Month: February 2016

Does daylight saving time increase risk of stroke?

Public Release: 29-Feb-2016   American Academy of Neurology MINNEAPOLIS – Turning the clock ahead or back one hour during daylight saving time transitions may be tied to an increased risk of ischemic stroke, but only temporarily, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual…

Health News for 29 FEB 2016

Health News for 29 FEB 2016 1. Natural sugar may treat fatty liver disease ( Trehalose ) 2. Copper destroys MRSA at a touch 3. Intensive blood pressure lowering treatment may harm people with diabetes The Links to the following research in numerical order – From the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)…

Nitric oxide protects against parasite invasion and brain inflammation by keeping the blood brain barrier intact

Public Release: 25-Feb-2016   PLOS   IMAGE: Enhanced invasion of Trypanosoma brucei (red) into the brain of iNOS deficient (lower micrograph) is compared to normal (upper micrrograph) mice. In green: cerebral blood vessels. Credit: Olivera et al. African trypanosomiasis is called ‘sleeping sickness’ because when the infection is untreated, trypanosome parasites will invade the brain…

Intensive blood pressure lowering treatment may harm people with diabetes

“patients with systolic blood pressure levels under 140, antihypertensive drugs may increase the risk of dying from cardiovascular causes” Public Release: 24-Feb-2016   Umea University People with diabetes often have high blood pressure and an increased cardiovascular risk. They are therefore often recommended more intensive blood pressure lowering treatment that non-diabetics. However, for patients with…

Pancreatic cancer is 4 diseases, each with new treatment possibilities

Public Release: 24-Feb-2016   University of Melbourne An international team led by Australian researchers has studied the genetics of pancreatic cancer, revealing it is actually four separate diseases, each with different genetic triggers and survival rates, paving the way for more accurate diagnoses and treatments. The significant findings also include 10 genetic pathways at the…

Omega-3 fatty acids may lower breast cancer risk in postmenopausal obese women

Public Release: 24-Feb-2016   Penn State Omega-3 fatty acids may lower the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal obese women, according to researchers. The protection likely comes from the fatty acids’ anti-inflammatory effects, said Andrea Manni, professor and division chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, Penn State College of Medicine. Obesity is a major breast…

Brain regeneration with Astaxanthin

Brain regeneration with Astaxanthin We review the recent research ” Benefits of Taking the Natural Pigment Astaxanthin ” . Where scientists show that Astaxanthin is capable of inducing neurogenesis as well as being neuroprotective . * Astaxanthin Supplementation Enhances Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis and Spatial Memory in Mice.

Copper destroys MRSA at a touch

Public Release: 23-Feb-2016   University of Southampton New research from the University of Southampton shows that copper can destroy MRSA spread by touching and fingertip contamination of surfaces. Frequently-touched surfaces in busy areas – such as hospitals, transport hubs and public buildings – are at high risk of community-acquired and healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) caused by…

Dietary link to stunted growth identified

Public Release: 23-Feb-2016   Study links inadequate intake of amino acids to debilitating condition that affects millions Washington University School of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Aging, Children’s Discovery Institute of Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Hickey Family Foundation Worldwide, an estimated 25 percent of…

Benefits of taking the natural pigment astaxanthin

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016   New light shed on neurogenesis in the hippocampus and the molecular basis for the promotion of spatial memory capacity University of Tsukuba IMAGE: ASX enhanced AHN in adult mice. Credit: University of Tsukuba A research group led by University of Tsukuba Professor Hideaki Soya and Professor Randeep Rakwal has investigated the…

Using ordinary sugar to detect malignant tumors

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016   Lund University Ordinary sugar could become a contrast agent of the future for use in magnetic resonance tomography examinations of tumours. Malignant tumours show higher sugar consumption than surrounding tissue. “If sugar replaces metal as a contrast agent in the body, it can also have a positive psychological effect and make…

Consuming omega-3 during pregnancy enhances fetal iron metabolism

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016   University of Granada A research has proven, for the first time, that maternal supplementation with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 essential polyunsaturated fatty acid, enhances fetal iron metabolism thanks to a greater expression of key genes regulating its transfer through the placenta. This research has been carried out by scientists from…

Study shows dried plums provide protection from bone loss due to radiation

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016   Texas A&M AgriLife Communications   COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Nancy Turner, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in College Station, was one of a team of researchers who recently studied different interventions to protect from radiation-induced bone loss. Their paper, “Dried Plum Protects from Bone Loss Caused by Iodizing Radiation,” was…

How a waste product of exercise protects neurons from trauma damage

Public Release: 19-Feb-2016   Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne   Caption Step-by-step description of how lactate protects neurons against excitotoxicity: (1) Excessive glutamate activity triggers a strong influx of calcium (Ca2+) into the neuron through NMDA receptors, which leads to cell death. (2) Lactate is transported into the neuron and (3) converted to pyruvate by…

Restoring gut bacteria to youthful age linked to improved stroke recovery in mice

Public Release: 17-Feb-2016   ISC 16 basic science tips American Heart Association Restoring microorganisms in the gut to a youthful age was linked to improved stroke recovery in old mice, according to a new study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016. Noting that different bacteria present in the gut change with…

New predictor of cancer

Epigenetic age is new way to measure biological age Public Release: 17-Feb-2016   When your biological age is older than your chronological age, the risk of getting and dying of cancer rises Northwestern University Discrepancy between the two ages could become early warning sign of cancer If your biological age is 2.2 years older than…