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Body Weekly - April 2012 Archives


Being beside the seaside is good for you (4/30/2012)

Exercise in the open air is good for you, but if you want to reap the full benefits you should head for the coast or the countryside rather than an urban park. ...> Full Article


Eating low-fat dairy foods may reduce your risk of stroke (4/29/2012)

Eating low-fat dairy foods was associated with a reduced risk of stroke in adult men and women compared to those who ate full-fat dairy foods. Low-fat dairy is one part of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet, which effectively reduces blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke. ...> Full Article


First gene linked to common form of psoriasis identified (4/28/2012)

First gene linked to common form of psoriasis identifiedScientists led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified the first gene directly linked to the most common form of psoriasis, a chronic skin condition. ...> Full Article


Pistachio consumption may promote a beneficial gut environment (4/28/2012)

A preliminary study suggests that eating pistachios may help alter levels of potentially beneficial bacteria in the gut, a finding that holds promise for supporting digestive health. The research is the first study of pistachios and almonds and their modulating role on the gut microbiota composition. ...> Full Article


Omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce the physical harm caused by smoking (4/27/2012)

Omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce the physical harm caused by smoking, according to a new study presented today at the World Congress of Cardiology. ...> Full Article


Exercise reduces risk of death from cardiovascular disease in people with high blood pressure (4/27/2012)

People with high blood pressure that exercise could be reducing their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or all-cause mortality to a level that is equivalent to reducing blood pressure by 40~50 mmHg, according to a new study presented at the World Congress of Cardiology today. ...> Full Article


Study finds soda consumption increases overall stroke risk (4/26/2012)

Researchers from Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute and Harvard University have found that greater consumption of sugar-sweetened and low-calorie sodas is associated with a higher risk of stroke. Conversely, consumption of caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee was associated with a lower risk. ...> Full Article


Big doses of vitamin C may lower blood pressure (4/25/2012)

Taking large doses of vitamin C may moderately reduce blood pressure, according to an analysis of years of research by Johns Hopkins scientists. But the researchers stopped short of suggesting people load up on supplements. ...> Full Article


Your left side is your best side (4/24/2012)

Your best side may be your left cheek, according to a new study by Kelsey Blackburn and James Schirillo from Wake Forest University in the US. Their work shows that images of the left side of the face are perceived and rated as more pleasant than pictures of the right side of the face, possibly due to the fact that we present a greater intensity of emotion on the left side of our face. ...> Full Article


The power of broccoli, in a capsule (4/23/2012)

A recent study by Vanderbilt University's Ingram Center showed that a diet full of cruciferous vegetables protects and improves breast cellular health. ...> Full Article


Caffeine use may offer relief for millions of dry eye sufferers (4/22/2012)

Researchers at the University of Tokyo's School of Medicine have shown for the first time that caffeine intake can significantly increase the eye's ability to produce tears, a finding that could improve treatment of dry eye syndrome. ...> Full Article


Licorice root found to contain anti-diabetic substance (4/21/2012)

Researchers have discovered a promising anti-diabetic substance in the amorfrutin class of natural substances. ...> Full Article


Tree nut consumption associated with lower body weight and lower prevalence of health risks (4/20/2012)

In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, researchers compared risk factors for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome of nut consumers versus those who did not consume nuts. ...> Full Article


More exercise, eating less fat and weight loss programs are in, popular diets are out (4/19/2012)

Contrary to popular perception, a large proportion of obese Americans can and do lose weight, say researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. What's more, they say, the old tried and true methods of eating less fat and exercising are some of the most effective paths to weight loss success. ...> Full Article


Can a standard vision test predict nighttime driving performance? (4/18/2012)

Just because a driver has passed the motor vehicle administration's vision test may not mean he or she is safe to drive. A recent study found that the frequency and distance at which drivers with moderate levels of blurred vision and cataracts recognize pedestrians at night was severely reduced, even when the drivers have passed the required vision test. ...> Full Article


Little evidence that insect bite remedies work (4/17/2012)

There is little evidence that over the counter remedies for simple insect bites actually work, and in most cases, no treatment at all will suffice, concludes an evidence review in the April Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin. ...> Full Article


Is some homophobia self-phobia? (4/16/2012)

Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates. The research is the first to document the role that both parenting and sexual orientation play in the formation of intense and visceral fear of homosexuals. ...> Full Article


Glycemic index foods at breakfast can control blood sugar throughout the day (4/15/2012)

Eating foods at breakfast that have a low glycemic index may help prevent a spike in blood sugar throughout the morning and after the next meal of the day, researchers said at the Institute of Food Technologists' Wellness 12 meeting. ...> Full Article


Beans, pulses and legumes have important role in nutrition (4/14/2012)

Beans, pulses and legumes can be classified as either vegetables or proteins under the new USDA dietary guidelines, giving them an important role in a person's daily diet, an expert panel said at the Institute of Food Technologists' Wellness 12 meeting. ...> Full Article


Misperception of weight is an important barrier to weight loss (4/13/2012)

When University of Illinois researchers surveyed over 3,500 college applicants, more than a third couldn't report their weight accurately, and overweight and obese men were more likely to underestimate their weight than women. "This misperception is important because the first step in dealing with a weight problem is knowing that you have one," said Margarita Teran-Garcia, a U of I professor of food science and human nutrition. ...> Full Article


