Compounds in cranberry juice have the ability to change E. coli bacteria,
a class of microorganisms responsible for a host of human illnesses (everything
from kidney infections to gastroenteritis to tooth decay), in ways that render
them unable to initiate an infection. The results of this new research by
scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) suggest that the cranberry
may provide an alternative to antibiotics, particularly for combating E. coli
bacteria that have become resistant to conventional treatment. The new findings
were presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society
in San Francisco.
The Aztecs and Mayans were the first to recognize how potent chocolate was.
Montezuma himself was known to drink 60 cups of chocolate a day to better
service his harem of 600 women.
The director of Nigeria's Federal Agency for Food and Medicine is advising
Nigerians to forego the little, libido-boosting blue pills in favor of a measured
dose of cocoa. To back up her claims made during a meeting with the vice-governor
of one of Nigeria's states, she cited a recently published study extolling
the libidinal qualities of cocoa beans. Viagra, she said, can have unwelcome
side effects, but chocolate is all good: it is the best anti-oxidant known
and, beyond its sexual virtues, can help prevent heart attacks, hypertension
The word chocolate is said to derive from the Mayan word xocoatl; cocoa
from the Aztec word cacahuatl. The Mexican Indian word chocolat comes from
a combination of the terms choco ("foam") and atl ("water"); as early chocolate
was only consumed in beverage form. Chocolate has been drunk as a beverage
for thousands of years. Legends from many cultures claim that consuming
chocolate instills strength, health, faith and passion. In the 1500's, most
chocolate was consumed, and appreciated, in liquid form. Researchers have
discovered that chemicals found in chocolate are beneficial to health. Theobromine
is rich in antioxidants, Stearic acid helps prevent build-up of cholesterol,
lessening symptoms of high blood pressure. Phenylethylamine, (also produced
in the human brain during emotional pleasure) is a scientifically proven
aid in the control of human stress, believed to be responsible for the feeling
we experience when in love. (http://www.tastesoftheworld.net/valentine-chocolate-press.html)
In a Japanese government study published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association, the researchers found that the study participants
who drank lots of green tea were less likely to die of cardiovascular disease
than people who drank much less green tea, women who drank five or more cups
of green tea per day had a 31% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease
than women who drank less than one cup; and tea-drinking men had a 22% lower
risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. The tea appears to be effective
at preventing clot-related strokes.
Obesity rates in city-dwelling male Chinese students between seven and 22
had increased to 11.39 percent, up 2.7 percent since 2000, while the 5.01
percent of obese female students was up 1.4 percent. The survey had also
highlighted alarming increases in the rate of students with weak eyesight
-- a trend blamed in part to larger study burdens and consumption of television,
the Internet and computer games.
Studies in animals suggest that brown seaweed, also known as wakame, commonly
used to flavor Asian soups and salads, contains a compound that promotes
weight loss, reported at the 232nd American Chemical Society National
Meeting in San Francisco. The compound, called fucoxanthin,
also has anti-diabetes effects. The studies suggest that fucoxanthin-induced
expression of UCP1 in fat tissue fuels the oxidation of fatty acids and production
of heat energy in fat tissue mitochondria. Mitochondria, found in every cell,
convert sugar and fatty acids into energy and play a key role in regulating
Obesity Worsens Ovarian Cancer
Women who are obese get more aggressive ovarian cancers and are more likely
to die from the disease, US scientists have found. Experts already
know obesity ups the risk of developing some cancers, but this study suggests
fat tissue might also affect how a tumour progresses.
The authors believe fat cells excrete a hormone or protein that makes ovarian
cancer cells grow more aggressively. The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
research appeared in the journal Cancer.
■The more overweight an individual, the greater the risk of developing Type
■Weight management is the best strategy to prevent the disease; even small
weight loss helps.
■Progressing to Type 2 diabetes is not inevitable, and approximately 30 per
cent of individuals with IGT will return to normal glucose tolerance.
Source: International Diabetes Federation
A drug that improves the body's ability to turn sugars into fuel can substantially
reduce the chances of people at risk of developing a type of diabetes, according
to new research published in the British journal The Lancet.
