November 1, 2010

Prevents Plaque Buildup

1 Common Schizophrenia Drug May Slow Dementia

Haloperidol, a drug used to treat schizophrenia, could slow the progression of some types of dementia finds Dr. John Kwok, Neuroscience Research Australia. Kwok and his colleagues have discovered a mutant gene that causes abnormal protein to build up in in the brains of patients with frontotemporal dementia which affects language, personality and behavior of people in their 50s and 60s. There is no cure and, until now, it was unknown what caused the protein buildup which is linked to disease symptoms and brain cell death. Early tests with haloperidol in lab animals indicate that it stops the build up of protein in the brain. “The exciting part about our findings is that an effective treatment for this form of dementia might be almost within our grasp,” says Dr Kwok.

More at Neuroscience Research Australia | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: High Vitamin B-12 May Lower Risk of Dementia

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Dr. John Kwok, Neuroscience Research Australia, Haloperidol, Frontotemporal Dementia, Mutant Gene, Plaque in Brain of Dementia Patient

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Supply and Demand?

2 UK’s Biggest Off the Rack Suit Goes on Sale

The UK’s biggest off-the-rack men’s suit has gone on sale amid huge controversy, according to the Telegraph that reports “the suit reflects a growing demand for the sort of sizes previously only available to order through specialists.” British health experts say the availability of the suit, which is big enough to fit two adults, is evidence of the UK’s obesity epidemic. British retailer High and Mighty defends the sale and says it fulfills a consumer need. "We have found there is enough demand to make larger sizes available, including the largest suit available on the high street,” says John Murphy, director of retail operations.” But, he qualifies, "We are also getting taller ever year ... which makes it harder for (men) to find clothes that fit.”

More at Telegraph.co.uk | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Demand for G Cup Bras Is Up

Tags: Obesity, Telegraph.co.uk, John Murphy, High and Mighty, Biggest Suit Goes on Sale, Obesity Epidemic

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Choosing Texting over Sleeping

3 Teens Keep Texting After Going to Bed

Teenagers keep sending text messages after going to bed, say researchers who report that the teens are sending an average of 34 messages a night (3,400 a month) while they're supposed to be trying to sleep. The study results are a cause for concern. Half of the teens staying awake to text, play games or listen to music on electronic media suffered from cognitive and mood problems like anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning issues and depression. Lead researcher and sleep expert Dr. Peter Polos told MSNBC that interactive distractions like texting are worse about delaying sleep than TV. Research also revealed that girls text more at night, while boys play games or surf the Internet.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Texting Lifeguards Endanger Lives

Tags: Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Texting While Driving, Texting Problems, Teens Text Too Much, Teens Learning Problems, Teen Dangers of Texting, Teens Text Instead of Sleep, Texting Disrupting Learning, Why Parents Shouldn't Let Teens Text at Night, Dr. Peter Polos

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Girls More at Risk

4 Depression among Teens Often Recurs

About half of teens treated for depression are likely to have a recurrence, say researchers from Duke University Medical Center. Approximately 5.9 percent of teen females and 4.6 percent of teen males are affected by major depressive disorder. The research, published in Archives of General Psychiatry, found that depression recurred in 46 percent of adolescents in the study. Depression returned more often among females and those with an anxiety disorder. Teens who experienced a return in depression also had higher scores on scales of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Fish Oil Cannot Reduce Postpartum Depression Risk

Tags: Archives of General Psychiatry, Depression, Duke University Medical Center, Depression in Teens, Depressed Kids, Depressed Teens, Recurring Depression Teens, Relapse Depression Teens

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A Prevention for Common Cold

5 Working Out Helps Keep Away Common Cold

Exercising may not only help you build muscle, it can also help you steer clear of the common cold, claim researchers from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. The new study revealed that people who exercise five or more times each week experience fewer and less severe colds than people who work out just once a week or less often, reports MSNBC. The researchers found that exercise can stimulate movement of immune cells throughout the body for up to three hours following a workout session. The more frequent the workouts, the more likely immune cells will be available to attack invading pathogens.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Sanitizers Better Than Hand Washing for Colds

Tags: Prevention for Common Cold, Preventing for Common Cold, Working Out Benefits, Workouts Keep Away Colds, Exercising Keeps Away Common Cold, Appalachian State University, Stimulate Movement of Immune Cells

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No Clear Answer

6 Eating Peanuts During Pregnancy

Kids whose moms consumed food containing peanuts while pregnant were more likely to test positive for having allergies to peanuts, reports CNN. The new study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, doesn't reveal whether the children testing positive will actually experience symptoms of peanut allergies. Since many of the children in the study have never ingested peanuts, the strength of the reaction isn't known. Another study weakness is that the researchers couldn't control or verify peanut consumption by pregnant mothers. However, the small study does suggest that there may be a connection between eating peanut products during pregnancy and having a child who tests positive for peanut allergies.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Exposure to Allergens, Eating Peanuts While Pregnant, Pregnant Women Eating Peanut Products, Eating Peanuts During Pregnancy, Causes of Peanut Allergies in Kids, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Peanut Consumption by Pregnant

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Open Wide!

7 Want Good Health? See Your Dentist

One of the nation’s largest dental insurers is encouraging adults to see their dentist regularly due to research that shows a link between oral health and medical conditions such as diabetes and premature birth. As part of American Diabetes Month and Prematurity Awareness Month (November), United Concordia Dental is stressing that dental health is “vital to overall wellness.” In fact, periodontal disease was called the sixth complication of diabetes, according to a 2000 report by the Surgeon General called “Oral Health in America.” Pregnant women with gum disease are seven times more likely to deliver a premature low birth weight baby. Corporate director Dr. Jerome Blum DDS said, “Our ultimate goal is to help our members understand the importance of proper dental care.”

More at PR Newswire | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Good Oral Hygiene Is Vital During Pregnancy

Tags: Diabetes, Gum Disease, Oral Disease, Oral Health, Pregnancy, Wellness, Premature Birth

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Individual Differences May Occur

8 Stress May Not Affect Weight After All

Stress has been linked to weight gain in several studies, but when you pool all of the research together, the effect is very small says researchers from the University College London in the UK. The scientists, led by Dr. Andrew Steptoe and Dr. Jane Wardle, compiled data from 32 previously published studies conducted in the 1990’s and 2000’s. All assessed participants stress levels and evaluated subsequent weight gain. Sixty-nine percent of the studies showed no clear association between stress and weight and six percent actually found a link between stress and weight loss. Stress is thought to cause weight gain due to the release of the hormone cortisol and the propensity to eat more junk food and exercise less.

More at Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Link Between Chronic Stress, Heart Attack Proved

Tags: Cortisol, Obesity, Stress, Weight Gain

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Possible Cold and Flu Fighter

9 Almond Skins May Defend Against Infection

A new study has found that naturally-occurring chemicals found in the skin of almonds may help boost the immune system’s response to infection. Researchers with the Institute of Food Research have found that the nut skins improved the ability of white blood cells to detect viruses, including those that cause flu and the common cold, while also increasing the body’s ability to prevent the viruses from replicating and spreading. In the lab, the scientists found that even after digestion, almond skin extracts were still effective in boosting the immune system although boiling the nuts seemed to decrease activity. Although nutritional guidelines suggest three ounces a day for other health benefits, research still needs to be done to find out how much to eat for the antiviral effect.

More at UK Telegraph | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: White Button Mushrooms Keep Immune System Healthy

Tags: Almonds, Immune System, Nuts, Polyphenols, Flu Virus

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