Dentists Can Help Identify Diabetes (Dental Tribune International)

Researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine found that dental visits represent a chance to intervene in the diabetes epidemic by identifying individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are unaware of their condition. The study sought to develop and evaluate an identification protocol for high blood sugar levels in dental patients.

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Researchers found that, in this at-risk dental population, a simple algorithm composed of only two dental parameters (number of missing teeth and percentage of deep periodontal pockets) was effective in identifying patients with unrecognised pre-diabetes or diabetes…MORE

US Docs Are Overprescribing Drugs, Study Finds (MSNBC)

Nearly half of all Americans have used at least one prescription drug in the past month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and experts say overprescribing is rampant.

By definition, that means people are being exposed to side effects, sometimes fatal, without the benefits that would justify those risks.

“Often what is really bothering them is not cured with a pill, but rather through exercise, physical therapy, or diet changes,” [Dr. Gordon] Schiff told Reuters Health…MORE

Low-Carbohydrate, High-Protein Diets May Reduce Both Tumor Growth Rates & Cancer Risk (Science Daily)

Eating a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet may reduce the risk of cancer and slow the growth of tumors already present, according to a study published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

The study was conducted in mice, but the scientists involved agree that the strong biological findings are definitive enough that an effect in humans can be considered.

“This shows that something as simple as a change in diet can have an impact on cancer risk,” said lead researcher Gerald Krystal, Ph.D., a distinguished scientist at the British Columbia Cancer Research Centre…MORE

Dawn of Agriculture Took Toll on Health (Science Daily)

When populations around the globe started turning to agriculture around 10,000 years ago, regardless of their locations and type of crops, a similar trend occurred: The height and health of the people declined.

“This broad and consistent pattern holds up when you look at standardized studies of whole skeletons in populations,” says Amanda Mummert, an Emory graduate student in anthropology.

Mummert led the first comprehensive, global review of the literature regarding stature and health during the agriculture transition, to be published by the journal Economics and Human Biology.

“Many people have this image of the rise of agriculture and the dawn of modern civilization, and they just assume that a more stable food source makes you healthier,” Mummert says. “But early agriculturalists experienced nutritional deficiencies and had a harder time adapting to stress, probably because they became dependent on particular food crops, rather than having a more significantly diverse diet”…MORE

Muscle Health for Older Americans – Use It or Lose It (Wellness Resources)

Between ages 50 – 70 the average person loses 30% of their muscle, adversely altering metabolism, coordination, and mobility. A new study shows that this can be prevented with resistance training performed 3-4 times per week…MORE

Top 5 Actions Parents Can Take to Reduce Child Exposure to Toxic Chemicals at Home (MedicalXpress)

Leading Canadian health and environmental experts today issued a list of the top five ways parents can protect their children from toxic substances in and around the home.

Controlling house dust; switching to less-toxic, fragrance-free cleaners; taking extreme care with renovation projects; avoiding certain types and uses of plastics; and choosing fish that are low in mercury are the five priority actions recommended by the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) to reduce common sources of toxic exposure associated with child health risks.

“If parents take simple actions in these five areas, they can significantly reduce their children’s exposures to toxics – and even save money,” says Erica Phipps, CPCHE Partnership Director…MORE

And one opinion of note:

My Beef with MyPlate by Kristin Wartman, Certified Nutrition Educator (Civil Eats)

The underlying issue is quality of food not just quantity. But this won’t be addressed as long as industrial food corporations hold sway over the dietary guidelines. Discussing quality gets to the root problem of access to healthy, whole foods in this country. Quite simply, the USDA cannot insist that people eat only high quality foods while many don’t have access to them. Herein lies a conflict of interest for the USDA since it has the dual role of promoting the business of industrial food production and simultaneously advising Americans on healthy eating…MORE


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