• What It Is, Health Benefits, Nutrition and Side Effects
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    What It Is, Health Benefits, Nutrition and Side Effects

    Kelp is trending in the wellness industry — and for good reason. Filled with nutrients that include iron, vitamin K, iodine, calcium and other essential vitamins, this nutrient-dense brown algae is quickly coming into focus for those who are trying to bolster a holistically healthy diet. It is also considered a climate-conscious food by industry regulators, which is being used to help absorb carbon in our environment and help make our oceans healthier and less acidic. In raising and harvesting kelp forests, manufacturers may help to clean up the ocean environments they work in, making it a safer place for fish, too. We spoke to experts in food and health…

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  • Adding walnuts to daily diet shows positive effects on mental health
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    Adding walnuts to daily diet shows positive effects on mental health

    Poorer mental health is common in undergraduate students due to academic stress. An interplay between stress and diet exists, with stress influencing food choices. Nutritional interventions may be effective in preventing mental health decline due to complex bidirectional interactions between the brain, the gut, and the gut microbiota. Previous studies have shown walnut consumption has a positive effect on mental health. In a new study, scientists from the University of South Australia aimed to investigate the effects of academic stress and daily walnut consumption in university students on mental health, biochemical markers of general health, and gut microbiota. They found that daily walnut consumption improved mental health indicators and protected…

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  • Exercise Might Ease Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment | Health & Fitness
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    Exercise Might Ease Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment | Health & Fitness

    FRIDAY, Nov. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) — An exercise program, even if it’s not as intense as national guidelines suggest, could help breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy reduce fatigue and have a better quality of life, new research suggests. Researchers from Edith Cowan University in Australia included 89 women in this study — 43 participated in the exercise portion; the control group did not. Exercisers did a 12-week home-based program. It included weekly resistance training sessions and 30 to 40 minutes of aerobic exercise. Researchers found that patients who exercised recovered from cancer-related fatigue more quickly during and after radiation therapy compared to the control group. Exercisers also saw…

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  • Effects of adding household water filters to Rwanda’s Community-Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme: a cluster-randomized controlled trial in
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    Effects of adding household water filters to Rwanda’s Community-Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme: a cluster-randomized controlled trial in

    We conducted a cluster randomized controlled trial in Rwamagana district to determine whether adding a household-based water filter with safe storage to the CBEHPP could be effective in improving drinking water quality. Intervention The intervention under evaluation is the delivery and promotion of the LifeStraw Family 2.0 filters in the CBEHPP program. The filter is a tabletop point-of-use water treatment system that includes an 80 μm pre-filter to remove coarse material, 20 nm hollow-fiber ultrafiltration membrane, backwash lever, and covered storage container with 5.5 L capacity. The system meets the WHO’s “comprehensive protection” guideline for household water treatment technologies36; it can filter up to 18,000 liters of water, which should be able…

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  • Brown epidemiologist breaks down ‘forever chemicals’ and the research on their health effects
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    Brown epidemiologist breaks down ‘forever chemicals’ and the research on their health effects

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — For nearly two decades, Brown University Associate Professor of Epidemiology Joseph Braun has been studying the human health effects, from before conception through adolescence, of exposure to environmental pollutants. Through interdisciplinary, multi-institution research projects, Braun and his collaborators measure levels of exposure and analyze associations with a range of different disorders and health issues, from those that may be experienced by individuals to those that can be passed along through genes to children. The health effects of these chemicals are becoming indisputable, said Braun, who directs the Center for Children’s Environmental Health at Brown’s School of Public Health. “There are multiple research groups around the country and the…

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  • Research Examines Effects of Embryonic Exposure to Environmental Pollutants on Risk of Diabetes : UMass Amherst
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    Research Examines Effects of Embryonic Exposure to Environmental Pollutants on Risk of Diabetes : UMass Amherst

    AMHERST, Mass. – A University of Massachusetts Amherst environmental health scientist has received a $2.44 million, five-year grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue her research into how embryonic exposure to certain common pollutants may put people at risk for diabetes and other metabolic health conditions later in life. Image UMass Amherst associate professor Alicia Timme-Laragy Alicia Timme-Laragy, associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, examines the impact on the developing pancreas of early life-stage exposures to two common per and polyfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) chemicals, found in waterproof and nonstick household products, and the PFAS-containing aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), used to fight flammable-liquid…

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