Active substance raises hopes of curing hepatitis E

Public Release: 1-Aug-2018   Ruhr-University Bochum An international team of researchers has now found a possible active substance against the virus in the naturally occurring substance silvestrol. The substance inhibited the replication of pathogens both in cell culture and in the mouse model. The researchers led by Dr Daniel Todt and Prof Dr Eike Steinmann…

Experimental drug reverses hair loss and skin damage linked to fatty diet, shows new study in mice

Public Release: 30-Jul-2018   The research advances search for compounds that may someday accelerate wound healing and reverse balding Johns Hopkins Medicine In a series of experiments with mice, Johns Hopkins investigators have used an experimental compound to successfully reverse hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation linked by previous studies to human diets heavy…

Depression linked to low blood levels of acetyl-L-carnitine

Public Release: 30-Jul-2018 Stanford Medicine People with depression have low blood levels of a substance called acetyl-L-carnitine, according to a Stanford University School of Medicine scientist and her collaborators in a multicenter study. Naturally produced in the body, acetyl-L-carnitine is also widely available in drugstores, supermarkets and health food catalogs as a nutritional supplement. People…

Cannabinoid improves survival rates of mice with pancreatic cancer

Public Release: 30-Jul-2018 Queen Mary University of London Mice with pancreatic cancer that were treated with a naturally occurring constituent of medicinal cannabis alongside chemotherapy, survived almost three times longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, a new study reports. The study is published in the journal Oncogene and was led by Queen Mary University…

Pungent-tasting substance in ginger reduces bad breath

Public Release: 30-Jul-2018 How food ingredients affect our taste perception Technical University of Munich (TUM) The pungent compound 6-gingerol, a constituent of ginger, stimulates an enzyme contained in saliva – an enzyme which breaks down foul-smelling substances. It thus ensures fresh breath and a better aftertaste. Citric acid, on the other hand, increases the sodium…

Research suggests coffee consumption associated with reduced risk of death

Public Release: 31-Jul-2018   New report on coffee, mortality and life expectancy discusses potential impact of coffee consumption on all-cause mortality with some studies reporting risk reduction of up to 17 percent Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee A new roundtable report from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) titled ‘Coffee, caffeine, mortality…

Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents

Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents The study to be published on 19 July 2018 found that cumulative RF-EMF brain exposure from mobile phone use over one year may have a negative effect on the development of figural memory performance in adolescents, confirming prior results published in 2015. Foerster M., Thielens A.,…

The dark side of antibiotic ciprofloxacin

Public Release: 25-Jul-2018 Baylor College of Medicine The use of ciprofloxacin and other antibiotics of the class of fluoroquinolones may be associated with disruption of the normal functions of connective tissue, including tendon rupture, tendonitis and retinal detachment. These observations reported in a number of journals resulted in the drugs currently having a black box…

Breast cancer fuelled by mysterious Yin Yang protein

Public Release: 23-Jul-2018   Scientists have unveiled clues about a mysterious molecule called Yin Yang1 — and revealed it may fuel tumour growth in breast cancer Imperial College London IMAGE: Human breast cancer cells (with nucleus in green) Credit: Imperial College London Scientists have unveiled clues about a mysterious molecule called Yin Yang1 – and…

Turmeric eye drops could treat glaucoma

Public Release: 23-Jul-2018 University College London A derivative of turmeric could be used in eye drops to treat the early stages of glaucoma, finds a new study led by UCL and Imperial College London researchers. In the new Scientific Reports paper, the researchers report a new method to deliver curcumin, extracted from the yellow spice…

Common painkillers triple harmful side effects in dementia

Public Release: 24-Jul-2018 Commonly-prescribed opioid-based painkillers led to harmful side effects tripling in people with dementia University of Exeter Commonly-prescribed opioid-based painkillers led to harmful side effects tripling in people with dementia. Researchers from the University of Exeter, King’s College London and the University of Bergen are presenting two studies at the Alzheimer’s Association International…

New study: Omega-3s help keep kids out of trouble

Public Release: 24-Jul-2018   Research led by UMass Lowell prof is one example of how diet, biology can prevent bad, even criminal behavior University of Massachusetts Lowell LOWELL, Mass. – Something as simple as a dietary supplement could reduce disruptive, even abusive behavior, according to newly released research by a team led by a UMass…

Yeast species used in food industry causes disease in humans

Public Release: 19-Jul-2018 PLOS Caption A phylogenetic tree of strains was constructed from data from a filtered set of 150,306 SNP sites, using RRHS and Maximum Likelihood (see Methods). Branch supports represent pseudo-bootstrap values. Strains named in red are clinical isolates, and strains named in blue are environmental. For each strain, four circles indicate relative…

Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents

Public Release: 19-Jul-2018 Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute The rapid evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT) goes along with an increase in exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) in our daily life. The most relevant exposure source to the brain is the use of a mobile phone close to the head. Several studies…

Study: ADHD drugs do not improve cognition in healthy college students

Public Release: 19-Jul-2018 Medication may also impair working memory, researchers at URI, Brown University report University of Rhode Island KINGSTON, R.I., July 19, 2018 — Contrary to popular belief across college campuses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications may fail to improve cognition in healthy students and actually can impair functioning, according to a study…

Macular Degeneration risk reduced 60% by eating Oranges

Macular Degeneration risk reduced 60% by eating Oranges The research showed that people who ate at least one serving of oranges every day had more than a 60% reduced risk of developing late macular degeneration 15 years later. Bamini Gopinath Gerald Liew Annette Kifley Victoria M Flood Nichole Joachim Joshua R Lewis Jonathan M Hodgson…

Beef jerky and other processed meats associated with manic episodes

Public Release: 18-Jul-2018   Johns Hopkins Medicine An analysis of more than 1,000 people with and without psychiatric disorders has shown that nitrates–chemicals used to cure meats such as beef jerky, salami, hot dogs and other processed meat snacks–may contribute to mania, an abnormal mood state. Mania is characterized by hyperactivity, euphoria and insomnia. The…

Cannabinoids may have a vast array of anti-cancer effects

Public Release: 18-Jul-2018   Wiley Previous research has shown that cannabinoids can help lessen side effects of anti-cancer therapies. Now a new British Journal of Pharmacology review has examined their potential for the direct treatment of cancer. Phytocannabinoids are the most notable type of cannabinoid, and they occur naturally in the cannabis plant. Studies have…