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Potatoes May Help Lower Your Blood Pressure If Cooked Right

A new, small study of 18 people who were overweight or obese and had high blood pressure readings has come up with some interesting results with regards to eating small purple potatoes. Half of the group stayed on their regular diet, while half ate 6 to 8 golf ball-sized purple potatoes twice a day for a month. The results showed that those who ate the potatoes had their diastolic pressure – the lower number of a blood pressure reading – decreased by over 4 per cent, while their systolic pressure – the top number on a blood pressure reading – dropped by over 3 per cent. It should be pointed out that the potatoes were cooked in a microwave, and no butter or sour cream was added, nor margarine, and yet … Read entire article »

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Sugary Drinks Daily For Nearly Half Americans Causes Concern

The consumption of sugary drinks is a daily occurence for about half of Americans, according to reasearch by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC. Researchers surveyed 17,000 Americans about their dietary intake, and results showed that the average male drank 175 calories in the form of sweetened drinks, while for women it was about 94 calories. To break it down further, boys from the age of 12 to 19 drank around 273 calories each day which came from drinks sweetened with sugar, which equates to about two 12 ounce cans of carbonated cola, and this is higher than any other group. Men of between 20 and 39 years of age came in second place, consuming about 252 calories from drinks containing sugar. The problem is that sugary drinks have been … Read entire article »

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Bird Flu Deaths in Asia Lead To U.N. Warning Of H5N1 Resurgence

On Tuesday, a warning was issued concerning a strain of H5N1 bird flu which is now spreading in China and Vietnam, and virologists called for close monitoring of this disease in wild birds and poultry in order to stop it, and prevent it from spreading to people. This came after a warning on Monday from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, of a resurgence of bird flu possibility, saying that it is a mutant strain of H5N1, and it is spreading in Asia and elsewhere. Presently it is has not been confirmed by scientists that it is more virulent in humans, but it is apparently different enough from the original strain that the present vaccine is not effective for preventing it in humans. The H5N1 virus kills about 60 per cent … Read entire article »

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Chocolate Is Good For The Heart In Moderation, New Study Reports

According to researchers at the University of Cambridge in England, eating chocolate regularly may cut the risk of heart disease and strike by about a third, confirming other studies that chocolate may be good for you. The downside is that chocolate contains a lot of sugar and fat and calories, so too much can lead to weight gain, as well as heart disease and stroke, so it needs to be consumed in moderation researchers’ note. In the past studies have indicated that chocolate may help diabetes as well as high blood pressure, which are risk factors for strokes and heart disease, so Oscar H. Franco, MD, PhD and his fellow researchers pooled together the results from 7 studies which had been published so they were looking at data from over 100,000 people … Read entire article »

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Obesity in U.S. and U.K. Just Keeps Growing

The latest study released on Thursday in the British journal the Lancet states that if the current trends in adult weight continue, by 2030 about half of the adults in the United States could be obese. This would add another 65 million obese adults to the population of the U.S. and about 11 million more in the United Kingdom, according to the researchers at Columbia and Oxford Universities. The weight gain in itself is not the issue, it is the health problems which come with the increased weight, and this in turn leads to higher health care costs. The concerns are that this could lead to an enormous jump in the number of cases of diabetes, as well as increased cancer rates, and the number of people with coronary heart disease. … Read entire article »

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Vaccines Not Linked To Autism, Latest Report States

Although the debate will continue forever, more scientists have reported that there is no evidence that the combination measles vaccine for children is responsible for causing autism, according to the federal government report issued this week. Dr. Ellen Wright Clayton is the chairperson for the panel of scientists who were drawn together by the Institute of Medicine, and says that  “The MMR vaccine doesn’t cause autism, and the evidence is overwhelming that it doesn’t”. The MMR vaccine is the measles mumps and rubella vaccine, a combination vaccine, which has caused concerns for many parents about the risks associated with it. The panel of scientists have concluded however, that there are serious risks associated with the chicken pox vaccine, but that these issues may not develop until later in life when the auto … Read entire article »

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FDA Approves Botox For Overactive Bladders

On Wednesday the United States federal government announced that it has given Food and Drug Administration, FDA, approval for Allergan to use Botox, the botulinum toxin product and injectable muscle relaxant in certain patients with neurological problems, including multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries, for treating bladder control problems. The market for this use is not huge, with estimates to the additional sales going from $40 million to $59 million, but the company is optimistic that this approval will help many more people in the future. The company is presently testing Botox for other types of urinary incontinence, a problem which many people suffer from, and if the approval can be given for these other situations, it is expected to add a great deal more to the sales of Botox, some estimate … Read entire article »

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UK Issues New Guidelines For High Blood Pressure Monitoring

A new study was published on Wednesday which will change the way that blood pressure is monitored in the United Kingdom, the first change for over a hundred years. At present, blood pressure is measured in the doctor’s office using a blood pressure monitor and a stethoscope, with usually a maximum of three readings taken, but more often only one or two, and based on these readings, a diagnosis of high blood pressure is made. Keeping in mind that blood pressure is changing constantly throughout the day, making a diagnosis of high blood pressure based on one or two readings over a 2 or 3 minute period does not make a lot of sense. In fact, the study indicates that more than a quarter of patients who have been told they … Read entire article »

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Marriage And Cardiac Bypass Survival Rates Differ In Men And Women

The latest study into cardiac survival rates which was published today in the journal Health Psychology, shows some interesting differences in survival rates for patients based on their marital status. According to the research, patients who were happily married 15 years after undergoing the cardiac bypass surgery to replace clogged arteries with grafted blood vessels, were over three times more likely to be alive than those patients with other marital status such as single or divorced. The results have confirmed other studies that linked successful marriages with the slower development of cardiovascular disease, as well as lower levels of inflammation which is associated with heart disease. However, the study also factored into the research whether a marriage was happy or not, and found that there were differences between survival rates for men … Read entire article »

