American Pastor Saeed Abedini has revealed that his close friend, Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, who was held in Iranian prison for her Christian faith, is in extreme pain and "one step from death" after being temporarily released to receive medical treatment.
"Bail was put up for Nasim and she is now home. I got to talk to her. She got time from prison but there is still a high possibility they will have to take her back after a week or so. I think they allowed this to shut down the news. I saw her, and she looks like she is just one step from death," Abedini wrote in a Facebook update on Monday.
"She went to the hospital to get treatment after her temporary release and they recognized her and wouldn't treat her. Her sister in law is a doctor and she is now in her house to help her start eating," he added. more >>
Dieting is not simply about cutting down calorie intake. A new study by Spain-based researchers, published in the journal Lancet, revealed consuming more "good" fats can be helpful in losing a little weight and lowering cholesterol.
The participants of the study were composed mostly of people who were overweight and had either type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure or were smokers. They were grouped into three groups. The first and second groups were asked to follow an unrestricted Mediterranean diet, which did not include foods and beverages that have been highly associated with long-term weight gain such as fast foods, sweets, butter, red meat/processed meat and sugar-sweetened beverages. The said, however, include vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish and whole grains. Also, the first group had to cook all the foods using olive oil while the second group had extra nuts on their diet. Meanwhile, the third group were told to avoid all dietary fat.
In a span of three to five years, the first two groups revealed better results in reducing a little weight and keeping the weight off than the third group, who had seen little difference. Also, the second group who consumed more nuts saw the least increase in waist size. more >>
A new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology by Guardant Health has shown cancer can be detected through blood tests via DNA fragments from tumors.
According to NH Voice, the researchers have found after looking at the results of the so-called liquid biopsies, which show that mutations found in the blood are also found in tumors.
Raw foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, when stored in the fridge have been highly associated with listeriosis, an illness blamed over the death of 79-year-old Ellen DiStefano from Franklin County in Ohio.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that according to a lawsuit filed in the Clark County Common Pleas Court, DiStefano became ill after she ate a salad containing fruits produced by Dole. She was taken to hospital in January, where she was diagnosed with an infection caused by the listeria monocytogenes bacteria. DiStefano died on Feb. 27.
The Star reveals that Dole has stopped all production in its Ohio plant and has recalled packaged salads in the state as well as from supermarkets in Ontario, Brunswick and Quebec in Canada. The decision was after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that linked DiStefano's death and the hospitalizations of 12 people in six states in the US to Dole's packaged salads. more >>
When faced with the responsibility of caring for an elderly parent, family member or friend, here are five Bible verses that will help to inspire and guide you.
All verses are taken from the New International Version Bible.
1) Isaiah 46:4 more >>
Michelle Williams wants to do more than save souls with her gospel music. She wants to save lives by sharing her family's history with strokes.
"My father had his first stroke in 1994, and then again in 2005," the 35-year-old singer said in an interview with Future of Personal Health. "The stroke in 2005 was devastating. It paralyzed him and left him unable to talk."
Williams has partnered with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association by being an ambassador in a campaign called Power to End Stroke. The website warns African-Americans tha they run a higher risk of having a stroke that any other group within the American population. more >>