Prevention Of Atherosclerosis By Diet Of Fruits And Vegetables. Part 3 of 3

Prevention Of Atherosclerosis By Diet Of Fruits And Vegetables – Part 3 of 3

By era 12, children in the highest heart disease risk factor group had a 48 percent increased risk of thicker carotid arteries. This risk rose to 56 percent by 15, the researchers noted.

Commenting on the study, Dr Gregg Fonarow, American Heart Association spokesman and professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said “atherosclerotic vascular plague can begin ahead in childhood and adolescence but becomes clinically manifest later in life”. This study provides insights into the early development of vascular disease and has important implications for curb efforts in children “There is currently an important, but largely unmet, need to prevent and reverse cardiovascular risk factors in childhood”.

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Prevention Of Atherosclerosis By Diet Of Fruits And Vegetables. Part 2 of 3

Prevention Of Atherosclerosis By Diet Of Fruits And Vegetables – Part 2 of 3

Besides rude fruit and vegetable consumption, other lifestyle factors such as lack of physical activity and smoking in childhood was associated with pulse wave strength in adulthood, the researchers said. “These findings suggest that a lifetime stencil of low consumption of fruits and vegetables is related to arterial stiffness in young adulthood,” Kahonen said in a news release from the American Heart Association, which publishes Circulation. “Parents and pediatricians have yet another mind to encourage children to consume high amounts of fruits and vegetables”.


And “While it is never too late to use a healthful diet to prevent heart disease, it is certainly never too early. The best direction to cultivate healthy blood vessels in adults, it seems, is to feed our children well”. In the second study, Finnish researchers found that children as young as 9 who had the most risk factors for nub disease – including high levels of cholesterol, high blood pressure and a greater body mass index – faced a greater risk of thicker carotid artery walls as adults, an at sign of heart disease.

So “Cardiovascular risk factors measured at or after the age of 9 are predictive of vascular changes in adults,” said lead researcher Dr Markus Juonala, an adjunct professor at Turku University Hospital in Finland. “Of the distinctive risk factors, childhood obesity was the most consistently associated with vascular changes across rare age groups”. Prevention of atherosclerosis should start in childhood adding, “We should make all efforts to keep our kids fit, not fat”.

For the study, Juonala’s team collected data on 4,380 participants in four studies that looked at essence disease risk factors in children and carotid artery thickness in adulthood. They found that children as young as 9 years old who had the most jeopardy factors for heart disease had a 37 percent increased risk of thicker carotid arteries – which supply oxygen-rich blood to the head and neck – in adulthood, compared with other children.

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Prevention Of Atherosclerosis By Diet Of Fruits And Vegetables. Part 1 of 3

Prevention Of Atherosclerosis By Diet Of Fruits And Vegetables – Part 1 of 3

Prevention Of Atherosclerosis By Diet Of Fruits And Vegetables. Children who snack a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may be able to help ward off atherosclerosis in adulthood, a vanguard of heart disease, a new study suggests. And a second new study found that children as young as 9 years old may already be exhibiting health problems such as high blood inducement that put them at risk of heart disease as adults. Both reports, from researchers in Finland, are published in the Nov 29, 2010 online edition of Circulation.

Commenting on the first study, Dr David L Katz, commander of the Yale University School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center, who was not involved with the study, noted that it had taken knowledge about diet and heart health a step further. Atherosclerosis is a acclimatize in which plaque – a sticky substance consisting of fat, cholesterol, and other substances found in the blood – builds up inside the arteries, eventually narrowing and stiffening the arteries and prime to heart problems. It’s a process that can take years, even decades, and this study shows that diet even in childhood – helps prevent the condition.

And “We certainly, before this study, knew that vegetable and fruit intake were genuine for our health in general, and good for cardiovascular health in particular”. For the first study, researchers led by Dr Mika Kahonen, chief physician in the Department of Clinical Physiology at Tampere University Hospital in Finland, looked at lifestyle factors and deliberate the pulse of 1622 people who took part in the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study. The participants ranged in lifetime from 3 to 18 when the study began and were followed for 27 years.

The researchers also assessed “pulse wave velocity” – a measure of arterial stiffness. The researchers found that those babies people who ate fewer vegetables and fruits had higher pulse wave velocity, which means stiffer arteries. But those who ate the most vegetables and fruits had a pulse wave 6 percent condescend than people who ate fewer fruits and veggies. Because arterial stiffness is linked with atherosclerosis, rigid arteries makes the heart work harder to pump blood.

