Nutrition Health Review

Health magazine (tabloid).

Articles from No. 102, Summer

Binge Drinking May Raise Risk of Pancreatic Cancer
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Heavy alcohol use and binge drinking may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer in men. Researchers from the University of Texas, Dallas, found that the more alcohol men consumed, the higher their risk of pancreatic cancer,...
Can Depression Be Treated Naturally? an Interview with Kathi J. Kemper, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P
Q. What is depression? A. Depression is a low mood that interferes with activities for more than two weeks at a time that is not a result of something else, such as grief. I am sure a psychiatrist could give you a much longer definition. Q. What...
Depression and Poor Concentration Do Not Necessarily Go Together
Many clinicians believe that depression goes together with cognitive difficulties such as memory problems or difficulties concentrating and paying attention. A review of nearly 20 years of literature, however, suggests that depression does not always...
Diet of Decay: Four Tips for Tooth Protection
With all the health movements that abound today, we normally think about these trends only as they relate to our waistline. We do not always understand the result of diet on our teeth, but it is something that we should consider. These four tips explain...
Drugs for Cerebral Palsy Need Further Study
Only a few anti-spasticity medications used for children with cerebral palsy are backed by sufficient research to justify their use, suggests a review headed by a neurologist and conducted by a national panel of interdisciplinary experts nationwide....
Exposing the Relationship between Drug Companies and Psychiatrists
Once a sign of progress for psychiatrists, the connection between pharmaceutical companies and leading psychiatrists is now cited as proof of corrupt influence. In the past three years, trust in psychiatry has diminished because of accusations that...
Fighting the World's Leading Killer with a Toothbrush
A surprising link exists between gum disease and heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease than people without gum disease. The...
Food Peptides Activate Bitter Taste Receptors
Researchers from the Monell Chemical Sense Center in Philadelphia and from Tokyo University of Agriculture have used a novel molecular method to identify chemical compounds from common foods that activate human bitter taste receptors. The findings...
Gastric Bypass Surgery May Increase Risk of Kidney Stones
Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery experience changes in their urine composition that may increase their risk of kidney stone development, suggest investigators from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Some of these...
How Aromatherapy Works
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Aromas hit the nose and go directly to the most primitive parts of the brain, affecting our emotions and nervous system before our higher cortex is even aware of them. Familiar smells such as morning coffee, pumpkin pie baking,...
How Staph Infections Alter the Immune System
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Infectious-disease specialists at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have mapped the gene profiles of children with severe Staphylococcus aureus infections. Such studies may provide insight into how...
Myth: Wind and Solar Power Are 'Green'
The essence of protecting the environment can be distilled to a single phrase: "Small is beautiful." That phrase gained widespread traction in the early 1970's, when British economist E. F. Schumacher published a collection of essays in a book that...
Nausea and Rapid Heartbeat Can Signify Flu in Pregnant Women
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nausea in pregnant women tends to dissipate after the first three months, but during the second and third trimesters, it can be a sign of influenza. Researchers at the University of Texas in Dallas conducted a study of expectant...
New Products of Interest
Beanitos are corn-free, gluten-free, low-glycemic, 100 percent whole-bean snack chips packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber. The chips are made with either black or pinto whole beans and are combined with whole-grain rice or whole brown...
Plant Foods Preserve Muscle Mass
Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are essential for health. A study by Agricultural Research Service (A.R.S) scientists suggests that plant foods might also help to preserve muscle mass in older men and women....
Ray Joseph's Notebook: Observations on the Phenomenon of Depression
CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM are vital in the battle against depression, Doctors Abram Hoffer and Morton Walker write in their book, Orthomolecular Nutrition (Keats). Low levels of niacin could also result in mental depression, vague aches and pains, irritability,...
Scent Can Unmask Skin Cancer
According to new research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, odors from skin can be used to identify basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. The findings, presented at the 236th meeting of the American Chemical...
Sleep Patterns in Youths and Risk of Depression
Sleep patterns can help predict which adolescents might be at greatest risk for depression, according to a five-year study. Sleep is a biological factor known to be associated with depression in adults. Depressed adults experience rapid-eye movement...
Standard Heel-Stick Test May Be Ineffective in Screening for Cytomegalovirus in Newborns
A national study suggests that a screening test routinely performed in newborns is not very accurate in identifying cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. CMV is a leading cause of hearing loss in children. The study was led by a neonatologist and a pediatric...
The Lure of Aromatherapy: An Interview with Rachel Herz, Ph.D
Q. What is aromatherapy? A. Aromatherapy is essentially a folkloric tradition of prescribing various plants for healing properties, both physiological and psychological. Q. Is it scientific? A. Aromatherapy is not really based on science....
Thoughtful Words Help Couples in Disagreements
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Couples who bring thoughtful words to an argument release lower amounts of stress-related proteins. This suggests that rational communication between partners can ease the impact of conflict on the immune system. Jennifer...
Wrong Drugs Are Often Prescribed for Older Hospital Patients
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Close to 500,000 hospital patients over the age of 65 have been prescribed drugs known to be unsafe for elderly patients. The "Beers list," originally developed by experts in geriatric pharmacology in 1991, identifies medications...
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