Drinking coffee may protect some people against Parkinson’s

A recent study found lower levels of caffeine in the blood of people with Parkinson’s disease. The study compared people with Parkinson’s who carry a particular genetic mutation known to increase Parkinson’s risk with people who carry the same mutation but do not have the disease.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive brain disorder characterized by tremors, rigidity in the limbs and torso, and movement and balance problems. People with the condition also have an increased risk of depression and dementia.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, more than 1 million people in North America and more than 4 million people worldwide have Parkinson’s disease. In the United States, about 60,000 people receive a diagnosis each year.

Around 15% of people with the disease have a family history of Parkinson’s, which suggests they inherited genes that increased their risk of developing the condition. However, most cases result from a

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Heavy drinking is killing women in record numbers, and experts fear a COVID-related spike | Coronavirus

On her last day of consciousness, Misty Luminais Babin held onto hope. “I choose life,” the 38-year-old told her sister, husband and doctor from inside the Ochsner Medical Center ICU.

But her sister, Aimee Luminais Calamusa, knew it was a choice made too late. A former ICU nurse herself, she was trained to recognize signs of the end. Even after draining 3 liters of fluid from Babin’s abdomen, her liver — mottled and scarred by years of heavy drinking — couldn’t keep up. The fluid had started building up in her lungs and she gasped for air. Without oxygen, her other organs began to fail.

“When I left that day, I knew that would be the last time I talked to her, ever,” said Calamusa. “It was really hard to walk out that door.”

Babin died two days later, on June 14 of this year, after a long struggle with

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Are There Health Benefits to Drinking White Tea? Pros and Cons, Nutrition Information, and More

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After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water

Two months after a wildfire burned through Paradise, Calif., in 2018, Kevin Phillips, then a manager for town’s irrigation district, walked from one destroyed home to another.

Burned out cars, the occasional chimney and the melted skeletons of washers and dryers were the only recognizable shapes.

“You started to actually be shocked when you saw a standing structure,” he said.

Mr. Phillips, now Paradise’s town manager, was following the team taking samples from intact water meters connected to homes that were now reduced to gray ash. He knew from the Tubbs Fire in 2017 that harmful toxins were likely in the water distribution system: Rapid action would be needed to protect people returning to the community from the dangers of toxins like benzene, which can cause nausea and vomiting in the short-term, or even cancer over time.

Wildfires, which turned skies a dim orange over cities from Seattle to Santa

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Americans over 30 have been drinking more during the coronavirus pandemic, research shows

Americans over 30 have been drinking more during the coronavirus pandemic compared to this time last year, and there could be consequences to their physical and mental health, researchers reported Tuesday.



a group of people in a store: A customer gets rung out at Friendly Discount liquor store in Westbrook on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.


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A customer gets rung out at Friendly Discount liquor store in Westbrook on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Overall frequency of alcohol consumption increased by about 14% from 2019, the researchers reported in the journal JAMA Network Open. That increase averages out to about one additional drinking day per month by 75% of adults.

RAND Corporation sociologist Michael Pollard and colleagues analyzed a nationally representative sample of 1,540 people ages 30 to 80. The participants completed a survey about their drinking habits between April 29 and June 9 of 2019 and then again between May 28 and June 16 of 2020.

The volunteers reported they drank alcohol on more days every week. They

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Are There Health Benefits to Drinking Moringa Tea? Pros and Cons, Nutrition Information, and More

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Drinking my way to good health

MY mom is 81 years old and the only maintenance medications she is on are for her borderline cholesterol level and her asthma. Up until the pandemic and the quarantine that followed, my mom was very active and would go out often. She also looks younger than her age so people have always asked me what her secret was. Honestly, I think it is the number of vitamins and supplements she takes everyday.

Aside from her multivitamins and vitamin C, my mom takes other supplements like biotin, calcium + D, collagen, lutein, glucosamine, fish oil and others. Of course, she also eats well and wears sunscreen everyday, even when she is just indoors. My doctor said taking the right vitamins and supplements, assuming you don’t get them all from your diet, does not just ensure a healthy body but also helps skin look healthy and youthful.

For my part, I’ve

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Drinking during pregnancy is not without risk



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Zoe Williams could not be more wrong (Bilge, booze and misogyny: why I’m outraged by a new idea to police pregnant women, 18 September): drinking in pregnancy is everyone’s concern. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) consultation document provided compelling arguments explaining why society should be concerned about foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

For example, a systematic review and meta-analysis in the Lancet in 2017 revealed that the UK was among the five countries with the highest (41.3%) estimated prevalence of alcohol use during pregnancy. According to Nice, this results in an annual societal cost of over £2bn to support victims of FASD. Williams’ article simply perpetuates the debate about how much alcohol causes birth defects, when the advice should always be based on the argument that “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”.

David J Wilson

Professor

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Drinking Coffee Tied to Better Outcomes in Colon Cancer Patients

Drinking coffee may extend survival time in people with colorectal cancer, a new study suggests.

Researchers studied 1,171 patients diagnosed with advanced or metastatic colon or rectal cancer who could not be treated with surgery. The patients completed diet and lifestyle questionnaires, including information about their coffee consumption, at the start the study.

Compared with people who drank none, those who drank a cup a day had an 11 percent increased rate of overall survival, and a 5 percent increased rate of living progression-free. The more coffee they drank, the better. Those who drank four or more cups a day had a 36 percent increased rate of overall survival and a 22 percent increased rate of surviving without their disease getting worse. Whether the coffee was decaf or regular made little difference.

The study, in JAMA Oncology, controlled for race, smoking, alcohol intake, aspirin use, diabetes, and the addition of

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Cranberry Juice Detox – Does Drinking Cranberry Juice Really Help You Detoxify Your Body?

Cranberry juice detox can eliminate toxins for your body easily. Cranberries are anti-bacterial agents, which not only prevent bacterial growth but also help your body to eliminate them. Detoxification is a cleansing process. It protects your body from various diseases and stimulates weight loss. It is always advisable to undergo 2-3 detox programs in a year for enhancing your entire body.

Cranberry Juice detox also cleans up your colon with ease. A healthy colon is the key for a better health. Due accumulation of toxins in our body, our colon gets clogged. In order to discard harmful toxins, we should take detox nutrition. Mostly due to bacterial overgrowth, the natural cleansing of our body is disrupted; cranberry juice kills those bacteria and encourages the natural cleansing process. The presence of vitamin C, anti-oxidants, vitamin A, potassium and manganese in cranberries helps in cleaning our kidneys too.

Cranberry Juice Recipe

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