Month: November 2015

Appendix discovered to be vital to the immune system

Public Release: 30-Nov-2015 Immune cells make appendix ‘silent hero’ of digestive health New research shows a network of immune cells helps the appendix to play a pivotal role in maintaining the health of the digestive system, supporting the theory that the appendix isn’t a vestigial — or redundant — organ. Walter and Eliza Hall Institute…

Safe form of estrogen ( Estriol ) helped multiple sclerosis patients avoid relapses in UCLA led clinical trial

Public Release: 30-Nov-2015   University of California – Los Angeles Health Sciences Taking the pregnancy hormone estriol along with their conventional medications helped patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) avoid relapses, according to results of a Phase II randomized, placebo-controlled study led by UCLA researchers. The study, published online in Lancet Neurology, was truly translational.…

Exercise can enhance the development of new brain cells in the adult brain

Public Release: 25-Nov-2015 Can physical exercise enhance long-term memory? New study in mice in the inaugural issue of Brain Plasticity reports that new brain cell formation is enhanced by running IOS Press Amsterdam, NL, November 25, 2015 – Exercise can enhance the development of new brain cells in the adult brain, a process called adult…

Creatine For Major Depression

We review the research from three South Korean universities and the University of Utah on how creatine may be a major tool for Women battling stubborn major depression. To Quote: ” women with major depressive disorder (MDD) who augmented their daily antidepressant with 5 grams of creatine responded twice as fast and experienced remission of…

Gut microbes signal to the brain when they’re full

Public Release: 24-Nov-2015   Cell Press Don’t have room for dessert? The bacteria in your gut may be telling you something. Twenty minutes after a meal, gut microbes produce proteins that can suppress food intake in animals, reports a study published November 24 in Cell Metabolism. The researchers also show how these proteins injected into…

Cooking with chloraminated water and salt could create toxic molecules

Public Release: 24-Nov-2015   Researchers identify several new molecules, and suggest ways to avoid their formation Elsevier IMAGE: Iodinated disinfection byproducts in cooking with chlor(am)innate tap water and iodized table salt. view more Credit: Water Research: Elsevier Amsterdam, November 24, 2015 – Cooking with chloraminated water could put potentially harmful toxins in your food, according…

Up to 90 percent of drinking water contaminants in ultrasonic humidifier aerosols are inhalable

Public Release: 24-Nov-2015   Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News New Rochelle, NY, November 24, 2015–A new study of five drinking water samples of different quality shows that ultrasonic humidifiers aerosolize and emit dissolved contaminants that can be inhaled, including minerals and metals. For an ultrasonic humidifier, 90% of the aerosols formed are in the…

Pigeons as good as doctors in categorizing digitized slides and mammograms of benign and malignant human breast tissue ?

Public Release: 18-Nov-2015 One very brainy bird Study finds pigeons uncommonly good at distinguishing cancerous from normal breast tissue University of Iowa If pigeons went to medical school and specialized in pathology or radiology, they’d be pretty good at distinguishing digitized microscope slides and mammograms of normal from cancerous breast tissue, according to a new…

Plant and food-based compounds may be key to future cancer prevention

Public Release: 18-Nov-2015   Dr. Nagi Kumar participates in international task force developing broad-spectrum approach to cancer treatment and prevention H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 18, 2015) – Advancements in precision medicine have led to many new targeted cancer therapies for cancer patients. These treatments focus on using agents…

Coconut oil fights deadly Candida albicans

Ralph Turchiano

Coconut oil may be effective at combating infection with Candida albicans, according to a study published November 18th in the American Society for Microbiology’s new open access journal mSphere. The study found that coconut oil consumption reduced gastrointestinal colonization by C. albicans in mice. * Manipulation of Host Diet To Reduce Gastrointestinal Colonization by the…

Light therapy effective for depression: UBC study

Public Release: 18-Nov-2015   University of British Columbia New research finds that light therapy can treat non-seasonal depression and improve the overall wellbeing of people suffering from the disease. “These results are very exciting because light therapy is inexpensive, easy to access and use, and comes with few side effects,” said Dr. Raymond Lam, a…

Coconut oil shows promise in the prevention of deadly bloodstream infection

Public Release: 18-Nov-2015   American Society for Microbiology Washington, DC – November 18, 2015 – Coconut oil may be effective at combating infection with Candida albicans, according to a study published November 18th in the American Society for Microbiology’s new open access journal mSphere. The study found that coconut oil consumption reduced gastrointestinal colonization by…

First case of extreme evolutionary degeneration of an animal body discovered

Public Release: 18-Nov-2015 Tel Aviv Univ discovery may redefine classifications in the animal kingdom Research finds a close cousin of the jellyfish evolved into a microscopic parasite that lives in fish American Friends of Tel Aviv University Children are taught that all living organisms — from animals, plants, and fungi to bacteria and single-celled organisms…

How to eliminate pain tied to tooth decay

Public Release: 16-Nov-2015   University of Southern California IMAGE: This is a scanning electron microscope image of newly-grown enamel using amelogenin-chitosan hydrogel. Credit: Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Dual discoveries at USC propose a promising method to regrow nonliving hard tissue, lessening or even eliminating pain associated with tooth decay, which the National…

Endurance athletes who ‘go against the grain’ become incredible fat-burners

Public Release: 17-Nov-2015   Elite performance on a diet with minimal carbs represents a paradigm shift in sports nutrition Ohio State University COLUMBUS, Ohio – Elite endurance athletes who eat very few carbohydrates burned more than twice as much fat as high-carb athletes during maximum exertion and prolonged exercise in a new study – the…

‘Good’ mozzie virus might hold key to fighting human disease

Public Release: 17-Nov-2015   University of Queensland Australian scientists have discovered a new virus carried by one of the country’s most common pest mosquitoes. The new virus — known as Parramatta River virus — infects only mosquitoes and doesn’t pose any direct health risks to people, according to University of Queensland (UQ) and University of…

Vitamin D deficiency may limit immune recovery in HIV-positive adults

Public Release: 17-Nov-2015   University of Georgia Athens, Ga. – A University of Georgia researcher has found that low levels of vitamin D may limit the effectiveness of HIV treatment in adults. Those with human immunodeficiency virus–commonly known as HIV–often struggle with declining health because their immune systems can’t effectively respond to common pathogens. Their…

Almost everyone is now being classified as sick, Healthy or Not ?

Public Release: 16-Nov-2015 Being at ‘high risk’ of ill health has become a disease in its own right Doctors as ‘risk-illiterate’ as patients; this undermines preventive medicine efforts BMJ Classifying an individual as being at “high risk” of developing a particular condition/disease has become a disease in its own right, and is turning the healthy…

Study provides strongest evidence yet of a link between breakfast quality and educational outcomes

Public Release: 16-Nov-2015   New study of 5,000 9- to 11-year-olds demonstrates significant positive associations between breakfast consumption and educational outcomes Cardiff University A direct and positive link between pupils’ breakfast quality and consumption, and their educational attainment, has for the first time been demonstrated in a ground-breaking new study carried out by public health…

In new study, Illinois scientists trace activity of cancer-fighting tomato component

Public Release: 12-Nov-2015   University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Plant biofactories can incorporate heavier carbon atoms into cancer-fighting phytochemicals, which can be used to trace their movement in the human body. Process allows Illinois researchers to study human metabolism of lycopene, the tomato component whose consumption is related to a…