Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hookah Bars may Not Be Healthy and other Health Matters

Hookah bar health risks

With cigarette bans in full force in restaurants, the appeal of a hookah bar gains popularity in younger crowds. Appeal among young people has been increasing since the 1990’s, and more bars are popping up in the United States. Smoking herbal tobacco, called shisha, from at a hookah bar could pose health risks, but is currently the subject of some debate. Read the entire story

KFC has a new sandwich to promote dementia

Health conscious consumers should probably be wary of the new sandwich from KFC, called the double down sandwich. The sandwich eliminates bread altogether, putting Swiss cheese, pepper jack cheese, bacon and the ‘Colonel’s Special Sauce’ between two pieces of KFC’s original fried chicken filets to form a sandwich. The new sandwich from KFC offers a lot of meat – and a lot of fat. Read the entire story

Study: Chinese herbs could treat heart disease

Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are actively studying the ingredients in ancient Chinese herbal remedies used to treat heart disease. The results show that the herbs have heart healing properties, akin to prescription medications typically used to improve blood flow to the heart. The findings open the door for further developing the specific ingredients found in Chinese herbal remedies for treatment of heart disease. Read the entire story

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Health News: Protein Injection Instead of Bypass and More

Protein injection fights heart disease by growing new blood vessels

A researcher from Tel Aviv has found a protein that grows new blood vessels "almost immediately", providing new hope for patients with coronary artery disease and other diseases of the blood vessels. An injectable protein has been shown to grow healthy new blood vessels within a matter of weeks, and has been tested with no side effects in animal studies. The findings could eliminate the need for cardiac bypass surgery, and help heart patients suffering from disabilities. Keep reading

Breast cancer 101: Review shows use of MRI before surgery needs more study

Women who face breast cancer surgery generally undergo MRI to find the extent of cancerous tumors. Results of a new review suggest that routinely imaging women with early stage breast cancer in preparation for surgery may do more harm than good, and that large randomized studies are needed to define the role of MRI for improving outcomes for women with breast cancer. Keep reading

Millions in America risk disease from lack of physical fitness

A new analysis from leading exercise scientist Steven Blair, PED, shows that 40 to 50million Americans are inactive, doubling their risk of disease and early death from inactivity and lack of physical fitness. Blair recently spoke at the American Psychological Society's (APA's) 117th Annual Convention. He says, inactivity among Americans is "the biggest public health problem of the 21st century", and he is asking psychologists for help to get Americans physically fit. Keep reading

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Black cohosh no help for hot flashes | Women at risk for cancer choose breast removal | Yoga helps weight loss

Study: Natural hot flash remedies no help for menopause

Results of a new study show that natural hot flash remedies, black cohosh and red clover offered no relief from hot flashes among women studied. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University found that the natural hot flash remedies also had no effect on memory loss, a frequent complaint among menopausal women. Keep reading

Women at high risk choosing breast removal to beat cancer

According to a report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, more women are making the choice to have their breasts and ovaries removed rather than risk cancer. The study showed that older women were less likely to opt for mastectomy, but were more willing to have their ovaries removed to beat the chances of ovarian cancer. Keep reading

Yoga can help with sustained weight loss

Results of a new study led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows that regularly practicing Yoga could help promote weight loss and maintenance. Preliminary findings of the benefits of Yoga for preventing thick waistlines mid-life were reported four years ago by Alan Kristal, Dr.P.H., and colleagues, prompting the current study. Yoga leads to mindful eating that could help with sustained weight loss. Keep reading

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sugery for migraines, Zinc and immunity, Resveratrol discovery

Forehead surgery treats migraine headaches

According to the results of a new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, plastic surgeons have been able to cure migraine headaches by performing a modified forehead lift. Plastic surgeon Bahman Guyuron, MD, of Case Western Reserve University, says the type of forehead lift used to cure migraines could also lead to a more youthful appearance. Keep reading

Study says Zinc helps us fight virus and infection

Researchers at the University of Florida Center for Nutritional Sciences find that zinc boosts immunity and could help fight viral and bacterial infection. The study, published in the August 2009 print issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that zinc could be developed to treat antibiotic resistant infections because it stimulates activation of immune enhancing T-cells needed to fight viruses and infection. Keep reading

Resveratrol from red wine could treat major illnesses

Resveratrol in red wine is known for controlling inflammation and promoting health. Until now scientists did not understand how the ingredient in red wine works. New research from scientists in Scotland and Singapore shows that resveratrol from red wine could be used to treat major illnesses such as overwhelming systemic infection (sepsis), appendicitis, and peritonitis (a serious condition related to inflammation in the abdominal cavity). Keep reading