June 18, 2012

Inflammation’s to Blame

1 Psoriasis Nearly Doubles Diabetes Risk

Psoriasis, a skin disease that causes thick, inflamed patches of skin is an independent risk factor for diabetes, finds research from the U of PA. Researchers predict that 115,500 psoriasis sufferers will develop diabetes each year even absent conventional risk factors such as obesity. Psoriasis affects about 7.5 million Americans and both it and diabetes are caused by chronic inflammation. The study, which compared 108,132 people with psoriasis to 430,716 without it, found that those with milder cases had an 11% increased risk of developing diabetes; those with severe psoriasis had a 46% higher risk compared to those who didn’t have the condition. Psoriasis patients are advised to maintain a healthy diet, get regular exercise and see their doctors for regular screenings, say researchers.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Drinking Beer May Result in Psoriasis for Women

Tags: Diabetes, Diabetes Risk Factors, Obesity, Psoriasis, University of Pennsylvania, Metabolic Disorder, Skin Condition

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Bananas Are Cheaper

2 Is Coconut Water Really Necessary?

Coconut water sales in the U.S. doubled in 2011, and may reach $110 million in 2012, reports NPR. While coconut water contains sodium and potassium that help balance fluids inside the body, it's "not magical," registered dietitian Andrea Giancoli told NPR. She believes that while potassium is important for heart health, you don't have to drink coconut water to be healthy. Instead, you can get potassium from food like bananas. Coconut water comes from young coconuts that haven't converted water to coconut milk, so there's no concern over dietary fat. Yet, many of us don't work out hard enough to need the serious punch of electrolytes offered by the water. NPR says the bottom line is that if you like the taste and can afford the $2 to $3 per serving, go for it, but it's "no miracle drink."

More at NPR | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Coconut Water As Sports Drink

Tags: Coconut Water Craze, Truth About Coconut Water, Potassium Sources, Potassium Foods, Green Coconuts, Coconut Milk Versus Coconut Water, Is Coconut Water Worth It

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Fewer Complications Than Open

3 Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery Safer

Minimally invasive weight-loss surgery is safer than open surgery with a larger abdominal incision, say researchers from Stanford University Medical Center. Published in Archives of Surgery, the new research shows that laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, surgery carries lower mortality rates, shorter hospital stays, lower hospital charges and fewer complications compared with open surgery. For the study, researchers examined 156,271 Roux-en-Y gastric bypass cases completed nationwide either laparascopically or as open surgery between 2005 and 2007. While previous studies support the greater safety of laparoscopic weight-loss surgery, this study confirms that those findings are a reality in hospitals and academic medical centers across the country, says senior author John Morton, MD, MPH.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Weight Loss Surgery Lowers Heart Attack Risk

Tags: Archives of Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery Complications, Stanford University Medical Center, Bariatric and Metabolic Interdisciplinary Clinic

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A Pollutant in the Family

4 BPA Exposure Passed Down the Generations

Results from studies in mice suggest that the effects of Bisphenol A (BPA) can be passed down to offspring and persist up to the fourth generation. Some female mice were fed chow with BPA and some without before they were mated to male mice and then during gestation. The babies born to the BPA group had less social interactions compared to their control counterparts and the genetic changes that occurred were more dramatic than in future generations but they still persisted. BPA is a synthetic compound that can be found in many things people are exposed to everyday like food containers, dental sealant and paper receipts and has been tied to higher levels of anxiety, aggression and cognitive impairments. This study is the first to demonstrate that BPA’s effects can last over generations.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: EPA and FDA to Intensify Study of Dangers of BPA, BPA Found on Receipts

Tags: Bisphenol a, BPA, Environment, Pollutants, Pollutions

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