New Study Links Trans Fats to Depression

January 28, 2011 — Consumption of trans-unsaturated fatty acids (TFAs or trans-fats) has been linked to a significantly increased risk for depression. On the other hand, olive oil, monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) appear to have a protective effect and lower depression risk, new research suggests. Spanish investigators from the University…

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Calming colic in babies … probiotics to the rescue

New evidence suggests to calm colic, try Lactobacillus reuteri. Ever see that baby shirt that says, “If I’m not sleeping, nobody’s sleeping?” It’s creator probably had a colicky child. But new parents have a new colic-calming ally: Lactobacillus reuteri. Italian researchers treated 50 cranky, colicky infants with this probiotic bacterium (108 colony-forming units in 5 drops…

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Air Pollution Increases Risk for Heart Attack-HEPA Filter May Help

January 21, 2010 — Particulate air pollution increases the risk for myocardial infarction, and lowering indoor particulate air pollution levels by using ordinary high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration improves 2 markers of cardiovascular risk: microvascular endothelial function and systemic inflammation. Ryan W. Allen, PhD, and colleagues from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada,…

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Long-Term Pesticide Exposure Linked to Cognitive Decline

December 29, 2010 — Individuals exposed to pesticides on the job are more likely than their unexposed peers to experience a decline in cognitive function as they grow older, new research shows. “The mild impairment we observed raises the question of…possible evolution towards neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias,” write Isabelle Baldi,…

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New study: High Protein Diet Best Way to Maintain Weight Loss

November 26, 2010 (Copenhagen, Denmark) — A new study looking at ways of maintaining weight loss in subjects who’ve successfully shed pounds through a restricted-calorie diet has found that a higher-protein, lower glycemic index (GI) diet was significantly better than other diets either lower in protein, or with a higher glycemic index, or both [1].…

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Low Folate Levels Linked to Depression

September 24, 2010 — Lower serum folate levels appear to be associated with an increased risk for depressive symptoms, a large population-based, cross-sectional study suggests. Data on US adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) show elevated depressive symptoms were inversely associated with folate status, particularly among women. “We found that the…

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4 Simple Tips for Avoiding GMOs

Tip #1: Buy Organic Certified organic products cannot be produced using GMO ingredients. So if you can, buy only products labeled “100% organic”, “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.” Read more about organic standards… Tip #2: Look for “non-GMO” labels Companies may voluntarily label products as “non-GMO.” Some labels state “non-GMO” while others spell out…

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