Month: March 2014

Washing with contaminated soap increases bacteria on hands / increased 26-fold after washing with the contaminated soap

– They found that Gram-negative bacteria on the hands of students and staff increased 26-fold after washing with the contaminated soap.   Public release date: 2-May-2011 People who wash their hands with contaminated soap from bulk-soap-refillable dispensers can increase the number of disease-causing microbes on their hands and may play a role in transmission of…

Antioxidant may prevent alcohol-induced liver disease

Public release date: 2-May-2011 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – An antioxidant may prevent damage to the liver caused by excessive alcohol, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The findings, published online April 21, 2011, in the journal Hepatology, may point the way to treatments to reverse steatosis, or fatty deposits in the…

ABILIFY – The evidence base for the prescribing of aripiprazole in maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder is limited to a single trial, sponsored by the manufacturer of aripiprazole

Public release date: 3-May-2011 Limitations of evidence base for prescribing aripiprazole in maintenance therapy of bipolar disorder – The evidence base for the prescribing of aripiprazole in maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder is limited to a single trial, sponsored by the manufacturer of aripiprazole, according to a rigorous appraisal of the evidence for its use…

Ecstasy associated with chronic change in brain function

Public release date: 3-May-2011 Ecstasy – the illegal “rave” drug that produces feelings of euphoria and emotional warmth – has been in the news recently as a potential therapeutic. Clinical trials are testing Ecstasy in the treatment of post- traumatic stress disorder. But headlines like one in Time magazine’s health section in February – “Ecstasy…

Natural protection against radiation

Public release date: 4-May-2011     acetyl resveratrol   In the midst of ongoing concerns about radiation exposure from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, scientists are reporting that a substance similar to resveratrol — an antioxidant found in red wine, grapes and nuts — could protect against radiation sickness. The report appears in…

New evidence that caffeine is a healthful antioxidant in coffee

Public release date: 4-May-2011 Scientists are reporting an in-depth analysis of how the caffeine in coffee, tea, and other foods seems to protect against conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease on the most fundamental levels. The report, which describes the chemistry behind caffeine’s antioxidant effects, appears in ACS’ The Journal of Physical Chemistry…

Research Holds Promise for Heart Failure Patients

– One of the main implications of these findings is that contrary to previously held beliefs, a state of insulin-resistance might actually be beneficial to a failing heart. News Release: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 CLEVELAND – Contrary to what we’ve been told, eliminating or severely limiting fats from the diet may not be beneficial to…

Estimated costs of environmental disease in children at $76.6 billion per year

Public release date: 4-May-2011 Experts suggest new policy to reduce toxic chemical exposure and subsequent burden of disease In three new studies published in the May issue of the journal Health Affairs, Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers reveal the staggering economic impact of toxic chemicals and air pollutants in the environment, and propose new…

Study suggests prolonged bottle feeding increases the risk of obesity

  Public release date: 5-May-2011     Cincinnati, OH, May 5, 2011 — Experts agree that obesity prevention should begin before children enter school. But due to a lack of conclusive data, health care providers often have trouble advising parents about which interventions are the most beneficial. A new study soon to be published in…

Study adds weight to link between arsenic in drinking water and heart disease

Arsenic poses far higher health risks than any other known environmental exposure, say Professors Allan Smith and Craig Steinmaus from the University of California, Berkeley, in an accompanying editorial. Yet water contaminated with arsenic is tasteless, looks crystal clear, and boiling the water only concentrates the arsenic in it.   Public release date: 5-May-2011  …

Bill Gates Talks About Vaccines to Reduce World Population

“Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.” Public release date: 6-May-2011 Microsoft founder and one of the world’s wealthiest men, Bill Gates, projects an image of a benign philanthropist using his billions via his (tax exempt) Bill…

Short term use of painkillers could be dangerous to heart patients / Risk of death increased 45 to 55%

Public release date: 9-May-2011 Even short-term use of some painkillers could be dangerous for people who’ve had a heart attack, according to research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers analyzed the duration of prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) treatment and cardiovascular risk in a nationwide Danish cohort of patients with prior…

Coffee reduces breast cancer risk / protective effect of coffee on breast cancer was only measurable for ER-negative breast cancer.

Public release date: 10-May-2011 Recently published research shows that coffee drinkers enjoy not only the taste of their coffee but also a reduced risk of cancer with their cuppa. More detailed research published today in BioMed Central’s open access journal Breast Cancer Research shows that drinking coffee specifically reduces the risk of antiestrogen-resistant estrogen-receptor (ER)-negative…