Wed Jan 24 2018

Category: Research

High Blood Pressure Is Not Adequately Controlled in the U.S.

Posted in Blood Pressure, Heart Health, Research

Hypertension is a chronic health problem and it's what we call a progressive disorder which means it gets worse over time if not controlled.  High blood pressure affects 72 million Americans each year.  That's almost 3 out of 10 of us, 30%, and the incidence increases with age.  These numbers are frightening enough, but consider [&hellip

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Study Looks at Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

Posted in Diet / Weight Loss, Exercise / Fitness, Foods / Drinks, Heart Health, Mental Health, Research

Following the Mediterranean diet could be linked to health benefits.  What is the Mediterranean diet?  Basically, it's one with plenty of olive oil, grains, fruits, veggies, fish, and lean meats.  The Mediterranean diet has been shown to be linked to a reduced risk for many illnesses including heart disease, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's.  This has been [&hellip

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New Approach to Bone Marrow Transplants

Posted in Immune Disorders, Research

Children with deficiencies in their immune system, such as children with SCID, or bubble boy disease, are susceptible to infections and will die without a bone marrow stem cell transplant, or less commonly, gene therapy.  A new approach clears the body of factors that cause rejection without attacking other tissues.  The conventional method for preparing [&hellip

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Vitamin D May Improve Athletic Performance

Posted in Exercise / Fitness, Foods / Drinks, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Research, Vitamins & Supplements

Vitamin D can be obtained through ultraviolet rays from sunlight as well as through foods and supplements, but can vitamin D improve your athletic performance?  Vitamin D was thought to be primarily involved in bone development, but a growing body of research suggests it's vital in multiple bodily functions including allowing muscle fibers to develop [&hellip

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Oxysterols May Play a Major Role in the Development of Heart Disease

Posted in Blood / Arteries, Heart Health, Research

Oxysterols could play a major role in the development of heart disease.  If you are asking, "What the heck is an oxysterol?" you're definitely not alone.  I'm sure you've heard about plaque or debris that can develop in our blood vessels as we're developing heart disease.  When plaque or debris inside our blood vessels interacts [&hellip

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Embryoligical Research and the Evolution of the Heart in Different Species

Posted in Heart Health, Research

We don't talk much about embryology because it can be highly technical, but the changes that occur as we are developing as a fetus are simply fascinating.  Over the course of weeks, vital organs develop and we get closer to entering the real world and leaving the womb behind.  But it is the time of [&hellip

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Research on ADHD and the Brain

Posted in Diet / Weight Loss, Drug / Alcohol Abuse, Mental Health, Parenting & Pregnancy, Research, Screenings / Tests

There is a great mystery surrounding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its cause. Controversy swirls around treatment.  We are continuing to learn a great deal about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Now, a new study looking at brain imaging from the NIH has uncovered the first definitive evidence that patients suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [&hellip

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Do Children in Daycare Develop More Health Problems?

Posted in Ears, Nose & Throat, Infections, Lung / Pulmonary, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Research

Over the years, there has been a theory that children who attend daycare tend to develop more health problems; things like colds, ear infections, and throat infections.  In the first few years of life, they can have more problems than the children who stay home, and it makes sense because there is an earlier exposure [&hellip

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DHA Linked to Superior Problem Solving Performance in Infants

Posted in Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Research

Researchers studied over 200 infants who received either formula supplemented with DHA, an Omega-3 fatty acid, or traditional infant formula.  Babies were started on the formula shortly after birth, or after six weeks, or four to six months of breastfeeding.  Breast milk naturally contains DHA.  When they were nine months old, the infants were given [&hellip

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Getting Less Sleep May Be Linked to an Increased Cancer Risk

Posted in Cancer, Exercise / Fitness, Lifestyle, Research, Sleep

Exercise may be one of the best defenses against cancer.  We have seen this in multiple studies.  What about the role of sleep?  Among those under 65, sleeping less than 7 hours per night was associated with an increased risk of cancer, even among those who were physically active.  The researchers suggest that sleep duration [&hellip

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