A handful of nuts a day can help you live longer

Need another reason to roast chestnuts this winter?

Look no further than the study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine that people who eat nuts is a lower risk of death compared to people who never eat them.

The researchers at Harvard and Indiana University looked at data collected from mammoth, decades-long nurses ' Health Study and the health professionals FOLLOW-UP STUDY — health information nearly 120,000 men and women in all. They looked at the risk of death in these topics, a number of common health problems, and they compared the risk against nuts consumption.

They found that people who ate one serving of peanuts a day, on average, 20 per cent lower risk of dying from a number of common health problems, compared to those who never ate nuts. What's more, the nuts were a greater effect.

The researchers concluded that the research was partially funded by the International Tree Nut Council nutrition research and Education Foundation a nonprofit industry group, but they said the Organization had no role or influence over a portion of the research.

Lead study author Dr. Ying Bao, an internist, Brigham and women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, says the findings confirm what many have suspected for a long time the nut consumption benefits.

"Nuts are nutrient dense foods," he said. Previous studies Show the benefits of various chronic illnesses – the benefits of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, even colon cancer. And, of course, of heart disease. "

All those who consumed nuts were also the ones who tend to be less obese were less likely to smoke are more likely to exercise and eat healthy fruit and vegetables-all factors that could contribute to longer life and yourself. However, even taking into account all of these factors — like other than age, race and family history – the researchers found that those who ate nuts came out on top when it came to an early death from cancer, heart disease and lung disease.

The research is the largest yet to show such benefits.

"There are very few studies that show nuts benefit from mortality," Bao said. "We had a chance to look at the association, which is an understudied a large study in the sample."

Dr. David Katz, the founding Director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University, who is not associated with the study, said that although the study cannot prove conclusively that eating more nuts will keep you alive longer, the results are a healthy food for thought.

"One of the most potentially important reason why the risk of reducing the disease, and the death of a mad is what they bring to the diet, the other is they remove from the diet," Katz said. "People who eat more nuts are likely to eat them and not other food items, maybe likely nowhere near as nutritious food."

Doctor's take:

This study adds to a growing number of research that shows that nuts have a number of health benefits. And even if there is no food to keep alive forever, nutritionists have long known that nuts are full of nutrients. So if you can afford them, you may want to consider adding a handful of nuts a day from your diet.

However, it is important to remember that eating nuts is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. This means eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, exercising, not smoking and limiting alcohol intake to 1 or 2 glasses a day.

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ABC News, Amy Robach offers thanks also to colleagues

Two weeks ago, ABC News, Amy Robach announced that she was diagnosed with breast cancer following a mammogram in October live on "Good Morning America", and meant to be a bilateral mastectomy.

Today, Amy reached out to her colleagues for the support and love through the ABC to try to thank time and share some good news about his recovery:

Happy Friday everyone!

It might be cold and gloomy outside today, but it is warm and sunny in my world. This post is late ... it is a debt of gratitude to the heavily burdened me how much each and every one of you. The incredible outpouring of support, the ABC began from the first moment I got my diagnosis.  Calls, emails, cards, flowers, blankets, care packages, food, pajamas, slippers, assistance insurance, doctor's advice ... the list goes on ad infinitum.It was really overwhelming, how many thought everything anyone could possibly want or need a doctor during the crisis.  It brought tears to my eyes and so much joy warmed my heart more than you know and never see my family ABC did for me and my entire family. In fact, there have been so many emails, it takes weeks to get to each of you!

Physically and mentally I've been through the ringer, but I'm coming up on one side so much stronger. I have a greater appreciation for life, health, and how such simple acts of kindness can be so incredibly powerful. I was looking through a different lens for now ... and I am thankful for that as well.  Had my life prior to October 30, and now my life after that.

My prognosis is good, I got lucky to find cancer through ABC is sponsored by mammogram and I was lucky to pick an aggressive approach, bilateral mastectomy, because even though the surgery last week, my surgeon, secondly, overlooked by a malignant tumor.  There is no magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, does a sonogram had found it ... it was just the breast, he found it.  My cancer had spread to the sentinel lymph node, but not any longer so I have more treatments before me, but none of that takes me away from work.  Now what I'm going to head back to Monday, Dec. 2 and could not be more excited to get back to work.

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ABC News’ Amy Robach Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

I remember exactly where I was when I got the call from a “Good Morning America” producer. I was about to interview Marie Monville, the wife of the Amish school shooter, in the bucolic setting of Lancaster, Pa. She was speaking out about the senseless horror that happened in the most unlikely of places.

I was focused on what was about to be an emotional interview regarding life after tragedy, when our producer asked me if she could make a sensitive request: “Amy, next week we’d like you to do the first ever live television mammogram for ‘GMA’ Goes Pink day. You’re 40, the age women should start getting mammograms. Would you even consider it?”

