Diet & Fitness


bacon-103014.jpg Low-carb, high-fat diets can help control epilepsy that is difficult to treat otherwise. Researchers analyzed five studies on ketogenic diets, which focus on foods like bacon, eggs, heavy cream, butter, fish and green vegetables, and found that 32 percent of the epilepsy patients on ketogenic diet had a decrease of 50 percent or more in the frequency of their seizures.

Fireballwhiskey-102914.jpg Fireball Cinnamon Whisky has been recalled in Norway, Sweden and Finland after a batch of the booze, meant to be shipped to North America, was shipped there. The drink contains propylene glycol, a substance used in antifreeze, in higher levels in its North American batches than in its European batches.

img3-102714.jpg Murray's Inc. has recalled over 31,000 pounds of breaded chicken products that were shipped to retail outlets across the country. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the chicken may be infected with Staphylococcal bacteria, a type of bacteria commonly implicated in food-borne illnesses and Staph infections.

purplerbeanspowder-102714.jpg A compound found in cocoa may help reverse the effects of aging-related memory, according to research conducted at Columbia University Medical Center. The study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, gave high doses of a cocoa drink, prepared by Mars, Inc., to study participants in the 50 to 69 age range.

Greencoffee-102314.jpg A new study that was promoted on the Dr. Oz Show has been redacted because it contained unverified data. The study, about the supposed weight loss benefits of green coffee bean and published in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity, claimed that green coffee bean extract pills could help people shed excess pounds without having to diet or exercise.

chiaseeds-102314.jpg Chia seeds may pose a risk if they are not consumed properly, according to a new study. The study, conducted at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., shows that the seeds, which offer a rich source of fiber, protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, should not be eaten in their dry, raw form. Before eating the seeds, they should be mixed with enough liquid.

Beer-030512_21Aug12.jpg Those who make the transition from moderate drinkers to problem drinkers may have their DNA to thank, according to research conducted at the University of California-San Francisco. The animal study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, isolated a protein - brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) - and tracked its relation to alcohol use disorder (AUD).

soda-102014.jpg Sugar speeds up the aging process as much as smoking, according to research conducted at the University of California at San Francisco. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, surveyed data on over 5,300 healthy Americans from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

VitaminD-010913.jpg Vitamin D supplements may help kids with eczema, according to research conducted at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia. The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, collected data on 107 Mongolian kids (aged 2-17) with atopic dermatitis (AD) that had flared up in cold weather.

sportsdrink-101514.jpg Athletes who consume sports drinks may be at a high risk of poor oral health, according to research conducted at the University College London. The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, surveyed data on 39 published studies on the oral health of elite athletes. "Oral health could be an easy win for athletes, as the oral conditions that can affect performance . . ."

diet-022513.jpg The Mediterranean diet, rich in whole grains, fruits, beans, fish and olive oil, may help reverse metabolic syndrome, according to research conducted at the Hospital Universitari de Sant Joan de Reus, in Spain. The study, published in CMAJ, surveyed the effects of the Mediterranean diet on metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by a collection of risk factors for heart disease.

pickyeater-101514.jpg Eating disorders may start in elementary school, according to research conducted at the University of Montreal. The study, presented at a meeting of the Eating Disorders Association of Canada in Vancouver, surveyed data on 215 kids (ages 8-12) with eating problems. The research team found that over 15 percent made themselves vomit from time to time and 52 percent had been hospitalized.

familymeal-101414.jpg Enjoying calm and positive family meal times can help manage childrens' weight and prevent childhood obesity. Researchers examined recordings of the mealtimes of 120 families with children between the ages of 6 and 12, tracking the length of meals, the type of food served, and the way that family members related to each other during the meal.

coffee-022113.jpg Those who drink decaf coffee may enjoy improved liver function, according to a new study from researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 28,000 American adults aged 20 and older who provided details about their coffee consumption. "Our findings link total and decaffeinated coffee intake to lower liver enzyme levels."

Food-101014.jpg On average chain restaurants across the U.S. are cutting calories, according to research conducted at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, surveyed menu items from 66 of the nation's top 100 restaurants in 2012 and 2013. Newer, lower calorie items were found to contain an average of 60 fewer calories.