Month: December 2014

Folic acid deficiency can affect the health of great, great grandchildren

05 OCT 2013 Deficiencies associated with spina bifida, heart defects and placental abnormalities Folic acid deficiency can cause severe health problems in offspring, including spina bifida, heart defects and placental abnormalities. A study out today reveals that a mutation in a gene necessary for the metabolism of folic acid not only impacts the immediate offspring…

Mouse studies reveal promising vitamin D-based treatment for MS

05 OCT 2013 MADISON — A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) is a hard lot. Patients typically get the diagnosis around age 30 after experiencing a series of neurological problems such as blurry vision, wobbly gait or a numb foot. From there, this neurodegenerative disease follows an unforgiving course. Many people with MS start using…

Organized screening for prostate cancer does more harm than good

05 OCT 2013 Prostate cancer screening using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is widely used in France despite a lack of evidence showing that it reduces cancer deaths. Now, researchers have shown that men experience more harm than good from routine PSA screening, according to research to be presented on Monday by Professor Mathieu Boniol,…

Niacin, the fountain of youth

  The vitamin niacin has a life-prolonging effect, as Michael Ristow has demonstrated in roundworms. From his study, the ETH-Zurich professor also concludes that so-called reactive oxygen species are healthy, not only disagreeing with the general consensus, but also many of his peers. Who would not want to live a long and healthy life? A…

Component of citrus fruits found to block the formation of kidney cysts

05 OCT 2013 A new study published today in British Journal of Pharmacology has identified that a component of grapefruit and other citrus fruits, naringenin, successfully blocks the formation of kidney cysts. Known as polycystic kidney disease, this is an inherited disorder which leads to the loss of kidney function, high blood pressure and the…

Amino acid with promising anti-diabetic effects

13 SEP 2013 New experiments conducted by researchers from the University of Copenhagen show that the amino acid arginine – found in a wide variety of foods such as salmon, eggs and nuts – greatly improves the body’s ability to metabolise glucose. Arginine stimulates a hormone linked to the treatment of type 2 diabetes, and…

New study discovers copper destroys highly infectious norovirus

  10 September 2013 Scientists from the University of Southampton have discovered that copper and copper alloys rapidly destroy norovirus – the highly-infectious sickness bug. Worldwide, norovirus is responsible for more than 267 million cases of acute gastroenteritis every year. In the UK, norovirus costs the National Health Service at least £100 million per year,…

Codeine could increase users’ sensitivity to pain

21 SEP 2013 Using large and frequent doses of the pain-killer codeine may actually produce heightened sensitivity to pain, without the same level of relief offered by morphine, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. Researchers in the Discipline of Pharmacology have conducted what is believed to be the world’s first experimental study…

Research treats Candida albicans with nontoxic Gymnema slyvestre

Research treats the fungus among us with nontoxic medicinal compound Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 MANHATTAN — A Kansas State University microbiologist has found a breakthrough herbal medicine treatment for a common human fungal pathogen that lives in almost 80 percent of people. Govindsamy Vediyappan, assistant professor of biology, noticed that diabetic people in developing countries…

Diets Low in Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids May Be a Problem for Youngsters

  Columbus, OH – 9/13/2013 In the first study to closely examine the polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) intake among U.S. children under the age of 5, Sarah Keim, PhD, principal investigator in the Center for Biobehavioral Health at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has found what might be a troubling deficit in the…

Obese stomachs tell us diets are doomed to fail

21 SEP 2013 The way the stomach detects and tells our brains how full we are becomes damaged in obese people but does not return to normal once they lose weight, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. Researchers believe this could be a key reason why most people who lose weight on…

Red grapes, blueberries may enhance immune function

21 SEP 2013 CORVALLIS, Ore. – In an analysis of 446 compounds for their the ability to boost the innate immune system in humans, researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University discovered just two that stood out from the crowd – the resveratrol found in red grapes and a compound called pterostilbene…

Can vitamin B supplements help stave off stroke?

21 SEP 2013 MINNEAPOLIS – New evidence suggests that taking vitamin B supplements may help reduce the risk of stroke. The research appears in the September 18, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Previous studies have conflicting findings regarding the use of vitamin B supplements and stroke…

Broccoli could be key in the fight against osteoarthritis

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 A compound found in broccoli could be key to preventing or slowing the progress of the most common form of arthritis, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia. Results from the laboratory study show that sulforaphane slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with painful…