Heather L. Makar

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Diet modification is key in prevention of postmenopausal breast cancer

Pinpointing the interactions between age-related hormone shifts, dietary choices, and development of cancers is something that researchers at UCLA have been investigating. What scientist Rowan Chlebowski MD, PhD, of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, along with his fellow researchers found, was that postmenopausal women who maintained a lower-fat diet tended to have a greater […]

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DHA Can Protect The Brain From The Damaging Effects of Fructose

Recent studies have highlighted the detrimental effects to hundreds of genes following the consumption of fructose, a form of sugar that’s extremely common in the typical Western diet. These damaged genes can lead to the development of diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, metabolic dysregulation, and cardiovascular disease.These rat studies focused primarily on the hypothalamic and […]

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Caution Feeding Rice Cakes To Infants

Rice cereal and other rice products are typical choices for parents when first beginning to introduce foods into a baby’s diet. Many consider this bland grain to be a healthy and versatile introductory food as well as go-to snack for babies and infants in the form of cereals, cakes, and cooked meals. While it may […]

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Strawberries Can Improve Vascular and Cognitive Health

Strawberries are a staple treat in many homes, and recent research is suggesting that these common summer fruits can improve markers related to inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and decreased cognitive function. Three recent studies using different forms of strawberries and different risk group populations show a great deal of potential for using the humble strawberry to […]

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Can Eating Meat Help You Sleep Better?

Those looking to lose excess bodyweight are advised to get enough sleep, as this helps to balance the hormonal cascade and initiates cell repair and normalization. New research is showing that a diet higher in protein not only helps with weight loss, but also improves sleep at the same time, making it twice as easy […]

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Good Nutrition Benefits Childhood Behavior and Development

Since Liu and Raine noted that positive social behavior, intelligence, and overall mental and physical well-being begins with childhood behaviors, they aimed to show that good nutrition has a positive effect on these developmental landmarks. “In the same study,” Raine said, “we’ve shown that children with positive social behavior, eight years later, they have higher […]

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Fast Food Increases Exposure to Phthalates

Phthalates are a type of additive found in many plastics used to make them more flexible and more difficult to break. These chemicals are often referred to as plasticizers. Some phthalates are used as solvents for other materials, while others are used in common products like adhesives, vinyl flooring, detergents, and waterproof clothing like raincoats. […]

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