Month: January 2010

Promising probiotic treatment for inflammatory bowel disease

Public release date: 19-Jan-2010 –  “Now we realise that lactic acid is used for growth by a certain population of bacteria that produce butyric acid, which could explain why some of the older studies had a positive outcome. Recent trials focussing on butyric acid-producing bacterial strains have been extremely promising and could lead to a…

Counterfeit Internet drugs pose significant risks and discourage vital health checks

Public release date: 20-Jan-2010 – 44 per cent of the Viagra offered on the internet is counterfeit Men who buy fake internet drugs for erection problems can face significant risks from potentially hazardous contents and bypassing healthcare systems could leave associated problems like diabetes and high blood pressure undiagnosed. That’s the warning just published online…

Retail meat linked to urinary tract infections: Strong new evidence

Public release date: 20-Jan-2010     McGill researcher discovers strong evidence of link between eating contaminated chicken and the E. coli that cause urinary tract infection Chicken sold in supermarkets, restaurants and other outlets may place young women at risk of urinary tract infections (UTI), McGill researcher Amee Manges has discovered. Samples taken in the…

Stain repellent chemical linked to thyroid disease in adults

Public release date: 21-Jan-2010  – ). The researchers found that the individuals with the highest 25% of PFOA concentrations (above 5.7ng/ml) were more than twice as likely to report current thyroid disease than individuals with the lowest 50% of PFOA concentrations (below 4.0ng/ml)   A study by the University of Exeter and the Peninsula Medical…

High vitamin D levels linked to lower risk of colon cancer

Public release date: 21-Jan-2010   – The risk was cut by as much as 40% in people with the highest levels compared with those in the lowest. Research: Association between pre-diagnostic circulating vitamin D concentration and risk of colorectal cancer in European populations: A nested case-control study High blood levels of vitamin D are associated…

New study: Human running speeds of 35 to 40 mph may be biologically possible

Public release date: 21-Jan-2010   New evidence identifies critical variable imposing biological limit to running speed Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s record-setting performances have unleashed a wave of interest in the ultimate limits to human running speed. A new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology offers intriguing insights into the biology and perhaps even…

Low-carb diet effective at lowering blood pressure

Public release date: 25-Jan-2010 – Nearly half (47%) of patients in the low-carbohydrate group had their blood pressure medication decreased or discontinued DURHAM, NC — In a head-to-head comparison, two popular weight loss methods proved equally effective at helping participants lose significant amounts of weight. But, in a surprising twist, a low-carbohydrate diet proved better…

Study links reduced fertility to flame retardant exposure

Public release date: 26-Jan-2010 – found that each 10-fold increase in the blood concentration of four PBDE chemicals was linked to a 30 percent decrease in the odds of becoming pregnant each month Berkeley – Women with higher blood levels of PBDEs, a type of flame retardant commonly found in household consumer products, took longer…

Magnesium supplement helps boost brainpower

Public release date: 27-Jan-2010 –  Those who get less than 400 milligrams daily are at risk for allergies, asthma and heart disease, among other conditions –  Half the population of the industrialized countries has a magnesium deficit, which increases with aging –  If normal or even higher levels of magnesium can be maintained, we may…

Pomegranate extract stimulates uterine contractions

Public release date: 27-Jan-2010 – Currently the only available drug to treat women with a poorly contracting uterus is oxytocin, a hormone which only works approximately 50% of the time. – The team identified beta-sitosterol – a steroid that can inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine – as the main constituent of pomegranate…

Vitamin D supplements could fight Crohn’s disease

Public release date: 27-Jan-2010   – “This discovery is exciting, since it shows how an over-the-counter supplement such as Vitamin D could help people defend themselves against Crohn’s disease,” Canadian research team publishes findings in Journal of Biological Chemistry Montreal, January 27, 2010 – A new study has found that Vitamin D, readily available in…

Common antidepressant drugs linked to lactation difficulties in moms

Public release date: 26-Jan-2010  – “The breasts are serotonin-regulated glands, meaning the breasts’ ability to secrete milk at the right time is closely related to the body’s production and regulation of the hormone serotonin,”     According to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM),…

STUDY REVEALS HOW ONE FORM OF NATURAL VITAMIN E PROTECTS BRAIN AFTER STROKE

Public release date: 6-Jan-2010  – scientists found that the tocotrienol form of vitamin E, an alternative to the popular drugstore supplement, stopped the enzyme from releasing fatty acids that eventually kill neurons   COLUMBUS, Ohio – Blocking the function of an enzyme in the brain with a specific kind of vitamin E can prevent nerve…

Mango effective in preventing, stopping certain colon, breast cancer cells

Public release date: 11-Jan-2010     COLLEGE STATION – Mango. If you know little about this fruit, understand this: It’s been found to prevent or stop certain colon and breast cancer cells in the lab. That’s according to a new study by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists, who examined the five varieties most common in…

Study shows pine bark naturally relieves symptoms of acute hemorrhoids

Public release date: 12-Jan-2010 – The complication of hemorrhoidal bleedings was completely absent in the Pycnogenol® groups after seven days   Research reveals Pycnogenol is effective in reducing severe symptoms, including bleeding (Jan. 12, 2009) – HOBOKEN, NJ – According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, about half of the U.S. population will have…

Monitoring of high-risk medications unchanged despite FDA warnings (2009)

Public release date: 12-Jan-2010 – most doctors never changed their level of baseline screening for blood sugar and cholesterol, despite a warning in 2003 from the FDA and two other organizations that these antipsychotic drugs could raise the risk of diabetes   PORTLAND, Ore. – A new study concludes that many doctors appear to have…

Fish oil not snake oil

Public release date: 18-Jan-2010 –  13 patients in the fish oil group had lower levels of inflammatory agents in their blood, were able to achieve better lung function and left hospital earlier than the 10 patients who received traditional nutrition A randomised controlled trial of fish oil given intravenously to patients in intensive care has…