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Vit-B supplement may cut risk of strokes

A new study has suggested that taking vitamin B supplements may help reduce the risk of stroke.

Author Xu Yuming, with Zhengzhou University in Zhengzhou, China, analyzed 14 randomized clinical trials with a total of 54,913 participants.

All of the studies compared B vitamin use with a placebo or a very low-dose B vitamin.
Participants were then followed for a minimum of six months.

There were 2,471 strokes throughout the studies, all of which showed some benefit of taking vitamin B.

Vitamin B lowered the risk of stroke in the studies overall by seven percent. However, taking supplements did not appear to affect the severity of strokes or risk of death from stroke.
Folic acid, a supplemental form of folate (vitamin B9), which is often found in fortified cereals, appeared to reduce the effect of vitamin B. Researchers did not find a reduction in stroke risk for vitamin B12.

“Based on our results, the ability of vitamin B to reduce stroke risk may be influenced by a number of other factors such as the body's absorption rate, the amount of folic acid or vitamin B12 concentration in the blood, and whether a person has kidney disease or high blood pressure,” Yuming said.

New saline jab offers hope to chronic back pain sufferers

A new saline jab could be a ray of hope for sufferers of chronic back pain.

A saline jab to the spine has been shown to be far more effective than steroids for treating the debilitating condition, the Daily Express reported.

The breakthrough treatment targeting lower back pain means patients would not have to endure the side-effects of drugs now used to treat the problem, experts said.

And it could help save over 12 billion pounds lost every year to the economy by workers forced to take days off because of crippling pain.

Professor Steven Cohen, who led the research in America, said that just injecting liquid into the epidural space appears to work, adding that most of the relief may not be from the steroid, which everyone worries about.

Many experts warn that steroids are a less-than-ideal treatment as they can raise blood sugar in diabetics, slow wound healing in those who need surgery and accelerate bone disease in older women.

Now, the study in the US has shown the new saline injection into the space around the spinal cord may revolutionise treatment, providing better relief than steroids without the side effects.

Eating avocados can reduce food cravings and diabetes

A new research has suggested that addition of fresh Hass Avocado to a meal may help to reduce hunger and the desire to eat in overweight adults.

The study also showed that including avocado to a meal resulted in smaller post-meal rises in insulin compared to eating a meal without avocado.

Findings were based on a Hass Avocado Board (HAB) supported clinical study conducted by researchers at Loma Linda University that investigated the effects of incorporating fresh Hass Avocado into a lunch meal on satiety, blood sugar and insulin response, and subsequent food intake.

"While more studies are needed, this research provides promising clues and a basis for future research to determine avocados' effect on satiety, glucose and blood insulin response," said Nikki Ford, Nutrition Director, HAB.

Ford said that  this research will contribute to a deeper knowledge on Hass avocados’ potential positive role in weight management and diabetes.