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Apr 04 2014

Poor Sleep Tied to Metabolic Issues

Poor Sleep Tied to Metabolic Issues

Substantial observational evidence has tied insufficient sleep to obesity, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and hypertension, and some studies have shown potential mechanisms for the link, according to Bernd Schultes, MD, of the eSwiss Medical and Surgical Center in Gallen, Switzerland, and colleagues.

They reported their findings online in a review in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

“Althoug…

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Apr 01 2014

U.S. drug firms move to bar antibiotic use in livestock growth - chicagotribune.com

U.S. drug firms move to bar antibiotic use in livestock growth – chicagotribune.com

U.S. drug firms move to bar antibiotic use in livestock growth

P.J. Huffstutter

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Wednesday said that 25 out of 26 drugmakers that sell antibiotics used in livestock feed for growth enhancement have agreed to follow new guidelines that will make it illegal to use their products to create beefier cattle, heftier hogs and other outsized animals.

The companies –…

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Mar 31 2014

Ask Well: Exercises to Strengthen Bones - NYTimes.com

Ask Well: Exercises to Strengthen Bones – NYTimes.com

What are good exercises to prevent osteoporosis?

What specific weight bearing or weight lifting exercises increase bone density in the spine?

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In general, activities that involve impacts with the earth, such as running and jumping, are the most effective way to improve bone health, according to Dr. Jon Tobias, a professor of rheumatology at the University of Bristol who studies bone health.…

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Mar 28 2014

High salt intake linked to premature cellular aging

High salt intake linked to premature cellular aging

By Nathan Gray+

25-Mar-2014

Related tags: Premature aging, Salt, Sodium, Aging, Telomere, Hypertension

Related topics: Sugar, salt and fat reduction, Science & Nutrition, Preservatives and acidulants

Overweight or obese teenagers who consume lots of salty foods show signs of faster cellular aging, according to new research.

The study investigated whether high salt intake is linked to cellular…

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Mar 27 2014

Chocolate-Loving Gut Microbes Turn Cocoa Into Heart-Healthy Molecules : The Salt : NPR

Chocolate-Loving Gut Microbes Turn Cocoa Into Heart-Healthy Molecules : The Salt : NPR

Thank Your Gut Bacteria For Making Chocolate Healthful

by MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF

March 18, 2014 2:31 PM

Bacteria in your gut can break down the antioxidants in chocolate into smaller, anti-inflammatory compounds.

Boy, it’s a good time to be a dark-chocolate lover.

We’ve noted before the growing evidence that a daily dose of the bitter bean may help reduce blood pressure. There also seems to be a…

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Mar 26 2014

The Genius Way to Make Guacamole WITHOUT Avocado | Women’s Health Magazine

The Genius Way to Make Guacamole WITHOUT Avocado | Women’s Health Magazine

While Avocado is great for you, I think this might be yummy in a bind. 

Because you can’t let the national avocado shortage come between you and your favorite dip.

PUBLISHED: MARCH 21, 2014  |  BY ANJALI SHAH

Avocado is pretty much the star of traditional guacamole—the creamy, delicious dip full of healthy fats that’s a staple at most Mexican restaurants. But if you’ve ever made your own, you…

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Mar 25 2014

Popular probiotics have few cons, experts say - USA Today

Popular probiotics have few cons, experts say – USA Today

Every year, half of all Americans take some kind of pill as insurance against their diets.

But recently, researchers have noticed a surprising trend: Use of some of the most popular supplements is waning, possibly because of recent reports questioning their benefits and raising awareness about risks. In a study by the independent research group ConsumerLab.com, calcium supplementation declined…

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Mar 21 2014

Sorting Out the Risks of Fish - NYTimes.com

Sorting Out the Risks of Fish – NYTimes.com

Sorting Out the Risks of Fish

By RONI CARYN RABIN

Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

Fish is often called “brain food.” It’s an excellent source of lean protein, rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and iodine, and pregnant women are encouraged to eat it. There’s just one, ah, catch: Fish also may have mercury, which can harm the developing brain.

