September 28, 2010

Sugary and Nutritionally Empty

1 Sports Drinks May Sabotage Kids’ Healthy Diets

Kids who eat a healthy, balanced diet and engage in physical activity may be sabotaging their healthy lifestyle by consuming sugary and nutritionally empty sports drinks, finds a new study from the U of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. Sports drinks are considered to be “healthy” beverages by many children and their parents who might not otherwise allow their kids to drink sugary sodas. "Sports drinks have been successfully marketed as beverages consistent with a healthy lifestyle, which has set them apart from sodas," said lead researcher Nalini Ranjit. "However they have minimal fruit juice and contain unnecessary calories." Nutritionists recommend that children drink water to maintain hydration and to drink sports beverages only during periods of extreme exercise.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Soda, Sports Drinks, Sugary Beverages, University of Texas Health Science Center, Nalini Ranjit, Children's Diets

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Natural Antibiotic for Baby

2 Exclusive Breastfeeding Reduces Infections

Women who breastfeed their babies for every meal for the first six months lowered their risk and severity of infections, according to a new study conducted in Greece. About 1,000 infants from birth to 1 had their feeding pattern and infection rates analyzed. They were current on their vaccines and received high quality health care. At one-, three-, six-, nine- and 12-month marks, their incidence of any infection was recorded. Ninety one of the infants who had breast-milk as their only nutrition for six months had less infections compared to the other infants. Those who were breastfeed and received other types of nutrition did not receive the same benefit. This study shows that antibodies in the mother’s milk are beneficial to infants, even in countries with high quality health care.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: More Breastfeeding Would Save Lives

Tags: Breastfeeding, Breast-Milk, Infections in Infants, Benefits of Breastfeeding

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With Friends Like These…Listen

3 Support Network Best Detector of Early Alzheimer’s

Researchers in St. Louis, Missouri have found that an Ascertain Dementia 8 (AD8) questionnaire filled out by close family and friends is best at detecting early signs of Alzheimer’s. They filled out a two-minute questionnaire which was compared to the traditional cognitive tests and the presence of biomarkers in spinal fluid and brain scans. The answers on the questionnaire better corresponded to the results from biomarker tests. Some researchers have pointed out the cost-effectiveness of having loved ones fill out a questionnaire instead to screening every single person for biomarkers and Doctors would also be able to follow up on individuals. Cognitive tests only capture the abilities of someone at the time of testing who likely doesn't have the insight into their own well-being.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Biomarker in Spinal Fluid Diagnoses Alzheimer’s

Tags: Alzheimer’s, Cognitive Impairment, Ascertain Dementia 8 Questionnaire, AD8 Questionnaire, Cognitive Tests for Alzheimer’s, Biomarker Test for Alzheimer’s, Test for Alzheimer’s

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Another Route for Treatment

4 Marker Found in Triple-Negative Breast Cancers

Triple-negative breast cancers don’t overexpress progesterone or estrogen receptors or HER2 and are hard to treat because newer hormone therapies are designed to bind to them. But researchers have found that some triple-negative tumors express a receptor that could be utilized to develop treatments. Pathologists analyzed tumors from 97 women who had triple-negative breast cancer and found that 25 percent over overexpress insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-R1). Lower expression appeared to be associated with a higher risk of metastasis to the lymph nodes while greater expression was slightly linked to a smaller tumor size. Sarcomas have been successfully treated by blocking IGF-1R, therefore researchers hypothesize that some of these tumors may benefit from similar therapy.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Calcium Supplements May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Tags: Breast Cancer, Triple-Negative Breast Cancers, Estrogen Receptor, Progesterone Receptor, Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 Receptor, IGF-R1

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