Month: September 2008

First evidence that a common pollutant may reduce iodine levels in breast milk ( perchlorate )

Public release date: 12-Oct-2008     Environmental Science & Technology Researchers in Texas are reporting the first evidence from human studies that perchlorate, a common pollutant increasingly found in food and water, may interfere with an infant’s availability of iodine in breast milk. Iodine deficiency in infants can cause mental retardation and other health problems,…

Vitamin K1 may protect against fracture and cancer in postmenopausal women with osteopenia, but not stem BMD

Public release date: 13-Oct-2008   In a randomized controlled trial called the “Evaluate the Clinical use of vitamin K Supplementation in Postmenopausal Women with Osteopenia” (ECKO) trial, Angela Cheung and colleagues at the University of Toronto found that a high dose daily vitamin K1 supplement did not protect against age-related bone mineral density (BMD) decline.…

Higher urinary levels of commonly used chemical, BPA, linked with cardiovascular disease, diabetes

Public release date: 16-Sep-2008   Higher urinary levels of commonly used chemical, BPA, linked with cardiovascular disease, diabetes Higher levels of urinary Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical compound commonly used in plastic packaging for food and beverages, is associated with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and liver-enzyme abnormalities, according to a study in the September…

Research supports correlation between finger lengths and stress hormones

Public release date: 16-Sep-2008 Edmonton—If you find yourself lacking in motivation to go for a run or hit the gym, you may want to check your fingers. According to a joint University of Alberta/ University of California- Riverside research study to be published by PLoS ONE, the online, open-access journal from the Public Library of…

Older people who diet without exercising lose valuable muscle mass

Public release date: 16-Sep-2008 Exercise improves fitness, reduces fat BETHESDA, Md. (Sept. 17, 2008) – A group of sedentary and overweight older people placed on a four-month exercise program not only became more fit, but burned off more fat, compared to older sedentary people who were placed on a diet but did not exercise. The…

Does probiotic intervention induce the serum global lipid profile change?

Public release date: 18-Sep-2008 The new global metabolic profiling techniques, like lipidomics as a branch of metabolomics, have made it possible to measure large numbers of different metabolites, and are currently being applied to increase our understanding of the health and disease continuum. A Finland research group investigated the effect of a three weeks intervention…

Top-selling prescription drug mismarketed to women / Lipitor does not appear to be scientifically supported for large segments of the female population.

Public release date: 17-Sep-2008 Ithaca, N.Y. – September 17, 2008 – Lipitor has been the top-selling drug in the world and has accounted for over $12 billion in annual sales. It has been prescribed to both men and women to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with common…

‘Estrogen flooding our rivers,’ Université de Montréal study /dumping as much as 90 times the critical amount of estrogen into the river

Public release date: 18-Sep-2008 Montreal water treatment plants dumping as much as 90 times the critical amount of estrogen products into the river The Montreal water treatment plant dumps 90 times the critical amount of certain estrogen products into the river. It only takes one nanogram (ng) of steroids per liter of water to disrupt…

Can Taurine be a potent antioxidant drug in the future? / treatment in experimental liver fibrosis

Public release date: 19-Sep-2008   Taurine is a potent antioxidant with hepatoprotective effects. Organelle based changes in hepatocytes after taurine treatment in experimental liver fibrosis were searched systematically and organelle injury scores decreased were found to decrease significantly. Moreover, ultrastructural and histopathological scores in both groups were in strong correlation.

Acupuncture reduces side effects of breast cancer treatment as much as conventional drug therapy

Public release date: 22-Sep-2008 Therapy shown to increase energy and overall well-being for breast cancer patients Boston – Acupuncture is as effective and longer-lasting in managing the common debilitating side effects of hot flashes, night sweats, and excessive sweating (vasomotor symptoms) associated with breast cancer treatment and has no treatment side effects compared to conventional…

Statins increase risk of postoperative delirium in elderly patients / 28% increased risk of postoperative delirium

Public release date: 22-Sep-2008 The use of statins is associated with a 28% increased risk of postoperative delirium in elderly patients, found University of Toronto professor Dr. Donald Redelmeier and colleagues in a retrospective cohort analysis involving more than 280 000 patients. Ontario’s Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) looked at elderly patients who underwent…

Half of trials supporting FDA applications go unpublished

Public release date: 22-Sep-2008   Over half of all supporting trials for FDA-approved drugs remained unpublished 5 years after approval, says new research published in this week’s PLoS Medicine. The most important trials determining efficacy, and those with statistically significant results and larger sample sizes, are more likely to be published. Ida Sim and colleagues…

Indian spice reduces size of hemorrhagic stroke / You might want to make curcumin part of your daily diet

Public release date: 22-Sep-2008   . This active ingredient of the Indian curry spice, turmeric, not only lowers your chances of getting cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, but may reduce the size of a hemorrhagic stroke, say Medical College of Georgia researchers. Second-year medical student Jay McCracken is working with Dr. Krishnan Dhandapani, neuroscientist in the…

Honey effective in killing bacteria that cause chronic sinusitis

Public release date: 23-Sep-2008 Chicago, IL – Honey is very effective in killing bacteria in all its forms, especially the drug-resistant biofilms that make treating chronic rhinosinusitis difficult, according to research presented during the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, in Chicago, IL. The study, authored…

Dark chocolate: Half a bar per week to keep at bay the risk of heart attack

Public release date: 23-Sep-2008 An Italian study, the first outcome of a large epidemiological investigation, finds new beneficial effects of chocolate in the prevention of cardiovascular disease Maybe gourmands are not jumping for joy. Probably they would have preferred bigger amounts to sup-port their passion. Though the news is still good for them: 6.7 grams…

Popular COPD treatment increases risk for cardiac events, cardiac death ” longer than one month increases the risk of cardiovascular death, heart attack or stroke by more than 50 percent “

Public release date: 23-Sep-2008 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – New research out of Wake Forest University School of Medicine shows that use of the most commonly prescribed once-a-day treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for longer than one month increases the risk of cardiovascular death, heart attack or stroke by more than 50 percent. Researchers Sonal…

Plant antioxidant may protect against radiation exposure ( acetyl resveratrol )

Public release date: 23-Sep-2008   PITTSBURGH, Sept. 23 – Resveratrol, the natural antioxidant commonly found in red wine and many plants, may offer protection against radiation exposure, according to a study by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. When altered with acetyl, resveratrol administered before radiation exposure proved to protect cells from radiation in…

Isoflavone dietary supplement improves the functioning of the arteries in stroke patients

Public release date: 23-Sep-2008 A dietary supplement containing isoflavone – a chemical found in soybeans, chickpeas, legumes and clovers – can improve artery function in stroke patients according to new research published online in Europe’s leading cardiology journal, the European Heart Journal [1] today (Wednesday 24 September). The study is believed to be the first…

Probiotic bacteria can induce monocyte-derived dendritic cells maturation?

Public release date: 24-Sep-2008 Probiotic bacteria are widely used to relieve the symptoms of many disorders such as inflammatory bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and allergies. Probiotic mixtures have also been found to reduce the symptoms of diarrhea. In children a probiotic bacterium L. rhamnosus GG has been shown to prevent the onset of atopy and allergies.…

Fishy diet in early infancy cuts eczema risk

Public release date: 24-Sep-2008   Early introduction of fish decreases the risk of eczema in infants An infant diet that includes fish before the age of 9 months curbs the risk of developing eczema, indicates research published ahead of print in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.