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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Secondhand Smoke Damages Lungs

For the first time, researchers have identified lung injury to nonsmokers that was long suspected, but not previously detectable with medical imaging tools.

The researchers found that almost one-third of the non-smokers with high exposure to secondhand smoke had structural changes in their lungs similar to those found in the smokers. “We interpreted those changes as early signs of lung damage, representing very mild forms of emphysema,” said Wang. Emphysema, a lung disease that is a major cause of death in the U.S., is commonly found in heavy smokers.

Read details on this secondhand smoke study.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Long-Term Beta Carotene Supplementation Helps Prevent Cognitive Decline

Men who take beta carotene supplements for 15 years or longer may have less cognitive decline. Decreases in cognitive ability—thinking, learning and memory skills—strongly predict dementia, a growing public health issue.

“In this generally healthy population, the extent of protection conferred by long-term treatment appeared modest; nonetheless, studies have established that very modest differences in cognition, especially verbal memory, predict substantial differences in eventual risk of dementia; thus, the public health impact of long-term beta carotene use could be large,” the authors write.

Read details on this beta carotene cognitive decline study.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Fish Containing Omega-3 Oils Lower Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Risk Up to 60%

A diet rich in fish, omega-3 oils, fruits and vegetables may lower your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, whereas consuming omega-6 rich oils could increase chances of developing memory problems, according to a study published in the November 13, 2007, issue of Neurology.

The study found people who regularly consumed omega-3 rich oils reduced their risk of dementia by 60 percent compared to people who did not regularly consume such oils. People who ate fruits and vegetables daily also reduced their risk of dementia by 30 percent compared to those who didn’t regularly eat fruits and vegetables.

In addition to fish oils, Neptune Krill Oil delivers omega-3 PUFAs in phospholipid bound matrix.

View details on this omega-3 Alzheimer's disease risk study.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Dermatologist Recommended Hair Care

For most people, and especially women, hair is their crowning glory that defines a significant part of their appearance and personal style. Yet, despite its delicate composition, hair is routinely subjected to significant damage from styling products, hair dyes, straightening or waving procedures and even sun exposure. Over time, hair that was once radiant can look brittle, frizzy and lackluster.

Hair loss that occurs from continual hair breakage over the years is a serious cosmetic concern for many women, so the key is to prevent this damage by stopping the cycle of over-processing and over-grooming our hair and selecting hair care products with proven hair-health benefits.

Read hair care recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology.

Friday, December 21, 2007

92% of People with Diabetes Have at Least 1 Other Major Disease

A new study shows that 92 percent of older people with diabetes have at least one other major chronic medical condition – and nearly half have three or more major diseases besides their diabetes.

81 percent of diabetics have at least one of the “macrovascular” problems that are aggravated or triggered in part by diabetes, including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, a history of stroke or mini-stroke, or heart failure.

The new findings make it more important than ever, the researchers say, for doctors to “treat the whole person”. USDA studies show cinnamon promotes glucose metabolism and supports healthy cholesterol levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Read details on this diabetes and other major disease study.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Link Between Endometrial Cancer and Vitamin D

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have shown a clear association between deficiency in exposure to sunlight, specifically ultraviolet B (UVB), and endometrial cancer.

UVB exposure triggers photosynthesis of vitamin D3 in the body. Previous studies from this research team have shown associations between higher levels of vitamin D3 and lower risk of cancers of the breast, colon, kidney and ovary.

“This is the first study, to our knowledge, to show that higher serum levels of vitamin D are associated with reduced risk of endometrial cancer,” said Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H., professor of Family and Preventive Medicine.

View details of this endometrial cancer and vitamin D research.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Drugs Increase BMD 3 - 7% in 18 Months

A new drug called Forteo increased lumbar spine density measurements by 7.2 percent compared to 3.4 percent for Fosamax, and it boosted hip density measurements by 3.8 percent compared to 2.4 percent for Fosamax, the UAB researcher said. The study looked at changes in bone density over the course of 18 months.

However, compare to these studies:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Increase Bone Mineral Density 27%
Prebiotic Increases Bone Mineral Density 15%
Vitamin K from Natto Reduces Bone Loss 80%
Vitamin K Reduces Osteoarthritis Risk by 40%

View details on this new drug bone mineral density study.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Pharma Funded Drug Studies Often Have Biased Conclusions

Previous work has shown that, when a drug study was funded by the company that made that drug, the results might be biased in favor of that drug because the methods or analyses were manipulated.

In fact, the data show that studies funded by a single drug company have a 55% rate of favorable results that is transformed into a 92% rate for favorable conclusions, representing a 37% gap. The gap shrinks to 21% (57% to 79%) when two or more drug companies provide support. Yet the gap vanishes entirely for studies done by non-profit institutions alone or even in conjunction with drug companies.

Read details of these biased conclusions from drug company funded studies.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Anti-obesity Drugs Results in Average 6 - 10 Pound Weight Loss After 1 Year

Patients taking anti-obesity drugs will only see mediocre weight loss and many will remain significantly obese or overweight, according to a new study.

Researchers found orlistat reduced weight by 2.9kg (6.4 lbs.), sibutramine by 4.2kg (9.2 lbs) and rimonabant by 4.7kg (10.3 lbs).

“Selling anti-obesity drugs over the counter will perpetuate the myth that obesity can be fixed simply by popping a pill and could further undermine the efforts to promote healthy living, which is the only long term escape from obesity.”

Natural alternatives, such as The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet are also available.

View details of the mediocre weight loss results from drugs study.