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August 31, 2009 | Shari Roan
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.
June 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
April 24, 2006 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
Scientists are changing their minds about the best way to monitor body fat. Body mass index, or BMI -- long considered the gold standard for evaluating an increased risk of health problems due to weight -- is far from a perfect measure, says Dr. Arya M. Sharma, an obesity researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The BMI doesn't take into account the amount of muscle a person has, and is less accurate in older people, who lose muscle and bone and gain fat with age.
March 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
The Mediterranean diet has had many fans over the years, even in the scientific community. A new analysis of 50 studies involving half a million participants reinforces what many healthcare professionals already have said about the diet: It helps lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The analysis published online Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology examined how the diet affects metabolic syndrome, that is, disorders that increase the risk of heart disease.
June 23, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan
That cup of joe may be doing more than keeping you awake – it also may be reducing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Coffee That's the conclusion of a recent Japanese study involving a strain of mice that are known to become diabetic. Studies of people have found a correlation between coffee consumption and a reduced risk of diabetes. To find out if there was a direct link between coffee and diabetes, the Japanese researchers let mice drink diluted black coffee instead of water.
January 29, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
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 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
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.
July 26, 2007 | Dana Parsons
They say life has a symmetry to it. Or, at least, I think they say that. Come to think of it, I'm not really sure. But it sounds nice, doesn't it? Rather than a disconnected set of events, randomly tossed in our faces, isn't it comforting, if not downright poetic, to think that life is themed? That seemingly innocuous events of long ago find their way back to us late in the game, allowing us a final ironic chuckle as we tie up our lives with a neat little bow?
December 15, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
"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.
May 30, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
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.
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