Author: Dick Benson

CHPA Petitions FDA to Establish a Clear Path for CBD in Dietary Supplements

November 19, 2019

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) submitted a citizen petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to exercise its existing statutory authority to swiftly issue regulations that establish a clear pathway for manufacturers to lawfully market cannabidiol (CBD) in dietary supplements. “Intense consumer demand and commercial interest has resulted in […]

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The pathway to Parkinson’s takes a surprising twist

November 19, 2019

In neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease, a specific group of neurons start to perish one by one, causing movement problems and other symptoms. Scientists have long focused on finding out why these neurons die. Now it turns out, they might not even be dead. Rockefeller researchers found that affected neurons in Parkinson’s disease can shut […]

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New finding offers possibility for preventing age-related metabolic disease

November 19, 2019

A study by researchers at Yale has uncovered why belly fat surrounding organs increases as people age, a finding that could offer new treatment possibilities for improving metabolic health, thereby reducing the likelihood for diseases like diabetes and atherosclerosis that stem from inflammation. Led by Dr. Vishwa Deep Dixit, the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of […]

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Cultivating joy through mindfulness: An antidote to opioid misuse, the disease of despair

November 4, 2019

New research shows that a specific mind-body therapy, Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), increases the brain’s response to natural, healthy rewards while also decreasing the brain’s response to opioid-related cues. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, examined data from four experiments involving 135 adults who took opioids daily for chronic pain. The study […]

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Being Physically Active Can Lower Older Adults’ Risk for Dying

November 4, 2019

For older adults, being physically active is an important part of overall good health. In fact, experts say that nine percent of all premature deaths are caused by not getting enough physical activity. Physical activity is known to reduce deaths from heart disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease, and mental illness. A team of researchers looked […]

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Male Marijuana Use Might Double the Risk of Partner’s Miscarriage

November 4, 2019

If a man habitually uses marijuana even as little as once a week, could that increase the risk of his partner experiencing a miscarriage in early pregnancy? A first-of-its-kind study suggests so. By analyzing more than six years of lifestyle and behavioral data from 1,535 heterosexual couples actively trying to conceive, Boston University School of […]

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Study of twins shows what’s good for the heart is good for the brain

November 4, 2019

Emory University researchers are giving us double the reasons to pay attention to our cardiovascular health – showing in a recently published study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that good heart health can equal good brain health. The American Heart Association defines ideal cardiovascular health (CVH) across seven modifiable risk factors (blood sugar, serum […]

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Researchers find high-intensity exercise improves memory in seniors

November 4, 2019

Researchers at McMaster who examine the impact of exercise on the brain have found that high-intensity workouts improve memory in older adults. The study, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, has widespread implications for treating dementia, a catastrophic disease that affects approximately half a million Canadians and is expected to rise dramatically […]

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Projected doubling of Americans living with dementia

October 30, 2019

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias will double to nearly 13 million over the next 20 years, according to the new Milken Institute report Reducing the Cost and Risk of Dementia: Recommendations to Improve Brain Health and Decrease Disparities. Milken Institute research estimates that by 2020, roughly 4.7 million women […]

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Potential new target for treatment of gout

October 30, 2019

Researchers at Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane and elsewhere have identified a new therapeutic target for the treatment of gout, a common type of arthritis that causes episodes of painful and stiff joints. Published in the journal Cellular and Molecular Immunology, their study suggests that blocking a signaling molecule known as TAK1 can suppress […]

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