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Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2008
WACHA director Professor Leon Flicker said people over the age of 50 could pro-actively prevent memory deterioration by joining in simple and easy exercises each day.
“What our trial tells us is that older people who take up some form of aerobic exercise for as little as 20 minutes a day will be more likely to remember things like shopping lists, family birthdays and friend’s names,” he said.
“People don’t have to run a marathon to get the benefits – it’s as simple as doing some forms of simple activity like walking or dancing, every day for around 20 minutes.
“The results of this trial are very encouraging and a great step forward in helping older people improve their memory and potentially delay the progression of dementia which can eventually lead to Alzheimer’s disease.”
A new article in the September 15th issue of Biological Psychiatry, by the UCLA Cousins Center research team, reports that losing sleep for even part of one night can trigger the key cellular pathway that produces tissue-damaging inflammation. The findings suggest a good night’s sleep can ease the risk of both heart disease and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.
High Doses of Vitamin D Safe for School Children (Foodconsumer.org)
Vitamin D is important for children’s bone health. But there has been a concern about its toxicity at high doses. A new study released recently has now found high doses of this wonder vitamin D are safe for children, Reuters reported.
Currently the Institute of Medicine recommends a daily intake of 200 IU vitamin D3 for children. The study showed as much as 2,000 IU per day is safe for children.
What You Need to Know About Women’s Oral Health (Medical News Today)
Changes in women’s oral health care needs are primarily related to changing hormone levels. During puberty, the rise in hormone levels can lead to swollen and sensitive gums, as well as mouth sores. Long-term use of oral contraceptives can lead to gingivitis, as they contain progesterone or estrogen. In addition, women who take oral contraceptives are twice as susceptible to develop dry socket….
It is especially important to maintain good oral health during pregnancy. Due to the increase in hormone levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone, pregnant women are more at risk to develop inflamed gums, which if left untreated can lead to gum disease. Pregnant women who are diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease are more likely to have pre-term, low birth-weight babies. To help prevent periodontal disease, brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily.
Gums and Teeth Give Clues About What’s Going on Inside Your Body (Belleville News-Democrat)
The way to a person’s heart is through his stomach, the adage goes. But researchers now think the way to a healthy heart might be through your gums and teeth.
Evidence suggests that the healthier they are, the stronger and less disease-prone the heart is. If you don’t floss or brush, you might be setting yourself up not just for gum disease but also for heart disease.
The link between what’s happening in your mouth and in the rest of your body goes further still: Gum disease might be a kind of early warning system, with poor oral health linked to diabetes, kidney disease, preterm labor, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and even certain types of cancer.
Note: This article ends with tips for keeping your teeth and gums healthy, including one that we disagree with completely: giving supplemental fluoride to children as young as 6 months if their water isn’t fluoridated. Fluoride is a known toxin and should not be used at all.