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1/5/09

HealthWise at 5 for 1.5

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Core Strengthening

Strengthening core muscles in the abdomen, pelvis, and lower back is important for more than just sports.  It is also key for everyday things like lifting a child or reaching a shelf.  Experts at Harvard suggest fitting core strengthening exercises into 20 to 30 minutes of strength training each week would be a smart way to make life easier as we age.  They say simple sit-ups are the best way to start. 

Clearing Out Alzheimer's

US researchers may have found a new way to clear out dangerous amyloid-beta proteins in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease.  In most people, the proteins never reach dangerous levels because a special enzyme destroys them but that enzyme is blocked in people with Alzheimer's.  In animal studies, when the enzyme was unblocked, build up of the dangerous proteins was prevented.  Now researchers are focused on developing a drug to carry out the process.

Hunger Helper

A recent study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that a fatty acid in olive oil could help prolong your time between meals.  It seems oleic acid, is converted into a lipid hormone when it reaches the intestine, which helps ward off hunger pangs.  The new discovery may someday lead to treatments to help control hunger.

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