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Healthy Gifts for Dad

(SouthBeachDiet.com) Ties, coffee mugs, tools, and playing cards are thoughtful gifts, but why not resist the ordinary and choose a gift that encourages a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few Father’s Day gift ideas that Dad is sure to appreciate:
A trial membership at the local gym…
Golf or tennis lessons…
Grilling and barbecue set…
A healthy home-cooked meal…
Go on a special outing. Treat Dad to a day or night out: Take him to see a movie, visit a local museum, go for a walk, or hike through the park. How about a picnic, some fishing, or an overnight camping trip?
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Shorter Sleep Durations May Increase Genetic Risks for Obesity

(Science Daily) Sleeping less at night may increase the expression of genetic risks for obesity, while getting plenty of sleep may suppress genetic influences on body weight…
Results of a study of 1,811 pairs of twins show that the heritability of sleep duration was 32 percent, and shared environmental influences on sleep duration were negligible. Longer sleep duration was associated with decreased body mass index, which is a measure of body fat based on height and weight…
"The heritability of body weight decreased as sleep duration increased," said principal investigator Dr. Nathaniel Watson.
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Truth About Ice Cream, Snow Cones May Be Hard to Swallow

(HealthDay News) Ice cream, frozen yogurt and snow cones may be favorite hot weather treats, but they don't offer much in the way of nutrition, a food expert says…
"It does have calcium along with vitamin D, vitamin A and some of the B vitamins to help with energy release, along with about 2.5 to 3 grams of protein -- not much, but more than none," [dietitian Suzy] Weems said in a university news release.
But ice cream is heavy in calories -- about 145 for a half-cup of vanilla and about 160 for chocolate chip, she noted…
Even snow cone syrups with fruity names are basically sugar plus water, offering little in the way of nutrition, Weems said.
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Eat 14 Percent Less with This Diet Secret

(RealAge.com) According to Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating, you'll consume about 14 percent fewer calories if you take everything you're going to eat on the first pass instead of taking less and going back for seconds…
Another trick to keeping your perspective and cutting down on excess calories: use a 9-inch plate. Then, fill half of it with vegetables, a quarter with lean protein, and the final quarter with complex carbs -- preferably something made of whole grains or something high in fiber. And do everyone's waist a favor: Put the food away after everyone has been served, in order to help reduce the temptation of overstuffing yourselves. 
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Diet tied to lower risk of vision loss in old age

(Reuters Health) For people at a higher risk of losing central vision as they age, eating sufficient levels of certain dietary nutrients could help protect their eyes.
A new study finds that among people with a genetic susceptibility to macular degeneration -- vision loss caused by erosion of the retina - those who ate higher levels of zinc, antioxidants or omega-3 fatty acids cut their risk of developing the disease by as much as a third compared with those who ate lower levels of the nutrients.
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How to Follow the New Nutrition Guidelines

