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Research Roundup: July 2020

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• Midlife Weight Gain Harms Lungs. Putting on weight during middle age may lead to a decline in lung function, according to researchers in Spain. The weight, height, and lung function of 3,700 adults, aged 20 to 44 at the outset of the study, were tracked three times over a … Read More

EN on Foods: Crazy for Corn!

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The Folklore. Corn is one of the most anticipated joys of summer, along with long warm days and outdoor barbecues. Corn has been a celebrated staple for over 9,000 years. This native to central Mexico was tied to its cultural identity, as it was for Native Americans, who considered corn … Read More

The Best Diet for Healthy Aging?

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Worldwide, people are living longer. In 2000, one in ten people in the U.S. were aged 65 and over, and by 2035 the United Nations predicts that one in five will be 65 and older—with over six percent of the U.S. population over eighty years of age. Numerous studies show … Read More

Restaurant Guide: Entrée Salads

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Salads come in various shapes and sizes, from simple side salads to gigantic entrée salads and everything in between. The perception is that salads are automatically healthy. Think about it—they typically provide more vegetables than other common restaurant entrees that are primarily meat and grain or potato. And veggies are … Read More

A Healthier Transition to Menopause

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Menopause is a noteworthy signal in a woman’s life, the end of the female reproductive phase, and an opportunity for reassessment of a woman’s health goals and nutritional needs. However, for many midlife women, “going through menopause” is often met with a collection of unwanted physical and emotional changes and … Read More

Spotlight on Supplements: Alpha-Lipoic Acid

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Lipoic acid, often called alpha- or α-lipoic acid (ALA), is a naturally occurring compound that is synthesized by plants, animals, and humans. It is also available as a dietary supplement. But, do you need it and how much should you take? EN reviews the research on this compound to help … Read More

Just In: Western Diet Can Impair Brain Function

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Eating a western diet—highly processed and refined foods high in sugar, salt, fat, and protein from red meat—for as few as seven days may negatively affect brain function and appetite regulation, say researchers. Scientists divided 110 lean, healthy students aged 20 to 23 into two groups. Half ate their normal … Read More

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