Nuts Such As Pecans Help Weight Loss & Heart Health, Reduce Cancer & Diabetes Risk In Diet Studies

Add pecans to your diet to boost weight loss, reduce the risk of heart disease, say health researchers.

It’s time to go nuts, according to the newest diet studies. Eating nuts such as pecans offers a tasty way to improve the health of your heart, boost weight loss by burning fat faster, and even reduce the risk of diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes.

Multiple health concerns, such as obesity and diabetes, have been shown to be impacted by diet. Those who struggle with obesity and diabetes, in turn, face increased risks of heart disease, which Medical News Today reports is one of the leading causes of death. In the search to find ways to use food as medicine, nuts have emerged as one of the tiniest foods with the biggest diet benefits.

Going Nuts Have Multiple Diet Benefits, Say Researchers

Small but mighty, nuts are packed with nutrients such as “good” fats, omega-3s. One recent diet study revealed the multiple benefits of nuts.

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4-year-old reunited with stranger who donated part of his liver for transplant

When Zanyah Brown was 2 years old, her mother noticed that something wasn’t right.

“It went from her having cold symptoms — just runny nose, small fevers — just not wanting to eat, things like that, to her actually being in severe pain,” said Yvonne Huggins of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “It was very scary.”

Medical tests later revealed in 2015 that Brown had a rare liver condition, and she would require a liver transplant. At first, Huggins told ABC News recently, she did not have much hope.

“I’m not going to lie,” the mom said. “My first thought was, ‘God, this is going to take forever for her to get a liver.'”

Brown was put on the transplant list in July 2017.

In November 2017, Kristian Vaughn, a 27-year-old stranger, was determined to be a perfect match for the now 4-year-old.

Vaughn had gotten tested after learning that a family friend’s son needed a liver transplant. He was a match but the child ended up getting a liver from another donor.

Vaughn then asked whether another child was in need of a transplant. The hospital alerted him to Brown, and they were ultimately matched.

The two met on Dec. 11, the night before the surgery. Only 30 percent of his liver was removed, but his partial piece of liver constituted a full liver transplant for Brown.

Their surgeons at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin ran back and forth through tunnels connecting the two medical facilities.

“It was the right thing to do,” Vaughn said about his decision to donate. “All I had to do was hit the pause button on my life… for 8 weeks and then this child could just open a brand new chapter in her life because I was willing to donate and when I had that realization, I just knew that this was really, truly, the right thing to do.”

Brown and Vaughn also met in March, three months after the surgery. Vaughn said he’d been told by doctors that his results were perfect and that his liver had achieved full function.

“Right there in front of me, that little girl was what life is about. It’s about that joy. It’s about that happiness,” he said. “I feel very much privileged to have been able to be a part of all this.”

Brown is doing well, and she’s home from the hospital. The two continue to be in touch.

“Kristian was a blessing,” Huggins said. “He changed Zanyah’s life completely.”

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Consuming Grilled Meat Could Increase Risk Of Hypertension, New Study Suggests

Consuming Grilled Meat Could Increase Risk Of Hypertension, New Study Suggests

While previous studies had warned about the possible link between eating meat grilled at high temperatures and the risk of cancer, new research suggests that this popular staple of backyard barbecues might have more health risks than once thought. Based on the findings of this recently published study, eating grilled meat, may it be red or white, could increase the risk of hypertension, or high blood pressure.

In a study whose results were released at an American Heart Association meeting and published on the organization’s website on Wednesday, researchers detailed how they had followed more than 100,000 individuals across three previous studies, with more than 80 percent of them being female. All of these participants had normal blood pressure when the study started, but 37,123 of them were found to have high blood pressure when they were followed up on about 12 to 16 years later.

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South Africa shocked by deaths of 144 psychiatric patients

During a regular visit, Sophie Mangena was shocked to find that her mother with dementia had been transferred from the psychiatric facility without so much as a phone call to the family, and the nurse on duty didn’t know exactly where she was.

Desperate for information, the daughter heard from a security guard that her mother might have been taken to Takalani, a little-known facility in Johannesburg’s Soweto township. When the family finally found their mother, the 56-year-old matriarch had lost so much weight she was barely recognizable. Shivering and hungry, she was in dirty clothes and barefoot. Days later, she died.

Mangena was one of at least 144 psychiatric patients who died after South Africa’s Gauteng provincial government hastily transferred 1,711 state-funded psychiatric patients in 2015 and 2016 from Life Esidimeni, a private health care provider, to other facilities, dozens of which were not properly licensed.