(Lifescript) This month, the USDA ditched the old food pyramid in favor of a visually simplified illustration, called MyPlate, to show major food groups and recommended portions…
Here’s how to incorporate the government’s new nutrition guidelines into your life…
1. Find Your Ideal Food Balance
Figure out your ideal daily calorie intake, based on your activity level and desired weight, by visiting our Calorie/Energy Needs calculator.
2. Get Off the SoFAS
The government’s not talking about the couch here, but rather solid fats and added sugars (SoFAS).
Fats that stay solid at room temperature – such as butter, stick margarine and any kind of lard – make up 19% of the American diet, according to the dietary guidelines. They’re rich in saturated and/or trans fats, the culprits in high cholesterol levels and heart disease.
And added sugars account for 16% of the average American’s diet. Food manufacturers use them to sweeten foods and beverages. Too much sugar intake is linked to obesity, high blood pressure, tooth decay, diabetes and heart disease…
3. Load Your Plate with Fruits and Vegetables
The new MyPlate fills half the plate with fruits and vegetables because they’re nutrient-dense and low in calories. They’re also the key to any disease-preventing diet.
The guidelines urge Americans to eat at least 2-1/2 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit each day. On average, we’re only eating about 1-1/2 cups of produce total every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…
4. Go for Good Grains
Grains take up only a quarter of MyPlate, and at least half of those should be whole grains, the nutrition guidelines advise…
With whole grains, you get nutrients such as iron, magnesium, selenium and B vitamins, as well as dietary fiber, which can reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, and help you maintain a healthy weight…
5. Make Room for Seafood
Like the old guidelines, the new dietary guidelines advise Americans to eat a variety of proteins, and list beans and legumes, nuts, seeds and soy products (like tofu) alongside lean meat, poultry, and eggs.
But the 2010 nutrition guidelines emphasize seafood, which is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids…
6. Don’t Fall for Salt
The average American consumes more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium daily, according to the CDC. That much boosts your risk of hypertension and stroke…
Avoid processed foods, which are the main salt culprits in our diets. Always choose low-sodium products.
Cook at home with fresh ingredients – which have less sodium to begin with and allow you to control the amount of salt. 
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Fresh Salmon-Cilantro Burgers
Skip the beef and serve a Mexican-inspired salmon burger topped with a fresh lime-cilantro mayonnaise sauce. Cook the salmon patties in a skillet to enjoy this hearty burger year-round. A spinach salad with a sweet, slightly spicy Asian-influenced dressing makes a tasty accompaniment.
Summer Vegetable Crêpes
Crêpes aren't just for dessert—they make a quick and savory weeknight dinner. Here they're filled with ricotta cheese, green beans, zucchini and corn and topped with a chive-cream sauce. Don't skip the step of placing a piece of parchment or wax paper under each crêpe as you fill it—without it, the crêpes are tricky to roll. Serve with: A tossed salad.
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4 Foods for Better Immunity

(RealAge.com) Here are four foods your immune system loves…
Oranges are chock-full of vitamin C, an antioxidant vitamin that helps your immune system fend off disease-causing invaders. Other good C options: bell peppers, strawberries, cantaloupe, and broccoli. Or take 400 milligrams of vitamin C three times daily. (Look up more C sources.)
Yogurt (unpasteurized) contains Lactobacillus acidophilus -- a healthy bacterium that helps thwart fungus-related infections. Or take a 20-milligram acidophilus supplement twice daily.
Tea is full of flavonoids, powerful vitamin-like substances that reduce immune-system aging. You'll also find them in oats, onions, broccoli, tomatoes, apples, and berries. (Boost your berry intake with this Triple Berry Blender Blaster.)
Pumpkin seeds are great year round, not just at Halloween, because they contain zinc -- a nutrient that's been shown to help reduce the average length of the common cold. (Find out how zinc can make exercise easier, too.)
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4 Reasons to Eat Watermelon

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) A summertime favorite, watermelon is more than just a refreshing afternoon snack - it has health benefits, too. Watermelon is:
·         Low in calories
·         Rich in antioxidants
·         A good source of vitamins C, A, B6 and B1
·         A good source of the carotenoid lycopene, which may help reduce the risk of prostate and other cancers
It is also versatile, lending its sweet flavor and crisp texture to everything from tomatoes to cheese. When choosing, look for a hefty, symmetrical, unblemished melon. A creamy yellow spot on the bottom indicates ripeness. Add this colorful fruit to your summer menu for a healthy way to cool off - perfect for any hot day!
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1 in 3 multivitamins don't have claimed nutrients

(MSNBC.com) A new review of popular multivitamins found that one in three did not contain the amount of nutrients claimed in their labels or improperly listed ingredients…
After testing 38 multivitamins for a new report published online this week, researchers at ConsumerLab.com discovered that eight contained too little of specific nutrients, two contained more nutrient than claimed and three improperly listed ingredients. The good news: some of the best vitamins were also the cheapest.
"We found a wide range in the quality of multivitamins," said Dr. Tod Cooperman, president of the company. "Interestingly, the more expensive products didn't fare any better than those that are just a few cents a day."…
Ultimately the new report is a strong argument for more regulation of the supplement industry, [Cirigliano said].
“People are using these products more and more,” Cirigliano explained. “There needs to be more regulation.”
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Severe complications from cataract surgery decline

