Asthma :: Low dietary intake of nutrients increases asthma symptoms

Teenagers who forego a healthy and balanced diet may have a harder time catching their breath. A new study, published in the July issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), shows that a low dietary intake of certain nutrients increases the likelihood of respiratory symptoms such as asthma, especially in teens who smoke. Furthermore, a lack of these nutrients may also lead to lower lung function.

Cosmetic Surgery :: Scientists discover key to manipulating fat

In what they call a “stunning research advance,” investigators at Georgetown University Medical Center have been able to use simple, nontoxic chemical injections to add and remove fat in targeted areas on the bodies of laboratory animals. They say the discovery, published online in Nature Medicine on July 1, could revolutionize human cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery and treatment of diseases associated with human obesity.

Herb :: Rhubarb packs nutrients, complements summer fruits

Rhubarb season is here. A half cup of rhubarb is a good source of fiber and an excellent source of bone-building vitamin K. Rhubarb also provides vitamin C, potassium and phytonutrients (lutein and zeaxanthin), which help protect against age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults.

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