People who develop type 2 diabetes when they're younger than 50 years of
age are more likely to experience a worsening of their disease than those
diagnosed at an older age, according to research presented in Copenhagen
at the 42nd annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.
Weight loss is the key factor in reducing diabetes risk for high-risk, overweight
individuals, a new study shows in Diabetes Care, September 2006.
Korean Pine Nut Extract for
The United States spending $117 billion annually in health care on obesity.
New research indicates that an extract from the Korean pine nut could be
effective in treating obesity by suppressing the appetite. U.S. research
showed that pinolenic acid extracted from Korean pine nut could dampen the
Reporting in the Annals of Internal Medicine, European researchers say virgin
olive oil may be particularly effective at lowering heart disease risk because
of its high level of antioxidant plant compounds.
Obesity begins at home. That's the conclusion of nutrition experts who are
sorting through a parade of studies released this summer that shows children
in all age groups in the USA are gaining too much weight, even babies. Experts
are laying the lion's share of the responsibility on parents, many of whom
also are heavy. Children say they depend on their parents for the ABCs of
good health: 71% say they get information about how to be healthy from their
mothers, according to a survey conducted for the America on the Move Foundation.
And Dad is the resource for 43% of the children.
Chubby toddlers are more likely to grow up to be chubby preteens. A study
published in the journal Pediatrics found that kids who were overweight when
they were preschool age had a five times greater risk of being overweight
at age 12 than normal-weight tots.
to Good Health
Being fit, living a healthy lifestyle, preventing illness through health
screenings and immunizations, avoiding environmental causes of diseases,
etc. are essential elements of good health. Find balance in your physical,
emotional, mental, and spiritual lives. Use meditation, guided imagery, yoga,
and biofeedback to help relieve mental and physical suffering.
Japanese scientists found vitamin A compounds called carotenoids which give
the fruit its orange colour cut the risk of developing liver cancer and other
diseases. One study found eating mandarins cut the risk of liver disease,
hardened arteries and insulin resistance, according to scientists at the
National Institute of Fruit Tree Science. And a second found
drinking the fruit's juice cut the risk of patients with chronic viral hepatitis
developing liver cancer, according to a team at Kyoto Prefectural University
Use the spices of India for any problem - that tactic has proved productive
for researchers investigating turmeric, a curry spice used for centuries in
Indian traditional medicine. They've found that turmeric's active ingredient,
curcumin, works in the lab to fight skin, breast and other tumor cells. In
fact, human clinical trials employing curcumin have already been launched.
Now, working with cell cultures in a laboratory, scientists at the University
of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) have discovered that curcumin
blocks the activity of a gastrointestinal hormone implicated in the development
of colorectal cancer, the country's second leading cancer killer with nearly
60,000 deaths annually. In a paper published in the current issue of Clinical
Cancer Research, the UTMB researchers link the gastrointestinal hormone neurotensin,
which is generated in response to fat consumption, to the production of IL-8,
a potent inflammatory protein that accelerates the growth and spread of a
variety of human cancer cells, including colorectal and pancreatic tumor cells.
Some Patents of Curcumin
(2006) 7,060,733 Methods for treating pancreatitis with curcumin compounds
and inhibitors of reactive oxygen species
6,790,979 Curcumin analogues and uses thereof
6,673,843 Curcumin and curcuminoid inhibition of angiogenesis
6,664,272 Curcumin analogs with anti-tumor and anti-angiogenic properties
5,891,924 Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) inhibition of NF.kappa.B activation
5,679,864 Process for the synthesis of curcumin-related compounds
(1981) 4,263,333 Curcumin-metal color complexes
(1979) 4,138,212 Process for producing water and oil soluble curcumin
Long-term intake of caffeine, the major constituent in coffee and tea, has
been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's in mice that develop the disease.
In a study published online in the journal, Neuroscience, researchers
at the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute in Tampa, are reporting that caffeine intake
equivalent to five cups of coffee a day in humans protects Alzheimer's mice
against otherwise certain memory impairment and reduces Alzheimer's pathology
in their brains.
An earlier study in humans hinted that caffeine was protective against Alzheimer's
disease by showing that Alzheimer's patients consumed markedly less caffeine
during the 20 years preceding disease diagnosis compared with age-matched
individuals without Alzheimer's disease.
