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2005-10-04 13:08:09

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In older people, higher blood levels of homocysteine are associated with lower mental functioning, new data indicate. Homocysteine, an amino acid that has been tied to heart disease and stroke, can be lowered with folate and vitamins B6 and B12. The latest finding suggests to researchers that B vitamin supplements may help prevent homocysteine-related cognitive decline. "My concern," Dr. Merrill F. Elias of Boston University told...

2005-07-21 20:06:05

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In addition to its effects on homocysteine, an amino acid linked to heart disease, folate may protect against a certain type of stroke. Specifically, investigators found that folate, a B vitamin found in green leafy vegetables, fruits and dried beans, appears to lower the risk of hemorrhagic strokes, strokes caused by bleeding in the brain. "Folate metabolism has been implicated in stroke," Dr. Bethany Van Guelpen, of Umea University, Sweden, and colleague write...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'