Health, Fitness & Food

The INTERVAL trial in the United Kingdom investigated the optimal frequency of blood donations and its effect on the donor’s health. Blood donations have saved countless lives by enabling blood transfusions for several clinical indications. However, there have been no studies investigating strategies to obtain the most blood with minimal adverse effects on donors. Consequently,
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An ongoing study conducted in Norway seeks to target childhood obesity by creating healthy eating habits while the child is being weaned. Childhood obesity is a global issue and negatively affects the child’s physical and mental wellbeing. The prevalence of energy-rich but nutrient-deficient foods makes it important to instill healthy eating habits in children at
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The pattern of food avoidance and restriction is cause for concern and researchers have begun to investigate ARFID among several types of patients. Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is becoming more prevalent. With the introduction of ARFID, there is an increased need to understand the prevalence and patterns of food avoidance and restriction in adults.
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A recent study investigated whether a type of natural plant pigment known as anthocyanins can help reduce blood clot formation and therefore have protective effects against cardiovascular diseases. Many people today are changing their attitude towards diet and now believe consuming natural foods like fruits and vegetables which are rich in bioactive constituents could potentially
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Blood cholesterol levels are linked to cardiovascular disease. However, recent studies suggest that it is not LDL cholesterol that mediates cardiovascular risk, but its neighbour apoB instead. Lowering blood levels of low-density (LDL) cholesterol has been linked to reducing cardiovascular risk, including the risk of heart attacks. Statins are a type of drug typically used
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The essential oils found in Curcuma herbs have many uses. Researchers in China determine the composition and therapeutic activity of Curcuma herb essential oils extracted from four Curcuma herb species. Curcuma herbs have been used in Southeast Asia for thousands of years for their claimed antioxidative, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and cytotoxic effects. the chemical composition of
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A new study finds an association between the serum levels of trans-fatty acids and that of the inflammatory markers high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and fibrinogen, suggesting that dietary trans-fatty acids may contribute to inflammation-related disorders such as diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Trans-unsaturated fatty acids (also known as trans-fatty acids or trans-fats)are unsaturated fatty acids
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A recent study published in BMC Public Health determines whether Australian runners who participate in community-based physical activity are more satisfied with their physical health compared to the general population. Although the benefits of physical activity have been well-established, many people struggle to incorporate exercise into their daily routines. Community-based fitness events encourage not only
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New studies demonstrate that inhibiting the activity of angiopoietin-like 3 (ANGPTL3), a liver protein that regulates lipoprotein metabolism and inhibits lipoprotein lipase (LPL), could help lower the plasma levels of triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol as well as reduce the risk of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.   It has been
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As the most common type of heart disease and a leading cause of death in the US, coronary artery disease treatment is of significant importance. A recent study compares whether bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS) are as safe and effective as drug-eluting stents (DES) for treating coronary artery disease.   Comparing Treatments for Coronary Artery Disease
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