Early-life exposure to BPA affects adult learning (4/12/2012)

This study is the first to identify a neurobehavioral effect of BPA using a zebrafish model exposed to concentrations comparable to what humans might encounter in the environment. ...> Full Article


New hormone for lowering blood sugar (4/11/2012)

New evidence points to a hormone that leaves muscles gobbling up sugar as if they can't get enough. That factor, which can be coaxed out of fat stem cells, could lead to a new treatment to lower blood sugar and improve metabolism, according to a report in the April issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication. ...> Full Article


Strong and consistent evidence supports low-energy-density diets for weight loss (4/10/2012)

A new report published today in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics addresses the growing body of evidence linking ED, number of calories in a given amount of food, and body weight in adults, children and adolescents. There is strong and consistent evidence in adults showing that consuming a diet higher in ED is associated with increased body weight, while consuming a diet that is relatively low in ED improves weight loss and weight maintenance. ...> Full Article


Study finds HIV 'superinfection' boosts immune response (4/9/2012)

Women who have been infected by two different strains of HIV from two different sexual partners ? a condition known as HIV superinfection ? have more potent antibody responses that block the replication of the virus compared to women who've only been infected once. These findings, by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, are published online March 29 in PLoS Pathogens. ...> Full Article


Testosterone low, but responsive to competition, in Amazonian tribe (4/8/2012)

Though Tsimane men have a third less baseline testosterone compared with US men, Tsimane show the same increase in testosterone following a soccer game, suggesting that competition-linked bursts of testosterone are a fundamental aspect of human biology. ...> Full Article


Popcorn: the snack with even higher antioxidant levels than fruits and vegetables (4/7/2012)

Popcorn's reputation as a snack food that's actually good for health popped up a few notches today as scientists reported that it contains more of the healthful antioxidant substances called "polyphenols" than fruits and vegetables. They spoke at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, being held here this week. ...> Full Article


How colds cause coughs and wheezes (4/6/2012)

Cold-like infections make 'cough receptors' in the airways more sensitive, making asthmatics more prone to bouts of coughing and wheezing, reveal scientists presenting their findings at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin. The work could lead to drugs that reduce virus-induced coughing in those suffering chronic lung diseases. ...> Full Article


Snacking on raisins may offer a heart-healthy way to lower blood pressure (4/5/2012)

If you have slightly higher than normal blood pressure - known as prehypertension - consider eating a handful of raisins. New data suggest that, among individuals with mild increases in blood pressure, the routine consumption of raisins (three times a day) may significantly lower blood pressure, especially when compared to eating other common snacks, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session. ...> Full Article


Pain relievers could be spiking your blood pressure (4/4/2012)

Both doctors and patients should be aware that many common over-the-counter and prescription medications can be the underlying cause of hypertension, says Prof. Ehud Grossman of Tel Aviv University. He warns that while many of the chemicals in these drugs can raise blood pressure, both patients and doctors remain dangerously uninformed. ...> Full Article


Fish oil added to yogurt may help consumers meet daily nutritional requirements (4/4/2012)

Many consumers want to increase their intake of heart-healthy n-3 fatty acids, found naturally in fish and fish products, but find it difficult to consume the levels recommended by the American Heart Association. Scientists at Virginia Tech have demonstrated that it may be possible to achieve the suggested daily intake in a single serving of a savory-flavored yogurt, providing an easily incorporated dietary source for these valuable fatty acids. ...> Full Article


Taking vitamin E does not impact women's heart failure risk (4/3/2012)

Long-term vitamin E supplementation does not affect heart failure risk among women. Strategies aimed at lowering women's heart failure risk should focus on what has been shown to work, including blood pressure management and heart disease prevention. ...> Full Article


Study unravels health impact, interplay of diet soft drinks and overall diet (4/3/2012)

Are diet sodas good or bad for you? The jury is still out, but a new study sheds light on the impact that zero-calorie beverages may have on health, especially in the context of a person's overall dietary habits. ...> Full Article


Runner's high motivated the evolution of exercise (4/2/2012)

Runners often extol the virtues of the runner's high, but now a team of researchers lead by David Raichlen from the University of Arizona, USA, suggest that the runner's high could have evolved to motivate us to exercise as part of our early long-distance nomadic lifestyle. ...> Full Article


Hot pepper compound could help hearts (4/2/2012)

The food that inspires wariness is on course for inspiring even more wonder from a medical standpoint as scientists today reported the latest evidence that chili peppers are a heart-healthy food with potential to protect against the No. 1 cause of death in the developed world. The report was part of the 243rd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, being held here this week. ...> Full Article


Anxiety boosts sense of smell (4/1/2012)

Anxious people have a heightened sense of smell when it comes to sniffing out a threat, according to a new study by Elizabeth Krusemark and Wen Li from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. Their work is published online in Springer's journal Chemosensory Perception. The study is part of a special issue of this journal on neuroimaging the chemical senses. ...> Full Article


New evidence on effects of green coffee beans in weight loss (4/1/2012)

Scientists today reported striking new evidence that green, or unroasted, coffee beans can produce a substantial decrease in body weight in a relatively short period of time at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. ...> Full Article


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