Sunday, August 18, 2013

How to Curb Your Hunger



By Neill Abayon

The most common problem to most people is that they eat beyond the daily recommended needs of the body resulting to stored fats and obesity. The wrong choice of food is also a factor on being too easily to get hungry. Some factors are psychological and luck of physical activity which results to boredom and lead them to eat just to make the hours passed.

There are simple yet effective ways on how to curb your hunger. Most of these techniques are applicable on your diet and to your daily food routines

Taking a fulfilling meal is one way to curb your hunger, like eating lots of legumes and vegetables including grains. Lean protein from soybeans and eggs helps you feel full. Trying to eat warm foods as possible as you can, will also help, because warm foods are more satiating compare to cold salads and soups.

Curb your hunger by choosing snacks like healthy nuts and be sure that you only eat three meals a day. Most people have different meal patterns and some of them had a tendency to overeat.

Foods high in water content and fiber are called "high-volume" foods. This will add bulk in your meals and makes you feel full for a longer period of time. People who ate high volume meal but low calories, seems to eat less at every meal during the day. Foods that contain water, air and fiber have fewer calories compare to other foods, this will stretch the stomach and empties it slowly. Eating large amount of vegetable salad will make you feel satisfied.

If you feel hungry and instead of eating solid foods try to fill your stomach with healthy drinks like a tea. Hunger strikes when you are dehydrated, so try drinking first before eating. Making yourself motivated and kept asking yourself if you really need the food or not, is advisable to change the way you look at those foods and lessens your cravings.


If you are very hungry then try to eat something. Knowing when to eat and when todrink is a big factor that can help curb your hunger.


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Hot Spices Aids in Weight Loss



By Neill Abayon


Hot spices such as cayenne pepper, paprika and chilies can help you lose weight according to the German Institute for Nutritional Medicine and Dietetics.


Hot spices make the body sweat, thereby increasing the need for energy, say the experts. People wanting to lose weight after summer holiday excesses should not resort to crash diets. They advise starting the day with a fruit or vegetable juice and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables.


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Stem cell spine injections for MS - trial approved

Posted by Neill Abayon

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new clinical trial of a groundbreaking strategy using stem cells for the treatment of MS (multiple sclerosis).

Researchers from the Tisch MS Research Center of New York say the FDA has granted approval to begin early clinical investigation (phase 1 trial) of autologous neural stem cells in the treatment of MS.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system (the spinal cord, optic nerves and brain). Common symptoms are numbness of the limbs, but more severe cases can lead to paralysis and blindness.

According to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, there are currently between 350,000 to 500,000 people in the US who have been diagnosed with MS, and 200 people are diagnosed with the disease every week.


The new regenerative strategy will involve using autologous, mesenchymal stem cell-derived neural progenitor cells (MSC-NPs), which will be harvested from the bone marrow of 20 MS patients who meet the criteria for the trial.

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Getting support for children with disabilities

Posted by Neill Abayon

How do parents navigate care for their children with disabilities and other needs? What is the support available, and how do US and other systems compare?


First, when talking about "disabilities" we run into immediate issues with definition. Are we talking about physical impairments or problems that are long term or permanent? What about those autistic spectrum children who may be abnormally "gifted" in some areas and need special teaching help? This is why the term "special needs" is usually preferred.

Even under this umbrella, there is a bewildering range of conditions to be addressed. On the physical front, special needs children may have anything from food allergies to terminal illnesses.

In developmental terms, the range can extend from delays that need catch up help to those that will stay irreversibly entrenched, and with causes that extend from mild learning disabilities to profound cognitive impairment.

Emotionally, too, special needs can range all the way from occasional panic attacks to severe psychiatric problems.


Still, the designation is useful for setting achievable goals, achieving understanding within families and for obtaining desperately needed help.

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China to stop harvesting organs from executed prisoners

By 
MICHELLE CASTILLO


China will begin phasing out a program that allowed the harvesting of organs from prisoners who were executed, a senior Chinese official told Reuters on Friday.

