Tag: dietary intervention

Gut Flora Plus Fiber Fight Hypertension Damage

The gut microbiota is getting plenty of attention these days, as scientists continue to expand their knowledge of how the tens of trillions of microorganisms living in the human digestive tract affect health. A study published in January in Circulation adds to that knowledge base with its findings that certain

NewsBites: Exercise for Cancer Patients; Lowering CVD Risk Factors; Brain Health

Any Physical Activity Better Than None for Survival in Cancer Patients
A recent study published in Cancer Causes & Control found an association between the occurrence of low-to-moderate frequency recreational physical activity and lower mortality in individuals diagnosed with various types of cancer. The data for the 5,807 participants included questionnaires

Lose Weight to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Postmenopausal women may be able to reduce their risk of developing invasive breast cancer by losing just 5 percent of their body weight, according to a study published in Cancer. Several studies have found an association between obesity and breast cancer, so a team of researchers from 11 medical centers

Plant-Based Diets of All Kinds Offer Benefits

Plant-based diets include a spectrum of eating styles that range from vegan and vegetarian to pescatarian and flexitarian. Even a Mediterranean diet, linked with numerous health benefits, is a plant-based diet, because it focuses on grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, with seafood as the primary animal protein. But

The Food-Vision Connection

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in Americans over age 65. As AMD progresses, it permanently damages the portion of the eye’s light-sensing retina (the macula) that provides sharp central vision.
Epidemiological studies from Tufts scientists and others have observed links between a healthy diet

Study: Flaxseed Helps Hypertension

Sprinkling a little ground flaxseed on your cereal every day may help protect you against high blood pressure that could lead to a brain-damaging stroke, according to recent research. This finding adds to a number of other brain benefits ascribed to the tiny golden seed.
In a study designed to assess

Research Roundup: Reducing Depression; Anti-Inflammatory Diet; Whole Grains

Dietary Changes Reduce Depression
Making healthy changes in one’s diet to include more fruit and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish, lean red meat, olive oil, and nuts can significantly reduce symptoms of depression, research shows. Thirty-one adults received dietary intervention from a dietitian, while 25 others received social support. After three

Newsbriefs: Mediterranean Diet; Vitamin D; Mercury

Mediterranean Diet May Ease Depression
Following a Mediterranean-style diet may help treat major depression, according to a study published Jan. 30, 2017 in BMC Medicine. In the three-month study, adults with major depressive disorder were randomly assigned to receive either social support (which involved weekly visits from researchers) or support from

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