The Problem with Sour Candies & Other News of Note

Sour Candy Like Battery Acid to Teeth (CBS News)

Research indicates tooth enamel erodes in a pH of less than 4.0. More than two dozen popular candies were shown to have acid levels ranging from 3.0 pH down to 1.6 pH.

“When they’re gummy or sticky, then they stick to our tooth surface,” said [dentist Teresa] Fong. “If they’re not being cleared away from the tooth surface very quickly they have [an even] higher chance of causing cavities and they’re dissolving the enamel too.”

A parent’s first instinct may be to send children running to bush their teeth immediately after eating the sour candies. But research shows that could actually accelerate enamel loss, because the effect of the acid erosion can last 20 to 30 minutes after the candy is eaten…More

Yoga Reduces Cytokine Levels Known to Promote Inflammation, Research Shows (ScienceDaily)

Regularly practicing yoga exercises may lower a number of compounds in the blood and reduce the level of inflammation that normally rises because of both normal aging and stress, a new study has shown.

The study, done by Ohio State University researchers and just reported in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, showed that women who routinely practiced yoga had lower amounts of the cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) in their blood.

The women also showed smaller increases in IL-6 after stressful experiences than did women who were the same age and weight but who were not yoga practitioners…More

Eat Your Greens: They Can Prevent the Ill-Effects of Toxins in Foods (PhysOrg)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have found that a small dose of chlorophyll or chlorophyllin, found in green leafy vegetables, could reverse the effects of aflatoxin poisoning, a potent, naturally occurring carcinogenic. Food and food crops most prone to aflatoxin contamination include corn and corn products, cottonseed, peanuts and peanut products, tree nuts and milk. Aflatoxins can invade the food supply at anytime during production, processing, transport and storage…More

Trigger: Stress Kick Starts Tumor Growth (Futurity)

New research shows stress sends signals that cause cells to develop into tumors. The findings reveal a novel way cancer takes hold in the body – and suggests new ways to attack the deadly disease.

Yale University researchers report their findings online in the journal NatureMore

Cutting Salt as Good as Quitting Smoking (WebMD)

Cutting U.S. salt intake by just half a teaspoon a day would prevent up to 92,000 deaths, 99,000 heart attacks, and 66,000 strokes – a benefit as big as smoking cessation.

That’s the prediction from computer models that used real clinical data to predict the effects of small reductions in salt intake.

“The [heart] benefits of reduced salt intake are on par with the benefits of population-wide reductions in tobacco use, obesity, and cholesterol levels,” says Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD…More

Weight Training Improves Cognitive Function in Seniors (PhysOrg)

Weight-bearing exercises may help minimize cognitive decline and impaired mobility in seniors, according to a new study conducted by the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia.

The study, published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine, is one of the first randomized controlled trials of progressively intensive resistance training in senior women. Led by Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, researcher at the Centre and assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, the research team found that 12 months of once-weekly or twice-weekly resistance training improved executive cognitive function in senior women aged 65 to 75 years old. Executive cognitive functions are cognitive abilities necessary for independent living…More


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