Month: July 2008

Gummy bears that fight plaque – xylitol

Public release date: 24-Jul-2008 The tooth-protecting sugar substitute xylitol has been incorporated into gummy bears to produce a sweet snack that may prevent dental problems. Research published today in the open access journal BMC Oral Health describes how giving children four of the xylitol bears three times a day during school hours results in a…

At-Home Deaths from Combining Rx Drugs, Street Drugs and/or Alcohol Skyrocket By More Than 3,000 Percent ( 1983 to 2004 )

Public release date: 28-Jul-2008   Asking patients to monitor their own medications can be fatal, as exemplified by the recent death of actor Heath Ledger.  In the first large-scale study of home medication consumption, sociologists at the University of California, San Diego have found a 3,196 percent increase in fatal domestic medication errors involving alcohol…

Dietary factors appear to be associated with diabetes risk

Public release date: 28-Jul-2008     Drinking more sugar-sweetened beverages or eating fewer fruits and vegetables both may be associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas eating a low-fat diet does not appear to be associated with any change in diabetes risk, according to three reports in the July 28 issue of…

OSU STUDY SHOWS EXPOSURE TO BAD AIR RAISES BLOOD PRESSURE

Public release date: 28-Jul-2008     COLUMBUS, Ohio – The air people breathe while walking in the park, working in the garden or shopping downtown may be unhealthy enough to seriously spike their blood pressure, a new study suggests. Cardiovascular researchers at The Ohio State University Medical Center are the first to report a direct…

Compound that helps rice grow reduces nerve, vascular damage from diabetes

Public release date: 28-Jul-2008 You may want to soak your brown rice. Researchers have found that a compound that helps rice seed grow, springs back into action when brown rice is placed in water overnight before cooking, significantly reducing the nerve and vascular damage that often result from diabetes. “You have to let it grow,…

Frankincense provides relief to arthritis sufferers ( Boswellia serrata )

Public release date: 29-Jul-2008   An enriched extract of the ‘Indian Frankincense’ herb Boswellia serrata has been proven to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Research published today in BioMed Central’s open access journal Arthritis Research & Therapy has shown that patients taking the herbal remedy showed significant improvement in as little as seven days. Osteoarthritis…

Physicians ask EPA, ‘Antibiotics to cure sick apples, or sick children?’ (2008)

Public release date: 31-Jul-2008   Arlington, VA—A federal decision to permit the State of Michigan to spray the state’s apple orchards with gentamicin risks undermining the value of this important antibiotic to treat blood infections in newborns and other serious human infections, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). The Environmental Protection Agency…