Month: August 2016

Selenium status influence cancer risk

Public Release: 31-Aug-2016   Researchers from Charité are examining underlying relationships Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin As a nutritional trace element, selenium forms an essential part of our diet. In collaboration with the International Agency for Research on Cancer, researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been able to show that high blood selenium levels are…

Retinoic acid suppresses colorectal cancer development, Stanford study finds

Public Release: 30-Aug-2016   Stanford University Medical Center Retinoic acid, a compound derived in the body from vitamin A, plays a critical role in suppressing colorectal cancer in mice and humans, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Mice with the cancer have lower-than-normal levels of the metabolite in their gut, the…

People with alcohol dependency lack important enzyme

Public Release: 30-Aug-2016   Dependence-induced increase of alcohol self-administration and compulsive drinking mediated by the histone methyltransferase PRDM2 Linköping University IMAGE: Professor Markus Heilig and Dr. Estelle Barbier, Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience (CSAN) at Linköping University, Sweden. Credit: Photo: Peter Holgersson/Linköping University A research group under the leadership of Linköping University Professor Markus…

Caffeine and its analogues revert memory deficits by normalizing stress responses in the brain

Public Release: 30-Aug-2016   INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale)   A study published in the journal Scientific Reports from Nature publishing group, describes the mechanism by which caffeine counteracts age-related cognitive deficits in animals. The study coordinated by Portuguese researchers from Instituto de Medicina Molecular (iMM Lisboa) and collaborators…

Vitamin C may boost effectiveness of acute myeloid leukemia treatment

Public Release: 29-Aug-2016 Van Andel Research Institute EDITOR’S NOTE: Maintaining proper nutrition is an important part of cancer therapy. Patients are urged to consult their doctors before making any change to their nutrition or vitamin regimen. Use of vitamin C may preclude patients from participating in a clinical trial. HIGHLIGHTS Combining vitamin C with a demethylating…

Increasing nursing mothers’ vitamin D levels may benefit babies

  Public Release: 29-Aug-2016 University of Otago New research from New Zealand’s University of Otago has found that giving breastfeeding mothers monthly high-dose vitamin D supplements may be a possible way to improve their babies’ vitamin D status. Vitamin D is essential for calcium and bone metabolism and is mainly obtained from exposure to sunlight, with…

Vaccinating against Vaccine-derived Polio-viruses, stuck in a global catch 22 (OPV 1, 2, and 3)

Vaccinating against Vaccine-derived Polio-viruses, stuck in a global catch 22 (OPV 1, 2, and 3) We review the provocative study “Estimating the Extent of Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus Infection “Edited by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and funded by the Polio Eradication Initiative of the World Health Organization. PLoS ONE 3(10): e3433. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003433

Top Health News 29 AUG 2016 (Beta)

Ralph Turchiano

1. Drinking green tea to prevent artery explosion 2. Gut bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa harmful in celiac disease / gluen intolerance 3. Fish oil pills reverse the effects of a fatty diet

Fish oil pills reverse the effects of a fatty diet

Public Release: 24-Aug-2016   Scientists have found that fish oil supplements can reverse the effects of a high fat diet according to a study published in the Journal of Physiology The Physiological Society IMAGE: Fish oil pills are commonly used as dietary supplements. Credit: Image via pixabay Scientists have found that fish oil supplements can…

How do antidepressants trigger fear and anxiety?

Public Release: 24-Aug-2016   UNC School of Medicine researchers map the anxiety circuit in the brain and use a compound to limit fearful behavior — an acute side effect of commonly prescribed SSRI antidepressants University of North Carolina Health Care CHAPEL HILL, NC – More than 100 million people worldwide take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors…

Drinking green tea to prevent artery explosion

Public Release: 23-Aug-2016   Kyoto University shows polyphenol intake reduces abdominal aneurysm expansion in rats Kyoto University Abdominal aortic aneurysm develop less frequently in rats that drank green tea polyphenol, says new research by a Kyoto University team. Without treatment, abdominal aortic aneurysms eventually rupture and lead to death 50 percent of the time. Credit:…

Essential oils could counter lung and liver ailments caused by air pollution

  Public Release: 23-Aug-2016 Extracts from plants such as cloves, aniseed, fennel and ylang-ylang studied Springer Certain ingredients in essential oils made from plants such as cloves, anise, fennel and ylang-ylang could serve as a natural treatment of lung and liver conditions caused by air pollution. This is according to Miriana Kfoury of the Unité de…

Melatonin boost a key to fighting breast cancer

Public Release: 23-Aug-2016   Michigan State University EAST LANSING, Mich. – Melatonin, a hormone produced in the human brain, appears to suppress the growth of breast cancer tumors. Researchers at Michigan State University published this finding in the current issue of Genes and Cancer. While treatments based on this key discovery are still years away,…

Study validates new tool for diagnosing dehydration in children

Public Release: 22-Aug-2016   Brown University   PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] –To properly treat young children with severe diarrhea, caregivers in clinics long on patients and short on resources need a quick and accurate way to assess the severity of dehydration. After a study testing it with nearly 500 children in Bangladesh, the four-symptom “DHAKA”…

Stroke-like brain damage is reduced in mice injected with omega-3s

Public Release: 22-Aug-2016   Emulsion containing omega-3 triglyceride DHA also improved brain function Columbia University Medical Center New York, NY, August 22, 2016–Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found that omega-3 fatty acids reduced brain damage in a neonatal mouse model of stroke. Findings from the study were published recently in PLOS ONE. The…

Health News for 22 AUG 2016 (Beta)

Ralph Turchiano

Health News for 22 AUG 2016 1. Ketone esters improve endurance exercise and cognitive function 2. Swimming is an effective part of the treatment for fibromyalgia, study suggests (Walking Also) 3. Greater intake of dietary omega-3 fatty acids associated with lower risk of diabetic retinopathy