Month: January 2015

Green Tea, Cancer and how it works

Green Tea, Cancer and how it works Brief Discussion: “EGCG is doing something to damage the mitochondria and that mitochondrial damage sets up a cycle causing more damage and it spirals out, until the cell undergoes programmed cell death,” said Lambert. “It looks like EGCG causes the formation of reactive oxygen species in cancer cells,…

Added fructose is a principal driver of type 2 diabetes

Public Release: 29-Jan-2015 Clinical experts reporting in Mayo Clinic Proceedings urge drastic reductions in the consumption of foods and beverages containing added sugars, particularly added fructose   Rochester, MN, January 29, 2015 – Recent studies have shown that added sugars, particularly those containing fructose, are a principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes, even more so…

Diet and nutrition essential for mental health

Public Release: 29-Jan-2015 University of Melbourne Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaboration led by the University of Melbourne and Deakin University has revealed. Published in The Lancet Psychiatry today, leading academics state that as with a range of medical…

Common pesticide may increase risk of ADHD

Public Release: 29-Jan-2015 Rutgers study suggests that pregnant women and young children are more susceptible Rutgers University A commonly used pesticide may alter the development of the brain’s dopamine system — responsible for emotional expression and cognitive function – and increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, according to a new Rutgers…

Probiotic helps treat diabetes in rats, could lead to human remedy

Public Release: 29-Jan-2015 Cornell University ITHACA, N.Y. – Science may be one step closer to treating diabetes with a human probiotic pill, according to new Cornell University research. In the study, published Jan. 27 in the journal Diabetes, the researchers engineered a strain of lactobacillus, a human probiotic common in the gut, to secrete a…

Does getting an ‘expensive’ drug affect how much patient benefits?

Public Release: 28-Jan-2015 American Academy of Neurology MINNEAPOLIS – People’s perceptions of the cost of a drug may affect how much they benefit from the drug, even when they are receiving only a placebo, according to a new study of people with Parkinson’s disease published in the January 28, 2015 online issue of Neurology®, the…

Flame retardants linked to preterm birth

Public Release: 28-Jan-2015 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch have determined that maternal exposure to high levels of flame-retardants may be a contributing factor in preterm births. The new UTMB study by Dr. Ramkumar Menon, assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, in collaboration…

Green tea ingredient may target protein to kill oral cancer cells

Public Release: 28-Jan-2015 Penn State A compound found in green tea may trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, according to Penn State food scientists. The research could lead to treatments for oral cancer, as well as other types of cancer. Earlier studies had shown that epigallocatechin-3-gallate — EGCG…

Obesity and diabetes symptoms in mice improved by reversing brain inflammation

Public Release: 28-Jan-2015 University of Otago Using an antioxidant to reverse inflammation in the brain caused by a high-fat diet greatly improves symptoms related to obesity and type II diabetes, a new study from New Zealand’s University of Otago suggests. The research, which appears in the leading international journal Diabetes, was led by Dr Alex…

Black Cohosh found effective in treating early menopausal symptoms

Chin Med. 2013 Nov 1;8(1):20. doi: 10.1186/1749-8546-8-20. Efficacy of black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa L.) in treating early symptoms of menopause: a randomized clinical trial. Mohammad-Alizadeh-Charandabi S, Shahnazi M, Nahaee J1, Bayatipayan S. Author information Abstract BACKGROUND: This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa L.) in treating early menopausal symptoms. METHODS:…

Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases 

Public Release: 28-Jan-2015 The health-promoting perks of wine have attracted the spotlight recently, leaving beer in the shadows. But scientists are discovering new ways in which the latter could be a more healthful beverage than once thought. They’re now reporting in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that a compound from hops could protect…

‘Healthy’ fat tissue could be key to reversing type 2 diabetes

Public Release: 27-Jan-2015 Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Preventing inflammation in obese fat tissue may hold the key to preventing or even reversing type 2 diabetes, new research has found. Researchers from Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, with colleagues from the RIKEN Institute, Japan, found they could ‘reverse’ type 2 diabetes in laboratory models…

Smokers experience an almost dementia-like condition in the early hours after quitting, as suggested by brain scans

Neuroscience researchers believe in quitting smoking gradually University of Copenhagen – The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Smoking is harmful in almost every respect. Cancer, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases are just a small part of a well-documented portfolio of serious consequences of smoking. Nicotine is what makes smoking addictive, but new Danish research…

Citrus scent inhibits liver cancer

Citrus scent inhibits liver cancer – They shed light upon the molecular mechanisms that resulted in cancer cells stop growing, following the application of (-)-citronellal, and they proved that the olfactory receptor OR1A2 is the crucial molecule for that purpose. In future, the olfactory receptor could serve as target for liver cancer diagnosis and therapy.…

UCI, fellow chemists find a way to unboil eggs

Public Release: 26-Jan-2015 Ability to quickly restore molecular proteins could slash biotechnology costs University of California – Irvine Irvine, Calif., Jan. 23, 2015 – UC Irvine and Australian chemists have figured out how to unboil egg whites – an innovation that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the…

Adverse cognitive effects of some medications may be permanent

Public Release: 26-Jan-2015 Are medications’ adverse cognitive effects reversible? INDIANAPOLIS — Whether the adverse cognitive effects of medications can be reversed is of significant importance to an aging population, their caregivers and their families, as well as to an overburdened health care system. In a commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine, Noll Campbell, Pharm.D., and Malaz…

In infants, pain from vaccinations shows up in brain activity

Public Release: 26-Jan-2015 EEG measure may aid efforts to make vaccinations less painful for babies, suggests study in PAIN January 26, 2015 – Infants show distinct, consistent patterns of brain activity in response to painful vaccinations, reports a study in the February issue of PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study…

Small study shows beetroot juice improves exercise function of COPD patients

Public Release: 23-Jan-2015 Wake Forest University researchers continue to explore nitrates (Winston-Salem, N.C., Jan. 23, 2015) A Wake Forest University study to investigate the effects of acute beetroot juice ingestion on the exercise capacity of COPD patients shows some promise, but a larger clinical trial is needed to verify results. The new research, published online…

Rubella vaccination used to induce behavioral problems in children

Psychoneuroendocrinology. 1998 May;23(4):337-51. Influence of socioeconomic status on behavioral, emotional and cognitive effects of rubella vaccination: a prospective, double blind study. – Effects of vaccination with live attenuated Rubella virus on psychological parameters measured in 12-year-old girls with low socioeconomic status before, and 10 weeks after, the vaccination. Compared to their own baseline and to…