Archive for June 11th, 2013

Heavy TV viewing linked to more junk food intake in kids

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Commercial TV viewing in the home was found to be related to greater junk food consumption among children, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Michigan.

The researchers at the University of Michigan interviewed over 100 parents about a wide variety of home and family characteristics, including child and parent media exposure, and child dietary intake.

Kristen Harrison and Mericarmen Peralta, conducted separate interviews with children in preschools to get a sense of what children thought made up a healthy meal.

The aim of the research was to see how family characteristics were associated with children’s dietary intake and perceptions of healthy meals.

Using food security as a marker, Harrison found that the media-junk food link is very strong among food-secure people, and almost zero among food-insecure people.

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Grilled foods may increase cancer risk

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

It’s time for picnics and parties with lots of grilled goodies, but experts at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have warned that all that sizzling and flipping on the gas or charcoal grill may also be cooking up cancer-causing chemicals.

And surprisingly, those chemicals have been linked to breast, stomach, prostate, and colon cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

But Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, a Dana-Farber nutritionist, said that doesn’t mean giving up those tasty summer time treats like burgers, steaks, and ribs.

“It’s really about planning ahead and making wise choices,” he stated.

There are two risk factors to keep in mind. First, research has shown that high-heat grilling can convert proteins in red meat, pork, poultry, and fish into heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These chemicals have been linked to a number of cancers.

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Too much soft drink may put youngsters at risk of diabetes, heart disease

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Young people consuming more than one can of soft drink daily are more likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes, heart disease or a stroke, a new study has claimed.

The health of 1400 teenagers were followed by The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Perth, as part of its ongoing long-term Raine Study into children’s health.

The new results showed that drinking more than one can of fizzy, sugary drink resulted in lower levels of good cholesterol and higher levels of bad triglyceride in the blood – regardless of whether the people consuming it were overweight, the Age reported.

Researchers said that meant that these teenagers were at higher risk of cardio-metabolic disease later in life.

The Raine Study began in 1989 when 2900 pregnant women were recruited, and their kid’s health has been assessed from birth.

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Ayurveda Q&A: Treating bronchitis allergy

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

This week’s answers:

Dear Sir,

I have a one year old daughter. For the past two months she was suffering from cold and congestion and noisy breathing. The doctor says that she is suffering from prolonged bronchitis allergy as her father also has the same problem. This problem shall even more increase in the rainy season. He has suggested pump for her but i am not interested in giving her the pump. Her weight is around 9 kgs. She is very active and playful and good in all other parameters as per her age. But as become little weak in the past one month. Although she walks, but her legs seem weak.

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