Month: September 2009

High fruit and vegetable intake positively correlated with antioxidant status, cognitive performance

Public release date: 8-Sep-2009     Study of healthy subjects Amsterdam, September 8, 2009 – Researchers at the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I of the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany, investigated the relationship between fruit and vegetable intake, plasma antioxidant micronutrient status and cognitive performance in healthy subjects aged 45 to 102 years. Their…

‘Dung of the devil’ plant roots point to new swine flu drugs

Public release date: 9-Sep-2009   – of chemical compounds in extracts of the plant that showed greater potency against influenza A (H1N1) than a prescription antiviral drug available for the flu     Scientists in China have discovered that roots of a plant used a century ago during the great Spanish influenza pandemic contains substances…

On-the-job pesticide exposure associated with Parkinson’s disease

Public release date: 14-Sep-2009   Individuals whose occupation involves contact with pesticides appear to have an increased risk of having Parkinson’s disease, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The development of Parkinson’s disease related to chemical exposure was identified in the late 20th century,…

Antioxidant ingredient proven to relieve stress (S.O.D.)

Public release date: 14-Sep-2009 – However, the improvements seen in the supplement group were significantly greater, especially after 28 days A dietary ingredient derived from a melon rich in antioxidant superoxide dismutase enzymes has been shown to relieve stress. In a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial, published in BioMed Central’s open access Nutrition Journal, researchers found…

Green tea component may help preserve stored platelets, tissues

Public release date: 14-Sep-2009     Tampa, Fla. (September 14th, 2009) – In two separate studies, a major component in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG), has been found to help prolong the preservation of both stored blood platelets and cryopreserved skin tissues. Published in the current double issue of Cell Transplantation (18:5/6), now freely available on-line…

Popular stomach acid reducer triples risk of developing pneumonia

Public release date: 14-Sep-2009   WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A popular stomach-acid reducer used to prevent stress ulcers in critically ill patients needing breathing machine support increases the risk of those patients contracting pneumonia threefold, according to researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Hospital-acquired pneumonia is the leading cause of infection-related deaths in critically…