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Archive for July, 2013:

2 Million Deaths a Year From Air Pollution

What kills more than two million people a year?  The answer is air pollution, considered to be the ultimate lifestyle-induced health problem. We all know air pollution is bad, but how exactly does it cause death? This happens when fine particulate matter in the air gets into the tissue of the lungs and causes respiratory illnesses and even cancer. Increased … Read more.

Timing of First Solid Food Tied to Child Diabetes Risk

If babies at risk for type one diabetes have their first solid foods before they are four months old or after six months, they have at least double the chances of developing the disorder. Why such a specific window? Four to six months is the recommended age that all children start eating solid foods, but the timing is more important … Read more.

London Hospital’s Singing Therapy

A group of people with respiratory problems gets together on a weekly basis in a London hospital to sing songs and perform vocal exercises. Combining their love for singing with a desire to better cope with lung disease, these songs and exercises help patients associate their breathing with positive feelings. It’s more fun than a standard physiotherapy technique and it … Read more.

Peanuts Cut Type 2 Diabetes Risk, Hunger

If you live in New York City or have visited recently, you might have seen posters advertising peanuts as a health food. For those of us who have grown up thinking of peanuts as a salty stadium snack or had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on white bread in our lunch boxes, the humble groundnut doesn’t come to mind when … Read more.

Plant-Based Diets for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Human tumors show the presence of Neu5Gc, a compound sometimes called the “Trojan horse” that causes inflammation that may lead to cancer growth and also rheumatoid arthritis. When Neu5Gc was the subject of a groundbreaking paper in 2003, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers were surprised. Why? Humans are genetically unable to produce this compound. Neither … Read more.

Fighting Food Poisoning with Sugar

What happens when you eat too many sweets? You get a stomachache, right? And what about when you have food poisoning? The same thing, right? So it sounds perhaps more than a little weird that sugar might be the key to fixing gastrointestinal problems, and yet this could very well be the case. A new study from the U.S. Department … Read more.

Oily Fish to Keep the Doctor Away

Eating oily food for health reasons sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? And yet, a recent study from a team of Chinese researchers shows that eating certain types of oily foods could reduce breast cancer risk, help the immune system, and improve brain and blood vessel function. What oily food can do all that? Certain types of fish can; tuna, … Read more.

Chia, Flaxseeds High in Nutrients

Those of us who remember the Chia Pet craze are probably surprised or bemused that the gelatinous seeds we spread on terra cotta heads or animals have lately become one of the most popular superfoods. High in nutrients, gluten free, and obviously vegan, chia seeds, and flaxseeds too, can be incorporated into your diet in muffins, cookies, smoothies, cereals, or … Read more.