In The News: Nov/Dec 2014

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  • A vegan diet and vitamin B12 supplements help ease diabetic neuropathy pain, according to a study reported at the American Association of Diabetes Educators in Orlando.
  • The American Academy of Dermatology issued a report stating that stress affects inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, and may play a role in skin aging and skin cancer.
  • The more physically fit middle-school girls are, the less likely they are to be depressed, according to a study from the University of North Texas reported at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C.
  • Researchers at the University of Oslo report that excessive body weight generates an unfavorable inflammatory condition, which might explain why obesity is linked to heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other ills.
  • In a review of seafood safety, Consumer Reports concludes that pregnant women should avoid eating tuna, especially canned tuna and sushi made with tuna, because of its high mercury content.
  • One way to fight childhood obesity is to read labels, advises the Food and Drug Administration. Check serving size, which might be different from the amount a child typically eats. Also, 5% of any nutrient is low, while 20% or more is high. Avoid any product that contains sugar in the first few ingredients.
  • Energy drinks can cause arrhythmias and even sudden death, according to a study reported at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology in Barcelona.
  • Red wine only helps lower heart disease risk if a person also exercises, according to a study reported at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology in Barcelona.
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