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Month: March 2012

For Sleep Struggles, Women Urged to Alter Routines

For Sleep Struggles, Women Urged to Alter Routines

March 2, 2012 By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 2 (HealthDay News) — Driven to sleeplessness by the effects of stress and the demands of their own biology, women are more likely than men to have serious sleep problems, experts say. “We see insomnia much more frequently in women, probably at least 50 percent more often than men,” said Dr. Ryan Hays, an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In response, women…

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Blueberries and Apples Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk

Blueberries and Apples Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk

By Aparna Narayanan Fri Mar 16, 2012 (Reuters Health) – Eating more blueberries, apples and pears may be linked to lower risk of diabetes, according to a new U.S. study. These fruits are loaded with flavonoids, a natural compound present in certain fruits, vegetables and grains, which some research has tentatively tied to heath benefits such as a lower risk of heart disease or cancer. “People who ate a higher amount of blueberries or apples, they tended to have a…

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Daily Walking Cuts Effect of Obesity Genes

Daily Walking Cuts Effect of Obesity Genes

March 14, 2012 By Matt McMillen WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2012 (Health.com) — The millions of people whose genes make them prone to obesity aren’t at the mercy of nature. How they choose to spend their free time can make a big difference in their waistline, according to new research presented today at an American Heart Association (AHA) meeting in San Diego. Watching TV for two hours each day increases the effect of certain obesity-related genes by as much as 25%,…

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Sleep Less, Eat More?

Sleep Less, Eat More?

Study: Sleep Deprivation Linked to Eating More Calories By Kathleen DohenyWebMD Health News Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD March 14, 2012 — Being sleep deprived may make you eat more than usual, according to a new study. When researchers compared people allowed to sleep as much as they wished with those who slept just two-thirds of their normal time, they found that sleep deprivation was linked to eating more calories. “When people were sleep deprived, they ate an extra…

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Sleep Apnea Treatment May Help Ward Off Heart Failure: Study

Sleep Apnea Treatment May Help Ward Off Heart Failure: Study

TUESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) — A nightly breathing treatment may not only help people with obstructive sleep apnea sleep better, it might also lower their risk of heart failure, a new study finds. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing is interrupted throughout nighttime sleep. With the new study, a team of British researchers believe their findings could have a significant impact on the estimated 18 million Americans with some form of the condition. “Sleep apnea has been frequently associated…

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Berries Boost Brain Function

Berries Boost Brain Function

Eating Berries May Help Prevent Age-Related Memory Loss By Jennifer WarnerWebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD March 9, 2012 — Making berries a part of your daily diet may help keep your memory sharp, a new review shows. The review shows there’s strong evidence that eating berries boosts brain function and may prevent age-related memory loss. “In addition to their now well-known antioxidant effects, dietary supplementation with berry fruits has direct effects on the brain,” writes researcher Marshall…

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Don’t “Hold the Onions”

Don’t “Hold the Onions”

Thursday, March 8, 2012 By Janet Helm, MS, RD Famously known for making you cry when you cut them and giving you bad breath when you eat them, onions just don’t get any respect. Yet, this Rodney Dangerfield of vegetables has a lot to boast about. Maybe you’re ignoring onions – avoiding these pungent vegetables on a salad bar and skipping them on your sandwich or burger. But “holding the onions” means you’re missing out on the bevy of bioactive…

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Can Less Red Meat Add Up to a Longer Life?

Can Less Red Meat Add Up to a Longer Life?

Study Ties Red Meat to a Higher Risk of Death From Heart Disease and Cancer By Brenda Goodman, MAWebMD Health News Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD March 12, 2012 — People who eat less red meat may live longer than people who regularly eat burgers, steaks, and processed foods like bacon, hot dogs, and sausage, a new study shows. For the study, Harvard researchers delved into the diets of more than 120,000 men and women who are taking part…

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Eating fish can keep your brain young

Eating fish can keep your brain young

LESLIE BECK Globe and Mail Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2012 It’s a food that’s long been known to keep your heart and blood vessels healthy. Eating fish, especially oily fish rich in omega-3 fats, has been linked with a lower risk of stroke and death from heart disease. According to a new study, the benefits of eating fish go beyond heart health: A higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids can slow brain aging and improve memory and thinking skills. Previous studies…

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Turn On Your Lean Genes

Turn On Your Lean Genes

by Mike Roussell February 7, 2012 What’s the biggest nutrition breakthrough for the next 25 years? Our vote goes to nutrigenomics—the study of the interaction between what you eat and your DNA. Researchers have recently uncovered a handful of common foods that crank up your fat burning genes. Here’s how it works: Each cell contains the DNA for your entire genetic code. This master cookbook of proteins, hormones, and molecules remains relatively unchanged through your life. What does change is…

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