IN THE NEWS: September 2014

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• Seniors who eat right, exercise, play “brain games,” and socialize perform better on memory and problem-solving tests compared to seniors who don’t follow these healthy habits, according to a study reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

• Supplementing with 10 milligrams of lutein and 2 milligrams of zeaxanthin significantly increased macular pigment optical density and lowered oxidative damage in eye tissue, thus potentially lowering the risk for later development of macular degeneration in a study presented at the International Carotenoids Society Meeting in Utah. 

• Daily exercise and a diet that regularly includes fatty seafood, such as salmon, helps lower the odds of relapse in colon cancer patients, according to a study reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago. 

• The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning that weight loss products that contain bee pollen could be dangerous, including an increased risk for cardiac issues, chest pain, heart palpitations, tachycardia, increased blood pressure, seizures, insomnia, diarrhea, and even death. 

• An international committee has voiced concerns about inorganic arsenic in rice, which is a known carcinogen with no recognized safe level. They recommend avoidance of all rice drinks for infants and young children and enforcement of strict regulations on all rice products regarding arsenic content. (Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 2014; July 11th. )

• According to a CDC report, up to 34% of obese and 81% of overweight children and teens think they are at, or close to, their ideal body weight. 

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