Month: June 2009

Triggering muscle development — a therapeutic cure for muscle wastage?

Public release date: 1-Jul-2009 – When muscles are stretched during exercise, they produce a specific substance known as mechano growth factor (MGF) that activates stem cells already present in the tissue. Once activated, these progenitor cells begin to divide, creating additional muscle fibres and increasing the size and strength of the Scientists in the UK…

Doubts cast on credibility of some published clinical trials

Public release date: 2-Jul-2009 – of a remarkable 93 percent of 2235 so-called RCTs published in some Chinese medical journals during 1994 to 2005 was flawed Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) are considered the ‘gold standard’ research method for assessing new medical treatments. But research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Trials shows that the…

Dioxins in Food Chain Linked to Breastfeeding Ills

Public release date: 10-Jun-2009 –  may explain why some women have trouble breastfeeding or don’t produce enough milk – Dioxins get into the food supply when air emissions settle on farm fields and where livestock graze   Exposure to dioxins during pregnancy harms the cells in rapidly-changing breast tissue, which may explain why some women…

BPA may cause heart disease in women, research shows

Public release date: 10-Jun-2009 – The effect of BPA on these cardiac arrhythmias was amplified when exposed to estradiol, the major estrogen hormone in humans.”   CINCINNATI—New research by a team of scientists at the University of Cincinnati (UC) shows that bisphenol A (BPA) may be harmful for the heart, particularly in women. Results of…

A red-wine polyphenol called resveratrol demonstrates significant health benefits

Public release date: 11-Jun-2009   –  most of the reseveratrol in imbibed red wine does not reach the circulation. Interestingly, absorption via the mucous membanes in the mouth can result in up to around 100 times the blood levels •Resveratrol shows therapeutic potential for cancer chemoprevention as well as cardioprotection. •Resveratrol may aid in the…

Successful weight loss with dieting is linked to vitamin D levels

Public release date: 11-Jun-2009 – For every increase of 1 ng/mL in level of 25-hydroxycholecalciferol—the precursor form of vitamin D and a commonly used indicator of vitamin D status—subjects ended up losing almost a half pound (0.196 kg) more on their calorie-restricted diet.   Vitamin D levels in the body at the start of a…

Newborn weights affected by environmental contaminants

Public release date: 15-Jun-2009   New study from Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center, University of Montreal, McGill University and Public Health Agency of Canada   Montreal, June 15, 2009 – Recent epidemiological studies have revealed an increase in the frequency of genital malformations in male newborns (e.g., un-descended testes) and a decrease in male fertility.…

‘Cannabis alters human DNA’ — new study ( 2009 )

Public release date: 16-Jun-2009   Research at University of Leicester highlights cancer risk from cannabis smoke A new study published by University of Leicester researchers has found “convincing evidence” that cannabis smoke damages DNA in ways that could potentially increase the risk of cancer development in humans. Using a newly developed highly sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem…

Study finds autistics better at problem-solving

Public release date: 16-Jun-2009 –  Autistics are up to 40 percent faster at problem-solving than non-autistics   University of Montreal and Harvard University research in Human Brain Mapping Montreal, June 16, 2009 — Autistics are up to 40 percent faster at problem-solving than non-autistics, according to a new Université de Montréal and Harvard University study…

Powerful Nutrient Cocktail Can Put Kids with Crohn’s into Remission

Public release date: 16-Jun-2009 – nutritional formula that was first developed for astronauts –  This supplement puts 60-70% of children with Crohn’s disease, a common IBD disorder, into remission   TAU researcher promotes liquid nutrition to combat inflammatory bowel disease Treating children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) usually involves the same steroids-based medication prescribed to…

Antibiotics take toll on beneficial microbes in gut / cefaperazone there was no recovery of normal diversity

Public release date: 16-Jun-2009 – mice given cefoperazone, there was no recovery of normal diversity   ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It’s common knowledge that a protective navy of bacteria normally floats in our intestinal tracts. Antibiotics at least temporarily disturb the normal balance. But it’s unclear which antibiotics are the most disruptive, and if the…

Green tea may affect prostate cancer progression

Public release date: 19-Jun-2009 – Patients consumed four capsules containing Polyphenon E until the day before surgery — four capsules are equivalent to about 12 cups of normally brewed concentrated green tea –  significant reduction in serum levels of HGF, VEGF and PSA after treatment, with some patients demonstrating reductions in levels of greater than…

Children susceptible to pesticides longer than expected, study finds

Public release date: 19-Jun-2009 – found that some of the QQ newborns may be 50 times more susceptible to chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos oxon than RR newborns with high PON1 levels, and 130 to 164 times more susceptible than some of the RR adults.  –  PON1 enzyme activity in children approached adult levels by age 2,…

Use of acid-suppressive medications associated with increased risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia

Public release date: 26-May-2009 – receiving acid-suppressive medications was associated with a 30 percent increased odds of hospital-acquired pneumonia Hospitalized patients who receive acid-suppressive medications such as a proton-pump inhibitor have a 30 percent increased odds of developing pneumonia while in the hospital, according to a study in the May 27 issue of JAMA.

Green tea extract shows promise in leukemia trials

Public release date: 26-May-2009 – The majority of individuals who entered the study with enlarged lymph nodes saw a 50 percent or greater decline in their lymph node size.” ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers are reporting positive results in early leukemia clinical trials using the chemical epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an active ingredient in green…

History of hyperactivity off-base, says researcher

Public release date: 27-May-2009 – evidence of hyperactivity can be seen in historical figures such as Mozart or Einstein. Smith argues that hyperactivity as we understand it is rooted in social, cultural, political and economic changes of the last half century – we start to understand why people started to think there was a problem…