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New curry spice health benefit found from curcumin in turmeric

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Researchers have found a new health benefit associated with eating Indian spices; specifically from curcumin, found in turmeric.  In the study, researchers discovered turmeric naturally boosts immunity by activating a protein in the body that helps fight infection. Curcumin has a previously unknown benefit for health.
Curcumin could protect against infection from bacteria, fungus
The study that comes from the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, shows curcumin could protect humans from bacteria, viruses and fungus.
Turmeric has been shown to have potential medicinal applications for fighting cancer, reducing pain from arthritis and neuropathy,enhancing the effect of chemotherapy in head and neck cancers, combating obesity and protecting from diabetes.
In the new study, which was supported by the National Institutes of Health and included researchers from Copenhagen, the Indian spice was found to regulate expression of cathelicidin antimicr…

What obesity does to adolescent hearts

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Children who are overweight or obese are found in a new study to already have heart damage, even before symptoms appear in adulthood. The finding makes it even more important than to take measures to curb childhood obesity that is already known to adversely affect health decades later. 
Heart function abnormal in overweight, obese adolescents
The findings, presented at theHeart Failure Congress 2012, showed obese adolescents without symptoms of heart disease had thickened heart muscles in the lower chambers, or ventricles and other heart damage. 

The study included 97 adolescents who had their weight, height, waist circumference and hip circumference measured.


The researchers divided the adolescents into 3 groups based on body mass index (BMI) – lean, overweight and obese. There were 32 participants in the lean and obese group and 33 in the overweight group.
The adolescents had echocardiograms performed that measures heart function, including how well the heart muscle pumps blood into the …