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  Walnuts boost sperm quality

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 | In Knowledge | Tags: ,

Walnuts boost sperm quality
~ Walnuts boost sperm quality ~

For men hoping to become fathers, a new study suggests adding walnuts to their diet. According to research published recently, eating a large handful of walnuts every day could boost the quality of sperm.

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in California enrolled 117 healthy men between the ages of 21 and 35 into the study, taking sperm samples both at the beginning and end of the study. Half of the men were assigned to eat 2.5 ounces (a little more than half a cup) of walnuts a day, along with their usual diet.

At the end of the 12-week study, the walnut eaters showed improved sperm quality, while there was no change in the control group. Additionally, men in the walnut-eating group whose sperm were the worst swimmers at the beginning of the study saw the biggest improvement in their sperm quality at the end of the experiment.
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  Sleep training not harmful

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

Sleep training not harmful
~ Sleep training not harmful ~

Parent feeling conflicted about how to get their babies to sleep may find some peace of mind in a new Australian study. Researchers found that letting tots cry it out do not harm them emotionally or damage their relationship with their parents. In a study published online in Pediatrics, scientists followed up previous work that found babies and their parents benefited when children were taught to calm themselves through various behavioral techniques.

In the follow-up study, the scientists tracked 225 babies to see if sleep training had any long-lasting effects, damaging or otherwise. In the original study, the researchers found that two popular techniques – controlled comforting and camping out – worked well in helping babies who struggled with sleep while also reducing depression in mums.
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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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  Pulling back to save the knees

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 | In Information | Tags: , ,

Pulling back to save the knees
~ Pulling back to save the knees ~

A new study suggests that women pull back on high-impact exercises, such as running, a week before their period is due in order to lessen their risk of knee injuries. While previous research has focused on the biomechanical differences between men and women, this study looked at how the menstrual cycle can affect nerves that control muscle activity.

A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill measured the activity of nerve fibers and the muscles they control around the knees of seven female volunteers, aged between 19 and 35, at various points of their menstrual cycles.
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