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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…

Do Vitamin D and Fish Oil supplements live up to the hype?

Omega-3 Fish Oil and Vitamin D might not do what you think for health

Researchers are again questioning the benefits of  Omega-3 fish oil and vitamin D supplements for quelling inflammation.

Both supplements are widely consumed for existing health ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases; as well as for preventing obesity, heart disease, cancer, osteoarthritis and Alzheimer's disease. Vitamin D is used to boost immunity; especially for people that don't get enough sunshine.

 Researchers now say neither one of the supplements showed any benefit for inflammation in an analysis of a much larger study.

But before you dump your supplements, read on. This isn't exactly the final word.

Here's what researchers did find about Vitamin D

Vitamin D might actually be harmful to the body and increase inflammation - based on at least one blood indicator of systemic inflammation. The three markers tested included interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor…

Is Daylight Saving Time Unhealthy?

Those of us forced to change our clocks back for Daylight Saving Time might be feeling some ill health effects. Some of those could be long-lasting, according to sleep experts.

Daylight Saving Time wreaks havoc with our biological clocks

Scientists from Vanderbilt University Medical Center highlight some of unhealthy effects of changing our clocks in Spring and in Fall that include:

Increased risk of fatal accidentsStrokeHeart attack The list is pretty profound considering these aren't just minor health risks.  Health experts agree DST needs to go away Beth Ann Mallow, MD, Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development and Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics in the Sleep Disorders division at Vanderbilt said in a press release:
People think the one-hour transition is no big deal, that they can get over this in a day, but what they don't realize is their biological clock is out of sync. That biological clock is deep rooted in the brain and not everyone has a flexible Circadian …

Blood test for breast cancer in the news: What some experts think

Researchers say they are working on a simple blood test that could catch breast cancer five years before symptoms occur that could be available in 4 to 5 years. It appears the possibility of such a blood test is a ‘wait and see’ according to some experts. 
Imagine what that would mean - not just for fewer deaths and invasive treatment from cancer - but for lowering healthcare spending and anxiety over mammogram screening. 
Findings presented at the 2019 NCRI Cancer Conference, Glasgow, UK, highlighted how a blood test has already been developed that detects cancer cell proteins. The blood test, developed specifically for breast cancer, can detect antigens  (TAAs - tumor associated antigens) that researchers say they have found are a reliable indication of breast cancer. 
For this study a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham School of Medicine matched blood samples taken from 90 women with diagnosed breast cancer. 
"The results of our study showed that breast cancer …