CNN’s Sanjay Gupta spotlights another case where high doses of omega-3s had a substantial benefit on a 16-year old boy who was hit by a car and suffered a severe brain injury. The parents, John and JJ Virgin (JJ is a well known health and wellness author), were contacted by the Brain Health Education and Research
Updated nutritional guidelines recommend consuming 20 to 30 percent of your daily calories from fats. But the type of fat you eat can have a big impact on your health. Fats are essential for proper cell function and different systems of the body. Some fats are manufactured by the body, but those that are not
People who suffer traumatic brain injuries face an elevated risk of death from suicide or accidents for years to come, according to a new study based on four decades of data on hundreds of thousand of patients in Sweden. Those who survived the immediate aftermath of moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries were three times
By Alan R. Gaby, MD On Dec. 17, there was widespread coverage in the news media of an editorial that appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Annals), under the title, “Enough is enough: stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements.”(1) The authors of the editorial concluded, “We believe that the case is closed — supplementing
Most large, clinical trials of vitamin supplements, including some that have concluded they are of no value or even harmful, have a flawed methodology that renders them largely useless in determining the real value of these micronutrients, a new analysis suggests. Many projects have tried to study nutrients that are naturally available in the human
New research from Karolinska Institutet shows that omega-3 fatty acids in dietary supplements can cross the blood brain barrier in people with Alzheimer’s disease, affecting known markers for both the disease itself and inflammation. The findings are presented in the Journal of Internal Medicine, and strengthen the evidence that omega-3 may benefit certain forms of
Washington, D.C., December 16, 2013—In response to an editorial, “Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements,” published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association representing the dietary supplement industry, issued the following statement: Statement by Steve Mister, President & CEO, CRN: “The
If the end goal of both the medical and nutritional fraternity fields is healthier, happier populations, it is difficult not to pour scorn on the latest work from te American College of Physicians (ACP) for slapping another clumsy brick into a dodgy, medically-biased wall of food supplement bashing. Population well being = “Normal foods”
A head injury can lead immune-system brain cells to go on “high alert” and overreact to later immune challenges by becoming excessively inflammatory – a condition linked with depressive complications, a new animal study suggests. The findings could help explain some of the midlife mental-health issues suffered by individuals who experience multiple concussions as young
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Soldiers who suffer mild brain injuries from blasts have long-term changes in their brains, a small new study suggests. Diagnosing mild brain injuries caused by explosions can be challenging using standard CT or MRI scans, the researchers said. For their study, they turned to a special type of MRI called diffusion tensor imaging. The technology
At four months following mild traumatic brain injury, symptoms are significantly reduced but gray matter abnormalities persist, according to research published online Nov. 20 in Neurology. Read full article. Read abstract.
One of the most common complications associated with traumatic brain injuries is the risk of dangerous blood clots that can form in the circulatory system elsewhere in the body. For patients with traumatic injuries, the body forms blood clots which can break loose and travel to the lungs or other areas, causing dangerous complications. New
A randomized placebo-controlled pilot trial scheduled to appear in the Jan 2014 issue of Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests that taking omega-3 fatty acids and alpha lipoic acid as dietary supplements may help Alzheimer’s patients. Read full article.
If you’ve ever felt drained after doing a crossword puzzle, working a math problem or taking a test, there’s a reason, says Dr. Paul Foster, professor of clinical psychology at Middle Tennessee State University and a practicing psychologist. “There is an idea out there that you have a process of cognitive fatigue that is similar
New research may help connect the dots between traumatic brain injury and the risk for memory and other brain-related problems later in life. Brain imaging technology known as positron emission tomography (PET) shows that people who have had a traumatic brain injury develop so-called “plaques” in their brain like those seen in the brains of
A pair of Canadian scientists are challenging the fact that manufacturers of some cooking oils are entitled to make health claims about the products. They argue that new evidence suggests oils that are high in omega-6 fatty acids but contain little or no omega-3 fatty acids should not be labelled as beneficial to heart health.
Listen today, Monday, November 11th, 2013, when Dr. Lewis is a guest on Let’s Talk Nutrition (2-4pm EST) , hosted by Dr. Michael Garko. Listen live at http://letstalknutrition.com/
Athletes who experience concussions aren’t allowed to compete again right away so the brain can recuperate. A concussion expert atWashington University School of Medicine in St. Louis cautions that children with concussions may not be ready to go back to the classroom right away, either. Read full article.
A high level of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in blood may lower the risk of small infarcts and other brain abnormalities that are linked to cognitive decline in the elderly, according to new research. The study of 3,660 people aged 65 and older, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, investigated