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J Nutrition Sep, 2007

[Poor Nutrition contributes to Bacterial Vaginosis ] Nutrition, an Under-Recognized Factor in Bacterial Vaginosis and Dietary Intake of Selected Nutrients Affects Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)in Women " We conclude that increased dietary fat intake is associated with increased risk of BV and severe BV, whereas increased intake of folate, vitamin A, and calcium may decrease the risk of severe BV." BV is 40% higher risk in women with high fat intake.

[Olive oil and leucine intake good for health] Dietary Oleic and Palmitic Acids Modulate the Ratio of Triacylglycerols to Cholesterol in Postprandial Triacylglycerol-Rich Lipoproteins in Men and Cell Viability and Cycling in Human Monocytes [The ratio of olive oil to saturated fat and the ratio of vegetable oil to meat fat in the diet affects the health of your blood cells.] AND Acute Oral Leucine Administration Stimulates Protein Synthesis " Sepsis induces the loss of muscle proteins by impairing skeletal muscle protein synthesis through an inhibition of messenger RNA (mRNA) translation initiation. ..Gavage with Leu stimulated protein synthesis and enhanced the assembly of the active eukaryotic initiation factor (eIF)4G-eIF4E complex. " [So during bed rest it is extremely important to eat enough protein, esp. branched chain amino acids like leucine.]

[Soy/isoflavones are important for babies] Isoflavones at Concentrations Present in Soy Infant Formula Inhibit Rotavirus Infection in Vitro " Rotavirus (RV) infections are a major cause of acute gastroenteritis in children and domestic animals, infecting virtually all children within their first 5 y of life. Infants consuming soy-based infant formula (SBIF) are exposed to high levels of isoflavones that exhibit antiviral activity on numerous viruses in vitro and in vivo."

[Eat your vegetables to avoid Alzheimer's] Plasma Homocysteine Is Associated with the Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment in an Elderly Korean Population " Elderly individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are at high risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease...In conclusion, hyperhomocysteinemia may be an independent risk factor for MCI in elderly Koreans. "

[Not to worry] Antioxidant Supplementation Increases the Risk of Skin Cancers in Women but Not in Men "French adults (7876 women and 5141 men) were randomized to take an oral daily capsule of antioxidants (120 mg vitamin C, 30 mg vitamin E, 6 mg ß-carotene, 100 µg selenium, and 20 mg zinc) or a matching placebo. The median time of follow-up was 7.5 y. A total of 157 cases of all types of SC were reported, from which 25 were melanomas. " [So a low level of mixed antioxidants may have been related to 25 melanomas in 12,000 people in 7.5 years. This does not make sense to me physiologically, but I want to present controversial information. See how such things are interpreted for medical education here.

[Concern for the next generation because of poverty] Food Insecurity Works through Depression, Parenting, and Infant Feeding to Influence Overweight and Health in Toddlers "Findings suggest parental depression is a stressor on parenting behavior that social policy should address to alleviate problematic child health outcomes. Findings underscore the importance of continuing and strengthening policy initiatives to ensure that families with infants and toddlers have sufficient, predictable, and reliable food supply."

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