Not having children, having too many, or too young or not spaced far enough
apart could be detrimental to a woman's health later in life, researchers
said. Poorer health in later life was associated with teenage
births, big families of five or more children and closely spaced pregnancies
of less than 18 months apart. But older mothers experienced better
health in their later years, according to the research. Short birth intervals
had negative health impacts on both mothers and fathers, which research suggests
may be due to the physiological and psychosocial stresses of having children
very close in age. The research also shows stable relationships contribute
to long-term health in both sexes, although women many not always realize
Age and Autism
It is a well-known fact that the optimum age for a woman to have kids is
25 -35. But, what is father's optimum age? Children born to fathers
of advancing age are at significantly higher risk of developing autism compared
to children born to younger fathers, according a comprehensive study published
on September 4th in the Archives of General Psychiatry that offers surprising
new insight into one of the most feared disorders of the brain. With every
decade of advancing age starting with men in their teens and twenties, the
new study found, older fathers pose a growing risk to their children when
it comes to autism. The medical risks associated with late parenthood are
not just the province of older mothers, as much previous research has suggested.
When fathers are in their thirties, children have about one and a half times
the risk of developing autism as children of fathers in their teens and twenties.
Compared to the offspring of the youngest fathers, children of fathers in
their forties have more than five times the risk of developing autism, and
children of fathers in their fifties have more than nine times the risk. Autism
is a developmental disorder that is often characterized by social and verbal
problems. It becomes manifest early in childhood and is associated with learning
deficits and other problems. Many cases are diagnosed shortly after children
enter school, where differences between kids become too painfully obvious
Waiting before using Antibiotics
U.S. doctors write 15 million antibiotic prescriptions a year for children's
ear infections, though there is increasing evidence the drugs may not be
necessary. Excessive antibiotic use could lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant
bacteria and cause drug reactions such as vomiting and diarrhea. By
taking a "wait-and-see" approach where the parent is given a prescription
but told to wait 48 hours to fill it, researchers at Yale University in New
Haven, Connecticut, found fewer prescriptions were filled. The study was
published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Weightlifting and Glaucoma
Holding your breath while weightlifting causes temporary increases in eye
pressure that could raise the risk of developing one form of glaucoma, according
to a study published in the September issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.
Prolonged weightlifting could be a potential risk factor for the development
or progression of glaucoma. Intermittent intraocular pressure increases during
weightlifting should be suspected in patients with normal-tension glaucoma
who perform such exercises. It is also more common among people who play
high-resistance wind instruments or those with asthma or intestinal or urinary
tract obstructions that cause them to strain in a way that increases eye
pressure. The increased eye pressure that marks glaucoma damages the optic
nerve leading to sight loss and possible blindness.
Dr Weilie Hu and surgeons at Guangzhou General Hospital in China performed
a complex 15-hour surgery on a 44-year old man whose penis had been damaged
in a traumatic accident.
The microsurgery to attach the penis, which had been donated by the parents
of a 22-year-old brain-dead man, was successful but Hu and his team removed
it two weeks later. The donated penis had to be removed because of the severe
psychological problems it caused to the recipient and his wife. This is the
first reported case of penile transplantation in a human. There had been
no signs of the 10-centimetre (4-inch) organ being rejected by the recipient's
Mosquitoes' thirst for sugar could help kill the pests and eradicate the
malaria they spread Jewish scientists in Israel said. Yosef Schlein
and Gunter Muller of Jerusalem's Hebrew University said they wiped out virtually
the entire mosquito population of a southern Israeli oasis by spraying a
sugar solution mixed with "Spinosad" insecticide on acacia trees. Acacias
are also common in Africa, where malaria has been on the rise due to environmental
changes, drug resistance and mosquito resistance to conventional insecticides,
according to the researchers' study published in scientific journals. Other
blossoms in areas where acacia trees are not common could also be sprayed
with a sugar solution and Spinosad, described in the study as safer than
microbial and chemical insecticides currently used against mosquitoes.
