Month: June 2014

Ex-Novartis employee faces charges over Diovan ( Valsartan ) drug data manipulation

Staff report Jul 1, 2014 Investigators looking into allegations of data manipulation by a former Novartis employee over papers on hypertension drug Diovan have found evidence that some data were manually inserted, NHK reported Tuesday. The manual addition of some numerical data to the research papers indicate the 63-year-old ex-employee, Nobuo Shirahashi, arrested last month…

Stairway to T cell development found in the human tonsil

09 Mar 2012 IMMUNOLOGY: Stairway to T cell development found in the human tonsil Central to the effective functioning of the immune system is the presence of a broad repertoire of immune cells known as T cells, which develop in an organ known as the thymus. There is some evidence to suggest that T cells…

Study: Sleep gets better with age, not worse

09 Mar 2012 Defying expectations: Survey of 150,000 adults shows the fewest complaints come from people in their 80s DARIEN, IL – Aging does not appear to be a factor in poor sleep, a new survey of more than 150,000 Americans shows. In fact, subjective sleep quality seems to improve over a lifetime, with the…

Women who have high cholesterol but had high levels of serum taurine were 60 % less likely to develop or die from coronary heart disease

Nutrient found in dark meat of poultry, some seafood, may have cardiovascular benefits Serum taurine found to protect some from coronary heart disease NEW YORK, March 1, 2012 – A nutrient found in the dark meat of poultry may provide protection against coronary heart disease (CHD) in women with high cholesterol, according to a study…

Vitamin D shrinks fibroid tumors in rats

NIH-funded study suggests possible treatment for common condition 09 Mar 2012 Treatment with vitamin D reduced the size of uterine fibroids in laboratory rats predisposed to developing the benign tumors, reported researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health. Uterine fibroids are the most common noncancerous tumors in women of childbearing age. Fibroids grow within…

Cocoa may enhance skeletal muscle function

09 Mar 2012 Improvements seen in patients with heart failure and Type 2 diabetes in initial study A small clinical trial led by researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) found that patients with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes showed improved mitochondrial structure after three…

Younger children in the classroom likely overdiagnosed with ADHD

Immaturity may lead to diagnosis of disorder 09 Mar 2012 The youngest children in the classroom are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — and prescribed medication — than their peers in the same grade, according to a study just published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). ADHD, which is often…

Exercise changes your DNA

09 Mar 2012 You might think that the DNA you inherited is one thing that you absolutely can’t do anything about, but in one sense you’d be wrong. Researchers reporting in the March issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, have found that when healthy but inactive men and women exercise for a matter…

Wash your mouth out with silver

09 Mar 2012 Published in Letters in Applied Microbiology Yeasts which cause hard-to-treat mouth infections are killed using silver nanoparticles in the laboratory, scientists have found. These yeast infections, caused by Candida albicans and Candida glabrata target the young, old and immuno-compromised. Professor Mariana Henriques, University of Minho, and her colleagues hope to test silver…

That caffeine in your drink — is it really ‘natural?’

09 Mar 2012 That caffeine in your tea, energy drink or other beverage — is it really natural? Scientists are reporting successful use for the first time of a simpler and faster method for answering that question. Their report appears in the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal Analytical Chemistry. Maik A. Jochmann, Ph.D., and colleagues…

Strong scientific evidence that eating berries benefits the brain

09 MAR 2012 Strong scientific evidence exists that eating blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berry fruits has beneficial effects on the brain and may help prevent age-related memory loss and other changes, scientists report. Their new article on the value of eating berry fruits appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. In the…