Month: April 2015

Chili peppers may prevent liver damage and progression ( Video )

Capsaicin shown to inhibit progression of liver injury and demonstrates anti-fibrotic potential European Association for the Study of the Liver 23 April 2015, Austria, Vienna Daily consumption of capsaicin, the active compound of chilli peppers, was found to have beneficial effects on liver damage.In the study, capsaicin was found to reduce the activation of hepatic…

Study questions quality of US health data

Public Release: 30-Apr-2015 Johns Hopkins Medicine A new study by Johns Hopkins researchers concludes that most U.S. clinical registries that collect data on patient outcomes are substandard and lack critical features necessary to render the information they collect useful for patients, physicians and policy makers. Findings of the study, published ahead of print April 24…

Viruses: You’ve heard the bad — here’s the good

Public Release: 30-Apr-2015 American Society for Microbiology “The word, virus, connotes morbidity and mortality, but that bad reputation is not universally deserved,” said Marilyn Roossinck, PhD, Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and Biology at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park. “Viruses, like bacteria, can be important beneficial microbes in human health and in…

FDA overwhelmingly approves a cancer vaccine that does not work

Amgen wins FDA panel nod for T-Vec in melanoma – Wednesday’s vote came just two days after FDA staff reviewers recommended against accelerated approval for the candidate, citing concerns with the trial method and outcomes, specifically the possibility for investigator bias. – The former jab failed to reach endpoints for non-small cell lung cancer and…

Study links quitting smoking with deterioration in diabetes control

Public Release: 29-Apr-2015 Coventry University Sufferers of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) who quit smoking are likely to see a temporary deterioration in their glycaemic control which could last up to three years, according to new research published today in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. The research team, led by Dr Deborah Lycett of Coventry…

Humans with genetically long telomeres have an increased risk of dying from cancer – which is the exact opposite of what the researchers expected

Public Release: 29-Apr-2015 Danish discovery may change cancer treatment University of Copenhagen – The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Danish researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Herlev Hospital have made a discovery that may change the principles for treating certain types of cancer. The discovery relates to the so-called telomeres that constitute the…

The key to reducing pain in surgery may already be in your hand

Public Release: 29-Apr-2015 Cornell University ITHACA, N.Y. – Imagine a hand-held electronic device – accessible, portable and nearly universal – that could reduce pain and discomfort for patients, and allow doctors the freedom to use less powerful and potentially risky medications to complement anesthesia. Now reach in your pocket, because chances are you already own…

Prevent type 2 diabetes blood-sugar spikes by eating more protein for breakfast

Public Release: 29-Apr-2015 University of Missouri-Columbia COLUMBIA, Mo. — Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes have difficulty regulating their glucose — or blood sugar — levels, particularly after meals. Now, University of Missouri researchers have found that Type 2 diabetics can eat more protein at breakfast to help reduce glucose spikes at both breakfast and lunch.…

Organic farming can reverse the agriculture ecosystem from a carbon source to a carbon sink

Public Release: 29-Apr-2015 Science China Press IMAGE: This image shows processes of greenhouse gases emission and sequestration in the studied agro-ecosystem. Credit: ©Science China Press Approximately 35% of global greenhouse gases (GHGs) come from agriculture. Some argues that human can reverse global worming by sequestering several hundred billion tons of excess CO2 through regenerative, organic…

Vaccines with Aluminum shown to cause unexpected side effects

Vaccines with  Aluminum shown to cause unexpected side effects**Aluminum in Vaccines, a Bad Mix from FEB 2015**– A study of whooping cough vaccinations in Gothenburg a few years ago showed that almost one per cent of the children developed pruritic nodules in the area of the vaccination. Three out of four of the children who…

History of breastfeeding associated with reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence

Public Release: 28-Apr-2015 Study finds tumor type may also influence outcomes Kaiser Permanente Women diagnosed with breast cancer who previously breastfed their babies had a 30 percent overall decreased risk of the disease recurring, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. In addition, researchers found that…

Polygamy increases risk of heart disease by more than 4-fold

Public Release: 28-Apr-2015 Risk and severity of heart disease increases with the number of wives European Society of Cardiology APSC 2015 is being held in Abu Dhabi from 29 April to 2 May in conjunction with the XX World Congress of Echocardiography and Allied Techniques 2015 and the 6th Annual Emirates Cardiac Society Congress 2015.…

76% of immune thrombocytopenia purpura cases in children aged 12 to 23 months were attributable to measles-mumps-rubella vaccination.

Pediatrics. 2008 Mar;121(3):e687-92. doi: 10.1542/peds.2007-1578. This vaccine causes 1 case of immune thrombocytopenia purpura per every 40,000 doses. Risk of immune thrombocytopenic purpura after measles-mumps-rubella immunization in children. France EK1, Glanz J, Xu S, Hambidge S, Yamasaki K, Black SB, Marcy M, Mullooly JP, Jackson LA, Nordin J, Belongia EA, Hohman K, Chen RT, Davis…

Neurons constantly rewrite their DNA

Public Release: 27-Apr-2015 DNA regulatory tags must be cut out and replaced to allow neurons to function Johns Hopkins Medicine These are images of mouse neurons from the hippocampal region of the brain. Levels of the surface receptor GluR1, orange, are shown in unmodified neurons, left, and in those with increased levels of Tet3, right.…

Oil or fat?

Public Release: 27-Apr-2015 Saturated fatty acids might directly damage heart Olive oil is universally considered a much healthier alternative to meat fat. Plant-derived oils (such as olive oil, canola oil, and vegetable oil) largely consist of unsaturated fatty acids, whereas animal fat is richer in the saturated ones. After a typical meal, carbohydrates are the…