Vitamin D intake recommendations in new clinical practice guideline

Endo-society.org – The Endocrine Society recently released “Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention of Vitamin D Deficiency: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline.” The clinical practice guideline (CPG) is published in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), a publication of The Endocrine Society. The major source of vitamin D for […]

Yo-yo dieting may improve metabolism and lifespan

Ohio.edu – Yo-yo dieters may be healthier and live longer than those who stay obese, according to a new Ohio University animal study. Mice that switched between a high-fat and low-fat diet every four weeks during their approximate two-year lifespan lived about 25 percent longer and had better blood glucose levels than obese animals that […]

Higher vitamin D levels improve bone density drug response 700 percent

HSS.edu – Vitamin D levels should be maintained above the limits recently recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in order to fully optimize a drug therapy for osteoporosis and low bone mineral density (BMD), according to a new study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The findings were presented at […]

Vitamin D deficiency linked to muscle injuries in NFL football players

Sportsmed.org – Vitamin D deficiency has been known to cause an assortment of health problems, and a recent study suggests that lack of vitamin D might also increase the chance of muscle injuries in athletes, specifically NFL football players. The study was presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in […]

Moderate alcohol intake linked to lower fatty liver risk

In a large study of men in Japan, the presence of fatty liver disease by ultrasonography showed an inverse (reduced risk) association with the frequency of moderate alcohol consumption; however, there was some suggestion of an increase in fatty liver disease with higher volume of alcohol consumed per day. Moderate drinkers had lower levels of […]

Insomnia worsens insulin resistance in diabetics

UChospitals.edu – In the largest study of it kind to establish a link between sleep and diabetes, researchers found that people with diabetes who sleep poorly have higher (worse) insulin resistance, and a harder time controlling the disease. The findings, published in the June 2011 issue of Diabetes Care, suggest that insomnia or poor sleep […]

Estrogen boosts dendritic spines, mental performance

Northwestern.edu – Estrogen is an elixir for the brain, sharpening mental performance in humans and animals and showing promise as a treatment for disorders of the brain such as Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. But long-term estrogen therapy, once prescribed routinely for menopausal women, now is quite controversial because of research showing it increases the risk of cancer, heart disease […]

Dim light at night worsens mood, dendritic spines in hippocampus

OSU.edu – Exposure to even dim light at night is enough to cause physical changes in the brains of hamsters that may be associated with depressed mood, a new study shows. Researchers found that female Siberian hamsters exposed to dim light every night for eight weeks showed significant changes in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. This […]

Inadequate sleep, poor sleep increase inflammation, CRP, IL-6

People who have poor sleep or do not get enough sleep have higher levels of inflammatory markers C-reactive protein, IL-6, and fibrinogen, indicating increased inflammation in their bodies, researchers have found. Inflammation is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Data from a recent study were presented Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Chicago by Alanna Morris, […]