Good Stuff To Know August 2019

Study finds electronic cigarettes damage brain stem cells

A research team has found that electronic cigarettes, often targeted to youth and pregnant women, produce a stress response in neural stem cells, which are critical cells in the brain.

Eggshells can help grow, heal bones

Eggshells can enhance the growth of new, strong bones needed in medical procedures, a team of researchers has discovered.

Structure of brain networks is not fixed

The shape and connectivity of brain networks — discrete areas of the brain that work together to perform complex cognitive tasks — can change in fundamental and recurring ways over time, according to a new study.

The possible link between sugary drinks and cancer

Findings from a new study suggest that limiting sugary drinks might contribute to a reduction in cancer cases, say researchers.

Even in svelte adults, cutting about 300 calories daily protects the heart

In adults already at a healthy weight or carrying just a few extra pounds, cutting around 300 calories a day significantly improved already good levels of cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other markers.

An inflammatory diet correlates with colorectal cancer risk

This new study correlates a pro-inflammatory diet with the risk of developing colorectal cancer among the Spanish population.

Wearing hearing aid may help protect the brain in later life

A new study has concluded that people who wear a hearing aid for age-related hearing problems maintain better brain function over time than those who do not.

How kissing as a risk factor may explain the high global incidence of gonorrhea

In 2016, there were 87 million people diagnosed with gonorrhea, the most antibiotic-resistant of all the STIs. There is a global rise in gonorrhea rates and, until now, no one has understood why.

More women using cannabis daily before and during pregnancy, research finds

Current advice is to avoid cannabis exposure during pregnancy. The number of women using cannabis in the year before they get pregnant and early in their pregnancies is increasing, and their frequency of use is also rising, according to new data.

Survey Finds 45% Of Americans Have Some Doubt About Vaccine Safety

An online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted for the American Osteopathic Association by The Harris Poll found that 45% of those surveyed expressed some doubt about the safety of vaccines.

[ Earlier this year, Facebook announced it planned to join the effort to reduce vaccine misinformation by reducing the ranking of groups and pages that spread vaccine misinformation in its News Feed and Search, rejecting ads found to contain misinformation and exploring new ways to share educational information about vaccines.]

Widespread aspirin use despite few benefits, high risks

Nearly 30 million Americans older than 40 take aspirin daily to prevent cardiovascular disease. More than 6 million Americans take aspirin daily without a physician’s recommendation. Nearly half of Americans more than 70 years of age without cardiovascular disease, an estimate of nearly 10 million people, take aspirin daily — despite current guidelines against this practice.

Most New Drugs Show No Evidence of Added Benefit

Most new drugs entering the market, particularly medications for neurologic and psychiatric disorders, provide no additional benefit over and above the existing standard of care, new research suggests.

Extra weight in the 60s may be linked to brain thinning years later

Having a bigger waistline and a high body mass index (BMI) in your 60s may be linked with greater signs of brain aging years later, according to a new study. The study suggests that these factors may accelerate brain aging by at least a decade.

Stimulation of the ear can help manage Parkinson’s symptoms

A new study has shown that gentle, controlled stimulation of the ear canal can help reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

America’s packaged food supply is ultra-processed

Americans are overexposed to products that are high in energy, saturated fat, sugar and salt, according to a new study that reports the United States packaged food and beverage supply in 2018 was ultra-processed and generally unhealthy.

Dr. Neal Barnard and other Physicians Call for Peers to Get Nutrition Education

“Nutrition knowledge is essential for today’s physicians,” according to a JAMA Internal Medicine commentary written by Neal Barnard, MD, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. In his column, Ignorance of Nutrition is No Longer Defensible, he makes the point that overweight, diabetes, heart disease, and many forms of cancer are driven by unhealthful diets. Yet, most doctors do not have the knowledge to turn this problem around. In a 2018 survey, 61 percent of internal medicine residents reported having little or no training in nutrition. [That means, unless nutrition-oriented, don’t bother asking your doctor about a nutritional approach to help you get better.  BM]

Could This Radical New Approach to Alzheimer’s Lead to a Breakthrough?

This is a VERY long article but it’s extremely informative and interesting. It provides a lot to think about and actions that could be taken to possibly help yourself avoid cognitive issues now and down the road. Be cognizant of references to l-serine. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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