Your Body ’s First Responders
B vitamins aren’t glamourous… With the exception of vitamin B12, you may not be familiar with what the other B vitamins do. That can be a problem. B vitamins are critical nutrients for your immune system. And you may think you’re getting enough when you’re not. If you read ingredient labels, you often see B vitamins listed. The packaging may even say, “fortified with B vitamins.” But these are not really vitamins at all. They are “chemical copies” that have no real nutritional value. Today, I’ll show you how B vitamins help you beat infections and how to get the best s...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - May 6, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr.A.Sears Tags: Health Source Type: news

Eat safe: The takeaway on takeout (and other food)
In the weeks  since the safer-at-home ordinance went into effect in Los Angeles, we’ve had to learn to do a lot of things differently. The ways in which we study, work, communicate and interact physically with each other have all changed dramatically.So too with how we eat and shop for food. Yet even with limited trips to the market  and most restaurants turning to takeout and delivery service, many of us still have questions about how to best handle the food we bring into our homes.We turned toCatherine Carpenter, a professor of medicine, nursing and public health at UCLA ’s Center for Human Nutrition and an expert ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 28, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

COVID-19: India ’ s Harvests also Locked Down
Agricultural markets or mandis have few buyers due to the coronavirus lockdown across India. Credit: Neeta Lal/IPSBy Neeta LalNEW DELHI, Apr 24 2020 (IPS) Heartbreaking images of Indian farmers standing amidst swathes of rotting vegetables, fruits and grain have been flooding newspapers and TV screens lately. Crashing prices and transport bottlenecks due to the 40-day coronavirus lockdown in India, on till May 3, have driven some to set their unsold produce ablaze.    As a nationwide lockdown has confined a record 1.3 billion Indians to their homes since Mar. 24, one of the hardest hit communities has been that of Indian...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Neeta Lal Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCF Source Type: news

Allen Garfield, 'Nashville' and 'Conversation' star, dies of COVID-19 complications
Allen Garfield was a well-known character actor of the 1970s who starred in films including 'Nashville,' 'Conversation, 'Bananas' and 'The Candidate.' (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Source Type: news

Americans Bought More Beans, Disinfectants and Oat Milk to Prepare for the Coronavirus Pandemic
As Americans hunkered down at home to protect themselves from the spread of novel coronavirus last week, they filled their pantries with toilet paper, sanitizing products and…oat milk? ( function() { var func = function() { var iframe = document.getElementById('wpcom-iframe-6a8184ef312f0774df4deb71603176f3') if ( iframe ) { iframe.onload = function() { iframe.contentWindow.postMessage( { 'msg_type': 'poll_size', 'frame_id': 'wpcom-iframe-6a8184ef312f0774df4deb71603176f3' }, "https:\/\/" ); } } // Autosize iframe var funcSizeResponse =...
Source: TIME: Health - March 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Raising a Glass to Chronic Disease
While relinquishing my teaching profession, physical vitality, hair and a sense of a secure future, had I anesthetized myself with increasing doses of vino? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susan Gubar Tags: Alcoholic Beverages Cancer Wines Clinical Trials Bananas Source Type: news

Uganda: Strange Banana Disease Spreads to 11 Districts
[Monitor] A strange disease has hit bananas in western region and is fast spreading in more than 10 districts with little or no response from government technocrats. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 25, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How Travelers Around the World Are Dealing With ‘Voluntary’ Home Quarantines, To Help Slow Potential Coronavirus Spread
On his return from China last week, Dr. Ian Lipkin quarantined himself in his basement. His wife now puts his food on the stairs. He’s run out of things to watch on Netflix. At odd hours, he walks in New York’s Central Park, keeping 10 feet away from others. Lipkin is among hundreds of people in the U.S. and thousands around the world who, although not sick, are living in semi-voluntary quarantine at home. With attention focused on quarantined cruise ships and evacuees housed on U.S. military bases, those in their own homes have largely escaped notice. They, too, experts say, play a crucial role in slowing th...
Source: TIME: Health - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CARLA K. JOHNSON / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 New York onetime Source Type: news

Antiviral compound offers hope against deadly flu
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) A study in mice finds that a compound modeled on a protein found in bananas safely protects against multiple strains of the influenza virus, Ebola and coronaviruses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dried Fruit, Oats and Coffee: Answers to Your Sugar Questions
Our 7-Day Sugar Challenge prompted a number of questions about cutting added sugar from our daily diet. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Parker-Pope Tags: Sugar Fruit Diet and Nutrition Eggs Food Labeling and Labels (Product) Dairy Products Digestive Tract Milk Bakeries and Baked Products Grain Citrus Fruits Bananas Grapes Source Type: news

Ghana: Coconut Water - May Be Useful for Blood Transfusions, Crushes Kidney Stones, Cardioprotective & Fight Cancer
[Ghanaian Times] Coconut water is a popular beverage now in Ghana with huge economic potential. It is dubbed "Mother Nature's sports drink,"according to a WebMed article authored by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD. Its Low in calories, naturally free of fat and cholesterol, more potassium than four bananas, and super hydrating -- these are just a few of the many benefits ascribed to Ghana's latest health craze: coconut water. No doubt there is a proposal for coconut sellers to wear special uniforms and also contribute to S (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 29, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

This Under-Utilized Drug Is Actually Critical for Treatment-Resistant Depression
Many people with clinical depression have tried an array of medication and still feel sick. Maybe they’ve tried different selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Maybe they’ve taken these antidepressants along with an antipsychotic (a common strategy to boost effectiveness). Either way, the lack of improvement can make individuals feel even more hopeless and fear the darkness will never lift. If this sounds all-too familiar, you’re definitely not alone. In fact, up to 30 percent of people with depression don’t respond to the first few antidepressants ...
Source: Psych Central - November 27, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Antidepressants Depression Disorders ECT General Medications Treatment Atypical Depression difficult to treat depression Managing Depression MAOIs medication for depression Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors Severe Depression Treatin Source Type: news

What We Can Learn From the Near-Death of the Banana
The banana has been the subject of Andy Warhol’s cover art for the Velvet Underground’s debut album, can arguably be the most devastating item in the Mario Kart video game franchise and is one of the world’s most consumed fruits. And humanity’s love of bananas may still be on the rise, according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. On average, says Chris Barrett, a professor of agriculture at Cornell University, citing that U.N. data, every person on earth chows down on 130 bananas a year, at a rate of nearly three a week. But the banana as we know it may also b...
Source: TIME: Science - November 18, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Anna Purna Kambhampaty Tags: Uncategorized Agriculture Source Type: news

Disease slashing global meat output, cereals boom, bananas under watch: FAO
A rapid spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) is wiping out pig herds in China, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday, and the killer disease has led to a drop in world meat production for the first time in more than 20 years, with other global staples also facing new threats.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Doctors Livestream Brain Surgery on Conscious, Talking Woman
25-year-old Jenna Schardt underwent brain surgery — while awake — in Texas on Tuesday, and the procedure was livestreamed on Facebook. Doctors with the Methodist Dallas Medical Center performed the surgery to remove a mass of tangled blood vessels in Schardt’s brain that had impaired her speech and caused seizures. At the beginning of the operation, Schardt was put under anesthesia so doctors could cut into her skull. Once they reached her brain, Schardt was woken up so she could speak and answer questions, helping doctors map her brain. During the surgery, Schardt was shown an iPad on which she identifie...
Source: TIME: Health - October 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized health onetime Texas Source Type: news