Are there long-term health risks after having tonsils or adenoids removed in childhood?

Public Release: 7-Jun-2018   JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Bottom Line: Removing tonsils and adenoids in children in Denmark was associated with increased long-term risk of respiratory, infectious and allergic diseases. Why The Research Is Interesting: Tonsils and adenoids are commonly removed in childhood to treat conditions such as chronic ear infections and obstructed breathing.…

Essential oils to fight bacterial infections

Public Release: 7-Jun-2018   James Cook University   James Cook University scientists have discovered a technique to apply natural plant extracts such as Tea Tree Oil as a coating for medical devices, a process which could prevent millions of infections every year. Professor Mohan Jacob, Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at JCU, leads a…

High vitamin D levels linked to lower cholesterol in children

Public Release: 7-Jun-2018   University of Eastern Finland There is a link between higher serum vitamin D levels and lower plasma cholesterol levels in primary school children, new research from the University of Eastern Finland shows. Children whose serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels exceeded 80 nmol/l had lower plasma total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels…

Customized resistance exercise a factor for success with fibromyalgia

Public Release: 7-Jun-2018 University of Gothenburg Fibromyalgia and resistance exercise have often been considered an impossible combination. But with proper support and individually adjusted exercises, female patients achieved considerable health improvements, according to research carried out at Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden. “If the goal for these women is to improve their strength, then they shouldn’t be…

Lung Function Decline Dramatically Slowed with a Flavonoid

  Lung Function Decline Dramatically Slowed with a Flavonoid Lung Function Decline Dramatically Slowed with a Flavonoid Previous research has shown that the plant-produced chemicals known as flavonoids have beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Anthocyanins, the type of flavonoid investigated in the current study, have been detected in lung tissue shortly after being ingested, and…

New study finds plant protein, fiber, nuts lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure

Public Release: 4-Jun-2018 Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine WASHINGTON – A new meta-analysis published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases finds that a diet that includes plant protein, fiber, nuts, and plant sterols lowers cholesterol, improves blood pressure, and improves other markers for cardiovascular disease risk. The diet is based on the “Portfolio Diet,”…

Lifespan greatly enhanced with Synbiotics

Lifespan greatly enhanced with Synbiotics Lifespan greatly enhanced with Synbiotics Scientists fed fruit flies with a combination of probiotics and an herbal supplement called Triphala that was able to prolong the flies’ longevity by 60 % and protect them against chronic diseases associated with aging. Susan Westfall, Nikita Lomis, Satya Prakash. Longevity extension in Drosophila…

How might baking soda boost cancer therapy?

Public Release: 31-May-2018 Ludwig researchers describe how acidity turns oxygen-starved cancer cells dormant and drug resistant — and a potentially easy way reverse the effect Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research MAY 31, 2018, NEW YORK — A Ludwig Cancer Research study has uncovered an entirely novel mechanism by which cells enter a state of dormancy…

Green tea molecule could prevent heart attacks

Public Release: 31-May-2018 Compound breaks-up potentially dangerous protein plaques in blood vessels British Heart Foundation Green tea could hold the key to preventing deaths from heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis, according to research funded by the British Heart Foundation and published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Scientists from Lancaster University and the…

The secret to longevity is in the microbiome and the gut

Public Release: 31-May-2018 Experiments in fruit flies show increased lifespan thanks to a combination of probiotics and an herbal supplement McGill University You are what you eat. Or so the saying goes. Science now tells us that we are what the bacteria living in our intestinal tract eat and this could have an influence on…

How much exercise is needed to help improve thinking skills?

Public Release: 30-May-2018 American Academy of Neurology MINNEAPOLIS – We know that exercise may help improve thinking skills. But how much exercise? And for how long? To find the answers, researchers reviewed all of the studies where older adults were asked to exercise for at least four weeks and their tests of thinking and memory…

Kefir may help Hypertension and Neuroinflammation

Kefir may help Hypertension and Neuroinflammation Kefir may help Hypertension and Neuroinflammation Drinking kefir may have a positive effect on blood pressure by promoting communication between the gut and brain. Kefir is a fermented probiotic milk beverage known to help maintain the balance of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. Probiotic Kefir Antihypertensive Effects in…

Cannabidiol Significantly reduces Epileptic seizures

Cannabidiol Significantly reduces Epileptic seizures Cannabidiol Significantly reduces Epileptic seizures In the new study comparing two doses of CBD to a placebo, the researchers reported a 41.9 percent reduction in “drop seizures” — a type of seizure that results in severe loss of muscle control and balance — in patients taking a 20 mg/kg/d CBD…

Whey protein supplements and exercise help women improve body composition

Public Release: 23-May-2018 Purdue University WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — It’s known that men benefit from whey protein supplements and exercise, and for what is believed to be the first time, the same can be said for women, according to a large study review by Purdue University nutrition experts. “There is a public perception that whey…

Rehabilitating lactate: From poison to cure

Public Release: 23-May-2018 Once thought to cause muscle fatigue, it’s now being investigated as a treatment for disease University of California – Berkeley George Brooks has been trying to reshape thinking about lactate – in the lab, the clinic and on the training field – for more than 40 years, and finally, it seems, people…

Study finds antioxidant-enriched vitamin reduces respiratory illnesses in patients with CF

Public Release: 23-May-2018 Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine lead a multicenter clinical trial that identifies benefits of a specially formulated antioxidant supplement Children’s Hospital Colorado Researchers at Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) and the University of Colorado School of Medicine have found that taking a specially formulated antioxidant-enriched multivitamin…

Eating Eggs May Greatly reduce Stroke and CVD risks

Eating Eggs May Greatly reduce Stroke and CVD risks Eating Eggs May Greatly reduce Stroke and CVD risks There were significant dose-response relationships of egg consumption with morbidity of all CVD endpoints (P for linear trend <0.05). Daily consumers also had an 18% lower risk of CVD death and a 28% lower risk of haemorrhagic…

A vegetarian diet is not only good for you — it’s the most affordable too

Public Release: 22-May-2018 European Association for the Study of Obesity Eating a vegetarian diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and grains is not only good for you, it’s also more affordable then other healthy dietary patterns if you’re buying online, according to new research being presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Vienna,…

Flavonoids may slow lung function decline due to aging

Public Release: 21-May-2018   American Thoracic Society Previous research has shown that the plant-produced chemicals known as flavonoids have beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Anthocyanins, the type of flavonoid investigated in the current study, have been detected in lung tissue shortly after being ingested, and in animals models of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The…