Month: November 2016

More research needed to determine if Influenza vaccination and autism are related

“There was a suggestion of increased risk of ASD with maternal vaccination in the first trimester but the authors explain the finding was likely due to chance because it was not statistically significant after adjusting for multiple comparisons.” Public Release: 28-Nov-2016 No association between mother flu in pregnancy and increased child autism risk The JAMA…

Clinical Research Updates #241

1. Vitamin D supplementation improved symptoms of autism in a recent trial. 2. Common probiotics can reduce stress levels, lessen anxiety 3. Aspartame may prevent, not promote, weight loss by blocking intestinal enzyme’s activity

Why air pollutants make some people vulnerable to atopic dermatitis

Public Release: 25-Nov-2016   Tohoku University Share Print E-Mail Caption Schema of AhR-mediated development and exacerbation of atopic dermatitis. AhR is activated by air pollutants, such as traffic-derived particulate matter (pm2.5). Activated AhR induces the expression of artemin in keratinocytes, which induces hyper-innervation of the epidermis, resulting in hypersensitivity to itch. Subsequent scratching leads to…

Aspartame may prevent, not promote, weight loss by blocking intestinal enzyme’s activity

Public Release: 22-Nov-2016   Mass. General study identifies possible mechanism behind sugar substitute’s lack of effectiveness Massachusetts General Hospital A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has found a possible mechanism explaining why use of the sugar substitute aspartame might not promote weight loss. In their report published online in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and…

New research links genetic defects in carbohydrate digestion to irritable bowel syndrome

Public Release: 21-Nov-2016   Karolinska Institutet Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects a large portion of the general population. New research coordinated by Karolinska Institutet now shows a link between defective sucrase-isomaltase gene variants and IBS. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal disorder. More than 10% of the population suffer from recurrent symptoms…

Vitamin D supplements may benefit children with Autism spectrum disorder

Public Release: 21-Nov-2016   Wiley   Vitamin D supplementation improved symptoms of autism in a recent trial. Studies have shown an association between the risk of autism spectrum disorder and vitamin D insufficiency. In this latest study, 109 children with autism spectrum disorder were randomized to receive four months of vitamin D3 supplementation or a…

Common probiotics can reduce stress levels, lessen anxiety

Public Release: 21-Nov-2016   University of Missouri-Columbia Probiotics, or beneficial live bacteria that are introduced into the body, have become increasingly popular as a way to improve health and well-being. Previous studies have shown a direct correlation between gut microbes and the central nervous system. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, using a zebrafish…

Lutein and zeaxanthin may boost brain function in older adults, study says

Public Release: 21-Nov-2016 Plant compounds may boost brain function in older adults, study says University of Georgia   Athens, Ga. – The same compounds that give plants and vegetables their vibrant colors might be able to bolster brain functioning in older adults, according to a recent study from the University of Georgia. The research from…

New study finds chronic wound patients who never receive opioids heal faster

Public Release: 21-Nov-2016   GW researcher Victoria Shanmugam, M.D., published a study looking at the relationship between opioid treatment and the rate of healing in chronic wounds George Washington University WASHINGTON (Nov. 21, 2016) — Patients with chronic wounds who never receive opioids heal faster than those who do receive the drugs, according to a…

Great Research for 21 NOV 2016

1. Vitamin D reduces respiratory infections 2. High-fiber diet keeps gut microbes from eating the colon’s lining, protects against infection, animal study shows 3. Popular heartburn medications may increase ischemic stroke by a lot.

Reflux and ulcer medications linked to kidney stones and chronic kidney disease

Public Release: 18-Nov-2016 American Society of Nephrology Highlights Individuals who took proton pump inhibitors or histamine receptor-2 blockers for heartburn, acid re?ux, or ulcers had elevated risks of developing kidney stones. In individuals without acute kidney injury, proton pump inhibitors were linked with a higher risk of developing chronic kidney disease or kidney failure compared…

The key to a better mood for young men is a nut

Public Release: 18-Nov-201 Professor says nutrient-dense walnut a must for disposition University of New Mexico Professor Pribis recommends a handful of walnuts, 1 to 3 ounces, daily for increased health benefits. The benefits from the tree nut not only positively affect mood but also the cardiovascular system and can be used as a support for…

New research finds avocado extract can prevent Listeria in food

Public Release: 18-Nov-2016   Institute of Food Technologists CHICAGO – Consumer demand for food products formulated without synthetic additives has increased. However, food still has to be safe for consumers to eat, so food scientists are looking for ways to replace synthetic additives. Since some additives are needed for food safety reasons, food product developers…

High-fiber diet keeps gut microbes from eating colon’s lining, protects against infection

Public Release: 17-Nov-2016   Painstaking experiments in germ-free mice show importance of eating natural fiber to protect the digestive tract’s vital mucus barrier University of Michigan Health System Caption A thick mucus layer, generated by the cells of the colon’s wall, provides protection against invading bacteria and other pathogens. This image of a mouse’s colon…

Whole-fat milk consumption associated with leaner children, research finds

Public Release: 16-Nov-2016   Children who drink whole milk are leaner and have higher vitamin D levels than those who drink low-fat or skim milk, new research suggests St. Michael’s Hospital TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2016–Children who drink whole milk are leaner and have higher vitamin D levels than those who drink low-fat or skim milk,…

Vitamin D reduces respiratory infections, says CU Anschutz study

Public Release: 16-Nov-2016   A potentially life-saving discovery in older patients at high risk for these illnesses University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus AURORA, Colo. (Nov. 16, 2016) – Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that high doses of vitamin D reduce the incidence of acute respiratory illness (ARI) in…