December 13, 2010

Why Not Whey?

1 Whey Lowers Blood Pressure Naturally

Daily doses of whey protein, an inexpensive and readily available cheese byproduct, significantly reduces blood pressure of men and women with elevated diastolic and systolic pressures, finds research led by nutritional biochemist Susan Fluegel, Washington State U. Whey supplements added to beverages drunk by Fluegel’s subjects brought a more than six-point reduction in blood pressure for those with high readings but had no effect on those with normal to low pressure, which is good as low blood pressure can also be problematic. One of the things I like about this is it is low-cost," says Fluegel who is interested in treating disease through diet and nutrition. She adds, "Not only that, whey protein has not been shown to be harmful in any way.”

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Blood Pressure, Diastolic Blood Pressure, High Blood Pressure, Supplements, Systolic Blood Pressure, Washington State University, Low Blood Pressure, Whey, Whey Supplements, Susan Fluegel

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (47%) / No! (53%)

Why Kids Get Constipated

2 Veggie Haters More Likely to Be Constipated

Primary school kids who dislike fruits and vegetables are 13 times more likely to suffer from functional constipation than children who like their fruits and veggies, finds new research. Functional constipation isn't caused by a health problem, but by dietary or environmental habits and psychosocial factors. The study also revealed that drinking less than 400 ml of fluid daily significantly increases constipation risk. Researchers studied the bowel and dieting habits of 383 kids ages 8 to 10 in a school in Hong Kong. Dr Moon Fai Chan, assistant professor at the National University of Singapore, says that several studies have suggested that the problem of functional constipation is getting worse among school-age kids. Research findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Functional Constipation, Causes of Constipation in Kids, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Benefits of Eating Vegetables, Why Kids Should Eat More Fruit, Kids Should Drink More Water, Bathroom Habits of Kids in School

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (56%) / No! (44%)

Opioids Dangerous for Elderly

3 Oxycontin Increases Fracture Risk

Opioids like Oxycontin and similar painkillers may increase fracture risk in elderly arthritis patients, reports CNN. According to lead researcher Daniel H. Solomon, M.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital, the drugs aren't as safe as had been hoped. Compared to those on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), elderly arthritis patients taking opioids experienced a 4.5 times greater risk of fractures to the hip, pelvis, wrist or upper arm. Findings revealed that within a year, one in 10 patients on an opioid will break a bone, compared with only one in 50 who take COX-2 inhibitors, a targeted form of NSAID like Celebrex. The research is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Brigham and Women's Hospital, NSAID, NSAID Safety for Elderly, COX-2 Inhibitors, Elderly Arthritis Patients Taking Opioids, Safe Drugs for Elderly Arthritis Patients, Oxycontin Safety for Elderly, Questions on Oxycontin Safety, Archives of Internal, Medicine, Vioxx, COX-2 InhibitorsCelebrex, Fracture Risk

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (51%) / No! (49%)

Too Much Man

4 FDA Says to Avoid Using Man Up Now

Man Up Now, a male sexual enhancement product, has received a big thumb's down from the FDA. Anyone taking Man Up Now is advised by the FDA to immediately stop using the product. The capsules contain sulfoaildenafil, a variation of an active ingredient in Viagra (sildenafil), reports CNN. The FDA has received no reports of harm from taking the sexual supplement, but it may cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure when taken with certain prescription drugs like nitroglycerin. Distributed by Synergy Distribution, LLC, Man Up Now is sold online and possibly in some stores. Problems experienced while taking Man Up Now should be reported to the FDA.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: FDA Says Stop Using Sexual Coffee

Tags: Sildenafil, Man Up Now FDA Warning, Sulfoaildenafil, Dangerous Drugs with Nitroglycerin, Medicines That Interfere with Blood Pressure, Dangerous Sex Drugs, Male Sexual Enhancement Product

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (57%) / No! (43%)

The Painkiller That Killed

5 Vioxx Killed Around 40,000

Vioxx (rofecoxib), a drug no longer on the market, may have been responsible for an estimated 40,000 deaths, say researchers from Yale School of Medicine. The painkiller, a COX-2 inhibitor made by Merck, was recalled in 2004. Now, researchers say that Vioxx was still harmful six months after stopping the drug. The effects of Vioxx may even have lasted up to a year after being discontinued. The new findings, based on data made available by Merck during litigation, reveal that those taking Vioxx experienced doubled risk of developing blood clots or dying in the first six months after discontinuing treatment, reports MSNBC. During the five years that the drug was available, researchers estimate that it caused nearly 40,000 deaths. The only COX-2 inhibitor still on the market is Celebrex.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Food Labels Misleading

Tags: Archives of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, Vioxx Litigation, Vioxx Lawsuit, Vioxx Trial, Vioxx Deaths, Vioxx Research, Vioxx Harm Continued for Year After Stopping, Rofecoxib, are COX-2 inhibitors safe, celebrex

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (53%) / No! (47%)

Channeling Anger

6 Prayer Helps Victims of Violence

People who choose to pray during difficult times often find personalized comfort and "a readily available listening ear," which helps in dealing with anger. Shane Sharp, University of Wisconsin-Madison sociologist, performed in-depth interviews with people who were in violent relationships with intimate partners. Sharp's findings, which explore how prayer helps manage emotional pain, are available in Social Psychology Quarterly. "During prayer, victims came to see themselves as they believed God saw them. Since these perceptions were mostly positive, it helped raise their senses of self-worth that counteracted their abusers' hurtful words," says Sharp. Prayer also served as a means to vent anger at God rather than the partner who may respond with more abuse.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Inability to Control Anger Affects Heart Health

Tags: Social Psychology Quarterly, Shane Sharp, University of Wisconsin-Madison Sociologist, Violent Relationships, Coping with Domestic Abuse, Dealing with Violent Partner

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (49%) / No! (51%)

Lowers Overall Sugar Intake

7 Low Sugar Cereals Encourage Fresh Fruit Intake

Do you want your child to start eating more fresh fruit? Try serving a low-sugar breakfast cereal, says researchers from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University. In the study, ninety children aged 5 to 12 years who were attending a summer day camp were given either a low-sugar cereal, such as Corn Flakes or Rice Krispies, or a high-sugar version, such as Frosted Flakes or Froot Loops. In front of each child was an 8-ounce container of milk, a bowl of banana sections and chopped strawberries, and a small cup of orange juice. The kids also had access to additional sugar. Those eating the low-sugar cereals most often added the fresh fruit to their bowls and, overall, ate less refined sugar than the other children.

