Health and Nutrition

October 29, 2005

Vitamin D deficiency, brittle bones abound

Filed under: Supplements,Vitamin D — Doc Joe @ 7:28 pm

Fri Oct 28, 2005 03:49 PM ET

By Matias A. Loewy

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters Health) – In all regions of the world, more than half of postmenopausal women with the crippling bone disease osteoporosis are vitamin D deficient, regardless of age, latitude or season, researchers from US, the Netherlands and UK said here last week at the 11th World Congress on the Menopause.

According to the investigators, “These results underscore the need to improve physician and patient awareness of the importance of adequate vitamin D supplementation in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.”


Weight loss lowers hormone levels in obese kids

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doc Joe @ 7:27 pm

Fri Oct 28, 2005 04:10 PM ET

By Megan Rauscher

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A condition involving abnormally high levels of androgens (steroid hormones) known in medical circles as “hyperandrogenemia” starts early in obese children, a study shows, possibly placing them at increased risk for the metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions such as high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels that raise the risk of heart disease and diabetes.


Benjamin Franklin’s legacy to medicine

Filed under: General Health — Doc Joe @ 7:23 pm


Franklin’s legacy to medicine
Benjamin Franklin may be known for his role as a US statesman, but he was also a budding physician.

To celebrate the 300th-year anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth, the Royal Society of Medicine in London will be showcasing a new exhibition exploring the medical world of the 18th Century and Franklin’s contributions.


October 25, 2005

Way to beat dieters’ hunger pangs

Filed under: Diet,Uncategorized — Doc Joe @ 7:25 pm


Scientists believe they are closer to understanding how to control appetite.

Two studies in Science magazine look at brain cells, and their signals, that appear to drive weight loss and suppress hunger.

Killing off particular neurons or boosting a protein that keeps neurons alive makes mice lose weight by eating less.


October 19, 2005

Fluoridation: Recent History

Filed under: Diet — Doc Joe @ 7:21 pm

Fluoridation: Recent History

A Partial, Annotated List of Recent Events, Articles, Hearings,
Reports, and Research.

May 6, 2003 – EPA Science Forum session on fluoridation. For the first
time since 1978, a government agency, the EPA, invited a discussion on
the merits of fluoridation. However, no one from government agencies
or non-governmental organizations that endorse and promote
fluoridation, such as the CDC, U.S. PHS, or the ADA, would agree to the
EPA’ s invitation to speak for fluoridation. Second Look’s Statement
of Concern, with names gathered so far from organizations and
individual professionals, was released in support of the EPA union of
professionals’ call for a Congressional investigation.

October 10, 2005

Study: Fish-eaters stay sharper with age

Filed under: Nutrition — Doc Joe @ 7:21 pm

Researchers say one meal a week slows decline by 10 percent

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) — Eating fish at least once a week is good for the brain, slowing age-related mental decline by the equivalent of three to four years, a study suggests.


October 9, 2005

EPA unions call for moratorium on fluoride in drinking water

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doc Joe @ 7:16 pm

Thursday, September 1, 2005
EPA unions call for moratorium on fluoride in drinking water
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eleven unions representing more than 7,000 workers
at the Environmental Protection Agency are calling for a national
moratorium on programs to add fluoride to drinking water, citing what
they call a possible cancer risk


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