Thursday, September 13, 2012

Jon's Health Tips

I am honestly shocked by this:

Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation not associated with lower risk of major CVD events

In a study that included nearly 70,000 patients, supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids was not associated with a lower risk of all-cause death, cardiac death, sudden death, heart attack, or stroke, according to an analysis of previous studies published in the September 12 issue of JAMA.

More evidence about things I take, do or consume:

Good news:

The role of vitamin D in critical illness of children

Their study found that in three of every four critically ill children, blood vitamin D levels were below the target considered safe by many experts and medical societies. Further, those with lower vitamin D levels were noted to be sicker, requiring more life-sustaining therapies (breathing tubes, medications to support heart function) and staying in the ICU for longer periods of time.

Green tea boosts brain cell production to aid memory

Even the very elderly and frail can benefit from exercise

Aspirin May Guard Against Many Cancers

Aspirin and other commonly used painkillers may help guard against skin cancer, according to a new study published in the journal CANCER. Previous studies have already suggested that NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, and other prescription and over the counter drugs, can reduce people's risk of developing some cancers. For example, earlier this year, three studies in The Lancet bolstered the evidence that a daily low dose of aspirin may protect people in middle age against cancer, particularly those at higher risk. And in another recent study in the British Journal of Cancer, researchers reported that colon cancer patients who take aspirin regularly shortly after diagnosis tend to live for longer.

Daily Aspirin May Help Fight Prostate Cancer

Study: daily aspirin linked to lower cancer mortality

Chocolate: A sweet method for stroke prevention in men?

"The beneficial effect of chocolate consumption on stroke may be related to the flavonoids in chocolate. Flavonoids appear to be protective against cardiovascular disease through antioxidant, anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory properties. It's also possible that flavonoids in chocolate may decrease blood concentrations of bad cholesterol and reduce blood pressure," said Larsson.

"Interestingly, dark chocolate has previously been associated with heart health benefits, but about 90 percent of the chocolate intake in Sweden, including what was consumed during our study, is milk chocolate," Larsson adde

Healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of hypertension by two thirds

Potency of Statins Linked to Muscle Side Effects

Statin therapy associated with lower risk of pancreatitis

Cocoa may enhance brain function

Cocoa compounds may reduce blood pressure

Chemicals in chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, teas and certain foods could well be mood-enhancers

Resveratrol might help improve mobility and prevent life-threatening falls among older people

Alcohol consumption may decrease risk of ALS

Midlife fitness staves off chronic disease at end of life

Middle-aged adults help their hearts with regular leisure-time physical activities

Even minor physical activity may benefit bone health

Mediterranean diet + olive oil protects bones

Eating grapes may help protect heart health

Grapes reduced blood pressure, improved blood flow and reduced inflammation.

Bad news:

Statin Use Tied to Possible Boost in Cataract Risk

Atherosclerosis: Eating egg yolks as bad as smoking

More evidence about things I no longer take or consume:

Good news:

Vitamin C and beta-carotene might protect against dementia

Bad news:

Pan-fried Meat Increases Risk of Prostate Cancer

Other reports I find interesting:

Sleep apnoea linked with increased risk of cancer death

Sudden death less likely in exercise related cardiac arrests

People of Normal Weight With Belly Fat at Highest Death Risk

Prostate Cancer: Six Things Men Should Know About Tomatoes, Fish Oil, Vitamin Supplements, Testosterone, PSA Tests

Research conclusions I find misleading:

Little evidence of health benefits from organic foods

"There isn't much difference between organic and conventional foods, if you're an adult and making a decision based solely on your health," said Dena Bravata, MD, MS, the senior author of a paper comparing the nutrition of organic and non-organic foods, published in the Sept. 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

People don't eat organics for additional nutrients, they do it to avoid pesticides!

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