Month: May 2017

Chondroitin sulfate as Powerful as a widely used anti-inflammatory

We review the recent study ” Chondroitin sulfate as good as widely used anti-inflammatory for knee osteoarthritis “. With brief mention of the Glucosamine Sulfate trial showing superior long term results to acetaminophen. Citation: 1. Pharmaceutical-grade Chondroitin sulfate is as effective as celecoxib and superior to placebo in symptomatic knee osteoarthritis: the ChONdroitin versus CElecoxib…

Household chemicals may impair thyroid in young girls

Public Release: 30-May-2017   Exposure to phthalates is linked to depressed function in the ‘master controller’ of brain development, potentially explaining known phthalate-related cognitive problems Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health Early childhood exposures to specific phthalates were associated with depressed thyroid function in girls at age 3, according to scientists at Columbia University’s…

Statin therapy ineffective in older adults

We review the recenent JAMA research ” Was a statin beneficial for primary cardiovascular prevention in older adults? ” in regard to not only failing to reduce mortality rates, but actually increase the. Citation Title: Effect of Statin Treatment vs Usual Care on Primary Cardiovascular Prevention Among Older Adults. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2017; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.1442

Study sweetens connection between cancer and sugar

Public Release: 26-May-2017   University of Texas at Dallas   Caption Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have found that two types of non-small cell lung cancer metabolize glucose — a type of sugar — differently. A glucose transporter called GLUT1, shown in green, is much more prevalent in lung squamous cell carcinoma…

Vitamin D in pregnancy may help prevent childhood asthma

Public Release: 26-May-2017   King’s College London A new study published today in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has found that taking Vitamin D supplements in pregnancy can positively modify the immune system of the newborn baby, which could help to protect against asthma and respiratory infections, a known risk factor for developing…

Cannabis derivative cannabidiol reduces seizures in severe epilepsy disorder

Public Release: 24-May-2017   NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine After years of anecdotal claims about its benefits, the cannabis derivative cannabidiol reduced seizure frequency by 39 percent for patients with Dravet syndrome – a rare, severe form of epilepsy – in the first large-scale randomized clinical trial for the…

Vitamin D supplements could help pain management

Public Release: 23-May-2017   Society for Endocrinology   Vitamin D supplementation combined with good sleeping habits may help manage pain-related diseases. This paper published in the Journal of Endocrinology, reviews published research on the relationship between vitamin D levels, sleep and pain management, and reports that levels of vitamin D combined with good quality sleep…

Regular chocolate consumption may be linked to lower risk of heart flutter

Public Release: 23-May-2017   Associations strongest for 1 serving/week for women and 2-6 servings/week for men, findings show BMJ Regular chocolate consumption may be linked to a lower risk of developing the heart rhythm irregularity atrial fibrillation, also known as heart flutter, finds research published online in the journal Heart. The associations seemed to be…

Chondroitin sulfate as good as widely used anti-inflammatory for knee osteoarthritis

Public Release: 23-May-2017   Reduces pain, improves function, and is safe; prescribe it for long term treatment, say researchers BMJ High quality (pharmaceutical grade) chondroitin sulfate is as good as a widely prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (celecoxib) for the treatment of painful knee osteoarthritis, concludes research* published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.…

Recommended daily protein intake too low for the elderly

Public Release: 23-May-2017   The minimum protein requirement for healthy adults has been set almost 15 years ago but there is a growing body of evidence that this recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is not sufficient for older persons. Frontiers You can find the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) on the nutrition labels of all your processed…

First study shows tie between probiotic and improved symptoms of depression

Public Release: 23-May-2017   McMaster University   Hamilton, ON (May 23, 2017) – Probiotics may relieve symptoms of depression, as well as help gastrointestinal upset, research from McMaster University has found. In a study published in the medical journal Gastroenterology (May 2), researchers of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute found that twice as…

Statins increase all causes of mortality in older adults ( JAMA Study )

Public Release: 22-May-2017 Was a statin beneficial for primary cardiovascular prevention in older adults? The JAMA Network Journals Analysis of data from older adults who participated in a clinical trial showed no benefit of a statin for all-cause mortality or coronary heart disease events when a statin was started for primary prevention in older adults…

Omega-3 fatty acids can neutralize listeria

Public Release: 22-May-2017 Fat can neutralize listeria University of Southern Denmark Certain fatty acids are not just part of a healthy diet. They can also neutralise the harmful listeria bacterium, a new study shows. This discovery could eventually lead to improved methods to combat dangerous and drug-resistant bacteria. It´s every consumer´s nightmare, bringing home food…

Bacteria neutralized by smell

We review the recent breakthrough ” Scientists investigate how the sense of smell works in bacteria “. Where researchers hypothesize that bacteria can be rendered harmless through altering their perception of scent. Citation: Mechanism of transmembrane signaling by sensor histidine kinases, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aah6345

Light exposure in the evening improves performance in the final spurt

Public Release: 19-May-2017   University of Basel IMAGE: Athletes in blue light: Performance during the final spurt is clearly increased by light exposure. Credit: University of Basel, Department of Sport, Exercise and Health Athletes often have to compete late in the evening, when they are no longer able to perform at their best. As reported…

Scientists investigate how the sense of smell works in bacteria

Public Release: 19-May-2017   Biophysicists have proposed a universal mechanism for the ‘sense of smell’ in bacteria. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology   IMAGE: The mechanism of transmembrane signal transmission by sensor protein NarQ.   Credit: Ivan Gushchin, MIPT Scientists from MIPT, in collaboration with their colleagues from the Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Institut de…

100-year-old fertility technique reduces need for IVF

Public Release: 18-May-2017   University of Adelaide IMAGE: This is Professor Ben Mol. Credit: Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide Infertile couples have a major opportunity to achieve a successful pregnancy without the need for IVF, thanks to new research into a 100-year-old medical technique. The now lesser known technique — which involves flushing the…