The planting of mosquito-attracting "floral centers" could provide a "relatively
easy and cheap method that in suitable regions can supplement the limited
arsenal against mosquitoes", the researchers wrote.
Skin-lightening creams sold over the counter (OTC) may soon require a prescription
in USA. The Food and Drug Administration proposed a ban on OTC skin-bleaching
products, because an ingredient in them can cause a disfiguring skin condition.
Hydroquinone, an active ingredient in many skin lighteners, has been linked
to ochronosis, a condition marked by darkening and thickening of the skin
and tiny bumps and grayish-brown spots. The condition can appear even after
short-term use, the FDA says. Hydroquinone has also been potentially linked
to cancer in some animal studies. The FDA says the creams should be restricted
to prescription use under medical supervision, and that all skin-bleaching
products should have to win FDA approval before they can be sold.
3.3 Million-Year-Old Toddler
Scientists describe a well-preserved 3.3-million-year-old juvenile partial
skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis, a girl named Salam, discovered in
the Dikika research area of Ethiopia, in Nature. The skull of the approximately
three-year-old presumed female shows that most features diagnostic of the
species are evident even at this early stage of development. The find includes
many previously unknown skeletal elements from the Pliocene hominin record,
including a hyoid bone that has a typical African ape morphology. The foot
and other evidence from the lower limb provide clear evidence for bipedal
locomotion, but the gorilla-like scapula and long and curved manual phalanges
raise new questions about the importance of arboreal behaviour in the A.
afarensis locomotor repertoire. (http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060918/full/060918-5.html)
Hygiene and HIV
Washing the penis regularly lowers the risk of HIV infection in uncircumcised
men, and even among men who are circumcised, according to two papers in the
Journal of AIDS for September. The scientists theorized that the presence
of "subpreputial penile wetness", a lanolin-like wetness commonly found under
the foreskin in most uncircumcised men, would increase risk, and that washing
to keep the area under the foreskin clean would reduce risk. HIV is spreads
through sexual intercourse, expecially among those who have multiple partners.
Musical Condoms for India
to Prevent AIDS
Scientist Hryhory Chausovsky developed the musical condom as a novelty, and
as an aid for more pleasurable love-making. A miniature loudspeaker
and motion sensor implanted in the condom's upper cuff provides a range of
musical tones during sex. Chausovsky said he was looking for a financial
backer to put his musical condom, currently in the experimental stage, into
mass production. Condoms and other birth control devices are generally
unpopular in Ukraine, a country suffering one of the highest HIV-infection
rates in the world. Indian men who visit prostitutes and who have multiple
sex partners are averse to the use of condoms, thereby increasing the spread
of preventable AIDS disease.
Smoking and ADHD in Children
About one-third of attention deficit cases among U.S. children may be linked
with tobacco smoke before birth or to lead exposure afterward, according
to new research. Even levels of lead the government considers acceptable
appeared to increase a child's risk of having attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder, the study found. It builds on previous research linking attention
problems, including ADHD, with childhood lead exposure and smoking during
pregnancy, and offers one of the first estimates for how much those environmental
factors might contribute. The study was published online in the journal Environmental
Health Perspectives. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a
neurodevelopmental disorder that causes hyperactivity, impulsive behavior
and attention problems. ADHD is the most common problem seen in outpatient
child and adolescent mental health settings. It is estimated that ADHD affects
between 4 % and 12 % of school-aged children, more often boys than girls.
Studies suggest that the amount of ADHD seen in the population has risen
significantly in recent years. But whether more people have the disorder
or whether it is just being diagnosed more often is not clear. The specific
things needed to make the diagnosis of ADHD have been more clearly defined
during the past 20 years. Also, people are more aware of ADHD so the disorder
may be recognized more often.
7 Money Management
Skills for Kids
If you’re a parent, you know how important it is to not only tell your kids
how to do something, but to show them how to do it as well. It’s like putting
a plate of vegetables in front of your children every night – they won’t
truly adopt those healthy eating habits unless they see you eating your own
share of the veggies.
