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Canadian team reports that taking music lessons before the age of 7 years helps to create stronger connections in the brain.
Higher levels of thrombogenic microvesicles may raise the risk of developing white matter hyperintensities (WMH) in the brain, among postmenopausal women, blood
Marital quality may play key, yet under identified, role in patients’ health.
Two common perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) – present in products such as fabrics and personal care products – may raise the risk of osteoarthritis.
Vitamin C seems to be particularly beneficial for people under heavy physical stress, with data suggesting it can halve the incidence of the common cold.
Among first-born children, New Zealand researchers report reduced insulin effectiveness and higher blood pressure.
Zinc may effect a key role in activation of a transcription factor, MF-[kappa]B , essential for proper immune function.
Concerns and anxieties about a person’s close relationships may be a chronic stressor that can compromise immunity.
Tannin compounds –a type of plant antioxidant that is found abundantly in cranberries, help to slow starch digestion.
Analysis across large-scale studies suggests that baseline high-sensitivity C-reactive protein associates with development of age-related macular degeneration.
Bisphenol A (BPA) associates with increased levels of albumin in the urine, potentially signaling renal impairment and kidney disease.
Meals at which the entire family dines together encourage children to consume fruits and vegetables.
Eating a choline-rich diet during pregnancy may help mothers to reduce their child’s risk of developing high blood pressure and/or diabetes in adulthood.
Female athletes perform worse than males on visual memory tests, and report more symptoms postconcussion.
Men and women who have a high body mass index (BMI) for a long period of time are at an increased risk of type-2 diabetes
Vigorous exercise raises osteocalcin levels, a hormone associated with bone heath, insulin sensitivity and fat stores.
The risk of coronary heart disease in middle age is moderately higher for men and women who grew up in adverse family settings.
High blood pressure (hypertension) may affect 19% of young adults in the United States.
Researchers have found that children who spend more time in front of a TV or computer instead of playing outdoors have narrower arteries in their eyes.
The way we live directly affects the human body as well as the human lifespan.
Tip #131 - Shake the Salt Habit
In the western world, people consume on-average 10 to 12 grams of salt daily, mostly unknowingly as salt is frequently added by food producers/manufacturers, if not by the individual when cooking or serving foods. While salt is a vital nutrient involved in many body functions, overconsumption can markedly raise blood pressure, putting people at-risk for a fatal cardiovascular event.
On a global scale, reducing salt intake around the world by 15% could prevent almost 9 million deaths. Researchers from Kings Fund London (United Kingdom) analyzed low- and middle-income countries, which carry 80% of the world's burden for chronic disease. While they found that simple dietary changes could reduce salt intake by 30%, a 15% reduction in salt intake was found to potentially correlate to saving 8.5 million lives from cardiovascular deaths.
Aim to reduce your consumption of processed and prepared foods, which are common sources of high concentrations of salt.