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Active Video Games Better

February 14, 2012
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A study of overweight and obese children found that “active video game intervention has a small but definite effect on BMI (Body Mass Index) and body composition in overweight and obese children” over a 24 week period. As sedentary behavior is thought contribute to obesity, the more you can get kids moving, the better....
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Bake/Broiled Fish Not Fried for Older Women

February 9, 2012
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Eating broiled or baked fish five times a week was found to reduce the risk of heart failure in older (50+) women by as much as 30%. Likewise, eating fried fish just once a week increased the risk of heart failure by almost 50%. While most of us don’t even eat fish once a...
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Sedentary = Death?

February 7, 2012
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A study cosponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) found that “People with higher levels of sedentary behavior, such as prolonged watching television, have higher mortality rates than more active individuals — even when they participate in the recommended minimal levels of moderate physical activity.” Minimal exercise...
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Vitamin D Deficiency Reduces Lung Volume

February 2, 2012
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Lack of vitamin D is associated with a long list of ailments including skeletal conditions, several types of cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, upper respiratory tract infections and even all-cause mortality. This study found that “vitamin D deficiency causes deficits in lung function that are primarily explained by differences in lung volume.” The message is...
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Not Enough Sleep Can Cause Children to Be Overweight

January 31, 2012
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“Young children (3 – 5 year olds) who do not get enough sleep are at increased risk of becoming overweight,” says a new study. “This weight gain is a result of increased fat deposition in both sexes rather than additional accumulation of fat free mass.” The average sleep duration was just over 11 hours...
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Dairy for Healthy Bones in Older Women

January 26, 2012
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“Our results support the ability of a healthy diet with adequate dairy intake to promote bone health in aging women,” say researchers in a recent study. Bone loss is a significant problem for older women, but it can be addressed without drugs. Read the Abstract
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Zinc for Childhood Diarrhea

January 24, 2012
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A study comparing different combinations of nutrients for diarrhea confirmed “the clinical benefit of zinc in children with diarrhea.” The study found that zinc is the important ingredient, and was just as effective if mixed with other nutrients or by itself. Read the Abstract
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Physical Activity Can Prevent Stroke

January 19, 2012
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Silent brain infarcts (subclinical strokes) “have an increased risk of dementia and a steeper decline in cognitive function than those without such lesions” for older people. This study found that “engaging in moderate to heavy physical activities may be an important component of prevention strategies aimed at reducing subclinical brain infarcts.” Read First Abstract...
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MSG May Cause Weight Gain

January 17, 2012
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A study looking at consumption of food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG) found that those who consumed the greatest amount were 33% more likely to be overweight than those who ate the least amount of MSG. Something more to be thinking about when you dine out. Read the Abstract
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Social Activity Slows Cognitive Decline

January 12, 2012
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A recent study found that “the rate of global cognitive decline was reduced by an average of 70% in persons who were frequently socially active compared to persons who were infrequently socially active.” These findings are supported by similar studies that emphasis activity as a way to slow cognitive decline. Read the Abstract  
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Lower Aspirin Dose to Reduce Gastrointestinal Bleeding

January 10, 2012
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All drugs should be avoided if possible due to potential side effects, aspirin included. Research has already established that “regular aspirin use is associated with gastrointestinal bleeding” which can result in death. A new study found that “risk (of gastrointestinal bleeding) seems more strongly related to dose than duration of aspirin use. Efforts to...
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L-Arginine Reduces Incidence of Pre-Enclampsia in Pregnant Women

January 5, 2012
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Pre-Enclampsia is a condition that impacts many pregnant women. It includes high blood pressure as well as potential damage to the blood vessel lining, kidneys, and liver. A new study found that “supplementation during pregnancy with a medical food containing L-arginine and antioxidant vitamins reduced the incidence of pre-eclampsia in a population at high...
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Exercise to Control Diabetes

January 3, 2012
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Studies have already shown that regular exercise improves glucose control for those with diabetes. A new study found that “structured exercise training of more than 150 minutes per week” showed significantly greater benefit than less time per week. “Structured exercise training that consists of aerobic exercise, resistance training, or both combined.” Read Abstract  
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