June 25, 2007 |
MOST of us look back on our college years as some of the best years of our lives -- or some of the healthiest, at least. But students at the University of New Hampshire are learning that they are not as healthy as they assumed. Undergraduates enrolled in a course called "Nutrition 400" at the Durham, N.H., campus kept an online food journal, analyzed glucose and lipid levels and calculated their bone densities.
August 13, 2007 |
QUIERE un taco? Think blue. Food scientists in Mexico and Venezuela have found that tortillas made with blue corn have 20% more protein, 9% less starch and a more healthful glycemic index than their white corn cousins.
July 18, 2005 |
Severely obese women may be healthier than their male counterparts. New research shows that severely obese men were less physically fit, more prone to diabetes and more carbohydrate-intolerant than women. The findings could eventually influence how doctors select candidates for weight-loss surgery. "It's quite surprising that men were doing so much worse than women," says lead scientist Emile Dubois, a pulmonologist at the Hospital Reinier de Graaf Groep in the Netherlands.
April 5, 2010 |
Cancer, diabetes, accidents — heart disease trumps them all, killing more people in the United States than any other condition. The term is actually a fairly broad one, encompassing an array of conditions, but it's most often used as shorthand for coronary artery disease. The latter is caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries that supply blood to the heart, which in turn can lead to chest pain, arrythmias, heart attacks and heart failure. The risk factors: High blood cholesterol High blood pressure Smoking Diabetes, insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome Being overweight Growing older Family history of heart disease What you can do: Get that high blood pressure and high cholesterol under control.
August 31, 2009 |
Kudzu, the wild vine that has overtaken almost 10 million acres in the southeastern United States, may be more nutrient than nuisance. Previous studies have suggested a chemical in the vine may help alcoholics curb their addiction. Now a study, also in rats, shows kudzu can help regulate blood pressure, glucose metabolism and cholesterol levels. Kudzu root, which is called Radix puerariae, contains polyphenols, substances that are known to have a range of positive health effects.
May 30, 2012 |
A widely used antioxidant supplement can reduce some of the symptoms of autism in children, a pilot study has found. The supplement -- N-acetylcysteine, or NAC -- lowered irritability in the children and reduced repetitive behaviors, researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine reported in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The team cautioned, however, that only 31 children were enrolled and that larger studies are needed to confirm the potential benefit. Currently, irritability, mood swings and depression in autistic children are treated with antipsychotic drugs.
January 29, 2013 |
Some popular diets advise against late-night snacking or even eating after 6 p.m. Now, there's some research to confirm that when you eat could matter as well as what you eat if you're trying to shed pounds. A study in Spain followed 420 men and women on a diet for 20 weeks. They were grouped into early eaters -- those who had their main meal before 3 p.m. - and late eaters - those who had it after. (The participants followed the Mediterranean diet, in which the main meal was lunch.)
May 20, 2011 |
Latinos have higher rates of diabetes than other ethnic groups. They also appear to have higher rates of having both diabetes and a mood disorder, such as anxiety or depression, according to a new study presented this week at the American Psychiatric Assn.'s annual meeting. Researchers examined the medical records 129 adults diagnosed with diabetes at a rural health clinic in Imperial County, in California, to assess the rates of mood disorders in diabetic Latinos and to determine which illness appeared first.
December 15, 2011 |
"The Biggest Loser" winner John Rhode is happy he nabbed the grand prize after shedding 220 pounds, but he's also worried he might gain the weight back, and he's not alone. Most people who lose weight eventually gain some, all or all plus more of it back in endless cycles of yo-yo diets. "He admitted he has a food addiction ," says Felicia Stoler , a New York-based registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and author of "Living Skinny in Fat Genes: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great.
June 17, 2007 |
Wondering how much of a diet-buster that big bowl of noodles is? In the United States, some restaurants could give you a calorie count. In Japan, you might take a picture of it with your cellphone and ask an expert. With cellphones ubiquitous in Japan and concern rising over expanding waistlines, healthcare providers have put the two together to help the weight-conscious send photos of their meals to nutritionists for analysis.