Walnuts, walnut oil improve stress response

PSU.edu – A diet rich in walnuts and walnut oil may prepare the body to deal better with stress, according to a team of Penn State researchers who looked at how these foods, which contain polyunsaturated fats, influence blood pressure at rest and under stress. Previous studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids – like the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) found in walnuts […]

How stress can control gene activity

Ku.dk – Stress has become one of the major disease states in the developed world. But what is stress? It depends on from where you look. You may experience stress as something that affects your entire body and mind, the causes of which are plentiful. But if we zoom in on the building bricks of […]

Maternal stress during pregnancy worsens baby’s allergies

Thoracic.org – Women who are stressed during pregnancy may pass some of that stress-distress condition to their babies in the form of increased sensitivity to allergen exposure and possibly future asthma risk, according to researchers from Harvard Medical School who are presenting their findings at the American Thoracic Society’s 2008 International Conference in Toronto on […]

Iron deficiency in overweight young children not in day care

Newswise — A study by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers has found that overweight toddlers and those not enrolled in day care are at high risk for iron deficiency. Based on data from a national survey of 1,641 toddlers, the study found that 20 percent of overweight toddlers were iron-deficient, compared to 8 percent of […]

Mothers’ lifestyle in pregnancy affects babies’ risk of heart defects

Children’s Hospital, Boston – Mothers-to-be can take positive lifestyle steps in pregnancy to increase the chance that their babies will be born without a heart defect, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in the journal Circulation. “Lifestyle choices that prospective mothers make may reduce the risk of giving birth to a […]

More sleep for improved athletic performance

American Academy of Sleep Medicine – Athletes who get an extra amount of sleep are more likely to improve their performance in a game, according to a research abstract to be presented at SLEEP 2007, the 21st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS). The study, authored by Cheri Mah of Stanford University, […]

Obese adults gain strength more slowly when weight training

Newswise — A new study in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests that adults who are overweight and obese experience a lowered response to resistance training when compared to normal weight adults. If this finding is confirmed in future studies, it will highlight the importance of prevention of obesity in adolescents and young […]