Month: November 2009

Workplace BPA exposure increases risk of male sexual dysfunction

Public release date: 11-Nov-2009 – The BPA-exposed workers had a nearly four-fold increased risk of reduced sexual desire and overall satisfaction with their sex life, greater than four-fold increased risk of erection difficulty, and more than seven-fold increased risk of ejaculation difficulty. First human study to measure effects of BPA on male reproductive system November…

Faulty body clock may make kids bipolar

Public release date: 11-Nov-2009 – Malfunctioning circadian clock genes may be responsible for bipolar disorder in children     Malfunctioning circadian clock genes may be responsible for bipolar disorder in children. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry found four versions of the regulatory gene RORB that were associated with pediatric bipolar disorder.

New evidence that dark chocolate helps ease emotional stress

Public release date: 11-Nov-2009 – found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly stressed The “chocolate cure” for emotional stress is getting new support from a clinical trial published online in ACS’ Journal of…

Despite some benefit, drug ads can be harmful to your health

Public release date: 12-Nov-2009 – “American television viewers see as many as 16 hours of prescription drug advertisements each year, and the reality is that these ads are not doing a good job of helping consumers make better decisions about their health,” As Congress revisits drug ad regulation, researchers make recommendations for minimizing harm and…

Penn Study Finds that Antioxidant Found in Vegetables has Implications for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Public release date: 15-Nov-2009   Thiocyanate Reduces Damage by Inflammatory Molecules in Lung, Nerve, Pancreas, and Vessel-Lining Cells     PHILADELPHIA – Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine discovered that a dietary antioxidant found in such vegetables as broccoli and cauliflower protects cells from damage caused by chemicals generated during the body’s…

US gets a ‘D’ for preterm birth rate ( 2009 )

Public release date: 17-Nov-2009   States take action to reduce risk factors WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., NOV. 17, 2009 – For the second consecutive year, the United States earned only a “D” on the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card, demonstrating that more than half a million of our nation’s newborns didn’t get the healthy…

Some prescription meds can harm fetus

Public release date: 17-Nov-2009 – research team found that 6,871 pregnant women consumed one of 11 prescription drugs that are known to be harmful to fetuses through the first, second or third trimester. Of those women, 3,229 aborted; 6 percent had a miscarriage; and 8.2 percent gave birth to a child with major congenital malformations.…

When East meets West: Why consumers turn to alternative medicine

Public release date: 17-Nov-2009   Alternative health remedies are increasingly important in the health care marketplace. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research explores how consumers choose among the many available remedies. “Examples of the wide array of health remedy options available to consumers include drugs, supplements, acupuncture, massage therapy, Ayurveda, and Traditional…

Cancer patients and doctors report drug side effects differently

Public release date: 17-Nov-2009 – Patients generally reported adverse symptoms earlier, more frequently, and with greater severity than their clinicians – patient-reported adverse symptoms should be collected in clinical trials and reported in drug labels. In clinical trials for cancer, it is standard for clinicians rather than patients to report adverse symptom side effects from…

Women at risk from vitamin A deficiency

Public release date: 18-Nov-2009    –  almost 50 per cent of women have a genetic variation which reduces their ability to produce sufficient amounts of vitamin A from beta-carotene Almost half of UK women could be suffering from a lack of vitamin A due to a previously undiscovered genetic variation, scientists at Newcastle University have…

Antifibrotic effects of green tea

Public release date: 18-Nov-2009 – These results imply that GT reduced the proliferation of activated HSC and down regulated the collagen content and expression of collagen type 1, thereby ameliorating hepatic fibrosis Several studies have shown that lipid peroxidation stimulates collagen production in fibroblasts and hepatic stellate cells (HSC), and plays an important role in…

Flaxseed oil and osteoporosis

Public release date: 23-Nov-2009 – flaxseed oil may play a role in protecting the processes of matrix formation and bone mineralization, which are apparently compromised by diabetes and the menopause Animal studies suggest that adding flaxseed oil to the diet could reduce the risk of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women and women with diabetes, according to…

Why fish oils help and how they could help even more

Public Releaase date: 28-Oct-2009 – the body converts an ingredient found in fish oils into another chemical called Resolvin D2 –  Resolvin D2 could be the basis for a new treatment for diseases including sepsis, stroke and arthritis. Unlike other anti-inflammatory drugs, this chemical does not seem to suppress the immune system. New research from…

Mortality Rates Reduced among Children Whose Mothers Received Iron-folic Acid Supplements

October 28, 2009   Offspring whose mothers had been supplemented with iron-folic acid during pregnancy had dramatically reduced mortality through age 7, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers found that other supplement combinations, including the multiple micronutrient supplement, did not confer the same benefit. Nearly 40 percent of…

Statins show dramatic drug and cell dependent effects in the brain

Public release date: 28-Oct-2009 – statin therapy could lead to transient or permanent cognitive impairment – simvastatin reduced the expression of the cholesterol transporter ABCA1 by approximately 80% in astrocytes, while pravastatin lowered expression by only around 50% Besides their tremendous value in treating high cholesterol and lowering the risk of heart disease, statins have…