Archive for April, 2011 – Researchers in Spain have shown that melatonin – a natural hormone produced by the body – may help in controlling weight gain (even without reducing the intake of food) and improving the blood lipid profile by reducing triglycerides, increasing HDL cholesterol and lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Melatonin is found in small quantities in […] – The first analysis of the healthful antioxidant content of neo-tropical wild blueberries that grow in Mexico, Central and South America concludes that some of these fruits have even more healthful antioxidants than the blueberries – already renowned as “super fruits” – sold throughout the United States. These extreme super fruits could provide even […] – The use of aspirin at least once per month is associated with a significant decrease in pancreatic cancer risk, according to results of a large case-control study presented at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011. Xiang-Lin Tan, Ph.D., M.D., a research fellow at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said the findings from this […]

JAMA / Archives – Tai chi exercise appears to be associated with improved quality of life, mood and exercise self-efficacy in patients with chronic heart failure, according to a report in the April 25, 2011 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. “Historically, patients with chronic systolic heart failure were considered too frail to exercise and, […]

Does tea impart honest-to-goodness health benefits? In other words, is the persistence of tea in the human diet coincident with enhanced quality (or quantity) of life? Dr. Chwan-Li (Leslie) Shen, an associate professor and a researcher at the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, is convinced […] – Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen, reduce the effectiveness of the most widely used class of antidepressant medications, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, according to scientists at The Rockefeller University. This surprising discovery, published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may explain […]