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Mediterranean Diet Adherence Linked to Reduced Cerebral Aβ-amyloid Accumulation

Spain just surpassed Italy at the healthiest country in the world, according to the recent Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index. Must be the Mediterranean Diet (MeDi), say researchers. A new neuroimaging study shows that compliance to the MeDi is a critical factor in reducing the risk of cerebral Aβ-amyloid accumulation, a key factor in the development of Alzheimer’s […]

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Environmental Toxicants – A Factor in the Development of Diabetes?

The first Global Report on Diabetes, recently published by the World Health Organization (WHO),highlighted several alarming statistics: the incidence of diabetes has doubled since 1980, and as of 2012, it was the eighth leading cause of death worldwide among both sexes, and the fifth leading cause of death in women. Diabetes was responsible for 1.5 million deaths […]

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Broken Sleep May Harm Blood Vessels

New research has revealed a potential connection between broken sleep and cardiovascular damage. The animal study, which was performed on mice, involved moving a bar across the bottom of the animals’ cages while they were sleeping. These mice were tested against normal mice who were allowed to sleep normally. The sleep fragmentation treatment reduced the mice’s […]

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OMEGA-3S AND NLRP3 INFLAMMASOME SIGNALING IN HUMAN OBESITY

In a recent study in the Journal of Endocrinology, the relationship between fish oil-derived long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA) and the suppression of NLRP3 inflammasomes in human obesity through downregulation of inflammasome gene expression in adipocytes and macrophages was investigated. The NRLP3 inflammasome serves as a critical link between adipose inflammation and insulin resistance. […]

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OBESITY AND THE MICROBIOME INFLUENCE

The gastrointestinal tract is an ecosystem that has a huge impact on human health. Research has shown the floral content of the intestine plays a role in obesity, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, and even psychiatric disorders. A new animal study shows how fiber favorably affects the microbiome, and influences metabolism. Researchers assigned four different diets to mice. The control group was given […]

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An apple a day keep the doctor away

I was with some friends recently when I heard the word apple.  Without hesitating, I reached in my pocket to see if I had my phone. They were talking about the fruit, not the product. This got me thinking, has technology now become more important than our health? True, technology surrounds us, and it has […]

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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Thyroid Function and Gut Health as Disease Risk Factors

With increasing rates of obesity and diabetes, the associated condition of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become increasingly common, such that it is now the number one cause of liver disease in Western countries. NAFLD affects 10 to 46% of the U.S. population, with a worldwide prevalence of 10 to 40%. NAFLD is subdivided […]

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Getting to the Heart of Estrogen

The American Heart Association has designated the month of February as American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and the healthy choices we can make to prevent it. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. And while some risk factors are out of our control, such as family history, […]

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ZINC AND HYPERTENSION

New research links zinc deficiency to hypertension. Zinc is involved with hundreds of enzyme systems and has other health implications. Zinc has been shown to be beneficial for learning and cognition and is also recommended for people with a genetic predisposition to heart disease. It may even mitigate certain degenerative effects of aging. Some research indicates zinc deficiency may […]

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Fruit Juice Added to the List of Foods that Contain Concerning Levels of Lead, Arsenic & Other Heavy Metals

Last week, Consumer Reports published findings from their test of 45 popular fruit juices such as apple, grape, pear and fruit blends, indicating that half of them were contaminated with elements that are known as heavy metals.[1] Heavy metals that are particularly concerning for a person’s health include lead, mercury, inorganic arsenic, and cadmium. Reports published […]

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