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Gum Disease Ups Stroke Risk in Men, and Other News of Note

Posted Jul 15 2009 8:11pm

History of Periodontitis Linked to Cerebrovascular Disease in Men (Medical News Today)

The potential role of periodontitis, an inflammatory disease of the gums, in the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly ischemic stroke, has received growing attention during the last decade. A new study is the first prospective cohort study to use clinical measures of periodontitis to evaluate the association between this disease and the risk of cerebrovascular disease. The study is published in Annals of Neurology, the official journal of the American Neurological Association.

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The results showed a significant association between periodontal bone loss and the incidence of stroke or TIA, independent of cardiovascular risk factors. This association was much stronger among men younger than 65 years old… More

Plastics Ingredients May Shrink Babies (Science News)

An ingredient of the shrink-wrap plastic used to package foods may also shrink babies. Or so a provocative new study suggests.

The data, although far from definitive, would seem to justify further research — and pronto — on possible fetal stunting by phthalates, a family of widely used plasticizers and solvents.

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As [the research] team had suspected, the 88 low-birth-weight babies indeed showed evidence of exposure to “significantly higher phthalate levels” than did the 113 normal-weight newborns. The researchers have just published their observations online, ahead of print, in the Journal of PediatricsMore

How Fructose Impairs the Memory ( Scientific American )

Americans consume more fructose than ever before, yet concerns remain that the sugar, used to sweeten beverages and processed foods, poses health risks. In animals, fructose-rich diets increase the production of fat and promote resistance to the energy-regulating hormone insulin. New research suggests that memory suffers as well, at least in rats… More

Vegetarian Diets Can Help Prevent Chronic Diseases, American Dietetic Association Says (ScienceDaily)

The American Dietetic Association has released an updated position paper on vegetarian diets that concludes such diets, if well-planned, are healthful and nutritious for adults, infants, children and adolescents and can help prevent and treat chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes… More

Chinese Herbs for Endometriosis (PhysOrg)

Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) may relieve symptoms in the treatment of endometriosis. A systematic review by Cochrane Researchers found some evidence that women had comparable benefits following laparoscopic surgery and suffered fewer adverse effects if they were given Chinese herbs compared with conventional drug treatments… More

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Posted in dental health, Food, general health, herbal medicine, nutrition, periodontal health Tagged: Chinese herbs, endometriosis, fructose, gum disease, herbalism, memory, men's health, nutrition, periodontitis, phthalates, plastics, prenatal health, preventive medicine, stroke, vegetarian diets, vegetarianism, women's health
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