Month: August 2014

Poisoning from industrial compounds can cause similar effects to ALS

– they are used as solvents and intermediates in the synthesis of plastics, synthetic fibers, resins and pharmaceutical products – The consumption by humans or animals of certain nitriles can cause symptoms similar to cyanide poisoning 27 JUL 2012 Researchers from the IDIBELL at the University of Barcelona (UB) have coordinated a research into how the…

UVC Light Kills Wound Bacteria

27 JUL 2012 Ultraviolet (UVC) light can eradicate wound-infecting bacteria on mice increasing both survival and healing rates, according to a paper in the July 2012 issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. The light did not damage the animals’ skin or delay wound healing, says principal investigator Michael R. Hamblin, of the Massachusetts General Hospital,…

Copper Surfaces Could Reduce Hospital Acquired Infections

27 JUL 2012 – Hospital-acquired infections kill around 100,000 people annually in the United States – adds an additional 19 days of hospitalization and $43,000 in costs –  5%t of patients admitted to US hospitals get sick from the hospital Research from the Medical University of South Carolina suggests that adding copper to hospital surfaces which are commonly touched…

Stanford chemists synthesize compound that flushes out latent HIV

27 JUL 2012 A new collection of compounds, called “bryologs” – derived from a tiny marine organism – activate hidden reservoirs of the virus that currently make the disease nearly impossible to eradicate. By Max McClure Thanks to antiretrovirals, an AIDS diagnosis hasn’t been a death sentence for nearly two decades. But highly active antiretroviral…

Botanical compound could prove crucial to healing influenza

27 JUL 2012 Virginia Tech researchers have discovered that abscisic acid has anti-inflammatory effects in the lungs as well as in the gut Building on previous work with the botanical abscisic acida, researchers in the Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory (NIMML) have discovered that abscisic acid has anti-inflammatory effects in the lungs as well…

Highly educated parents more likely not to vaccinate their children

Expression of privilege in vaccine refusal CU Denver researcher finds income, education disparity in reasons for not vaccinating DENVER (August 27, 2014) – Not all students returning to school this month will be up to date on their vaccinations. A new study conducted by Jennifer Reich, a researcher at the University of Colorado Denver, shows…

Lifetime of fitness: A fountain of youth for bone and joint health?

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 27-Aug-2014 Ongoing, comprehensive fitness and nutrition regimens may prevent bone and muscle deterioration, injury and disease ROSEMONT, Ill.—Being physically active may significantly improve musculoskeletal and overall health, and minimize or delay the effects of aging, according to a review of the latest research on senior athletes (ages 65 and up) appearing in…

Serotonin not found to be a major player in depression

New study throws into question long-held belief about depression PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 27-Aug-2014 “serotonin is not a major player in the condition, and different factors must be involved” New evidence puts into doubt the long-standing belief that a deficiency in serotonin — a chemical messenger in the brain — plays a central role in depression.…

Fighting prostate cancer with a tomato-rich diet

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 27-Aug-2014 Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests. With 35,000 new cases every year in the UK, and around 10,000 deaths, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Rates are higher…

Junk food makes rats lose appetite for balanced diet

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 27-Aug-2014 A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, but also reduces their appetite for novel foods, a preference that normally drives them to seek a balanced diet, reports a study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology. The study helps to explain how excessive consumption of junk food…

Xenon exposure shown to erase traumatic memories

  Potential new treatment for people with PTSD Belmont, MA — McLean Hospital researchers are reporting that xenon gas, used in humans for anesthesia and diagnostic imaging, has the potential to be a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other memory-related disorders. “In our study, we found that xenon gas has the capability of…

PSU study finds ‘caffeinated’ coastal waters

27 JUL 2012 Possible sources include sewer overflows, septic tanks A new study finds elevated levels of caffeine at several sites in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Oregon—though not necessarily where researchers expected. This study is the first to look at caffeine pollution off the Oregon coast. It was developed and conducted by…

HPV improves survival for African-Americans with throat cancer

29 JUL 2012 DETROIT – Even though the human papillomavirus (HPV) is a risk factor for certain head and neck cancers, its presence could make all the difference in terms of survival, especially for African Americans with throat cancer, say Henry Ford Hospital researchers. According to their new study, HPV has a substantial impact on…

Beneficial bacteria may help ward off infection

  July 19, 2012 While many bacteria exist as aggressive pathogens, causing diseases ranging from tuberculosis and cholera, to plague, diphtheria and toxic shock syndrome, others play a less malevolent role and some are critical for human health. In a new study, Cheryl Nickerson and her group at ASU’s Biodesign Institute, in collaboration with an…

High dietary antioxidant intake might cut pancreatic cancer risk

” those whose vitamins C, E, and selenium intake was in the top 25% of consumption were 67% less likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who were in the bottom 25%” If link proves causal, 1 in 12 of these cancers might be prevented, say researchers Increasing dietary intake of the antioxidant vitamins C,…

Exposure to Toxins Makes Great Granddaughters More Susceptible to Stress

Vinclozolin is a fungicide commonly used by farmers to treat fruits and vegetables Monday, August 25, 2014 Pyramid of sleeping rat pups. Photo: Andrea Gore. Scientists have known that toxic effects of substances known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), found in both natural and human-made materials, can pass from one generation to the next, but…

Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies identified

Public Release: 25-Aug-2014 Common gut bacteria prevent sensitization to allergens in a mouse model for peanut allergy, paving the way for probiotic therapies to treat food allergies The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. By inducing immune responses that prevent food allergens…