September 6, 2011

But Skip the Butter

1 Potatoes Help to Reduce High Blood Pressure

Potatoes have a bad reputation when it comes to healthy eating, but says researcher Joe Vinson, Ph.D, are as good as oatmeal at lowering blood pressure. When simply prepared, without frying, “one potato has only 110 calories and dozens of healthful phytochemicals and vitamins.” For the study, researchers measured the blood pressure of 18 overweight patients who ate 6-8 purple potatoes with skins 2x/day for a month. None of the participants gained weight. The average diastolic blood pressure dropped by 4.3%; systolic pressure dropped by 3.5%. Researchers point out that the best way to preserve nutrients is to cook potatoes in a microwave oven. Although purple potatoes were used for the study, researchers say other potatoes will work too - but skip the butter and sour cream.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Watermelon Found to Lower Blood Pressure

Tags: High Blood Pressure, Overweight, Potatoes, Vitamins, Oatmeal, Phytochemicals, Lowering Obesity, Foods That Fight Obesity

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An Extra Day Out

2 Children of Smokers Miss More School

Kids with smoking parents are more likely to miss school compared with classmates who have non-smoking parents, say researchers. The new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, shows that on average, children who lived with smokers missed an extra day during the school year. The children were also more likely to have ear infections and respiratory illnesses identified as "chest colds," reports MSNBC. While the study findings show an association between parental smoking and absenteeism, the research doesn't prove that the parents' smoking causes kids to miss more school. However, experts still warn that kids should be protected from secondhand smoke, which may cause an increase in severe asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and even sudden infant death syndrome.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Lifting Weights May Help You Quit Smoking

Tags: Smoking Ban in Cars, Smoking Effect Kids, Children of Smokers, Missing School Smoking Parents, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Causes, causes severe childhood asthma, secondhand smoke effect kids

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Risk 2.4 Times Higher

3 NSAIDs May Increase the Risk of Miscarriage

A study in Quebec involving 52,000 women has shown that non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are associated with a higher risk of having a miscarriage. Researchers looked at number of prescriptions filled for ibuprofen, naproxen and celecoxib by women during their pregnancy and found that 7.5 percent of women who had a miscarriage filled one compared to less than three percent of the women who did not have one. This study does not prove that NSAIDs cause miscarriage and the conditions managed by them may be a bigger risk factor. But they work by modulating prostaglandin production which decreases early in pregnancy. Women wanting to get pregnant on NSAIDs for chronic conditions should talk to their doctor and should use acetaminophen for temporary aches and pains.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Smoking in Early Pregnancy Linked to Miscarriage

Tags: Celecoxib, Healthy Pregnancy, Ibuprofen, Miscarriage, Naproxen, NSAIDs, NSAIDs and Miscarriage Risk, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory, NSAID Prescriptions, Miscarriage Risk Factors

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