Excess pregnancy weight gain tied to risk for delivery complications

Women who gain more weight than recommended while pregnant may increase their chances for serious complications at delivery, a study of more than a half-million births in New York City suggests

Excess pregnancy weight gain tied to risk for delivery complicationsIn particular, women who gained more than 20 pounds above the guideline amounts had significantly higher rates of heart failure, severe high blood pressure and needing a transfusion or ventilation, researchers report in Obstetrics & Gynecology. “We have seen a huge surge in maternal mortality in this country, and when we look at the risk […]

Diet rich in fish helps fight asthma, reveals study

A clinical trial led by La Trobe University has shown eating fish such as salmon, trout and sardines as part of a healthy diet can reduce asthma symptoms in children

Diet rich in fish helps fight asthma, reveals studyThe international study found children with asthma who followed a healthy Mediterranean diet enriched with fatty fish had improved lung function after six months. Lead researcher Maria Papamichael from La Trobe said the findings added to a growing body of evidence that a healthy diet could be a potential therapy for childhood asthma. “We already […]

Nutrition has a greater impact on bone strength than exercise, reveals study

If you think lifting weights is the only way to tone your muscles? Think again, because nutrition has a better impact, according to a new report

Nutrition has a greater impact on bone strength than exercise, reveals studyOne question that scientists and fitness experts alike would love to answer is whether exercise or nutrition has a bigger positive impact on bone strength. University of Michigan researchers looked at mineral supplementation and exercise in mice, and found surprising results—nutrition has a greater impact on bone mass and strength than exercise. Further, even after […]

Temporary low-calorie diet may reduce inflammatory bowel disease, reveals study

A low-calorie diet may help alleviate the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). That’s according to experiments with mice with IBD who were fed a low-calorie, low-protein diet and had reduced intestinal inflammation and a regenerated gut as a result

Temporary low-calorie diet may reduce inflammatory bowel disease, reveals studyIn humans, IBD includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which both cause inflammation of the intestines. They have been associated with a combination of genetic and environmental factors, including a diet high in animal protein. Valter Longo and his colleagues at the University of Southern California fed 18 mice with IBD symptoms a reduced-calorie diet […]

Foods with low nutritional quality tied to higher cancer risk, reveals study

We know that a diet packed with sugary, fatty foods and a lack of exercise can make us more prone to developing a host of life-shortening illnesses, but this is thought to be the first large study to focus on the link between the nutritional content of our food and cancer

Foods with low nutritional quality tied to higher cancer risk, reveals studyPeople who regularly eat foods with a low nutritional quality have a higher risk of developing cancer. The study authors state that more countries should now enforce food labelling that clearly specifies nutritional value. The British Food Standards Agency developed their nutrient profiling system (FSAm-NPS) as a way to ensure that people are able to […]

Poor food intake common in hospitalised patients, suggest new study

Approximately one-third of adult inpatients are at risk for malnutrition and poorer outcomes due to not eating their meals, despite being allowed to eat, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Poor food intake common in hospitalised patients, suggest new study  Abby C. Sauer, R.D., from Abbott Nutrition in Columbus, Ohio, and colleagues assessed malnutrition risk and the impact of food intake on 30-day in-hospital mortality using the nutrition Day in the U.S. dataset (2009 to 2015 for 9,959 adult patients from 601 wards). The researchers found that the overall prevalence of malnutrition risk (Malnutrition […]

Including red raspberries in the diet can help people with pre-diabetes

A study released today from the Illinois Institute of Technology shows the benefits of including red raspberries in the diet of individuals with pre-diabetes and insulin resistance

Including red raspberries in the diet can help people with pre-diabetesThe study, published in obesity, investigated the effects of red raspberries in a group of people at-risk for diabetes who were overweight or obese and presented with prediabetes and insulin resistance. A metabolically healthy control group was also included in the study for reference. Using a randomised, controlled, acute study design, 32 adults between the […]

Onion and garlic consumption can help reduce cancer risk, reveals new study

Scientists from the First Hospital of China Medical University recently set out to understand whether consuming greater amounts of these vegetables might prevent people from developing colorectal cancer. They recently published their results in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology

Onion and garlic consumption can help reduce cancer risk, reveals new study  Garlic, onions, leeks, chives, and shallots are classed as allium vegetables. They are grown throughout much of the world and form the bedrock of family meals far and wide. Earlier studies have shown that certain compounds in allium vegetables — including flavanols and organosulphur compounds — are bioactive. Some have been shown to hinder […]

Adding blueberries to your diet can slash heart disease risk by 20%

New research zooms in on the cardiovascular effects of blueberries and finds that anthocyanins, the phytochemicals that give blueberries their colour, mediate the beneficial effects that this fruit has on the cardiovascular system

Adding blueberries to your diet can slash heart disease risk by 20%Health experts recommend that people with high blood pressure stay in control of the condition by eating healthfully, exercising, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight. But should you eat anything in particular to keep your arteries healthy? In a previous Spotlight feature, we rounded up 16 foods that studies have suggested can improve cardiovascular […]

Consuming these foods can help boost and improve your brainpower

Just as there is no magic pill to prevent cognitive decline, no single almighty brain food can ensure a sharp brain as you age. Nutritionists emphasize that the most important strategy is to follow a healthy dietary pattern that includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains

Consuming these foods can help boost and improve your brainpowerTry to get protein from plant sources and fish and chose healthy fats, such as olive oil or canola, rather than saturated fats. That said, certain foods in this overall scheme are particularly rich in healthful components like omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and antioxidants, which are known to support brain health and often referred […]
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