Category: Missed – Medical Breakthroughs

Cannabidiol significantly reduces seizures in patients with severe form of epilepsy

Public Release: 16-May-2018 Study published in New England Journal of Medicine looked at two doses of cannabis-derived medication’s effectiveness in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome NYU Langone Health / NYU School of Medicine Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from the cannabis plant that does not produce a “high” and has been an increasing focus of medical research, was…

A high-fiber diet protects mice against the flu virus

Public Release: 15-May-2018   Cell Press Dietary fiber increases survival in influenza-infected mice by setting the immune system at a healthy level of responsiveness, according to a preclinical study published May 15th in the journal Immunity. A high-fiber diet blunts harmful, excessive immune responses in the lungs while boosting antiviral immunity by activating T cells. These…

Omega-3, omega-6 in diet alters gene expression in obesity

Public Release: 15-May-2018   Fatty acid supplementation regulates gene coding for secreted proteins in muscles American Physiological Society Bethesda, Md. (May 15, 2018)–A new study reveals that essential fats in the diet may play a role in regulating protein secretion in the muscles by changing the way genes associated with secretion act. The study is…

Keto diet protects optic nerve in glaucoma mouse model

Public Release: 14-May-2018   Low carb, high fat diet protects retina cells and their connections to the brain from degeneration Society for Neuroscience Caption A ketogenic diet preserves structure of retinal ganglion cells and their connections to the brain. Top (up): Retinal cells are more numerous in the ketogenic diet group (right). These cells were…

Study shows yogurt may dampen chronic inflammation linked to multiple diseases

Public Release: 14-May-2018   University of Wisconsin-Madison MADISON – Inflammation can be good. It’s part of the body’s innate immune system, our first line of defense against illness and injury. However, if the inflammatory response goes on for too long, it can lead to a condition called chronic inflammation, where the body essentially attacks itself,…

Is colonialism creating inappropriate regulation of traditional medicine practitioners?

PUBLIC RELEASE: 11-MAY-2018 MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC./GENETIC ENGINEERING NEWS CAPTION JACM (The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine) is a monthly peer-reviewed journal published online with open access options and in print that is dedicated to research on paradigm, practice, and policy advancing integrative health. CREDIT: MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC., PUBLISHERS New Rochelle, NY, May…

New link between gut microbiome and artery hardening discovered

PUBLIC RELEASE: 10-MAY-2018 UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM The level of diversity of the ‘good bacteria’ in our digestive systems has been found to be linked to a feature of cardiovascular disease – hardening of the arteries – in new research by experts at the University of Nottingham and King’s College London. The gut microbiome is under…

Hypertensive patients may benefit from folic acid supplements

Public Release: 7-May-2018 Patients with low platelet count and high homocysteine levels reduced first stroke risk by 73 percent with the B vitamin American College of Cardiology Hypertensive adults with low platelet count who took a combined daily pill of both enalapril and folic acid saw a 73 percent reduction in their risk of first…

Very-low-carb diet shows promise in type 1 diabetes

Public Release: 7-May-2018   Survey finds exceptional blood-sugar control with few complications; researchers call for clinical trials Boston Children’s Hospital Very-low-carbohydrate diets can improve blood sugar control in type 1 diabetes, with low rates of hypoglycemia and other complications, according to an online patient survey. The researchers, led by Belinda Lennerz, MD, PhD, and David…

Eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, despite conflicting advice

Public Release: 7-May-2018   No extra risk for people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes University of Sydney University of Sydney researchers aim to help clear up conflicting dietary advice around egg consumption, as a new study finds eating up to 12 eggs per week for a year did not increase cardiovascular risk factors in…

Fasting boosts stem cells’ regenerative capacity

Public Release: 3-May-2018 A drug treatment that mimics fasting can also provide the same benefit, study finds Massachusetts Institute of Technology CAMBRIDGE, MA — As people age, their intestinal stem cells begin to lose their ability to regenerate. These stem cells are the source for all new intestinal cells, so this decline can make it…

Frequent sauna bathing reduces risk of stroke

Public Release: 3-May-2018   University of Eastern Finland   IMAGE: Frequent sauna bathing reduces the risk of stroke. Credit: UEF Frequent sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of stroke, according to a new international study. In a 15-year follow-up study, people taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 61% less likely to…

Daily aspirin doubles the risk of melanoma in men

Public Release: 3-May-2018 Daily aspirin linked to higher risk in men Women taking daily aspirin do not have higher risk in the same population Northwestern University Results surprising because aspirin is often reported to decrease risk of certain cancers Men who take daily aspirin may benefit from periodic skin exams by the dermatologist ‘This does…

Walnuts impact gut microbiome and improve health

Public Release: 3-May-2018   University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences   URBANA, Ill. – Diets rich in nuts, such as walnuts, have been shown to play a role in heart health and in reducing colorectal cancer. According to a new study from the University of Illinois, the way walnuts impact the…

Diet rich in fish and legumes may help to delay natural menopause

Public Release: 30-Apr-2018   But high dietary intake of refined carbs may help to hasten it, suggests research BMJ A diet rich in fish and legumes may help to delay the natural menopause, while high dietary intake of refined carbs, such as pasta and rice, may instead help to hasten it, suggests the first UK…

Metastatic cancer gorges on fructose in the liver

Public Release: 26-Apr-2018   Discovery of metabolic reprogramming in metastatic cancer could lead to new therapies Duke University DURHAM, N.C. — Biomedical engineers at Duke University have demonstrated that metastatic cancer cells can reprogram their metabolism to thrive in new organs. Specifically, the research shows that cells originating from colorectal cancer change their dietary habits…

Did eating dark chocolate improve vision?

Public Release: 26-Apr-2018 JAMA Ophthalmology Bottom Line: A small study found slight improvement in vision after eating dark chocolate. Why The Research Is Interesting: Eating dark chocolate has been associated with better blood flow, mood and cognition in the short term but little is known about its possible effects on vision. Who and When: 30…

Probiotics useful in the fight against infection prevention

Public Release: 26-Apr-2018   New research shows probiotics may be a prevention tool for Clostridium difficile infections Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America NEW YORK (April 26, 2018) – Probiotics may be a relatively safe, simple, and low-cost solution for preventing Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) in hospital settings, according to two studies published today in…