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Study Suggests Omega-3 Fatty Acids Increase Levels of Hormone Tied to Insulin Sensitivity

Widely-used fish oil supplements modestly increase amounts of a hormone that is associated with lower risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to a study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

Fish oil supplements, also called omega 3 fatty acid capsules, raise levels of adiponectin in the bloodstream. Adiponectin is an important hormone that has beneficial effects on metabolic processes like glucose regulation and the modulation of inflammation. In long-term human studies, higher levels of adiponectin are associated with lower risks of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.

Recent research has suggested that facial attractiveness indicates immune responsiveness in men

dharmendraWhat has cold or immunity had to do with beauty? this can be  the normal reaction from all of us. However,  the  recent research conducted at Finland suggest that  Being attractive is linked to a having strong immune system, but this is limited to male only, it’s not apply to female! reports daily mail.

Scientists vaccinated 52 young Latvian women against hepatitis B and measured the amount of antibodies produced. They also checked cortisol levels, which indicate stress.

The scientists, led by Markus Rantala, of the University of Turku, Finland, then photographed the women, who had an average age of 20, and asked 18 heterosexual male undergraduates to rate their attractiveness.

childasthma_hVitamin D could help asthma patients breathe more easily, claim British researchers.

Scientists at King’s College London have discovered vitamin D has the potential to significantly cut the symptoms of sufferers. They say it may one day be prescribed as a treatment alongside conventional steroids, but reducing the need for medication.

A new study found the ‘sunshine’ vitamin resulted in lower levels of a natural chemical in the body that aggravates symptoms in asthma patients and cuts the effectiveness of steroids. Severe asthma is currently treated with steroid tablets which can have harmful side effects. 

man-angry-at-computer-on-phone-in-officeA stressful job can alter the way body handles fat - leading to raised cholesterol and deadly heart disease.

Spanish researchers have found that stressful situations affect how the body metabolises fat - ultimately ending up with there being too much 'bad' cholesterol.

Experts have been saying for years that emotional stress is linked to the risk of suffering cardiovascular disease as a result of unhealthy habits such as smoking, an unsuitable diet or leading a sedentary lifestyle, among other factors.

Friday, 17 May 2013 22:10

Good jobs can lead to happy families

Most people associate work with negative effects on family life, but new research from The Australian National University (ANU) has turned this view on its head, showing that the positives of jobs flow through too.

With both National Families Week and the Federal Budget this week, this finding is a timely reminder of the impact policy decisions about jobs, work and work conditions can have on Australian families.

Thursday, 16 May 2013 09:07

Yoga May Help Ease High Blood Pressure!

Hero(HealthDay)—People who follow the ancient practice of yoga may be getting an added health boost, with a new study suggesting it can fight high blood pressure—also known as hypertension.

"This study confirms many people's feelings that exercise may be useful in the control of hypertension," said Dr. Howard Weintraub, a cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.Weintraub was not connected to the new study.

Based on the new findings, "yoga would be a useful adjunct in the lowering of blood pressure in certain populations," he said.

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