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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…

Excess weight before pregnancy linked to childhood asthma

If you are planning pregnancy, there are two things that are important for your child’s respiratory health: not being overweight before you conceive and avoidance of tobacco smoke. New findings show excess weight before pregnancy quadruples the chances of wheezing and asthma in children beyond the first year of life.
Researchers from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) explain wheezing – a symptom of asthma - is more frequent in offspring of women who are overweight before conceiving, in findings published in the journal'Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology'.
Compared to mothers of normal weight, risk of wheezing was four times higher for children born to overweight women.
For the study, researchers looked at data from 1107 women and their children from a Spanishstudy on infancy and environment known as the INMA project, confirming the finding that too much weight before pregnancy – regardless of mom’s smoking status – could be a risk for developing ast…

FDA to decide fate of calcitonin salmon for treating osteoporosis

The FDA warns in a March 1, 2013 press release there may be a cancer risk from products containing calcitonin, made from a hormone contained in salmon. The fate of marketing the drugs for treating osteoporosis will be determined. Osteoporosis, or brittle bones, raises a person’s risk of fracture and disability. Women and men can develop the disease and after menopause women are at higher risk from declining estrogen levels. Miacalcin injection, marketed by Novartis and Unigene Laboratories Inc’s nasal spray are products containing calcitonin in the U.S. Calcitonin can also be purchased generically. European regulatory committees have already recommended against use of the drug for osteoporosis treatment. The exception to its use is short-term for severe cases of bone loss from Paget’s disease, bone demineralization that can come from prolonged immobility and for high levels of calcium that can be cause by certain types of cancer.

The review was initiated due to concerns that the unlicense…