(Reuters Health) Serious, potentially blinding complications from cataract eye surgery are uncommon, and have been declining since the 1990s, a new U.S. study finds…
While the surgery is generally considered safe, there can be sight-threatening complications -- including severe inflammation in the eye, bleeding, and detachment of the retina, the light-sensing tissue in the back of the eye.
But those problems are uncommon and appear to be on the wane, according to new findings.
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Poor education deadly as a heart attack

(UPI) Poverty, lack of education and poor social support contribute to as many U.S. deaths as heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer, researchers say…
Overall, 4.5 percent of U.S. deaths were found to be attributable to poverty, but the risks associated with both poverty and low education were higher for individuals age 25-64 than for those 65 or older with qualified for Social Security and Medicare.
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Cancer death rates continue drop: report

(Reuters) U.S. cancer death rates are continuing to fall, but not all segments of the population are benefiting, the American Cancer Society said Friday…
Steady overall declines in cancer death rates have meant about 898,000 who would have died prematurely from cancer in the past 17 years did not, the organization said.
Americans with the least education are more than twice as likely to die from cancer as those with the most education, according to the group's annual cancer report.
Death rates for all cancer types have fallen in all racial and ethnic groups among both men and women since 1998 with the exception of American Indian/Alaska Native women, among whom rates were stable.
Black and Hispanic men have had the largest annual decreases in cancer death rates since 1998, falling by 2.6 percent among blacks and 2.5 percent among Hispanics.
New cases of lung cancer among women fell after rising steadily since the 1930s.
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Tapeworm Drug Inhibits Colon Cancer Metastasis

(Science Daily) A compound that for about 60 years has been used as a drug against tapeworm infection is also apparently effective against colon cancer metastasis, as studies using mice have now shown. The compound silences a gene that triggers the formation of metastases in colon cancer…
Scientists have known for several years that the gene S100A4/metastasin can initiate colon cancer metastasis…
The scientists looked for compounds that block the expression of the metastasin gene. They screened 1280 compounds and found what they were looking for: niclosamide, a drug until now approved for use to treat intestinal parasite infections from tapeworms.
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Surgeons Perform First Prosthetic Bypass Graft With Patient's Stem Cells at Point-of-Care

(Science Daily) The first three patients to undergo an investigational surgical procedure for peripheral vascular disease that involves the patient's own stem cells continue to do well, reports the University of Louisville surgeon who is the principal investigator.
The "TGI-PVG IDE" clinical trial initiated at UofL involves using a patient's own stem cells to line artificial bypass grafts to better the chances at saving the limbs of patients with peripheral artery disease…
The procedure is in Phase I clinical trials and uses a new fully automated system that involves isolating the patient's own stem cells and then coating the inside of the synthetic vein graft to reduce chances of failure caused by clotting.
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Scientists Turn Memory On, Off in Rats With Flip of Switch

(HealthDay News) Fixing faulty memories may one day be as easy as flipping a switch, according to scientists who restored brain function in rats even when they had been drugged to forget.
Building on prior research on the brain area known as the hippocampus, which is associated with learning, researchers … used an electronic system to duplicate neural signals linked to memory and turn the rats' memories on and off at will.
"This actually looks like a real step . . . toward some future device that may be very real," said Dr. Nicholas Schiff, [who] was not involved in the study.
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Baby boomers ill-equipped for elder care

(UPI) Most baby boomers, though likely to handle parents' care, are ill-informed, but new information can help, a U.S. government agency says.
A USA Today survey of 600 adults between the ages of 45 to 65 conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network indicated 49 percent couldn't name a single medication their parents took while 31 percent of respondents didn't know how many medications their parents took.
The survey said 34 percent didn't know if their parents had a safe deposit box or where the key was, and 36 percent did not know where their parents kept their financial information, USA Today said.
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Deaths Exceed Births in 24% of U.S. Communities: Report

