Health Alert 5-3-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

May 3, 2012 - Violence can prematurely age children, by as much as 7 to 10 years. That's according to a study published in Molecular Psychiatry. The study looked at children's DNA sequences and found they shortened faster than normal in kids exposed to violence. Researchers say that violence may make children more likely to get diseases associated with aging, like heart attacks, seven to 10 years before their peers. The study looked at children who faced three types of violence: domestic violence against their mother, bullying and being the target of mistreatment from an adult.

Also, sweet and refreshing, berries are thought of as a summer treat, but new evidence suggests that these fruits eaten regularly may also help preserve brain function. Harvard researchers found that women who said they ate more blueberries were more likely to display less-rapid cognitive deterioration as they aged. In the study, published in the journal Annals of Neurology, participants who had recorded increased servings of blueberries and strawberries, preserved their brain function to a greater degree than those who had not. Blueberries, in particular, have been linked to improved cholesterol levels, boosts in immune system function and a delay in age-related medical changes.


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