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Men with excess belly fat at risk for bone loss

Men with excess belly fat at risk for bone lossWashington, November 29 : Excess belly fat is not only a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, it is also a risk factor for bone loss and decreased bone strength in men, a new study has revealed.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 37 million American men over age 20 are obese. Obesity is associated with many health problems, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, sleep apnea and joint diseases. Yet despite all the health issues, it was commonly accepted that men with increased body weight were at lower risk for bone loss.


Fish consumption can help prevent heart disease

Fish consumption can help prevent heart diseaseWashington, November 29: A recent analysis of fish oil studies has found that omega-3 fatty acids still matter for the prevention of heart disease.

The analysis done by scientists in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University also explained why so many of the studies seem to arrive at differing conclusions.


Grapefruit juice interaction with drugs can be deadly

Grapefruit juice interaction with drugs can be deadlyWashington, November 27 : While eating a grapefruit or drinking its juice may be an excellent way to get a delicious, tangy dose of vitamin C, doctors now warn that the citrus fruit may prove hazardous when combined with certain prescription drugs.

On Monday, the team of researchers who discovered the dangerous interactions nearly 20 years ago reported that the number of drugs that can cause serious reactions when mixed with grapefruit are markedly increasing.


Lack of nutrients in diet ups depression risk

Lack of nutrients in diet ups depression riskWashington, November 27 : Following a diet lacking in folate and vitamin B12 increases the risk of melancholic depressive symptoms, according to a study.

Melancholic depression involves typical depressive symptoms, such as a depressed mood. Non-melancholic depression is characterized by other types of symptoms, such as low self-esteem and feelings of worry and anxiety.

On the other hand, non-melancholic depressive symptoms are associated with an increased risk for the metabolic syndrome.


Brain area’s possible role in drug addiction revealed

Brain area’s possible role in drug addiction revealed	Washington, November 27 : Substance abuse researchers have concluded that an area of the brain called the orbitofrontal cortex is responsible for decisions made on the spur of the moment, but not those made based on prior experience or habit.

Scientists had previously believed that the area of the brain was responsible for both types of behaviour and decision-making. The distinction is critical to understanding the neurobiology of decision-making, particularly with regard to substance abuse.


Putrescine water `may be Fountain of Youth for ageing egg cells`

Putrescine water `may be Fountain of Youth for ageing egg cells`Washington, November 27 : In a new study, researchers have discovered a critical reason why women experience fertility problems as they get older.

Dr. Johne Liu from, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and professor at the University of Ottawa, also points to a simple solution that could increase the viability of egg cells for women in their late 30s and older - putrescine water.


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