• Overweight Children May Lack Iron

    Jul 07, 2004
    In a study of 9698 children ages 2 to 16 years, children who were at risk of being overweight (Body Mass Index between 85th and 95th percentile) and children who were overweight were twice as likely to be iron deficient as normal weight children. One out of seven U.S. children is overweight (increasing their risk of iron deficiency according to this and other studies).
  • Essential Minerals - Mounting Evidence for Disease Prevention

    Jul 06, 2004
    The following is a list of benefits recently uncovered for common minerals: Copper improved immune function in men Growing evidence shows the blood pressure lowering effects of Potassium (not as the chloride) Potassium may help prevent strokes Potassium may help prevent osteoporosis Potassium may help prevent kidney stones Magnesium decreases the risk of developing diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity Magnesium helps decrease the risk of an asthma attack Magnesium may aid tinnitus Magnesium may help prevent migraine headaches Zinc boosts immune function Zinc boosts immune function in HIV positive patients Zinc aids health in diabetes Zinc protects the eye Zinc may benefit ADHD symptoms in children Zinc may increase the effectiveness of antidepressants Zinc may help fight the common cold viruses (sucking a lozenge) Calcium with vitamin D lowers the risk of falling after a hip fracture Calcium with vitamin D lowers the risk of colon cancer by decreasing the risk of polyp recurrence Calcium helps lower high blood pressure. Calcium may aid weight control Iron improves stamina in modestly deficient (not even anemic) women of all ages Iron improves memory and cognitive ability in women with modestly deficient iron levels.
  • Smoking and Drinking Increase the Risk of Cancer of the Mouth

    Jul 05, 2004
    Healthy people who smoke or drink alcohol can experience cellular changes of the tissues in their mouth and throat that can increase their risk of developing cancer of the mouth and throat. A gene that normally kills cells that become haywire is turned off by both habits allowing the damaged cells to survive. The gene is the p15 tumor suppressing gene.
  • Butterbur May Protect Against Migraine Headache

    Jul 02, 2004
    Recently the Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine reviewed emerging treatment options for migraine headache. Along with several new drugs, the researchers reviewed Petasites (Butterbur) and Coenzyme Q10 as two useful options for migraine prophylaxis. .The article appears in the June edition of Current Pain and Headache Reports.
  • Vioxx May Raise Blood Pressure

    Jul 01, 2004
    Vioxx selectively inhibits the Cox-2 enzyme, helping decrease pain and inflammation. It doesn't inhibit the Cox-1 enzyme and because of this Vioxx has an appeal to many physicians because it is less likely than some other anti-inflammatory drugs to cause an ulcer. A new study by the Arthritis Research Center Foundation in Wichita, Kansas shows that patients using Vioxx had an increased risk of developing limb swelling (edema), or have an increase in their blood pressure than patients using Celebrex or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).