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Mothers with low Vitamin D had children with higher body fat

Research has demonstrated children born from mothers with low Vitamin D  intake had more body fat at 6 years old than those born from mothers with adequate intake. Source: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition  It’s interesting to note that there is already a link between low Vitamin D levels and obesity, both in adults …

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Eating fat grows the brain to want more fat

This study from Nature Neuroscience uses mice to study the effects of fat consumption on the brain.  Mice who ate a high fat diet grew new four times as many cells in the hypothalamus, an area of the brain which regulates appetite.  This suggests some kind of cycle where eating more fat makes you want …

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Stretching your upper body following open heart surgery

Stretching your upper body following open heart surgery.

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Calcium supplements can increase risk of heart attack

Calcium supplements have been shown to double the risk of hear attacks.  A recent study of 23,980 men and women found that people who used calcium supplements regularly were 86 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than those who did not. Those who obtained their calcium just from supplements were 2.7 times more …

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Back pain improves quickly but usually recurs

There are no quick fixes to back pain, although there isn’t a shortage of patients who wish there were.  A meta-analysis of current back pain literature was done by the Canadian Medical Association Journal.  They found that low back pain was resolved quickly for those who seek care, but frequently those patients would have recurring …

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High fructose diet linked to decreased memory and learning

A study in the Journal of Physiology found that a diet of high fructose affected learning and memory.  Fructose is a cheap sweetening additive added to a huge amount of consumer food.  The average American eats 40 pounds of it per year.  The study did find that Omega 3 supplements helped mitigate the effect from …

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Mind distraction effective against pain

A study published in Current Biology found that distracting the mind was an effective tool against pain.  Subjects performed cognitive intensive activities while undergoing pain.  Those who performed the more intensive cognitive activities reported a lesser degree of pain.  Researchers actually observed the spinal cord with fMRI and noted that in those with the most …

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Longer life expectancy found with coffee drinking

Here’s some good news for all of us drinking our coffee before we go into work.  A recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that drinking coffee reduced the risk of death.  They found that men drinking 6 cups a day, or women drinking 6 cups a day were respectively 10% and …

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Study debates if “good” cholesterol is really good for us.

A recent study in The Lancet questions whether the existing belief that high HDL cholesterol levels are really beneficial.  Traditionally higher levels of HDL have been believed to be associated with lower levels of heart disease and a lower incidence of heart attacks.  The study found no correlation with higher levels of HDL and a …

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Genetic changes with exercise

Fascinating article about how you can change your gene expression, although this article specifically looked at exercise and gene expression.  Actions such as exercise can methylate a gene, changing it’s expression, what’s interesting is that this genetic change is more permanent than your run of the mill changes which exercises causes. In the study they …

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