Month: September 2017

UTA study says zinc can halt the growth of cancer cells

Public Release: 28-Sep-2017   Study may provide a road map for treatment and prevention University of Texas at Arlington Zinc supplements can significantly inhibit the proliferation of esophageal cancer cells, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Texas at Arlington researcher. Previous studies had shown that zinc is essential for maintaining human…

Consciousness restored after 15 years with nerve stimulation

Consciousness restored after 15 years with nerve stimulation Consciousness restored after 15 years with nerve stimulation from Clinical News – VHFILM on Vimeo. In this review we look at a study in which a man that was lying in a vegetative state for over 15 years was brought back to consciousness through Vagus nerve stimulation.…

Plant substance inhibits cancer stem cells

Public Release: 27-Sep-2017   Lund University The plant Ambrosia arborescens grows at a high elevation in large parts of South America, and is traditionally used as a medicinal plant. The researchers have isolated the sesquiterpene lactone damsin from the plant and studied its effect on cancer stem cells in three different breast cancer cell lines.…

Ancient ink for cancer treatment

Public Release: 27-Sep-2017   American Chemical Society   For hundreds of years, Chinese calligraphers have used a plant-based ink to create beautiful messages and art. Now, one group reports in ACS Omega that this ink could noninvasively and effectively treat cancer cells that spread, or metastasize, to lymph nodes. As cancer cells leave a tumor,…

Milk-alternative drinks do not replace the iodine in cows’ milk

Public Release: 26-Sep-2017   University of Surrey Consumers of milk-alternative drinks may be at of risk iodine deficiency, according to the findings of a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition. In the first study of its kind in the United Kingdom, researchers from the University of Surrey examined the iodine content of 47…

Even open-label placebos work — if they are explained

Public Release: 26-Sep-2017   University of Basel For some medical complaints, open-label placebos work just as well as deceptive ones. As psychologists from the University of Basel and Harvard Medical School report in the journal Pain, the accompanying rationale plays an important role when administering a placebo. The successful treatment of certain physical and psychological…

Does your back feel stiff? Well, it may not actually be stiff, UAlberta study finds

Public Release: 26-Sep-2017   University of Alberta “My back feels so stiff!” We often hear our friends say. Well, that doesn’t mean your friend’s back is actually stiff, according to a new study at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. “A conscious experience of feeling stiff does not reflect true biomechanical back stiffness,”…

After 15 years in a vegetative state, nerve stimulation restores consciousness

Public Release: 25-Sep-2017   Cell Press Caption [18F]-Fluorodeoxyglucose FDG-PET images acquired during baseline (on the left, pre-VNS) and 3 months post vagus nerve stimulation (on the right, post-VNS). After vagus nerve stimulation, the metabolism increased in the right parieto-occipital cortex, thalamus and striatum. Credit: Corazzol et al. A 35-year-old man who had been in a…

Whooping Cough Vaccine, Imminent Failure?

Whooping Cough Vaccine, Imminent Failure? Whooping Cough Vaccine, Imminent Failure? from Clinical News – VHFILM on Vimeo. We review the recent research “ Resurgence of Whooping Cough May Owe to Vaccine’s Inability to Prevent Infections “ in which researchers speculate to why with some of the highest vaccine compliance on record whooping cough rates are…

Whole food diet may help prevent colon cancer, other chronic conditions

Public Release: 21-Sep-2017   Penn State   IMAGE: Researchers have found that compounds in purple potatoes suppressed the spread of colon cancer stem cells. Credit: Patrick Mansell A diet that includes plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits may contain compounds that can stop colon cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases in pigs, according to an international…

BU: Resurgence of whooping cough may owe to vaccine’s inability to prevent infections

Public Release: 21-Sep-2017   Boston University School of Medicine The startling global resurgence of pertussis, or whooping cough, in recent years can largely be attributed to the immunological failures of acellular vaccines, Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers argue in a new journal article. The article, published in F1000 Research, points to the…

Individualized diets for irritable bowel syndrome better than placebo

Public Release: 20-Sep-2017   Yale University New Haven, Conn.– Patients with irritable bowel syndrome who follow individualized diets based on food sensitivity testing experience fewer symptoms, say Yale researchers. Their study is among the first to provide scientific evidence for this medication-free approach to a debilitating condition. As many as one in five adults meet…

Herbicides mysteriously lead to multiple diseases in great grand offspring

Public Release: 20-Sep-2017 WSU researchers see popular herbicide affecting health across generations Atrazine linked to diseases in grand- and great-grand offspring Washington State University PULLMAN, Wash.–First, the good news. Washington State University researchers have found that a rat exposed to a popular herbicide while in the womb developed no diseases and showed no apparent health…

Sleep Deprivation Therapy Rapidly Improves Depression

Sleep Deprivation Therapy Rapidly Improves Depression Sleep Deprivation Therapy Rapidly Improves Depression from Clinical News – VHFILM on Vimeo. We review what may be viewed by some as a counter-intuitive meta analysis in regard to the rapid effects and significant success of sleep deprivation therapy on depression. Citation: Meta-Analysis of the Antidepressant Effects of Acute…

Comprehensive meta-analysis affirms cranberries’ role in promoting a healthy urinary tract

Public Release: 19-Sep-2017   New investigation advises doctors to recommend cranberry products as first line of defense against repeated urinary tract infections (UTIs) Pollock Communications CARVER, Mass., September 19, 2017 – A thorough review of dozens of studies led scientists to conclude that healthcare professionals should be telling their patients to have cranberry products as…

Sleep deprivation is an effective anti-depressant for nearly half of depressed patients

Public Release: 19-Sep-2017   University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine PHILADELPHIA – Sleep deprivation — typically administered in controlled, inpatient settings — rapidly reduces symptoms of depression in roughly half of depression patients, according the first meta-analysis on the subject in nearly 30 years, from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University…

Asthma medication may have psychiatric side effects

Public Release: 18-Sep-2017   Wiley In a Pharmacology Research & Perspectives study, the asthma medication montelukast (trade name Singulair) was linked with neuropsychiatric reactions such as depression and aggression, with nightmares being especially frequent in children. For the study, investigators examined all adverse drug reactions on montelukast in children and adults reported to the Netherlands…

Magnetic fields to alleviate anxiety

Magnetic fields to alleviate anxiety Magnetic fields to alleviate anxiety from Clinical News – VHFILM on Vimeo. We review the study ” Medial prefrontal cortex stimulation accelerates therapy response of exposure therapy in acrophobia. Brain Stimulation ” in which a short duration of magnetic field therapy helped unlearn certain fears. Citation: Medial prefrontal cortex stimulation…

Skin patch dissolves ‘love handles’ in mice

Public Release: 15-Sep-2017   Microneedle skin patch that delivers fat-shrinking drug locally could be used to treat obesity and diabetes Columbia University Medical Center New York, NY (Sept. 15, 2017) — Researchers have devised a medicated skin patch that can turn energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat locally while raising the body’s overall metabolism.…