New Research for March, 2012

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Genetic Variation That Raises Risk of Serious Complication Linked to Osteoporosis Drugs Identified

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120127135805.htm

Researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have identified a genetic variation that raises the risk of developing serious necrotic jaw bone lesions in patients who take bisphosphonates, a common class of osteoclastic inhibitors. The discovery paves the way for a genetic screening test to determine who can safely take these drugs. The study appears in the online version of the journal The Oncologist.

Grape Seed Extract Kills Head and Neck Cancer Cells, Leaves Healthy Cells Unharmed

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120127140939.htm

A study published this week in the journal Carcinogenesis shows that in both cell lines and mouse models, grape seed extract (GSE) kills head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

School Obesity Programs May Promote Worrisome Eating Behaviors and Physical Activity in Kids

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120124151207.htm

A new report from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health examines the possible association between school-based childhood obesity prevention programs and an increase in eating disorders among young children and adolescents.

Mild Cognitive Impairment Is Common, Affects Men Most, Study Finds

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120125163412.htm

Researchers involved in the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging report that more than 6 percent of Americans age 70 to 89 develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI) every year. Also, the condition appears to affect men and those who only have a high school education more than women and those who have completed some higher education. People with MCI are at the stage between suffering the normal forgetfulness associated with aging and developing dementia, such as that caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

People Lie More When Texting, Study Finds

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120125131120.htm

Sending a text message leads people to lie more often than in other forms of communication, according to new research by David Xu, assistant professor in the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University.

Lifelong Brain-Stimulating Habits Linked to Lower Alzheimer’s Protein Levels

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120123163348.htm

Brain scans revealed that people with no symptoms of Alzheimer’s who engaged in cognitively stimulating activities throughout their lives had fewer deposits of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein that is the hallmark of the disease.

This Food Blasts Your Body With Up to 180 Times the Fluoride in Drinking Water

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/04/jeff-green-on-fluoride-toxins-part-2.aspx?e_cid=20120204_DNL_art_1

One of the primary sources of fluoride exposure is not fluoridated drinking water but non-organic foods, due to the high amounts of fluoride-based pesticide residues on these foods. Non-organic foods may account for as much as one-third of the average person’s fluoride exposure

Lifestyle blamed for 40 percent of cancers

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2012/01/24/Lifestyle-blamed-for-40-percent-of-cancers/UPI-90591327386813/

Forty percent of cancers in women and 45 percent in men could be prevented by a healthier lifestyle, British researchers say. A Cancer Research UK report found more than 100,000 cancers each year in Britain are caused by four lifestyle factors — smoking, unhealthy diet, alcohol and being overweight — and the number rises to around 134,000 a year when 14 lifestyle and environmental factors are taken into account, the Guardian reported.

A Lonely Heart Can Make You Sick: Middle Aged Divorced Women Vulnerable to Contracting HIV

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120203180903.htm

Newly divorced middle aged women are more vulnerable to contract HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, according to Christopher Coleman, PhD, MPH, RN, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, because they tend to let their guard down with new sexual partners.

Regular Use of Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Could Reduce the Risk of Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120203141509.htm

Could the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in a regular diet help to reduce the risk of colon cancer and protect against carcinogens? A study published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (CJPP) found that rats given regular multivitamin and mineral supplements showed a significantly lower risk of developing colon cancer when they were exposed to carcinogens.

Mild Cognitive Impairment Is Common, Affects Men Most, Study Finds

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120125163412.htm

Researchers involved in the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging report that more than 6 percent of Americans age 70 to 89 develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI) every year. Also, the condition appears to affect men and those who only have a high school education more than women and those who have completed some higher education. People with MCI are at the stage between suffering the normal forgetfulness associated with aging and developing dementia, such as that caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

Men Behaving Nicely: Selfless Acts by Men Increase When Attractive Women Are Nearby

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120202093836.htm

Men put on their best behaviour when attractive ladies are close by. When the scenario is reversed however, the behaviour of women remains the same. These findings were published February 2, 2012, in the British Psychological Society’s British Journal of Psychology via the Wiley Online Library.

Facebook Is Not Such a Good Thing for Those With Low Self-Esteem, Study Finds

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120201181459.htm

In theory, the social networking website Facebook could be great for people with low self-esteem. Sharing is important for improving friendships. But in practice, people with low self-esteem seem to behave counterproductively, bombarding their friends with negative tidbits about their lives and making themselves less likeable, according to a new study which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Societal Control of Sugar Essential to Ease Public Health Burden, Experts Urge

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120201135312.htm

Sugar should be controlled like alcohol and tobacco to protect public health, according to a team of UCSF researchers, who maintain in a new report that sugar is fueling a global obesity pandemic, contributing to 35 million deaths annually worldwide from non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Potatoes Lower Blood Pressure in People With Obesity and Hypertension Without Increasing Weight

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120201120738.htm

The first study to check the effects of eating potatoes on blood pressure in humans has concluded that two small helpings of purple potatoes (Purple Majesty) a day decreases blood pressure by about 4 percent without causing weight gain. In a report in the ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the researchers say that decrease, although seemingly small, is sufficient to potentially reduce the risk of several forms of heart disease.

Honey Could Be Effective at Treating and Preventing Wound Infections

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120131205919.htm

Manuka honey could help clear chronic wound infections and even prevent them from developing in the first place, according to a new study published in Microbiology. The findings provide further evidence for the clinical use of manuka honey to treat bacterial infections in the face of growing antibiotic resistance.

