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Could the 'Mediterranean' Diet Help Prevent ADHD?

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 – Kids who follow a Mediterranean diet – high in fruits, vegetables and "good" fats – may be less likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a small study suggests. Research on 120 children in Spain found that those with "low adherence" to the traditional Mediterranean diet were seven times more likely to have ADHD. In general, kids with ADHD ate fewer fruits, vegetables and fatty fish – and more junk food and fast food, according to the study findings. However, the findings point only to a correlation and not a cause-and-effect link between the Mediterranean diet and ADHD, said experts who were not involved in the study. No one knows whether the diet can actually ward off the attention and behavior problems associated with ADHD. "One possibility is that kids with ADHD make less-healthy food choices," said Richard Gallagher. Still, the ... Read more

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Food Stamp Use Linked to Raised Early Death Risk in Study

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – Americans who use or are eligible for food stamps have a higher risk of premature death than people who aren't eligible for them, a new study finds. "Our results suggest that the millions of low-income Americans who rely on SNAP for food assistance require even greater support to improve their health than they currently receive," said study senior author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. He is dean of Tufts University's School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. Mozaffarian's team looked at data from 2000 to 2011. There was information on nearly 500,000 adults aged 25 and older who received benefits from the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP benefits are commonly called food stamps. The investigators found that people who used food stamps had a three times higher risk of death from diabetes. The program participants also ... Read more

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Underweight Seniors May Have Added Alzheimer's Risk

Posted 5 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 – Having a lower weight may increase older adults' risk of the memory-robbing disorder Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. The study included 280 healthy people aged 62 to 90 with normal mental function. The participants underwent physical exams, genetic testing and brain scans. According to the researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, there was a link between lower body weight and more extensive deposits of Alzheimer's-related beta-amyloid protein in the brain. This link was particularly strong in people with the APOE4 gene variant, which is known to increase the risk of Alzheimer's, the study authors reported. "Elevated cortical amyloid is believed to be the first stage of the preclinical form of Alzheimer's disease, so our findings suggest that individuals who are underweight late in life may be at ... Read more

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Weight Loss Starting at Midlife Tied to Later Dementia Risk in Study

Posted 1 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Declining weight from middle-age years to late life may be a sign of impending dementia, a new Mayo Clinic study suggests. People who lose weight over decades appear to have an increased risk for losing memory and thinking skills – called mild cognitive impairment – which can lead to dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. A loss of 11 pounds every 10 years may indicate as much as a 24 percent higher risk for loss of mental ability, researchers found. "Unintended weight loss may be a signal to examine whether to increase efforts to engage in lifestyle measures that are beneficial to mental function," said lead researcher Dr. Rosebud Roberts, a professor of epidemiology and neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. About 5 percent to 15 percent of adults who show early loss of mental ability progress to dementia, Roberts said. For the study, Roberts and ... Read more

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Scientists Discover How 'Bad' Fat Can Turn Into 'Good' Fat

Posted 4 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 – Unhealthy white fat can be transformed into calorie-burning brown fat, researchers report. Finding a way to burn calories without having to increase physical activity levels could prove crucial in fighting obesity and the health problems it causes, according to researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Previous studies have shown that when brown fat is "switched on" in people, it increases metabolism and lowers blood sugar levels. This study found that white fat in people can be turned into brown fat, but only after severe and prolonged adrenaline-releasing stress. Specifically, the switch from white to brown fat was found in patients who suffered severe burns over about half of their bodies. The study was published in the Aug. 4 issue of the journal Cell Metabolism. "Our study provides proof of concept that browning of white fat is ... Read more

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Dementia Meds May Lead to Harmful Weight Loss: Study

Posted 3 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 – A class of drugs widely used to treat dementia – called cholinesterase inhibitors – could cause harmful weight loss in some patients, a new study suggests. These medications include Aricept (donepezil), Razadyne (galantamine) and Exelon (rivastigmine). "Our study provides evidence in a large, real-world population that cholinesterase inhibitors may contribute to clinically significant weight loss in a substantial proportion of older adults with dementia," study lead author Dr. Meera Sheffrin, a geriatrics fellow in the School of Medicine, at the University of California, San Francisco, said in a university news release. One expert said the findings point out a common problem for Alzheimer's patients. "Weight loss is a concern, not only for patients but also for their overwhelmed caregivers, who keep struggling with multiple challenges, including providing their ... Read more

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Older Americans Need Protein to Keep Muscles Strong, Study Says

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 – Older adults need a protein-rich diet to maintain muscle mass and strength, a new study suggests. Protein should come from animal and plant sources, since each type of protein appears to play different roles in maintaining lean muscle mass and leg strength. Plant protein helps preserve muscle strength, while animal protein is linked to muscle mass, the researchers said. "With aging, there is loss of muscle mass and strength," said lead researcher Shivani Sahni, director of the nutrition program at the Hebrew Senior Life Institute for Aging Research in Boston. She said that protein is the body's building block that produces muscle. "After 50, people start to lose muscle mass. Between 50 and 60, muscle strength declines by about 1.5 percent a year. After 60, the loss can be 3 percent a year." Losing muscle mass and strength affects the ability to move and do ... Read more

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Diet and Exercise May Not Stave Off Age-Related Muscle Loss

Posted 22 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – It's not clear whether diet and exercise can prevent muscle loss as people age, a new British review finds. People lose 30 percent to 50 percent of their muscle mass between the ages of 40 and 80, according to the study authors. Muscle loss can lead to reduced strength, more difficulty doing everyday tasks, and increased health care needs and costs, the researchers noted. "Poor diets and being physically inactive are common in older age. Understanding the benefits of maintaining sufficient levels of physical activity and diet quality to prevent sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss) is therefore a priority," review leader Sian Robinson, from the University of Southampton, said in a university news release. The researchers analyzed 17 studies that looked at whether diet and exercise programs in men and women older than 65 could prevent the loss of muscle mass. ... Read more

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Fish Oil Seems to Help Cancer Patients Preserve Muscle

Posted 28 Feb 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 28 – Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy may be able to avoid the accompanying muscle loss and malnutrition by taking fish oil supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids, new research suggests. The finding is based on a small study involving just 40 lung cancer patients. Nevertheless, it raises hope that a simple, noninvasive intervention might go a long way towards countering the fatigue, poorer prognosis and impaired quality of life that can result from chemo-induced muscle mass loss. "Fish oil may prevent loss of weight and muscle by interfering with some of the pathways that are altered in advanced cancer," study author Dr. Vera Mazurak, of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, said in a news release. "This holds great promise, because currently there is no effective treatment for cancer-related malnutrition." Mazurak and her colleagues report their ... Read more

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Heart Damage Seen in Mice With Cancer-Related Disease

Posted 14 Sep 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 14 – The heart can suffer serious damage because of a cancer-related muscle wasting disease called cachexia, a new study has found. It had been believed that cachexia didn't damage the heart, but Ohio State University researchers found that the disease reduced heart function and changed heart muscle structure in mice with colon cancer. Cachexia is most common in patients with colon cancer and other gastrointestinal tumors, as well as some lung cancers, the study authors noted. "The fatigue and weakness of cachexia have been attributed to skeletal muscle wasting. But our results support the idea that insufficient heart performance might also be responsible for fatigue symptoms, leading to less exercise and more severe muscle wasting. It's a vicious cycle that contributes to the complications of cancer cachexia," lead author Martha Belury, a professor of human nutrition at ... Read more

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