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Berries, apples and tea can do wonders for your brain

If you'e looking for an easy way to keep your brain healthy, consider eating more berries, consuming more applies and drinking tea. There's good science to support the benefits of getting started early eating a healthy diet for preventing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. 
Alzheimer's risk significantly lower for older adults who consume these foods
Tufts University scientists looked at Alzheimer's disease risk among older adults and compared those that consumed scant amounts of apples, tea and berries that are loaded with antioxidants; published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 
The study finding was based on conclusions extracted from dietary questionairres submitted during medical exams among heart disease risk patients participating in the Framingham Heart Study. 
One of the important highlights of this study, compared to others is that the risk of the brain disease was analyzed over a 20 year period, versus short term studies that have been pub…

Coffee cuts breast cancer risk, but how is unclear

Conflicting study results suggest coffee might reduce the chances of breast cancer. In a new study, researchers say women who drink more than five cups of the brew daily do seem to be protected from the disease, though the reasons are unclear.

In the new study, scientists found coffee cuts the risks of antiestrogen-resistant estrogen-receptor (ER)-negative breast cancer specifically.

ER negative breast cancer prevention has been the subject of much research. Drugs like tamoxifen, known as aromatase inhibitors, target ER positive types of the disease in high risk women, making the finding especially appealing.

After adjusting for other lifestyle factors, the researchers still found coffee is protective for women who consume the beverage, compared to seldom or non-drinkers.

The scientists also noted the effect doesn't seem to be from phytoestrogens because coffee only seems to protect women from ER-negative types of the disease.

The study comes from researchers at the Karolinska Institut…