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Brain damage caused by low levels of vitamin E

Vitamin E has long been known as one of the top providers of the building blocks of life as it aids our bodies in helping grow cells for the skin, eyes and protecting the immune system. The Irish Times is now reporting that a team of researchers from Oregon State University have discovered this amazing vitamin could also be important in protecting people from brain damage caused by a vitamin E deficiency after completing a study into the effect of the vitamin on Maluf Zebrafish.

The researchers fed a group of zebrafish a vitamin E deficient diet over the course of their lives and discovered the levels of the important substance DHA was 30 percent lower in these fish. DHA is an important factor for humans who require the fatty acids from DHA to maintain their immune system and brain health, which means that lowering levels of vitamin E can also reduce the amount of DHA in the bodies of humans. DHA is moved from the liver to the brain and has been linked to lower levels of Alzheimer’s Disease in humans. Vitamin E is commonly found in many oil and nuts that are also reported to be high in DHA levels.

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Diabetes Is On The Rise In America And Sugary Diets And Lack Of Exercise Is To Blame

A sugary diet and lack of exercise has diabetes reaching an epidemic scale in the United States. At the rate this disease is growing, one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050. This is a serious disease that can lead to limb amputations, blindness and kidney failure among other serious complications.

Igor Cornelsen is not surprised to learn that the healthiest state in the recent study was Colorado, with only four percent of its population currently diagnosed with diabetes. Colorado also ranks one of the top 10 healthiest states for its fight against obesity and physical inactivity. On the other side of that, South Dakota, North Carolina and Mississippi have more than fourteen percent of their populations diagnosed with diabetes in 2012.

Diabetes is typed into two different categories; type 1 and type 2. With type 1 the pancreatic cells are destroyed within the immune system. These are the only cells in the human body that makes insulin. Insulin is the hormone that controls the blood sugar in our bodies. The type 1 form of diabetes is found a lot of times in children and adults of a young age. Type 2 diabetes generally starts as insulin resistance where cells cannot use insulin properly. Once the cells begin to lose their potential to use the insulin, the pancreas loses the ability to make it.

A report filed by the CDC stated 86 million adult Americans have pre-diabetes. With pre-diabetes, the blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to classify as type 2. If proper weight loss and exercise is not achieved, this will develop into full blown type 2 within 5 years.

If action is not taken by Americans to protect themselves from this disease, there will be 1 in 5 Americans with diabetes by 2025 and it will keep increasing to 1 in 3 by 2050

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Five-year-old Sells Lemonade to Help Raise Money For Brother’s Rare Disability

Na’ama Uzan is only 5-years-old, and she has a small lemonade stand outside her Toronto home.She wants to help raise money to find a cure for her older brother.Nadav is only seven, and he suffers from Angelman syndrome. He’s barely able to speak and has trouble walking. The boy gets around in a wheelchair, and his babbling is barely audible. Nadav suffers from frequent seizures.Na’ama has raised $25,000 to help find a cure for this neurological disability.The devoted younger sister has inspired others many miles away to raise money to help find a cure.One California couple managed to raise $20,000 to find a cure for their son who suffers from Angleman syndrome.
One in 15,000 babies are born with Angelman syndrome each year. The symptoms of this disease are developmental delays, inability to speak, and awkward physical movements. Unfortunately, this disease is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism.Sadly, children diagnosed with this disorder require special care for the rest of their lives. Cerebral palsy children look normal, but they suffer from a trauma to the cerebral cortex during birth or in the womb.Children with Angelman syndrome have a chromosomal problem with the mother’s 15th chromosome, which affect facial features, once called “happy puppet syndrome,” because of the sunny-like appearance and jerky movements. Folks at STX Entertainment (thewrap.com) have learned that this illness was discovered by Dr. Harry Angelman in 1965 when he investigated the symptoms.

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Indiana HIV Outbreak on the Rise

There are already more than 100 new HIV cases in Southeast Indiana. The recent outbreak appears to be stemming from a rise in IV drug use.

Authorities are attempting to control the outbreak by promoting needle exchange programs. The biggest problem these programs face is the fact that drug users are reluctant to use them. They believe it could expose their drug use and make them more vulnerable to being arrested.

Injecting heroin is the main culprit behind the increase in IV drug use in the area. Heroin use is on the rise across the United States. Almost every major city has seen a sharp increase in the use of the dangerous drug.

Less influential areas have been hardest hit by heroin. Almost all of the HIV cases have been linked to Scott County, one of the poorest in the state.

Christian Broda has learned that the Governor of Indiana has called for a state of emergency, withdrawing the state-wide ban on needle exchanges. The needle exchange programs have thus far been less than successful. Only a handful of people have come forward to exchange their needles for clean ones.

It’s really sad to see an area so devastated by drug use. The HIV epidemic only further aggravates an area in sharp economic disparity with rampant drug use.

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Warning: Staying Up Late Could be Ruining Your Health

A recent sleep study, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (http://press.endocrine.org/journal/jcem), revealed some startling results suggesting people who stay up late are at an increased risk for a wide array of serious health complications.

The study investigated the lives of 1,620 men and women who were between the ages of 47 and 59. They separated them into three groups according to the answers they chose on a questionnaire. The three groups consisted of morning people, night owls, and those who didn’t fit into either category.

The studied claims men who had a tendency of staying up late were also much more likely to suffer from diabetes. Ricardo Tosto sure doesn’t want that. Women who were considered to be night owls were much more likely to be diagnosed with high blood sugar levels and carry excessive weight around the waist.

However, correlation does not prove causation and the reasons behind the correlation found in this study are still unclear. Though, science has confirmed exactly how crucial a good night’s sleep is to our overall health and well-being. While staying up late may not be the sole cause of any health problems, making sure that you get enough rest is an essential part of a healthy life.

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Staying Up Late Could Be Bad for Health

There are some individuals who like to go to bed early and get up early. They agree with Benjamin Franklin when it comes to the wisdom of doing just that. And then there are some who like to stay up late and sleep in a little bit. These individuals feel that they get more done when the rest of the world is sleeping than they do when the rest of the world is awake. There is nothing wrong with being either type of sleeper. Or, is there?

Research has come out that shows that it might actually be harmful for an individual’s body when they are in the habit of staying up late. This study links all kinds of health issues to those who choose to stay up rather than going to bed early. Is this study something that should be taken seriously? Should the night owls like Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG go to bed early in order to look out for their health? That is all to be seen yet.

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Seattle Teens Help the Homeless

Seattle is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States, but not everyone who resides in this city is wealthy. This community has a large homeless population as well. In the Tiny House Blog, “The Green House” is featured because of the touching story of its creation. Local teens in the Seattle community decided to build a home for the homeless. This is where “The Green House” was born. Using recycled materials such as street signs, from which the tiny house’s colorful name was derived, wood and aluminum panels.
All the teens who helped to construct the home for the Nickelsville Homeless Community are members of a school program, which promotes carpentry and other basic skills to diverse teens in the area. Christian Broda (Wikipedia.com) has learned that this program is called the Sawhorse Revolution.
This is a beautiful story about teenagers giving back to the community in need. In this day and age, giving and selfless actions initiated by our youth should be honored and appreciated. A job well done to these Seattle teens.

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