Involving a total of 88,045 postmenopausal women who were recruited between 1993 and 1998; The Women's Health Initiative Observational Study covers the time period in which the United States introduced mandatory fortification of grain products with folic acid (a bioavailable form of folate). Stefanie Zschabitz, from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Washington, USA), and colleagues analyzed the diagnosis of 1,003 incident colorectal cancer cases in the study group that were ascertained as of 2009. The researchers observed that women with the highest average intakes of riboflavin (vitamin B2, over 3.97 mg per day) were at a 20% lower risk of colorectal cancer (as compared to women with the lowers average intakes at less than 1.8 mg). Additionally, the highest intakes of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6, over 3.88 mg per day) were found to lower the risk by 20% (as compared to women with the lowers average intakes at less than 1.52 mg). The study authors conclude that: “Vitamin B-6 and riboflavin intakes from diet and supplements were associated with a decreased risk of [colorectal cancer] in postmenopausal women.”
Stefanie Zschabitz, Ting-Yuan David Cheng, Marian L Neuhouser, Yingye Zheng, Roberta M Ray, Joshua W Miller, et al. “B vitamin intakes and incidence of colorectal cancer: results from the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study cohort.” Am J Clin Nutr., December 19, 2012.
Beneficial effects on expression of the cell adhesion molecule P-selectin are observed in men who consume white chocolate.
Older adults who drink sweetened beverages, and artificially sweetened diet drinks in particular, are at increased risk for depression.
Increased intakes of riboflavin (vitamin B2) and pyridoxine (vitamin B6) associate with significant reductions in the risk of colorectal cancer, among women.
Bisphenol A (BPA) associates with increased levels of albumin in the urine, potentially signaling renal impairment and kidney disease.
Americans are eating 10 grams less fat per day today, as they were in the 1970s.
An international study reports a link between passive smoking and syndromes of dementia.
Amidst growing concerns about health and eating right, fresh fruit is the top snack food consumed in the United States.
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Meta-analysis involving 91,000+ subjects reports that taking a daily multivitamin/multimineral supplement does not raise the risk of death.
Late-life depression associates with prevalent mild cognitive impairment and an increased risk of dementia.
Higher dietary intake of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) associates with reduced risk of hip fracture, among women.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, helps to alleviate menopausal symptoms.
Study results suggest that regularly taking certain supplements, including multivitamins, folic acid, iron, and copper, may increase the risk of death in older
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UK study reveals that tall women may be at greater overall risk for cancer, with significant increases in risk for each four-inch increase in height.
Among older women, indoor air pollution associates with increased blood pressure.
Pre-menopausal women with the highest average intakes of folate from the diet are at a 40% reduced risk of developing breast cancer.
Among older women, Vitamin D supplementation extends longevity.
Daily physical activity, a low-fat whole-grain diet, low BMI, and other healthy behaviors significantly reduce a woman’s risk of sudden cardiac death.
Women who take supplements of vitamin D and calcium may be at a reduced risk of developing skin cancer.
#107 - Foil the Common Sleep Robbers
If you experience trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep, consider the following:
• An irregular or inconsistent schedule of being awake/asleep sets the biological stage for poor sleep. Set a regular schedule, particularly for the time at which you get up everyday.
• Avoid caffeine (commonly found in soda, soft drinks, coffee, and tea), which is a stimulant, for six hours before bedtime, longer if you know these substances give you trouble sleeping. Also avoid hidden sources of caffeine, such as chocolate and some over-the-counter pain and cold remedies.
• Avoid nicotine (from cigarettes or a skin patch), also a stimulant, for at least six hours prior to bedtime.
• Avoid alcohol after dinnertime. While a drink may help you fall asleep, it will probably cause you to awaken in the middle of the night.
• If you are on any prescription or over-the-counter medications, ask your doctor if any of them could be keeping you awake or causing you not to get a refreshing sleep.