Month: March 2010

Sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain

Public release date: 22-Mar-2010 – research was supported by the U.S. Public Health Service –  long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides – “Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than…

Ingredient in tequila (Agave) plant may fight osteoporosis and other diseases

Public release date: 23-Mar-2010  – Scientific studies have suggested that fructans stimulate the growth of healthful bacteria in the large intestine in a way that increases the body’s absorption of minerals, including the calcium and magnesium important for bone growth. –  Mice fed agave fructans absorbed more calcium from food, excreted less calcium in their…

Dietary supplement speeds silver cyclists

Public release date: 23-Mar-2010 – “We’ve demonstrated a 16.7% increase in anaerobic threshold. This indicates a potential role of arginine and antioxidant supplementation in improving exercise performance in elderly”. Taking arginine supplements can improve the cycling ability of over-50s. Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition tested a combination…

Indian spice may delay liver damage and cirrhosis

Public release date: 23-Mar-2010  – curcumin diet significantly reduced bile duct blockage and curbed liver cell (hepatocyte) damage and scarring (fibrosis) by interfering with several chemical signalling pathways involved in the inflammatory process.     Curcumin improves sclerosing cholangitis in Mdr2 -/- mice by inhibition of cholangiocyte inflammatory response and portal myofibroblast proliferation Curcumin, one…

Foodborne illness costs US $152 billion annually, landmark report estimates

Public release date: 3-Mar-2010   New analysis, interactive online map highlight the need to modernize the nation’s food-safety system WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new study by a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) economist estimates the total economic impact of foodborne illness across the nation to be a combined $152 billion annually. The Produce…

VITAMIN D LIFTS MOOD DURING COLD WEATHER MONTHS

Public release date: 3-Mar-2010   Loyola Researchers to Study Nutrient in Depression and Diabetes Patients MAYWOOD, Ill. — A daily dose of vitamin D may just be what Chicagoans need to get through the long winter, according to researchers at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON). This nutrient lifts mood during cold…

Hormone replacement therapy linked to increased lung cancer risk

Public release date: 3-Mar-2010 – New study finds prolonged use of HRT increases incidence of lung cancer by about 50 percent PORTLAND, Ore. — Women aged 50 to 76 who take estrogen plus progestin may have an increased risk of lung cancer, according to a new study published in the pre-print online edition of the…