B vitamins slow progression of Alzheimer’s: Study

Megadoses of vitamins may be bad for your health, doctors say

Researchers remain unsure whether it is high levels of homocysteine, low levels of acetylcholine, or some other factor that leads to the development of Alzheimer’s. Whatever the case, however, the 2010 study was the first to directly showed that increasing B vitamin levels might have a clinical effect. “B vitamins lower homocysteine, which directly leads to a decrease in GM atrophy, thereby slowing cognitive decline,” the researchers wrote. New analysis strengthens findings One of the weaknesses of the original analysis, however, was that researchers could not prove that the observed improvements in memory were related to the decreased rate of brain shrinkage. In the new study, researchers conducted a more advanced analysis of the original data and found that the effect of the B vitamins was actually much greater than they had in initially thought: Among those taking the vitamins, brain shrinkage was reduced by an astonishing 90 percent, not just 50 percent. “I’ve never seen results from brain scans showing this level of protection,” said brain imaging expert Paul Thompson, who heads the world’s largest brain scan database at the UCLA School of Medicine’s Imaging Genetics Center.
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Continue reading In his new book, “Do You Believe in Magic?,” Dr. Paul Offit says that megadoses of certain vitamins can increase a person’s risk for heart disease and cancer. Offit describes these “megadoses” as vitamins that provide anywhere from 5 to 20 times more than the recommended daily intake of certain nutrients. “By challenging mother nature in taking these vitamins and concentrating them to these exceptionally large quantities that you would never normally eat, you’ve got to be careful,” Offit says. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the group that lobbies on behalf of the supplement industry, says that there’s plenty of research that highlight the benefits of multivitamins. However, in a statement, they told CNN that consumers should “always use caution” when considering large doses of any supplements. Offit has a simpler solution.
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Health disparities emerge on modern civil rights front

Health care tech investments attract Life Sciences Greenhouse

Another involved group is the American Public Health Association, whose president. Adewale Troutman, spoke at a high school health summit in Cincinnati recently. “A basic part of the problem is there is still a ‘them’ and an ‘us,'” said Troutman, a physician. “I say when an African-American baby dies in the first year of life, it affects us all.
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15 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. U.S. obesity deaths vastly underestimated Researchers have vastly underestimated the number of deaths caused by obesity in the U.S., a new report reveals. Obesity accounts for 18% of deaths among black and white Americans between the ages of 40 and 85, according to a study published online Aug. 15 in the American Journal of Public Health. Previous estimates had placed obesity-related deaths at only 5% of all U.S. mortalities.
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Kentucky Health Workers Pitch Obamacare At State Fair Alongside Corn Dogs, Fried Kool-Aid

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But Diaz-Dempsey has a secret weapon: tote bags, designed with a tableau of Kentucky residents under a bright sun and the Kynect logo. The state had spent millions establishing the exchange, staffing up outreach, and conducting market research that included holding a dozen focus groups in Louisville, Paducah and London, according to Gwenda Bond, assistant communications director with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The respondents, according to the final focus-group report, felt the logo designs were comforting, hopeful and reassuring. The bags stuck to that theme. They showed only one obese character. Diaz-Dempsey and company cannot hold onto the bags. At a recent Louisville Bats minor league game, Kynect staff say they handed out 600 bags in 20 minutes (It was Bobblehead Night too.).
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Since its formation in 2001 as a joint partnership among the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, UPMC, Pittsburgh’s regional foundation community and the state of Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse has invested $19 million in more than 80 companies. “The money wants to follow something that has a little more certainty [and] clarity as to how that gets to commercialization,” Mr. Manzetti said. The biggest chunks of the organization’s $19 million portfolio — medical devices, therapeutics, biotech tools — usually need Food and Drug Administration clearance before they can get to market. Apps and software, on the other hand, do not.
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Coffee, wine and sushi! New pregnancy book says OK

Thinking About Pregnancy Like an Economist

ACOG recommends no alcohol. Oster I think we can all agree that heavy drinking and binge drinking, even occasionally, is very dangerous, and I certainly say that in the book. What I found is there are a large number of quite good studies with a lot of women that show having an occasional glass of wine does not seem to pose a problem, that children of pregnant women who drink occasionally have similar or in some cases even better outcomes than children of women who abstain. This is a very personal choice. In some other countries the recommendations are its OK. AP When in this country did pregnancy become this exercise in self-denial? Are women needlessly suffering?
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You would not go to Alan Greenspan for pregnancy advice. But here is the thing: the tools of economics turn out to be enormously useful in evaluating the quality of information in any situation. Economists’ core decision-making principles are applicable everywhere, including the womb. When I got pregnant, I learned pretty quickly that there is a lot of information out there about pregnancy, and a lot of recommendations. But neither the information nor the recommendations were all good.
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Exercise Is Medicinal

