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Lactose Intolerance Linked to Low 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels

lactose intolerance

A new study reports that a variant in a region of DNA upstream of the human gene LCT that is linked to lactose intolerance is least prevalent in Caucasian and most prevalent in East Asian groups. The study also found a link between lactose intolerance and lower 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels with a 2.5-fold higher chance of insufficient or inadequate 25(OH)D in lactose-intolerant individuals … [read more]

 

 

MRI May Predict Outcomes of Depression Treatment

depression treatment

No two cases of depression are alike, and approximately 20% of depression patients do not respond to any treatment. MRI was used to predict depression treatment outcomes by examining connectivity of the subcallosal cingulate cortex … [read more]

 

 

 

Combating Lead Toxicity in Children and Pregnant Women

Combating Lead Toxicity

Project TENDR examined the risks of lead exposure to children and pregnant women and proposed recommendations to prevent lead toxicity. The research demonstrates that combating lead toxicity is essential, as blood lead levels of 5μg/dL can result in lowered IQ scores and attention deficits in children … [read more]

 

 

Bone Fractures More Common in the Mentally Ill

bone fracture

Mental disorders and medications used to treat them are thought to negatively affect bone health, but definitive evidence to support this notion is lacking. Researchers found that mental disorder-related medication use is associated with increased risk of bone fracture … [read more]

 

 

 

Weight-Loss and Exercise Prescription for Physical Function in Obese Older Adults

Older Adults

Obesity is common among older adults and has been found to exacerbate age-related functional decline and contribute to frailty. Researchers found that the most effective strategy to elicit weight loss while maintaining physical function and preserving lean muscle mass and bone mineral density is a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training in addition to a weight loss diet … [read more]

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