Monthly Archives: November 2012

Green coffee bean extracts found lacking

Green coffee bean extract (GCBE) has been popularized as a weight loss supplement – and several small studies suggest it has a modest effect. However, a new report suggests problems with the supplement.

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Tests show many milk thistle supplements low in key component

Recent tests by ConsumerLab.com of eleven milk thistle supplements show that only four met ConsumerLab.com‘s quality standards … a failure rate of nearly 64%!

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Chelation study finds benefit, but researchers warn it may not be real

The AP reports on a study presented at the American Heart Association meeting in Los Angeles regarding chelation, described as a “treatment that many doctors consider to be fringe medicine unexpectedly showed some promise in a federal study clouded by … Continue reading

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Study: Pacifiers may teem with bacteria, mold

The Time “Healthland” blog reports that pacifiers “can be teeming with bacteria, yeast and mold that can actually sicken babies rather than soothe them,” according to research recently presented at the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s annual meeting.

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Restaurant-eating prompts higher calorie intake among youth

Reuters reports that children and adolescents consume more food products laden with sugar, saturated fat and sodium, on days when their main meals are served at restaurants, according to a CDC-funded study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent … Continue reading

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Study finds many schools offer less healthy snacks

Reuters reports on a report released Thursday by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which found that many US schoolchildren are being served less healthy snack foods.

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What Better Holiday Gifts For Readers Than Signed/Personalized Books

It’s not to early to begin thinking about unique holiday gifts, and what could be more exclusive than receiving a best-selling book, autographed by the author, and personalized to the recipient. Most of my books are available for just such … Continue reading

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High-protein diet helps people lose more weight

Reuters reports on a new study appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which found that generally, people who eat foods high in protein may shed more weight than those who consume more carbohydrates and less protein.

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Coffee, regular exercise in seniors may reduce dementia risk

The Orlando (FL) Sentinel reports, “Getting regular exercise and drinking coffee have both been shown to reduce the risk of dementia in seniors, and two recent studies help show why.”

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Fish oil supplements boost memory in healthy young adults

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “An omega-3 fatty acid plentiful in fish oil boosts the ability of healthy young adults, whose brains are already at their peak levels of speed and performance, to hold several items in … Continue reading

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Carbohydrate loading found to actually benefit marathoners

The New York Times reports in its “Well” blog on a study at the University of Minnesota on the benefits of carbohydrate loading before a marathon. The study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, “found … Continue reading

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Study suggests breast cancer overdiagnosed

As a result of mammographic screening programs, as many 1.3 million women over age 40 were overdiagnosed with breast cancer over three decades, researchers reported in a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Smoke-free workplace laws linked to lower heart attack rates

The Washington Post “The Checkup” blog reports, “A decline in the number of cases of myocardial infarction, or heart attack, in one Minnesota county appears linked to smoke-free workplace laws in that area, research published in the Archives of Internal … Continue reading

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Weight loss leads to better sleep

The Baltimore Sun “Picture of Health” blog reports that according to a study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, dropping a few pounds “will lead to a good night’s sleep.”

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Lots of ads about Amberen for menopausal symptoms are popping up

Amberen is getting a lot of attention as a possible supplement for menopausal women. It’s promoted for hot flashes, insomnia, irritability, low libido, and weight loss.

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Research links hunger, lack of sleep

Time reports in its “Healthland” blog that “new research published in the journal SLEEP shows that getting more shuteye could lead to less overeating, and that lack of sleep has different influences on hunger in men and women.”

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Group recommends sports designation for cheerleading

There was a significant amount of media coverage – with major television network news dedicating more than four and half minutes to the story – on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that cheerleading should be designated as a sport. … Continue reading

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Group recommends less frequent pap testing for most women

New recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists” that “say most women age 21-65 can wait three to five years between pap tests as long as there is no sign of a problem.”

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The Gratitude Antidote

In this morning’s post, I discussed the health benefits of being thankful. This evening, I want to share with you some of the surprising health benefits of being grateful.

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Giving thanks isn’t just pious or polite. It’s good for you

Now that the Thanksgiving festivities are past, I thought it might be time to re-examine the health benefits of being thankful.

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Health Tip: Eat Healthier During the Holidays

Food is a big part of holiday gatherings, but you can enjoy the holidays with all the trimmings without necessarily gaining weight. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions:

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Study: Boys are entering puberty earlier

The New York Times  reported that a large study “released by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that boys are entering puberty earlier now than several decades ago – or at least earlier than the time frame doctors have historically … Continue reading

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Multivitamin use linked to reduced cancer risk

Research linking multivitamin use to reduced cancer risks received extensive coverage, particularly online. The large study of multivitamins found that they may slightly lower a healthy man’s risk of developing cancer. For the study, “researchers gave almost 15,000 male physicians … Continue reading

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Regular general health checkups may not save lives

The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to research published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, general health checkups may not save lives.

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Research: Adolescent brains highly responsive to positive feedback

The NPR “Shots” blog reports, “It’s true that teenage brains can be impulsive, scientists reported at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans. But adolescent brains are also vulnerable, dynamic and highly responsive to positive feedback, they say.”

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Article explains why teens are night owls

The Wall Street Journal explains why so many teens are night owls. In adolescence, the release of the hormone melatonin, which induces sleep, is delayed by about 90 minutes.

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Sleep elusive for many aging baby boomers

The New York Times “Booming: Living Through the Middle Ages” blog reports that many aging baby boomers “are finding it harder to get to sleep or stay asleep, and they may feel the consequences during the day.”

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Study: Weight Watchers comparable to clinical weight loss programs

In the fight to lose weight, there’s new research that shows the tried and true, old school Weight Watchers or other group program method works better than trying to do it on your own.

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Mediterranean dieters maintain weight loss for six years

In its “Booster Shots” blog, the Los Angeles Times reports that “moderately obese people who ate the Mediterranean diet lost more weight than groups of people who followed either a low-fat or a low-carbohydrate diet, researchers reported” in a letter … Continue reading

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USPSTF recommends against long-term HRT use after menopause

The Wall Street Journal reports that, in findings similar to what it arrived at in 2006, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued an updated recommendation against the long-term use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women who have … Continue reading

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