(HealthDay News) Last year, more people died than were born in nearly one-quarter of all U.S. counties, a new study shows.
This trend, known as natural decrease, is the result of younger people moving away, as well as decreases in fertility levels. Researchers from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) also found that rural areas are particularly hard hit by natural population decrease, which is taking a toll on local schools, hospitals and other family services…
"Many agricultural counties have sustained decades of outmigration by young adults, leaving behind fewer young families of childbearing age. Natural decrease also is observed in many rural counties classified as retirement destinations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture," [demographer Kenneth Johnson said].
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National Initiative To Promote Wellness

(HealthDay News) Good medical care alone won't build a healthy nation, said U.S. government officials on Thursday as they unveiled a new national initiative that will emphasize wellness and disease prevention.
The National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, as it is called, will focus on creating programs that take into account health care, plus clean air and water, safe worksites, healthy foods and drug and alcohol abuse…
Democratic Sen. Tom … Harkin noted that the United States spends more than $2 trillion on health care. But only 4 cents of every dollar has gone to prevention and public health -- "in spite of the fact that we know that prevention and public health are among the best tools we have to reduce health care spending in this country," he said.
"For every dollar we invest in prevention, we save $6 in projected health care costs," he added.
The strategy's recommendations for a healthy and fit nation include four key areas:
Creating community environments that promote health and safety.
Expanding community preventive services.
Helping people make healthy choices.
Eliminating disparities in health care.
The policy also focuses on other key ways to improve health:
Not smoking.
Preventing drug and alcohol abuse.
Eating healthfully.
Keeping physically active.
Living free of injury and violence.
Caring for reproductive and sexual health.
Promoting mental and emotional well-being.
Health advocacy groups were quick to applaud the introduction of the new strategy.
Community: To those who say this kind of initiative shouldn’t come from government, I suggest that you re-read the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Please notice that “promote the general Welfare” is right up there with providing for the common defense.

Health in old age in Europe = happiness

(UPI) Some say those who have their health have everything and a European survey indicates those who have their health are more likely to be happy.
The survey findings, aggregated from Gallup surveys conducted in 38 European countries from 2005 to 2010, reveal people tend to be happier into old age in countries with better access to quality healthcare.
"Health is an important aspect of overall well being, and may be more important for the elderly as health declines in old age," Gallup says in a statement.
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Healthcare sways retirement decisions

(UPI) Most non-retired U.S. investors -- people with $10,000 or more to invest -- say healthcare cost is a major determinant of when to retire, a survey says.
The Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index poll indicates 72 percent of non-retired U.S. investors say the cost of healthcare is a major factor when it comes to deciding when to retire, followed by 60 percent who cite being located near good medical facilities and 52 percent who say low state and/or local real estate taxes…
Communities that want to attract retirees may want to consider a renewed focus on the quality and availability of local healthcare as a marketing point, the Gallup officials say.
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Woes of famous, powerful shine light on sex addiction

(Reuters) Addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling can destroy lives, but less well known and more controversial is the overwhelming need for sexual satisfaction so intense that psychologists compare it to crack cocaine.
Representative Anthony Weiner stepped down from Congress under pressure from fellow Democrats, including President Barack Obama, after he admitted to "sexting" in which he sent lewd pictures of himself to young women. He said he was seeking treatment for an unspecified problem…
There is … skepticism among the public and some psychologists that [sex addiction] exists, but is rather an excuse for infidelity or viewing pornography…
But as not everyone who drinks alcohol is an alcoholic, sex addiction is characterized by out of control compulsive behavior. And it can be more damaging to family life and harder to give up than more typical addictions.
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How to Have a Younger, Smarter Brain

