Cannabis link to relieving intestinal inflammation explained

Public Release: 13-Aug-2018   University of Massachusetts Medical School WORCESTER, MA – Reports from cannabis users that the drug reduces the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may finally be explained by new research from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Bath showing that endocannabinoids help control and prevent intestinal inflammation…

Higher omega-3 index associated with better brain function in children

Public Release: 13-Aug-2018   Wright On Marketing & Communications New research published in the July edition of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, has established a strong correlation between blood levels of omega-3s, especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and better brain function in children two to six years old. The objective of this cross-sectional study was to…

Chemicals found in vegetables prevent colon cancer in mice

Public Release: 14-Aug-2018 The Francis Crick Institute Chemicals produced by vegetables such as kale, cabbage and broccoli could help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent colon cancer, a new study from the Francis Crick Institute shows. The research, published in Immunity, shows that mice fed on a diet rich in indole-3-carbinol – which is…

Compounds in ‘monster’ radish could help tame cardiovascular disease

Public Release: 8-Aug-2018 American Chemical Society Step aside carrots, onions and broccoli. The newest heart-healthy vegetable could be a gigantic, record-setting radish. In a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that compounds found in the Sakurajima Daikon, or “monster,” radish could help protect coronary blood vessels and potentially prevent…

Bribing bacteria to play nicely is good for everyone

Public Release: 9-Aug-2018 Salk scientists find that common dietary elements cure lethal infections, eliminating the need for antibiotics Salk Institute Caption Salk scientists find that common dietary elements cure lethal infections, eliminating the need for antibiotics. From left: (front) Yujung Lee and Karina Sanchez; (back) Janelle Ayres, Samuel Redford, Grischa Chen and Alexandria Palaferri Schieber…

New theory may explain cause of depression and improve treatments

Public Release: 9-Aug-2018 A review of recent studies suggests mitochondria may be the root cause of depression, providing an opportunity for novel antidepressant medication Frontiers A new area in depression research suggests dysfunction in mitochondria — the main source of energy for cells — could lead to major depression. Published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, this…

Bad Breath quickly eliminated by a Ginger compound

Bad Breath quickly eliminated by a Ginger compound Bad Breath quickly eliminated by a Ginger compound As the results of this study show, the pungent principle of ginger, the so-called 6-gingerol, makes the level of the enzyme sulfhydryl oxidase 1 in saliva increase 16-fold within a few seconds. The saliva and breath analyses carried out…

New emerging research suggests Montmorency tart cherries may help enhance gut health

Public Release: 7-Aug-2018   Weber Shandwick Chicago   IMAGE: Research suggests Montmorency tart cherries may help enhance gut health. Credit: Cherry Marketing Institute LANSING, Mich. August 7, 2018 – Montmorency tart cherries may play a role in improving gut health, suggests a first-of-its kind human trial of nine adults combined with a parallel laboratory study…

Link between appendicitis and allergies discovered

Public Release: 7-Aug-2018   Lund University Children with allergies have a lower risk of developing complicated appendicitis, according to a new study from Lund University and Skåne University Hospital in Sweden. The findings, now published in JAMA Pediatrics, could pave the way for new diagnostic tools in the future. “In a study of all the…

Soy diets might increase women’s bone strength

Public Release: 7-Aug-2018   University of Missouri-Columbia COLUMBIA, Mo. – Osteoporosis, decreased physical activity and weight gain are serious health concerns for postmenopausal women. Researchers from the University of Missouri now have discovered through a new animal study that soy protein found in food might counter the negative effects of menopause on bone and metabolic…

Mushrooms of the Far East hold promise for the anti-cancer therapy

Public Release: 2-Aug-2018 Mushrooms from the Far East area contain the natural chemical compounds, which could be used for the design of the novel drugs with highly specific anti-tumor activities and low-toxicity Far Eastern Federal University IMAGE: This is Inonotus obliquus, Far Eastern medical mushroom. Credit: Eugenia M. Bulakh Mushrooms from the Far East area…

Low plasma levels of omega-3 fatty acids associated with preterm birth

Public Release: 3-Aug-2018   Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Boston, MA – Pregnant women who had low plasma levels of long chain n-3 fatty acids in their first and second trimesters were at a significantly higher risk of early preterm birth when compared with women who had higher levels of these fatty acids,…

Depression linked to low blood levels of acetyl-L-carnitine

Depression linked to low blood levels of acetyl-L-carnitine Depression linked to low blood levels of acetyl-L-carnitine In the latest study, the scientists measured levels of LAC (acetyl-L-carnitine) in blood samples taken from people diagnosed with MDD. They found that levels were significantly decreased in these patients, as compared to age-matched individuals without depression. Additional analysis…

Pregnant with epilepsy? Folic acid may prevent language delays for baby

Public Release: 1-Aug-2018   American Academy of Neurology   MINNEAPOLIS – Women who take epilepsy drugs while they are pregnant may have a lower risk of having a child with delays in language skills if they take folic acid supplements before and early in pregnancy, according to a study published in the August 1, 2018,…

Active substance raises hopes of curing hepatitis E

Public Release: 1-Aug-2018   Ruhr-University Bochum An international team of researchers has now found a possible active substance against the virus in the naturally occurring substance silvestrol. The substance inhibited the replication of pathogens both in cell culture and in the mouse model. The researchers led by Dr Daniel Todt and Prof Dr Eike Steinmann…

Experimental drug reverses hair loss and skin damage linked to fatty diet, shows new study in mice

Public Release: 30-Jul-2018   The research advances search for compounds that may someday accelerate wound healing and reverse balding Johns Hopkins Medicine In a series of experiments with mice, Johns Hopkins investigators have used an experimental compound to successfully reverse hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation linked by previous studies to human diets heavy…

Depression linked to low blood levels of acetyl-L-carnitine

Public Release: 30-Jul-2018 Stanford Medicine People with depression have low blood levels of a substance called acetyl-L-carnitine, according to a Stanford University School of Medicine scientist and her collaborators in a multicenter study. Naturally produced in the body, acetyl-L-carnitine is also widely available in drugstores, supermarkets and health food catalogs as a nutritional supplement. People…

Cannabinoid improves survival rates of mice with pancreatic cancer

Public Release: 30-Jul-2018 Queen Mary University of London Mice with pancreatic cancer that were treated with a naturally occurring constituent of medicinal cannabis alongside chemotherapy, survived almost three times longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, a new study reports. The study is published in the journal Oncogene and was led by Queen Mary University…

Pungent-tasting substance in ginger reduces bad breath

Public Release: 30-Jul-2018 How food ingredients affect our taste perception Technical University of Munich (TUM) The pungent compound 6-gingerol, a constituent of ginger, stimulates an enzyme contained in saliva – an enzyme which breaks down foul-smelling substances. It thus ensures fresh breath and a better aftertaste. Citric acid, on the other hand, increases the sodium…