Month: June 2017

Researchers find link between food allergies and childhood anxiety

Public Release: 29-Jun-2017   Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health June 29, 2017 — Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Albert Einstein College of Medicine studied the link between food allergy and childhood anxiety and depression among a sample of predominantly low socioeconomic status minority children. The results showed that…

Patients with multiple sclerosis may benefit from over-the-counter therapy

Public Release: 29-Jun-2017   Results from OHSU-led research will be tested in large-scale clinical trial Oregon Health & Science University Treatment options currently are limited for people suffering from secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. However, an OHSU pilot study suggests over-the-counter antioxidant lipoic acid holds promise in improving patients’ lives. The research was published June 28…

Magnesium highly effective for depression and anxiety, study review

We review the recent clinical study ” Role of magnesium supplementation in the treatment of depression: A randomized clinical trial” in regard to the oral supplement of elemental magnesium. Citation: Role of magnesium supplementation in the treatment of depression: A randomized clinical trial DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180067

Sunscreen creams break down into dangerous chemical compounds under the sunlight

Public Release: 27-Jun-2017   Scientists of Moscow State University have found out that avobenzone decomposes into harmful chemical compounds Lomonosov Moscow State University   Caption Scientists from the Faculty of Chemistry of the Lomonosov Moscow State University have demonstrated in their research the nature of hazardous chemical compounds formed as a result of the breakdown…

Ingredient found in soap can alter ‘wettability’ of your skin

Public Release: 27-Jun-2017   Binghamton University Caption Guy German, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York, along with other researchers, showed that the wettability of this layer of skin can be controlled through treatment with solutions of the anionic surfactant known as sodium lauryl sulfate, buffered to different pH…

Vinegar: A cheap and simple way to help plants fight drought

Public Release: 26-Jun-2017   RIKEN   Caption The effect of several organic acids on plant drought tolerance after 14 days. From left to right, water, HCl, formic acid, acetic acid, butyric acid, lactic acid, citric acid. Note, only plants treated with acetic acid survived. Credit: RIKEN Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science…

Review: Insomnia medication may wake up some patients from vegetative state

Public Release: 26-Jun-2017   Michigan Medicine – University of Michigan   IMAGE: A systematic review of zolpidem for noninsomnia neurological disorders, including movement disorders and disorders of consciousness, finds reason for additional research. Credit: Michigan Medicine In a new systematic review in JAMA Neurology, Michigan Medicine researchers found reason to further explore the surprising effects…

19-year-olds as sedentary as 60-year-olds

We review the research ” 19-year-olds as sedentary as 60-year-olds, study suggests”. Citation: Re-evaluating the effect of age on physical activity over the lifespan. Preventive Medicine, 2017; 101: 102 DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.05.030

Bug spray accumulation in the home

Public Release: 22-Jun-2017   Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Warmer temperatures can lead to a flurry of unwelcome guests to our house – flies, mosquitoes, fleas, wasps, bedbugs and lice. Pyrethroids are a common pesticide used to repel these pests, and even though they have been found more or less safe for mammals in…

Coconut oil or cocoa butter may be highly beneficial to Crohn’s disease sufferers

Public Release: 22-Jun-2017 High fat diet reduces gut bacteria, Crohn’s disease symptoms Results could lead to new anti-inflammatory probiotics Case Western Reserve University Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have shown a high fat diet may lead to specific changes in gut bacteria that could fight harmful inflammation–a major discovery for patients…

Temple study: Extra-virgin olive oil preserves memory & protects brain against Alzheimer’s

Public Release: 21-Jun-2017   Temple University Health System   IMAGE: This is Domenico Praticò, MD, Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology and Microbiology and the Center for Translational Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Credit: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) – The Mediterranean diet, rich…

Grape-based compounds kill colon cancer stem cells

We review the research ” Grape-based compounds kill colon cancer stem cells in mice ” in regard to the combination of resveratrol and grape seed extract being very effective at killing colon cancer cells as well as cancer stem cells (Animal Model) Citation: Grape compounds suppress colon cancer stem cells in vitro and in a…

African plant extract offers new hope for Alzheimer’s

Public Release: 20-Jun-2017 University of Nottingham A plant extract used for centuries in traditional medicine in Nigeria could form the basis of a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at The University of Nottingham have found. Their study, published in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology, has shown that the extract taken from the leaves, stem…

We are much more unique than assumed

Public Release: 19-Jun-2017   Computational biologists discover surprisingly strong effects from protein variation Technical University of Munich (TUM) Every human being has a unique DNA “fingerprint”. In other words, the genetic material of any two individuals can be clearly distinguished. Computational biologists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now determined that the impact…

Is your doctor prescribing the wrong treatment for pink eye?

Public Release: 19-Jun-2017   Ophthalmologists urge practitioners to stop overprescribing antibiotics for a common eye infection that typically clears up without medication American Academy of Ophthalmology IMAGE: This is the logo of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Credit: American Academy of Ophthalmology SAN FRANCISCO – June 19, 2017 — A new study suggests that most…

Grape-based compounds kill colon cancer stem cells in mice

Public Release: 19-Jun-2017   Penn State IMAGE: This is a cancer stem cell before and after treatment with grape seed compounds. Credit: Patrick Mansell Compounds from grapes may kill colon cancer stem cells both in a petri dish and in mice, according to a team of researchers. The compounds — resveratrol –which are found in…

Does roasting level affect the antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties of coffee beans?

Public Release: 19-Jun-2017   Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News   IMAGE: Journal of Medicinal Food publishes original scientific research on the bioactive substances of functional and medicinal foods, nutraceuticals, herbal substances, and other natural products. Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers New Rochelle, NY, June 19, 2017–Researchers compared the caffeine and chlorogenic acid components…

How viewing cute animals can help rekindle marital spark

Public Release: 19-Jun-2017   Association for Psychological Science One of the well-known challenges of marriage is keeping the passion alive after years of partnership, as passions tend to cool even in very happy relationships. In a new study, a team of psychological scientists led by James K. McNulty of Florida State University has developed an…

Plant compound more powerful than AZT against HIV

We review the recent study ” Plant compound more powerful than AZT against HIV. Citation: Potent Inhibitor of Drug-Resistant HIV-1 Strains Identified from the Medicinal Plant Justicia gendarussa J. Nat. Prod., Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.7b00004