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February 2017

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Eat Well to Keep Mind Sharp —Subscribers Only

Increasingly needing to write yourself reminder notes or repeatedly bumping into furniture after rearranging your living room (spatial memory) is frustrating, to say the least. It also may signal future cognitive decline, including dementia, a catch-all term for memory loss and difficulty with thinking, problem-solving or language, the most common of which is Alzheimer's disease.

6 Winning Super Bowl Snack Ideas

Claimed to be the second largest eating extravaganza next to Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl is infamous for indulgent fare such as pizza, fried hot wings, chips, rich dips, sugary sodas and beer. As with any food-centric celebration, it's wise to have a game plan of what you'll eat, especially if you're watching your weight or managing a health condition.

Benefit of Multivitamins for Heart Health Needs Further Study —Subscribers Only

Could the daily multivitamin (MVI) many people take "just in case" their eating plan falls short help heart health? New evidence suggests it may require sticking with a MVI for a long time to realize a heart benefit, if there is one.

Dietary Relief for Aching Joints —Subscribers Only

Whether your knees ache when you climb stairs or it hurts to bend down to tie your shoes, arthritis can be a real pain. There is no easy fix for osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis and the focus of this article. In this condition, cartilage (the covering on ends of bones) erodes, and the protective joint space between bones decreases. Pain, inflammation and reduced mobility can result. Arthritis is more common with age,…

Ask Tufts Experts

Q. How much calcium can I absorb at one time from a supplement?

Q. How much calcium can I absorb at one time from a supplement?

Q. Is the antioxidant level in tea greater when made from loose-leaf tea or tea in bags?

Q. Is the antioxidant level in tea greater when made from loose-leaf tea or tea in bags?

Q. Is there anything I can eat for cataracts?

Q. Is there anything I can eat for cataracts?

NewsBites

Grapefruit No Miracle for Weight Loss

Grapefruit as a weight loss wonder is a bit of an urban legend, and scientific evidence to support it is scarce. A recent systematic review on the topic included three moderate-quality clinical trials with a total of 250 obese men and women.

Is Bagged Salad as Safe as You Think?

Bags of lettuce and spinach may not be as pristine as they seem. British scientists found that during 5 days of refrigeration, traces of nutrient-rich juice released from crushed leaves in bags of salad greens nourished Salmonella bacteria and increased its growth by up to 280-fold compared to sterile water. The juices also enhanced the bacteria’s ability to attach to the sides of the plastic bags, as well as to the leaves, as reported in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Sniffing Out Alzheimer’s Disease

A decade or more before memory-related symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) appear, disordered processes are underway in the brain - including changes that may affect sense of smell. In a study published in Annals of Neurology, researchers gave 183 community-living older adults cognitive tests to assess brain function, followed by tests of their ability to recognize and remember familiar odors, such as leather, menthol and grape.

Have Chronic Disease? Avoid Inactivity

Self-reported physical activity rates tend to decrease with age, especially in people with chronic disease, according to a recent CDC telephone survey of randomly-selected U.S. adults age 50 and older.

Sleep Apnea Could Stall Weight Loss

In a one-year weight loss trial based on dietary counseling, 175 obese adults with metabolic syndrome and at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea lost less weight and were 70% less likely to lose at least 5% of their weight, compared to those at low sleep apnea risk (assessed by a standard screening survey). Sleep apnea causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses during sleep.

Special Reports

Diabetes Diet: What to Eat

One of the biggest challenges many people face when they find out they have diabetes is figuring out what they can eat and when. Fortunately, healthy eating when you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes (or prediabetes) isn't substantially different from how we all should eat. Diabetes-friendly meals feature the same healthy foods - whole grains, colorful non-starchy vegetables, whole fruits, lean protein, fish, low-fat dairy, nuts and healthy fats - recommended for everyone.