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Zinc Deficiency is Common and Linked to Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Inflammatory Diseases 11/23/12

A 2012 study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry has shown the importance of zinc supplementation, especially as we get older, as an importance means to help prevent cancer, support immune function, and control inflammation associated with many health problems, including cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease and diabetes.   Previous studies by the same researchers showed that in both animal and human studies zinc deficiency can cause DNA damage linked ...

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Probiotic Supplements Shown To Be Best Approach To Prevent C-difficile Infection In Hospitalized Patients 08/30/12

It is well documented that antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) is a common complication of antibiotic use. This problem is reported to affect 5–70% of adult patients taking antibiotic drugs. In 10–25% of cases, AAD is caused by bacterium known as Clostridium difficile, resulting inC. difficile-associated diarrhea, CDAD). CDAD is particularly important in elderly hospitalized patients as they represent the subpopulation with the highest risk for this problem. The severity of AAD may range ...

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Free Radicals Weaken Immune System In Aging: Antioxidants shown to reverse the damage 07/18/12

It is widely known that our immune system becomes weaker and less efficient as we age. This results in greater risk of more virulent infections, which can be life-threatening (e.g. pneumonia in older persons) and greater risk of cancer development.  A weakened immune system is partly responsible for the dramatic rise in the incidence of many of cancers in people over 50 years of age.   There are a number of reasons for a decline in immune function as we age. The thymus gland shrinks and b...

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Pet Turtles – An Important Cause of Salmonella Outbreaks 07/04/12

From August 2010 to September 2011 a multistate outbreak of salmonella infection was reported by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sixty-four percent of patients interviewed reported exposure to a turtle in the week preceding their illness. This was the fifth multistate outbreak of salmonella infections associated with exposure to small turtles in the previous 5 years. In the United States, selling turtles with a shell less than 4 inches in length was banned by the US FDA in 1975. Yet, small turtles con...

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