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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

Fish eaters may be lowering their risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Baked or broiled fish linked to lower risk of Alzheimer's For the first time, researchers have found a direct relationship between eating baked or broiled fish and lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers  from the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine studied 260 people with no memory problems, finding that eating fish at least once a week seems to preserve gray matter in the brain. Participants were chosen from the Cardiovascular Health Stud y . The investigators used the National Cancer Institute Food Frequency Questionnaire to determine how often the study participants ate fish: 63 patients consumed fish on a weekly basis, and most ate fish one to four times per week . Advanced 3D MRI, using Voxel-based morphometry was used to measure the volume of gray matter in the brain at baseline and then again 10 years later. The research team compared gray matter volume among people who ate fish,

Avoid jock itch, athlete’s foot and other fungus at the gym

Avoid ringworm, athlete's foot, jock itch and other fungus that can come from the gym If you enjoy spending time at the gym, chances are you or someone you know has been plagued with some sort of fungus. Jock itch, ringworm and athlete’s foot are spread easily, making it important to take steps to avoid fungus at the gym. Jock itch causes a raised, red, itchy rash in the groin area. The medical term for jock itch, which can affect women too, is tinea cruris. The best way to avoid the problem is to dry off after a workout and change into loose clothing. Jock itch and other fungi thrive in a moist environment and start from sweating. Make sure you dry off completely after showering. Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis is easily picked up from wet floors at the gym. The condition usually begins with intense itching between the toes. Without treatment athlete’s foot can spread; causing the skin to peel. You can avoid athlete’s foot by wearing clean dry socks, avoiding sw

Women report humiliation and stress from cervical smears

Women interviewed by UK investigators say cervical smears are humiliating and stressful A new investigation reveals women interviewed think getting a PAP (cervical smear) test is humiliating and stressful.  Researchers say a woman’s feelings about cervical smears shouldn't be ignored, and that health care providers should recognize and discuss expectations and anxiety women might experience from the tests. In findings from  University of Leicester, published in the international journal  Family  Practice , women report they aren’t always treated kindly when they have their exam to detect cancer. In their study, the researchers found women would like a more personalized approach. According to Dr Natalie Armstrong, Lecturer in Social Science Applied to Health at the University of Leicester: "Attitudes towards cervical smears remain something of a paradox. On one hand, screening appears to command impressive levels of public support - as demonstrate

CDC report highlights overdose deaths from prescription painkillers

A new report from the CDC highlights the problem of overdose and death from prescription painkillers. According to the CDC, physicians, consumers and policy makers can act together to ensure patients receive safe pain management. According to the finding,  A large portion of overdose deaths are the result of people taking the medications recreationally. According to the CDC, in 2010, 12 million Americans over age 12 said they took painkillers in the past year just to get high, rather than for medical purposes. The report also found more men than women die from drug overdose from prescription painkillers that include oxycodone, methadone and hyrdocodone.  Read the rest of the story at EmaxHealth.