Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bush babies are also known as galagos or nagapies (nagapies means “little night monkeys” in Afrikaans). They are small, nocturnal primates native to continental Africa. According to some accounts, the name bush baby comes from either the animal’s cries or appearance. The South African name nagapie comes from the fact they are almost exclusively seen

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Research that appeared in the American Heart Journal (June 1993;125:1645-1649) looked at the effect IV magnesium sulfate had on patients with congestive heart failure. Magnesium was given intravenously to patients with congestive heart failure, arrhythmia and with serum magnesium levels lower than 2.0 mg/dl. The patients all had at least 10 premature ventricular depolarizations per

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Research appearing in the Journal of Applied Physiology (August 1, 2012 113:479-486) looked at mice treated with statin (cholesterol-lowering) medication. The mice were given the cholesterol medication and examined for physical performance mitochondrial function (mitochondria are parts of the cell that produce energy–they are damaged by statin medication), and the CoQ10 content of the muscle

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Lutein (luteus means”yellow” in Latin) is a xanthophylls and one of 600 known naturally occurring carotenoids. Lutein is synthesized only by plants and like other xanthophylls is found in high quantities in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale. Zeaxanthin is one of the most common carotenoid alcohols found in nature. Synthesized in plants

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Vitamin D status may be related to the tendency to develop diabetes during pregnancy, according to a study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing (volume 41, Issue 3, pages 328–338, May/June 2012). This was a meta-analysis that looked at six studies performed between 1999 and 2011. Five of the studies

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A study, appearing in the British Journal of Psychiatry (Epublished ahead of print, July 12, 2012) found that depression may be linked to low levels of vitamin D. The study looked at 230 depressed subjects with low vitamin D levels and compared them to 114 individuals with high vitamin D levels. They were evaluated with

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Research appearing in Diabetes Care (2012 Jul; 35(7): 1544-51) looked at two cohort studies, involving over 7,000 men and women. The subjects were free of type 2 diabetes and heart disease at the start of the study (one study started in 1982-83, the other in 1986-87). Selenium levels were measured in the toenail. Questionnaires were

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Some studies have shown diet to be beneficial for patients with ADHD. The New Zealand Medical Journal (July 26, 1978;616(88):43-45) published a small study where 10 children were put on a low allergen, Feingold-type diet. They avoided processed foods, additives, and salicylate-containing foods (like berries, almonds, apples, plums, tomatoes). Five of the children improved, and

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Alzheimer’s disease, MS, ALS and other serious neurological diseases, may be considered to be uncurable, but patients with these conditions may do well by taking steps to improve general health. Each patient and each disease state is different, but no one suffering from any disease, no matter how serious, will not benefit from taking steps

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