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In very ill, probiotics do not prevent superbugs from colonizing intestinal tract
The pilot study followed 70 patients admitted to ICUs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital? in St. Louis. Researchers studied whether the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG could prevent the intestinal colonization of superbugs such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Multiple sclerosis linked to lower levels of vitamin D
Having low levels of vitamin D doubles the risk of developing multiple sclerosis, an association that researchers conclude supports a causal relationship

Child obesity at highest level in Canada and U.S.
The prevalence of obesity in recent years among those aged three to 19 was 13 per cent in Canada, compared with 17.5 per cent in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said

High iron intake may increase appetite, disease risk
Using an animal model, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found that dietary iron intake, equivalent to heavy red meat consumption, suppresses leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite.

One in five over-65s drink at unsafe levels
One in five older people who drink alcohol are consuming it at unsafe levels - over 21 units of alcohol for men and 14 units for women each week - according to a study by King's College London.

Anti-aging tricks from dietary supplement seen in mice
In human cells, shortened telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes, are both a sign of aging and contribute to it.

New International Study Reveals Dangerously High Levels of Salt in Children’s Meals and Calls for Global Action NOW
The survey found that over half the meals sold in Canada contained more than one gram of salt - which is more than an eight-year-old should eat in one sitting.

E-cigarettes could be prescribed by the NHS to help smokers quit, report says
E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco and could be prescribed on the NHS in future to help smokers quit, a review of their use has concluded.

Hot chilli may unlock a new treatment for obesity
University of Adelaide researchers have discovered a high-fat diet may impair important receptors located in the stomach that signal fullness.

Even light, moderate alcohol intake may increase risk for certain cancers
US study finds light drinking linked only to minimal increase in risk of all cancers but daily drink raises chances of breast cancer for women significantly

Vitamin D Supplements Could Help Reduce Falls in Homebound Elderly
Every year falls affect approximately one in three older adults living at home, with approximately one in 10 falls resulting in serious injury.

Nutrition Supplements Add Weight, not Longevity for Many Seniors
While taking nutritional supplements helps older adults in the general population gain weight, they don't necessarily live longer or function better than those who don't take supplements, according to a research review article by Saint Louis University geriatricians

NIH study finds cutting dietary fat reduces body fat more than cutting carbs
In a recent study, restricting dietary fat led to body fat loss at a rate 68 percent higher than cutting the same number of carbohydrate calories when adults with obesity ate strictly controlled diets.

Vitamin D in teens: Don’t overdo it, bad things might happen
Dosing obese teens with vitamin D shows no benefits for their heart health or diabetes risk, and could have the unintended consequences of increasing cholesterol and fat-storing triglycerides

Fish oil helps minimize disorders for those at risk of schizophrenia, study finds
The new research is the first to document rigorously the impact of fish oil supplements as a means of preventing severe psychiatric disease.

Protein-Packed Breakfast Prevents Body Fat Gain in Overweight Teens
Approximately 60 percent of young people habitually skip breakfast up to four times a week, previous research has shown.

Trans fats, but not saturated fats, linked to greater risk of death
A study led by researchers at McMaster University has found that that trans fats are associated with greater risk of death and coronary heart disease, but saturated fats are not associated with an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke, or Type 2 diabetes.

Southern diet could raise your risk of heart attack
Researchers characterized Southern-style cuisine as fried foods, fatty foods, egg dishes, processed meats, organ meats, and sweet drinks.

Universal iodine supplementation during pregnancy could offer huge cost savings
Iodine deficiency in pregnancy remains the leading cause of preventable retardation worldwide. Even mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy is associated with children with lower IQs

Could Too Many Refined Carbs Make You Depressed?
New research shows that eating too much of these highly processed foods might also raise their risk of depression.

Healthy Food Tips for Back-to-School Success
Start the year off on solid footing by making good nutrition part of your child?s schedule. Multiple studies have shown that good nutrition, improved hydration and proper sleep play a huge role in academic success.

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