Monthly Archives: July 2015
Supplements of nutrient vitamin D combined with weight loss can lower the cancer risk, suggests a research outcome. The combination supposedly impacts inflammation related to cancer and some chronic diseases. It was discovered by a cancer research institute as per randomized and managed clinical trials. It involved as much as a 200 participants who were overweight and postmenopausal women lacking sufficient level of Vitamin D. The lead researcher Duggan believes that owing to their past researches, weight loss helps people reduce harmful inflammation levels. Evidences have emerged indicating vitamin D intake through supplements may impact on the same lines for those lacking it. Catherine Duggan is a PhD scholar and staff scientist of Fred Hutch’s Public Health Sciences Division.
The research done by these experts on this subject is the only one of its kind. It is the only one so far to analyze the two different aspects of weight loss and Vitamin D intake which can drop down inflammation levels in human beings. Catherine believes that the addition of this vitamin D heightens the overall impact of weight loss upon inflammatory biomarkers. The study can be a foundation based on which future researchers may conduct an in-depth analysis of the same to examine other aspects. It is not the one to base assumptions but a stepping stone to explore other components.
The study came out in a cancer research journal in online format which is American Association’s Cancer Research Journal. Over 200 women participated in a yearlong exercise and diet routine. The entire program included up to 45 minutes exercise ranging from moderate to intensive for 5 days per week. One half of research participants were selected randomly for receiving up to 2,000 IU of this vitamin D on regular basis. This was only for the 12 month period of trials when another half got either an identical looking placebo or the dummy vitamin.
The researchers involved actively in this one year study ensured that inflammation biomarkers underwent measurements from start to finish. When the study ended, all of its participants recorded lower inflammation levels irrespective of vitamin D intake or not. Researcher Duggan believes that the outcome throws light on weight loss importance in lowering harmful standards of inflammation. It is a finding which is likely to bear sweeter fruits in future as soon the awareness is actively spread across socio-economic barriers on a global level.
Some of the other useful findings of the research study are also groundbreaking. Participants with maximum decline of inflammation markers were the ones consuming vitamin D. These people managed to cut down their kilos to a certain extent ranging from 5-10 % of their total body weight. Duggan shares how they were surprisingly delighted to discover vitamin D’s impact on inflammation biomarker. The women were able to shed kilos which lead to at least a 5% reduction of baseline weight. It is very much suggestive of the fact, vitamin D intake enhances the weight loss effect of inflammation. Women need to consult health care specialists more often to figure out the exact doses.
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A fresh study embraces the belief that children suffering from ADHD should be encouraged to wriggle. Related to child neuropsychology, it revealed that children diagnosed with the disorder may concentrate better while fidgeting. One of the major symptoms of the disorder is hyperactivity for it also features in the full name. More often, this symptom is initially noticed by teachers and parents. People usually fail to estimate whether a child is concentrating or not but it is possible to understand if the child can sit or stay still.
However, the exact relationship between children’s concentration and hyperactivity is far from clear. There is cloud over hyperactivity leading to intensification of attention deficit or not. Whether the two issues are unrelated barring the fact they take place together. Similar thoughts and questions have intrigued a behavioral science professor at MIND, an institute of California.
Former studies have revealed children suffering from ADHD can concentrate better. They can also improve academically for being physically active throughout school day. However, the research primarily focused on ways to channelize the child’s hyperactivity. One of the experts involved in treating children with the disorder wonders if the emphasis is misplaced or not. Experiments should be conducted to find out reason behind the hyperactivity noticed in children.
A research involving 26 girls and boys suffering from ADHD and aged between 10 to 17 years was conducted. As many as 18 more children were roped in who weren’t suffering from the disorder. They were taken to a lab and tied with activity tracking monitor on ankle. It was mainly done to see whether the children fidgeted their legs intensely or not. Children had to sit for a computerized test determining cognitive control and attention. These kids were to understand the direction of the arrow pointing and express it by pushing a key. The same arrow was also guarded by other arrows. All of these arrows were pointed in similar direction like then main arrow. At times, this also underwent change.
Children were to reply promptly to this test by punching the exact key appearing on screen. The same test was repeated over 200 times successively. Arrows also shifted direction with every child’s potential to concentrate was entirely strained. At the trails reaching over 200 in numbers, scientists also measured the accuracy of their responses. Relevant data and information out of activity monitors were accessed in this context. The level of fidgeting in children while punching the key for indication of arrow’s direction was examined. It was discovered that children who provided the most accurate answers moved their legs ferociously and fidgeted the maximum.
Similarly while maintaining stillness, more often their responses turned out to be incorrect.
However, fidgeting had no role, discerning, positive and negative in children who weren’t suffering ADHD. Majority of these children didn’t fidget anyway. Outcomes suggested that hyperactivity can be fundamentally beneficial among children diagnosed with the attention deficit. ADHD suffering children may be hyperactivity owing to physical restlessness helping them in sharpening mental control.
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