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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

How vegetables with a meal makes you a better cook

Credit: Morguefile Cooks who add vegetables to their family’s plates aren’t just adding nutrition. A new finding shows serving up a plate of veggies with your main dish can change how you’re perceived as a person and as a cook. Trying to get Americans to boost their vegetable intake has been a public health challenge. Researchers Brian Wansink, Misturu Shimzu and Adam Brumberg at Cornell University wanted to see if serving up pasta, steak or chicken with vegetables changed eaters’ perception of a meal or of the cook. The study was done in two phases and included a series of 22 interviews among 500 American mothers with two or more children under the age of 18. The participants were asked to evaluate meals with and without veggies in addition to their perception of the cooks who served the dinner meals. Ratings for meals – and the cooks too - were higher with vegetables on the plate. Meals with veggies were more likely to be described as ‘tasty’. The cook

How drinking alcohol during pregnancy affects your baby's brain

Credit: Wikimedia Commons Researchers have mapped what happens to fetal brains exposed to alcohol during pregnancy to find visible changes in brain structure that lead to later psychological and physical development problems. Scientists used advanced MRI techniques to study the brains of babies developing in the uterus whose mothers consumed alcohol during pregnancy. According to statistics from the CDC, the incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome that leads to physical and mental developmental problems for children is 0.2 to 1.5 per 1,000 births. Researchers from Poland used 3 different types of MRI to track fetal brain changes that occur from alcohol use during pregnancy . The study included 200 children whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Researchers compared the finding to 30 children whose mothers did not drink when they were pregnancy or breastfeeding. They discovered that alcohol consumption leads to changes in the way the area of the brain develops that conn

Music therapy helps surgery patients recover

Credit: Morguefile Findings from a new study show patients given music therapy before, during and after surgery have less pain and shorter recovery time. The research is important and shows a non-drug approach from listening to music can reduce anxiety, calm and reduce a patient’s perception of pain. Patients in the study reported higher satisfaction with their medical experience and required less sedatives and pain medication when they were exposed to music. Lori Gooding, UK director of music therapy and lead author on the review said in a press release, "Here at UK, our music therapists regularly use music-based interventions to help patients manage both pain and anxiety.” To facilitate healing from surgery, therapists suggest letting the patient choose which type of music they enjoy. But the music also has to have certain characteristics and be chosen by trained personnel to have the desired effect. Giving patients a choice from several playlists is reco

Alcohol may add more calories than known to our diet

Credit: Morguefile Alcohol adds more calories to the daily diet than might be suspected, finds a CDC survey. When you factor in beer and wine consumption, the boost in calorie intake might be even more significant. The message is important as the holidays approach. If you’re trying to diet, it’s important to consider findings that alcohol can add 100 or more calories a day that can thwart weight loss, exercise goals for weight maintenance and dieting. According to results of a report that included survey data from adults over age 20 participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 to 2010, beer, wine, liquor, or mixed drinks added an average of 174 calories a day for men aged 20 to 29 . For men, the calories came mostly from drinking beer. For women, the average increase from drinking was found to be about 50 calories. Women with higher income had a tendency to drink more. The study also found that 19% of men and 12% of women exceede

Exercise benefits possible for high blood pressure during pregnancy

Image credit: Morguefile Findings published in the December, 2012 issue of the journal Hypertension shows exercise for pregnant women with high blood pressure, also known as gestational hypertension, might be beneficial, contrary to popular belief. Human physiology professor Jeff Gilbert at University of Oregon and his team found exercising before and during pregnancy could help prevent preeclampsia that occurs in 5 to 8 percent of pregnancies and poses health dangers to mother and fetus. "The data from our study raise the possibility that exercise regimens if started before pregnancy and maintained through most of gestation may be an important way for women to mitigate the risk of preeclampsia," Gilbert said in a press release. But the finding didn't show when or how much exercise is required or whether exercise has to start before pregnancy to get the beneficial effects. Gilbert also says more studies are needed to see if exercise could be included as