Archive for June, 2009

Some foods in the Mediterranean diet are more important than others in promoting health and boosting life span, according to new research published on Eating more vegetables, fruits, nuts, pulses and olive oil, and drinking moderate amounts of alcohol, while not consuming a lot of meat or excessive amounts of alcohol is linked to […] – Quercetin – a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoid found in many fruits and vegetables – significantly increases endurance capacity and maximal oxygen capacity (VO2max) in healthy, active but untrained men and women, according to a new study by researchers at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. The findings of […] – A common electrocardiogram (ECG) finding – a prolonged PR interval – that has largely been considered insignificant may actually signal an increased risk of atrial fibrillation (a chronic heart rhythm disturbance), the future need for a permanent pacemaker, and an increased risk for premature death. In their report in the June 24, 2009 […] – There are several risk factors for the development of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Based on an increasing number of studies linking these risk factors with Vitamin D deficiency, an article in the May 2009 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease by William B. Grant, PhD of the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health […]

High cholesterol levels are considered to be a risk factor not only for cardiovascular disease including stroke, but also for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to the cholesterol reducing effect of medications known as statins, Amalia Dolga, PhD, of the University of Groningen, and her co-investigators have demonstrated that statins can protect nerve […]

A UCLA study has discovered that chronic exposure during pregnancy to miniscule levels of carbon monoxide causes brain damage in the cells of the fetal brain, resulting in permanent impairment. The journal BMC Neuroscience (BioMed Central) published the findings June 22, 2009 in its online edition. “We expected the placenta to protect fetuses from the […]