5109 Kali Era, Sarvajit
Vikramarka Era, Sarvajit
Findings, based on an analysis of 13 previous studies, suggest that coffee
and tea may be protective against kidney cancer. While milk, soda and
juice seem to have no effect one way or the other. Across the studies,
people who drank three or more cups of coffee a day were 16 percent less
likely to develop kidney cancer than those who averaged less than a cup per
day. And those who sipped just one 8-ounce cup of tea each day had a 15 percent
lower risk of the disease than non-drinkers. The findings appear in
the International Journal of Cancer. Coffee and tea consumption were linked
to a lower risk of kidney cancer even when the researchers accounted for
a number of factors known to affect people's risk of the disease, such as
obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.
Tea and Parkinson's
A new study being published in the December 15th issue of Biological Psychiatry
shares new data that indicates the consumption of green tea, widely touted
to have beneficial effects on health, also protect brain cells." The authors
investigated the effects of green tea polyphenols, a group of naturally occurring
chemical substances found in plants that have antioxidant properties, in
an animal model of Parkinson’s disease, a progressive, degenerative disorder
of the central nervous system, resulting from the loss of dopamine-producing
brain cells, and there is presently no cure.
The compound sulforaphane whose natural precursors are found at high levels
in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables has been hailed for its chemopreventive
powers against cancer. Now sulforaphane has demonstrated new skills in treating
a genetic skin blistering disorder called epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS),
according to a report at the American Society for Cell Biology 47th Annual
New research suggests that "clean living" habits may help your heart, such
as fasting for one day each month. People who skipped meals once a month
were about 40 percent less likely to be diagnosed with clogged arteries than
those who did not regularly fast. Mormons and most religions in the world
support fasting on a regular basis. However, it is important to note that
fasting resets the metabolic rate, slowing it down to adjust to less food
and forcing the body to store calories as soon as people resume eating. But
other doctors cautioned that skipping meals is not advised for diabetics
-- it could cause dangerous swings in blood sugar.
Fasting once a month might be good for your heart. That's the finding of
a study presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association. The study
looked at data from the Intermountain Health Collaborative Study on over
4,600 patients who had chest X-rays to check for blocked heart arteries between
1994 and 2002. Patients who fasted once a month were about 40 percent less
likely to have clogged arteries than those who didn't, the researchers found.
They saw the difference in heart risks even after taking into consideration
other risk factors such as weight, age, diabetes, and other conditions. The
researchers theorize that skipping meals for a day may force the body to
burn fat reserves and gives the body a break from producing insulin, possibly
helping insulin receptors to work better. However, the researchers say their
findings do not prove that fasting prevents heart disease; they say it could
be that the people who fasted control their eating habits better. They also
warn that fasting is not a good idea for diabetics, and that it is not a
good way for dieters to lose weight.
A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine compared
the effectiveness of honey, cough medicine and no treatment, and found that
the honey before bed seemed to work best at calming coughs and helping children
sleep. The researchers say the honey may work by coating and soothing children's
throats. Note: Some doctors warn that honey should not be given to children
under a year old because it carries the risk of botulism.
Green Tea and
A few cups of green tea every day may prevent prostate cancer from spreading,
says a Japanese study, which was conducted between 1990 and 2004, looked
at about 50,000 Japanese men aged 40 to 69. Researchers found that the men
who drank five or more cups of green tea per day halved their risk of developing
progressive prostate compared with those who drank one a cup or less. The
researchers say a substance called catechin found in green tea may inhibit
the growth of cancer cells or reduce testosterone.
Screening for Obese Men
Standard screening tests for prostate cancer may miss some cases of the disease
in obese men. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
suggest that higher blood volumes in obese men can mean lower concentrations
of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), even when cancer is present. The study
looked at more than 13,000 men who had surgery for prostate cancer. Those
men who had a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more had PSA concentrations
11% to 21% lower than the men whose BMIs were normal.
deaths linked to obesity
Obesity is the fastest growing cause of women dying in pregnancy or childbirth
in the UK, a report shows. More than half the 294 women who died during or
after pregnancy between 2003 and 2005 were overweight or obese. The Confidential
Enquiries into Maternal Deaths (CEMACH) report calls for more support and
advice for obese women before and during pregnancy. The figures suggest that
a modest amount of extra weight in pregnancy carries little extra risk, but
obesity poses a significant problem.
Parents of Obese
A survey found that many Americans whose children are obese or overweight
do not see them that way. That is worrisome because obese children
run the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems and other
ailments more commonly found in adults. And overweight children are likely
to grow up to be overweight adults. Obesity in children isn't as easy to
identify as in adults. When a child's BMI is higher than the 95th percentile
for children who are the same age and gender, the child is considered obese.
