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Weird but real allergies worth exploring and more

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20 Weird Allergies That Actually Exist
Plants, animals, and food all involve corresponding allergies with which the general populace is familiar. However, due to their very nature, it is entirely possible for humans to develop negative reactions to almost anything on the planet. Allergies are established when the immune system fires itself up over a generally harmless – if not outright helpful – stimulus, such as the aforementioned plants, animals, and food. Thinking the foreign object means to endanger the body, it launches an assault of histamines as a protective measure, resulting in numerous physical upsets ranging from itchy skin to complete anaphylactic shock. The following list compiles a few unexpected, somewhat obscure allergies and analyzes the research behind a few of the sketchier claims, leaving the reader to decide what he or she ultimately makes of it. Read more


Lead exposure strongly linked to ADHD
ADHD is suspected to be the result of genes in 70 percent of cases, and t…

Obese children risk future heart disease and stroke shown in new study

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A new study confirms the potential for future heart attack and stroke for children who are obese. Researchers say the consequences of childhood obesity and risk for future heart attack start early for children.

Scientists measured inflammatory markers in the bloodstream of obese children who were otherwise healthy, comparing to lean children. They found increased levels of C-reactive protein and that were elevated ten fold compared to children who were not obese. They also found higher than normal levels of fibrinogen - substances that lead to blood clots that also increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Children may not show typical signs of metabolic syndrome that boosts risk of heart disease in adults, but the scientists say there are still indications that childhood obesity increases the risk of future heart attack and stroke from the findings of increased inflammation and abnormal fibrinogen levels found in the obese children studied.

"This new study demonstrates that the…

Antioxidants in blueberry juice found to boost memory in older adults and other news

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Blueberry juice could provide alternative therapy for memory loss
A new study shows that drinking blueberry juice improved memory in older adults, and might be an alternative treatment for cognitive decline associated with aging, shown in a preliminary study. Seniors in their 70’s drank blueberry juice for two months and were compared to a group who drank a berry placebo beverage. The results showed that antioxidants in blueberries might improve memory by boosting neuronal signaling. Read more

Consumers over age 50 should curb iron and copper intake
Copper and iron are essential nutrients, but scientists writing in the ACS Journal warn that steps should be taken to limit intake of both for consumers over age 50. Copper and iron that builds up in the body as we get older could contribute to a variety of age related diseases. Read more



Most athletes misunderstand and misuse protein supplements
University of Montreal researchers say protein supplements used by athletes are inefficient, proba…

Commonly used heart drugs could protect from Parkinson’s disease

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Calcium channel blockers are a class of drugs commonly used by heart patients to lower blood pressure, control heart arrhythmias and to help with healing after a heart attack. A new study shows that heart medications, specifically calcium channel blockers that cross the blood-brain barrier, can also protect from the development of Parkinson’s disease.

Calcium channel blockers known as dihydropyridines are the subclass of heart medications found to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 26 to 30 percent. Researchers analyzed a database that included 1,931 Parkinson's patients and 9,651 unaffected subjects, evaluating the effect of blood pressure drugs. The researchers found that only calcium channel blockers of the dihydropyridine subclass that crossed the blood-brain barrier provided protection from Parkinson’s disease.

"The key was to consider the mode of action of these drugs and whether or not they cross the blood-brain barrier," Ritz said. "Some do and some don…

Treadmill training can improve gait for Parkinson's disease patients

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Cochrane researchers have found that walking on a treadmill can help patients with Parkinson's disease move better. Treadmill walking can improve gait and is considered a safe intervention to improve slowness of movement that accompanies Parkinson's disease.

Researchers analyzed data from 203 patients for the review. They compared the effect of treadmill training on walking speed, stride length, number of steps per minute,and walking distance to patients who did not walk on a treadmill. Individuals with Parkinson's disease who engaged in treadmill walking improved in all areas of function except steps per minute.

