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Regular use of fish oil supplements and course of cardiovascular diseases: prospective cohort study
“Conclusions Regular use of fish oil supplements might be a risk factor for atrial fibrillation and stroke among the general population but could be beneficial for progression of cardiovascular disease from atrial fibrillation to major adverse cardiovascular events, and from atrial fibrillation to death. Further studies are needed to determine the precise mechanisms for the development and prognosis of cardiovascular disease events with regular use of fish oil supplements.”

If you have a mind to drink less, mindfulness can help
“Mindfulness is having a moment, but is it worth all the hype? Researchers at CU’s Center for Health and Neuroscience, Genes, and Environment (CUChange) say the answer is yes—particularly when it comes to drinking behavior. A team including Carillon Skrzynski, a faculty research associate at CUChange, has published research building on the growing body of evidence suggesting mindfulness plays a significant role in influencing alcohol use.”

Altered states of consciousness common in meditation, study finds
“Yoga, mindfulness, meditation, breathwork, and other practices are gaining in popularity due to their potential to improve health and well-being. The effects of these practices are mostly positive and occasionally transformational, yet they are known to sometimes be associated with challenging altered states of consciousness. New research by a team including investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital, a founding member of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system, reveals that altered states of consciousness associated with meditation practice are far more common than expected.”

Tattoos linked to higher risk of malignant lymphoma, study finds
“In a recent study published in the journal eClinicalMedicine, researchers determined the relationship between tattoo ink exposure and malignant lymphoma and lymphoma subtype risk. Tattoos have recently gained popularity, although their long-term health repercussions are unknown. Tattoo ink includes carcinogenic substances such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), primary aromatic amines (PAA), and metals. Tattoo inks elicit an immune reaction, resulting in the migration of tattoo inks from injection sites. Although the presence of tattoo pigments within lymph nodes is proven, their long-term consequences on health are unknown. The global growth in malignant lymphoma incidence is unexplained, and it is critical to discover any link to lifestyle variables. Lymph nodes contain growing cells and are vulnerable to carcinogenic substances. Studies associate exposure to solvents, flame retardants, pesticides, and hair dyes with immunologic disturbance, which plays a role in malignant lymphoma development.”

Biden-Harris Administration Makes History Launching New Suite of Summer Nutrition Programs to Help Tackle Hunger and Improve Healthy Eating for Millions of Children
“WASHINGTON, May 21, 2024 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today the launch of “SUN Programs: USDA’s Summer Nutrition Programs for Kids,” to help improve nutrition security during the summer months. Through the suite of SUN Programs, families now have more choices and convenient ways to get summer nutrition support for their children and teens with new SUN Bucks, SUN Meals, and previously launched SUN Meals To-Go. Collectively, these programs continue the work of the Biden-Harris Administration in promoting food and nutrition security.”

90% of U.S. Adults Have CKM Syndrome. Here’s What That Means
“Key Takeaways -Cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic (CKM) syndrome highlights the link between heart diseases, kidney dysfunction, and metabolic disorders like diabetes and obesity. These conditions often coexist and exacerbate each other, significantly increasing overall health risks. Regular health screenings can help in early detection of CKM syndrome and timely intervention to reduce the progression of the syndrome.”

Western diet could impact gut inflammation, leading to chronic conditions
“Chronic conditions are on the rise, and frequently involve metabolism and the immune system. The gut microbiome plays a role in both, and potentially plays a causative role in the development of some of these conditions. It is also a potential therapeutic target. The Western diet, though poorly characterized, could play a role in the disruption of the microbiome, but exactly how it may do that is not entirely understood. Researchers have reviewed the evidence around certain dietary patterns and the effect it has on certain bacteria found in the gut, and their roles in specific mechanisms in the human body.”

Can Diet Help with Advanced Breast Cancer? All Indications Are Positive, Researchers Say
“Women with breast cancer who exclusively ate a whole-foods, plant-based diet lost weight, improved cholesterol levels and other key metabolic factors, had less fatigue, and perceived that they felt sharper mentally and generally more well.”