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Plant based diet study debunks eating for your blood type for weight loss, health

You may have read that it's important to eat certain foods based on your blood type. Depending on whether your blood type is O, A, B or AB, proponents of the blood type diet say there are foods to eat and foods to avoid for optimal health and a longer life.  Can eating certain foods based on blood type really help you live longer? The blood type diet was first introduced in 1996 by a naturopathic physician, Peter D'Adamo who alleges that even the spices you put on your food could contribute to better health and should be individualized for your specific blood type.  The theory is that certain foods and even the type of exercise you do should be individualized.  For instance, if you have type O blood you should eat plenty of meat and fish protein, vegetables and fruits but stay away from legumes - at least so the dietary guidelines say.  Recommendations for weight loss include avoiding dairy, corn and wheat and filling up on red meat, broccoli, spinach and olive oil.  Type A ind

Common sleep medicine puts older adults at risk for night time falls, confusion

Elders given zolpidem for sleep were found to be at high risk for falls and cognitive decline in a study.  A popular medicine that helps older adults sleep can cause harm warn researchers. The commonly prescribed medication, zolpidem, sold under the brand names Ambien, Zolpimist, Edluar, Hypogen, Somidem and Iveda, was found in a study to increase the chances of falls and cognitive decline in elders. Researchers found that 58 percent of older adults and 27 percent of the young adults studied experienced loss of balance after awakening, 2 hours after falling asleep. The study included 25 healthy adults who were assessed using a technique known as the “tandem walk” that involves placing one foot in front of the other on a 16-foot-long, six-inch-wide beam on the floor using normal step length. When the participants were not given any medication, none of them fell off the six-inch wide beam. Kenneth Wright, lead study author at University of Colorado, Boulder says, "Th

Consumers willing to pay for predictive health risk tests

A national study shows consumers are willing to pay for  genetic tests to predict disease. Researchers at Tufts Medical Center conducted a study showing that most consumers are willing to pay out of pocket to find out if they are at risk for diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's disease, or arthritis. The findings, published the in journal Health Economics, found 76 percent of people surveyed would be willing to spend $300 to $600 for predictive health tests. Peter J. Neumann, ScD, director of the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center says: "This study brings us a step closer to understanding people's preferences and motivations for wanting a diagnostic test, even if it has no bearing on subsequent medical treatment. While we have to proceed cautiously in this area, given that tests have costs and risks as well as benefits, our study suggests that many people value in