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.”

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 adults who feel their lives have purpose may live longer, study suggests

Older adults who feel their lives have purpose may live longer, study suggests

Reuters (5/24, Carroll) reported new data suggest that older adults “who feel their life has purpose may be less likely to die from heart, circulatory and digestive diseases and more likely to live longer.” A study following “nearly 7,000 people over age 50 for more than a decade” indicates that people who ranked their purposes in life lower than those who felt they have a greater purpose “were 2.43 times more likely to have died by the end of the study.” The findings appear in the journal JAMA Network Open.

Report shows many youths do not wear helmets

Report shows many youths do not wear helmets

Sixty-one percent, 58% and 18% of parents reported that their children ages 4 to 13 never wore helmets while riding scooters, skateboarding and biking, respectively, with helmet use less likely among older youths, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Parents should make sure their children wear helmets and practice safety in the streets, Dr. Gary Freed said.
HealthDay News (5/20), Healio (free registration)/Infectious Diseases in Children (5/20)