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Monthly Archives: February 2008

20 Simple At Your Desk Exercises For Web Workers

Just a quick one: one of the authors at the ‘Online Nursing Degree Directory’ (ONDD) blog just published an article that I thought the readers of this blog would find of interest: ’20 Simple At Your Desk Exercises For Web Workers’. It ties in nicely with my previous two articles: – Sitting in front of…

Nutrigenomics: The new way forward for your nutritional needs?

It sometimes confusing when one is bombarded with disparate views on various health topics. For example, one minute we are told that coffee is good for us, the next we are told that it is bad. What the…!? Okay, confusing is not the right word…maybe frustrating? Annoying? Sort it out Mr. Scientist? You get my…

Berries: improve cholesterol, blood pressure and heart health

A new study from Finland suggests that a diet rich in berries may boost levels of good cholesterol and improve blood pressure and therefore indicating benefit for heart health too. Consumption of bilberries, lingonberries, black currants and strawberries led to a reduction in blood pressure as well as an increase in good cholesterol (HDL). The…

Deodorants, Coffee And Artificial Sweeteners Not Linked To Cancer?

A new risk assessment tool suggests that deodorants, coffee and artificial sweeteners may not be linked to cancer. The tool has been developed through the Cancer Control Program at South Eastern Sydney & Illawarra Health (SESIH) by UNSW researcher, Professor Bernard Stewart. “Our tool will help establish if the level of risk is high –…

Effects of caffeine on productivity and mental fatigue

A new study from the Journal of Nutrition shows that caffeine has a positive effect on productivity. The study involved testing the efficacy of two antifatigue substances, caffeine and d-ribose. Seventeen healthy volunteers were randomised to oral caffeine (200 mg/d), D-ribose (2000 mg/d), or placebo for 8 d. The candidates were subjected to fatigue-inducing mental…

Smoking found to disrupt sleep

According to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, smokers are four times more likely to report trouble sleeping and feeling rested the next day. The study showed that smokers were not experiencing as much deep sleep, a possible side-effect of nicotines effect on the brain. The researchers screened 6,441…

Good Lollipop Kills Bacteria That Causes Tooth Decay

There seems to be a new Willy Wonka in town. Microbiologist Wenyuan Shi and his team at the School of Dentistry (UCLA) have managed to create a lollipop that is actually good for the teeth. The orange-flavored, sugar-free lollipop they devised is infused with a natural ingredient found in licorice that kills the primary bacterium…

Probiotics ease gut problems in people with HIV/AIDS

Yet another study and benefit on the use of probiotic cultures has emerged. This time the study focuses on the positive results derived from the use of probiotics by those who suffer from HIV/AIDS. The study (a joint project by African and Canadian researchers) suggests that taking gut-friendly bacteria may ease suffering from diarrhoea and…

Folic acid intake may reduce premature births by half.

According to new data, the risk of having a premature baby could be halved if women supplement with folic acid for at least one year before conception. The study on folate supplementation was conducted at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. 38,033 women participated in the first and largest U.S. study on folate…

Fruits rich in Polyphenols protect against Alzheimer’s

A new study in the Journal of Food Science suggests that a diet rich in fruits containing high amounts of polyphenols (e.g. apples, bananas, oranges) may protect against oxidative stress linked to loss of cognitive function and Alzheimer’s. The Korean researchers tested extracts from the fruit in an in vitro laboratory study which showed a…

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