DHA-enriched milk might help brain development of preemies

ULaval.ca – Giving breastfeeding mothers DHA supplements, a type of omega-3 fatty acid, increases the concentration in their milk of this nutrient essential to brain growth and brain development, concludes a study presented recently by Université Laval researcher Dr. Isabelle Marc at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada. Babies born before the 30th week […]

Omega-3 fatty acids may fight gum disease

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, like DHA and EPA, may serve as a natural treatment to help fight gum disease, according to a new study. Periodontitis, a common inflammatory disease in which gum tissue separates from teeth, leads to accumulation of bacteria and potential bone and tooth loss. Although traditional treatments concentrate on the bacterial infection, more recent strategies target the inflammatory […]

Omega-3 DHA may limit stroke brain damage, help stroke recovery

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil, is a powerful therapeutic agent that can protect brain tissue and promote recovery in an experimental model of acute ischemic stroke, even when treatment is delayed by up to five hours, according to research led by Dr. Nicolas Bazan, Director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at […]

DHA may improve age-associated memory impairment

CRNUSA.org – Supplementing with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may improve memory and learning in older adults with mild cognitive impairments, according to a study published in the November 2010 edition of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. This is promising news for many aging Americans who are searching for options to maintain memory and support overall […]

Functional food synergy improves cholesterol, inflammation, memory

Lunduniversity.lu.se – For the first time researchers have found out what effect multiple, rather than just single, foods with anti-inflammatory effects have on healthy individuals. The results of a functional food diet study show that bad cholesterol was reduced by 33 per cent, blood lipids by 14 per cent, blood pressure by 8 per cent and a risk marker […]

Family therapy improves treatment of medically ill children

Newswise — Providing family therapy to seriously ill children and their families consistently enhances medical outcomes and increases the overall mental health for adolescent patients, family and treatment professionals, Texas Tech Marriage and Family Therapy faculty found through a unique partnership integrating family counseling as part of medical treatment. “Medical family therapy is a proven […]

Tips on exercise if you are diabetic

Newswise — You have diabetes and want to exercise. It is possible, says Dr. Stephen G. Rosen, Chief of Endocrinology & Metabolism at Pennsylvania Hospital. Diabetes affects 20.8 million people in the, about 7% of the population, according to the American Diabetes Association. Staying active is a great way to prevent and control diabetes. Dr. […]

Combatting chronic stress that worsens MS, neurological disorders

How blocking effects of cytokine IL-6 can prevent or stop stress-related inflammation that aggravates MS or other neurodegenerative diseases. APA – The evidence is accumulating on how bad stress is for the health of your brain. Chronic stress, which releases more IL-6, can intensify inflammation and increase a person’s risk for developing central nervous system […]