Oslo, Norway—Studies have shown that the intake of recommended doses of folic acid (a naturally occurring B-vitamin) from the period before conception to early pregnancy can prevent neural tube birth defects. Now, Christine Roth, M.Sc., Clin.Psy.D., from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo has led a study (published October 12, 2011 by JAMA) that investigated whether maternal use of folic acid supplements was associated with a reduced risk of severe language delay in children at age three years.

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Doha, Qatar—An estimated 300 million people across the globe are suffering with asthma. Of those diagnosed, almost seven million are American children, according to The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.

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walnuts

According to a study held at Marshall University, regular consumption of walnuts may help reduce the risk of breast cancer.

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cocoa

New meta-analysis from British Medical Journal (BMJ) shows that chocolate could in fact reduce the risk of cardiometabolic disorders, such as heart disease and diabetes.

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Atlanta, GA—A recently published article in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that high sodium intake coupled with low potassium intake is linked to cardiovascular disease (CVD).

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Gainesville, FL—Published research analyzed by the University of Florida suggests that resveratrol, a polyphenol found in grapes and other fruits, may support healthy aging. A review article published online in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research investigated thousands of laboratory tests with enzymes, animals and cultured cells to probe the effects that resveratrol has on humans.

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East Rutherford, NJ—A paper published in the Journal of Medicinal Foods provides evidence that Maitake D-Fraction, a proprietary extract of the Maitake mushroom developed by Mushroom Wisdom, Inc., induces apoptosis in human breast cancer cells.

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Vancouver, Canada—A new small-animal study indicates that a low-carb, high-protein diet may impede tumor growth.

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Mercer County, NJ—Everyone is aware of the benefits of getting a restful night’s sleep. Now, a new study suggests that sleepy teens are more prone to crave carbohydrates.

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Bordeaux, Dijon and Montpellier, France—Well-known in the kitchen as a light and tasty way to liven up food, olive oil also has been said to offer protective effects against many potentially dangerous cardiovascular risks like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol.

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