"Treadmill training appears to be a safe and effective way of improving gait in patients with Parkinson's disease," said lead researcher Jan Mehrholz, of the Wissenschaftliches Institut in Kreischa, Germany. "Crucially, we saw very few adverse effects or drop outs in patients given this type of rehabilitation therapy."

The findings are based …

Soda fountain drinks mixed with antibiotic resistant bacteria

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New research shows that forty eight percent of soda fountain drinks studied contained bacteria mixed in with the drinks. Most of the bacteria found in self serve soda fontain drinks were antibiotic resistant, making the findings especially disconcerting.

Researchers from Hollins University tested 90 beverages from 30 fast food soda fountains, finding coliforms (also found in feces), Chryseobacterium, Klebsiella, Staphylococcus, Stenotrophomonas, Candida, and Serratia. Most of the bacteria that came from soda fountains were resistant to 11 antibiotics tested.

The scientists are not sure how bacteria wound up growing in self serve soda fountains. One theory is that contamination was spread from dirty hands. Another possibility is that bacteria are growing in the water line that gets into the beverages.

Forty eight percent were fecal bacteria – eleven percent of the bacteria were E.coli. According to Dr. Allana Levine from Hollins University, the biggest source of bacteria in soda fountai…

Mozart sonata helps premature babies rest and grow

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Researchers at Tel Aviv University find that premature babies exposed to a Mozart sonata become restful and grow. Premature infants in neonatal intensive care units struggle with weight gain from underdeveloped systems. The music of Mozart was found in the new study to help premature infants become more restful, reducing metabolism, and leading to weight gain.

The pre term infants studied were exposed for thirty minutes of Mozart's music in one session. The infants, compared to those who did not hear Mozart, needed fewer calories to gain weight.

According to Dr. Dror Mandel who collaborated with Dr. Ronit Lubetzky of the Tel Aviv Medical Center, "It's not exactly clear how the music is affecting them, but it makes them calmer and less likely to be agitated."

Dr. Mandel and Dr. Lubetzky and colleagues measured the physiological effects of music by Mozart played to pre-term newborns for 30 minutes. Afterwards, measurements were taken of energy expenditure again after t…

Vitamin E supplements reviewed,could cause harm and other news

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Vitamin E study shows antioxidant could harm some people
A study conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University, and published December 30, 2009, shows that vitamin E supplements could harm some people, and may be a waste of money. Because antioxidants in vitamins have been touted to help prevent disease, scientists reviewed available studies to see if the antioxidant could help curb heart disease. Vitamin E has been touted for preventing heart disease, but the findings show that taking vitamin E supplements might shorten quality of life by four months. Read more


Disinfectants used in hospitals creating superbugs
A new study, published from researchers at the National University of Ireland in Galway found that small amounts of disinfectants used in hospitals lead to antibiotic resistance. Scientists cultured Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the lab, exposing the bacteria to disinfectant. They found that doing so also made the bacteria resistant to the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin. Read more




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Jennifer Lopez and her New Year's Eve Outfit oozes sensuality and more

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Jennifer Lopez New Year’s outfit shows women over forty about sexy
Jennifer Lopez wore a New Year’s outfit that clearly shows women over forty are sexy. The singer wowed the audience at Times Square with her skin tight body suit that revealed a healthy, fit and sexy physique. Jennifer Lopez and her New Year’s outfit are an inspiration for staying in shape in the New Year. Read more


Restless leg syndrome and erection problems now linked in older men
New study results published in the journal Sleep, January 1, 2010, finds a link between restless leg syndrome (RLS) and erectile dysfunction in older men. The findings were obtained from an analysis of 23,119 men who participated in the Health Professional Follow-up Study. Information about erectile dysfunction and RLS was obtained via questionnaire, finding that episodes of restless leg syndrome per month is somehow linked to higher percentages of erection problems in men who are older. Read more




Bubbly champagne has benefits for heart health