|Moms'' Vitamins Cut Kids'' Brain Tumors? |
Women who take multivitamins before and during pregnancy may be less likely to have children who develop brain tumors by age 5 years.
But the findings aren''t rock solid and need more study, write Greta Bunin, PhD, and colleagues in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention.
Bunin is on staff at Children''s Hospital Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.
Before you read about the study, know this: Brain tumors are rare in children, and doctors can''t always tell why they occur.
Bunin''s team doesn''t promise that prenatal vitamins will prevent kids'' brain tumors. The researchers also aren''t blaming kids'' brain tumors on women who don''t take multivitamins.
About the Study
Bunin and colleagues focused on 315 children aged 0-5 years with a type of brain tumor called medulloblastoma.
Disease of Older Adults Now Seen in Young, Obese Adults
Acute diverticulitis, a disease traditionally seen in patients older than 50 years old, is now being seen in younger adults who are obese, according to a study conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center''s department of radiology in Baltimore, MD. .
South Beach Diet Inventor Creates School Nutrition Plan
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- A whole new era in school lunches has begun as the man who invented the South Beach Diet implements a new nutrition plan that kicked off in a handful of Miami-Dade County elementary schools this year. When school children are asked what they like for lunch, fruits and vegetables rarely make the top 10. But cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston plans to change that. "Kids today are literally not only overweight and overfed, but they are literally malnourished," Agatston said. .
High Fiber Diet â€“ How it keeps you Regular
We have heard of the many benefits of eating fiber, one being it helps keeps your intestinal tract regular. Dr. Paul L. McNeil who is a cell biologist at the Medical College of Georgia reported how fiber benefits digestion and improves the health of the intestines. Mc Neil first published his study in the online August 21st edition and also will appear in the September print issue of PLoS Biology.
The roughage of the fiber increases mucus production which has been known for years. Mc Neil discovered the reason in which he says, â€œWhen you eat high-fiber foods, they bang up against the cells lining the gastrointestinal tract, rupturing their outer covering. What we are saying is this banging and tearing increases the level of lubricating mucus. It''s a good thing."
â€œIt''s a bit of a paradox, but what we are saying is an injury at the cell level can promote health of the GI tract as a whole," says Dr.
Petra: My struggle to be thin
Model Petra Nemcova knows what it''s like to struggle to be a size zero in order to stay on the runway -- and says she went on brutal diets and even took laxatives to stay thin.
''''I went through so many diets in my life. I''ve been very, very skinny. I''ve been a size zero but I''m naturally more curvy,'''' she tells People magazine. ``I ate just vegetables, carrots, tomatoes. I went from a just-protein diet to just eating apples to eating no carbs. I took laxatives. I went through all of it just to be able to model.''''
Nemcova''s comments come in the wake of a decision earlier this month by Madrid Fashion Week officials, who set off an international catfight by announcing that models participating in Fashion Week shows there had to meet a weight standard: Their body-mass index needed to be at least 18 -- or 122 pounds for someone five-feet-nine.
Soy protein diet keeps cholesterol under control
Washington, Sept 22: Replace foods high in saturated fat, trans-saturated fat and cholesterol with soy protein foods such as tofu or soy milk, as they are beneficial to cardiovascular health, and help lower "bad" cholesterol, while raising the "good" variety, suggests a recent study.
The Tulane University study published in the Sept. 1, 2006 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology gives strong support to the notion that soy protein should be part of a comprehensive dietary intervention for the prevention and treatment of high blood cholesterol levels.
Kristi Reynolds, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a team of Tulane colleagues analyzed data from 41 different studies on the effects of isolated soy protein on blood cholesterol levels.