Carotenoids are plant-based pigments that lend carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, collard greens, papaya, bell peppers, and tomatoes their bright colors. Previous studies have suggested that consumption of carotenoids may be valuable in the prevention of cancers, heart disease and eye degeneration. Researchers from the Shanghai First People's Hospital (China) enrolled 120 healthy men and women who spent an average of 10 hours a day driving during the two years before the studies start, randomizing the group to receive either a lutein supplement (20 mg) or placebo, for one year. Markers of visual acuity, serum lutein concentrations, macular pigment ocular density, and visual performance were monitored at regular intervals. The lutein grouped tended towards improved visual acuity, with significant increases in serum lutein levels and central macular pigment ocular density . The lutein is supplemented subjects experienced lower glare sensitivity and improved vision under low ambient illumination conditions. The study authors conclude that: "Daily supplementation with 20 mg of lutein increases [macular pigment ocular density] levels. Lutein may benefit driving at night and other spatial discrimination tasks carried out under low illumination.”
Yuan Yao, Qing-hua Qiu, Xing-Wei Wu, Zheng-yuan Cai, et al. “Lutein supplementation improves visual performance in Chinese drivers: 1-year randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.” Nutrition, 28 January 2013.
Daily supplements of lutein, a carotenoid compound, may help to improve vision under low ambient light conditions.
Cardiac disease is an independent risk factor for mild cognitive impairments presaging vascular dementia, among older women.
The ancient Chinese mind-body practice of qigong reduces depressive symptoms and improves quality of life, among women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer
Canadian researchers show improved glucose levels and lower risks of hypoglycemia via a dual-hormone artificial pancreas.
The timing of meals may predict the achievement of weight management goals.
Dysfunctional pathway may explain the relationship between brain deterioration, sleep disruption and memory loss as we age.
Small amounts of activity – 1 or 2-minutes at a time that add up to 30 minutes a day – may be as beneficial as longer bouts of structured exercise.
Short-term use of folic acid supplements is unlikely to substantially increase or decrease overall cancer risk.
Rich in catechins green tea supplements may help protect skin against sunburn and the longer-term effects of ultraviolet damage.
Regular consumption of deep-fried foods associates with an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Women who take ibuprofen or acetaminophen two or more days per week may be at an increased risk of hearing loss.
Ocular pulse amplitude (OPA) test may offer an effective way to identify patients who are at high risk for stroke.
Eye color may be an indicator of whether a person is high-risk for vitiligo or melanoma.
Women ages 65 and older with retinopathy may be more likely to experience cognitive decline and related vascular changes in the brain.
As the global population ages, costs related to vision loss are expected to skyrocket, potentially to stand at $3.53 billion by 2020.
Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training.
Listening to music lessens the pain response, particularly among people who are anxious about undergoing a medical procedure.
Nearly a fifth of all Americans ages 12 and up have hearing loss so severe that it may make communication difficult.
People with Metabolic Syndrome (obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia) are at increased risk of developing open-angle glaucoma.
Australian team reports that increased intakes of vitamins A and E may significantly reduce the risk of hearing loss.
Tip #124 - Work Out at Work
If you are one of the millions with a desk job, be sure to get out of your chair once an hour for 5-10 minutes to do some standing stretches.
Gently stretch your shoulders, arms, neck, back, sides, chest, and calves. This can improve circulation and relieve neck and back stiffness.
Done regularly, this also can improve your motivation to do some serious aerobic exercise after your workday ends.