Women double fruit, veggie intake with switch to Mediterranean diet planMich. In a new study led by the University of Michigan Health System, women more than doubled their fruit and vegetable intakes and dramatically increased their consumption of "good" fats when they were counseled by registered dietitians and provided with a list of guidelines on the amount of certain foods they should eat each day.
The six-month study of 69 women divided the participants into two groups. In one group, registered dietitians........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/17/2008 10:40:34 PM)
Circumcision Reduces the Risk of HIV InfectionA new U.S. study has observed that being circumcised significantly reduced the risk of HIV infection in heterosexual African American men known to have been exposed to the virus. The findings complement those of recently reported clinical trials in Africa, where interventional use of adult male circumcision similarly reduced the risk of HIV infection in heterosexual men. The findings of the new study, along with similar results from other........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/17/2008 10:36:44 PM)
Fast Food Meals Are Smaller, Have Fewer CaloriesA new study in the Review of Agricultural Economics compares fast food and table service meals at restaurants. Results show that both are larger and have more calories than meals prepared at home, with the typical fast food meal being smaller and having fewer calories than the average meal from a table service restaurant.
James K. Binkley of Purdue University used data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Continuing Survey of Food Intakes........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/17/2008 10:34:45 PM)
Experts comment on importance of Christmas dinnerThe menu might be different and families might be smaller, but Christmas remains among the most important holidays. "It is sacred," says Universit de Montral Psychology expert Luc Brunet. "It's part of our culture to come together to laugh and eat in a festive setting."
A recent survey showed that half of Canadians will travel over 200 kilometers to be with their families this holiday season, which is indicative of the importance of........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/16/2008 10:19:17 PM)
Benefits of breastfeeding outweigh risksA study comparing breastfed and formula fed infants across time showed that the known beneficial effects of breastfeeding are greater than the potential risks linked to infant exposure to chemicals such as dioxins that may be present in breastmilk, as per a report reported in the December issue (Volume 3, Number 4) of Breastfeeding Medicine, a peer-evaluated journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (www.liebertpub.com) and the official........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 12/16/2008 9:49:23 PM)
Unpasteurized milk poses health risksWith disease outbreaks linked to unpasteurized milk rising in the United States, a review published in the January 1, 2009 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases examines the dangers of drinking raw milk.
Milk and dairy products are cornerstones of a healthy diet. However, if those products are consumed unpasteurized, they can present a serious health hazard because of possible contamination with pathogenic bacteria. An average of 5.2........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/16/2008 9:45:33 PM)
First Pregnancies May Lower Mom's Blood Pressure Permanently"In women with healthy pregnancies, blood pressure levels were lower among women after a first pregnancy, in comparison to women who did not give birth," as per the study's lead author Erica P. Gunderson, Ph.D., an epidemiologist with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif. "Because lower blood pressure appears to persist years after delivery, pregnancy may offer insights into mechanisms that may be useful for controlling........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 12/16/2008 8:56:51 PM)
Low-income men and advanced prostate cancerLow-income men are more likely to present with advanced prostate cancers, most likely because they don't receive screening services shown to reduce the diagnosis of later-stage cancers, a UCLA study found.
The study focused on a group of disadvantaged men enrolled in the state's IMPACT (Improving Access, Counseling and Treatment for Californians with Prostate Cancer) program, which provides high-quality care to poor, underinsured and........Go to the Prostate-cancer-blog (Added on 12/16/2008 8:34:47 PM)
Girls have superior sense of taste to boysGirls have a better sense of taste than boys. Every third child of school age prefers soft drinks which are not sweet. Children and young people love fish and do not think of themselves as being fussy eaters. Boys have a sweeter tooth than girls. Teenagers taste differently. And finally, schoolchildren in northern Denmark have the best taste buds.
