Magnesium’s Importance Far Greater Than Previously Imagined

magnesium_foodCalcium deficiency is a common nutritional concern, but how many folks consider the vital importance of magnesium in human health and disease?  

New research published in the journal BMC Bioinformatics indicates that magnesium’s role in human health and disease is far more Continue reading

Magnesium’s Importance Far Greater Than Previously Imagined

magneCalcium deficiency is a common nutritional concern, but how many folks consider the vital importance of magnesium in human health and disease?  

New research published in the journal BMC Bioinformatics indicates that magnesium’s role in human health and disease is far more significant and complicated than previously imagined. Continue reading

Magnesium’s Importance Far Greater Than Previously Imagined

kaleCalcium deficiency is a common nutritional concern, but how many folks consider the vital importance of magnesium in human health and disease?  

New research published in the journal BMC Bioinformatics indicates that magnesium’s role in Continue reading

Diabetes Threat Lurks in the Shadows

shadowIf there was a life-changing — and potentially deadly — disease on my doorstep, I’d sure want to know about it in a hurry. And I bet you feel the same way.

But if that disease is diabetes, there’s a nearly 90 percent chance that you’ll have no idea before it strikes. According to a new Centers For Disease Control and Prevention study, there are literally millions of us rocketing at warp speed toward a life of diabetes, and we’re either not paying attention, Continue reading

Positive Longevity

There is longevity in positivity.

Be positive… for your good health and for the health of those around you.

According to an article in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology entitled “Positive emotions in early life and longevity: Findings from the nun study: by Danner, Snowdon and Friesen”, Continue reading

Red Meat: Is it worse than We Thought?

Shield your eyes if you love a daily dose of red meat (actually, don’t; you’re the most important target for this message). A new study has identified such meat as leading to a greater risk of cancer death, cardiovascular death, and mortality in general. These startling findings show people that keeping a diet high in red meat is simply dangerous Continue reading

Long-Term Study Shows Epilepsy Surgery Improves Seizure Control and Quality of Life

Seizures eliminated in 48 percent of patients and QOL improved in 80 percent of patients according to 26-year follow-up

While epilepsy surgery is a safe and effective intervention for seizure control, medical therapy remains the more prominent treatment option for those with epilepsy. However, a new 26-year study reveals that following epilepsy surgery, nearly half of participants were free of disabling seizures and 80% reported better quality of life than before surgery. Findings from this study—the largest long-term study to date—are now available in Epilepsia, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).

More than 50 million individuals worldwide Continue reading

Vaginal Progesterone Reduces Preterm Birth, Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality in Women at Risk

Significant findings published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Philadelphia, PA, December 14, 2011 – Women with a short cervix should be treated with vaginal progesterone to prevent preterm birth, according to a landmark study by leading obstetricians around the world. Vaginal progesterone decreased the rate of preterm birth by 42%, and significantly reduced the rate of respiratory distress syndrome and the need for mechanical ventilation, as well as a composite of several complications of premature newborns (e.g. infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, intracranial hemorrhage, etc.). An early online version of the study was published today in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG), and is available on the AJOG website free of charge. Continue reading

This Acid Is Great for Your Heart

Taurine isn’t one of those minerals that get the spotlight in health news. It’s usually passed over in favor of other, better-known amino acids like homocysteine or tryptophan. But taurine has an important job to do when it comes to the proper functioning of your body. High concentrations of this amino acid are found in your heart muscle, skeletal muscle, nervous system and white blood cells.

Researchers at the Institute for World Health Development in Nishinomiya, Japan, investigated taurine for a possible beneficial role in the prevention of stroke and cardiovascular disease. For their study, which was coordinated by the World Health Organization, the research team reviewed surveys pertaining to diet in 61 different Japanese populations. In particular, they collected data related to cardiovascular disease risk and mortality.

They found that participants Continue reading

Heart Failure Hospitalizations on the Decline

Here is a study to sink your teeth into. The nationwide rate of being hospitalized for heart failure is on the decline. A major new study has found the positive health news, and it is well worth sharing.

In 2008, being hospitalized for heart failure was about 30% less likely than it was in 1998. The study, published in the prestigious “Journal of the American Medical Association,” also found that one-year death rates declined slightly during this period.

Researchers examined information on more than 55 million Medicare beneficiaries who went to the hospital over a 10- year period for heart failure. The researchers wanted to identify trends in the rate of heart failure hospitalization, and the death rate in the following year after leaving the hospital. The decline was 29.5% of the overall rate from 1998 to 2008.

When you track numbers over time, you can judge whether a disease is on the upswing or downswing. Heart failure is important, as it imposes one of the highest disease burdens of any medical condition. And as you age, the risk rises. So, heart failure ranks as the most frequent cause of hospitalization Continue reading

Study Claims Fiber-Rich Diet Linked to Longevity

People who consumed higher amounts of fiber, particularly from grains, had a significantly lower risk of dying over a nine-year period compared to those who consumed lower amounts of fiber, a new National Institutes of Health study claims.

Fiber, found in whole grains, beans, nuts, vegetables and fruits aids the body with bowel movements, lowers blood-cholesterol levels and improves blood glucose levels, Dow Jones Newswires reported.

Other studies have suggested that fiber may lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, but there has been conflicting evidence on whether there is any mortality benefit from consuming fiber. Continue reading