Month: May 2008

Hyperviscous fluids: Better treatment for severe blood loss

Public release date: 29-Apr-2008 Intravenous administration of isotonic fluids is the standard emergency treatment in the U.S. for patients with severe blood loss, but UC San Diego bioengineering researchers have reported improved resuscitation with a radically different approach. Building on earlier studies in humans that have shown benefits of intravenous fluids that are eight times…

Yeast-based probiotic ( Saccharomyces boulardii ) shown to help significantly reduce recurrence by about half

Public release date: 30-Apr-2008 Report raises C. diff concerns; yeast-based probiotic shown to help significantly reduce recurrence   Active ingredient in Florastor probiotic clinically proven to boost efficacy of treatment for Clostridium difficile-associated disease   SAN BRUNO, CA, April 30 – C. diff-associated disease (CDAD), otherwise known as severe intestinal disease brought on by the…

Trends in heart mortality reversing in younger women ( 2008 )

Public release date: 1-May-2008   Coronary heart disease mortality in younger women could be on the rise, according to findings in the open access journal, BMC Public Health, published by BioMed Central. High levels of smoking, increasing obesity and a lack of exercise could all be contributing to this disturbing trend, seen in women under…

Flower power may bring ray of sunshine to cancer sufferers / the sunflower mini-protein, known as the protease inhibitor

Public release date: 1-May-2008 A mini-protein found in sunflower seeds could be the key to stopping tumors spreading in prostate cancer patients, according to QUT researchers The grants came from Queensland Cancer Research, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and the National Health and Medical Research Council. “We are interested in this miniprotein as a potential treatment…

Common herbicide disrupts human hormone activity in cell studies – atrazine

Public release date: 6-May-2008 A common weedkiller in the U.S., already suspected of causing sexual abnormalities in frogs and fish, has now been found to alter hormonal signaling in human cells, scientists from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) report. The herbicide atrazine is the second most widely used weedkiller in the U.S., applied…

Study suggests caution on a new anti-obesity drug in children

Public release date: 7-May-2008   A new class of anti-obesity drugs that suppresses appetite by blocking cannabinoid receptors in the brain could also suppress the adaptive rewiring of the brain necessary for neural development in children, studies with mice have indicated. One such drug, rimonabant (trade name Acomplia) has been developed by Sanofi-Aventis and is…

VITAMIN D LINKED TO REDUCED MORTALITY RATE IN CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

Public release date: 7-May-2008     Washington, DC (Tuesday, May 6, 2008) — For patients with moderate to severe chronic kidney disease (CKD), treatment with activated vitamin D may reduce the risk of death by approximately one-fourth, suggests a study in the August Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Many patients with advanced CKD…