Former deputy health minister Huang Jiefu, who still heads the ministry's organ transplant office, said that in the future, organs would be only be taken from volunteers who submitted their request to be donors through the new national organ donation system, which is called the China Organ Transplant Committee.

"I am confident that before long all accredited hospitals will forfeit the use of prisoner organs," Huang said.

There are currently 165 Chinese hospitals that perform transplants. Huang said the first batch of hospitals -- he didn't say how many -- will end the practice of using prisoners' organs following a meeting on the issue this November.

About 300,000 patients are wait-listed each year for an organ in China. Only one in 30 will receive a transplant.

Voluntary donations remain low because many Chinese people follow beliefs that oppose organ removal before burial. Huang said in 2010 there were only 63 cases of voluntary organ donation. This year, the country has averaged 130 donations per month, but it's still not nearly enough to meet demand.

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The Optimum Diet – Seeds, Nuts, and Grains

By Neill Abayon

Seeds, nuts, and grains are the most important and the most potent foods of all. Their nutritional value is unsurpassed by any other food. Eaten mostly raw and sprouted, but also cooked, they contain all the important nutrients essential for human growth, sustenance of health and prevention of disease in the most perfect combination and balance. In addition, they contain the secret of life itself, the germ, the reproductive power, the spark of life in the seeds, is of extreme importance for the life of man, his health, and his own reproductive capacity and power.

All seeds and grains are useful and beneficial, but you should eat predominantly those that are grown in your own environment. Millet, buckwheat, wheat, oats, barley, brown rice, sesame seed, beans, peas – all are wonderful health foods. Wheat, mung beans. Alfalfa seeds and soybeans make excellent sprouts. Sprouting increases their nutritional value tremendously .  Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, peanuts, sesame seeds, buckwheat and soybeans –  all contains complete proteins or all the essential amino acid, will become complete protein foods if eaten together or if eaten with vegetable or milk.

Seeds, nuts and grains are not only excellent sources of protein but also the best natural sources of essential unsaturated fatty acids without which health cannot be sustained. They are also nature’s best source of lecithin and most of the B-complex vitamins. Sprouted seeds are a good source of vitamins C and A.

Perhaps The most important vitamin for preservation of health and prevention of premature aging is vitamin E. Whole seeds, grains and nuts are, by far, the best natural sources of this vitamin.

Seeds, grains and nuts are also goldmines of minerals and pacifarins, an antibiotic resistance factor that increases man’s natural resistance to disease. They also contain auxones, natural substances that help produce vitamins in the body and play a part in the rejuvenation of cells, preventing premature aging. Whole grains, seeds and nuts will also supply the necessary bulk in the diet. The bran of the grains and seeds is vital for such disease as appendicitis, diverticulitis and cancer of the colon, as shown by recent studies.

All seeds and nuts should be eaten raw. Those that can be sprouted, should be in sprouted form. Some grains, such as rice, buckwheat, millet, rye and barley, can be cooked in the form of cereals or bread. Particularly, sourdough bread is extremely beneficial. During the natural souring process, due to the enzymatic  action on the grain, valuable lactic acid demonstrated by Dr. Jahannes Kuhl and others. Also the fermentation makes certain nutrients in grains more easily available for assimilation in the intestinal tract. This is particularly true in regard to zinc, manganese and other trace minerals. Rye, is the most suitable grain to make sourdough bread. Millet and buckwheat cereals are most delicious and nutritious foods. Beans and peas can be cooked, and should be used often.


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1 Exercise Session Won't Bring Good Night's Sleep



By By Alan Mozes


If you decide to hit the gym in hopes that a quick dose of exercise will cure your insomnia, a new study suggests that will not be enough.

While adopting an exercise program did ultimately help some insomniacs sleep better, the scientists found the impact was far from immediate.