The findings of the world's largest study so far on the ability of children and young people to........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/16/2008 8:17:44 PM)
Breast cancer genome shows evolutionA newly published genome sequence of a breast cancer cell line reveals a heavily rearranged genetic blueprint involving breaks and fusions of genes and a broken DNA repair machinery, said scientists at Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears online in the journal Genome Research
"It's like a computer program that has become buggy and transcends into something dangerous," said Dr. Aleksandar Milosavljevic, associate professor in........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 12/15/2008 9:26:43 PM)
Esophagus Stem Cells Grow Into Transplantable TissueScientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered stem cells in the esophagus of mice that were able to grow into tissue-like structures and when placed into immune-deficient mice were able to form parts of an esophagus lining. The researchers report their findings online this month in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
"The immediate implication is that we'll have a better understanding of the role of these........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 12/15/2008 9:12:12 PM)
Obesity is in your head, not your gutNew research suggests that genes that predispose people to obesity act in the brain and that perhaps some people are simply hardwired to overeat.
An international research team co-led by the University of Michigan found six new genes that help explain body mass index and obesity, and all but one of the genes are tied to the brain rather than to metabolic functions, such as fat storage and sugar metabolism.
In addition to the six new........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/15/2008 5:28:14 AM)
Exciting discovery could 'stop cancer from killing people'Metastasis is the ability of cancer cells to spread from a primary site, to form tumours at distant sites. It is a complex process in which cell motility and invasion play a fundamental role. Essential to our understanding of how metastasis develops is identification of the molecules, and characterisation of the mechanisms that regulate cell motility. Hitherto, these mechanisms have been poorly understood. Now, a team of scientists lead by........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/15/2008 5:21:34 AM)
Racial gap growing in colorectal cancerA new report from the American Cancer Society says despite unprecedented progress in reducing incidence and death rates from colorectal cancer, the gap between blacks and whites continues to grow. The latest data show death rates are about 45 percent higher in African American men and women than in whites. The data come from Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2008-2010, the second edition of a report first issued in 2005.
Colorectal cancer is........Go to the Colon-cancer-blog (Added on 12/15/2008 5:17:35 AM)
Psychotherapy to treat eating disordersWellcome Trust researchers have developed a new form of psychotherapy that has been shown to have the potential to treat more than eight out of ten cases of eating disorders in adults, a study out today reports.
This new "enhanced" form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT-E) builds on and improves the current leading treatment for bulimia nervosa as recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). CBT-E is........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/15/2008 5:15:26 AM)
Meta-analyses finds in favor of aromatase inhibitorsTwo separate meta-analyses of clinical trials from around the world that tested tamoxifen against aromatase inhibitor drugs in postmenopausal women with early breast cancer have each reached the same conclusion: aromatase inhibitors are more effective in preventing breast cancer from coming back. Patients using aromatase inhibitors had more than a 3 percent lower cancer recurrence 6-8 years after diagnosis, in comparison to women using........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 12/11/2008 10:21:01 PM)
What you give, might not always be receivedA fundamental process in the transmission of genes from mother to child has been identified by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University. The new study reported in the recent issue of the journal Nature Genetics identifies a mechanism that plays a key role in how mutations are transmitted from one generation to the next, providing unprecedented insight into metabolic diseases.
DNA that is only passed on from........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 12/11/2008 10:18:26 PM)
Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease linkedType 1 (juvenile) diabetes and celiac disease appear to share a common genetic origin, researchers at the University of Cambridge and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, have confirmed.
Their findings, which are reported in this week's edition of the New England Journal (NEJM), identified seven chromosome regions which are shared between the two diseases. The research suggests that type 1 diabetes and celiac disease may be........Go to the Diabetes-watch-blog (Added on 12/11/2008 5:17:17 AM)
Surge in older cancer survivors expected as baby boomers ageThe United States could be faced with a national health care crisis in the coming decades as the country's baby boomer population ages and a growing number of elderly adults find themselves diagnosed with and living longer with cancer.
That is the position of a team of scientists from across the country who believe current prevention measures, screening, therapys, and supportive care for older patients at risk of or dealing with cancer are........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/11/2008 5:14:49 AM)
Late preterm births present serious risks to newbornsMore than half a million babies are born preterm in the United States each year, and preterm births are on the rise. Late preterm births, or births that occur between 34 and 36 weeks (approximately 4 to 6 weeks before the mother's due date), account for more than 70% of preterm births. Despite the large number of affected babies, a number of people are unaware of the serious health problems correlation to late preterm births. A new study and........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 12/11/2008 5:11:04 AM)
Men, Women Give To Charity DifferentlyTo whom would you rather give money: a needy person in your neighborhood or a needy person in a foreign country? As per new research by Texas A&M University marketing professor Karen Winterich and his colleagues, if you're a man, you're more likely to give to the person closest to you ? that is, the one in your neighborhood ? if you give at all.
