Month: July 2014

Birth weight and breastfeeding have implications for children’s health decades later, study finds

Findings underscore importance of preventative approach, Brown School’s Metzger says July 30, 2014 Young adults who were breastfed for three months or more as babies have a significantly lower risk of chronic inflammation associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, according to research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Metzger“This study shows…

Pesticide DDT linked to slow metabolism, obesity and diabetes

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 30-Jul-2014 Metabolic syndrome connected to DDT exposure in womb Exposure of pregnant mice to the pesticide DDT is linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and related conditions in female offspring later in life, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis. The study, published online…

Common drugs adversely impair older adults ability to feed and dress oneself

Public Release: 31-Jul-2014 Common drugs adversely impair older adults’ physical as well as cognitive functioning INDIANAPOLIS — A class of medications previously linked to cognitive impairment in older adults also appears to negatively affect their physical functioning according to investigators from the Regenstrief Institute, the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, the University of East…

Drinking high-fructose corn syrup or sucrose sweetened beverages during adolescence impairs memory and inflames the hippocampus

7/29/2014, Seattle, WA. Research to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the foremost society for research into all aspects of eating and drinking behavior, finds that daily consumption of beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup or sucrose can impair the ability to learn and remember…

Quercetin alleviates high glucose-induced Schwann cell damage by autophagy

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 25-Jul-2014 It is believed that hyperglycemia leads to increased aldose reductase activity and polyol metabolism in Schwann cells, and the resultant abnormal metabolites cause the organelle’s damage and morphological changes such as swelling and vacuolation. Autophagy can remove the damaged organelles, but also provide the materials for cell survival under stressful conditions.…

Hidden vitamin in milk yields remarkable health benefits

” nicotinamide riboside (NR) — a cousin of niacin — prevent obesity in mice that are fed a fatty diet, and also increase muscle performance, improve energy expenditure and prevent diabetes development, all without side effects.” Weill Cornell researchers show tiny vitamin in milk, in high doses, makes mice leaner, faster and stronger NEW YORK (June…

Vitamin D with calcium shown to reduce mortality in elderly – 9% over 3 years

15 JUN 2012 Study shows vitamin D and calcium reduce mortality but not vitamin D alone A study recently published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM) suggests that vitamin D—when taken with calcium—can reduce the rate of mortality in seniors, therefore providing a possible means of increasing life expectancy. During…

BPA leads to behavioral changes for 4 generations ( with increased anxiety, aggression and cognitive impairments )

15 JUN 2012 Chevy Chase, MD—Exposure to low doses of Bisphenol A (BPA) during gestation had immediate and long-lasting, trans-generational effects on the brain and social behaviors in mice, according to a recent study accepted for publication in the journal Endocrinology, a publication of The Endocrine Society. BPA is a man-made chemical present in a…

Hazelnuts improve infant formula

01 Jun 2012 Athens, Ga. – Human breast milk is the best source of food for infants. University of Georgia researchers have found what may be a new second best-formula made from hazelnut oil. Casimir Akoh, a UGA distinguished research professor of food science and technology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, developed…

Folic acid may reduce some childhood cancers

01 JUN 2012 Folic acid fortification of foods may reduce the incidence of the most common type of kidney cancer and a type of brain tumors in children, finds a new study by Kimberly J. Johnson, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, and Amy Linabery, PhD, postdoctoral fellow…

Vigorous physical activity associated with reduced risk of psoriasis

01 JUN 2012 CHICAGO – A study of U.S. women suggests that vigorous physical activity may be associated with a reduced risk of psoriasis, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Dermatology, a JAMA Network publication. Psoriasis is an immunologic disorder characterized by systemic inflammation and scaling of the skin. Physical activity…

Maltodextrin may contribute to an increased susceptibility to Crohn’s disease

Environmental Risk Factors for Crohn’s Disease: Maltodextrin (MDX), a Ubiquitous Dietary Additive in Western Diets, Enhances Biofilm Formation and Adhesivness of E. coli (Abstract #Tu1844)   Western diets that include significant amounts of the additive maltodextrin, a filler compound added to the sweeteners Splenda and Equal, may contribute to an increased susceptibility to Crohn’s disease,…

Vitamin C improves pulmonary function in newborns of pregnant smoking women

ATS 2012, SAN FRANCISCO –Vitamin C supplementation in pregnant women who are unable to quit smoking significantly improves pulmonary function in their newborns, according to a new study. “Smoking during pregnancy is known to adversely affect the lung development of the developing baby,” said Cindy McEvoy, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health &…

Newly discovered breast milk antibodies help neutralize HIV

1 JUN 2012 DURHAM, N.C. – Antibodies that help to stop the HIV virus have been found in breast milk. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center isolated the antibodies from immune cells called B cells in the breast milk of infected mothers in Malawi, and showed that the B cells in breast milk can generate…

Phthalates in PVC floors taken up by the body in infants

01 Jun 2012 A new study at Karlstad University in Sweden shows that phthalates from PVC flooring materials is taken up by our bodies- The study shows that children can ingest these softening agents with food but also by breathing and through the skin A new study at Karlstad University in Sweden shows that phthalates…

Children exposed to the common pollutant naphthalene show signs of chromosomal damage ( mothballs )

01 Jun 2012 Naphthalene is best known as the key ingredient in mothballs According to a new study, children exposed to high levels of the common air pollutant naphthalene are at increased risk for chromosomal aberrations (CAs), which have been previously associated with cancer. These include chromosomal translocations, a potentially more harmful and long-lasting subtype…