Month: July 2016

Currently approved TB vaccine is now only about 20% effective at best, researchers examining new candidates

Public Release: 28-Jul-2016 Toward an effective TB vaccine: Analysis of the immune response to a promising candidate PLOS IMAGE: This is a scanning electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause tuberculosis. Credit: NIAID BCG, the only currently approved TB vaccine, has been around for almost a century and is only partially effective. When given…

Resveratrol appears to restore blood-brain barrier integrity in Alzheimer’s disease

Public Release: 27-Jul-2016   Georgetown University Medical Center WASHINGTON — Resveratrol, given to Alzheimer’s patients, appears to restore the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, reducing the ability of harmful immune molecules secreted by immune cells to infiltrate from the body into brain tissues, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center. The reduction in neuronal inflammation…

A sage discovery: Plant-derived compounds have potent anti-inflammatory effects

Public Release: 27-Jul-2016   Wiley New research reveals that two specific plant-derived compounds may be effective for fighting inflammation and pain. The findings are published in the British Journal of Pharmacology. Diterpenoids are found in certain plants, fungi, and marine organisms, and two in particular–carnosol (CS) and carnosic acid (CA)–are known to interfere with multiple…

Cinnamon may aid learning ability

Cinnamon may aid learning ability We review the study ” Cinnamon Converts Poor Learning Mice to Good Learners: Implications for Memory Improvement. ” in regard to how it dramatically increased learning ability. * Citation Title ” Cinnamon Converts Poor Learning Mice to Good Learners: Implications for Memory Improvement.” DOI: 10.1007/s11481-016-9693-6

Historical love-affair with indulgent foods

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016   Cornell Food & Brand Lab Caption In the end, “Our love affair with visually appealing, decadent, or status foods is nothing new,” says author Andrew Weislogel, Ph.D., Curator of Earlier European American Art at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art, “It was already well-established 500 years ago.” Credit: Daniel Miller Our…

New evidence: How amino acid cysteine combats Huntington’s disease

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016   Study clarifies tie between cysteine deficiency and Huntington’s disease Johns Hopkins Medicine Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine report they have identified a biochemical pathway linking oxidative stress and the amino acid cysteine in Huntington’s disease. The findings, described in last week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,…

Research shows cavity-causing bacteria may be contagious

Public Release: 25-Jul-2016 Research shows sharing of cavity-causing bacteria may not be only from mothers to children University of Alabama at Birmingham BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – New ongoing research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Biology and School of Dentistry is showing more evidence that children may receive oral microbes from other, nonrelative…

Lactoferrin from breast milk reduces infection risk in premature infants

Public Release: 25-Jul-2016   Study shows need for large-scale trial of lactoferrin’s role in immune system development University of Missouri-Columbia COLUMBIA, Mo. (July 25, 2016) — Full-term babies receive natural protection from their mothers that helps them fight off dangerous infections. However, babies born prematurely lack protective intestinal bacteria and often are unable to be…

Health News in Brief 25 JUL 2016

Health News in Brief 25 JUL 2016 1. To protect yourself from malaria sleep with a chicken next to your bed 2. More than half of US doctors are now rationing healthcare 3. Researchers find that cinnamon turns poor learners into good ones

Researchers find the cinnamon turns poor learners into good ones

Public Release: 21-Jul-2016 Cinnamon may be fragrant medicine for the brain Veterans Affairs Research Communications If Dr. Kalipada Pahan’s research pans out, the standard advice for failing students might one day be: Study harder and eat your cinnamon! Pahan a researcher at Rush University and the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Chicago, has…

To protect yourself from malaria sleep with a chicken next to your bed

Public Release: 20-Jul-2016   BioMed Central For the first time, scientists have shown that malaria-transmitting mosquitoes actively avoid feeding on certain animal species such as chickens, using their sense of smell. Odors emitted by species such as chickens could provide protection for humans at risk of mosquito-transmitted diseases, according to a study in the open…

Exercise as effective as surgery for middle aged patients with knee damage

Public Release: 20-Jul-2016   Study raises questions over widespread practice without supporting evidence BMJ Exercise therapy is as effective as surgery for middle aged patients with a common type of knee injury known as meniscal tear (damage to the rubbery discs that cushion the knee joint), finds a study in The BMJ this week. The…

Antibiotic use linked to manic episodes in people with serious mental illness

Public Release: 19-Jul-2016   Johns Hopkins Medicine   In research using patient medical records, investigators from Johns Hopkins and Sheppard Pratt Health System report that people with serious mental disorders who were hospitalized for mania were more likely to be on antibiotics to treat active infections than a group of people without a mental disorder.…

How to increase the fat burned during exercise ” in regard to synephrine

We review the study ” How to increase the fat burned during exercise ” in regard to synephrine directly increasing the number of calories burnt directly from body fat. Citation: Acute p-synephrine ingestion increases fat oxidation rate during exercise British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Volume 82, Issue 2, pages 362–368, August 2016

Virgin olive oil and hypertension

Public Release: 19-Jul-2016   This research article by Dr. Sergio Lopez et al. is published in Current Vascular Pharmacology Journal Volume 14, Issue 6, 2016 Bentham Science Publishers   Oleic acid plus a constellation of minor constituents as a natural antihypertensive. Consumption of virgin olive oil is good for you, but why? Scientific evidence on…