Toxic chemicals including pesticides, fungicides linked to neuro-developmental disabilities such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia.

pesticides-150x150A collaborative new study by the of Public Health, (HSPH), and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinau revealed that may be the root of neurological disorders including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia.

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Genetic predisposition to low vitamin D increases risk of death.

vitamidA study published in the British Medical Journal has established a link between genetic variants known to lower Vitamin D levels in the body and increased risk of death.

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Chili peppers decrease the risk of colorectal tumors.

chili.jpgUC San Diego School of Medicine researchers have published a study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation revealing that chili peppers have a significant impact on the development of tumors. Continue reading “Chili peppers decrease the risk of colorectal tumors.”

Chinese herb kills pancreatic cancer cells.

thundergodA little known Chinese compound is making headlines. Researchers at the University of Minnesota, have determined the mechanism by which the thunder plant compound literally kills cancer. The Chinese plant known as the “thunder god vine”, or “lei gong teng” is an integral part of Chinese medicine and has been used to treat diverse medical conditions. Continue reading “Chinese herb kills pancreatic cancer cells.”

Vitamin B3 derivative protects from most aggressive form of liver cancer.

b3The most aggressive form of liver cancer is called hepato-cellular carcinoma and in 2012 745,000 deaths were attributed to the condition. This cancer has a high mortality rate with few treatment options. Continue reading “Vitamin B3 derivative protects from most aggressive form of liver cancer.”

Mom’s high fat diet during pregnancy may affect immune system of child.

pregAnother study has demonstrated the impact of a high fat diet on the future generation. A new study by OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital has revealed that obesity and a high fat diet during pregnancy affects the immune system of the resulting child. Continue reading “Mom’s high fat diet during pregnancy may affect immune system of child.”

Asparagus improves blood pressure, glucose metabolism and Lipid profile, impacting on Metabolic syndrome.

asparagusMetabolic syndrome is the term approved by the word health organisation to describe a set of conditions including high blood pressure, increased blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist or low HDL (the good cholesterol) and increased blood triglycerides. The International Diabetes Foundation estimates that approximately 20–25% of the world’s adult population has . comprises a cluster of metabolic abnormalities including central obesity and , high SBP or DBP, and increased fasting glucose. is a risk factor for , diabetes, and certain cancers. Continue reading “Asparagus improves blood pressure, glucose metabolism and Lipid profile, impacting on Metabolic syndrome.”

Mom’s diet changes her child’s genes.

diet1-150x150A new study has emerged which reveals how far reaching the impact of epigenetics is. Epigenetics is defined as environmental change which impact on gene expression. In this study, published in Nature Communications, a mother’s diet before conception has been linked to permanently affecting how her child’s genes function. Continue reading “Mom’s diet changes her child’s genes.”

Teenage obesity affected by sugary drinks.

vendingIn a study which begs the outcry of NO KIDDING, it has been determined that consumption of sugary drinks and soda are the worst culprits in causing obesity. The study was conducted in Canada and involved 11,000 grade seven to twelve students in British Columbia and specified that sugary drinks like soda increased obesity more than junk such as pizza, french fries, chips or candy. Continue reading “Teenage obesity affected by sugary drinks.”

South Africa has enormous health costs associated with unhealthy behaviors related to alcohol consumption, smoking and unhealthy diet.

rand-150x150A number of studies by the South African Council has illustrated that South Africa is facing a considerable economic and public health burden associated with preventable health related behaviors. These behaviors relate predominantly to alcohol abuse, smoking and an unhealthy diet. Continue reading “South Africa has enormous health costs associated with unhealthy behaviors related to alcohol consumption, smoking and unhealthy diet.”