It felt like a strange thing to consider given where I was and what I was about to do, but oddly now, it all feels connected.

For the past 20 years, sadly, a large part of my job deals in tragedy — other peoples’ tragedies — but never my own.

That day, when I was asked to do something I really didn’t want to do, something I had put off for more than a year, I had no way of knowing that I was in a life-or-death situation.

Sitting in that kitchen with Marie Monville, I had cancer and didn’t know it. In fact, I would have considered it virtually impossible that I would have cancer. I work out, I eat right, I take care of myself and I have very little family history; in fact, all of my grandparents are still alive.

So in the days to follow, if several producers and even Robin Roberts herself hadn’t convinced me that doing this on live television would save lives, I would never have been able to save my own.

So on Oct. 1, I had my first mammogram, in front of millions of people.

After breathing a big sigh of relief once it was done, my breath was taken away only a few weeks later.

I thought I was going back in for a few follow-up images, only to find out in a matter of hours that I had breast cancer.

I was alone that afternoon, never thinking to bring anyone with me, never thinking that day would be life-altering. My husband was on a business trip and my parents live across the country, but that night everyone flew into New York City and we started gearing up for a fight.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, I will go into surgery where my doctors will perform a bilateral mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery. Only then will I know more about what that fight will fully entail, but I am mentally and physically as prepared as anyone can be in this situation.

And while everyone who gets cancer is clearly unlucky, I got lucky by catching it early, and there are so many people to thank for making sure I did. Every producer, every person who urged me to do this, changed my trajectory.

The doctors told me bluntly: “That mammogram just saved your life.”

I was also told this, for every person who has cancer, at least 15 lives are saved because people around them become vigilant. They go to their doctors, they get checked.

I can only hope my story will do the same and inspire every woman who hears it to get a mammogram, to take a self exam. No excuses. It is the difference between life and death.

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Alcohol Substitute Promises All the Buzz, None of the Hangover

A leading British neuroscientist says he has developed an “alcohol substitute” that mimics the drug’s euphoria, which, when followed with an “antidote” chaser, makes users instantly sober without the threat of a hangover.

Prof. David Nutt, director of the neuropsychopharmacology unit at London’s Imperial College, said he was motivated to find a safer alternative to alcohol and has been experimenting with new compounds on himself.

“In theory we can make an alcohol surrogate that makes people feel relaxed and sociable and remove the unwanted effects, such as aggression and addictiveness,” Nutt wrote of his findings in the Telegraph.

Nutt said he has identified five compounds that target the same neurotransmitter system in the brain that responds to booze but now needs “to test them to see if people find the effects as pleasurable as alcohol.”

Once an ideal compound has been identified, Nutt wrote, it will be easy to synthesize an antidote capable of instantly reversing the drug’s effects. He has already begun sampling the new drugs on himself.

“After exploring one possible compound I was quite relaxed and sleepily inebriated for an hour or so, then within minutes of taking the antidote I was up giving a lecture with no impairment whatsoever,” he wrote.

Nutt said he is already in touch with alcohol manufacturers about producing the substitute and is working on ways to flavor the drug to make it appealing. Distillers, he said, are not currently interested in production, but much like traditional cigarette makers began producing e-cigarettes once there was sufficient demand, he said he believes alcohol companies will eventually begin producing substitutes.

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Baby’s Gaze Could Signal Autism Risk, Study Finds

A baby’s gaze could carry the first signs of autism, according to a new study that suggests the developmental disorder disrupts the desire for eye contact.

Atlanta researchers used eye-tracking technology to study how babies respond to social cues between birth and the age of 3, and found that infants later diagnosed with autism paid less attention to the eyes of others.

“These results reveal that there are measurable and identifiable differences present already before six months,” study author Ami Klin, director of the Atlanta-based Marcus Autism Center, said in a statement adding that the findings “have the potential to dramatically shift the possibilities for future strategies of early intervention.”

The study was published today in the journal Nature.

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Autism is currently diagnosed based on careful observation of a child’s behavior, social skills and ability to communicate. But researchers have long been looking for subtler signs with hopes of intervening sooner.

“By following these babies from birth, and intensively within the first six months, we were able to collect large amounts of data long before overt symptoms are typically seen,” study lead author Warren Jones, director of research for the Marcus Autism Center, said in a statement.

But Jones cautioned that parents should not go looking for such subtle signs or be discouraged if their babies sometimes avoid eye contact.

“We used very specialized technology to measure developmental differences, accruing over time, in the way that infants watched very specific scenes of social interaction,” he said. “To be sure, parents should not expect that this is something they could see without the aid of technology.”

On top of raising the possibility of earlier detection, the study could hint at subtle interactions between the complex genetics of autism, brain development and eye gaze, according to Jones.

“Our next step will be to expand these studies with more children, and to combine our eye-tracking measures with measures of gene expression and brain growth,” he said.

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