Green tea molecule could prevent heart attacks

Green tea molecule could prevent heart attacks Green tea molecule could prevent heart attacks Scientists have discovered that a compound found in green tea, currently being studied for its ability to reduce amyloid plaques in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease, also breaks up and dissolves potentially dangerous protein plaques found in the blood vessels. David…

Low vitamin D levels associated with scarring lung disease

Public Release: 19-Jun-2018 Johns Hopkins Medicine Reviewing medical information gathered on more than 6,000 adults over a 10-year period, Johns Hopkins researchers have found that lower than normal blood levels of vitamin D were linked to increased risk of early signs of interstitial lung disease (ILD). Interstitial lung disease is a relatively rare group of…

Why being left-handed matters for mental health treatment

Public Release: 18-Jun-2018 Cornell University ITHACA, N.Y. – Treatment for the most common mental health problems could be ineffective or even detrimental to about 50 percent of the population, according to a radical new model of emotion in the brain. Since the 1970s, hundreds of studies have suggested that each hemisphere of the brain is…

Greater levels of vitamin D associated with decreasing risk of breast cancer

Public Release: 15-Jun-2018   University of California – San Diego Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine suggest higher levels of vitamin D are associated with decreasing risk of breast cancer. Their epidemiological study is published in the June 15 online issue of PLOS ONE, in collaboration with Creighton University, Medical University…

Large international study links blood vitamin D levels to colorectal cancer risk

Public Release: 14-Jun-2018 American Cancer Society A new study authored by scientists from the American Cancer Society, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and more than 20 other medical centers and organizations finds that higher circulating vitamin D concentrations are significantly associated with lower colorectal cancer risk. This…

Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels

Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels Replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20 per cent. Replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35-per-cent drop. Dita Moravek, Alison M Duncan, Laura B VanderSluis, Sarah J Turkstra, Erica J Rogers, Jessica…

One-third of US adults may unknowingly use medications that can cause depression

Public Release: 12-Jun-2018 Polypharmacy on the rise University of Illinois at Chicago   A new study from University of Illinois at Chicago researchers suggests that more than one-third of U.S. adults may be using prescription medications that have the potential to cause depression or increase the risk of suicide, and that because these medications are…

Mangoes helped improve cardiovascular and gut health in women

Public Release: 11-Jun-2018   First human trial to demonstrate the favorable vascular effects of mango consumption Weber Shandwick Chicago IMAGE: First human trial to demonstrate the favorable vascular effects of mango consumption. Credit: UCDavis BOSTON (June 11, 2018) — A new study conducted at the University of California, Davis found that two cups of mangos…

Ingesting honey after swallowing button battery reduces injury and improves outcomes

Public Release: 11-Jun-2018   CHOP and NCH researchers found household and clinical options for rapidly protecting against caustic effects Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, June 11, 2018–A team of ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists has demonstrated that eating honey after swallowing a button battery has the potential to reduce serious injuries in small children.…

Scientists identify foods that fight disease

Public Release: 10-Jun-2018   New research demonstrates benefits of foods, from eggs to coffee, for lowering risk of diabetes, cancer and other diseases Nutrition 2018 Boston (June 10, 2018) – The foods we eat play a significant role in our health. Scientists are discovering how eggs, nuts, dairy products, vegetables and even coffee can help…

How much exercise is needed to help improve thinking skills?

How much exercise is needed to help improve thinking skills? The review included 98 randomized, controlled trials with a total of 11,061 participants with an average age of 73. Of the total participants, 59 percent were categorized as healthy adults, 26 percent had mild cognitive impairment and 15 percent had dementia. A total of 58…

Are there long-term health risks after having tonsils or adenoids removed in childhood?

Public Release: 7-Jun-2018   JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Bottom Line: Removing tonsils and adenoids in children in Denmark was associated with increased long-term risk of respiratory, infectious and allergic diseases. Why The Research Is Interesting: Tonsils and adenoids are commonly removed in childhood to treat conditions such as chronic ear infections and obstructed breathing.…

Essential oils to fight bacterial infections

Public Release: 7-Jun-2018   James Cook University   James Cook University scientists have discovered a technique to apply natural plant extracts such as Tea Tree Oil as a coating for medical devices, a process which could prevent millions of infections every year. Professor Mohan Jacob, Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at JCU, leads a…

High vitamin D levels linked to lower cholesterol in children

Public Release: 7-Jun-2018   University of Eastern Finland There is a link between higher serum vitamin D levels and lower plasma cholesterol levels in primary school children, new research from the University of Eastern Finland shows. Children whose serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels exceeded 80 nmol/l had lower plasma total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels…

Customized resistance exercise a factor for success with fibromyalgia

Public Release: 7-Jun-2018 University of Gothenburg Fibromyalgia and resistance exercise have often been considered an impossible combination. But with proper support and individually adjusted exercises, female patients achieved considerable health improvements, according to research carried out at Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden. “If the goal for these women is to improve their strength, then they shouldn’t be…

Lung Function Decline Dramatically Slowed with a Flavonoid

  Lung Function Decline Dramatically Slowed with a Flavonoid Lung Function Decline Dramatically Slowed with a Flavonoid Previous research has shown that the plant-produced chemicals known as flavonoids have beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Anthocyanins, the type of flavonoid investigated in the current study, have been detected in lung tissue shortly after being ingested, and…

New study finds plant protein, fiber, nuts lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure

Public Release: 4-Jun-2018 Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine WASHINGTON – A new meta-analysis published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases finds that a diet that includes plant protein, fiber, nuts, and plant sterols lowers cholesterol, improves blood pressure, and improves other markers for cardiovascular disease risk. The diet is based on the “Portfolio Diet,”…

Lifespan greatly enhanced with Synbiotics

Lifespan greatly enhanced with Synbiotics Lifespan greatly enhanced with Synbiotics Scientists fed fruit flies with a combination of probiotics and an herbal supplement called Triphala that was able to prolong the flies’ longevity by 60 % and protect them against chronic diseases associated with aging. Susan Westfall, Nikita Lomis, Satya Prakash. Longevity extension in Drosophila…