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Can't Buy Happiness
Wise men from Brahmins to Buddhists to Aristotle to the Beatles have observed
that money can't buy happiness. However, the belief that high income is associated
with good mood is widespread but mostly illusory. Why? According to a June
2006 study spearheaded by Princeton economist Alan Krueger and Nobel Prize-winning
psychologist Daniel Kahneman, once you reach a certain income level, more
money does not contribute significantly to well-being and may actually result
in more stress and less bliss. According to the government statistics, men
making more than $100,000 per year spend 19.9 percent of their time on passive
leisure, compared to 34.7 percent for men making less than $20,000. Women
making more than $100,000 spend 19.6 percent of their time on passive leisure,
compared with 33.5 percent of those making less than $20,000. Despite the
weak relationship between income and global life satisfaction or experienced
happiness, many people are highly motivated to increase their income by spending
more time on work rather than on social life.
Sweet Potato Soup
4 cups sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1-1/2 cups green onion, sliced
3-3/4 cups vegetable stock
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons evaporated skim milk
1-1/2 cups croutons
Peel potatoes and steam 15-20 minutes or until tender. Set aside.
Combine green onions and half the stock in saucepan over medium
heat for 10 minutes.
Transfer stock mixture to a blender. Add cooked sweet potatoes
and blend until smooth.
Return potato mixture and remaining stock to saucepan and bring
to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer
5 minutes. Serve soup warm.
and Tofu Curry
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger (about 2 slices)
5 cloves garlic
2 stalks fresh lemongrass (optional)
3 tbsp olive oil
dash red pepper flakes
1 block tofu, drained and sliced into approx 1 inch squares
1 1/2 tbsp curry powder
14 oz coconut milk
1 cup water
In a blender or food processor, process the ginger, garlic, onion and lemongrass
until smooth, adding a bit of olive oil if needed. Heat the olive oil in
a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the blended garlic mixture.
Sautee this mixture for 1-3 minutes, then add the tofu and red pepper flakes,
stirring gently to mix the tofu with the garlic mixture for another 3-5 minutes,
adding more olive oil if needed. Reduce heat to medium low and add coconut,
water, and curry, stirring well to combine. Cover the skillet and allow to
simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Maple Glazed Root Veggies
Root vegetables and sweet potatoes are glazed with a maple-dijon sauce for
a unique dish.
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 sweet potatoes, chopped
approx. 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
approx. 1 1/2 cups chopped parsnips
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat parsnips, potatoes and carrots with the
olive oil, salt and pepper on a baking pan. Roast in oven for 15 minutes,
then remove and retoss on baking sheet. Cook 15 minutes more, until all the
veggies and potatoes are soft. Comine maple syrup, dijon mustard and
garlic powder in a small bowl. Drizzle the maple mixture over potatoes and
veggies and mix to coat well. Serve and enjoy!
Stir-fried Chinese Cabbage
8-10 large Chinese cabbage leaves
2 tablespoons oil
125 g (4 oz) canned bamboo shoots, drained and sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 celery stick, sliced
slat and pepper
lemon slices, to garnish
Cut the Chinese cabbage leaves diagonally into thin strips.
Heat the oil in a nonstick frying pan or wok. Add all the vegetables and
fry gently for about 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Add a little lemon juice
and season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with lemon slices and serve.
1 cup green lentils
36 oz. fat-free, reduced-sodium beef broth
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 leek, trimmed and chopped*
2 cups chopped Swiss chard leaves*
Canola oil spray
1 Fuji apple, peeled and diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3-4 large pretzels, broken into small pieces,
for garnish (optional)
Place lentils, broth, carrot, garlic, onion, thyme and bay leaf in a medium
Dutch oven or large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce
to a simmer and cook until lentils are tender, about 45 minutes.
For a chunkier soup, add leek at this point. Simmer 20 minutes, then stir
in Swiss chard and simmer 20 minutes more.
Meanwhile, spray a medium non-stick skillet with canola oil and heat oil
on medium-high heat. Add apple and sauté until golden on all sides,
about 3 to 4 minutes.
When lentils are tender, stir in apple and remove bay leaf. Season to taste
with salt and pepper. Serve as is for a soup with texture. For a creamy soup,
puree half in a blender and combine with remaining soup. Serve garnished
with crushed pretzels, if desired. Womenfitness.net
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