Vegetarian Diet Linked to Longer Life

LOMA LINDA, California — In a large observational study of generally middle-aged American Seventh-day Adventists, the vegetarians in the group--ranging from vegans to those who ate meat once a week--were 12% less likely to die within six years than their meat-eating peers [1]. Men who ate a vegetarian diet were significantly less likely to die from ischemic heart disease or CVD. Does this...

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What exactly are Generic Medicines?

Medicines will often have more than one name: a generic name, which is the active ingredient of the medicine, a brand name, which is the trade name the manufacturer gives to the medicine. The generic name is the official medical name for the active ingredient of the medicine. Although they may not be associated with a particular company, generic drugs are subject to the regulations of the...

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Health benefits of drinking coffee

For hundreds of years, coffee has been one of the two or three most popular beverages on earth. But it’s only recently that scientists are figuring out that the drink has notable health benefits. In one large-scale epidemiological study from last year, researchers primarily at the National Cancer Institute parsed health information from more than 400,000 volunteers, ages 50 to 71, who were...

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Smartphone 'Addiction' May Affect Adolescent Development

SAN FRANCISCO — The greater the overuse of smartphones, the greater the risk for severe psychopathologies in adolescents, new research suggests.The study of nearly 200 adolescents in Korea showed that those who were very high users of smartphones had significantly more problematic behaviors, including somatic symptoms, attentional deficits, and aggression, than did those who were low users....

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More Evidence Links Pesticides, Solvents, With Parkinson's

Exposure to pesticides increases the risk for Parkinson's disease (PD) by as much as 80%, according to a new meta-analysis, although the heterogeneity could not be assessed in some included studies.The analysis shows that exposure to the weed killer paraquat or to the fungicides maneb or mancozeb was particularly toxic, yielding about a 2-fold increase in the risk for PD, and that the risks...

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Dementia Breakthrough: Scientists Find Key To Early Diagnosis

Scientists believe they have found a key which could help lead to an earlier diagnosis of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.Scientists at Cambridge University's Department of Chemistry have attempted to map the pathway which creates the "aberrant" proteins at the root of such conditions.They hope it could be a much-needed breakthrough to help...

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Study: Vitamin B could curb dementia

Pharmaceutical companies have been trying, without success so far, to concoct a drug that could stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. So there’s a little bit of irony, along with a glimmer of hope, to be found in a new study that suggests that cheap, over-the-counter vitamins might have the desired effect in some older patients. The study, released online this week...

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Pain Relievers Do Not Cause Asthma, Study Finds

Some parents have been worried about giving their children pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen (paracetamol), based on reports that children who take the drugs are more likely to develop asthma. Researchers have even speculated that the rising prevalence of asthma was a result of wider use of acetaminophen, sold under the brand name Panadol, in treating childhood fevers.But a new...

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