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Prebiotics May Reduce Infections in Infants

The term probioitcs refers to supplements that actually contain bacteria necessary for a healthy intestinal tract. Prebiotics are substances that feed and support healthy intestinal bacteria; galactooligosaccharides and long chain fructooligosaccharides are two prebiotics. Research appearing in the Journal of Nutrition (November 2007, Vol. 137) found that infants fed formula supplemented with prebiotics had a reduction in recurring infections. The infants were fed either formula fortified with fructooligosaccharides and galactooligosaccharides (8g/l) or a placebo consisting of maltodextrin for the first six months of their lives. The group receiving the prebioitcs had a reduction in recurring infections of 9.6% with...

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Prebiotics May Help Prevent Excessive Weight Gain in Teens

Prebiotics are substances that are not normally digestible, but nourish the bacteria in the colon. Prebiotics are usually carbohydrates (such as oligosaccharides), but they can be non-carbohydrates. The most prevalent forms of prebiotics are nutritionally classed as soluble fiber. To some extent, many forms of dietary fiber exhibit some level of prebiotic effect. A study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics (September 2007, Volume 151, Pages 293-298) looked at 97 healthy adolescents who were not obese. The subjects, averaging 11 ½ years old, were divided into two groups and given either a prebiotic (eight grams of inulin/oligofructose) or a...

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Are Antacids Linked to Hip Fracture?

 Taking antacids, specifically PPI antacids, may be linked to hip fracture. PPI stands for “proton pump inhibitor”. They inhibit the production of hydrogen ions in the body. A hydrogen ion is a proton. Hydrogen ions are produced in the stomach, and the number of hydrogen ion in the stomach is how acidity is measured. Proton pump inhibitors are drugs with a generic name hat ends in “prazole” such as Lansoprazole (e.g. Prevacid). These drugs are used to control stomach acidity and gastric reflux. Use of the drugs has been linked to hip fracture in people over 50, according to...

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Post-Operative Nausea and Acupuncture

A study of 75 women who underwent breast surgery under general anesthesia was published in the October, 2004 issue of Anesthesia and Analgesia. The study was performed to test the effectiveness of electro-acupuncture on nausea. The women were randomized to receive either ondansetron (a drug commonly prescribed to prevent nausea), a sham treatment that consisted of placing electrodes without stimulation (the placebo group), or electric stimulation of an acupuncture point (P6). Electro-acupuncture out-performed the ondasetron. Two hours after the operation, 77% of the group receiving the electro-acupuncture, 64% of the group receiving ondansetron and 42% of the placebo group...

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Pomegranate Juice Increases Sperm Quality

In Greek mythology, the pomegranate has great significance—especially with regard to fertility. It begins with the myth about Persephone being kidnapped by Hades. She was taken to live in the underworld as his wife. Demeter (her mother and goddess of the Harvest) mourned for her lost daughter, causing all green things to cease growing. Zeus, could not leave the Earth to die, so he commanded Hades to return Persephone. Hades tricked Persephone into eating four pomegranate seeds while she was still his prisoner. It was the rule of the Fates that anyone who consumed food or drink in the...

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