More at Medical News Today | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Skipping Breakfast Increases Heart Disease Risk, Children Are Filling Up on Empty Calories

Tags: Breakfast, Cereal, Children's Nutrition, Fruit, Sugar

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (51%) / No! (49%)

EPA Better Than DHA Alone

8 Some Omega 3 Supplements Good for Depression

You may have heard that taking omega-3 supplements are beneficial for the treatment of depression symptoms. But new research has found that not all of the omega-3 formulations available are equally as good as an antidepressant agent. Researchers presenting at a meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology have found that taking eicosapentenoic acid (EPA) alone or EPA in combination with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is more beneficial than DHA alone. The findings were drawn from a meta-analysis of 15 previous studies which looked at the various forms of omega-3 versus a placebo. Author John Davis MD advises that the dietary supplements should be used to augment effects of antidepressant medications, especially in cases of moderate to severe depression.

More at Modern Medicine | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Eating Fish Rich in Omega-3 May Protect Against Depression, Eat Heart Healthy Food for a Healthy Brain

Tags: Depression, Docosahexaenoic Acid, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Eicosapentenoic Acid

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (53%) / No! (47%)

A Very Gutsy Study

9 Intestines Created from Stem Cells

Researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have developed a technique that will offer greater insight into how the human intestine develops and functions, which could lead to more treatments for intestinal diseases and be used to replace damaged intestinal tissue. They did this by taking cells from patients and manipulated them into becoming pluripotent stem cells. This significantly lowered the risk of rejection when they were transplanted back. They were placed in petri dishes that induced them to become cells that would line the esophagus, stomach and intestines. They were able to create three-dimensional fetal like tissues that developed over time and had functions normally seen in the intestines.

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

Tags: Stem Cells, Intestines, Intestinal, Stems Cells Programmed to Become Intestinal Cells, Normal Intestinal Function, Intestinal Diseases, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (47%) / No! (53%)

Good for Heart and Mind

10 HDL Shown to Be Protective Against Alzheimer's

A study involving over 1,130 people over 65 showed that high-density lipoprotein (HDL), aka “good cholesterol,” reduces the chance of developing Alzheimer’s. All of the participants lived in New York City and most had Medicare. No one had memory or thinking problems at the beginning of the study and researchers performed various test and collected data on them throughout the four-year period to determine if they developed Alzheimer’s. They divided people into four groups based on their HDL and found that those with the highest levels of HDL (55 or higher) had a 60 percent reduced risk of developing the disease over the course of the study. High HDL levels are also protective against heart disease and a new class of drugs that increases HDL cholesterol is showing positive results.

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

Previously: HDL May Not Always Be Good Cholesterol

Tags: Alzheimer’s, Good Cholesterol, Cholesterol and Alzheimer’s

Read the Comments (1) | Was this Interesting? Yes! (45%) / No! (55%)

2015

October 28 21 14 8 2

September 26 18 12 6

August 30 24 17 11 5

July 29 23 16 9 3

June 28 23 16 10 5

May 31 25 20 13 8 3

April 28 21 16 8 1

March 27 21 13 6 3

February 27 20 13 6

January 31 27 25 17 12 8 7 5

2014

December 31 25 18 9 8 7 4 3 2

November 30 29 28 26 25 23 22 21 18 17 15 13 12 11 10 9 7 5 4 3 2

October 31 30 28 26 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

September 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

August 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 7 6 5 4 3 1

July 31 30 29 28 26 24 23 22 21 20 19 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 1

June 30 29 28 26 25 24 23 22 21 18 17 16 15 13 12 11 10 8 7 6 5 3 2 1

May 31 30 28 26 25 24 22 20 19 18 17 15 14 13 12 11 9 7 6 5 2

April 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

March 31 30 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 14 13 12 10 9 7 6 5 4 3 1

February 28 27 26 25 24 22 21 20 19 18 17 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 30 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2013

December 30 29 28 25 23 22 21 20 18 17 16 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

November 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 14 13 12 11 10 9 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

October 31 30 29 28 27 26 24 23 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2 1

September 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 5 4 3 2

August 31 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

July 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

June 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 3

May 31 30 29 28 27 26 24 23 22 21 20 17 16 15 14 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2 1

April 30 29 27 26 25 23 22 20 18 16 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

March 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 22 21 20 19 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 2 1

February 28 27 26 25 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 29 28 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2 1

2012

December 31 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 1

November 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 21 20 19 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

October 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

September 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

August 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

July 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

June 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

May 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

April 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

March 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

February 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2011

December 30 29 28 27 26 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

November 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

October 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

September 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

August 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

July 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

June 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

May 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

April 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

March 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

February 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2010

December 31 30 29 28 27 26 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

November 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

October 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

September 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

August 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

July 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

June 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

May 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

April 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 17 16 15 14 13 12 10 8 7 6 5 2 1

March 31 30 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2 1

February 28 27 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 7 6

2009

December 27 26 24 22 21 19 16

Most Recent 100 Items