

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