Month: May 2016

Brief exposure to opioids may be a contributor to chronic pain

Public Release: 30-May-2016 Narcotic painkillers prolong pain in rats, says CU-Boulder study Findings may have far-reaching implications for humans University of Colorado at Boulder The dark side of painkillers – their dramatic increase in use and ability to trigger abuse, addiction and thousands of fatal overdoses annually in the United States is in the news…

Top Health News 30 May 2016

Health News 30 MAY 2016 (Links in Order) Triclosan ( Soap ) may now actually be in the food you eat Sugar substitutes may cut calories, but don’t offer health benefits for individuals with obesity: York U study Vitamin nicotinamide riboside protects mice from diabetes complications https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160525121602.htm http://news.yorku.ca/2016/05/24/sugar-substitutes-may-cut-calories-but-dont-offer-health-benefits-for-individuals-with-obesity-york-u-study/ http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/uoih-vnr052616.php

Vitamin nicotinamide riboside protects mice from diabetes complications

Public Release: 27-May-2016   Nicotinamide riboside lowers blood sugar, reduces fatty liver and prevents neuropathy in models of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes University of Iowa Health Care A naturally occurring vitamin, nicotinamide riboside (NR), can lower blood sugar levels, reduce fatty liver, and prevent peripheral nerve damage in mouse models of prediabetes and type…

Triclosan ( Soap ) may now actually be in the food you eat

Public Release: 25-May-2016 Following tricky triclosan Antibacterial product flows through streams, crops American Society of Agronomy   IMAGE: Students collect soil samples after flooding of the Rio Grande floodplain to determine triclosan levels in soils. Credit: Photo credit Monica Mendez. Most U.S. homes are full of familiar household products with an ingredient that fights bacteria:…

Prenatal fruit consumption boosts babies’ cognitive development

Public Release: 25-May-2016   UAlberta study discovers previously unknown benefits of fruit consumption in expectant mothers University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (Edmonton, AB) Most people have heard the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s an old truth that encompasses more than just apples–eating fruit in general is…

The taste or smell of foods can affect aging, say scientists

Public Release: 25-May-2016   POSTECH researchers find sensory neurons modulate aging hormone Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) Animals can perceive changes in many environmental factors such as temperature and the taste or smell of foods. This is achieved by specialized nerve cells called sensory neurons. Interestingly, sensory neurons have been known to control…

Massage point for Dental Pain (Study)

Massage point for Dental Pain We review the technique used in the study ” Relief of dental pain by ice massage of the hand “. This technique reduced dental pain by at least 50% in a majority of patients * Relief of dental pain by ice massage of the hand Can Med Assoc J. 1980…

Exercise, future anticancer therapy?

Public Release: 24-May-2016   First international clinical trial evaluating the effect of intense physical exercise to improve survival of men with advanced prostate cancer University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) Montreal (Quebec), May 24, 2016 – At age 70, Alfred Roberts plays hockey twice a week. Nothing special, right? Except that for three years…

Low FODMAP diet may work for those with IBS

Public Release: 24-May-2016 Clinical trial demonstrates success of low FODMAP diet In a first of its kind study in the US, those with IBS overcame symptoms with diet changes compared to control University of Michigan Health System A change in diet can improve the lives of those diagnosed with a common, but hard-to-treat gut disorder.…

Vitamin A may help improve pancreatic cancer chemotherapy

Public Release: 24-May-2016   The addition of high doses of a form of vitamin A could help make chemotherapy more successful in treating pancreatic cancer, according to an early study by Queen Mary University of London. Queen Mary University of London Around 8,800 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year. It…

Antihypertensive effect of fermented milk products under the microscope

Public Release: 23-May-2016   Potential health benefits of functional foods based on new lactic acid bacteria offer opportunities for food developers, report investigators in the Journal of Dairy Science® Elsevier Health Sciences Philadelphia, PA, May 23, 2016 – Over the past decade, interest has been rising in fermented dairy foods that promote health and could…

Health News for 23 MAY 2016

Health News for 23 MAY 2016 1. Antibiotics that kill gut bacteria also stop growth of new brain cells 2. Common soap agent rapidly disrupts gut bacteria 3. Probiotic bacteria could provide some protection against cadmium poisoning

Probiotic bacteria could provide some protection against cadmium poisoning

Public Release: 20-May-2016   American Society for Microbiology Washington, DC – May 20, 2016 – Oral administration of certain probiotics reduced uptake of the heavy metal, cadmium, in the intestines of mice, and in a laboratory experiment using human intestinal cells. The research, which might ultimately be applied to improving public health in areas of…

FDA approved devices were not effective in clinical trials

Public Release: 20-May-2016 Flawed data behind regulation of high-risk women’s health devices Some FDA approved devices were not effective in clinical trials Northwestern University CHICAGO — Some high-risk medical devices used in obstetrics and gynecology were approved by the FDA based on flawed data, according to a recent study from Northwestern Medicine. The investigators assessed…

Antibiotics may stop the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus

Public Release: 19-May-2016 Mouse study finds link between gut bacteria and neurogenesis Cell Press   Caption This visual abstract depicts the findings of Möhle et al., which show the impact of prolonged antibiotic treatment on brain cell plasticity and cognitive function. They were able to rescue the decrease in neurogenesis by probiotic treatment, physical exercise,…

What the New York Times gets wrong about PTSD

“The number of civilians affected by PTSD is 13 times larger than the number of military personnel affected by the disorder.” Public Release: 19-May-2016   Drexel University Believe it or not, both the public and policy-makers often get their ideas from the media. When those ideas are formed about something as serious and impactful as…

Common cleanser rapidly disrupts gut bacteria

Public Release: 18-May-2016   Oregon State University CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study suggests that triclosan, an antimicrobial and antifungal agent found in many consumer products ranging from hand soaps to toys and even toothpaste, can rapidly disrupt bacterial communities found in the gut. The research was published today in PLOS ONE by scientists from…

Hard water linked to risk of eczema in infants

Public Release: 18-May-2016   King’s College London High levels of water hardness in the home may be linked to the development of eczema early in life, according to a new study led by King’s College London. Eczema affects around a fifth of children in the UK. Skin barrier impairment and dry skin are thought to…