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Study may explain why high-sugar diets can worsen IBD

Study may explain why high-sugar diets can worsen IBD
Graphical Abstract. Credit: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2023). DOI: 10.1016/j.jcmgh.2023.05.001

Excess sugar hampers cells that renew the colon’s lining in a mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a new study by University of Pittsburgh scientists.

The findings, published in Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology, could help get to the bottom of why limiting sugary foods can ease symptoms for patients with IBD.

“The prevalence of IBD is rising around the world, and it’s rising the fastest in cultures with industrialized, urban lifestyles, which typically have diets high in sugar,” said senior author Timothy Hand, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics and immunology at Pitt’s School of Medicine and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

“Too much sugar isn’t good for a variety of reasons, and our study adds to that evidence by showing how sugar may be harmful to the gut. For patients with IBD,

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Proinsurance Hawaii Announces Medicare Advantage Plans And Health Insurance Coverage At Low Cost In Hawaii

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A private insurance company approved by the federal agency to provide Medicare Advantage Plans in Hawaii.

proinsurance hawaii , based in Honolulu, Hawaii, provides low-cost medicare advantage plans and Health Insurance Coverage. The Proinsurance Hawaii staff is committed to providing a service that results in long-term customer relationships. Their primary goal is to assist their clients in obtaining the finest insurance benefits for themselves, their families, or their companies at the lowest possible cost.

Medicare Advantage, also known as Medicare Part C, are health plans offered by private companies with approval from the federal agency. Proinsurance is proud to offer Medicare Advantage Plans in Hawaii.

Proinsurance Hawaii aims to assist consumers in obtaining the best possible Medicare coverage that meets their needs at the most affordable rate. Their trained staff are qualified to guide and assist individuals in selecting the best insurance for themselves and their businesses.


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After Years of Being Vegetarian, They Couldn’t Help But Eat Meat Again

I’ll get the most obvious answer out of the way first: Meat tastes really, really good. British journalist and formerly lifetime vegetarian, Huw Oliver, meat-reviewed-lets-stop-messing-around-and-just-do-steak-already-052120″ class=”external-link” data-event-click=”{"element":"ExternalLink","outgoingURL":""}” href=”″tried steak for the first time during the pandemic. “The pinkish muscle tastes deep, rich, and butter-smooth in the mouth,” he wrote for Time Out. “And cor, that smell. It’s juicy, hearty, butterflies-inducing communal food to take your time over, and I love it.” Author Rajesh Parameswaran, also vegetarian for his whole life up until then, had a similar experience trying molleja for the first time in Argentina. “It was incredibly delicate, airy and light; at the same time it was somehow rich and sort of creamy,” he wrote for Bon Appétit

Many interviewees felt the same intense, almost primal relationship with meat. It’s likely been a thing since our primate ancestors started accidentally eating worms who had burrowed

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Feeling lonely: An epidemic of isolation has expanded area mental health needs

Greensburg resident John Herrmann has a suppertime appointment each Thursday at the city’s Otterbein United Methodist Church.

Helping to hand out meals to those in need during the weekly Feeding the Spirit program there helps him in his ongoing efforts to form and maintain positive connections in the community.

Herrmann, 66, said that when he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder more than three decades ago, it made him feel isolated from others.

“I thought I was the only one with this,” he said. “I was very lonely. I didn’t know where to turn or really understand what was going on.”

A new epidemic of loneliness and isolation has affected many others across the country, with serious implications for their physical and mental health, according to a recent advisory issued by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.

About half of U.S. adults have reported experiencing measurable levels of loneliness, according

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Health advocacy groups ask DeSantis to pause Medicaid purge

Health advocates in a virtual press conference on Tuesday called for Gov. Ron DeSantis to pause Medicaid redeterminations after about 250,000 Floridians lost coverage.

The Florida Department of Children and Families removed these residents during an evaluation of eligibility that typically takes place annually, but had been paused nationwide for over three years due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This pause ended April 1.

A May 9 report from the Florida Department of Children and Families to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services indicates around 80% of those terminated — approximately 205,000 — may have been eligible but lost coverage due to procedural reasons, such as failing to respond to requests for updated information.

Some Floridians in limbo over Medicaid coverage loss

“When governors see such large numbers of terminations of coverage for procedural reasons … they should pause the process and see what is going wrong,”

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Foods that may help calm seasonal allergies, according to health experts

Seasonal allergies are no fun, but did you know that some experts say that what you eat may have an impact?

Also known as “hay fever,” symptoms run the gamut from a runny nose to congestion.

Jenna Volpe, a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) of in Austin, Texas, noted that while more research is needed, she’s found there are certain functional foods and herbs that can help provide natural relief without unwanted side effects for many seasonal allergy sufferers. 


Ahead, a look at six such foods that may help with seasonal allergies.

Allergy season

Allergy season is here and these are 7 foods you can take to help fight off the feeling.  (Fab!/iStock)

1. Vegetables that have vitamin C, like Brussels sprouts 

If you’re feeling symptoms from allergies, try snacking on some Brussels sprouts or add to your dinner

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Brunei health minister advises people to limit strenuous activities amid hot weather conditions in country

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, May 14 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Brunei amid heatwaves in the country has advised the public to take precautionary measures, such as postponing or limit strenuous and if unavoidable, wear a hat or use a umbrella to protect themselves.

This is following a press statement issued by the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department on the likelihood of El-Nino occurring that will cause dry and hot weather conditions in the upcoming months in the Sultanate.

According to the ministry, excessive heat can cause a person to frequently sweat, and the lack of fluid in the body could result in exhaustion, dehydration and heat stroke. Children and the elderly are the groups that are the most at risk of experiencing these health problems, the MoH said.

The public is also advised to use sunscreen, stay hydrated, avoid sugary drinks and avoid wearing dark and tight

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How does mother’s vegan diet affect the development of a newborn? Find out

A study says that a vegan diet has no impact on the levels of carnitine and vitamin B2 in breast milk, two nutrients essential for a newborn’s growth. The Amsterdam University Medical Center’s study found these facts. Research has found that lactating mothers following a vegan diet compared to mothers with an omnivorous diet showed no difference in the human milk concentrations of vitamin B2 or carnitine, despite these nutrients being found in the highest concentrations in animal products.

The study was presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN). Using a technique that separates a sample into its individual parts and analyses their mass, this study challenges assumptions that vegan diets may not be nutritionally complete and that breastfed infants of vegan mothers may be at an increased risk of developing vitamin B2 or carnitine deficiency.

In the last

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Commonwealth on common health | The Star

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network): Brunei Darussalam has made several proposals to be included in the pandemic convention being drafted by Commonwealth countries, including creating a permanent multilateral mechanism to ensure effective and fair global response to pandemics with the need for closer cooperation between countries in terms of transparency, information exchange and manufacturing cost.

In addition, technology transfer and knowledge enhancement must become the norm during pandemics and response phases, through incentives and research funding.

The proposals were made by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Mohd Isham Jaafar at the plenary session on ‘Efforts in strengthening prevention, preparedness and response to pandemics by investing in products production and local health technology’ under the 35th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland recently.

The minister said the pandemic demonstrated the importance of having a strong and resilient healthcare system, which can only be achieved with fair

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