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Spread Of West Nile Virus Studied By Researchers

It has been announced that a pattern has been discovered by researchers in the spread of the West Nile virus, the deadly disease which is spread by infected mosquitoes, and it is thought that this will in time lead to predictions and the control of this and other diseases. When the West Nile virus was first discovered in the United States in 1999, it drew a great deal of attention throughout the country and set up fears of widespread epidemics caused by the virus. That has not in fact turned out to have happened, although in 2010 there were about 1,000 people infected with the virus according to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, CDC, and in 57 cases the infections turned out to be fatal. The researchers were from the … Read entire article »

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Celiac Disease More Widespread Than First Thought, Study Shows

According to a recent study, the rate for people suffering from celiac disease is nearly five times what it was in the 1950s, and it is now believed to affect about 1 in every 133 residents of the United States. Dr. Alessio Fasano who is the director of the Center for Celiac Research and the Mucosal Biology Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine said that in the past there were thought to be different rates throughout the country, but new studies have shown that it exists throughout the United States. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder which is inherited, and it causes the immune system in the body to attack the small intestine, with such attacks being brought on by the body’s exposure to gluten. Found in grains … Read entire article »

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Risk Of Autism In Siblings Higher Than previous Estimates, New Research Shows

According to new research published in the journal Pediatrics, the risk of autism in a child who has an older sibling with autism is much higher than thought previously, when it was estimated to be a risk of about 3 per cent to 14 percent. It is now closer to 19 per cent according to this latest study, which is the largest study to date on the siblings of autistic children. If a family has more than one child with autism then the chances are even higher that a new baby could have these problems too. Autism and autism spectrum disorders affect one child in 110 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, CDC. These disorders affect a child’s ability to think, communicate and to … Read entire article »

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New Leukemia Therapy Brings New Hope For Cancer Patients

A new study, although only conducted on three patients so far, has the medical world buzzing with hopes of a cure for cancer one day soon. The study author is Dr. Carl June, who is the professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said that the new treatment for leukemia had the results that two patients appear to be free of cancer after one year, while the third patient still has some cancer cells present but has greatly improved his health. The only cure right now for leukemia is a bone marrow transplant, or stem cell transplants, but this treatment is not always successful, and it can lead to the death of the patient. The new therapy is a gene treatment which, simply put, turns the white blood … Read entire article »

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Medtronic Gives Yale Grant Plus Data To Review Bone Growth Product Infuse

It was announced on Wednesday that Medtronic Inc, a medical technology company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is giving a grant of $2.5 million to Yale so that it can oversee a complete review of the study data for a product called Infuse. The study will examine the product’s safety as well as its effectiveness. Earlier this year, there were reports that researchers who were sponsored by Medtronic had overstated the benefits of the Infuse product, while not giving a clear indication of risks involved. This new review is to clear up this and Medtronic has said they will release all the data. The funds will be used to bring together a panel of experts from outside of Medtronic, and this panel will then commission two researchers to assess the available data. Infuse … Read entire article »

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Salmonella Outbreak Blamed On Ground Turkey

A recent outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg which has involved 76 infections with at least one death is being blamed on ground turkey, according to the United States Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, CDC. the death occurred in Sacramento County in California. One child was infected with the disease, but has since recovered. The infections are spread all over the country, with Michigan and Ohio each having 10 cases. The sickness occurred between March and the end of June this year, and the CDC has been investigating to see if there is a common link between all the cases. Even though all reported cases have the same strain of salmonella, the source of the infection is still not known. The Food and Safety Inspection Service branch, FSIS, of the U.S. Food … Read entire article »

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Exposure To ElectroMagnetic Fields Linked To Asthma In Children, Study Shows

A new study has linked asthma cases in children to electromagnetic fields, EMFs, which is energy generated by all household appliances such as microwaves, computers as well as cars and power lines, energy which cannot be seen or felt. Dr. De-Kun Li is a senior research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California and his study which appears in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine studied women and the EMFs they were exposed to while pregnant, and followed up with their children for 13 years afterwards. The results found that the children of women who were exposed to the lower levels of EMF exposure  developed asthma in about 13 per cent of the children, while of those exposed to high EMFs developed asthma in about 33 per cent of the children. Although … Read entire article »

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Lower Your Heart Disease Risk With Even A Little Exercise, New Study Shows

Researchers from Harvard say that a new study showed that exercise, even as little as two and a half hours in a week, can cut the risk of heart disease dramatically. Taking into account the results of 33 studies on the benefits of exercise, the study which was published on Monday in Circulation, the American Heart Association journal. looked at whether working out for 2 1/2 hours per week was of benefit by reducing the risk of heart disease, and they found that this amount of exercise reduced the risk of heart disease by 14 per cent. Even more, they found that those who exercised less than this still reduced their risk more than those who did no exercise. However, more exercise is better, with 300 minutes per week decreasing heart disease … Read entire article »

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Asthma Gene Identified In African-Americans

A new national collaboration called the EVE Consortium is comprised of U.S. investigators who have conducted studies into asthma, and their team of researchers has indicated that there is a gene variant, PYHIN1, which is associated with asthma in black Americans. This new study published on Sunday in the journal Nature Genetics also confirmed data from last year that linked four other gene variants with an increased risk of asthma across all ethnicities. Along with the PYHIN1 gene variant, the research is promising, as understanding the genetic links is necessary to determine the causes of asthma related to genetics. In recent years, the rate of asthma in the United States is increasing, especially amongst black Americans, Dr. Susan B Shurin says. She is the acting director of the National Heart, Lung and … Read entire article »

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