Month: January 2014

Study Shows Autistic Brains Create More Information at Rest

– autistic children generate more information at rest – a 42% increase on average Possible Explanation for “Withdrawal Into Self,” A Characteristic of the Disorder News Release: January 31, 2014   New research from Case Western Reserve University and University of Toronto neuroscientists finds that the brains of autistic children generate more information at rest…

Vitamin A may help autoimmune and transplant patients

New research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that all-trans retinoid acid enhances an important subpopulation of T cells which act as signaling modulators for immune system tolerance The same form of Vitamin A used by teenagers to combat acne might offer benefits that are more than skin deep. That’s because an international…

Geranium extracts inhibit HIV-1

– Pelargonium sidoides inactivate human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and prevent the virus from invading human cells Neuherberg, Germany, 30 January 2014. Extracts of the geranium plant Pelargonium sidoides inactivate human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and prevent the virus from invading human cells. In the current issue of “PLOS ONE”, scientists from the…

New study suggests choline recommendations during pregnancy may be too low

National Birth Defects Prevention Month underscores need for higher choline intake Park Ridge, Ill. (January 30, 2014) – Recent research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) found that during pregnancy, and particularly during the third trimester, large amounts of choline may be needed to support fetal development. Conclusions of the research revealed…

Aspirin still overprescribed for stroke prevention in AF

Aspirin is still overprescribed for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation despite the potential for dangerous side effects, according to research published today Sophia Antipolis, 28 January 2014: Aspirin is still overprescribed for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) despite the potential for dangerous side effects, according to research published today. Professor Gregory Y.H. Lip, lead…

Melatonin shows potential to slow tumor growth in certain breast cancers

DETROIT – An early stage study shows melatonin – a hormone that regulates the body’s sleep and awake cycles – may have the potential to help slow the growth of certain breast cancer tumors, according to researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo. The…

Certain probiotics could help women lose weight

 – After the 12-week diet period, researchers observed an average weight loss of 4.4 kg in women in the probiotic group and 2.6 kg in the placebo group   Quebec City, January 28, 2014—Certain probiotics could help women lose weight and keep it off, according to a recent study published in the British Journal of…

Quality of white matter in the brain is crucial for adding and multiplying

      –           This correlation does not appear to apply to subtraction and division             A new study led by Professor Bert De Smedt (Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven) has found that healthy 12-year-olds who score well in addition and multiplication have higher-quality white matter tracts. This correlation does not appear to apply to…

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Cloves are the best natural antioxidant

Public release date: 16-Mar-2010 – “Out of the five antioxidant properties tested, cloves had the highest capacity to give off hydrogen, reduced lipid peroxidation well, and was the best iron reducer”, Using spices eaten in the Mediterranean diet as natural antioxidants is a good way forward for the food industry, given the beneficial health effects…

Media reports may paint overly optimistic view of cancer

Public release date: 16-Mar-2010 – It is estimated that one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime – Of these, approximately half will die of cancer or related complications –  few articles (57, or 13.1 percent) reported that aggressive cancer treatments can fail to extend life…

Selenium protects men against diabetes

Public release date: 17-Mar-2010   The role of selenium in diabetes has been controversial, with some studies suggesting that it raises diabetes risk and others finding that it is protective. Now, research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Nutrition and Metabolism, has shown that, for men, high plasma selenium concentrations are associated with a…

Omega 3 curbs precancerous growths in those prone to bowel cancer

Public release date: 17-Mar-2010 Furthermore, this particular omega 3 (eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA) seems to be as effective as the prescription medicine used to treat familial bowel polyps, but without the associated cardiovascular side effects.   Eicosapentaenoic acid reduces rectal polyp number and size in familial adenomatous polyposis A purified form of an omega 3…

Long neglected nutritional training for doctors at all levels needed now

Public release date: 17-Mar-2010 – The evidence shows that healthcare professionals in general know little about how to assess and manage poor nutrition Nutritional training in gastroenterology The profession must take advantage of changes in medical education to ensure that all health professionals, but especially gut specialists, are given adequate training in nutrition, urge Dr…

Pesticide chlorpyrifos is linked to childhood developmental delays

Public release date: 18-Mar-2010 – was associated with a 6.5-point decrease in the Psychomotor Development Index score and a 3.3-point decrease in the Mental Development Index score in 3-year-olds –  It is still used as an agricultural pesticide on fruits and vegetables   March 18, 2010—Exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos—which is banned for use in…

Do financial interests result in positive results in scientific research?

Public release date: 18-Mar-2010 – Virtually all (94%) of the scientific authors who provided positive results for the anti-diabetic drug rosiglitazone had financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies, Research: Association between industry affiliation and position on cardiovascular risk with rosiglitazone: A cross-sectional systematic review Virtually all (94%) of the scientific authors who provided positive results for…

Seaweed to tackle rising tide of obesity

Public release date: 21-Mar-2010 – seaweed could reduce the amount of fat absorbed by the body by around 75 per cent –  alginate bread actually scored higher for texture and richness than a standard white loaf Seaweed could hold the key to tackling obesity after it was found it reduces fat uptake by more than…

Radiotherapy can cause lasting vascular disease

Public release date: 22-Mar-2010   For an as yet unknown reason, cancer radiotherapy can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease later in life, a problem that is growing as more and more people survive their cancer diagnosis. New research from Karolinska Institutet now suggests that sustained inflammation induced by post-radiotherapy changes in the gene expression…

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