Category: Missed – Medical Breakthroughs

Blue light can reduce blood pressure

Public Release: 8-Nov-2018   University of Surrey Exposure to blue light decreases blood pressure, reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a new study from the University of Surrey and Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf in collaboration with Philips reports. During this study, published in the prestigious European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, participants were exposed to…

Can stimulating the brain treat chronic pain?

Public Release: 8-Nov-2018   Neuroscientists and chronic pain experts at the UNC School of Medicine used a weak alternating current of electricity to target a specific part of the brain and significantly decrease chronic lower back pain in all participants of a small clinical trial University of North Carolina Health Care CHAPEL HILL, NC –…

NAD can restore mitochondrial function and energy production in MTDPS liver-like cells

Public Release: 6-Nov-2018   A drug screen using the SPECTRUM library identified candidates that restore energy production in DGUOK-deficient liver-like cells, offering the first potential treatment for MTDPS Medical University of South Carolina IMAGE: A phenotypic screen was performed on DGUOK-deficient liver-like cells to identify drugs that could restore ATP production. Furthermore, drug candidates were…

Regeneration in the digestive tract / Antibiotics leave permanent traces in the gut

Public Release: 6-Nov-2018   Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association The human gut is teeming with billions of beneficial bacteria. Therapies that use antibiotics often destroy most of them. Whether and how the intestinal flora will subsequently recover has been investigated by a research team that included scientists from the MDC.…

Hot brew coffee has higher levels of antioxidants than cold brew

Public Release: 31-Oct-2018   Comparing the properties of cold- and hot-brew coffee, researchers found similar acidity in both, but higher antioxidant levels in hot coffee Thomas Jefferson University (PHILADELPHIA) — In a new study, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) researchers found chemical differences between hot and cold brew coffee that may have health…

Llama-derived antibodies provide universal flu protection

Public Release: 1-Nov-2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science Researchers have generated a new anti-flu antibody that demonstrates long-lasting and universal protection from a wide variety of influenza A and B viruses, including avian-borne strains like H1N1. According to the results, the rapid onset of comprehensive flu protection it achieves may be able to…

Study finds tennis elbow treatments provide little to no benefit

Public Release: 1-Nov-2018 Meta-analysis finds treatments not better, more risky than placebo Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center BOSTON – The painful condition known as “tennis elbow” results from overuse of the tendons in the forearm, typically in a patient’s dominant arm. A repetitive stress injury, tennis elbow affects not just athletes, but also tradesmen, food…

Can chocolate, tea, coffee and zinc help make you more healthy?

Public Release: 2-Nov-2018 FAU scientists discover new protection against oxidative stress University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Ageing and a low life expectancy are caused, at least partly, by oxidative stress. A team of researchers led by Prof. Dr. Ivana Ivanovi-Burmazovi from the Chair of Bioinorganic Chemistry at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), together with researchers from the USA, have…

Trial finds diet rich in fish helps fight asthma

Public Release: 4-Nov-2018 La Trobe University A clinical trial led by La Trobe University has shown eating fish such as salmon, trout and sardines as part of a healthy diet can reduce asthma symptoms in children. The international study found children with asthma who followed a healthy Mediterranean diet enriched with fatty fish had improved…

Study links cottonseed oil with lower cholesterol

Public Release: 31-Oct-2018 University of Georgia Athens, Ga. – Researchers at the University of Georgia have found that a high-fat diet enriched with cottonseed oil drastically improved cholesterol profiles in young adult men. The researchers conducted a five-day outpatient feeding trial of 15 healthy, normal weight men to test the effects of diets enriched with…

Cancer’s most deadly assassin exists in every cell

Public Release: 29-Oct-2018   Scientists discover new kill code embedded in each cell to extinguish cancer Northwestern University Kill code is triggered by chemotherapy Potential to trigger kill code without using chemotherapy, avoiding side effects ‘I want to utilize a mechanism that nature developed,’ lead author said Cancer can’t become resistant to kill code mechanism…

Plant-based or vegan diet may be best for keeping type 2 diabetes in check

Public Release: 30-Oct-2018 It is linked to improved wellbeing, quality of life, weight loss and lower blood glucose BMJ This diet is associated with improved psychological wellbeing, a reduction in some of the known risk factors for type 2 diabetes, and possibly some of those linked to cardiovascular disease, one of the main causes of…

Fermented dairy products may protect against heart attack

Public Release: 30-Oct-2018 University of Eastern Finland Men who eat plenty of fermented dairy products have a smaller risk of incident coronary heart disease than men who eat less of these products, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. A very high consumption of non-fermented dairy products, on the other hand,…

Late night snacker? Make it cottage cheese

Public Release: 25-Oct-2018   New research shows protein before bed supports metabolism, muscle recovery Florida State University TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Eager to eat a snack before bedtime? A protein-filled snack like cottage cheese is the way to go, say Florida State University researchers. Associate Professor of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences Michael Ormsbee and former…

Anti-aging molecule NAD+ gets a boost from blocking an enzyme

Public Release: 24-Oct-2018   Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne IMAGE: This is a histological section of a normal kidney (left) versus a kidney after acute kidney injury (right). view more Credit: J. Auwerx, EPFL Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is a major player in nutrition today. Studies have shown that NAD+ concentrations decrease during aging and…

Importance of infant diet in establishing a healthy gut

Public Release: 24-Oct-2018 Newcastle University A child has until the age of two-and-a-half to establish healthy gut bacteria – with little change after this point, new research has revealed. The study also reinforced the important role breastfeeding plays in providing good gut bacteria to babies during the early stages of their life. The team, involving…

Brain-eating amoebae halted by silver nanoparticles

Public Release: 24-Oct-2018   American Chemical Society Halloween is just around the corner, and some people will celebrate by watching scary movies about brain-eating zombies. But even more frightening are real-life parasites that feed on the human brain, and they can be harder to kill than their horror-movie counterparts. Now, researchers have developed silver nanoparticles…

The composition of gut bacteria almost recovers after antibiotics

Public Release: 23-Oct-2018   University of Copenhagen The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences The trillions of bacteria in the human gut affect our health in multiple ways including effects on immune functions and metabolism. A rich and diverse gut microbiota is considered to promote health providing the human host with many competences to prevent…