October 2010 Newsletter

New Study Shows Probiotics Could Help Colicky Infants

A new study conducted by researchers in Turin, Italy has discovered that probiotics may help alleviate frequent crying in infants.

The new study, which is published in the current edition of Pediatrics, found that colicky babies treated with the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri were more likely to stop crying sooner.

For the study, researchers tested 46 babies suffering from colic, giving 25 the probiotic and 21 a placebo. They found that those babies who had received Lactobacillus reuteri

According to a report on WebMD, colic is believed to be connected with an inability in infants to balance bacteria such as E. coli in the intestinal tract. Stool samples for those babies given the probiotic also showed a significant decrease in E. coli. experienced a decrease in crying from an average of 370 minutes each day to just 35 minutes.

Fish Oil May Fend Off Breast Cancer
Nathan Seppa reports that a large survey of post menopausal women has found that fish oil may guard against breast cancer. Though the study wasn't designed to show a cause-and-effect relationship, an upcoming trial of fish oil consumption may clarify the issue.

Meanwhile, 14 other over-the-counter dietary supplements showed no apparent Biomarkers & Prevention. While other studies have found that fish oil supplements or a diet high in fish shows promise against cardiovascular ailments, the new study is the first to suggest a link between fish oil and a lower risk of breast cancer, says study coauthor Emily White, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

White and her colleagues used data from a massive survey of women in western Washington who filled out questionnaires between 2000 and 2002 regarding diet, supplement intake, exercise habits and overall health and lifestyle. The analysis included more than 35,000 postmenopausal women who didn't have breast cancer at the study outset. By the end of 2007, 880 of the women had developed breast cancer.

Women who reported taking fish oil at the start of the study were roughly half as likely as nonusers to develop ductal carcinoma of the breast, the most common form of breast cancer. Fish oil didn't affect the risk of lobular breast cancer. "It seems to me that this is not a fluke or a false-positive finding", says epidemiologist Timothy Rebbeck of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
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Anti-Aging Tips
  • Exercise for half an hour a day;
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (and low in fat and refined sugar);
  • Spend an hour a day taking part in stress-reducing activities, such as yoga or meditation.
According to a group of scientists led by Dean Ornish, M.D., of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, CA, found that in a pilot study of men with low-risk prostate cancer who'd been following such a healthy lifestyle for three months, these simple steps could be the key to slowing down aging in all your body's cells.

As expected, the men lost weight, lowered their blood pressure, and increased the activity of disease-preventing genes. But something else happened that was even more exciting: The healthy lifestyle spurred a
29 percent boost in the activity of an age-defying enzyme (called telomerase) that usually declines with advancing years or disease. Nothing else, no drug, has ever put the brakes on this enzyme, which is an indicator of cellular aging.

The potential life-extending benefits aren't just for men or people fighting cancer, the researchers stress. "
Your body's cells are aging, but there are lifestyle changes you can make to slow down the process", says coauthor Jue Lin, Ph.D., a molecular biologist at the University of California, San Francisco.

Did You Know???
  • Infertile men are two-and-a-half times more likely to develop an aggressive form of prostate cancer

    Men who are infertile should discuss prostate cancer risk with their doctors to determine if they should start being screened for the cancer at an earlier age.

    Research led by Thomas J. Walsh, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, of a study of 22,562, published in Cancer.

  • Mineral Water may help lower blood pressure

    Recent finding:
    After drinking one liter of mineral water per day for one month, people between the ages of 45 and 64 with borderline hypertension (high blood pressure) experienced a significant decrease in blood pressure.

    : Most mineral waters contain significant amounts of magnesium and calcium, both of which help to reduce blood pressure.

    Finding based on a study of 70 people by researchers at Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden, published in BMC Public Health.

  • Junk Food can be as addictive as cocaine?

    Recent finding:
    Rats given unlimited access to healthy foods and high-calorie snacks quickly developed a preference for the snacks and became obese.

    The obese rats also had decreased levels of a
    dopamine receptor that provides a feeling of reward, similar to that reported in humans addicted to nicotine, cocaine, and other drugs.

    Research led by Paul Kenny, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Therapeutics, The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, Florida, of an animal food behavior study published in Nature Neuroscience.
  In this Issue:
Probiotics Could Help Colicky Infants

Fish Oil May Fend Off Breast Cancer
Anti-Aging Tips

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