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5/3/2016
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is far more severe and debilitating than the more common mild-to-moderate depression. MDD is a mental disorder that causes pervasive and persistent depressed mood, often marked by a loss of interest or ability to take pleasure activities one normally enjoys. Some 20 percent of the population will experience MDD at some point in their lives.

4/26/2016
By age 65, approximately 1 percent of adults are affected by dementia. At age 90, that percentage has increased to 33 percent. By the year 2040, dementia is expected to affect more than 80 million people worldwide.

4/19/2016
Viral respiratory and gastrointestinal infections are a significant problem in the elderly. As we age, our immune systems decline, which makes it harder to ward off infection. Therefore, simple viral infections can lead to additional illnesses and even death. Finding ways to strengthen immune responses in the elderly is an important goal of modern healthcare. Nutritional supplements, including probiotics, may help support the aging immune system both directly and by balancing the gut microbiota.

4/12/2016
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects between 10 and 15 percent of the population worldwide. IBS is a chronic disorder that affects the large intestine and causes an array of digestive symptoms, including constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and abdominal cramping. Its causes are poorly understood, but the intestinal microbiota is thought to play a role. Conventional treatment for IBS focuses on symptom management. Success is limited, and this approach may not be effective for long-term management of the condition.
 

4/5/2016
Fruits and vegetables are thought to be important in maintaining bone health, in part because they contain polyphenols, micronutrients known to have effects against degenerative diseases. Polyphenols are linked to physiological effects on bone mineral density and bone metabolism, making them potentially useful in promoting bone health. 

3/29/2016
According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease is the world’s number one cause of death. Diet and lifestyle factors can greatly affect cardiovascular disease risk and are an important way to lower cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

3/22/2016
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States making these disorders the most common mental illness. It’s estimated that these disorders cost more than $42 billion a year. What’s more, in nearly 50 percent of individuals diagnosed with anxiety, they also suffer with depression.

3/15/2016
As we age, there is a natural decrease in muscle mass and metabolic rate which can lead to increased risk of obesity, sarcopenia and chronic illness. Protecting muscle mass and delaying these changes can positively impact quality of life in older individuals.
 

3/6/2016
Potent polyphenols found in grape juice have been shown to enhance brain health. According to research presented at the 2015 International Conference on Polyphenols & Health, grape juice enhanced memory function and performance in a group of working mothers.

3/1/2016
The hallmark symptoms of degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis, are pain, swelling and stiffness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly 1 in 2 people are at risk of developing osteoarthritis by age 85.

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