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An Orange a Day Keeps Macular Degeneration Away

Jul 20, 2018
News Staff

Research showed that people who ate at least one serving of oranges every day had more than a 60% reduced risk of developing late macular degeneration 15 years later.

(Australia) -- A new study has shown that people who regularly eat oranges are less likely to develop macular degeneration than people who do not eat oranges.

Researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research interviewed more than 2,000 Australian adults aged over 50 and followed them over a 15-year period. 

The research showed that people who ate at least one serving of oranges every day had more than a 60% reduced risk of developing late macular degeneration 15 years later.

Lead Researcher Associate Professor Bamini Gopinath from the University of Sydney said the data showed that flavonoids in oranges appear to help prevent against the eye disease. 

"Essentially, we found that people who eat at least one serving of orange every day have a reduced risk of developing macular degeneration compared with people who never eat oranges," she said.

"Even eating an orange once a week seems to offer significant benefits. The data shows that flavonoids found in oranges appear to help protect against the disease." 

Associate Professor Gopinath said that until now most research has focused on the effects of common nutrients such as vitamins C, E and A on the eyes.

"Our research is different because we focused on the relationship between flavonoids and macular degeneration...


How Testosterone is Giving New Hope to Cancer Patients

Jul 20, 2018
News Staff

Combatting cachexia in cancer patients is a challenge that testosterone may play a bigger role in.

(College Station, TX) – Many cancer patients suffer from a loss of body mass known as cachexia. Approximately 20 percent of cancer related deaths are attributed to the syndrome of cachexia, which in cancer patients is often characterized by a rapid or severe loss of fat and skeletal muscle. Dr. Melinda Sheffield-Moore, professor and head of the Department of Health and Kinesiology, along with researchers at University of Texas Medical Branch, recently published research in the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle showing that the hormone testosterone is effective at combatting cachexia in cancer patients and improving quality of life.

These findings are important, as there are currently no established therapies targeting this loss of skeletal muscle, and without an intervention, patients lose muscle function and become fatigued and weakened. 

"We hoped to demonstrate these patients would go from not feeling well enough to even get out of bed to at least being able to have some basic quality of life that allows them to take care of themselves and receive therapy," Dr. Sheffield-Moore said.

Dr. Sheffield-Moore said doctors sought her expertise in nutrition and metabolism when patients were losing tremendous amounts of weight from cancer cachexia...


How Older Adults Can Reduce Their Risk of Deadly Falls

Jul 20, 2018
Lynn Allison

Did you know that closets are the number one location for falls?

(Boca Raton, FL) – Falling — the unexpected collapse to the floor or other surface —has been called the “next tsunami of health care problems” by leading podiatrist and fall prevention expert Dr. David Griffin of Kaiser Permanente Medical Group.

Falls are also the leading reason for emergency room visits by people …

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Brain and How to Power It Up - Part 2

Jul 19, 2018
Dr. Corinne Weaver

Last week, I shared how good nutrition benefits the human brain. Today, we will look at a number of lifestyle habits you can adopt to maintain brain health.

Lifestyle changes can be broken down into four categories:

- physical health and exercise

- diet and nutrition

- cognitive activity

- social engagement

These categories have been shown to reliably help keep your body and brain healthy to potentially reduce your risk of cognitive decline. Research has found combining activities of each category has a great impact in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity.

Many studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.

Try engaging in regular physical activity and cardiovascular exercise to elevate your heart rate blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Physical activities can be both mentally and socially engaging.

For example, you can:

- walk with a friend

- take a dance class

- join an exercise group

- go golfing

- take a tennis lesson

- join a community pool

- walk your dog

- go for a bike ride

Aerobic activity should be performed in 10 minute sessions, or more, every day. Two of those sessions should be muscle strengthening activities...


Church Rallies to Save Thousands of Lives in Record-Breaking Blood Drive

Jul 19, 2018
Emily Jones

"I hope you can give blood, because someone giving blood is what saved my life.” – Pastor Robert Morris

(Southlake, TX) – [CBN News] – The members of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas are saving thousands of lives one person at a time. 

The church launched a massive blood donor campaign at each of its six campuses. According to Carter BloodCare more than 1,500 people lined up to give blood, saving at least 4,600 lives.

"This consistency and over six weeks' time is remarkable," Carter BloodCare's Lisa Goelzer  told Fox 4."We have been able to help some other community blood centers when we're usually at the point of asking others."
The campaign began shortly after Gateway Senior Pastor Robert Morris nearly died in April from rampant internal bleeding. 

Morris underwent surgery to repair a hernia on April 2nd. During his recovery, he suffered near-fatal abdominal bleeding caused by tears in three separate blood vessels, which required additional surgeries.

During that time, the mega church pastor lost about half the blood in his body. His wife Debbie took to social media asking for urgent prayer for her husband. Nearly 300,000 people from 48 countries reportedly lifted up Morris in prayer.

Many people in his congregation also donated blood on his behalf, ultimately helping save his life and thousands of others. 

Morris returned to the pulpit in good health in June. Soon after, he announced his plan for the blood drive...


The "Big Bang" of Alzheimer's Discovered: Scientists See for First Time How the Disease is Birthed in the Brain

Jul 19, 2018
News Staff

"The hunt is on to build on this finding and make a treatment that blocks the neurodegeneration process where it begins. If it works, the incidence of Alzheimer's disease could be substantially reduced. That would be amazing." – Dr. Mark Diamond

(Dallas, TX) -- Scientists have discovered a "Big Bang" of Alzheimer's disease - the precise point at which a healthy protein becomes toxic but has not yet formed deadly tangles in the brain.

A study from UT Southwestern's O'Donnell Brain Institute provides novel insight into the shape-shifting nature of a tau molecule just before it begins sticking to itself to form larger aggregates. The revelation offers a new strategy to detect the devastating disease before it takes hold and has spawned an effort to develop treatments that stabilize tau proteins before they shift shape.

"We think of this as the Big Bang of tau pathology. This is a way of peering to the very beginning of the disease process."

Dr. Mark Diamond, Director for UT Southwestern's Center for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Diseases "This is perhaps the biggest finding we have made to date, though it will likely be some time before any benefits materialize in the clinic. This changes much of how we think about the problem," said Dr. Marc Diamond, Director for UT Southwestern's Center for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Diseases and a leading dementia expert credited with determining that tau acts like a prion - an infectious protein that can self-replicate...


Dr. Oz: 5 Ways You Destroy Your Gut Biome and 5 Ways to Fix It

Jul 18, 2018
Dr. Oz

The microbes that live in your gastrointestinal system are essential for everything from a healthy immune system and controlling your weight, moods and glucose levels to helping prevent acne. 

From your passage through the birth canal to your first taste of breastmilk, a first encounter with your pet dog or cat and first handful of not-so-tasty dirt in the backyard, you are building your gut biome, that super-dense world of trillions of microbes that live in your gastrointestinal system …

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