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Archive for the 'Diet-Nutrition' Category

Long-term response to Weight Watchers diet

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Researchers in Europe and Australia compared weight loss with standard treatment vs a commercial provider (Weight Watchers). (more…)

Effects of eating nuts on cholesterol

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Epidemiological studies have associated eating nut with reduced risk for coronary heart disease (narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart).

Researchers in the US and Spain reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Does reducing salt intake lower blood pressure?

Friday, July 8th, 2011

… and does it matter?

This Cochrane review summarizes the evidence for dietary salt reduction. (more…)

Using diet to modulate Alzheimer’s disease

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle, compared the effects of a high–saturated fat/high–glycemic index diet with a low–saturated fat/low–glycemic index diet on markers of Alzheimer disease and cognition in adults with mild cognitive impairment. (more…)

The omega-6 to -3 ratio and survival in hemodialysis patients

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Mortality in long-term hemodialysis patients is mostly attributed to cardiovascular complications, and may be related to chronic inflammation.

Researchers at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, in Torrance, California, hypothesized that the anti-inflammatory benefits of higher dietary intake of omega-3 compared with omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids might lower inflammatory processes and decrease the risk of death. (more…)

Best diets

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

U.S. News evaluated and ranked 20 diets with input from a panel of health experts. (more…)

End of the food pyramid

Monday, May 30th, 2011

In San Diego, CBS 8 reports that the Obama Administration is getting ready to ditch the Food Pyramid, a symbol of healthy eating for the last 2 decades. (more…)

Benefits on cholesterol of eating nuts

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Researchers at Loma Linda University, in California reviewed the effects of nut consumption on blood lipid levels and the ability of different factors to modify the response. (more…)

Combining acupuncture, diet, and exercise to control body weight

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and researchers at Shahid Beheshti University, in Tehran, Iran, looked for additional benefit from acupuncture. (more…)

Diet and the risk of colorectal cancer

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Researchers at Simmons College, in Boston compared the Alternate Mediterranean Diet (aMed) and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet in middle-aged adults. (more…)

Orange juice as a source of vitamin D

Monday, April 25th, 2011

There’s a short list of food sources of vitamin D.

Researchers from Boston compared the bioavailability of vitamins D2 and D3 from orange juice vs capsules. (more…)

Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol with diet

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

A healthy diet should be rich in vegetables and fruits, whole-grain, high-fiber foods, and fish, and should contain a small amount of saturated and trans fats.

Researchers at Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, in France, reviewed dietary approaches proven to be associated with lowering LDL-cholesterol. (more…)

Environmental factors that increase wheezing in children

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Dr. Gordon Bloomberg is professor of pediatrics in the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, in St Louis, Missouri.

He has reviewed the influence of factors that affect recurrent wheezing in young children. (more…)

Unraveling the mysteries of the subaleurone layer in rice

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

There’s an ingredient in rice that may help control blood pressure and explain the lower risk of cardiovascular disease in Japan.

Researchers at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, presented the results of their laboratory study during the annual 2010 Experimental Biology conference. (more…)

Effects of chocolate on blood pressure and heart disease

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Researchers at the German Institute of Human Nutrition, in Nuthetal, tell us chocolate appears to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. (more…)

Status of treatment options for osteoporosis

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Researchers at Tung Wah Eastern Hospital, in Hong Kong, China, reviewed the evidence for CAM in the context of the overall treatment plan. (more…)

March is National Nutrition Month

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) would like all Americans to take time during National Nutrition Month to look at their eating patterns and begin to make the small improvements that, over time, add up to significant health benefits.

“Splash some color on your plate!” (more…)

Alternate-day fasting as a diet strategy

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Alternate-day fasting as a diet strategy

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago examined the effects of alternate-day fasting under controlled conditions on body weight and coronary artery disease risk in obese adults. (more…)

Should you stop eating eggs if your cholesterol is high?

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Not according to the results of this study by researchers at Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, in Derby, Connecticut. (more…)

Benefits of a whole grain-enriched diet on cardiovascular risk

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, in Hershey, studied the response to including whole-grain foods in a hypocaloric (reduced by 500 kcal/day) diet. (more…)