March 28, 2011

Mother Nature’s Perfect Food?

1 Walnuts Number One for Heart Health

Nuts are loaded with protein, dietary fiber and antioxidants. And now, a new report says that walnuts are the healthiest of nuts. "Walnuts rank above peanuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios and other nuts," says Joe Vinson, Ph.D., who compared the amount and quality of antioxidants of different nuts. "A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut. But unfortunately, people don't eat a lot of them.” Vinson says that people may be concerned about gaining weight from eating nuts which are high in fat and calories. But, he says, nuts contain healthy fats that don’t clog arteries. He recommends eating 7 walnuts a day for optimal health benefits without weight gain.

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

Previously: Walnuts Improve Stress Reaction

Tags: Antioxidants, Protein, Walnuts for Heart Health, Dietary Fiber, Joe Vinson

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Saffron’s Hot

2 Spice Up Your Sex Life Naturally

Ginseng and saffron are proven libido enhancers says a new U of Guelph scientific review of natural aphrodisiacs. "Aphrodisiacs have been used for thousands of years all around the world, but the science behind the claims has never been well understood or clearly reported," says researcher Massimo Marcone of his comprehensive review. Currently, sexual dysfunction is treated with synthetic drugs which may include negative side effects and do not increase libido. Marcone examined hundreds of studies to ascertain the psychological and physiological claims of sexual enhancement but included only the ones that met the most stringent controls. His findings for livening your libido? Ginseng, saffron and yohimbine, from yohimbe trees in West Africa, improve sexual enhancement in humans.

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

Previously: FDA Considers Libido Drug for Women

Tags: Ginseng, Libido, Sexual Dysfunction, University of Guelph, Sexual Enhancement, Aphrodisiacs, Saffron, Yohimbine, Massimo Marcone, Improve Your Sex Life

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Long Rehab Ahead

3 Student Gets New Hand in Rare Transplant Surgery

Linda Lu, a 21-year old student who has been without a left hand since infancy, received a new hand in a rare 19-hour surgery performed at Emory U Hosp. It was the hospital’s first hand transplant surgery. Lu, who wore a protective splint for 48 hours after surgery, wears a high-tech supportive brace while she undergoes rehab to gain function in her new hand. While the hand will never function as a normal hand, "I expect it to help in simple everyday activities,” says Lu. Emory is one of four US centers to have successfully performed a hand transplant. Its program was spurred by a Dept. of Defense grant. "The procedure they have demonstrated will benefit many people including members of our military who have suffered from injuries,” says Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-GA.

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

Previously: Texas Man Has First Full Face Transplant in US

Tags: Emory University, Transplant Surgery, Hand Transplant, Student Gets Hand Transplant, Linda Lu, Department of Defense, Saxby Chambliss

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Small Risk Exists

4 Study Finds Low Cancer Risk from Airport Scanners

The cancer risk from backscatter imaging technology used in body scans at airports is so low that it doesn't pose a significant threat, not even for frequent fliers, claim researchers from the University of California San Francisco. The research was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers estimated the cancer risks linked with exposure to backscatter body scans, and found that for every 100 million passengers traveling on seven one-way flights each year, there would be six extra cancers over the course of those passengers' lifetimes. Among frequent fliers (10 trips per week for a year), there were four additional cancers per 1 million, reports CNN. Researchers also say that the radiation dose received from the scans is less than the cosmic radiation during flight.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: FDA Says Body Scanners Pose Small Cancer Risk

Tags: Backscatter X-Rays, Cancer Risk, Full Body Scans, Safety of Body Scanners, Full Body Airport Scanners, Low Cancer Risk from Backscatter Scans, cosmic radiation during flight

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Bacteria Passed Around

5 Cavities Can Be Contagious

Believe it: Cavities may be transmitted from person to person. Researchers say that it happens all the time. In their "Really" column, New York Times says that the most common bacteria that causes cavities, Streptococcus mutans, can be passed from one person to another. Mothers pass it to their kids when they taste their food, and couples may pass it to each other. Dr. Margaret Mitchell, a cosmetic dentist, told New York Times that the best defense against "catching a cavity" is to floss and brush often, plus chew sugar-free gum, which helps to wash away bacteria and plaque.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Frequency of Candy Eating Raises Cavity Risk

Tags: Cavities, Cosmetic Dentist, Streptococcus Mutans, Causes of Cavities, Bacteria That Cause Cavities, Transmitting Cavities Person to Person, Contagious Cavity

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Social Rejection Hurts

6 Physical and Emotional Pain Share Brain Area

To the brain, a physical burn and the pain of rejection may not be so different. Researchers reporting in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences studied 40 people who had recently gone through an unwanted break-up. While having an MRI, participants viewed photos of their former partners and thought about the break-up. They also had an MRI while attached to a device that produced burning sensations like holding a cup of very hot coffee. Researchers found that the same areas of the brain were activated by physical sensations of burns and powerful feelings of social rejection. University of Michigan social psychologist and lead study author Ethan Kross believes that social rejection may "represent a distinct emotional experience that is uniquely associated with physical pain."