"Where the idea to explore this came from is that my patients were coming in and saying that they heard that exercise is good for sleep," explained study author Kelly Baron, director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program with the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. "But people generally want a quick fix. And they weren't seeing improvements right way. So, they were getting discouraged," she said.

"The message here is that exercise is not a quick fix, which I don't really think is discouraging at all," Baron said. "Our previous work found that exercise over a 16-week period is very effective in promoting sleep, on par with any kind of medication. But like with weight loss or any sort of behavioral change, it doesn't happen immediately. You have to measure progress over months, not day-to-day."


Baron and her colleagues published their latest findings online Aug. 15 in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

With this latest study, the dashed expectations came after the researchers took a closer look at earlier data on the sleep habits of 11 sedentary middle-aged and elderly women. All had been diagnosed with insomnia before beginning a four-month, monitored regimen of aerobics.

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Kids With Autism Outperformed Others on Math Test




By Robert Preidt

Children with autism and average IQs consistently did better on math tests than non-autistic children in the same IQ range, according to a small new study.

The superiority in math skills among children with autism was tied to patterns of activation in a particular area of the brain, an area normally associated with recognizing faces and visual objects.

"There appears to be a unique pattern of brain organization that underlies superior problem-solving abilities in children with autism," study senior author Vinod Menon, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University, said in a university news release.


The study included 18 children with autism, aged 7 to 12, and a control group of 18 children without autism. All participants showed normal verbal and reading skills on standardized tests, but the children with autism outperformed their peers without autism on standardized math tests.

The researchers also had all of the children work on math problems while their brain activity was measured using MRI. The brain scans of the children with autism revealed an unusual pattern of activity in the ventral temporal occipital cortex, an area of the brain specialized for processing faces and other visual objects.


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Soft Drink Danger?



Posted by Neill Abayon

Here's another reason you may want to get your little ones off soda.

A new study links soft drink consumption with aggression, attention problems and withdrawal behaviors in young children.

Researchers included nearly 3,000 5-year-old children whose mothers were asked to report on their behaviors and how many servings of soda they consumed during a typical day. 43% of the kids drank at least one serving of soda daily. 4% drank 4 or more.

Further analysis revealed that every serving size from one to four or more was associated with higher aggressive behavior compared to having no soda at all.

Two servings or four more was associated with withdrawal behaviors. And four or more was linked to attention problems.

The researchers point out that soft drinks are highly processed products containing numerous ingredients that may affect a child's conduct. They're calling for further study to identify the reason for the association between these beverages and problem behaviors.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that your doctors are reading health news that matters to you.

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Anti-HIV drugs may protect against puberty delays in HIV-infected children




Posted by Neill Abayon


For children who have been HIV-infected since birth, current anti-HIV drug regimens may protect against the delays in puberty that had been seen in HIV-infected children taking older regimens, according to researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health.

HIV appears to delay puberty. Among children born before 1990, more than 10 percent of HIV-positive girls and boys had not entered puberty by 12 and 13 years of age, respectively. However, a study published in the journal AIDS has found that puberty was delayed for less than 1 percent of children born since 1997, when more effective anti-HIV drug therapies became widely available. Combination antiretroviral treatments — three or more drugs from two or more different anti-HIV drug classes — are now the standard therapy.

Presumably, improved health resulting from the more effective therapy allows the children to enter puberty on a more age appropriate timetable, said study author Rohan Hazra, M.D., of the Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Disease Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Based on information collected over 12 years from more than 2,000 HIV-infected boys and girls, the researchers found that for each year of combination antiretroviral treatment a child received, puberty started about a month earlier when compared to children with HIV who took other drug therapies or no drugs at all.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Vitamin Guide - Vitamin B2(Riboflavin)


By Neill Abayon

This is essential for healthy eyes, essential for growth and general health. May help in prevention of some types of cataracts. Essential for growth and general health.


