March 15, 2012

Radiation Exposure and ADHD

1 Cell Phone Use May Harm Unborn Baby

Using a cell phone while pregnant may harm the unborn child finds a new study. Researchers exposed pregnant mice to radiation from a silenced, active cell phone while a control group was exposed to a deactivated phone. They then measured brain activity and conducted psychological and behavioral tests on adult mice that had been exposed to radiation. Tests showed them to be more hyperactive with reduced memory capacity. "We have shown that behavioral problems in mice that resemble ADHD are caused by cell phone exposure in the womb," says researcher Hugh S. Taylor, M.D., Yale Schl of Med. "The rise in behavioral disorders in human children may be in part due to fetal cellular telephone irradiation exposure.” Further studies are needed to establish a human link and safe cell phone use.

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

Previously: Cell Phone Use Changes Brain Activity

Tags: ADHD, Behavioral Problems, Hyperactivity, Yale School of Medicine, Cell Phone Use and Unborn Baby, Dr. Hugh S. Taylor

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Go Brown

2 White Rice Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Risk for developing Type 2 diabetes is significantly increased when white rice is consumed regularly, suggest researchers. Published in BMJ, the analysis of previous studies found that the more white rice eaten, the higher the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health say that the trend of increased risk with white rice consumption was found in both Western and Asian countries, but a stronger association was revealed among women than men. Brown rice, recommended by the researchers, has more fiber, magnesium and vitamins. Eating a lot of white rice may lead to increased diabetes risk because of low intake of nutrients.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Coffee Lowers Diabetes Risk, Saturated Fats Increase Diabetes Risk

Tags: Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, White Rice Versus Brown, Why Brown Rice Better, Why White Rice Unhealthy, Is White Rice Unhealthy, Health Benefits Brown Rice, Low Magnesium Intake

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Hating Work, Loving Cookies

3 Overeating Connected to Burnout at Work

Women in a new study who were experiencing workplace burnout were more likely to display uncontrolled eating than women without burnout. CNN reports that the study, involving 230 women, showed that the women who were burned out at work still had emotional eating habits after 12 months. The research is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers believe that for overweight or obese women, achieving successful weight maintenance is hindered by burnout and reduced resources. Women who are experiencing workplace burnout may not make the changes needed to lose weight, leading to impaired self-esteem.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Overeating Could Double Risk of Memory Loss

Tags: Overeating Causes, Reasons Overeating, Symptoms Work Burnout, Uncontrolled Eating, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Overeating Study

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Fertilizers May Be to Blame

4 Cadmium in Diet Linked to Breast Cancer

Women with greater levels of cadmium in their diets face an increased risk of developing breast cancer compared to those who ingest less of the chemical, say researchers. The research, published by the American Association for Cancer Research, found that the one-third of women with the highest levels of cadmium were 21 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than the one-third of women with the lowest intakes of cadmium. The study included 55,987 post-menopausal women, reports Los Angeles Times. Cadmium is a heavy metal that may leach into food from fertilizers or when it's deposited on farmland by rainfall or sewage sludge.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: McDonald's Shrek Glasses Contain Cadmium, Miley Cyrus Jewelry at Walmart May Be Toxic

Tags: Breast Cancer Causes, Breast Cancer Prevention, Cadmium Diet Linked Breast Cancer, Environmental Causes Breast Cancer

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Just Don't Go Overboard

5 Moderate Drinking May Lower Stroke Risk

Researchers at Boston University Medical Center have found that light to moderate drinking is associated with a lower risk of stroke in women. The findings are based on results from the Nurses’ Health Study which included over 83,000 women and found that, in comparison to non-drinkers, those consuming one drink per day (15 grams of alcohol) had an estimated 17-21 percent lower risk of having a stroke, based on criteria from the National Survey of Stroke. However, drinking too much – over 38 grams per day – was linked to an increased risk. Red wine, in particular, has been studied for its positive effect on cardiovascular health. The antioxidant content may reduce inflammation that contributes to factors that lead to stroke.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Women Who Walk Have Lower Stroke Risk, Antioxidants May Protect Against Ischemic Stroke

Tags: Alcohol, Cardiovascular Health, Red Wine, Stroke, Stroke Prevention, Women's Health

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Causes Insulin Overexpression

6 Genes Link Fatty Diet to Colon Cancer

New research has revealed that diets high in fat are linked to an increased risk of colon cancer because they modify genes associated with breaking down carbohydrates, fats and amino acids. This modification of genes that changes their expression is done via methylation, or the addition of a methyl group which is made up of one carbon atom and three hydrogen atoms. Looking at healthy colon tissue from cancer patients showed that fats alter insulin genes which cause them to overexpress the glucose-lowering hormone. Studies show that people with colon cancer have altered glucose metabolism and insulin signaling. Insulin feeds cancer cells. Researchers hope they can observe these changes in healthy tissues so colon cancer screenings and diagnosis can be done with blood or saliva.

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

Previously: DASH Diet May Help Lower Risk of Colon Cancer, Vitamin Supplements May Cut Colon Cancer Risk, High Glycemic Diet Not a Risk for Colon Cancer

Tags: Colon Cancer, Diet and Cancer, High-Fat Diet, Insulin, Methylation

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Seeing Well Is Thinking Well

7 Damage to the Eye May Be Damage to the Brain

A 10 year study involving 511 women with a mean age of 69 years old found that damaged blood vessels in the eye could translate into vascular damage in the brain. Every year of the study they took tests to assess their thinking and memory and their eyes were test four years after the study began. Eight years into it, brain scans were done on each woman. The 39 women with retinopathy did worse on the cognitive tests and had more areas of small vascular damage in the brain, which were greater when just looking at the parietal lobe. They accounted for diabetes and hypertension which can lead to problems in blood vessels in the eye and brain. There was no difference in visual acuity between both groups.

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

Previously: Resveratrol May Prevent Some Blinding Diseases

Tags: Brain, Eye, Eye Disease, Memory, Thinking, Vascular Damage, Retinopathy, Cognitive Tests, Blood Vessels

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Family Contorted, Celebs Normal

8 Stroke Makes Woman's Family Look Ugly

An ischemic stroke in a 76 year old Dutch woman known only as “JS” has made her family look unfamiliar and ugly. Not recognizing her daughter she has regular contact with but immediately recognizing one she had not seen in eight years was the first sign of a problem. She saw her grandkids as repulsive and refused to let them sit in her lap during visits. A neuropsychological test in which she looked at photos of her family, celebrities and strangers revealed she had prosopometamorphopsia, or difficulty recognizing faces because they look contorted. She correctly recognized celebrities 96 percent of the time but family only 49 percent of the time. She described real photos of Hitler and Osama bin Landen "pathetic look-alikes who should have made more effort to look like the 'real' people."

More at MSNBC Health | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Ability to Recognize Faces Peaks at 30

Tags: Prosopometamorphopsia, Ischemic Stroke, Facial Recognition, Neuropsychological Testing

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