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study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 63rd annual meeting, confirms that eating berries can lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease. The study involved 49,281 men and 80,336 women that were monitored for 20 to 22 years.


The researchers concluded that the women who consumed the most anthocya- nins, a class of flavonoids found mostly in berries, had a lower risk of developing the disease than those whose diet contained less or different classes of flavonoids. For men, berry anthocyanins, as well as flavonoids found in apples and oranges and other rich dietary sources, made a significant difference in their freedom from the disease.

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esearchers from the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health have found that dietary intake of the polyunsaturated fats found in fish have anti-inflammatory proper- ties and show promise for the effective treatment and prevention of periodontitis. Study results were published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Periodontitis is a common inflammatory disease, in which the supporting bone and fibers that hold teeth in place become damaged. Pockets can form be- low the gum line that trap food and plaque, which if left unchecked, can result in structural bone and tooth loss. Proper dental treatment and improved home care can usually help prevent further damage.

Source: Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010


nyone who prefers diet sodas over regular soda pop for fear of high sugar levels might want to consider this: Accord- ing to new research presented at the American Stroke Associa- tion’s International Stroke Conference 2011, people who drink diet sodas every day still have a much higher risk of vascular disease—61 percent higher—compared with those who drink no sodas at all.

These are the findings of the large, multi-ethnic North- ern Manhattan Study of 2,564 individuals that were moni- tored and analyzed in terms of the types and amount of sodas they drank for an average of 9.3 years, during which 559 vas- cular events occurred. “If our results are confirmed with future studies, then it would suggest that diet soda may not be the optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages for protection against vascular outcomes,” says lead author Hannah Garden- er, a doctor of science and epidemiologist at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.

Source: American Heart Association, 2011 Find Your Path

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