If you're planning to breast feed anyway, turns out a couple extra months could make a big difference. Researchers at the University of California followed more than 2,200 children for the first two years of life. They found that the babies who were breast fed for six months were less likely to suffer from respiratory illnesses than babies where the breast milk stopped at four months. It doesn't sound like much difference, but the study says those two extra months made those babies four times less likely to get Pneumonia, and half as likely to suffer recurrent ear infections. Study led by researchers at University of California Davis Children's Hospital, the University of Rochester and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Center for Child Health Research and published in the February issue of Pediatrics
No matter how much you protested as a kid, mom was right to make you eat your broccoli, and now researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center can explain why. Researchers there have completed studies that actually show vegetables like broccoli and cabbage contain chemicals that appear to enhance DNA repair in cells; potentially leading to some cancer protection. A similar compound found in soybeans also appear to be effective. The study is published in the British Journal of Cancer.
Meanwhile, an Israeli study indicates that grapefruit, particularly the red variety, can help lower cholesterol. In patients with heart disease, eating the equivalent of one grapefruit a day significantly reduced their levels of cholesterol. Researchers say grapefruit is loaded with antioxidants, but they recommend people talk to their doctors first to make sure a lot of grapefruit in the diet won't interfere with prescription medications.