Month: May 2014

70 percent of Europeans suffer from low vitamin D levels

13 JAN 2012 The article has been published in the Maturitas journal A group of experts has prepared a report on vitamin D supplementation for menopausal women after it was revealed that Europeans have suffered an alarming decrease in their levels of this vitamin. In their opinion, the ideal would be to maintain blood levels…

Coating stents with vitamin C could reduce clotting risks

Coating stents with vitamin C could reduce clotting risks // PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 28-May-2014 Every year, more than 1 million people in the U.S. who have suffered heart attacks or chest pain from blocked arteries have little mesh tubes called stents inserted into their blood vessels to prop them open. The procedure has saved many…

Flame retardant exposure linked to lower IQs — study

Flame retardant exposure linked to lower IQs — study // PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 28-May-2014 A new study involving Simon Fraser University researchers has found that prenatal exposure to flame retardants can be significantly linked to lower IQs and greater hyperactivity in five-year old children. The findings are published online today in the journal Environmental Health…

Variety in Diet Can Hamper Microbial Diversity in the Gut

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and five other institutions have discovered that the more diverse the diet of a fish, the less diverse are the microbes living in its gut. If the effect is confirmed in humans, it could mean that the combinations of foods people eat can…

Toxins in the environment might make you older than your years  

  Toxins in the environment might make you older than your years     //   PUBLIC RELEASE DATE:   28-May-2014   Why are some 75-year-olds downright spry while others can barely get around? Part of the explanation, say researchers writing in the Cell Press journal Trends in Molecular Medicine on May 28, is differences…

Cosmetic chemical hinders brain development in tadpoles

13 Jan 2012 PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Scientists, health officials, and manufacturers already know that a chemical preservative found in some products, including cosmetics, is harmful to people and animals in high concentrations, but a new Brown University study in tadpoles reports that it can also interrupt neurological development even in very low concentrations.…

Melatonin makes old bones stronger

Melatonin makes old bones stronger // PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 26-May-2014 Research on elderly rats suggests possible avenue for prevention of osteoporosis Faleh Tamimi, a professor in McGill’s School of Dentistry, is the leader of a research team that has just discovered that melatonin supplements make bones stronger in elderly rats and therefore, potentially, in elderly…

Poor diet before pregnancy is linked with preterm birth

Poor diet before pregnancy is linked with preterm birth // PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 23-May-2014 University of Adelaide research has for the first time confirmed that women who eat a poor diet before they become pregnant are around 50% more likely to have a preterm birth than those on a healthy diet. Researchers at the University…

Chemotherapy may influence leukemia relapse

13 JAN 2013 -In all cases, the chemotherapy failed to kill the founding clone The chemotherapy drugs required to push a common form of adult leukemia into remission may contribute to DNA damage that can lead to a relapse of the disease in some patients, findings of a new study suggest. The research, by a…

Short, sharp shock treatment for E. coli

13 JAN 2012 A short burst of low voltage alternating current can effectively eradicate E. coli bacteria growing on the surface of even heavily contaminated beef, according to a study published in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health. The technique offers an inexpensive and easy to implement approach to reducing the…

Increase dietary fiber, decrease disease

13 Jan 2012 Review confirms benefits of more roughage in the diet We should all be eating more dietary fiber to improve our health – that’s the message from a health review by scientists in India. The team has looked at research conducted into dietary fiber during the last few decades across the globe and…

Why coffee drinking reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes

13 JAN 2012 Why do heavy coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a disease on the increase around the world that can lead to serious health problems? Scientists are offering a new solution to that long-standing mystery in a report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry.

Treatment with light benefits Alzheimer’s patients, Wayne State University finds

13 JAN 2012 Detroit – Exposure to light appears to have therapeutic effects on Alzheimer’s disease patients, a Wayne State University researcher has found. In a study published recently in the Western Journal of Nursing Research, LuAnn Nowak Etcher, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, reported that patients treated with blue-green light were perceived by their…

Windshield washer fluid a source of Legionnaires disease

– Windshield washer fluid a source of Legionnaires disease – “This study is the first to detect high levels of Legionella in automobiles or aerosolized by washer fluid spray,” says Schwake. “While potential transmission of a deadly respiratory disease from a source as common as automobile windshield washing systems is significant, the study also points to…

Sleeping pills increase CV events in heart failure patients by 8-fold

-Sleeping pills increase CV events in heart failure patients by 8-fold – Of the 47 HFpEF patients, 15 reached the study endpoint during the 180 day follow up period. The only differences between patients who had events and those who did not were prescription of sleeping pills (benzodiazepine hypnotics), blood sodium levels at admission and…

Pine bark substance could be potent melanoma drug

– Pine bark substance could be potent melanoma drug – Leelamine ( from pine bark ) works by shutting down cholesterol transport and its movement around the cancer cell. By shutting down cholesterol transport and movement, the exceptionally active survival communication that cancer cells require is shut down. The end result is death of the cancer…