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Antioxidants: The Good Health Helpers

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – Antioxidants – it's a hot nutrition buzzword, but do you know what they really are? Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals that block the activity of other chemicals called free radicals. Free radicals are formed naturally in the body and actually play an important role in many everyday processes, such as exercise and metabolism. But at high concentrations, they ...

Researchers Find Genes Linked to Preterm Birth

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – Researchers say they've pinpointed gene areas linked with preterm birth – and they said this could pave new ways to prevent the leading cause of death among children under age 5 worldwide. The team looked at DNA and other data from more than 50,000 women from the United States and northern European countries. The researchers identified six gene regions that influence ...

Vitamin E, Selenium Supplements Won't Curb Men's Dementia Risk

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – A daily dose of vitamin E or selenium supplements won't keep dementia at bay in older men, new research reveals. "After an average of five years of supplementation, and up to 11 years of follow-up, we did not observe fewer new cases of dementia among men who took any of the supplements compared to neither supplement," said study co-author Frederick Schmitt. He's a ...

Vitamin E, Selenium Don't Cut Colon Cancer Risk: Study

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – Taking vitamin E and selenium does not appear to reduce the risk of polyps that can lead to colon cancer, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 6,500 men in the United States and Canada and found that those who took the two antioxidants did not have a lower risk of colon polyps than those who took placebos. "The message to the public is this: ...

U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Water Each Day

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Many American children and teens aren't consuming enough liquids – especially water – and that lack of hydration could affect their physical and mental health, a new study suggests. The findings "highlight a potential health issue that has not been given a whole lot of attention in the past," study author Erica Kenney, a postdoctoral research fellow in social and ...

Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps

Posted 20 May 2015 by

-- Painful leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors. The AARP recommends: Gently stretch and flex the leg to ease a cramp. Ask your doctor if a medication, such as a statin or diuretic, could be causing your leg cramps. Make sure your electrolyte levels are normal. Below-normal levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium could trigger leg cramps. Drink plenty of fluids. ...

Vitamin E, Selenium Supplements Don't Seem to Prevent Cataracts

Posted 18 Sep 2014 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 – Daily supplements of selenium or vitamin E don't seem to protect against the development of age-related cataracts among men, a new study indicates. Previous animal research has suggested that one or both could help prevent cataracts. To investigate this further, William Christen, from Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, and his colleagues ...

Can Selenium Lower Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer?

Posted 9 Apr 2013 by

TUESDAY, April 9 – Men who have higher levels of the mineral known as selenium may also face a lower risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, new research suggests. The authors of the study said the mineral – found in foods such as Brazil nuts, in supplements and in foods grown in selenium-rich soil – might one day offer a way to reduce prostate cancer risk in men. "There is very little ...

Antioxidants Might Help Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 23 Jul 2012 by

MONDAY, July 23 – Eating a diet high in antioxidants such as selenium and vitamins C and E may reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by up to two-thirds, a new study suggests. The study is observational in nature and can only suggest an association, not a cause-and-effect relationship. The British researchers say, however, that if further research confirms a direct link, this type of diet could ...

Selenium Supplements May Help -- or Harm

Posted 28 Feb 2012 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 28 – While getting the right amount of selenium in your diet can boost your immune function and lower your risk of death, you can get too much of a good thing. Higher-than-normal levels of selenium may contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes, hair loss and certain cancers, a new review of evidence finds. "There is a U-shaped relationship between selenium intake and health. ...

Prostate Cancer: Experts Discourage Vitamins and PSA Test

Posted 12 Oct 2011 by

Oct. 11--For health-conscious men of a certain age, what could be more prudent than taking vitamins and getting screened for prostate cancer? Not doing those things. That's the disillusioning take-home message from back-to-back reports on prostate cancer, the malignancy diagnosed in one out of every six American men. A major national study in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical ...

Selenium Might Help Treat Symptoms in Graves' Eye Disease

Posted 18 May 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, May 18 – The trace mineral selenium improves quality of life and slows the progression of eye problems in people with the autoimmune disorder known as Graves' disease, a new study says. Italian researchers report that they compared daily selenium use to both a medication called pentoxifylline and a placebo, and found that selenium could benefit people with Graves' disease with eye ...

Selenium Supplements Might Give Modest Benefit Against Cholesterol

Posted 16 May 2011 by

MONDAY, May 16 – A daily dose of the antioxidant selenium doesn't appear to elevate "bad" cholesterol levels, and may in fact prompt a very modest boost in "good" cholesterol, a new British study reveals. The finding comes from a six-month examination of the impact of various dosages of the supplement on the cholesterol levels of healthy people in England. "The issue is that there have been an ...

Don't Count on Selenium to Prevent Lung Cancer Recurrence

Posted 7 Jun 2010 by

SATURDAY, June 5 – Taking the popular mineral supplement selenium doesn't reduce the likelihood of lung cancer recurrence, a new study reveals. Lead author Dr. Daniel D. Karp, a professor in the department of thoracic/head and neck medical oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, is scheduled to present the finding Saturday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology ...

Selenium Helped Cells 'Reboot' After Exposure to Cancer-Causing Chemicals

Posted 27 Apr 2010 by

TUESDAY, April 27 – A form of the element selenium, which is found in tiny amounts in people's diets, can help reset a cell's biological clock after it has been thrown off by cancer-causing chemicals, researchers have found. The scientists hope this discovery could lead to a way to help the body reboot cells that are disrupted by cancerous agents and potentially stop breast cancer in its tracks. ...

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