October 12, 2011 |
Ginger root supplements may help tamp down markers for colon inflammation, a study finds. The study, published online Tuesday in the journal Cancer Prevention Research , included 30 men and women who were randomly assigned to take 2 grams of a ginger root supplement or a placebo for 28 days. The participants were at normal risk for colon cancer -- they had no family history of the disease and no evidence of the disease. Ginger root is a popular supplement that's often used to treat stomach ailments.
October 11, 2011 |
Taking vitamin E and selenium supplements not only failed to prevent prostate cancer in men, a new study finds that daily vitamin E pills appear to raise the risk of the disease. The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. , is yet another reminder that the effect of dietary supplements on health isn't always rewarding or even innocuous. The SELECT study (which stands for Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial) began in 2001 and recruited more than 35,000 men age 50 and older at 400 study sites nationwide.
October 10, 2011 |
Some dietary supplements are associated with an increased risk of death in older women, according to a study released Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine. In an analysis of about 39,000 women tracked over 19 years, researchers led by a team at the University of Minnesota found that those who took multivitamins, vitamin B6, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper and especially iron died at higher rates during the course of the study than those who did not take supplements.
October 2, 2011 |
Question: My stock in Aflac Inc. has been a poor performer. Please give me the company's prospects. Answer: The largest supplemental health insurer, after weathering disruption from the natural disaster in Japan where it has three-fourths of its premiums, is struggling with losses from European bank holdings in its investment portfolio. Current and potential investors must weigh whether the advantages of this insurer's proven corporate strategy, growth potential and reduced stock price outweigh its obstacles.
September 26, 2011 |
Not long ago, almost nobody outside of a bakery ever gave a second thought to gluten, the protein in wheat and similar grains that makes bread dough firm, elastic and, well, doughy. But lately gluten's reputation has taken a sinister turn. Doctors warn that about 1 out of 100 people has celiac disease, a dangerous condition in which the body's immune system attacks gluten proteins. For them, anything made with wheat flour can cause joint pain, gastrointestinal distress, anemia and even an early death.
August 22, 2011 |
Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, a controversial Oakland Raiders-type speedster straight out of central casting, is now an actual member of the Silver & Black. The Raiders selected Pryor in the third round of the NFL's supplemental draft Monday, giving up their corresponding pick in the 2012 draft for a raw player with outstanding size and freakish speed. The 6-foot-5, 232-pound quarterback ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds at a workout Saturday, the kind of time reserved for only the quickest receivers and running backs.
August 4, 2011 |
Despite owning a broad portfolio of game franchises, Activision Blizzard Inc. continues to rely on a handful of titles from Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine and the Call of Duty franchise for much of its sales and profits. The Santa Monica game publisher said its second-quarter revenue of $1.15 billion was up 19% from $967 million a year earlier, thanks to strong sales of supplemental online content for its Call of Duty: Black Ops, as well as the popularity of two Blizzard titles, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty.
August 1, 2011 |
As a new school year approaches, many parents are hoping for a breakthrough for their children: Higher grades, better behavior and fewer talks with exasperated teachers. Tutors, counseling, stern lectures and good old-fashioned wishful thinking are all possibilities. But some moms and dads also try to give their kids a nutritional edge in the classroom with the help of supplements. Many supplements promise to boost young brains with doses of docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that's naturally found in cell membranes throughout the body.
July 18, 2011 |
Strike another blow for refined carbs: A study released today finds that soy and milk protein supplements may be associated with lower blood pressure more than refined carbohydrate supplements. The study, published online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Assn. , put 352 adults who were at risk for high blood pressure or who had mild hypertension on various rounds of supplements. The participants were given 40 grams of powdered soy, milk or refined complex carb supplements daily for eight weeks, and had their blood pressure taken at various intervals during the trial.
July 12, 2011 |
The WNBA season was barely three weeks old, and already two of the league's biggest stars were out because of injuries. Sparks forward Candace Parker, the 2008 league most valuable player, had torn the meniscus in her right knee. Seattle Storm center Lauren Jackson, the reigning MVP, required surgery on her left hip. Parker won't be back for another month or so, and Jackson will be out even longer. Tough luck? No, more like the continuation of a trend. Players, coaches and trainers say injuries consistently plague the league, and they believe they know why: an off-season that really isn't one. Nearly three-quarters of the league's players also compete abroad, supplementing their relatively modest WNBA incomes with what typically are much larger payments from foreign teams that also might pick up their living expenses and shower them with gifts.