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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sugar Makes You Stupid: Study Shows How a High-Fructose Diet Sabotages Learning, Memory

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A new UCLA study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning—and how omega-3 fatty acids can minimize the damage.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 05/15 at 04:37 PM
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Link Between an Injectable Contraceptive and Breast Cancer Risk in Young Women Discovered

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The first large-scale U.S.-based study to evaluate the link between an injectable form of progestin-only birth control and breast cancer risk in young women has found that recent use of a year or more doubles the risk. The results of the study, led by breast cancer epidemiologist Christopher I. Li, M.D., Ph.D., of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, are published online ahead of the April 15 print issue of Cancer Research.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 04/04 at 12:44 PM
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Migraines Linked to Depression

A new study that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans in April links migraines with depression in women.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 02/24 at 11:55 AM
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mom’s Love Good for Child’s Brain

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School-age children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus, a key structure important to learning, memory and response to stress. The new research, by child psychiatrists and neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is the first to show that changes in this critical region of children’s brain anatomy are linked to a mother’s nurturing.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 01/31 at 11:24 AM
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Heather Has Two Mommies, Is Psychologically Healthy

Opponents of same-sex couples adoption and marriage rights have long claimed that children of same-sex parents will suffer psychological damage as a result of their non-traditional upbringing.  A new study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics shows that children of same-sex parents experience as good quality of life as those with heterosexual parents

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Posted by Thom Canalichio on 01/04 at 11:06 AM
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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Food Served in Children’s Hospitals Is Largely Unhealthy

Given the obesity epidemic among the nation’s young, one would hope that children’s hospitals would serve as a role model for healthy eating. But hospitals in California fall short, with only 7 percent of entrees classified as “healthy.”

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Posted by Craig Jones on 12/01 at 04:19 PM
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

People with Early Alzheimer’s Disease May Be More Likely to Have Lower BMI

Studies have shown that people who are overweight in middle age are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease decades later than people at normal weight, yet researchers have also found that people in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease are more likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI). A current study examines this relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and BMI. The study is published in the November 22, 2011, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 11/22 at 04:36 PM
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Increased Use of Bikes for Commuting Offers Economic, Health Benefits

Cutting out short auto trips and replacing them with mass transit and active transport would yield major health benefits, according to a study just published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The biggest health benefit was due to replacing half of the short trips with bicycle trips during the warmest six months of the year, saving about $3.8 billion per year from avoided mortality and reduced health care costs for conditions like obesity and heart disease.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 11/02 at 09:36 AM
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Moving Poor Women to Less Poor Neighborhoods Improves Health

Low-income women with children who move from high-poverty to lower-poverty neighborhoods experience notable long-term improvements in in diabetes and extreme obesity, according to a new study, the first to employ a randomized experimental design to learn about the connections between neighborhood poverty and health.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 10/20 at 02:22 PM
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Method Isolates Best Brain Stem Cells to Treat MS

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The prospect of doing human clinical trials with stem cells to treat diseases like multiple sclerosis may be growing closer, say scientists at UB and U of R who have developed a more precise way to isolate stem cells that will make myelin.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 10/13 at 01:28 PM
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