Month: November 2012

Could mistletoe give the kiss of death to cancer?

Contact: Gordon Howarth gordon.howarth@adelaide.edu.au 61-883-137-885 University of Adelaide       IMAGE:   Health Sciences student Zahra Lotfollahi with a sample of mistletoe extract at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus.Click here for more information.   Mistletoe has become an important symbol of Christmas but it also has the potential to play a vital role as an…

Homicide spreads like infectious disease

Contact(s): Andy Henion Media Communications office: (517) 355-3294 cell: (517) 281-6949 Andy.Henion@cabs.msu.edu, April Zeoli Criminal Justice office: (517) 353-9554 zeoli@msu.edu Homicide moves through a city in a process similar to infectious disease, according to a new study that may give police a new tool in tracking and ultimately preventing murders. Using Newark, N.J., as a…

Potentially toxic flame retardants found in many US couches

Contact: Tim Lucas tdlucas@duke.edu 919-613-8084 Duke University DURHAM, N.C. — More than half of all couches tested in a Duke University-led study contained potentially toxic or untested chemical flame retardants that may pose risks to human health. Among the chemicals detected was “Tris,” a chlorinated flame retardant that is considered a probable human carcinogen based…

Potentially toxic flame retardants found in many US couches

Contact: Tim Lucas tdlucas@duke.edu 919-613-8084 Duke University DURHAM, N.C. — More than half of all couches tested in a Duke University-led study contained potentially toxic or untested chemical flame retardants that may pose risks to human health. Among the chemicals detected was “Tris,” a chlorinated flame retardant that is considered a probable human carcinogen based…

New study: Many flame retardants in house dust — unsafe levels: study finds chemicals linked to cancer, learning problems, hormone disruption

Contact: Kathryn Rodgers rodgers@silentspring.org 617-332-4288 x225 Silent Spring Institute Peer-reviewed study finds chemicals linked to cancer, learning problems, hormone disruption A peer-reviewed study of the largest number of flame retardants ever tested in homes found that most houses had levels of at least one flame retardant that exceeded a federal health guideline. The journal Environmental…

New study: Many flame retardants in house dust — unsafe levels: study finds chemicals linked to cancer, learning problems, hormone disruption

Contact: Kathryn Rodgers rodgers@silentspring.org 617-332-4288 x225 Silent Spring Institute Peer-reviewed study finds chemicals linked to cancer, learning problems, hormone disruption A peer-reviewed study of the largest number of flame retardants ever tested in homes found that most houses had levels of at least one flame retardant that exceeded a federal health guideline. The journal Environmental…

New review associates vitamin D with lower rates of tooth decay

Studies of children in several countries linked vitamin D to a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of dental caries A new review of existing studies points toward a potential role for vitamin D in helping to prevent dental caries, or tooth decay. The review, published in the December issue of Nutrition Reviews, encompassed 24…

Compound found in rosemary protects against macular degeneration in laboratory model

Contact: Heather Buschman, Ph.D. hbuschman@sanfordburnham.org 858-795-5343 Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Sanford-Burnham researchers discover that carnosic acid, a component of the herb rosemary, promotes eye health in rodents—providing a possible new approach for treating conditions such as age-related macular degeneration LA JOLLA, Calif., November 27, 2012 – Herbs widely used throughout history in Asian and early…

Compound found in rosemary protects against macular degeneration in laboratory model

Contact: Heather Buschman, Ph.D. hbuschman@sanfordburnham.org 858-795-5343 Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Sanford-Burnham researchers discover that carnosic acid, a component of the herb rosemary, promotes eye health in rodents—providing a possible new approach for treating conditions such as age-related macular degeneration       IMAGE:   Left: This shows control cells exposed to hydrogen peroxide. Right: This shows cells…

Man’s best friend: Common canine virus may lead to new vaccines for deadly human diseases

Public Affairs News Service Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 Writer: James  E.  Hataway, 706/542-5222, jhataway@uga.edu Contact: Biao He, 706/542-2855, bhe@uga.edu Athens, Ga. – Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that a virus commonly found in dogs may serve as the foundation for the next great breakthrough in human vaccine development. Although harmless in humans,…

Heart failure drug less effective in real world; aldosterone antagonists

Contact: Sarah Avery sarah.avery@duke.edu 919-660-1306 Duke University Medical Center DURHAM, N.C. – A large study addressing the effectiveness and safety of aldosterone antagonist therapy for older heart failure patients has found notable differences between the drug’s results in clinical trial vs. what occurs in actual practice, according to researchers at Duke Medicine. Those differences have…

4 common antipsychotic drugs found to lack safety and effectiveness in older adults: aripiprazole (Abilify), olanzapine (Zyprexa), quetiapine (Seroquel), and risperidone (Risperdal)

Contact: Debra Kain ddkain@ucsd.edu 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego In older adults, antipsychotic drugs are commonly prescribed off-label for a number of disorders outside of their Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved indications – schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The largest number of antipsychotic prescriptions in older adults is for behavioral disturbances associated with dementia,…

4 common antipsychotic drugs found to lack safety and effectiveness in older adults: aripiprazole (Abilify), olanzapine (Zyprexa), quetiapine (Seroquel), and risperidone (Risperdal)

Contact: Debra Kain ddkain@ucsd.edu 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego In older adults, antipsychotic drugs are commonly prescribed off-label for a number of disorders outside of their Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved indications – schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The largest number of antipsychotic prescriptions in older adults is for behavioral disturbances associated with dementia,…

Release all Tamiflu data as promised, argue researchers

Contact: Emma Dickinson edickinson@bmjgroup.com 44-020-738-36529 BMJ-British Medical Journal Company plans to set up review board, but researchers want it to keep its promise The latest correspondence is posted online today as part of the BMJ‘s open data campaign, aimed at persuading Roche to honour the promise it made almost three years ago to make key…

Bothered by Negative, Unwanted Thoughts? Just Throw Them Away

11/26/12 COLUMBUS,  Ohio — If you want to get rid of unwanted, negative thoughts, try just ripping  them up and tossing them in the trash. In  a new study, researchers found that when people wrote down their thoughts on a  piece of paper and then threw the paper away, they mentally discarded the  thoughts as…

Bothered by Negative, Unwanted Thoughts? Just Throw Them Away

11/26/12 COLUMBUS,  Ohio — If you want to get rid of unwanted, negative thoughts, try just ripping  them up and tossing them in the trash. In  a new study, researchers found that when people wrote down their thoughts on a  piece of paper and then threw the paper away, they mentally discarded the  thoughts as…

More Facebook friends means more stress, says report

Contact: Edd McCracken edd.mccracken@ed.ac.uk 44-013-165-14400 University of Edinburgh A large number of friends on Facebook may appear impressive but, according to a new report, the more social circles a person is linked to online the more likely social media will be a source of stress. A report from the University of Edinburgh Business School has…

More Facebook friends means more stress, says report

A large number of friends on Facebook may appear impressive but, according to a new report, the more social circles a person is linked to online the more likely social media will be a source of stress. A report from the University of Edinburgh Business School has found that the more groups of people in…