The Team has much information to share with you this week. It was also Earth Day this past Sunday. the March for Science and to raise awareness for a cure for Parkinson’s.
The Team attended these events. And in any event—no pun intended-here is what is news:
- Eating larger fish like swordfish, shark, marlin, does increase your mercury intake and puts you at greater risk for ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases. Maybe stick with smaller ones!
- They are seeing signs of memory improvement in mice with recent experiments using human umbilical cord blood. There is so much research going on these days.
- The Team attended a lecture on cancer where they learned about curing cancer in 30 people-not yet for tumors, but within cancerous cells. By reengineering cells the patients did not need to have chemotherapy. This is amazing news.
- Lithium has not been shown to increase cancer risk.
- People who have bipolar disorder live an average of 11-20 years less than our regular lifespan. It may be the effects of the meds which can lead to cardiac disease and diabetes-which also leads to weight gain and impaired glucose metabolism, etc..
- It is found that the poorest communities have 3X the risk of a child dying from abuse before the age of 5. And it was found that the fatality rates for black children in lowest poverty areas are higher than for white children in the highest poverty areas.
- Artificially sweetened drinks taken even one time per day is linked to tripling the risk of stroke or dementia. The same does not apply with sugary drinks though we are not endorsing these because sugar consumption is associated with the markers of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.
- Opiods in the news again..in 2015 there were 55,403 lethal drug overdoses and opiods accounted for 60% of these. Over 7,000 people died just in the NYC metropolitan area from 2003-2014.
- 2/3’ds of women with eating disorders recover from them though it can take up to 10 years. Twice as many women as men suffer: 20 million women to 10 million men have anorexia or bulimia.
- Inadequate maternal nutrition increases the risk for the new baby to have psychosis—even in more wealthy families.
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation has been shown to help with eating disorders through impacting the brain and in turn has played a part on body mass index for the better in sufferers.
- There is a trend to discover an alternative to antibiotics and as such a new study looked at steroidal use for an acute sore throat showing that one dose significantly reduced throat inflammation in 48 hours. We await new guidelines perhaps. Don’t try this at home!
- Results about chocolate showed that in postmenopausal women under age 65 and who are less athletic, that a moderate amount of chocolate (1 oz.) 1.5 times per month but not more than three times per week was linked to a 10% lowered risk of developing diabetes than having 1 oz. less than one time a month.
- Doctors are conflicted over mammogram screening with 81% recommending screening for women ages 40-44 and 88% for women ages 45-49. Most doctors also recommend that for women age 50+, to get screened every other year. It is not clear that more screening actually saves lives.
- Cocoa flavonoids may benefit facial wrinkles mildly. A study was done over 24 weeks whereby people consumed low fat processed cocoa powder or 320mg of cocoa flavonoids daily. Skin elasticity improved by 9%.