Exercise Improves Body Composition in Kidney Disease Patients

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The products of the sirtuin genes work by regulating the expression of genes and modifying the activity of enzymes. This knowledge may even help provide a path to the “fountain of youth” by guiding the development of pharmaceuticals useful to prevent and treat symptoms of aging. Moderate exercise is an antioxidant Exercise creates highly-reactive intermediates of oxygen (reactive oxygen species (ROS), also known as free radicals). The role of free radicals in disease and aging is well documented. The theory that moderate exercise is an antioxidant fits within a theoretical framework that dose of exercise matters.
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Disclosures: The authors reported no financial disclosures. The article, entitled “Effects of Exercise and Lifestyle Intervention on Cardiovascular Function in CKD,” will appear online at http://cjasn.asnjournals.org/ on August 22, 2013, doi: 10.2215/CJN.10141012. The content of this article does not reflect the views or opinions of The American Society of Nephrology (ASN). Responsibility for the information and views expressed therein lies entirely with the author(s). ASN does not offer medical advice. All content in ASN publications is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This content should not be used during a medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.
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Obama cancels U.S. military exercise with Egypt in wake of violence

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Egypt allows deadly force to combat reprisals August 15, 2013 4:30 PM PDT Egypt has authorized police to use deadly force after the latest string of reprisals for Wednesday’s bloody crackdowns. Reacting to the violence, the U.S. has cancelled joint military exercises planned for next month. (Aug. 15) Thousands of Yemenis rally to condemn Egypt crackdown August 16, 2013 12:10 PM PDT SANAA (AFP) – (AFP) – Thousands of Yemenis protest on Thursday in Sanaa in support of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s supporters.
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Retrofit Announces New Advisor Program for Affordable Weight Loss Coaching

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This one-of-a-kind program is modeled after Retrofits award-winning Expert 10% and Expert 15% weight loss programs. More than 90% of Retrofit clients are successfully losing weight. Working with a Weight Loss Advisor provides the human touch that simply cannot be replicated with technology, said Retrofit Advisory Board Member Robert Kushner, MD, MS, Clinical Director of Northwestern Universitys Comprehensive Center on Obesity in Chicago, Ill. Retrofit fits in with todays fast-paced lifestyles and seamlessly brings digital health and mobile access to clients through its unique use of Skype videoconferencing for convenient support sessions with wellness experts. Retrofit clients who completed a 12-month weight loss program lost an average of 19.1 pounds, or 8.3% of their starting body weight, according to recently published company reports.
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Retrofit Announces New Advisor Program for Affordable Weight Loss Coaching

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Snoring too much? Philips, Guardian offer free sleep apnea screening

Snorelab Tracks Your Snoring, Helps You Find Out Which Sleep Tips Work

Snoring is one of the key signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the most common sleep disorder characterised by an airway collapse behind the tongue during sleep, which obstructs breathing. Left untreated, OSA may lead to serious chronic diseases including diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. To help OSA sufferers identify and treat this disorder, Philips will be offering free screenings at five Guardian outlets from Aug 5. The screenings will end on Nov 5, when Philips will review whether it will continue offering the free screenings. The Philips RUSleeping kiosks are at Guardian pharmacies in Jurong Point, Paragon, Causeway Point, Nex and Ion Orchard. Guardian patrons can visit the kiosks for educational material on OSA to help determine if they have symptoms of the disorder. Those who wish to be screened for OSA will then have to complete a sleep evaluation survey to identify if they are at risk.
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Snorelab records you while you sleep every night, and tracks your snoring on a helpful graph that shows you the intensity of your snoring as the night dragged on. You’ll see when you snored the most, when you were the quietest, how long it took you to fall asleep, and more. The app also records snore samples that you can play back, so if you go to a sleep specialist, you can play examples of your snoring for them so they can listen before bringing you in for a full sleep study. The app also helps you gauge how effective different snoring remedies you try really are.
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Exercise Is Medicinal

Note that although these two recommendations are related, they are different. Being a lean couch potato does not cut the mustard. The report also states that maintaining a healthy body weight throughout life may be one of the most important ways to protect against cancer. Exercise is a means to this end. Another mechanism of exercise for reducing breast and endometrium cancer may be that it causes a decrease in circulating estrogen, a known risk factor. More recently, exercise has been reported to be important for cancer survivors.
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Exercise may cut endometrial cancer risk for heavy women

Dieli-Conwright of the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope in Duarte, California, and her colleagues found. “Physical activity is a good thing, however its involvement in reducing the risk specifically with endometrial cancer does need to be further investigated,” Dieli-Conwright told Reuters Health. While the evidence is strong that both vigorous and moderate physical activity can reduce breast cancer risk, she added, “with endometrial cancer it’s not so straightforward.” Some past studies have already linked increased physical activity to reduced endometrial cancer risk, she and her colleagues note in their report, published in the British Journal of Cancer. To investigate whether a woman’s body size might influence that relationship, the researchers looked at 93,888 participants in the California Teachers Study, 976 of whom were diagnosed with endometrial cancer between study enrollment in 1995-1996 and the end of 2007.
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How few minutes of exercise can you get away with?

Rex Curry/Special Contributor Kim Williams, a personal trainer with Baylor Health Care System, demonstrates an intense 10-minute workout. 1 3 In the futuristic world of winsome dreams, cheeseburgers have single-digit calories; workouts, single-digit minutes. Well, hold tight to your jet pack. The magic wand has been waved not for cheeseburgers, but it seems so for workouts. Cases in point: Research published in the American College of Sports MedicinesHealth Get Subscriber Content access to read this story To read the full story, you need Subscriber Content access. Subscribe to The Dallas Morning News, Briefing, Al Dia or The Denton Record-Chronicle and enjoy Subscriber Content on dallasnews.com and our tablet and smartphone applications.
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