If you're a woman, you're more likely to give ? and to give equal amounts to both groups.
........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/18/2008 10:38:21 PM)
Survival after myocardial infarctionA paper published online by the journal Circulation on 8 December 2008 concluded that, while men and women have a similar in-hospital death rate following acute myocardial infarction, women with STEMI had an adjusted mortality rate almost twice as high as men (10.2% versus 5.5%). These differences were linked to a lower likelihood of reperfusion treatment in women. The paper was widely published in the press, with suggestions of disparity in........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 12/17/2008 10:38:55 PM)
Women Prefer Prestige Over Dominance in MatesA new study in the journal Personal Relationships reveals that women prefer mates who are recognized by their peers for their skills, abilities, and achievements, while not preferring men who use coercive tactics to subordinate their rivals. Indeed, women found dominance strategies of the latter type to be attractive primarily when men used them in the context of male-male athletic competitions.
Jeffrey K. Snyder, Lee A. Kirkpatrick, and H.........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/17/2008 10:31:40 PM)
Caffeine when pregnant may damage the heart of offspringA new study published online in The FASEB Journal shows that the equivalent of one dose of caffeine (just two cups of coffee) ingested during pregnancy may be enough to affect fetal heart development and then reduce heart function over the entire lifespan of the child. In addition, the scientists also observed that this relatively minimal amount of exposure may lead to higher body fat among males, when in comparison to those who were not........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 12/16/2008 9:55:15 PM)
Vitamin D deficiency in infants and nursing mothersOnce thought to beimportant only for bone health, vitamin D is now seen as having a critical function in maintaining the immune system throughout life. The newly recognized disease risks linked to vitamin D deficiency are clearly documented in a report in the December issue (Volume 3, Number 4) of Breastfeeding Medicine, a peer-evaluated journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (www.liebertpub.com), and the official journal of the Academy of........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 12/16/2008 9:47:17 PM)
A qualified endoscopist for your colonoscopyA study released recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine observed that colonoscopy is linked to lower death rates from colorectal cancer, however, the procedure missed lesions more often on the right side of the colon versus the left side. The study highlights the importance of seeking a qualified gastrointestinal endoscopist to perform a thorough colonoscopy and that patients must take the bowel prep as directed by their doctor allowing........Go to the Colon-cancer-blog (Added on 12/16/2008 9:44:19 PM)
Smoking and colorectal cancerAn analysis of prior studies indicates that smoking is significantly linked to an increased risk for colorectal cancer and death, as per an article in the December 17 issue of JAMA
Eventhough tobacco was responsible for approximately 5.4 million deaths in 2005, there are still an estimated 1.3 billion smokers in the world. While many cancers are attributable to smoking, the link between cigarette smoking and colorectal cancer (CRC) has been........Go to the Colon-cancer-blog (Added on 12/16/2008 9:28:16 PM)
New study 'pardons' the misunderstood eggA study recently published online in the journal Risk Analysis(1) estimates that eating one egg per day is responsible for less than 1 percent of the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) in healthy adults. Alternatively, lifestyle factors including poor diet, smoking, obesity and physical inactivity contribute 30 to 40 percent of heart disease risk, depending on gender. This study adds to more than thirty years of research showing that healthy........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/16/2008 8:26:37 PM)
GPs 'could do more' to help obese avoid surgerySurgery to treat obesity could be avoided if GPs and healthcare trusts put more time and money into early stage weight management programmes, a senior clinical researcher will say today (Wednesday, 17 December, 2008).
And he will say that patients suffering from obesity face a "post code lottery" when seeking access to specialist care.