(RealAge.com) You can make your brain as sharp as someone 4 to 7 years younger just by getting a little more sleep.
Most Americans fall short of the recommended 6 to 8 hours. But in a recent study of middle-aged folks, those who consistently slept 6 to 8 hours a night scored the best on cognitive-function tests…
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Rotini with Chicken, Asparagus, and Tomatoes
Reminiscent of a pasta salad, this recipe coats rotini and colorful vegetables with a basil-flecked balsamic vinaigrette.
Grilled Tuna with Olive Relish
A simple relish of parsley and olives jazzes up grilled tuna. Make it a meal: Serve with grilled vegetables and steamed new potatoes.
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A Tangy Twist on a Picnic Classic

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) Cabbage is chock-full of nutrients including vitamin C and indoles, important cancer-fighting compounds. In addition, red cabbage also contains anthocyanins, the purple pigment with strong antioxidant activity also commonly found in blueberries. In the winter months, cabbage is an abundant nutritional resource when other fresh produce is either expensive or unavailable.
This recipe calls for a lot of salt, but it is used in this dish to soften the cabbage. Then it is thoroughly rinsed off so the recipe doesn't provide too much sodium. This coleslaw is colorful and makes a delightful accompaniment to any meat, fish or vegetarian main dish. The garnish of minced scallions and toasted sesame seeds brings out the flavor of the slaw and adds additional crunch.
When cabbage is sliced or chopped, anti-carcinogenic compounds called glucosinolates are formed, but cooking breaks down the enzyme that creates these compounds, stopping their production. So to maximize its healthful properties, cabbage should be eaten raw (as in this recipe) or cooked for less than five minutes. Cabbage is also heart-healthy: raw or cooked, cabbage reduces cholesterol levels, though steaming produces the greatest cholesterol-lowering benefits.
Try this Asian Coleslaw recipe today!
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A Stem Cell Target for Expanding Waistlines?

(Science Daily) Researchers may have found the key to developing a method to rid the body of stem cells responsible for driving fat expansion. According to a report…, they've landed the first protein marker on the surface of those so-called adipose stromal cells (ASCs), which serve as progenitors of the cells that make up fat tissue.
"Our long-term goal is to identify an approach to inactivate these cells in disease," said Mikhail Kolonin… "By administering a peptide with a toxin to ASCs, we could deplete these cells."…
"These cells can be useful, but they are also potentially dangerous," he said, noting that they've been linked to cancer progression.
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Migraines eased after ginger and herb treatment

(Reuters Health) Migraine sufferers treated with a homeopathic preparation of ginger and the herb feverfew may find some pain relief, according to a preliminary study.
Feverfew, which is derived from a flowering plant, has long been thought to be a remedy for headaches. It might offer an alternative to standard migraine medications, which are costly, have side effects and don't always work, according the new report.
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Can spinal manipulation help people with headaches?

(Reuters Health) There is little evidence that spinal manipulation is an effective treatment for headaches, according to the authors of a new study.
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic headaches, and many see chiropractors to treat their headaches with spinal manipulation, whose goal is to properly align the vertebrae. But the treatment "does not demonstrably generate more good than harm," study co-author Dr. Edzard Ernst … told Reuters Health by email.
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Smoking-Cessation Drug Chantix Linked to Heart Problems

(HealthDay News) The quit-smoking drug Chantix may lead to a small but increased risk of heart problems in people with cardiovascular disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
In a study of 700 smokers with cardiovascular disease who were undergoing treatment with Chantix or a placebo, researchers saw a small but "statistically significant" greater risk of chest pain, non-fatal heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems in patients taking the quit-smoking drug, the FDA said.
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HRT May Reduce Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease

(HealthDay News) The use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) appears to help protect postmenopausal women against the development of peripheral artery disease, new research indicates.
The risk reduction for peripheral artery disease, or PAD, was found even though the group of women on HRT were more likely to have conditions such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, the researchers reported…
[But] there are potential risks with HRT use.
According to the International Menopause Society review, those who take both estrogen and progesterone do have a slightly increased risk of breast cancer, for instance. But those who do not have a uterus can expect reduced risks of breast cancer and heart disease if the therapy is short term and individualized, said the experts writing the review.
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Focusing Heavily on a Task Results in Experience of Deafness to Perfectly Audible Sounds

