Archive for September, 2010

USDA.gov – Blueberries may help fight atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, according to results of a preliminary U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded study with laboratory mice. The research provides the first direct evidence that blueberries – rich in polyphenols – can help prevent harmful plaques or lesions, symptomatic of atherosclerosis, from increasing […]

UCSD.edu – A new sleep study, derived from novel sleep research conducted by University of California, San Diego researchers 14 years earlier, suggests that the secret to a long life may come with just enough sleep. Less than five hours a night is probably not enough; eight hours is probably too much – according to […]

Missouri.edu – Although obesity is a major risk factor for disease, much of the threat may be associated with the metabolic (or cardiometabolic) syndrome, a cluster of risk factors related to diabetes and heart disease. Losing weight can improve health and reduce many of these risk factors. However, many people struggle to keep the weight […]

UMich.edu – Physician’s confidence in their ability to counsel patients on a healthy diet and exercise may be related to their own personal habits, according to a study by the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center. Factors that predicted confidence in counseling included the doctor’s own exercise time, being overweight, and if the doctor had adequate […]

Perio.org – The prevalence of periodontal disease in the United States may be significantly higher than originally estimated. Research published in the Journal of Dental Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) suggests that the prevalence of periodontal disease may have been underestimated by as […]

Soton.ac.uk – A natural plant chemical – phenylethyl isothiocyanate – found in watercress may have the ability to suppress breast cancer cell development by ‘turning off’ a signal in the body and thereby starving the growing tumor of essential blood and oxygen, according to new research from the University of Southampton. The research, unveiled at […]