Month: September 2014

Vitamin B3 may offer new tool in fight against ‘superbugs’

“high doses of this vitamin increased by 1,000 times the ability of immune cells to kill staph bacteria”   07 SEP 2012 CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study suggests that nicotinamide, more commonly known as vitamin B3, may be able to combat some of the antibiotic-resistance staph infections that are increasingly common around the world,…

How a virus might make you diabetic later in life

07 SEP 2012 Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the viruses that most infected people carry without ill effects. Once infected you are infected for life and, although it normally is dormant, it can become active again at any point in time. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Immunity and Ageing shows that…

Adolescent pot use leaves lasting mental deficits

7 SEP 2012 DURHAM, N.C. — The persistent, dependent use of marijuana before age 18 has been shown to cause lasting harm to a person’s intelligence, attention and memory, according to an international research team. Among a long-range study cohort of more than 1,000 New Zealanders, individuals who started using cannabis in adolescence and used…

Nutrition tied to improved sperm DNA quality in older men

Berkeley Lab study links healthy micronutrient intake with reduced DNA fragmentation A new study led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) found that a healthy intake of micronutrients is strongly associated with improved sperm DNA quality in older men. In younger men, however, a higher intake of…

Breast milk promotes a different gut flora growth than infant formulas

07 SEP 2012 DURHAM, N.C. – The benefits of breast milk have long been appreciated, but now scientists at Duke University Medical Center have described a unique property that makes mother’s milk better than infant formula in protecting infants from infections and illnesses. The finding, published in the August issue of the journal Current Nutrition…

Why some fats are worse than others?

7 SEP 2012 All dietary fats are not created equal. Some types of fats have been linked to ailments like heart disease and diabetes, while others, like those often found in plants and fish, have well documented health benefits. So why do our bodies respond so destructively to some fats but not others? A new…

More than 40 plant-based compounds can turn on genes that slow the spread of cancer

07 SEP 0212 WSU researcher documents links between nutrients, genes and cancer spread More than 40 compounds turn on genes slowing metastasis PULLMAN, Wash.—More than 40 plant-based compounds can turn on genes that slow the spread of cancer, according to a first-of-its-kind study by a Washington State University researcher. Gary Meadows, WSU professor and associate…

Antibiotic residues in sausage meat may promote pathogen survival

07 SEP 2012 Antibiotic residues in uncured pepperoni or salami meat are potent enough to weaken helpful bacteria that processors add to acidify the sausage to make it safe for consumption, according to a study to be published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, on August 28. Sausage manufacturers…

Chocolate: A sweet method for stroke prevention in men?

07 SEP 2012 MINNEAPOLIS – Eating a moderate amount of chocolate each week may be associated with a lower risk of stroke in men, according to a new study published in the August 29, 2012, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “While other studies have looked at how…

Bacterial cause found for skin condition rosacea

7 SEP 2012 Scientists are closer to establishing a definitive bacterial cause for the skin condition rosacea. This will allow more targeted, effective treatments to be developed for sufferers, according to a review published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology. Rosacea is a common dermatological condition that causes reddening and inflammation of the skin mostly…

WSU researchers discover mechanism leading from trichomoniasis to prostate cancer

07 SEP 2012 Finding could lead to better diagnosis and treatment PULLMAN, Wash.—Researchers have identified a way in which men can develop prostate cancer after contracting trichomoniasis, a curable but often overlooked sexually transmitted disease. Previous studies have teased out a casual, epidemiological correlation between the two diseases, but this latest study suggests a more…

Lyme retreatment guidance may be flawed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Most doctors treat Lyme disease with antibiotics for two to four weeks after diagnosis, but if symptoms persist after that, medical guidelines recommend against antibiotic retreatment. That recommendation may not be warranted. A newly published statistical review of the four studies upon which those guidelines are based reports flaws in…

Chemical exposure in the womb from household items may contribute to obesity

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | Aug. 30, 2012 Pregnant women who are highly exposed to common environmental chemicals – polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) – have babies that are smaller at birth and larger at 20 months of age, according to a study from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health published online in the August 30…

Asthma symptoms could be aggravated by imbalance problems

Vienna, Austria: Asthma patients could be at a higher risk of worsening symptoms due to problems with their balance, according to new research. The study will be presented today (2 September 2012) at the European Respiratory Society’s Annual Congress in Vienna. Researchers aimed to assess the link between asthma, anxiety and balance. Anxiety and imbalance…

Coconut oil could combat tooth decay

07 SEP 2012 Digested coconut oil is able to attack the bacteria that cause tooth decay. It is a natural antibiotic that could be incorporated into commercial dental care products, say scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology’s Autumn Conference at the University of Warwick. The team from the Athlone Institute of…

Heavy drinking rewires brain, increasing susceptibility to anxiety problems

7 SEP 2012 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Doctors have long recognized a link between alcoholism and anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those who drink heavily are at increased risk for traumatic events like car accidents and domestic violence, but that only partially explains the connection. New research using mice reveals heavy alcohol…