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1. A University of California, San Francisco study found that being overweight increases the chances of developing kidney disease. American Journal of Kidney Disease 2013;November 29th. 

2. Turn down the thermostat and you’ll burn more calories, thus helping with weight loss, state researchers at the Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands. Annals of Medicine 2014;February 13th.

3. Men between the ages of 20- and 50-years showed improved attention and responsiveness when given a moderate-dose multivitamin supplement for 16 weeks, in a study from Swinburne University in Melbourne. Human Psychopharmacology 2014;29:73-82. 

4. At the University of Messina in Italy, researchers found that supplements of the omega-3 fat DHA in animals with spinal cord injuries reduced inflammation and tissue injury associated with the trauma. Journal of Neuroinflammation 2014;11:6.

5. Frequent consumption of chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa powder increased HDL-cholesterol and lowered inflammation in a study from the University of Tor Vergata in Rome. European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences 2013;17:2257-2266.

6. Hand washing and taking zinc supplements appear to be the two most effective treatments for preventing colds, claim researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2014;January 27th.

7. In a small sample of Alzheimer’s patients, researchers at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey found almost four-fold higher blood levels of the pesticides DDE and DDT compared with healthy controls, suggesting these pesticides increase amyloid protein plaque formation and raise disease risk. Journal of the American Medical Association: Neurology 2014;January 27th.

8. Grocery coupons might slim your food budget, but not your waistline, state researchers at the University of California, San Francisco who found most coupons are for junk foods, such as sugary drinks, deserts, chips, and crackers. Preventing Chronic Disease 2014;11:130211.

9. Several commonly used pesticides increase the risk for Parkinson’s disease by blocking enzymes that would otherwise deactivate aldehydes. As a result, aldehydes remain elevated and are highly toxic to brain cells that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine, state researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles. Neurology 2014;82:419-426.

10. How far can denial go? Researchers at the University of Nebraska report that one in every two parents of an overweight or obese child doesn’t think their child has a weight problem, while one in every seven parents of a normal-weight child worried their child was too skinny.  Pediatrics 2014;133:e689-e703.

11. Large doses of intravenous vitamin C helped boost chemotherapy’s ability to kill cancer cells in a study from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Science Translational Medicine 2014;February 5th. 

12. Adding low-fat, plain yogurt to the daily diet could cut diabetes risk by up to 28%, say researchers at the medical Research Council at the University of Cambridge. Diabetologia 2014;February 8th. 

13. You already know that people who sit too much are at higher risk for heart failure and early death, now a study from Northwestern University in Chicago reports that  seniors who exercise moderately to vigorously, but then sit much of the day are likely to end up disabled. Journal of Physical Activity & Health 2014;February 4th. 

14. Feeding patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a high-calorie, high-carbohydrate diet helps slow the progression of the disease, state researchers at Harvard Medical School. Lancet 2014;February 27th. 

15. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) not only lowers the risk for high blood pressure, but researchers at New York University School of Medicine found it also might be effective for preventing kidney stones, while being less restrictive than previous dietary recommendations for stone formers. American Journal of Kidney Disease 2014;63:456-463.

16. People who consume high-protein diets in middle age show a four-fold increased risk for dying from cancer or heart disease and a two-fold increased risk for premature death from any cause compared to people on lower-protein diets, according to a study from the University of Southern California. Cell Metabolism 2014;19:407-417.

17. Middle-aged people who are not physically fit have a four-fold increased risk for developing dementia later in life, says study from the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. Journal of Internal Medicine 2014; January 20th. 

18. Being overweight increases the risk for ovarian cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic, Harvard, and Rutgers Cancer Institute. Cancer Research 2014;74:852-861.

19. Obese teenage girls do worse in school compared to their leaner contemporaries, says a study from the University of Strathclyde and the University of Dundee. International Journal of Obesity 2014: March 11th. 

20. Researchers at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in The Netherlands found that reducing the salt in processed foods would cut heart attack rates by 4.8%, congestive heart failure cases by 1.7%, and stroke incidence by 5.8%, while extending life expectancies. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2013;99:446-453.

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