Month: October 2014

BPA exposure by infants may increase later risk of food intolerance

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 30-Oct-2014 New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that exposure to Bisphenol A at a dose significantly below the current FDA Tolerable Daily Intake predisposes offspring to food intolerance at adulthood If it seems like more people are allergic to, or intolerant of, more and different kinds of foods than ever before,…

Low-carb, high-fat diets may reduce seizures in tough-to-treat epilepsy

MINNEAPOLIS – Diets high in fat and low in carbohydrates, such as the ketogenic or modified Atkins diet, may reduce seizures in adults with tough-to-treat epilepsy, according to a review of the research published in the October 29, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Epilepsy is a…

Why scratching makes you itch more

Turns out your mom was right: Scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research from scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, which intensifies the itch sensation. The findings, in mice, are reported online in the journal Neuron. The same vicious cycle…

HPV infections in women eradicated by AHCC, Japanese mushroom extract

Results of human pilot study presented at SIO meeting in Houston (October 29, 2014, Beaverton, OR) New research presented at the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) 11th International Conference in Houston, TX showed for the first time that it is possible to eliminate HPV infection in women using a readily available nutritional supplement, AHCC. The…

Tea and citrus fruits and juices are associated with a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer by 31%

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 Tea and citrus fruits and juices are associated with a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Research published today reveals that women who consume foods containing flavonols and flavanones (both subclasses of dietary flavonoids) significantly decrease their risk of developing…

UTHealth research shows mushroom extract, AHCC, helpful in treating HPV

HOUSTON – (Oct. 28, 2014) – A Japanese mushroom extract appears to be effective for the eradication of human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a pilot clinical trial at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School. The results were presented at the 11th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology…

New prostate cancer screening guideline recommends not using PSA test

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 27-Oct-2014 Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care releases updated guideline A new Canadian guideline recommends that the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test should not be used to screen for prostate cancer based on evidence that shows an increased risk of harm and uncertain benefits. The guideline is published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical…

Dietary cocoa flavanols reverse age-related memory decline

Dietary flavanols reverse age-related memory decline Findings strengthen link between specific brain region and normal memory decline NEW YORK, NY (October 26, 2014)—Dietary cocoa flavanols—naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa—reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a study led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) scientists. The study, published today in the…

Compound in grapes, red wine could be key to fighting prostate cancer

19 NOV 2012 MU researcher finds that prostate tumor cells are more susceptible to treatment after being exposed to resveratrol, a compound found in grape skins and red wine COLUMBIA, Mo. — Resveratrol, a compound found commonly in grape skins and red wine, has been shown to have several beneficial effects on human health, including…

To boost self-control, gargle sugar water

19 NOV 2012 Sugar boosts self-control, UGA study says Athens, Ga. – To boost self-control, gargle sugar water. According to a study co-authored by University of Georgia professor of psychology Leonard Martin published Oct. 22 in Psychological Science, a mouth rinse with glucose improves self-control. His study looked at 51 students who performed two tasks…

Vitamin D prevents clogged arteries in diabetics

November 13, 2012 By Jim Dryden People with diabetes often develop clogged arteries that cause heart disease, and new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that low vitamin D levels are to blame. In a study published Nov. 9 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the researchers report that blood…

Ancient foot massage technique may ease cancer symptoms

19 NOV 2012   EAST LANSING, Mich. — A study led by a Michigan State University researcher offers the strongest evidence yet that reflexology – a type of specialized foot massage practiced since the age of pharaohs – can help cancer patients manage their symptoms and perform daily tasks. Funded by the National Cancer Institute…

BPA shown to disrupt thyroid function in pregnant animals and offspring

19 NOV 2012 New study uses animal model similar to humans and shows BPA can affect thyroid function Chevy Chase, MD –– In utero exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) can be associated with decreased thyroid function in newborn sheep, according to a recent study accepted for publication in Endocrinology, a journal of The Endocrine Society.…

Give pregnant women vitamin D supplements to ward off MS, say researchers

19 NOV 2012 Risk of MS highest in April and lowest in October, large analysis shows The risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) is highest in the month of April, and lowest in October, indicates an analysis of the available evidence, published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. The findings, which include…

Triclosan in cosmetics and personal care products can increase allergy risk

19 Nov 2012 Triclosan – an antibacterial chemical found in toothpaste and other products – can contribute to an increased risk of allergy development in children. This comes from the Norwegian Environment and Childhood Asthma Study, in which the Norwegian Institute of Public Health is involved. Similar results are reported in the USA. Triclosan has…