Monthly archives: July 2013


My baby is so cute, but was born so small...

Do you knew that impaired fetal growth is associated with arterial wall thickening, a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases in adulthood? Each -1 kg lower birth weight translates to a 10% to 20% increase in risk of coronary artery disease many decades later. It is only a risk factor, but one we can act on. As a result of a big study, the Childhood Asthma Prevention Study (that involved children […]


Here comes the sun

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, a form of energy emitted by the sun that we can’t see or feel, is the principal environmental cause of skin cancer, and causes mutations in the p53 gene (fundamental in the mechanisms protecting skin cells from malignant transformations). In the majority of the most common skin cancers, these mutations (a marker of early UV-induced carcinogenesis) can be observed and quantified in the blood serum, the […]


DHA and macular degeneration (II)

The Omega-3 fatty acid DHA is found in high concentration in the retina and is required for its proper function (it has been reported that DHA intake is inversely related to the risk of age-related macular degeneration – AMD). On the other hand, lutein and zeaxanthin (two carotenoids which act helping protect and maintain healthy cells) are also deposited in high quantities in the macula. The quantity of lutein and […]


Can I reduce the chances of getting endometriosis? (II)

In a large study among premenopausal women (with 70.709 women from the Nurses’ Health Study II, that took place in USA during 12 years), two important facts were observed: total fat intake was not associated with endometriosis, but intake of trans-fats was associated with a higher risk and, more important, high consumption of omega-3 fatty acids was associated with a lower risk of endometriosis. To be more exact, women with […]



Symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), that include difficulty staying focused, paying attention, controlling behavior and hyperactivity, appear between the ages of 3 and 6 and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. ADHD has three subtypes: predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, predominantly inattentive and both combined (most children have this last type). Although pharmacological treatments have demonstrated short-term efficacy for ADHD, many families prefer not to use traditional pharmacotherapies to treat it […]