Deficiency Symptoms:



1.Bloodshot eyes, abnormal sensitivity to light, itching and burning of the eyes.
2.Inflammations in the mouth, sore and burning tongue.
3.Cracks on the lips and in the corners of the mouth.
4.Dull hair or oily hair.
5.Oily skin.
6.Premature wrinkles on the face and arms.
7.Eczema.
8.Split nails.
9.Aging symptoms such as “disappearing” upper lip.
10.It can be a contributor to such health disorders like ulcers, seborrhea, anemia, vaginal itching and cataracts.



Natural sources of Riboflavin

Milk
Cheese
Whole grains
Brewer’s Yeast
Torula yeast
Wheat germ
Almonds
Sunflower Seeds
Liver
Half-cooked leafy vegetables


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Dyslexia 'seen in brain scans' of pre-school children


Scans may reveal early markers of dyslexia, experts hope

By Michelle Roberts

Brain scans may allow detection of dyslexia in pre-school children even before they start to read, say researchers.

A US team found tell-tale signs on scans that have already been seen in adults with the condition.
And these brain differences could be a cause rather than a consequence of dyslexia - something unknown until now - the Journal of Neuroscience reports.
Scans could allow early diagnosis and intervention, experts hope.
The part of the brain affected is called the arcuate fasciculus.
Shrinkage
Among the 40 school-entry children they studied they found some had shrinkage of this brain region, which processes word sounds and language.
They asked the same children to do several different types of pre-reading tests, such as trying out different sounds in words.
Those children with a smaller arcuate fasciculus had lower scores.
It is too early to say if the structural brain differences found in the study are a marker of dyslexia. The researchers plan to follow up groups of children as they progress through school to determine this.
Lead researcher Prof John Gabrieli said: "We don't know yet how it plays out over time, and that's the big question.
"We do not know how many of these children will go on to develop problems. But anyway, we want to intervene before that, and the younger you do that the better. We already know that reading programmes and interventions can really help."


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Children of obese mothers 'have higher heart risk'


Keeping a healthy weight during pregnancy is important for mother and child
Posted by Neill Abayon

Children born to obese and overweight mothers are more likely to die early of heart disease, a study has found.


Scottish research showed a 35% higher risk of dying before the age of 55 in adults whose mothers were obese in pregnancy.
It is not known how much of the link is down to genetics, influences in the womb or later lifestyle.
But the authors say their findings, in the British Medical Journal, are of "major public health concern".
One woman in five in the UK is obese at their antenatal booking appointment.
Premature deaths
The analysis included 28,540 women whose weight was recorded at their first antenatal check-up and their 37,709 children now aged between 34 and 61.
One in five mothers was classed as overweight with a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9 and 4% were obese with a BMI above 30.
There were 6,551 premature deaths from any cause and heart disease was the leading contributor.
The risk of premature death was 35% higher among people born to obese mothers compared with those whose mothers had had normal weight in pregnancy. This was after adjusting the results for factors such as the mother's age at delivery, social class and infant birthweight.
The results also revealed that children born to obese mothers went on to be at 42% increased risk of being treated in hospital for a heart attack, stroke or angina.

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Mouth bacteria may trigger bowel cancer

The mouth is home to millions of bacteria

Posted by Neill Abayon

Researchers say they have uncovered how bacteria may set off a chain reaction leading to bowel cancer.


Fusobacteria, commonly found in the mouth, cause overactive immune responses and turn on cancer growth genes, two US studies reveal.
The microbes had been linked with colorectal cancer before but it was not known whether they were directly involved in tumour growth.
The early findings are published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe.
In addition to potential new treatments, the discovery could lead to better early diagnosis and prevention, experts hope.
The first study, carried out by Harvard Medical School researchers, showed that fusobacteria were present in high numbers in adenomas - a benign bowel growth that can become cancerous over time.
The same researchers also did tests in mice showing that the bacteria speeded up the formation of colorectal tumours by attracting special immune cells that invade and set off an inflammatory response which can lead to cancer.
The second study, carried out by researchers at Case Western Reserve University, showed that fusobacteria had a molecule on their surface which enabled them to attach to and invade human colorectal cancer cells.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Obesity Risk Factors May Vary for Boys and Girls



