Extra! Extra! Get Your Protein.
Consuming a high-protein diet may lower your risk for developing hypertension, suggest researchers. Published in American Journal of Hypertension, the study showed that adults consuming the highest amount of protein (average 100 grams daily) enjoyed a 40 percent reduced risk of high blood pressure compared to adults with the lowest intake of protein. Researchers say that after four years of follow-up, the adults who consumed more protein from either plant or animal sources had statistically significantly lower systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure levels. The beneficial effects were seen for both overweight and normal weight individuals.
Mushrooms containing vitamin D2 - from exposure to ultraviolet light - can provide as much vitamin D as supplements say researchers from Boston University School of Medicine. The study included 30 healthy adults who took either 2000 IU of vitamin D2, vitamin D3 or mushroom powder daily for 12 weeks during the winter. Baseline serum Vitamin D levels were similar for all participants. Blood tests taken during and after the study showed an increase and maintenance of vitamin D levels which were also similar for all participants. Adequate amounts of vitamin D are essential for bone health, muscle strength and for modulating the immune system to help fight infections and reduce the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes and depression.
When Diagnosis Certain
Despite some guidelines that say otherwise, antibiotics may still be good for treating middle ear infection when the diagnosis is certain, find two recent studies. The research, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that symptoms may disappear sooner when an antibiotic like amoxicillin-clavulanate is used. According to MSNBC, the new results contradict the latest recommendation by the American Academy of Family Physicians to use a "watchful-waiting approach" for most cases. Dr. Jerome O. Klein of the Boston University School of Medicine believes that the new study findings offer "the best data yet" on whether antibiotics are a good treatment for middle ear infections. He says the answer is "yes."
Mind, Body, Spirit
Yoga may be superior to other forms of exercise when it comes to uplifting one’s mood and reducing anxiety, finds a new study from Boston University’s School of Medicine. The study is the first to examine yoga postures, gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels in the brain, and anxiety levels. Researchers compared two groups. The first practiced yoga three times a week for one hour sessions while the other spent time walking during the 12-week course of the study. The findings indicate that healthy individuals who practiced yoga increased GABA levels and reported a significant decrease in anxiety and improvements in mood. Study authors say the promising research warrants additional study but that yoga might be beneficial for individuals with certain mental health disorders.
Slim Down to Stay Sane
Having extra abdominal fat during middle age could put you at greater risk for developing dementia later, say researchers from Boston University School of Medicine. "Our findings, while preliminary, provide greater understanding of the mechanisms underlying the link between obesity and dementia," said Dr. Sudha Seshadri. For the study, published in Annals of Neurology, researchers analyzed the link between waist circumference, Body Mass Index (BMI), waist to hip ratio and measures of abdominal fat from a CT with MRI measures of total brain volume and more in middle-aged study participants. Researchers say the results confirmed the association of increasing BMI with lower brain volumes in middle-aged and older adults.