(Science Daily) How can someone with perfectly normal hearing become deaf to the world around them when their mind is on something else? New research funded by the Wellcome Trust suggests that focusing heavily on a task results in the experience of deafness to perfectly audible sounds…
[R]esearchers at UCL (University College London) demonstrate for the first time this phenomenon, which they term 'inattentional deafness'.
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Brain Implant Could Someday Translate Thoughts Into Movement

(Science Daily) A brain implant developed at the University of Michigan uses the body's skin like a conductor to wirelessly transmit the brain's neural signals to control a computer, and may eventually be used to reactivate paralyzed limbs.
The implant is called the BioBolt, and unlike other neural interface technologies that establish a connection from the brain to an external device such as a computer, it's minimally invasive and low power, said principal investigator Euisik Yoon.
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Vaccine Study Supports Immune Targeting of Brain Tumors

(Science Daily) An experimental vaccine developed by researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute targets overactive antigens in highly aggressive brain tumors and improves length of survival in newly diagnosed patients, according to new data…
Patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and aggressive type of tumor originating in the brain, typically live only 12 to 15 months after diagnosis even with standard treatments: surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
In this Phase I clinical trial … the time from treatment to disease recurrence (median progression-free survival) was 16.9 months.
Phase I trials generally address dosage and safety issues. To further evaluate survival statistics, a randomized, multicenter, placebo-controlled Phase II trial has been launched.
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Plants Teach Humans a Thing or Two About Fighting Diseases

(Science Daily) [R]esearchers are learning from plants' immune response new information that could help them understand more about humans' ability to ward off sickness and avoid autoimmune diseases…
Texas AgriLife Research scientists report their findings of a "unique regulatory circuit" that controls how a plant turns on and off its immune sensor…
Knowing how immune signaling works may help researchers devise ways to help plants and animals -- including humans -- regulate their immune systems.
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Scientists Develop a Fatty 'Kryptonite' to Defeat Multidrug-Resistant 'Super Bugs'

(Science Daily) "Super bugs," which can cause wide-spread disease and may be resistant to most, if not all, conventional antibiotics, still have their weaknesses. A team of Canadian scientists discovered that specific mixtures of antimicrobial agents presented in lipid (fatty) mixtures can significantly boost the effectiveness of those agents to kill the resistant bacteria…
According to a researcher involved in the study…, "This study may contribute to overcoming the lethal effects of drug resistant bacteria that is becoming an increasing clinical problem, particularly in hospitals."
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Insomnia therapy reduced suicide thoughts

(UPI) Treating insomniacs with cognitive-behavioral therapy can reduce thoughts of suicide, U.S. researchers suggest.
"This is the first investigation to show that a sleep-targeted intervention has a therapeutic impact on suicide risk specifically," lead author Rebecca Bernert … says in a statement. "This suggests that a treatment focus on sleep disturbances may have important implications for the prevention of suicidal behaviors."
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U.S. Found to Be Losing Ground in Life Expectancy

(HealthDay News) A full 80 percent of U.S. counties lag behind other leading nations in terms of life expectancy, and the gap is getting bigger, according to a new county-by-county report.
Life expectancy in some areas of the United States is actually decreasing, whereas it's increasing in the world's 10 leading nations, the report found…
"Communities [can] make it easier to have a healthier diet, make it harder to smoke by taxing cigarettes and make it more difficult to expose people to secondhand smoke," said [lead author Dr. Christopher] Murray…
Better primary care would likely also result in better outcomes for blood pressure and cholesterol, he said.
"There's no intrinsic reason why the U.S. can't be making as much progress as other countries and no reason we can't be the best," Murray said. "This is an incredible situation where life expectancy is getting worse in many places, especially for women."
Community: We pay twice or more per person for medical care than other industrialized nations, and we get worse results, says the Commonwealth Fund. And that’s because we’re not getting health care. We’re getting disease care.
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Dawn of Agriculture Took Toll on Health