Posted by Neill Abayon

While some behaviors increase the risk of obesity for both boys and girls, new research shows there are gender differences.
For instance, although being on a sports team reduced the risk of obesity for middle school-aged boys, it did not for girls, said study author Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan School of Medicine.
On the other hand, "Girls who drank milk seemed to have more protection [against obesity]," she said.
Meanwhile, certain behaviors raised the risk of obesity for both boys and girls, the study found. Eating school lunch regularly increased the risk of obesity by 29 percent for boys and 27 percent for girls. Watching two or more hours of television a day boosted the odds of obesity by 19 percent for both genders.
The study, which found links but not cause and effect, is published online Aug. 12 and in the September print issue of Pediatrics.
Childhood obesity is a major public health concern. During the past 30 years, obesity has increased dramatically among children and teens. Among middle-school children, for instance, nearly 20 percent were obese, according to a 2010 report.
Earlier this month, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a glimmer of hope: Obesity rates among low-income preschoolers had dropped slightly in at least 19 states. However, there is still a long way to go, experts agreed.
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Eye Photography May Reveal Stroke Risk, Study Finds



Posted by Neill Abayon

Your eyes may provide a window into your risk for a stroke, a new study suggests.
By photographing the retina, researchers say they can predict the potential for stroke in people with high blood pressure.
"High blood pressure is one of the most important factors involved in the development of stroke," said lead researcher Dr. Mohammad Kamran Ikram, an assistant professor at the Singapore Eye Research Institute of the National University of Singapore. But determining which hypertensive patients face the highest risk of stroke isn't possible.
Now, a simple eye examination may provide that information, Ikram said. He said, however, that other studies are needed to confirm the findings, which were published Aug. 12 in the journal Hypertension.
High blood pressure can damage blood vessels in the retina. When that happens, the condition is known as hypertensive retinopathy. Retinal imaging is a non-invasive way to view blood vessel damage and possibly assess risk for stroke, a leading killer of Americans.
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Eating Fish May Be Tied to Lower Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk: Study




Posted by Neill Abayon

Women who regularly get some fish in their diet may have a relatively lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a large new study suggests.
Swedish researchers found that of the 32,000-plus women they followed for nearly eight years, those who ate fish at least once a week were 29 percent less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than other women were.
Fatty fish -- such as salmon, mackerel and herring -- seemed to be key, the researchers report in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. Those fish contain an inflammation-fighting fat called omega-3, and women who had a higher omega-3 intake showed half the rheumatoid arthritis risk.
The findings do not prove that fish consumption wards off the painful joint disease, experts said. But there is a biological basis to believe that fish could offer some protection: Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misguided immune system attack on the joints, which leads to chronic and widespread inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids help ease inflammation.
"This fits a biological model that's very plausible," said Dr. Daniel Solomon, a rheumatologist and epidemiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Solomon, who was not involved in the study, said the findings are also in line with past research linking higher omega-3 intake with lower disease activity in people who already have rheumatoid arthritis.
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Premature Birth May Raise Risk of Adult Heart Trouble




Posted by Neill Abayon

Adults who were premature babies may be at higher risk for heart problems, a small new study suggests.
Being born prematurely might be associated with important changes in how the heart forms and works during adulthood, the study authors said.
Researchers tracked 102 premature babies from birth into their 20s, and compared them to 132 people born at full term. They found that the right lower heart chamber in young adults who were born prematurely was smaller and heavier, and had thicker walls and less pumping capacity.
The more premature the birth, the greater the effect on right ventricle size and function, according to the study, which appears Aug. 12 in the journal Circulation.
"Up to 10 percent of today's young adults were born prematurely and some have an altered higher cardiovascular risk profile in adult life," study leader Paul Leeson, a cardiologist at the University of Oxford's Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility in England, said in a journal news release.
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