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Edible sources of nicotine, like Solanaceae, may help reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, a study shows.  The research, which was published in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society, suggests that eating edible sources of nicotine, such as peppers and tomatoes may provide a protective effect and consequently reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include muscle rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech and gait.  Parkinson’s causes are unknown but genetics, ageing, and toxins are being researched.  An estimated one million Americans have Parkinson’s and about 60,000 […]

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in the western world, and scientists led by Dr. Chi Le-Ha, of the University of Western Australia, found a significant link between passive smoking and reduced HDL levels in teen girls that may explain why. The researchers reported that exposure to secondhand smoke at home appears to lower the levels of the HDL (good) cholesterol in teen girls. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is a substance that reduces heart disease risk. The study was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study included more than 1,000 male […]

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Heart Disease Risk Factors Affect Brain Function

New research published recently in the American Heart Association journal Stroke shows that brain function in young adults may decline as their risk factors for heart disease increase. Lead author Hanneke Joosten, M.D., a nephrology fellow at the University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands states that while people think that risk factors such as smoking and obesity are bad for the heart, they are not aware that these are also bad for the brain. The study included around 3,800 participants aged 35- to 82-years who underwent mental function tests that measured their ability to reason, plan and initiate and […]

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Binge Drinking Leads to Liver Damage

Liver damage from alcohol consumption has always been linked to a chronic drinking problem. However, a study at the University of Missouri reveals that there is also a connection between binge drinking and the risk for developing alcoholic liver disease as well as other health problems. The study, which was recently published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, found that binge drinking has a significant effect on the liver, whether it is done occasionally or in combination with chronic drinking.  Author Shivendra Shukla, PhD, Margaret Proctor Mulligan Professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine states that their study […]

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Vitamin D for Chronic Liver Disease

Chronic liver disease usually deteriorates progressively when fibrous scar tissue accumulates, leading to liver fibrosis. Chronic liver disease usually results from chronic hepatitis, excessive alcohol intake and, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). There are no effective drug treatments for liver fibrosis at present, but scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies believe they might have discovered a possible treatment for the condition. Ronald M. Evans, a professor in Salk’s Gene Expression Laboratory and lead researcher in the Institute’s new Helmsley Center for Genomic Medicine reports that they have discovered that a synthetic form of vitamin D, calcipotriol, deactivates fibrosis in the […]

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