By varying air temperature and humidity in the guinea pigs’ quarters, scientists
discovered that flu transmission was excellent at 41 degrees. It declined
as the temperature rose until, by 86 degrees, the virus was not transmitted
at all. The virus was transmitted best at a low humidity, 20 percent, and
not transmitted at all when the humidity reached 80 percent. The animals
also released viruses nearly two days longer at 41 degrees than at a typical
room temperature of 68 degrees. Flu viruses spread through the air,
unlike cold viruses, which primarily spread by direct contact when people
touch surfaces that had been touched by someone with a cold or shake hands
with someone who is infected, for example. Flu viruses are more stable in
cold air, and low humidity also helps the virus particles remain in the air.
That is because the viruses float in the air in little respiratory droplets.
When the air is humid, those droplets pick up water, grow larger and fall
to the ground.
Sun and Cancer
Researchers found lung cancer rates were highest in countries furthest from
the equator, where exposure to sunlight is lowest. It is thought vitamin
D - generated by exposure to sunlight - can halt tumor growth by promoting
the factors responsible for cell death in the body. The University
of California, San Diego study appears in the Journal of Epidemiology and
Community Health. Experts warn that exposure to sunlight is still the
major cause of skin cancer - a disease that is on the increase around the
world. They found smoking was most strongly associated with lung cancer rates
- accounting for up to 85% of all cases.
Chronic exposure to the sun increases the risk of an individual developing
skin cancer because UV light from the sun can cause genetic mutations that
enable cells in the skin to grow in an uncontrolled manner. Hope for a new
sunscreen that can prevent and treat UV light–induced skin cancers has been
provided by a new study in a mouse model of the disease by Mohammad Athar
and colleagues at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons,
Mouse Fear is Genetic
Using genetic engineering, scientists at Tokyo University say they have successfully
switched off the rodents' instinct to cower at the smell or presence of cats
- showing that fear is genetically hardwired and not learned through experience,
as commonly believed. The findings, published in the science magazine Nature
last month, should help researchers shed further light on how the brain processes
information about the outside world.
'May Harm Lung Growth'
Babies born by elective Caesarean section are much more likely to develop
breathing problems, a Danish study examining 34,000 deliveries suggests.
Researchers found they were up to four times more likely to have respiratory
problems than those born naturally, or by emergency Caesarean section. The
babies may miss out on hormonal and physiological changes during labour which
help mature the lungs, they say. The University of Aarhus study features
in the British Medical Journal.
Obesity and Gum
As many as 40% of adults worldwide have periodontal disease, and tests on
mice hint that obesity makes us vulnerable to the bacteria which cause it.
Boston University scientists reported in the journal Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences that fat mice had a "blunted" immune system. This
may mean obese humans are more at risk from all bacterial infections. Links
between gum disease and other more serious illnesses continue to emerge.
There have even been suggestions of a relationship between gum disease and
heart disease risk.
and Cognitive Impairment
Children who regularly wet the bed at night score worse on multiple measures
of cognitive performance than do non-bedwetting children, researchers reported
here at the International Children's Continence Society (ICCS) meeting. Cognitive
function refers to abilities such as intelligence, short-term memory and
Patients in the enuretic group had an average of five bedwetting episodes
per week. These children also had poorer scores than the comparison group
on standardized tests of intelligence, focused attention, and short-term
memory. The chronic bedwetters also had worse retention ability and long-term
memory and a lower learning speed and reaction.
However, 6 months of treatment with desmopressin, a drug that increases urine
concentration and decreases urine production, plus bladder re-training significantly
improved all measures of cognitive function. Sleep-awakening ability and
brainstem function, which has also been shown to be impaired in children
with primary nocturnal enuresis, were also restored to normal after treatment.
New Sterilization Method for Women
An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommended the approval
of a new method for sterilizing women that would give them another option
to tubal ligation. The alternative procedure recommended takes about 15 minutes
to complete and involves using radio signals to create a lesion inside the
fallopian tube. A catheter delivers a soft material smaller than a grain
of rice into the tube. Healthy tissue then grows on and around the material
to create a permanent blockage. Patients are typically able to return to
work within a day. The device, called Adiana, is made by Hologic Inc.
of Bedford, Mass. The company markets the product as a low-risk procedure
that can be performed in the doctor's office. Overall, about 700,000 women
in the U.S. elect to have their tubes tied each year, which typically occurs
in a hospital operating room.
|Vegan Fruit Cake Recipe
INGREDIENTS: 2 tsp egg replacer; 4 tbsp water; 1/4 cup margarine; 1/2 cup
sugar; 6 ounces candied fruit mix; 1 1/4 cup water or orange juice; 1 3/5
cup flour; 1 tsp baking powder; 1/2 tsp baking soda; 1 tsp allspice.
PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Briefly whip the Egg Replacer in
4 tablespoons water until fluffy. Place margarine, sugar, dried fruit, whipped
Egg Replacer and 1-1/4 cup water (or orange juice) in a saucepan. Bring to
a boil and allow cooling for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sift the
flour, baking powder, baking soda and allspice together. Mix in boiled mixture
and transfer to a greased loaf tin or a greased 8inch diameter cake tin.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in tin.
INGREDIENTS: 4 cups soy milk; 1 tbsp instant vanilla pudding powder (make
sure it's vegan); 1 cup nondairy whipping cream or heavy cream; 1 tsp vanilla
extract; 1/4 tsp salt; 1/4 tsp nutmeg; 1/4 tsp cinnamon.
PREPARATION: Whisk together half of the soy milk and instant pudding untill
thickened. Add the remaining soy milk and the cream and mix well. Add the
remaining ingredients, except cinnamon. Allow to chill overnnight before
serving, and sprinkle with cinnamon just before serving.
Vegetarian Gumbo with Greens
INGREDIENTS: 2 pounds collard greens, stems removed and chopped; 2 cups water;
14 cup vegetable oil + 2 tbsp; 1/4 cup flour; 2 onions, diced; 1 green bell
pepper, diced; 4 stalks celery, chopped; 3 or 4 tomatoes, chopped; 1/4 cup
hot sauce; 1 tsp file powder; 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste); 1/2 tsp
thyme; 1/2 tsp oregano; 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped; 3 cloves garlic,
minced; 6 cups vegetable broth; 2 bay leaves; 1 1/2 cups chopped okra; 1
16 ounce can kidney beans; salt and pepper to taste; 1 1/2 cups rice, pre-cooked
PREPARATION: In a large soup pot, boil the greens in two cups water for about
ten minutes. Cover and allow to steam for 5 to 10 more minutes. Reserve the
cooking water. In a separate small pot, whisk together the 1/4 cup oil and
flour over low heat to form a roux, stirring continuously for about 10 to
15 minutes. Once it turns a dark reddish brown, remove from the heat and
set aside. In a large soup or stockpot, sautee the onions, bell pepper,
celery and tomatoes for a few minutes in the 2 tablespoons of oil, until
just soft. Reduce the heat and add the hot sauce, file powder, cayenne, thyme,
oregano, parsley and garlic and cook, stirring for one or two more minutes.
Add the four and oil roux and the vegetable broth and stir well to combine.
Add the cooking water from the collard greens and the bay leaves. Bring to
a simmer, and allow to cook for 15 minutes. Add the collard greens,
okra, kidney beans, and rice and cook for 5 more minutes. Remove bay leaves
Couscous with Chickpeas and Peppers
INGREDIENTS: 1 sweet potato, chopped; 1 zucchini, sliced; 2 cloves garlic,
minced; 1 tbsp olive oil; 1/4 cup water; 1 15 ounce can chickpeas; 2 red
or yellow bell peppers; 1 tsp cumin; 1/2 tsp ground allspice; 1/2 tsp ginger;
1/2 tsp paprika; dash cayenne pepper; dash cinnamon; 1/4 tsp nutmeg; 1/4
tsp salt; 2 cups couscous, uncooked; water; 1/2 cup pine nuts (optional);
1/2 cup raisins.
PREPARATION: Sautee the sweet potato, zucchini and garlic in olive
oil until just barely tender, about 5 minutes. Add chickpeas, bell peppers,
water and spices. Cover and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes, stirring
occasionally. In a large saucepan, cover the couscous with water. Bring to
a boil, then cover, remove from heat, and allow to sit for about 15 minutes,
or until couscous becomes light and fluffy when mixed. Pour the beans
and peppers over the couscous and serve hot.
INGREDIENTS: 6 tablespoons margarine; 3 1/2 cups powdered (confectioners)
sugar; 1/2 cup cocoa; 1 tsp vanilla extract; 1/4 cup soymilk; 1 cup chopped
PREPARATION: Lightly grease a 5x9 inch loaf pan using a little of the margarine.
Place the remaining margarine, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and soy milk in a heatproof
mixing bowl or the upper part of a double broiler. Place the bowl or broiler
over simmering water and stir until smooth. Add the nuts if desired.
Pour the mixture quickly into the prepared pan. Chill thoroughly and cut
into squares. Makes 2 to 3 dozen squares.
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