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Prunetin prolongs lifespan in male fruit flies and enhances overall health
Here is a reason for men to eat their lima beans--If research in male fruit flies holds up, it might help you live longer.

Study shows almost half of cancers are preventable
About 45 per cent of cancer cases in Alberta are linked to a handful of modifiable factors, according to new statistics from Alberta Health Services

Nutrient Deprivation Kills Kidney Cancer Cells
All cells need nutrients, but cancer cells are notoriously power hungry. As a result, cancer cells must alter their metabolism to provide the additional fuel needed for them to survive, grow and spread.

Fishing for Answers About Mercury Levels
Mercury from seafood not associated with greater harm to brain

Cholesterol levels improve with weight loss and healthy fat-rich diet
A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine study finds that weight loss programs that provide healthy fats, such as olive oil in the Mediterranean diet, or a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet have similar impacts on pound-shedding.

Higher dietary fiber intake in young women may reduce breast cancer risk
Women who eat more high-fiber foods during adolescence and young adulthood--especially lots of fruits and vegetables--may have significantly lower breast cancer risk than those who eat less dietary fiber when young

Eating Soy May Protect Women from Health Risks of BPA
Soy-rich diet linked to improved success of infertility treatments among women exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemical

Cholesterol Levels Improve with Weight Loss and Healthy Fat-Rich Diet
?A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine study finds that weight loss programs that provide healthy fats, such as olive oil in the Mediterranean diet, or a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet have similar impacts on pound-shedding

UA Researchers Identify Food Additive that May Help Prevent Skin Cancer
Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy have discovered that a compound found in the natural food additive annatto prevents the formation of cancer cells and skin damage from UV radiation in mice.

Study shows zinc supplement boosted serum zinc levels and immunity in older adults
The immune system weakens as the body ages, making older adults more susceptible to infections. Low levels of zinc impair immunity, particularly in older adults

Prenatal Vitamin D Supplements May Not Lower Baby's Asthma Risk: Study
There's been speculation that a daily vitamin D supplement taken in pregnancy might lower the odds for asthma in children. However, two new studies find no evidence for such an effect.

The new dietary guidelines, in a nutshell
Compared to 2010, there a few noteworthy inclusions and exclusions in the 2015 DGA as highlighted

Low-fiber diet may cause irreversible depletion of gut bacteria over generations
When mice with gut bacteria from a human were put on a low-fiber diet, the diversity of their intestinal inhabitants plummeted. Four generations on a low-fiber diet caused irreversible losses.

Fiber-rich diet may reduce lung disease
A diet rich in fiber may not only protect against diabetes and heart disease, it may reduce the risk of developing lung disease, according to new research.

Eating More Healthy Fats May Extend Life, Study Suggests
Could prevent more than a million heart disease deaths worldwide each year, researchers estimate

New study shows aged garlic extract can reduce dangerous plaque buildup in arteries
The supplement Aged Garlic Extract can reverse the buildup of deadly plaque in arteries and help prevent the progression of heart disease, according to a new study scheduled for publication in the Journal of Nutrition

Study finds strong link between pre-pregnancy obesity and infant deaths
The study found that infant mortality rates from preterm causes increased at higher BMIs, with rates twice as high for obese women than for normal-weight women

Tufts researchers find meals at 92 percent of dining establishments tip the scales
results of a new study suggest that it would be beneficial to public health for all restaurants to provide consumers with the nutritional content of their products.

Specialized nutrition supplement is associated with a 50 percent lower death rate in patients with heart or lung disease, new study shows
Results from a new clinical trial show that a specialized oral nutrition supplement was associated with a 50 percent lower death rate in older malnourished patients with a heart or lung disease 90 days following hospitalization

Having a Diet Rich in Fiber Leads to a Better and Deeper Sleep
A study done at the Columbia University revealed that having a diet rich in fiber leads to a better and deeper sleep.

Sociable chimps harbor richer gut microbiomes
Spending time in close contact with others often means risking catching germs and getting sick. But being sociable may also help transmit good microbes, finds a multi-institutional study of gut microbiomes in chimpanzees.

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