Month: February 2017

Could a ketogenic diet alleviate gout?

Public Release: 28-Feb-2017   Yale University New Haven, Conn.– More than 8 million individuals in the United States have gout, a disease that can cause intense recurrent episodes of debilitating pain, inflammation, and fever. The cause of gout is the accumulation of urate crystals in joints, which continuously reactivate the immune system, leading to activation…

Pacemaker function may be impacted by electric appliances; tools

Public Release: 27-Feb-2017   American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report American Heart Association DALLAS, Feb. 27, 2017 — Electric and magnetic fields (EMF) generated from everyday household appliances, electrical tools and more, used in very close proximity to the body, can interfere with the ability of pacemakers to regulate patients’ heartbeats, according to new…

Modified Atkins diet helps children with rare form of epilepsy

Public Release: 23-Feb-2017   Wiley   Doose syndrome or myoclonic-astatic epilepsy is a rare syndrome accounting for one to two percent of childhood epilepsies. A ketogenic diet, which is low in carbohydrates and high in fat, is an effective treatment, but it is very restrictive and difficult to follow. In a recent study, 25 of…

Fasting-mimicking diet may reverse diabetes

A fasting-mimicking diet may reduce disease risk factors and reverse diabetes.   Public Release: 23-Feb-2017 Fasting-mimicking diet may reverse diabetes Periodic cycles of fasting reprogram pancreatic cells and restore insulin production University of Southern California A diet designed to imitate the effects of fasting appears to reverse diabetes by reprogramming cells, a new USC-led study…

Nicotinamide riboside (vitamin B3) prevents nerve pain caused by cancer drugs

Public Release: 23-Feb-2017   Findings in female rats may lead to improved outcomes for patients receiving chemotherapy to treat breast and ovarian cancer University of Iowa Health Care A new study in rats suggests that nicotinamide riboside (NR), a form of vitamin B3, may be useful for treating or preventing nerve pain (neuropathy) caused by…

Popular heartburn drugs linked to gradual yet ‘silent’ kidney damage

Public Release: 22-Feb-2017   Most patients don’t experience acute kidney problems beforehand Washington University in St. Louis   Caption Taking popular heartburn medication for prolonged periods may lead to serious kidney damage, even in people who show no signs of kidney problems, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and…

Resveratrol may be an effective intervention for lung aging

Public Release: 22-Feb-2017   Children’s Hospital Los Angeles   IMAGE: Lung tissue is pictured. Credit: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles In a study led by Barbara Driscoll, PhD, of The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, researchers demonstrate, for the first time that inhaled resveratrol treatments slow aging-related degenerative changes in mouse lung. Lung…

Vit. D amount needed to prevent colds and flu, BMJ Study

We review the the study “Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data” by the BMJ in regard to the amount of vitamin D needed to prevent colds and flu on a daily basis.

Cat ownership not linked to mental health problems

Public Release: 21-Feb-2017   New UCL research has found no link between cat ownership and psychotic symptoms, casting doubt on previous suggestions that people who grew up with cats are at higher risk of mental illness University College London New UCL research has found no link between cat ownership and psychotic symptoms, casting doubt on…

Clean water correlated with higher asthma rates ?

“Those that had access to good, clean water had much higher asthma rates and we think it is because they were deprived of the beneficial microbes,” said Finlay. “That was a surprise because we tend to think that clean is good but we realize that we actually need some dirt in the world to help…

Vitamin B3 prevents glaucoma in laboratory mice

Public Release: 16-Feb-2017   Jackson Laboratory In mice genetically predisposed to glaucoma, vitamin B3 added to drinking water is effective at preventing the disease, a research team led by Jackson Laboratory Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Simon W.M. John reports in the journal Science. The vitamin administration was surprisingly effective, eliminating the vast majority…

B vitamins reduce schizophrenia symptoms, study finds

Public Release: 16-Feb-2017   University of Manchester   A review of worldwide studies has found that add-on treatment with high-dose b-vitamins – including B6, B8 and B12 – can significantly reduce symptoms of schizophrenia more than standard treatments alone. The research – on the effect of vitamin and mineral supplements on symptoms of schizophrenia –…

Food additive found in candy, gum could alter digestive cell structure and function, titanium dioxide

Public Release: 16-Feb-2017   Small intestinal cells hindered by chronic exposure to common food additive Binghamton University   Caption Researchers exposed a small intestinal cell culture model to the physiological equivalent of a meal’s worth of titanium oxide nanoparticles — 30 nanometers across — over four hours (acute exposure), or three meal’s worth over five…

Unsaturated fatty acid may reverse aging effect of obesity

Public Release: 15-Feb-2017   The Physiological Society   IMAGE: The mouse from high-fat diet (right) already shows rounder shape at an early stage of the high-fat feeding. Credit: Ligia Esperanza Diaz, one of the co-authors Obesity, or a high fat diet, can lead to changes in the immune system similar to those observed with aging.…

Vitamin D supplements protect against acute respiratory infections including colds and flu, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

Public Release: 15-Feb-2017 Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, finds major global study   Queen Mary University of London   Vitamin D supplements protect against acute respiratory infections including colds and flu, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The study provides the most robust evidence yet that vitamin…

Carbs during workouts help immune system recovery

Public Release: 15-Feb-2017   Eating carbohydrates during intense exercise helps to minimise exercise-induced immune disturbances and can aid the body’s recovery, QUT research has found Queensland University of Technology   IMAGE: Dr Jonathan Peake and Dr Oliver Neubauer found carbs during intense exercise could help the immune system recover. Credit: Anthony Weate/QUT Media Dr Jonathan…