Probiotic May Protect Children and Pregnant Women from Metal Poisoning

Heavy metal poisoning: probiotic could protect children, pregnant women

The researchers – from the Canadian Centre for Human Microbiome and Probiotics – had previously studied the protective effects of microbes against environmental health damage in poor regions of the world. They found that one bacteria, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, was particularly adept at binding toxic heavy metals. From this finding, the team wondered if regularly consuming this probiotic strain could be an effective way to prevent metals from being absorbed in the diet. In addition, the team had been working with kitchens in Mwanza, Tanzania, to produce a probiotic yogurt for the local communities. As Mwanza is built on the shores of a lake polluted with pesticides, mercury and other toxic metals, the team used this network to trial a new type of yogurt containing L. rhamnosus.

Learn more info here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283567.php

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Pycnogenol Against Varicose Veins

Pycnogenol improves varicose vein appearance, pain

According to a new peer-reviewed study published in the International Journal of Angiology, Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all), a standardized natural plant extract from French maritime pine tree bark, may significantly improve the appearance, swelling and discomfort of pregnancy-induced varicose veins and spider vein clusters. Roughly 30 percent of women, post-pregnancy suffer from enlarged veins, which can be unattractive, painful and may lead to a chronic vein condition, blood clots and ulcers if veins do not return to healthy function. Pycnogenol is available in more than 700 dietary supplements and multivitamins worldwide.  “Because some varicose and spider veins may improve on their own after a year or so post-pregnancy, standard treatment is to simply wear compression stockings, which is met with low compliance because patients often find them uncomfortable,” said Dr. Steven Lamm, a physician and nutritional medicine expert. “

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Pollution and Your Skin

THE SKIN AND THE IMPACT OF POLLUTION

It’s something like the layer of dust and dirt that accumulates on cars between washes. Even despite make-up and daily care, pollution particles stick to our skin, dehydrate it, make it less firm and radiant and even cause blemishes. Air pollution is as harmful as smoking for the complexion. But depending on where we live it may be impossible to avoid it. What can we do to protect our skin? According to a report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in 2013, the air we breathe in Europe is far from clean. In fact, the EEA says that over 90% of the inhabitants of European cities are exposed to worrying levels of PM2.5 (particles smaller than 2.5 microns) – largely originating in diesel-vehicle emissions – and excessively high ozone levels.

Find out more here: http://www.thehealthyskinblog.org/the-skin-and-the-impact-of-pollution/

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Yoga May Relieve Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may be relieved by yogic breathing

One of the greatest casualties of war is its lasting effect on the minds of soldiers. This presents a daunting public health problem: More than 20 percent of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a 2012 report by RAND Corp. A new study from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers hope for those suffering from the disorder. Researchers there have shown that a breathing-based meditation practice called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can be an effective treatment for PTSD. Individuals with PTSD suffer from intrusive memories, heightened anxiety, and personality changes. The hallmark of the disorder is hyperarousal, which can be defined as overreacting to innocuous stimuli, and is often described as feeling “jumpy,” or easily startled and constantly on guard.

Learn more info here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/282470.php

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Fish and Fatty Acid Linked to Lower Risk of Hearing Loss in Women

Fish and fatty acid consumption associated with lower risk of hearing loss in women

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that consumption of two or more servings of fish per week was associated with a lower risk of hearing loss in women. Findings of the new study Fish and Fatty Acid Consumption and Hearing Loss study led by Sharon G. Curhan, MD, BWH Channing Division of Network Medicine, are published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN). “Acquired hearing loss is a highly prevalent and often disabling chronic health condition,” stated Curhan, corresponding author. “Although a decline in hearing is often considered an inevitable aspect of aging, the identification of several potentially modifiable risk factors has provided new insight into possibilities for prevention or delay of acquired hearing loss.”

Find out more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/282388.php

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Attention Ladies!

Wearing a bra ‘does not cause cancer’

Wearing a Bra Does No Harm?

