Month: July 2009

Easter Island compound extends lifespan of old mice – “rapamycin”

Public release date: 8-Jul-2009 –   other centers reach same result: 28-38 percent longer life  results were the same in Texas, Michigan and Maine. – “I did not think that it would work because the mice were too old when the treatment was started,” – If rapamycin, or drugs like rapamycin, works as envisioned, the potential…

Pesticide levels in blood linked to Parkinson’s disease, researchers find / beta-HCH (hexachlorocyclohexane)

Public release date: 8-Jul-2009  –  the pesticide beta-HCH (hexachlorocyclohexane) in 76 percent of people with Parkinson’s Pesticide levels in blood linked to Parkinson’s disease, researchers find DALLAS — July 13, 2009 — People with Parkinson’s disease have significantly higher blood levels of a particular pesticide than healthy people or those with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at…

Asian Spice Could Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in Postmenopausal Women Exposed to Hormone Replacement Therapy, MU Study Finds

Public release date: 8-Jul-2009 – researchers found that curcumin delayed the first appearance, decreased incidence and reduced multiplicity of progestin-accelerated tumors in an animal model. Curcumin also prevented the appearance of gross morphological abnormalities in the mammary glands July 13, 2009 COLUMBIA, Mo. – Previous studies have found that postmenopausal women who have taken a…

New evidence that popular dietary supplement may help prevent, treat cataracts

Public release date: 15-Jul-2009 – Carnosine also restored most of the clarity to clouded lenses. Researchers are reporting evidence from tissue culture experiments that the popular dietary supplement carnosine may help to prevent and treat cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye that is a leading cause of vision loss worldwide. The study…

Baby bathwater contains fragrance allergens

Public release date: 17-Jul-2009 – Some of the substances that appeared were benzyl salicylate, linalol, coumarin and hydroxycitronellal. – In some cases, concentrations were “extremely high”, exceeding 100ppm

Healing power of aloe vera proves beneficial for teeth and gums, too

Public release date: 17-Jul-2009 – Aloe vera tooth gel is intended to perform the same function as toothpaste, which is to eliminate pathogenic oral microflora—disease-causing bacteria—in the mouth. – The study compared the germ-fighting ability of an aloe vera tooth gel to two commercially popular toothpastes and revealed that the aloe vera tooth gel was…

Prenatal exposure to environmental pollutants affect a child’s intelligence quotient or IQ

Public release date: 20-Jul-2009  – “The decrease in full-scale IQ score among the more exposed children is similar to that seen with low-level lead exposure,” – Prenatal exposure to environmental pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can adversely affect a child’s intelligence quotient or IQ July 20, 2009 — Prenatal exposure to environmental pollutants…

Are we what our mothers ate?

Public release date: 21-Jul-2009 – Low Protein Diet May Lead to “Jumpy” Offspring – Beyond Genetics: How Dormant Memories Can Impact Later-Life Events

Chemicals in common consumer products may play a role in pre-term births – phthalate and phthalate metabolites

Public release date: 25-Jun-2009 –They found quantifiable levels of phthalate and phthalate metabolites in more than 70% of the samples. Infants with low birth weight had consistently higher levels of phthalates Cincinnati, OH, June 25, 2009 — Many parents worry about their child’s exposure to phthalates, the chemical compounds used as plasticizers in a wide…

Vitamin A derivative provides clues to better breast cancer drugs

Public release date: 25-Jun-2009 – They found that the more responsive a tumor was to retinoic acid, the better the odds of long-term relapse-free survival. –  They alter the expression of many of the same genes, with estrogen tipping the scales towards cell proliferation and retinoic acid restoring the balance by inhibiting cellular growth. Retinoic…

Your Arteries on Wonder Bread

Public release date: 25-Jun-2009  – The results were dramatic. Before any of the patients ate, arterial function was essentially the same. After eating, except for the placebo group, all had reduced functioning. – Enormous peaks indicating arterial stress were found in the high glycemic index groups: the cornflakes and sugar group.   Landmark study from…