Month: September 2015

New research exposes the health risks of fructose and sugary drinks

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015 as high as a 26 percent greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a 35 percent greater risk of heart attack or fatal heart disease, and a 16 percent increased risk of stroke Researchers call for more aggressive efforts to reduce consumption of products containing added sugar American College of Cardiology Washington,…

Chemical exposure linked to rising diabetes, obesity risk

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015   Endocrine Society releases scientific statement on endocrine-disrupting chemicals The Endocrine Society Washington, DC–Emerging evidence ties endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure to two of the biggest public health threats facing society – diabetes and obesity, according to the executive summary of an upcoming Scientific Statement issued today by the Endocrine Society. The statement’s release…

Study adds to evidence that viruses are alive

Public Release: 25-Sep-2015   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The diverse physical attributes, genome sizes and lifestyles of viruses make them difficult to classify. A new study uses protein folds as evidence that viruses are living entities that belong on their own branch of the tree of life. Credit: Julie McMahon CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A…

Research shows dried plums can reduce risk of colon cancer

Public Release: 25-Sep-2015 Texas A&M AgriLife Communications COLLEGE STATION — Researchers from Texas A&M University and the University of North Carolina have shown a diet containing dried plums can positively affect microbiota, also referred to as gut bacteria, throughout the colon, helping reduce the risk of colon cancer. The research was funded by the California…

How the ‘heat’ compound from chili peppers could help kill cancer cells

Ralph Turchiano

Discusses the recent discovery of how a component of chili peppers, capsaicin combats cancer. Abstract: Location, Partitioning Behavior, and Interaction of Capsaicin with Lipid Bilayer Membrane: Study Using Its Intrinsic Fluorescence The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2015, 119 (36), pp 12086–12093 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b05351 Publication Date (Web): August 24, 2015

Probiotic formula reverses cow’s milk allergies by changing gut bacteria of infants

Public Release: 22-Sep-2015   Infants who developed tolerance to cow’s milk allergy showed increase in bacterial strains associated with good health University of Chicago Medical Center IMAGE: UChicago graduate student Taylor Feehley (left) is with Cathryn Nagler, Ph.D. (right). Credit: Dan Harris, Argonne National Laboratory The gut bacteria of infants who developed tolerance to cow’s…

Osteoporosis drugs shown to increase hip fracture risk

“the use of oral bisphosphonates was not associated with a reduction in hip fractures in women of 65 but it was associated with a greater risk of atypical hip fractures (subtrochanteric or diaphyseal fractures). “This risk increases when the time exposed to bisphosphonates is increased. The longer the treatment time was, the greater the risk…

Exercise reduces suicide attempts by 23 percent among bullied teens

Public Release: 21-Sep-2015   Findings show importance of exercise for all teens as high schools cut physical education and sports programs University of Vermont IMAGE: Physical activity on four or more days per week can reduce sadness and suicidal thoughts and actions among bullied students, a new UVM study shows. Credit: (Photo: Joshua Brown, UVM)…

Beetroot juice improves sprinting and decision-making during exercise

Public Release: 18-Sep-2015 Rugby players take note: Drinking high nitrate beetroot juice improves both sprint performance and decision-making during prolonged intermittent exercise such as rugby and football University of Exeter Rugby players take note: drinking high nitrate beetroot juice improves both sprint performance and decision-making during prolonged intermittent exercise such as rugby and football, according…

β-glucan-enriched pasta boosts good gut bacteria, reduces bad cholesterol

Public Release: 18-Sep-2015 American Society for Microbiology Washington, DC – September 18, 2015 – People fed β-glucan-enriched pasta for two months showed increased populations of beneficial bacteria in their intestinal tracts, and reduced populations of non-beneficial bacteria. They also showed reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol. This work is part of a broad effort to identify potential…

Study 329 – Reanalysis of antidepressant trial finds popular drug ineffective & unsafe for adolescents

Public Release: 16-Sep-2015 Results contradict original findings and have important implications for research and practice BMJ The widely used antidepressant paroxetine is neither safe nor effective for adolescents with depression, concludes a reanalysis of an influential study originally published in 2001. The new results, published by The BMJ today, contradict the original research findings that…

Children on an antidepressant were 11 times more likely to harm themselves over a placebo. The criminal cover up of Study 329

Public Release: 16-Sep-2015 University of Adelaide A University of Adelaide led study has found that a psychiatric drug claimed to be a safe and effective treatment for depression in adolescents is actually ineffective and associated with serious side effects. Professor Jon Jureidini, from the University of Adelaide’s newly created Critical and Ethical Mental Health Research…

Research has found evidence that spending time in nature provides protections against a startling range of diseases, including depression, diabetes, obesity, ADHD, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and many more

Immune system may be pathway between nature and good health University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Public Release: 16-Sep-2015 URBANA, Ill. – Research has found evidence that spending time in nature provides protections against a startling range of diseases, including depression, diabetes, obesity, ADHD, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and many more. How…

UI Health validates cure for sickle cell in adults

  University of Illinois at Chicago Physicians at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System have cured 12 adult patients of sickle cell disease using a unique procedure for stem cell transplantation from healthy, tissue-matched siblings. The transplants were the first to be performed outside of the National Institutes of Health campus in…

Beet Juice increased muscle power by 13%

Ralph Turchiano

Beet Juice increased muscle power by 13% We review the trial ” Acute Dietary Nitrate Intake Improves Muscle Contractile Function in Patients with Heart Failure: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Randomized Trial ” “In the September issue of the journal Circulation: Heart Failure, the scientists reported data from nine patients with heart failure. Two hours after the…

Researchers explore cocoa as novel dietary source for prevention of cognitive deterioration in AD

  IOS Press Amsterdam, NL, September 9, 2015 – The potential benefits of dietary cocoa extract and/or its final product in the form of chocolate have been extensively investigated in regard to several aspects of human health. Cocoa extracts contain polyphenols, which are micronutrients that have many health benefits, including reducing age-related cognitive dysfunction and…

Cohort study explores association between SSRI use and violent crime

Public Release: 15-Sep-2015 PLOS Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) use is modestly associated with violent crime, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine. The cohort study, by Seena Fazel from the University of Oxford, and colleagues, showed in subgroup analysis that this association was evident in participants aged 15-24, but not significant…

Analysis of 21 studies shows exposure to pesticides is associated with 61% increased risk of developing diabetes

Public Release: 15-Sep-2015 Analysis of 21 studies shows exposure to pesticides is associated with increased risk of developing diabetes Diabetologia A meta-analysis of 21 studies presented at this year’s annual meeting the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) shows that exposure to pesticides is associated with increased risk of developing diabetes by 61%,…

Virus in cattle linked to human breast cancer

Public Release: 15-Sep-2015 University of California – Berkeley BERKELEY — A new study by University of California, Berkeley, researchers establishes for the first time a link between infection with the bovine leukemia virus and human breast cancer. In the study, published this month in the journal PLOS ONE and available online, researchers analyzed breast tissue…