Are Diet Soft Drinks Bad for You?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120131092746.htm

A new study finds a potential link between daily consumption of diet soft drinks and the risk of vascular events.

Music Training Has Biological Impact On Aging Process

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120130172402.htm

Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training, according to a new study from Northwestern University. The study is the first to provide biological evidence that lifelong musical experience has an impact on the aging process.

Willpower and Desires: Turning Up the Volume On What You Want Most

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120130094353.htm

Trying to resist that late-night tweet or checking your work email again? The bad news is that desires for work and entertainment often win out in the daily struggle for self-control, according to a new study that measures various desires and their regulation in daily life.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Warns Don’t Drink The Water: Why Fluoride Puts Your Health At Risk

http://blog.markstengler.com/naturopathic-medical-doctor-warns-dont-drink-the-water-why-fluoride-puts-your-health-at-risk/

Have you ever wondered why there is a warning on the la­bels of toothpastes? It tells us­ers to keep the product away from children and to seek medical atten­tion if more than the recommended amount for brushing is swallowed.  Reason: Toothpaste contains fluoride. For years, this chemical has been added to our water to reduce the occurrence of dental cavities—but unbelievably, the newest evidence shows that fluoridated water does not protect against cavities. In fact, it turns out that we don’t need fluo­ride to protect our teeth at all.

Cannabis Use Doubles Chances of Vehicle Crash, Review Finds

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120210111254.htm

Drivers who consume cannabis within three hours of driving are nearly twice as likely to cause a vehicle collision as those who are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, claims a paper published recently on the British Medical Journal website.

Couples Who Cohabit Before Engagement Are More Likely To Struggle

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120208152250.htm

When low-income cohabiting couples with children decide to no longer live together, that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of their romantic relationship. A new study suggests that about one in four of these couples who split their households still maintain some type of romantic relationship.

Drinking Large Amounts of Soft Drinks Associated With Asthma and COPD

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120207202801.htm

A new study published in the journal Respirology reveals that a high level of soft drink consumption is associated with asthma and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Knee Replacement May Lower a Patient’s Risk for Mortality and Heart Failure, Study Suggests

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120207133614.htm

New research presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) highlights the benefits of total knee replacement (TKR) in elderly patients with osteoarthritis, including a lower probability of heart failure and mortality.

New Anti-Aging Treatments Make It Easier to Turn Back the Clock

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120207121814.htm

As we age, our skin undergoes a number of changes affecting its texture, volume and appearance. Fortunately, dermatologists can use fillers or lasers to correct the most notable signs of aging and can recommend skin care products with added ingredients that can further repair damaged skin.

Smoking Associated With More Rapid Cognitive Decline in Men

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120206164624.htm

Smoking in men appears to be associated with more rapid cognitive decline, according to a report published Online First by Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Grading the Online Dating Industry

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120206122632.htm

The report card is in, and the online dating industry won’t be putting this one on the fridge. A new scientific report concludes that although online dating offers users some very real benefits, it falls far short of its potential.

Regular Use of Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Could Reduce the Risk of Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120203141509.htm

Could the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in a regular diet help to reduce the risk of colon cancer and protect against carcinogens? A study published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (CJPP) found that rats given regular multivitamin and mineral supplements showed a significantly lower risk of developing colon cancer when they were exposed to carcinogens.

Jane Fonda — Finally, Something We Can All Agree On

http://marintv.mirocommunity.org/video/9112/ted-jane-fonda-lifes-third-act

Love her or hate her, Jane gets it right on aging.

More Than One in Four Elderly Patients Was Given Potentially Hazardous Medication During 2007, German Study Finds

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120217101341.htm

More than one in four elderly patients was given potentially hazardous medication during 2007. That is the conclusion of a study by Ute Amann and her co-authors in the current issue of the Deutsches Ärzteblatt International.

Texting Affects Ability to Interpret Words

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120216165751.htm

Research designed to understand the effect of text messaging on language found that texting has a negative impact on people’s linguistic ability to interpret and accept words.

Organic Food Sweetener May Be a Hidden Source of Dietary Arsenic

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120216094919.htm

As people seek healthier dietary regimens they often turn to things labeled “organic.” Lurking in the background, however, is an ingredient that may be a hidden source of arsenic — an element known to be both toxic and potentially carcinogenic.

Sex Differences in Infant Care Trump Gender-Neutral Ideology

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120216133254.htm

When both male and female college professors have the freedom to take post-birth parental leave, the men almost never do half of the infant care from birth to age 2, even when they believe that child care should be shared equally.

How Fast You Walk and Your Grip in Middle Age May Predict Dementia, Stroke Risk

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120215185850.htm

Simple tests such as walking speed and hand grip strength may help doctors determine how likely it is a middle-aged person will develop dementia or stroke. That’s according to new research that was just released and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans April 21 to April 28, 2012.

Cognitive Stimulation Beneficial in Dementia

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120214215342.htm

Cognitive stimulation therapies have beneficial effects on memory and thinking in people with dementia, according to a systematic review by Cochrane researchers. Despite concerns that cognitive improvements may not be matched by improvements in quality of life, the review also found positive effects for well-being.

Cellphone Use Linked to Selfish Behavior

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120214122038.htm

Though cellphones are usually considered devices that connect people, they may make users less socially minded, finds a recent study from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
 

 

 

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