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of Michigan, Painful Breakup, Burn Pain, Brain Areas Emotional and Physical Pain Tied, Feelings of Social Rejection

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Prevent Later Osteoporosis

7 Running, Jogging Important for Building Bone

While any form of exercise is good for preventing heart disease and obesity, running and jogging are particularly beneficial for building bones in children, offering protection from osteoporosis later in life. This key finding is published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and is based on a study of over 1,700 fifteen-year-old boys and girls enrolled in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). The amount of vigorous physical activity performed, as measured by a wearable monitor, was related to tibial (lower leg bone) size and thickness. Teens engaging in the top quartile of vigorous activity were found to have bone size of 7mm2 greater than those in the bottom quartile.

More at PhysOrg.com | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Low-Impact Exercise May Prevent Osteoarthritis, Compound Produced by Bone Increases Density

Tags: Adolescents, Bone Health, Exercise, Osteoporosis, Running, Jogging

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Will McDonald's Be Far Behind?

8 Fast Food Chains to Offer Turkey Burgers

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s will be the first fast-food chain restaurants to offer turkey burgers, according to a recent press release. The charbroiled turkey burgers will have less than 500 calories each and will come in a variety of options. In addition to an Original Turkey Burger, Carl’s Jr. customers can order a Teriyaki Turkey Burger and a Guacamole Turkey Burger while Hardee’s customers will have the option of a Mushroom Swiss Turkey Burger and the BBQ Ranch Turkey Burger. The burgers were created by the editors of Men’s Health magazine. “More and more customers today are looking for great-tasting burgers that are better for them and/or available with a beef alternative,” said Brad Haley, executive vice president of marketing for CKE Restaurants.

More at Fox News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: The Grossest Fast Food Concepts, Fast Food May Finally Be Getting Smaller

Tags: Fast Food, Turkey, Burgers, Hardee's, Carl's Jr

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Answer May Surprise You

9 Is Food in BPA-Lined Cans Considered Organic?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a compound that is used in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Some companies use the endocrine disruptor in the linings of cans that package foods. Because BPA is linked to adverse health effects, such as cancer, obesity, and reproductive issues, Pablo Paster at Treehugger.com answers the important question “Can vegetables packaged in a BPA-lined can be considered organic?” The answer, technically, is yes. The USDA National Organic Program regulates the growing and manufacturing processes for foods, not its packaging or any other environmental impact, such as transportation. Although Canada has classified BPA as a toxic substance, and the European Union has banned its use in infant products, the FDA has yet to rule on the safety of bisphenol A.

More at TreeHugger.com | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: EPA and FDA to Intensify Study of Dangers of BPA

Tags: Bisphenol a, BPA, Organic, Canned Foods, Canned Vegetables

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Along with Other Risk Factors

10 Cholesterol Drug Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Several studies suggest that high doses of the cholesterol drug Lipitor (atorvastatin) increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, especially in people who are overweight or obese, hyperglycemic, have high triglycerides and hypertension. One study involving 3,800 non-diabetic adults who suffered a “mini” stroke known as transient ischemic attacks linked Lipitor to a 37 percent increase in developing diabetes compared to the placebo group. Almost half of those with all the risk factors on Lipitor developed diabetes. If people change those factors for the better, they might lower the increased risk. Researchers emphasize that the increased risk is small and the taking it to reduce the risk cardiovascular disease in those on statins which outweigh the risk of developing diabetes.

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

Previously: Lipitor Recalled over Odor Complaints

Tags: Cholesterol, Hypertension, Lipitor, Obese, Overweight, Triglycerides, Type 2 Diabetes, Statin, Atorvastatin, Hyperglycemia, Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors

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CigArettes Are Gateway Drug

11 Tweens Who Smoke Cigarettes More Likely to Use Pot

A 1994 study of Finnish-American birth cohort found that those who began smoking cigarettes at or before 12 years of age were 26 times more likely to start using illicit drugs such as marijuana compared to teens who never smoked, supporting the idea that smoking of at an early age is a good way to predict if a person is more likely to use drugs. Other predictors are being a girl, an aggressive boy, the teens’ binge drinking habits and their fathers’, and if their friends are smoking and have experience with other drugs. Researchers also believe that this study confirms “the gateway” hypothesis, which implies that drugs like tobacco and alcohol lead to using harder drugs. The complete study can be found in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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

Previously: Pot More Popular with Teens Than Cigarettes

Tags: Cigarettes, Marijuana, Marijuana Use, Smoking, Smoking Pot, Teens, Tweens, Drug Use in Adolescents, Cigarettes and Teens, Gateway Drugs

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ONLY THREE CALORIES PER HIT

12 Chocaps Chocolate Inhalers Help Smokers Quit

Chocaps chocolate inhalers could quite possibly be the smoker's tastiest weapon in the war on nicotine addiction. Chocaps chocolate inhalers were created by Austrian confectioner Rouven Haas as a way to help smokers kick their habit and to help keep chocolate-lovers from packing on the pounds. Chocaps are used in almost the same way as cigarettes with a small plastic tube being inserted into a pill containing coca powder. Haas, himself a former smoker is hoping that the act of inhaling coupled with the tastiness of the coca powder will be enough to keep smokers from lighting up in times of desperation. Chocaps have recently come under fire for their design, with anti-smoking expert Otto Brandli saying, "it is a dangerous product that can only encourage the smoking of cigarettes or worse."

More at Chocaps | Hat tip to Oddity Central | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Kicking the Cigarette Habit Just Got Easier

Tags: Chocolate, Smoking, Nicotine Addiction, Cigarette Substitute

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