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Researchers are finding more evidence that women who take S.S.R.I. depressants like Prozac and Zoloft increase the likelihood of a variety of health problems in their newborns.
By RONI CARYN RABIN
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Nutrition, Mind, Body
The oldest known muscle tissues have been found, researchers report, in the fossilized tissues of a soft-bodied creature that shares a common ancestor with modern sea anemones, jellyfish and corals.
By SINDYA N. BHANOO
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Latest Cancer News/Research
In a finding that upends long-held notions about a healthy diet, a major study shows that avoiding carbohydrates and eating more fat contributes to weight loss and fewer cardiovascular risks.






By ANAHAD O’CONNOR
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Latest Cancer News/Research
In the fruit fly and the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, scientists have found a choreography of genes strikingly similar to human DNA, with the potential for insights into genetic disorders.






By CARL ZIMMER
3 months 2 weeks ago
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(MedPage Today) -- As Stand Up To Cancer approaches its fourth telecast, a Nobel laureate -- and others -- reflect on its effect on science and culture.
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It’s not a new pill or any type of high-tech sleeping aid. Instead, researchers at Louisiana State University have shown that insomnia-plagued seniors can sleep nearly an hour and a half longer nightly by drinking two eight-ounce glasses of tart Montmorency cherry juice daily. The cherries are a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that regulates the sleep/wake cycle, and the juice also contains proanthocyanidins (a type of antioxidant) that the research team credits with helping to promote sleep. In addition, the constituents in the juice help increase the availability of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep. The investigators made the point that cherry juice may be a better sedative for seniors than prescription medications, which can increase the risk of falls and related hip fractures. The cherry juice findings were presented Monday, April 28, at the "Dietary Bioactive Components: Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Effects of Dietary Bioactive Components" section of the annual meeting of the American Society of Nutrition, held in conjunction with the Experimental Biology 2014 meeting in San Diego. The findings have been submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

My take? We know that cherry juice can help reduce the pain of arthritis, gout and exercise related muscle pain. The Louisiana State study was pretty small – only seven seniors (average age 68) participated, but its findings are encouraging and it might be worth considering cherry juice to help address sleeplessness, especially for older individuals. I’ve recommended melatonin as an occasional sleep aid for some time. I suggest trying sublingual tablets (to be placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve); take 2.5 mg at bedtime, making sure that your bedroom is completely dark. A much lower dose, 0.25 to 0.3 mg, is more effective for regular use. I also recommend valerian as an alternative to benzodiazepines and other prescription sleep aids. You can find standardized extracts in health food stores and pharmacies. Take one to two capsules a half hour before bedtime.

Dr. Weil
3 months 2 weeks ago
Nutrition, Mind, Body
One in 60 people over the age of 60 who had invisible blood in their urine -- identified by their GP testing their urine -- transpired to have bladder cancer, researchers report. The figure was around half of those who had visible blood in their urine -- the best known indicator of bladder cancer. However, it was still higher than figures for other potential symptoms of bladder cancer that warrant further investigation.
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Latest Cancer News/Research
The human protein EGFR controls cell growth. It has mutated in case of many cancer cells or exists in excessive numbers. For this reason it serves as a point of attack for target-oriented therapies. A study group has now discovered that the risk of this protein does not -- as previously assumed -- depend on its presence within the tumor cell, but rather from its activity in the cells adjacent to the tumor.
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Latest Cancer News/Research
Why today’s physician’s are so unhappy? The practice of medicine has drastically changed in the last 20 years  – and not for the better. I had dinner with an MD friend last Thursday and at 52 years old he is extremely happy. He’s happy not because of his love for his profession but because he’d… [Read More]
Dr. Geo
3 months 2 weeks ago
Nutrition, Mind, Body
Alana Sugar

Turkey Sloppy Janes

Lots of people are keeping their fat and calorie intake down by choosing plant proteins like legumes and soy along with lean meats like skinless chicken or turkey, and less red meat. If you love hamburger and want a good alternative, you may want to try ground turkey in your recipes. You can use it just as you would ground meat, like beef, lamb or pork. It’s surprisingly good, especially when combined with other flavorful ingredients. In addition to hamburgers, begin cooking with ground turkey in recipes like Veggie Packed Meatloaf with Quinoa or Taco Salad.

When substituting ground turkey for another form of ground meat, always use equal amounts unless otherwise stated in a recipe. Ground turkey can be flavored with the same seasonings, herbs and spices used for ground red meat. Remember, ground turkey breast is very lean, so you may need to add extra fat or moisture (in the form of eggs, sauces or shredded fruits and veggies) and make sure you don’t over cook it. Sloppy Turkey Janes and Mini Turkey Meatloaf and Maple Green Beans are good examples of adding extra moisture. Ground turkey thigh meat is a bit fattier making it more forgiving, so we usually like to mix the two.

Swapping ground turkey for ground beef, pork or lamb, can save quite a bit of fat and calories, and there is no need to compromise on flavor. Here are some delicious ways to use ground turkey:

Need more cooked ground turkey ideas? Make tacos, put it on pizza, add it to a shepherd’s pie or sprinkle it on leafy green salads or grain salads.

Do you cook with ground turkey and have a good recipe? I’d love to hear it.

allison.burch@wholefoods.com
3 months 2 weeks ago
Nutrition, Mind, Body

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