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Study: Omega-3 supplementation could preserve brain health

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — People with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil also may have larger brain volumes in old age equivalent to preserving one to two years of brain health, according to a study published in the Jan. 22 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. 

Shrinking brain volume is a sign of Alzheimer’s disease as well as normal aging.

For the study, the levels of omega-3 fatty acids EPA+DHA in red blood cells were tested in 1,111 women who were part of the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study. Eight years later, when the women were an average age of 78, MRI scans were taken to measure their brain volume.

Those with higher levels of omega-3s had larger total brain volumes eight years later. Those with twice as high levels of fatty acids (7.5% vs. 3.4%) had a 0.7% larger brain volume

"These higher levels of fatty acids can be achieved through diet and the use of supplements, and the results suggest that the effect on brain volume is the equivalent of delaying the normal loss of brain cells that comes with aging by one to two years," stated study author James Pottala of the University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls and Health Diagnostic Laboratory in Richmond, Va.

 

 

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Walmart’s Agwunobi talks health care, clinics and Obamacare

BY DSN STAFF

ROGERS, Ark. — Walmart health-and-wellness president John Agwunobi shared wide-ranging thoughts regarding the state of health care in America and ways in which the evolving marketplace is impacting Walmart customers.
 
Agwunobi spoke at a gathering of Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce Walstreet members, which consists largely of Walmart suppliers. He touched on the role of in-store clinics and nonprescription products, and said high costs resulting from implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will mean consumers have less money to spend on other things.

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SheaMoisture releases new baby care products

BY Ryan Chavis

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — SheaMoisture, a personal care brand, has released two new products formulated especially for babies and children with allergies and skin sensitivities.

The products — Fragrance-Free, Gluten-Free Baby Extra-Mild Wash and Shampoo and Fragrance-Free, Gluten-Free Baby Healing Lotion — contain ingredients that nourish sensitive skin, including certified organic Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and Cocoa Butter, the company said.

"As a family-run company, we’re extremely particular about what products we use on our little ones. Since my grandmother Sofi Tucker started making and selling her shea butter soaps in Sierra Leone back in 1912, our focus has been creating natural, solution-oriented products for the entire family," CEO Richelieu Dennis said. "We’ve specifically formulated these products to pamper and protect the delicate, ultra-sensitive skin of the newest member of the family."

SheaMoisture’s Fragrance-Free, Gluten-Free Baby Care line is available at Target and Walgreens.

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