Month: February 2010

Virus infections may be contributing factor in onset of gluten intolerance

Public release date: 5-Mar-2010 – “Some of the genes we have identified are linked with human immune defence against viruses. This may indicate that virus infections may be connected in some way with the onset of gluten intolerance,” Recent research findings indicate a possible connection between virus infections, the immune system and the onset of…

Repeated anesthesia can affect childrens ability to learn

Public release date: 7-Mar-2010 – “We found that repeated anaesthesia wiped out a large portion of the stem cells in the hippocampus, an area of the brain that is important for memory,” There is a link between repeated anaesthesia in children and memory impairment, though physical activity can help to form new cells that improve…

Exposure to BPA may cause permanent fertility defects, Yale researchers find

Public release date: 8-Mar-2010   – “The DNA in the uterus was modified by loss of methyl groups so that it responded abnormally in adulthood,” said Taylor. “The gene expression was permanently epigenetically altered and the uterus became hyper-responsive to estrogens.”   Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have discovered that exposure during pregnancy to…

Papaya extract thwarts growth of cancer cells in lab tests

Public release date: 9-Mar-2010 – The success of the papaya extract in acting on cancer without toxicity is consistent with reports from indigenous populations in Australia and his native Vietnam – documented for the first time that papaya leaf extract boosts the production of key signaling molecules called Th1-type cytokines The humble papaya is gaining…

First discovery of the female sex hormone progesterone in a plant

Public release date: 4-Feb-2010 – The significance of the unequivocal identification of progesterone cannot be overstated – The new discovery may change scientific understanding of the evolution and function of progesterone in living things In a finding that overturns conventional wisdom, scientists are reporting the first discovery of the female sex hormone progesterone in a…

Inhibiting serotonin in gut could cure osteoporosis

Public release date: 7-Feb-2010   – An investigational drug that inhibits serotonin synthesis in the gut, administered orally once daily, effectively cured osteoporosis in mice   – serotonin released by the gut inhibits bone formation   Finding, in animal model, offers proof of principle that inhibiting serotonin in the gut could become a novel treatment…

Flower power can still calm the masses

Public release date: 8-Feb-2010   Feeling stressed? Try chamomile! This ‘traditional’ remedy has been around for years, but how much truth is there behind this old wives’ tale? In an evaluation for Faculty of 1000, Michael Van Ameringen and Beth Patterson draw attention to the first randomized controlled trial of chamomile for the treatment of…

Lactobacillus improves Helicobacter pylori infected gastritis

Public release date: 9-Feb-2010   Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) are considered to be the most important etiological agents of chronic gastritis. The eradication of H. pyloridepends on the combination of antibiotics and acid suppression drugs. Unfortunately, the side effects of antibiotics reduce the curative effect and treatment compliance. Probiotics provides an alternative method which can…

Glucosamine causes the death of pancreatic cells

EEV: Repost 2010 Study, that slipped past our prior research reports Contact: Jean-François Huppé jean-francois.huppe@dc.ulaval.ca 418-656-7785 Université Laval This release is available in French. Quebec City, October 27, 2010—High doses or prolonged use of glucosamine causes the death of pancreatic cells and could increase the risk of developing diabetes, according to a team of researchers…

One in Two Children Has Chronic Health Issues

Public Release: 16-Feb-2010  – They’re already like a 45-year-old in terms of blood vessel health. We need a basic change in how we live and how we eat. TUESDAY, Feb. 16 (HealthDay News) — One in every two U.S. children now grapples at some time with a chronic health condition, such as asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity…

High levels of vitamin D in older people can reduce heart disease and diabetes

Public Release: 16-Feb-2010     Middle aged and elderly people with high levels of vitamin D could reduce their chances of developing heart disease or diabetes by 43%, according to researchers at the University of Warwick. A team of researchers at Warwick Medical School carried out a systematic literature review of studies examining vitamin D…

New evidence that green tea may help fight glaucoma and other eye diseases

Public release date: 18-Feb-2010 – The effects of green tea catechins in reducing harmful oxidative stress in the eye lasted for up to 20 hours.   Scientists have confirmed that the healthful substances found in green tea — renowned for their powerful antioxidant and disease-fighting properties — do penetrate into tissues of the eye. Their…

Bitter melon extract attacks breast cancer cells

Public release date: 23-Feb-2010 – We have shown that bitter melon extract significantly induced death in breast cancer cells and decreased their growth and spread.” Early Saint Louis University research points to promising area of research ST. LOUIS — The extract from a vegetable that is common in India and China shows promise in triggering…

Why BPA leached from ‘safe’ plastics may damage health of female offspring

Public release date: 25-Feb-2010 – This suggests that early exposure to BPA genetically “programmed” the uterus to be hyper-responsive to estrogen. – “The BPA baby bottle scare may be only the tip of the iceberg.” Yale scientists show how bisphenol A induces epigenetic changes in pregnant mice that cause hormonal imbalance in the later life…