White meat, red meat have similar impact on cholesterol levels, research suggests

White meat, red meat have similar impact on cholesterol levels, research suggests

CNN (6/4, Scutti) reports research indicates “eating white meat, such as poultry, will have an identical effect on your cholesterol level as eating red beef.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

NBC News (6/4, Edwards, Charles) reports on its website that the “study found that consuming high levels of red meat or white poultry resulted in higher blood cholesterol levels than consuming an equal amount of plant protein.” NBC News adds that “the findings held even when diets contained high levels of saturated fat, which increased blood cholesterol to the same extent as all three protein sources.”

Exercise program reduces fall rates

Exercise program reduces fall rates

The AP (6/4, Tanner) reports a s study examined participants aged 70 and older who had recently fallen, half of whom were enrolled in an exercise program that “involved exercises three times a week at home for a year, with five sessions led by a physical therapist.” In the study, “there were 236 falls…among the exercise group compared with 366 falls among the others.” The findings from this study were also published in JAMA.

Research suggests eating a cup of blueberries daily may benefit heart health

Research suggests eating a cup of blueberries daily may benefit heart health

The New York Times (6/3, Bakalar) reports “researchers estimate that eating a cup of blueberries a day reduced the risk of any cardiovascular event by 13 percent and the risk of coronary heart disease by 11.4 to 14.5 percent.” In a study of 115 overweight or obese adults “aged 50 to 75 who were at high risk for cardiovascular disease,” participants who ate a cup of blueberries daily “had reduced arterial stiffness and increased levels of HDL,” and “had increased levels of anthocyanin, a type of antioxidant found in plant pigments, and increased levels of cyclic guanosine monophosphate, a substance that relaxes smooth muscle cells and improves blood flow.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Midday napping may boost pediatric behavior, cognitive performance

Midday napping may boost pediatric behavior, cognitive performance

Children who took naps in the afternoon had reduced behavioral problems; increased happiness, grit and self-control; and higher IQ scores, compared with those without afternoon naps, researchers reported in the journal Sleep. The findings, based on data involving 2,928 fourth- to sixth-grade students, also showed 7.6% better academic performance among sixth-graders with at least three afternoon naps weekly.

The Times of India/Press Trust of India (6/2)

Older women who walk two miles daily may live longer than their less active peers

Older women who walk two miles daily may live longer than their less active peers

Reuters (5/29, Rapaport) reports, “Older women who get in enough steps each day to walk the equivalent of about two miles – far less than the five-mile goal set by many Americans – might still live longer than their less active counterparts,” researchers concluded after having nearly “17,000 women in their early 70s wear accelerometers for at least four days to track their total daily steps and the intensity of their movements.” The study revealed that “compared to women who logged no more than 2,718 steps daily, women who achieved at least 4,363 daily steps were 41 percent less likely to die.” The findings were published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.