Vitamin D protects against severe asthma attacks

Story Source: Materials provided by Queen Mary University of London. Taking oral vitamin D supplements in addition to standard asthma medication could halve the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Asthma affects more than 300 million people worldwide and is estimated to cause almost 400,000 deaths annually. Asthma deaths arise primarily during episodes of acute worsening of symptoms, known as attacks or ‘exacerbations’, which are commonly triggered by viral upper respiratory infections. Vitamin D is thought to protect…

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A need for bananas? Dietary potassium regulates calcification of arteries

Low dietary potassium leads to calcified arteries and aortic stiffness, while increased dietary potassium alleviates that in a mouse model, suggesting dietary potassium may protect against heart disease and death from heart disease in humans Story Source: Materials  provided by University of Alabama at Birmingham. Bananas and avocados foods that are rich in potassium may help protect against pathogenic vascular calcification, also known as hardening of the arteries. University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have shown, for the first time, that reduced dietary potassium promotes elevated aortic stiffness in a…

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How Skipping breakfast is associated with hardening of the arteries

Eating breakfast may be good for your heart, research shows. Credit: © wavebreak3 / Fotolia   Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to a build-up of plaque, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.   Eating a healthy breakfast has been shown to promote greater heart health, including healthier weight and cholesterol. While previous studies have linked skipping breakfast to coronary heart disease risk, this is the first study to evaluate the…

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How Low consumption of vitamin K by adolescents is associated with unhealthy enlargement of the heart’s major pumping chamber

 Scientists have found another reason for children to eat their green leafy vegetables. Credit: Phil Jones, Senior Photographer, Augusta University A study of 766 otherwise healthy adolescents showed that those who consumed the least vitamin K1 found in spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce and olive oil were at 3.3 times greater risk for an unhealthy enlargement of the major pumping chamber of their heart, according to the study published in The Journal of Nutrition. Vitamin K1, or phylloquinone, is the predominant form of vitamin K in the U.S. diet. “Those who…

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Study reveals that “Eating nuts can reduce weight gain”

Five-year study examined diet, weight of 373,000 Europeans across 10 countries                                    Assorted nuts (stock image).  Credit: © bit24 / Fotolia A study recently published in the online version of the European Journal of Nutrition has found that people who include nuts in their diet are more likely to reduce weight gain and lower the risk of overweight and obesity. The findings came to light after researchers at Loma Linda University School of Public Health and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) evaluated diet and lifestyle data from…

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Why take too much sugar? Even ‘Healthy People’ are at risk of developing Heart Disease

There are newfound cardiovascular risks associated with a high sugar diet, even in otherwise healthy people. Credit: © WavebreakmediaMicro / Fotolia  Story Source: Materials provided by University of Surrey. Healthy people who consume high levels of sugar are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. A ground-breaking study from the University of Surrey found that a subject group of otherwise healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their livers after they had consumed a high sugar diet. The study, which has been…

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Limiting access to fast-food restaurants unlikely to reduce obesity

Story Source: Materials provided by Indiana University. Living near fast-food restaurants and supermarkets has little impact on an individual’s body mass index, according to new Indiana University research. The researchers, including Coady Wing from IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, used results from the largest national study ever conducted of the connection between residential environments and BMI. “Fast food is generally not good for you, and supermarkets do sell healthy food, but our results suggest blocking the opening of a new fast-food restaurant or subsidizing a local supermarket will…

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Skip Late Night Snacks

Later circadian timing of food intake is associated with increased body mass index Weight gain and obesity has been described as an epidemic and a complex problem in the United States. Previous research has linked poor diet to weight gain and high body fat, and eating later in the day has also been described as a risk factor for weight gain; however, the impact of an individual’s body clock, independent of the time of day of food consumption, has not been explored. In a recent study published online in The…

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Higher coffee consumption associated with lower risk of early death

Drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people, new research suggests. Credit: © dubova / Fotolia Higher coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of death, according to research presented today at ESC Congress. The observational study in nearly 20,000 participants suggests that coffee can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people. “Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world,” said Dr Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. “Previous studies…

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Nutrition has benefits for brain network organization – Study reveals

                                           An assortment of foods containing omega 3 healthy fats acids. Credit: © autumnhoverter / Fotolia   Nutrition has been linked to cognitive performance, but researchers have not pinpointed what underlies the connection. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that monounsaturated fatty acids — a class of nutrients found in olive oils, nuts and avocados — are linked to general intelligence, and that this relationship is driven by the correlation between MUFAs and the organization of the brain’s attention network.   The study of 99 healthy…

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How Your stools reveals whether you can lose weight or not

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The bacteria we all have in our gut may play a decisive role in personalized nutrition and the development of obesity. Credit: © aamulya / Fotolia Something as simple as a feces sample reveals whether you can lose weight by following dietary recommendations characterized by a high content of fruit, vegetables, fibers and whole grains. This is a finding of a new study conducted at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The bacteria we all have in our gut may play a decisive…

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Whole grains decrease colorectal cancer risk, while processed meats increase the risk – Study reveals.

Report analyzing the global research finds hot dogs and other processed meats increase risk of colorectal cancer, eating more whole grains and being physically active lowers risk                                                                Variety of sausage products. Credit: © volff / Fotolia Eating whole grains daily, such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread, reduces colorectal cancer risk, with the more you eat the lower the risk, finds a new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). This is the first time AICR/WCRF research links whole grains…

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