Month: December 2009

Is obesity an oral bacterial disease?

Public release date: 8-Jul-2009 – 98.4 percent of the overweight women could be identified by the presence of a single bacterial species (Selenomonas noxia) at levels greater than 1.05 percent of the total salivary bacteria

Arginine discovery could help fight human obesity

Public release date: 4-Feb-2009 – arginine supplementation for a 12-week period decreased the body fat gains of low-fat and high-fat fed rats by 65 percent and 63 percent, respectively. The long-term arginine treatment did not have any adverse effects

Rate of autism disorders climbs to 1 percent among 8-year-olds, say UAB, CDC researchers ( 2009 )

Public release date: 18-Dec-2009 A 57 percent increase in spectrum-disorder cases is dramatic BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Autism and related development disorders are becoming more common, with a prevalence rate approaching 1 percent among American 8-year-olds, according to new data from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health and the…

The brain may feel other people’s pain

Public release date: 21-Dec-2009  – The investigators found that while viewing the painful images, both responders and non-responders showed activity in the emotional centers of the brain. But responders showed greater activity in pain-related brain regions compared with non-responders, and as compared with their own brain responses to the emotional images.   By Amy Norton…

Vitamin D supplements reduce pain in fibromyalgia sufferers

– the treatment group improved significantly on a scale of physical role functioning, while the placebo group remained unchanged Researchers say Vitamin D may be cost-effective treatment or adjunct for patients with fibromyalgia syndrome and low vitamin D levels, reports PAIN® Philadelphia, January 17, 2014 – Patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) typically have widespread chronic…

Warning! Warning Labels Can Be Dangerous to Your Health

– over time, they paradoxically promote trust in a product and consequently lead to more positive product evaluation and more actual purchases Thursday, January 16, 2014 TAU research shows that some warning labels can make products like cigarettes more appealing Many products, like cigarettes and medications, are stamped with warning labels alerting consumers to their…

The symphony of life, revealed

Contact: Charlotte Hsu chsu22@buffalo.edu 716-645-4655 University at Buffalo A new imaging technique captures the vibrations of proteins, tiny motions critical to human life              IMAGE:   Using a new imaging technique they developed, scientists have managed to observe and document the vibrations of lysozyme, an antibacterial protein found in many animals. This graphic visualizes…

Chicken capsules good for aching joints / fewer and milder adverse effects than those taking methotrexate

Public release date: 30-Nov-2009 – Patients who received a 12-week course of CCII capsules showed significantly improved joint function, with fewer and milder adverse effects than those taking methotrexate. Chicken collagen can provide relief from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms. A randomised, controlled trial, published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Arthritis Research & Therapy, has…

Long-term physical activity has an anti-aging effect at the cellular level

Public release date: 30-Nov-2009 – “The most significant finding of this study is that physical exercise of the professional athletes leads to activation of the important enzyme telomerase and stabilizes the telomere,” Study highlights: Physical activity has an anti-aging effect at the cellular level, suggesting exercise could prevent aging of the cardiovascular system. • Two…

To keep muscles strong, the ‘garbage’ has to go

Public release date: 1-Dec-2009 – “If there is a failure of the system to remove what is damaged, and that persists, the muscle fiber isn’t happy,” – Eventually, some of those muscle cells die, and “the muscles become weaker and weaker with age.” In order to maintain muscle strength with age, cells must rid themselves…