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  Vulnerable to food-borne toxins

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 | In Health | Tags: , ,

Vulnerable to food-borne toxins
~ Vulnerable to food-borne toxins ~

Scientists recommend that parents stock their fridges with organic foods, cut out potato chips and reduce the consumption of meat and animal fats. This recommendation comes after they found that preschool-aged children in the US are particularly vulnerable to food-borne toxins which have been linked to cancer.

Those are among some of the suggestion in a new study out of the University of California which found that preschool-aged children were at high risk for exposure to compounds like arsenic, dieldrin, DDE (a DDT metabolite), dioxins and acrymalide.

These have all been linked to cancer, developmental disabilities, birth defects and other conditions. Children that early exposure can have long-term effects on disease outcomes, the results of this study demonstrate a need to prevent exposure to multiple toxins in young children to lower their cancer risk.
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  Lyengar yoga for chronic neck pain

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 | In Health | Tags: ,

Lyengar yoga for chronic neck pain
~ Lyengar yoga for chronic neck pain ~

A small new German study finds that one particular style of yoga may offer some relief for chronic neck pain suffers. Researchers at Charite-University Medical Centre in Berlin assigned 25 patients suffering from chronic neck pain to a nine-week lyengar yoga training programme, with participants taking a weekly 90-minute class.

Lyengar yoga, developed by B.K.S. lyengar, is a form of hatha yoga that emphasis detail and precision and often relies on the use of props to help students achieve mastery of the postures. For the control group, 28 patients were assigned to exercise classes offering self-care techniques.
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  Extra kilos may extend life

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 | In Health | Tags: ,

Extra kilos may extend life
~ Extra kilos may extend life ~

As the New Year brings a renewed vigour to drop those extra kilos, a new study suggests that carrying around extra weight may not be bad for your health at all and may even extend your life.

A new analysis published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people classified as overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9, lived a bit longer than those who were at a so-called normal weight.

A reduction in the risk of death from all causes was about 6% lower for people who were overweight, noted the researchers. Researchers looked at data from 97 studies involving nearly three million people in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, India and Mexico.

In the research, people who were obese, with a BMI of 35 or more, lived shorter lives on average than those with a normal weight, or a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9.
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  Using probiotics against cold symptoms

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 | In Health | Tags: ,

Using probiotics against cold symptoms
~ Using probiotics against cold symptoms ~

In a new study announced recently, probiotic supplements show promise for reducing symptoms of colds and upper-respiratory infections. A team of researchers tested a group of 198 university students during a cold outbreak. In a double-blind study, subject took either probiotic supplements or a placebo for 12 weeks while responding to survey questions daily.

While all of the students caught colds at roughly the same rate, the students who supplemented with probiotics had shorter colds by two days, symptoms that were 24% less severe and fewer missed school days. Cold symptoms like a stuffy nose and sore throat are the body’s inflammatory response toward a virus, not a direct action of the virus itself.
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