Month: April 2014

Celiac patients face potential hazard as information on cosmetic ingredients difficult to find / Products used on lips and face can result in unexpected exposure to gluten

Public release date: 31-Oct-2011 Washington, DC — The lack of readily available information about cosmetic ingredients may cause patients with celiac disease who use lip, facial or body products to unknowingly expose themselves to gluten — an ingredient they need to avoid, according to the results of a new study unveiled today at the American…

Cigarette smoking’s impact lingers after quitting

Public release date: 31-Oct-2011 Current, former smokers may face impaired pancreatic duct cell function, elevated colorectal cancer risk that persists longer for women Washington, DC – Cigarette smoking appears to impair pancreatic duct cell function–even for those who quit–putting all smokers at risk of compromised digestive function regardless of age, gender and alcohol intake, according…

Probiotics effective in combating antibiotic-associated diarrhea

Public release date: 31-Oct-2011 ‘Good bugs’ look promising as anti-inflammatory agent for patients with ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome Washington, DC — In four different studies presented at the American College of Gastroenterology’s (ACG) 76th Annual Scientific meeting in Washington, DC, researchers explored the effectiveness of probiotics for antibiotic-associated diarrhea; as an anti-inflammatory agent…

Yoga can provide more effective treatment for chronic lower back pain than more conventional methods, according to the UK’s largest ever study

Public release date: 31-Oct-2011 Yoga aids chronic back pain sufferers Yoga can provide more effective treatment for chronic lower back pain than more conventional methods, according to the UK’s largest ever study into the benefits of yoga. The study, led by the University of York and funded by Arthritis Research UK, found that people offered…

People experiencing schizophrenia have a weakened sense of body ownership

Public release date: 31-Oct-2011 Putting the body back into the mind of schizophrenia A study using a procedure called the rubber hand illusion has found striking new evidence that people experiencing schizophrenia have a weakened sense of body ownership and has produced the first case of a spontaneous, out-of-body experience in the laboratory.

Live longer with fewer calories

Public release date: 31-Oct-2011 By consuming fewer calories, ageing can be slowed down and the development of age-related diseases such as cancer and type 2 diabetes can be delayed. The earlier calorie intake is reduced, the greater the effect. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now identified one of the enzymes that hold the…

 First clinical trial of red wine ingredient shows metabolic shifts

  Public release date: 1-Nov-2011   When obese men take a relatively small dose of resveratrol in purified form every day for a month, their metabolisms change for the better. In fact, the effects appear to be as good for us as severe calorie restriction. Resveratrol is a natural compound best known as an ingredient…

Hormone in birth control shot linked to memory loss

–  “What we found was pretty shocking – animals that had been given the drug at any point in their life were memory impaired at middle age compared to animals that never had the drug,” said Braden. “We also confirmed that in the subjects that only received the drug when young, the hormone was no…

 Health risk from eating well-done meat may be underestimated

Public release date: 1-Nov-2011 Mice are often used to test whether substances in food are harmful to humans. This requires that mice and humans metabolise substances in the same way. Humans have certain enzymes in more parts of the body than mice. The health risk associated with harmful substances in food may therefore be underestimated.

Catch the flu : It’ll help you fight off infection

Public release date: 1-Nov-2011 New research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology demonstrates that elevated body temperature plays a vital role on the generation of effective T-cell mediated immune response Bethesda, MD—With cold and flu season almost here, the next time you’re sick, think twice before taking something for your fever. That’s because scientists…

Obese Adolescents Benefit from High-Dose Vitamin D Supplements / “It takes 4,000 IUs to raise their vitamin D status within a sufficient range”

  Public release date: 1-Nov-2011   High doses safely combat nutritional deficiencies, MU researchers find   COLUMBIA, Mo. –Vitamin D deficiency is common in Americans, and especially in overweight and obese adolescents, according to the National Institutes of Health. University of Missouri researchers have found that providing obese adolescents with a high daily dose of…

Chantix unsuitable for first-line smoking cessation use / 90 percent of all reported suicides related to smoking- cessation drugs since 1998 implicated varenicline

Public release date: 2-Nov-2011   WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The poor safety profile of the smoking-cessation drug varenicline (Chantix™) makes it unsuitable for first-line use, according to a study published in the Nov. 2 edition of the journal PLoS One, an online publication of the Public Library of Science.   Varenicline, which already carries a “black…

Clemson researcher says high blood pressure may lead to missed emotional cues

Public release date: 2-Nov-2011 CLEMSON — Your ability to recognize emotional content in faces and texts is linked to your blood pressure, according to a Clemson University researcher. A recently published study by Clemson University psychology professor James A. McCubbin and colleagues has shown that people with higher blood pressure have reduced ability to recognize…

Medical researchers make important research link between active ingredient in saffron and MS / ancient virus in our DNA

Public release date: 4-Nov-2011 Medical researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered that an active ingredient in the Persian spice saffron may be a potential treatment for diseases involving neuroinflammation, such as multiple sclerosis. Chris Power and a team of researchers in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry recently published their findings in the…

Exercise just as good as drugs at preventing migraines

Public release date: 10-Oct-2011 Although exercise is often prescribed as a treatment for migraine, there has not previously been sufficient scientific evidence that it really works. However, research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has now shown that exercise is just as good as drugs at preventing migraines. Doctors use a…

Melatonin delays onset, reduces deaths in mouse model of Huntington’s disease

Public release date: 11-Oct-2011 PITTSBURGH, Oct. 11 — Melatonin, best known for its role in sleep regulation, delayed the onset of symptoms and reduced mortality in a mouse model of Huntington’s disease, say researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. Their findings, published today in theJournal of Neuroscience, show…