Wearing a Bra Does No Harm?

“There have been some concerns that one of the reasons why breast cancer may be more common in developed countries compared with developing countries is differences in bra-wearing patterns,” explains Lu Chen, MPH, a researcher in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, both in Seattle. The National Center For Health Research say the rumor that bras cause breast cancer was fueled by a 1995 book by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer called Dressed To Kill. In it, the authors claim that women who wear underwire bras for 12 hours a day have a much higher risk of developing cancer than women who do not wear bras. They consider that, by restricting the lymph system, bras cause toxins to build up in the breasts that eventually result in cancer.

Read more info here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282077.php

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Skin Glow from Eating Healthy

Skin glow from fruits and vegetables ‘more attractive than a tan’

Glowing Skin from a healthy diet

Glowing Skin from a healthy diet

 

According to the research team, including Carmen E. Lefevre of Leeds University Business School and David I. Perrett of the University of St. Andrews, both in the UK, studies have shown that skin coloration plays an important role in facial attractiveness. There are two primary ways in which skin coloration can occur, the researchers say: melanization, or tanning, and ingestion of carotenoids – organic pigments found in an array of colored fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, apricots, oranges, mangoes and spinach. Research has suggested that the yellow skin coloration created by dietary carotenoids is perceived as a “healthy” glow, but the team notes that it is unclear how this type of coloration influences perceptions of facial attractiveness.

 

 

 

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Skin Glow from Eating Healthy

Skin glow from fruits and vegetables ‘more attractive than a tan’

Glowing Skin from a healthy diet

Glowing Skin from a healthy diet

 

According to the research team, including Carmen E. Lefevre of Leeds University Business School and David I. Perrett of the University of St. Andrews, both in the UK, studies have shown that skin coloration plays an important role in facial attractiveness. There are two primary ways in which skin coloration can occur, the researchers say: melanization, or tanning, and ingestion of carotenoids – organic pigments found in an array of colored fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, apricots, oranges, mangoes and spinach. Research has suggested that the yellow skin coloration created by dietary carotenoids is perceived as a “healthy” glow, but the team notes that it is unclear how this type of coloration influences perceptions of facial attractiveness.

 

 

 

Find out more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/281734.php

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Low Protein Diet During Pregnancy Predisposes Offspring to Diabetes

Eating a low protein diet during pregnancy may predispose offspring to diabetes

Pregnancy Diet Tips

Pregnancy Diet Tips

 

Millions of people throughout the world are affected by diabetes. In particular, the rise in the incidence of type 2 diabetes is associated with global increases in obesity and changes in diet. There is also a genetic component to the development of type 2 diabetes, and recent evidence suggests that the fetal environment can influence the onset of this disease. A new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that a maternal diet low in protein predisposes offspring to type 2 diabetes. Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi and colleagues at the University of Michigan fed female mice either a normal diet or one low in protein throughout their pregnancies. Offspring of mothers fed a low protein diet had decreased insulin levels and fewer β cells, the insulin producing cells of the pancreas.

Learn more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/281940.php

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The Skin’s Flora

 

 

MICROBIOTA – THE SKIN’S “FLORA”

The Skin's Flora

The Skin’s Flora

Our skin is a balanced ecosystem. Since it was colonized by billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and mites at the dawn of the evolution of hominids, many species of microorganisms have lived in symbiosis with our skin mantle cells. Science’s efforts to identify our colonizers have revealed how essential these microorganisms are for the health of our skin. The most natural way to healthy skin is to help maintain the balance between all these microorganisms. Although it may be difficult to credit, only 10% of the cells of the body’s skin, intestines and mucous membranes are human. Most of them are of microscopic organisms that belong to the microbiota, the set of all foreign microbes that live in our body, especially in the digestive organs and the skin. For example, each square centimetre of human skin contains approximately one million microorganisms from a hundred different species. Together these form the skin’s microbiota (traditionally called the skin’s “flora”).

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