calcium supplementation

Does Calcium Supplementation Reduce Body Weight? – October 20, 2016


 Obesity is a global health concern, and is linked to the increased risk of cancers, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes. There is conflicting data in the literature regarding whether or not calcium supplementation reduces body weight. A current meta-analysis revealed that calcium intake reduces body weight in normal BMI individuals, as well as in children,…

potato consumption

Is There a Link Between Potato Consumption and Cardiovascular Disease? – October 20, 2016


 In a new study, it was found that potato consumption does not have a direct correlation to cardiovascular disease, as some studies have previously indicated.   World-wide, potatoes hold the title of being one of the most prevalently consumed non-cereal staple. Potatoes are tuberous crops with high compositions of starch, glycemic index and glycemic load….

reading skills

Children’s Reading Skills Improve When Parents Adopt a ‘Growth Mindset’ Approach – October 20, 2016


 The reading skills of children drastically improve when parents are informed of the malleability of their child’s reading ability or ‘growth mindset’, and support them by praising their effort over performance.   Reading and comprehension are critical skills that children learn as they grow and can vary depending on their family background, how often their…

vitamin D

Exploring the Effects of Vitamin D Levels on Physical Performance in the Elderly – October 19, 2016


 In a recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers explored vitamin D levels in an elderly population in Taiwan, and their physical performance. It was determined that while certain social influences may determine vitamin D levels in individuals, the correlation with this vitamin’s serum levels and physical performance could not be…


Healthy Subjects Who Receive Antidepressants During Clinical Studies May Double Their Risk of Suicide and Violent Behaviour – October 19, 2016


 A review of clinical trial literature suggests that harmful outcomes occurring during antidepressant drug trials may be downplayed, and may hide the risks of serious harm posed by the drugs.   Clinical trials are a form of experiment used to test treatment methods, including new drugs, and are done on human participants. Because they typically…

stroke risk

Carbohydrates and Stroke Risk in Urban Chinese Women – October 19, 2016


 A 2016 study examined the association between the consumption of carbohydrates and stroke risk and mortality in urban Chinese women. High-glycemic index and glycemic load diets, especially those rich in refined carbohydrates, were found to increase stroke risk.                        Strokes are currently the leading cause of death in China. Associations between carbohydrates and stroke risk,…