Two advocacy organizations sued…

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Mar 19 2014

The Fat Drug - NYTimes.com

The Fat Drug – NYTimes.com

The Fat Drug

By PAGAN KENNEDY

March 8, 2014

IF you walk into a farm-supply store today, you’re likely to find a bag of antibiotic powder that claims to boost the growth of poultry and livestock. That’s because decades of agricultural research has shown that antibiotics seem to flip a switch in young animals’ bodies, helping them pack on pounds. Manufacturers brag about the miraculous effects of…

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Mar 17 2014

Scientists Study What to Do If You Drop a Cookie on the Floor

Scientists Study What to Do If You Drop a Cookie on the Floor

Scientists Study What to Do If You Drop a Cookie on the Floor

The five-second rule: New study says it’s safe to eat food that’s been on the floor … or is it?

Scientists Study What to Do If You Drop a Cookie on the Floor

Is this delicious bologna sandwich contaminated with bacteria?

PHOTOGRAPH BY BECKY HALE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Sarah Whitman-Salkin

for National Geographic

PUBLISHED MARCH 15, 2014

Once again, you’ve dropped your snack. You bend down, snatch…

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Mar 11 2014

Proposed sugar guidelines: Less than a soda a day - CNN.com

Proposed sugar guidelines: Less than a soda a day – CNN.com

CNN) — The World Health Organization wants you to stop eating so much sugar. Seriously.

In draft guidelines proposed this week, WHO is encouraging people to consume less than 5% of their total daily calories from sugars. The organization’s current guidelines, published in 2002, recommend eating less than 10% of your total daily calories from sugars.

Most Americans still consume much more.

Our…

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Mar 10 2014

Europe Tells U.S. To Lay Off Brie And Get Its Own Cheese Names : The Salt : NPR

Europe Tells U.S. To Lay Off Brie And Get Its Own Cheese Names : The Salt : NPR

Cheese, glorious cheese! The European Union wants U.S. food makers to stop using names with historical ties to Europe. But what else would you call, say, Parmesan and Brie?

What’s in a name? It’s an age-old question Juliet once asked Romeo in Shakespeare’s famed play.

Today, it’s a serious question between the U.S. and the European Union, which has said it wants U.S. food makers to stop using…

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Mar 09 2014

Breast-feeding benefits overstated? - CNN.com

Breast-feeding benefits overstated? – CNN.com

I find it interesting this study was done within families instead of comparing different families. Hopefully this helps any guilt laden mothers out there.

(TIME.com) — A study out that questions the stated benefits of breast-feeding is sure to reignite the debate over whether breast is best.

The new research, published this week in the journal Social Science & Medicine, looked at longitudinal…

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Mar 07 2014

Almost 500 Foods Contain The ‘Yoga Mat’ Compound. Should We Care? : The Salt : NPR

Almost 500 Foods Contain The ‘Yoga Mat’ Compound. Should We Care? : The Salt : NPR

That compound found in commercially baked bread — yep, the one that’s in yoga mats, too — is in the news again.

A report from the Environmental Working Group finds that the compound, azodicarbonamide, is found in close to 500 food products, from Pillsbury Dinner Rolls to Little Debbie products to Wonder Bread.

As you may recall, the sandwich chain Subway got a lot of attention a few weeks back…

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Mar 04 2014

The Debate Over Juice Cleanses and Toxin Removal - WSJ.com

The Debate Over Juice Cleanses and Toxin Removal – WSJ.com

Some drink only vegetable juice. Others soak in Epsom salts. It’s all in the pursuit of ridding the body of months or years of accumulated toxins, said to be the cause of fat, fatigue, diabetes, memory problems and countless other conditions.

The question isn’t just whether these techniques work. It’s whether the body is overwhelmed by toxins to begin with.

The promises of liquid cleanses and…

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