Month: October 2009

High fructose corn syrup: A recipe for hypertension

Public release date: 29-Oct-2009 – Specifically, a diet of more than 74 grams per day of fructose led to a 28%, 36%, and 87% higher risk for blood pressure levels of 135/85, 140/90, and 160/100 mmHg Elevated dietary fructose linked to high blood pressure A diet high in fructose increases the risk of developing high…

Low vitamin D levels explains most ESRD risk in African-Americans

Public release date: 29-Oct-2009 – Low levels of vitamin D may account for nearly 60 percent of the elevated risk of end-stage renal disease Future studies will tell whether raising vitamin D Levels can slow kidney disease Low levels of vitamin D may account for nearly 60 percent of the elevated risk of end-stage renal…

Scientists discover influenza’s Achilles heel: Antioxidants

Public release date: 29-Oct-2009   New research in the FASEB Journal opens the door for new drugs that could prevent severe flu-related lung damage As the nation copes with a shortage of vaccines for H1N1 influenza, a team of Alabama researchers have raised hopes that they have found an Achilles’ heel for all strains of…

Pregnant women risk early delivery from using psychiatric medication

Public release date: 29-Oct-2009     The odds triple for premature child delivery pregnant women with a history of depression who used psychiatric medication, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Washington, University of Michigan and Michigan State University found that a combination of medication use and depression – either before or…

Study examines associations between antibiotic use during pregnancy and birth defects

Public release date: 2-Nov-2009 – Two medications—sulfonamides and nitrofurantoins (each used by 1.1 percent of cases and 0.9 percent of controls)—were associated with several birth defects, suggesting that additional study is needed before they can be safely prescribed to pregnant women. Penicillin and several other antibacterial medications commonly taken by pregnant women do not appear…

Statins may worsen symptoms in some cardiac patients

Public release date: 3-Nov-2009 – statins have beneficial effects on patients with systolic heart failure (SHF), but those with diastolic heart failure (DHF) experienced the opposite effect, including increased dyspnea, fatigue, and decreased exercise tolerance –  the amount of exercise performed by patients with DHF (  diastolic heart failure )  who were on a statin was…

Children who often drink full-fat milk weigh less

Public release date: 3-Nov-2009 Eight-year-old children who drink full-fat milk every day have a lower BMI than those who seldom drink milk. This is not the case for children who often drink medium-fat or low-fat milk. This is one conclusion of a thesis presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

Does green tea prevent cancer? Evidence continues to brew, but questions remain

Public release date: 5-Nov-2009 – The researchers assessed clinical response in oral pre-malignant lesions and found 58.8 percent of patients at the highest doses displayed clinical response, compared with 18.2 percent among those taking placebo PHILADELPHIA – Although scientists are reluctant to officially endorse green tea as a cancer prevention method, evidence continues to grow…

Acetaminophen may be linked to asthma in children and adults

Public release date: 5-Nov-2009 – The analysis showed that the pooled odds ratio (odds ratio for all studies combined) for asthma among users of acetaminophen was 1.63. The risk of asthma in children who used acetaminophen in the year prior to asthma diagnosis or in the first year of life was elevated to 1.60 and…

Researchers explore new ways to prevent spinal cord damage using a vitamin B3 precursor – nicotinamide riboside (NR) — a natural NAD+

Public release date: 5-Nov-2009   Weill Cornell Medical College team receives $2.5 million New York State research grant to undertake laboratory study NEW YORK (November 5, 2009) — Substances naturally produced by the human body may one day help prevent paralysis following a spinal cord injury, according to researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College. A…

Antimicrobials: Silver (and copper) bullets to kill bacteria

Public release date: 9-Nov-2009 –  Environmental Protection Agency officially registered copper alloys, allowing them to be marketed with the label “kills 99.9% of bacteria within two hours.” Copper ions are known to penetrate bacteria and disrupt molecular pathways important for their survival.   November 9, 2009 — Dana Filoti of the University of New Hampshire…

People with less education could be more susceptible to the flu

Public release date: 9-Nov-2009 –  “When you listen to the current news about H1N1, it’s interesting because everyone feels that this is a random threat, that we all have an equal chance of getting it,” – In the study, a person with less than a high school education had the same level of immune control…

Don’t block folic acid in early pregnancy

Public release date: 13-Oct-2009   Medications that block folic acid are associated with increased abnormalities Using medication that reduces or blocks the actions of folic acid during the first trimester of pregnancy (weeks 1-12), increases the risk that the growing baby will develop abnormalities. This conclusion was reached by a team of Epidemiologists, Paediatricians, Clinical…

Comfort food: Chocolate, water reduce pain response to heat

Public release date: 13-Oct-2009   People often eat food to feel better, but researchers have found that eating chocolate or drinking water can blunt pain, reducing a rat’s response to a hot stimulus. This natural form of pain relief may help animals in the wild avoid distraction while eating scarce food, but in modern humans…

Popular antidepressant associated with a dramatic increase in suicidal thoughts amongst men – Nortriptyline, escitalopram

Public release date: 14-Oct-2009 – men who took nortriptyline were found to have a 9.8-fold increase in emerging suicidal thoughts – 2.4-fold increase in worsening suicidal thoughts compared to those who took escitalopram. Nortriptyline has been found to cause a ten-fold increase in suicidal thoughts in men when compared to its competitor escitalopram. These findings…

Promising novel treatment for human cancer — Chrysanthemum indicum extract

Public release date: 16-Oct-2009   A series of studies have demonstrated that Chrysanthemum indicum possesses antimicrobial, antiinflammatory, immunomodulatory, and neuroprotective effects. Recently, much attention has been devoted to the anticancer activity of Chrysanthemum indicum, especially in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, its anticancer mechanism of action is still not clear and needs further investigation. A research…

Mangosteen juice could protect health in the obese

Public release date: 19-Oct-2009   Mangosteen juice has anti-inflammatory properties which could prove to be valuable in preventing the development of heart disease and diabetes in obese patients. A study, published in BioMed Central’s open access Nutrition Journal, describes how the juice of the exotic ‘superfruit’ lowered levels of C-reactive protein. Dr. Jay Udani, M.D.…

Radioprotection and extracts of Ginko biloba

Public release date: 19-Oct-2009 Herbal tonic for radiotherapy   Antioxidant extracts of the leaves of the Gingko biloba tree may protect cells from radiation damage, according to a study published in the International Journal of Low Radiation. The discovery may one day be used to help reduce side effects in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy. Chang-Mo…