(Science Daily) When populations around the globe started turning to agriculture around 10,000 years ago, regardless of their locations and type of crops, a similar trend occurred: The height and health of the people declined.
"This broad and consistent pattern holds up when you look at standardized studies of whole skeletons in populations," says Amanda Mummert, an Emory graduate student in anthropology…
"Many people have this image of the rise of agriculture and the dawn of modern civilization, and they just assume that a more stable food source makes you healthier," Mummert says. "But early agriculturalists experienced nutritional deficiencies and had a harder time adapting to stress, probably because they became dependent on particular food crops, rather than having a more significantly diverse diet."
Community: The invention of agriculture gave us the opportunity to indulge in the foods we’re over-determined to like because of their scarcity for most of our existence. And we got less exercise than when we hunted and gathered, in addition to eating a less diverse diet.
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In India, poor health risks rise after move to city

(Reuters Health) A study of Indians who migrated from rural to urban areas finds that the longer they live in a city, the worse they score on measures of heart health and diabetes risk, compared to those who remained in rural areas.
Body fat, blood pressure and fasting insulin levels (a marker of diabetes risk) all increased within a decade of moving to a city, and for decades blood pressure and insulin continued to rise above the levels of their rural counterparts. The findings raise public health concerns as the global population progressively becomes more urban…
The authors write that the changes among the Indian city-dwellers might be explained by rapid weight gain once people move to a city, spurred by a less healthy diet and a less active lifestyle.
"Programs focused on preventing obesity in new migrants to urban areas and tailored to the needs of those in lower socioeconomic positions could deliver long-term health benefits," the authors wrote.
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Low-Carbohydrate, High-Protein Diets May Reduce Both Tumor Growth Rates and Cancer Risk

(Science Daily) Eating a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet may reduce the risk of cancer and slow the growth of tumors already present, according to a study…
The study was conducted in mice, but the scientists involved agree that the strong biological findings are definitive enough that an effect in humans can be considered.
"This shows that something as simple as a change in diet can have an impact on cancer risk," said lead researcher Gerald Krystal, Ph.D…
Interestingly, only one on the Western diet reached a normal life span (approximately 2 years), with 70 percent of them dying from cancer while only 30 percent of those on the low-carbohydrate diet developed cancer and more than half these mice reached or exceeded their normal life span.
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Using Olive Oil in Your Diet May Prevent a Stroke

(Science Daily) A new study suggests that consuming olive oil may help prevent a stroke in older people…
"Our research suggests that a new set of dietary recommendations should be issued to prevent stroke in people 65 and older," said study author Cécilia Samieri, PhD…
After considering diet, physical activity, body mass index and other risk factors for stroke, the study found that those who regularly used olive oil for both cooking and as dressing had a 41 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who never used olive oil in their diet…
Olive oil has been associated with potentially protective effects against many cardiovascular risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.
Community: But on my local NBC station this morning, chef Mario Rizzotti said that many olive oils contain filler. He said to be sure to read the label. The best value we’ve found is the Whole Foods house brand of extra virgin olive oil. It contains no fillers at all. We use it for cooking, and combine it with canola oil to make our own salad dressing.
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Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables: Californians Seem to Be Listening

(Science Daily) Not only do fruits and vegetables furnish valuable dietary nutrients, but they also contribute vital elements to chronic disease prevention for heart disease, hypertension, certain cancers, vision problems of aging, and possibly type 2 diabetes.
With the nation's health in mind, Network for a Healthy California is taking steps to prevent these problems by promoting fruit and vegetable consumption through a large-scale social marketing program funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture…
Findings from this study reveal that over the course of 10 years; mean daily fruit and vegetable consumption rose from 3.8 servings to 5.2 servings. More profound, the number of California adults who reported eating greater or equal to 5 servings of fruit and vegetable on their 24-hour diet recall increased 57% over the past decade.
Interestingly, the increase in fruit and vegetable consumption was the greatest for the lowest and the highest income groups.
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