Month: August 2015

Chipotle lawsuit contests GMO-free claim

  California woman claims chain has made false and misleading statements Aug 31, 2015 Lisa Jennings A California woman filed a lawsuit last week charging Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. with making false and misleading claims by saying its menu is free of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. In a complaint filed Aug. 28 in the…

Multiple System Atrophy ( Prion ) may be contagious, resembles Parkinson’s Disease– A danger to Clinicians

Public Release: 31-Aug-2015   New type of prion may cause, transmit neurodegeneration Multiple System Atrophy is described as first new human prion disease identified in 50 years University of California – San Francisco Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a neurodegenerative disorder with similarities to Parkinson’s disease, is caused by a newly discovered type of prion, akin…

With no treatment for low risk prostate cancer, men are 24 times more likely to die of other causes, 20% of those treated suffer from complications

Public Release: 31-Aug-2015   Study: Some with low-risk prostate cancer not likely to succumb to the disease Data on long-term outcomes of 1,298 men point to value of surveillance versus surgery or radiation for some, say Johns Hopkins researchers Johns Hopkins Medicine Men with relatively unaggressive prostate tumors and whose disease is carefully monitored by…

Polio Vaccine caused virus mutation, created long term human spreaders

“ All iVDPV strains had mutations that reversed the attenuating features of the vaccine strain, and over time they also acquired a range of other mutations, many affecting the antigenic structure of the virus. All tested iVDPV samples were able to cause paralysis in transgenic mice that had a human poliovirus receptor.”   Public Release:…

Antibiotic use linked to type 2 diabetes diagnosis

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015 Antibiotics may contribute to or serve as early signal of developing condition The Endocrine Society Washington, DC–People who developed Type 2 diabetes tended to take more antibiotics in the years leading up to the diagnosis than people who did not have the condition, according to a new study published in the Endocrine…

Fish oil-diet benefits may be mediated by gut microbes

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015 “While the consumption of lard promoted the growth of bacteria called Bilophila, which have been linked to gut inflammation, the fish oil diet increased the abundance of bacteria called Akkermansia muciniphila, known to reduce weight gain and improve glucose metabolism in mice. “ Cell Press   Caption Caesar et al. reveal how…

UEA research shows high protein foods boost cardiovascular health

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015 University of East Anglia Eating foods rich in amino acids could be as good for your heart as stopping smoking or getting more exercise – according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). A new study published today reveals that people who eat high levels of certain amino acids…

How the mind sharpens the senses

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015 Zen meditation improves sense of touch Ruhr-University Bochum A study conducted with experienced scholars of Zen-Meditation shows that mental focussing can induce learning mechanisms, similar to physical training. Researchers at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University München discovered this phenomenon during a scientifically monitored meditation retreat. The journal Scientific Reports, from the…

HIV particles do not cause AIDS, our own immune cells do

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015 The virus turns host immune cells into suicide machines, using them to spread the virus and cause the progression from HIV to AIDS Gladstone Institutes Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes have revealed that HIV does not cause AIDS by the virus’s direct effect on the host’s immune cells, but rather through the…

When to Drink Water to Lose Weight (Study)

Ralph Turchiano

A bottle of water before each meal could help in weight reduction, researchers say Researchers from the University of Birmingham have shown that drinking 500ml of water at half an hour before eating main meals may help obese adults to lose weight. 500ml = 16.9 oz…. Obese adult participants were recruited from general practices and…

A bottle of water before each meal could help in weight reduction, researchers say

Public Release: 26-Aug-2015 University of Birmingham Researchers from the University of Birmingham have shown that drinking 500ml of water at half an hour before eating main meals may help obese adults to lose weight. They believe that the simple intervention could be hugely beneficial, and be easily promoted by healthcare professionals and through public health…

Research demonstrates millions of plastic particles exist in cosmetic products

Public Release: 26-Aug-2015 University of Plymouth IMAGE: This image captured by an electron microscope shows polyethylene microbeads widely used in shower gel. Credit: Thompson/Bakir/Plymouth University Everyday cosmetic and cleaning products contain huge quantities of plastic particles, which are released to the environment and could be harmful to marine life, according to a new study. Research…

Low-level arsenic exposure before birth associated with early puberty and obesity

Public Release: 26-Aug-2015 NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Caption Mice exposed to low-level arsenic in utero become obese adults. The control mouse, left, was not exposed to arsenic during embryonic development and is a normal weight. In comparison, mice exposed to arsenic at 10 parts per billion, center, and 42 parts per million, right,…

Colorful potatoes may pack powerful cancer prevention punch

Public Release: 26-Aug-2015 Penn State Compounds found in purple potatoes may help kill colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of the cancer, according to a team of researchers. Baked purple-fleshed potatoes suppressed the growth of colon cancer tumors in petri dishes and in mice by targeting the cancer’s stem cells. Colon cancer is…

Lemon juice and human norovirus

Public Release: 25-Aug-2015 German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) Noroviruses are the predominant cause of gastroenteritis outbreaks in community settings such as hospitals, cruise ships, and schools. The virus is extremely contagious and is mostly transmitted via “fecal-oral-route”, i.e., through contaminated hands or contaminated food. Symptoms include violent and sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting,…

Flu vaccine prevents .002 hospitalizations per 1000 elderly vaccinated on average

Public Release: 24-Aug-2015 Study backs flu vaccinations for elderly Brown University PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A new study of the records of millions of nursing home residents affirms the value of influenza vaccination among the elderly. The Brown University analysis found that between 2000 and 2009, the better matched the vaccine was for the…

Men, people over 65 sleep better when they have access to nature

Public Release: 24-Aug-2015 University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences URBANA, Ill. – Men and persons age 65 and older who have access to natural surroundings, whether it’s the green space of a nearby park or a sandy beach and an ocean view, report sleeping better, according to a new University of…

Chestnut leaves yield extract that disarms deadly staph bacteria

Public Release: 21-Aug-2015 The extract shuts down staph without boosting its drug resistance Emory Health Sciences IMAGE: Emory University’s Cassandra Quave researches the interactions of people and plants — a specialty known as ethnobotany. Credit: Photo by Marco Caputo Leaves of the European chestnut tree contain ingredients with the power to disarm dangerous staph bacteria…