The death toll is expected to be higher: Two years later, the whereabouts of 44 patients are still unknown.

The experience is “a terrible tale of death and torture of mental health care users,” ruled former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who last week issued a report awarding Mangena’s family and 134 other relatives of victims $ 101,000 each.

The award sets an important precedent for human rights abuses in South Africa, observers say.

“It was emotionally overwhelming,” said Boitumelo Mangena, Sophie’s sister. “We’ve come to the end, but we still don’t have the answers we’re looking for. We still don’t know why this happened.”

The revelations of gross mistreatment have shocked South Africans and raised troubling questions about the government’s commitment to its most vulnerable citizens more than 20 years after the end of apartheid.

“This is the biggest mass death since democracy,” said Sasha Stevenson, an attorney with Section 27, a public interest law center that represented Mangena and more than 60 other patients’ family members. “This is a huge system failure.”

For reasons that remain unclear, the government made the transfers between October 2015 and June 2016 in a rushed process that family members and Life Esidimeni staff have repeatedly described as “chaotic.”

Some patients were tied up with bed sheets and loaded into trucks or were relocated without their identification or medical records. Others were moved multiple times between facilities. A health ombudsman’s report released in February 2017 called the process “negligent and reckless and showed a total lack of respect for human dignity.”

Conditions at some facilities were abysmal. Many patients were not given sufficient water and food, regular baths or appropriate medication. Many of the centers were overcrowded; in some cases severely ill patients were left to sleep on benches or the floor.

The incompetence was fatal. Most of the deaths occurred in five facilities, including Takalani.

The arbitration hearings into the tragedy were nationally televised and the hearings were a harrowing account of what the patients endured.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi wept during his testimony in which he apologized to the victims’ families and the country.

“I couldn’t imagine in our new democracy . human rights breached in this manner, in a way that is reminiscent of our apartheid era,” Motsoaledi said. “I feel personally betrayed that colleagues who I am working with could do something like that.”

The vast majority of patients have been moved back to Life Esidimeni centers or another facility.

Three officials central to the “project” have resigned and there are calls for them and others to face criminal charges.

But the arbitration process did not succeed in determining why the officials ended the Life Esidimeni contract in the first place. The reasons given by officials – budget constraints, pressure to diversify private contractors and a policy to place patients into community-based care – did not stand up, the judge concluded.

“All of those reasons fell apart,” said Stevenson of Section 27. “We still don’t know what the reason for the termination was.” South Africa’s police are investigating whether there was fraud, she said.

The fact that no key official yet faces criminal charges has left some victims’ family members feeling like they don’t have closure.

Nomvula Nonjabe, whose younger sister survived, said she remains wary.

“There are still a lot of people in the mental health system who are ignored and neglected,” she said. “We’re a stressed country. We will forever need to keep a watch on the government.”

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Freezing The ‘Hunger Nerve’ Could Be Key To More Permanent Weight Loss, Study Suggests

Freezing The 'Hunger Nerve' Could Be Key To More Permanent Weight Loss, Study Suggests

Researchers might have come up with a way to keep people from regaining the weight they had previously lost — freezing a part of the nervous system informally known as the “hunger nerve.”

As explained by ABC News, the nerve in question is officially known as the posterior vagal trunk, and it is a branch of the larger vagus nerve. Although it is also known to work on the heart and the lungs, it gets its “hunger nerve” nickname because it sends signals to the brain whenever a person is hungry. Keeping this capability in mind, a team of researchers from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta focused on the posterior vagal trunk, in hopes of coming up with ways for people to reduce their weight and not regain whatever pounds they may have lost.

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Sleep Expert Explains Why Biphasic Sleeping Might Be Better Than Conventional Sleep Patterns

Sleep Expert Explains Why Biphasic Sleeping Might Be Better Than Conventional Sleep Patterns

Biphasic sleeping, or the process of sleeping twice within a span of 24 hours, might sound like an unorthodox way to get some rest, but a sleep expert believes that it could be a solid alternative to traditional, monophasic sleep.

In a column written for the Daily Mail, Dr. Michael Mosley, who is best known for the BBC One series The Truth About Sleep, explained that it’s common for people to have lighter sleep patterns, especially as they grow older. He related his own experiences waking up at around 3 a.m., regardless of what time he went to bed or how tired he was, and spending the next few hours awake, before finally going back to sleep and waking up to the sound of his alarm clock.

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