December 21, 2011

Fish and Veg

1 Those on a Mediterranean Diet Live Longer

People who eat a Mediterranean diet comprised of large amounts of vegetables and fish live longer, is the unanimous result of four studies by the Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden. The “H70” study, a 40-year study during which scientists compared thousands of 70-year olds who ate a Mediterranean diet to those who’d eaten more meat and animal products, found that the former had a 20% chance of living longer. These findings are supported by three additional studies, one of which compiled data on the effects of a Mediterranean diet on the health of children. "The conclusion we can draw from these studies is that there is no doubt that a Mediterranean diet is linked to better health, not only for the elderly but also for youngsters," says researcher Gianluca Tognon.

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

Previously: Mediterranean Diet, Skin Cancer Prevention Linked

Tags: Fish, Healthy Diet, Living Longer, Longevity, Mediterranean Diet, Sweden, Vegetables, Effect of Diet on Longevity, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gianluca Tognon

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Let Them Disagree

2 Moms: Teens Should Speak Minds at Home

Teenagers who more openly express their own views when talking with their mothers are more likely to resist peer pressure when it comes to drinking and using drugs, say researchers. Even if the teens disagree with their mothers, the viewpoints expressed could mean that the teens are more equipped to stand up to peers. The findings show that a healthy autonomy established at home can carry over into relationships with peers, notes study leader Joseph P. Allen. "It may be that teens who are secure in their ability to turn to their mothers under stress are less likely to end up feeling overly dependent upon their close friends, and thus less likely to be influenced by their friend's behavior when it's negative," suggests Allen. The research is published in Child Development.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Synthetic Marijuana Use on Rise among Teens

Tags: Teen Behavior, University of Virginia, Journal Child Development, Hugh P. Kelly Professor of Psychology, Teens Who Talk Back, Teens Expressing Opinions Good, Resisting Peer Pressure, How Teens Talk Mom

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Don't Be Afraid

3 Merry Christmas, You're Fat

Go ahead and tell your bigger loved ones that they're overweight this Christmas, urges health experts, who suggest you be sensitive too. The International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk and the National Obesity Forum say Christmas is a great time to tell the truth to loved ones who may be facing health risks from their weight. A poll conducted by the groups found that many people shy away from the issue. BBC reports that the survey of more than 2,000 people found that 42 percent of people aged 18 to 24 wouldn't tell a loved one to lose weight. The reason given for the avoidance is not wanting to hurt feelings. Among people aged 25 to 44, barely over a third would be honest about fatness with loved ones, while one in four older people would speak up on the issue.

More at BBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Obesity Dangers, Telling Loved One Fat, Telling Husband He's Fat, Telling Wife She's Fat, How Tell Loved Ones They're Fat, Why Tell People They're Fat, Being Honest About Being Fat, National Obesity Forum, International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk

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Is Mother Nature Warning Us?

4 Lower Temperatures Good for Pregnancy

Results from a new study suggest that higher temperatures increase the risk of a stillbirth and preterm birth. The four-year study involved 101,870 births in Brisbane in which 653 ended in a stillbirth. A direct relationship between higher temperatures and this risk was observed, particularly before 28 weeks of gestation. Warm and hottest weekly temperatures had similar risks which were higher compared to the coolest weeks. Calculations revealed that at 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit), 353 stillbirths per 100,000 pregnancies would occur, a number that almost doubles at 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 degrees Fahrenheit). Preterm births can leave babies with health problems that continue well beyond infancy. If the results are valid, global warming could become a public health issue.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Radiation Used in Girls Increase Stillbirth Risk

Tags: Global Warming, Healthy Pregnancy, Preterm Birth, Stillbirth, High Temperatures

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