Speaking at the British Pharmacological Society's Winter Meeting in Brighton today, Dr Nick Finer,........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/16/2008 8:22:39 PM)
Abused Women Seek More Infant Health CarePregnant women who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) before, during or after pregnancy often suffer adverse health effects, including depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and chronic mental illness. Now, University of Missouri scientists have observed that women who experience intimate partner violence are more likely to seek health care for their infants than non-abused women. Awareness of mothers with frequent infant........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 12/16/2008 8:11:55 PM)
Inflamed gums and heart diseaseThe next person who reminds you to floss might be your heart specialist instead of your dentist. Researchers have known for some time that a protein linked to inflammation (called CRP) is elevated in people at risk for heart disease. But where's the inflammation coming from? A new research study by Italian and U.K. researchers published online in The FASEB Journal shows that infected gums may be one place. Indeed, proper dental hygiene should........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 12/15/2008 9:15:17 PM)
Preventing a broken heartA heart damaged by heart attack is commonly broken, at least partially, for good. The injury causes excessive scar tissue to form, and this plays a role in permanently keeping heart muscle from working at full capacity.
Now scientists have identified a key molecule involved in controlling excessive scar tissue formation in mice following a heart attack. When they stopped the scarring from occurring, the researchers observed that the animals'........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 12/15/2008 5:26:42 AM)
Later school start times may improve sleep in adolescentsA study in the Dec. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine shows that after a one-hour delay of school start times, teens increased their average nightly hours of sleep and decreased their "catch-up sleep" on the weekends, and they were involved in fewer auto accidents.
When school started one hour later students averaged from 12 minutes (grade nine) to 30 minutes (grade 12) more self-reported nightly sleep. The percentage of........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/15/2008 5:20:13 AM)
High blood pressure may make it difficult for the elderly to think clearlyAdding another reason for people to watch their blood pressure, a new study from North Carolina State University shows that increased blood pressure in elderly adults is directly correlation to decreased cognitive functioning, especially among seniors with already high blood pressure. This means that stressful situations may make it more difficult for some seniors to think clearly.
Dr. Jason Allaire, an assistant professor of psychology at........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 12/15/2008 5:18:56 AM)
A fading sense of smell may signal Parkinson's diseaseA number of individuals with Parkinson's disease are able to recall losing their sense of smell well before the onset of more usually recognized symptoms such as tremors, impaired dexterity, speech problems, memory loss and decreased cognitive ability. To determine if a fading sense of smell may signal Parkinson's, scientists at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine are participating in a........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 12/11/2008 10:26:21 PM)
Capture and kill cancer cells in the bloodstreamIn a new tactic in the fight against cancer, Cornell researcher Michael King has developed what he calls a lethal "lint brush" for the blood -- a tiny, implantable device that captures and kills cancer cells in the bloodstream before they spread through the body.
The strategy, which takes advantage of the body's natural mechanism for fighting infection, could lead to new therapys for a variety of cancers, said King, who is an associate........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 12/11/2008 10:24:29 PM)
If MRI shows signs of MS, will the disease develop?With more and more people having brain MRIs for various reasons, doctors are finding people whose scans show signs of multiple sclerosis (MS) even though they have no symptoms of the disease. A new study reported in the December 10, 2008, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, observed that a third of these people developed MS within an average of about five years.
The study involved 44 people........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 12/11/2008 5:28:34 AM)
Panic attacks linked to higher risk of heart attacksPeople who have been diagnosed with panic attacks or panic disorder have a greater risk of subsequently developing heart disease or suffering a heart attack than the normal population, with higher rates occurring in younger people, as per research published in Europe's leading cardiology journal, the European Heart Journal  today (Thursday 11 December).
The study observed that people who were younger than 50 when first diagnosed had a........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 12/11/2008 5:22:43 AM)
Sugar can be addictive, Princeton scientist saysA Princeton University scientist will present new evidence today demonstrating that sugar can be an addictive substance, wielding its power over the brains of lab animals in a manner similar to a number of drugs of abuse.
Professor Bart Hoebel and his team in the Department of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute have been studying signs of sugar addiction in rats for years. Until now, the rats under study have met two of the........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 12/11/2008 5:16:06 AM)
Strategic video game improves critical cognitive skillsA desire to rule the world may be a good thing if you're over 60 and worried about losing your mental faculties. A new study observed that adults in their 60s and 70s can improve many cognitive functions by playing a strategic video game that rewards nation-building and territorial expansion.
This is the first such study of elderly adults, and it is the first to find such pronounced effects on cognitive skills not directly correlation to the........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 12/11/2008 5:09:33 AM)