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Rinsing The Nasal Saline Solution Reduces Ear Infections In Children. Part 3 of 3

Rinsing The Nasal Saline Solution Reduces Ear Infections In Children – Part 3 of 3

So “The group that was not treated had a much higher rate of day-care attendances, they were younger, there were more boys, they had an earlier outset of ear infections and they used pacifiers more. Every one of those things is a risk factor for ear infections on their own. So, did the treatment group have fewer infections because the saline worked, or because those kids have less danger to begin with?” wondered Rosenfeld.

And “It’s a good idea that may or may not pan out, but the evidence is not convincing at present”. Still, “I think if parents are interested, this is something they could try. It’s somewhat simple, cost-effective and has few side effects,” explained Dr Franklin Smalley, a family medicine doctor with Scott and White Healthcare in Taylor, Texas.

Smalley said that parents should bid their child’s doctors to demonstrate the proper technique, however. He said the over-the-counter products designed for adults, such as saline sprays, may have too much pressure for insignificant children view. The finding is scheduled to be presented Friday at the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology annual meeting in Las Vegas.

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Rinsing The Nasal Saline Solution Reduces Ear Infections In Children. Part 2 of 3

Rinsing The Nasal Saline Solution Reduces Ear Infections In Children – Part 2 of 3

If you can wash out those germs on a regular basis, you could potentially reduce the platoon of ear infections,” explained Dr Richard Rosenfeld, chair of otolaryngology at Long Island College Hospital in New York City and the editor of the journal Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. To distinguish if saline irrigation would have a positive effect on the rate of ear infections, the researchers recruited 29 children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years who had been referred to the otolaryngology clinic at Sainte-Justine Hospital because of frequent ear infections.


Seventeen of the children were randomly selected to be in the nasal rinse treatment group. Parents were instructed on how to properly irrigate their children’s nasal cavities, and were asked to respond the nasal rinse at least four times a day, four days a week. According to the study, all of those in the treatment group performed the nasal irrigations as specified by the researchers.

After three months, the researchers found that five children who weren’t treated sagacious two or more ear infections, while no youngsters in the treatment group had two or more infections. Four kids in the domination group had just one ear infection while seven in the treatment group had one infection. Only three children in the control group didn’t have an ear infection, compared to 10 in the treated group.

Overall, youngsters in the steer group experienced an average of just over one ear infection a month vs 0,35 infections per month in the treatment group. “Ear infections were much less likely in the treatment group, but this is a melodious small study,” said Rosenfeld, who was also concerned that kids in the control group had more risk factors for getting ear infections.

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Rinsing The Nasal Saline Solution Reduces Ear Infections In Children. Part 1 of 3

Rinsing The Nasal Saline Solution Reduces Ear Infections In Children – Part 1 of 3

Rinsing The Nasal Saline Solution Reduces Ear Infections In Children. Rinsing the nasal hollow with a saline solution has become a popular way to try to convert allergy symptoms and sinus infections in adults, and now a new study suggests that this simple treatment might also help prevent ear infections in young children. In the small Canadian study, 10 children who received an typical of four nasal irrigations four days a week had no ear infections during the three-month study period, while only three of those who weren’t given nasal washes had no sensitivity infections.

So “Saline irrigations are simple, low-cost and have few, if any, side effects,” the study authors wrote. “Our results suggest that nasal irrigations could effectively prevent recurrent otitis media”. Otitis media is the medical dub for ear infections.

Such infections are the leading cause of hearing loss in children, according to the study. Standard treatment for bacterial ear infections is antibiotics. However, there’s growing uneasiness that repeatedly using antibiotics to treat ear infections might lead to antibiotic resistance.

In an effort to find an alternative to antibiotics, researchers from Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal reviewed the figures on saline nasal rinses in adults and discovered that irrigating the nasal cavity can reduce nasal swelling and discharge after surgery and that nasal irrigation is often being used to reduce sinus symptoms in adults. “The opinion behind a saline rinse for ear infections is that you have a lot of germs in the back of your nose and throat where the Eustachian tube connects.

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Breakfast Cereals For Children Are A Lot Of Sugar. Part 3 of 3

Breakfast Cereals For Children Are A Lot Of Sugar – Part 3 of 3

But the children in the high-sugar group filled up on more cereal and consumed almost twice as much exact sugar as did the others. They also drank less orange juice and ate less fruit. Len Marquart, an associate professor of food science and nutrition at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, said the ponder findings “confirm for people that their choices in the cereal aisle do make a difference”.

So “The biggest challenges are taste and marketing. In the morning, kids are sleepy and cranky, and it’s involved to get them to sit down and eat breakfast. The sugar cereals marketed with flash and color and cartoon characters help get kids to the kitchen table when nothing else seems to work. And, we have to be realistic, they do feel favourably impressed by the taste of presweetened cereals”. But one solution is to be creative m. “Take Cheerios and put some strawberries and vanilla yogurt on top, and that’s going to taste better than any presweetened cereal anyway”.

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