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MENTAL ACUITY: Eat more vegetables to stay sharp
Most of us worry that we might lose some of our mental sharpness
as we get older. But instead of resorting to crossword puzzles,
sudoku challenges and reading the family encyclopedia, we
could instead eat lots of vegetables every day.
- The over-65s who eat up to three servings of vegetables
a day reduce the decline in their cognitive abilities by up
to 40 per cent compared with those who eat almost no vegetables.
- The protective effect didn’t seem to get much better
than that, even among those who ate more than four servings
of vegetables a day.
The discovery has been made by the Chicago Health and Aging
Project (CHAP), which has tracked the health of a group of
3,718 people over a 10-year period.
- Fruit didn’t seem to have the same beneficial effects,
even when eaten in high quantities, researchers found.
(Source: Neurology, 2006; 67: 1370-6).
From What Doctors Don’t Tell You. www.wddty.co.uk
Bread and the risk of Kidney cancer.
A study of more than 2,300 Italians has shown that high bread
consumption significantly raises the risk of renal cell carcinoma,
the most common type of kidney cancer.
Pasta and rice may also raise the risk, but eating vegetables
could lower it.
The 12-year study examined 767 adults with this kidney cancer
and 1534 who did not have the disease. The researchers asked
participants to fill out food frequency questionnaires, which
gauged the average weekly consumption for 78 different food
There was a significant direct association for bread consumption,
and to a lesser extent pasta and rice. A decreased risk was
associated with consumption of poultry and all vegetables.
The association between grain products and cancer may be due
to the high glycemic index of these foods and their association
with insulin-like growth factors.
(Source: International Journal of Cancer October 20, 2006)
From Dr. Mercola www.mercola.com
Red meat and breast cancer
The New York Times
Published: November 16, 2006
The bad news about red meat emerged from a very large and
authoritative study of pre-menopausal nurses by researchers
at Harvard University medical institutions, published this
week in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The researchers
followed more than 90,000 women aged 26-46 for a dozen years
to determine if there was a relationship between the amount
of red meat they ate and the development of breast cancer…
Read more… http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/11/16/opinion/edcancer.php#
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‘raw’ milk could reduce children’s risk
of suffering allergy-related conditions such as eczema and
hayfever, new research suggests. British academics investigating
why farmers’ families suffer fewer allergies than others
found that even occasional consumption of raw — unpasteurised
— milk had a powerful effect. Read
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USDA could pour funds into organic research
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) could more than double
funding for its organic research program next year, a move
that highlights the growing importance of the organic industry.
COX 2 inhibitors and some NSAIDs increase the risk of vascular
Use of selective COX 2 inhibitors is associated with a 1.4-fold
increase in the risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, or
vascular death compared with placebo; large doses of diclofenac
and ibuprofen are also associated with an increased risk.
Identifying patients' agendas improves consultations
Training doctors to elicit patients' agendas or asking patients
to write down what they want from their consultation increases
the number of problems identified during the consultation.
Both the doctors' education and the agenda form increased
the numbers of problems identified and improved patient satisfaction,
but they also increased the length of consultations.
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