Nutrients may reduce blood glucose levels

Public Release: 10-Oct-2018 Study in cells and animals shows that one amino acid can provide brief beneficial effects Joslin Diabetes Center BOSTON – (October 10, 2018) – Type 2 diabetes is driven by many metabolic pathways, with some pathways driven by amino acids, the molecular building blocks for proteins. Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center now…

Plant compound found to have therapeutic effect on complications from snakebites

Public Release: 11-Oct-2018 A PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases press release PLOS Rutin, a flavonoid, may complement antivenom as an effective co-treatment for envenoming from Bothrops jaraca. Researchers have found that rutin, an inexpensive, plant-based compound may protect envenomed mice from bleeding and inflammation problems, according to a study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases by…

Scientists accidentally reprogram mature mouse GABA neurons into dopaminergic-like neurons

Public Release: 11-Oct-2018 Cell Press IMAGE: This image shows Dr. Chun-Li Zhang and Lei-Lei Wang. Credit: David Gresham / UT Southwestern Attempting to make dopamine-producing neurons out of glial cells in mouse brains, a group of researchers instead converted mature inhibitory neurons into dopaminergic cells. Their findings, appearing October 11 in the journal Stem Cell…

Low copper levels linked to fatter fat cells

Public Release: 11-Oct-2018 Johns Hopkins researchers have found that low levels of cellular copper appear to make fat cells fatter by altering how cells process their main metabolic fuels, such as fat and sugar Johns Hopkins Medicine IMAGE: Fat cells deficient in copper grew to twice the size of normal adipocytes. Credit: Credit: Haojun Yang,…

Link between gut flora and multiple sclerosis discovered

Public Release: 11-Oct-2018 University of Zurich Caption Diminishing myelin sheaths: The damaged areas (at the bottom of the image) of the brains of MS patients lack myelin (at the top, in blue). (Image: Dr. med. Imke Metz, University of Göttingen, Germany) Credit: Image: Dr. med. Imke Metz, University of Göttingen, Germany Multiple sclerosis is an…

NIH study finds probiotic Bacillus eliminates Staphylococcus bacteria

NIH study finds probiotic Bacillus eliminates Staphylococcus bacteria NIH study finds probiotic Bacillus eliminates Staphylococcus bacteria A new study from National Institutes of Health scientists and their Thai colleagues shows that a “good” bacterium commonly found in probiotic digestive supplements helps eliminate Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacteria that can cause serious antibiotic-resistant infections. Pipat…

Study firms up diet and depression link

Public Release: 9-Oct-2018 James Cook University Does fast food contribute to depression? Can a healthy diet combat mental illness? In an unusual experiment, James Cook University researchers in Australia have found that among Torres Strait Islander people the amount of fish and processed food eaten is related to depression. A JCU research team led by…

Higher levels of urinary fluoride associated with ADHD in children

Public Release: 10-Oct-2018 University of Toronto Higher levels of urinary fluoride associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children Higher levels of urinary fluoride during pregnancy are associated with more ADHD-like symptoms in school-age children, according to University of Toronto and York University researchers. “Our findings are consistent with a growing body of evidence…

NIH study finds probiotic bacillus eliminates staphylococcus bacteria

Public Release: 10-Oct-2018   Additional studies of common supplement planned NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases   IMAGE: Woman selling vegetable snacks in a Thai market — a possible source of probiotic Bacillus spores. Credit: NIAID A new study from National Institutes of Health scientists and their Thai colleagues shows that a “good” bacterium…

Recovering from a heart attack? Hold the antibiotics

  University of Wisconsin-Madison MADISON – The community of microorganisms that live in the human gut has been shown to confer all kinds of health benefits. Now, an international team of researchers has shown in mice that a healthy gut microbiome is important for recovery after a heart attack. Writing today (Oct. 8, 2018) in…

Scoliosis linked to essential mineral

Public Release: 9-Oct-2018   Children with severely curved spines may be unable to use manganese Washington University School of Medicine Nobody knows why some children’s backs start to curve to one side just as they hit puberty. Most children diagnosed with scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, have no known risk factors. A new study…

Seed oils are best for LDL cholesterol

Public Release: 9-Oct-2018   Researchers use new technique to draw conclusions from disparate diet studies American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Caption Using a statistical technique called network meta-analysis, researchers have combined the results of dozens of studies of dietary oils to identify those with the best effect on patients’ LDL cholesterol and other…

Pilot study: Migraine can be treated without medicine

Public Release: 4-Oct-2018   Some migraine patients can cut down on medication or stop using it completely by using a newly developed inhaler which changes the composition of the air we breathe; this is the result of a pilot study conducted at Aarhus University, Denmark Aarhus University By slightly changing the body’s own molecules using…

Lifespan and Health Extended Dramatically with Fisetin

Lifespan and Health Extended Dramatically with Fisetin Lifespan and Health Extended Dramatically with Fisetin University of Minnesota Medical School faculty Paul D. Robbins and Laura J. Niedernhofer and Mayo Clinic investigators James L. Kirkland and Tamara Tchkonia, showed it was possible to reduce the burden of damaged cells, termed senescent cells, and extend lifespan and…

Hugs may help protect against conflict-related distress

Public Release: 3-Oct-2018   Hug receipt on day of interpersonal conflict correlated with smaller decrease in positive affect PLOS Receiving hugs may buffer against deleterious changes in mood associated with interpersonal conflict, according to a study published October 3rd in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Murphy of Carnegie Mellon University, , along with…

A grape constituent protects against cancer

Public Release: 3-Oct-2018   Scientists at UNIGE discovered that a molecule found in grape skin and seeds can protect against lung cancer when administered by the nasal route. Université de Genève   Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the world, and 80% of death are related to smoking. In addition to tobacco…

Drinking more water reduces bladder infections in women

Public Release: 1-Oct-2018   UT Southwestern Medical Center In the controlled trial, women who drank an additional 1.5 liters of water daily experienced 48 percent fewer repeat bladder infections than those who drank their usual volume of fluids, said senior author Dr. Yair Lotan, Professor of Urology and with the Simmons Cancer Center at UT…

Vitamin D supplements may promote weight loss in obese children

Public Release: 27-Sep-2018 European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Vitamin D supplements may promote weight loss and reduce risk factors for future heart and metabolic disease in overweight and obese children, according to research presented today at the 57th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting. These findings indicate that simple vitamin D supplementation may be…

Vitamin B supplements may protect kidney function in children with diabetes

Public Release: 28-Sep-2018   European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Vitamin B supplements have a protective effect on kidney function in children and adolescents with type-1 diabetes, according to research presented today at the 57th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting. These findings indicate that simple supplementation of vitamin B complex may protect against the…

Taste and Smell disorders in Chemotherapy alleviated by Lactoferrin Supplementation

Taste and Smell disorders in Chemotherapy alleviated by Lactoferrin Supplementation Taste and Smell disorders in Chemotherapy alleviated by Lactoferrin Supplementation Research shows that daily lactoferrin supplementation elicits changes in the salivary protein profiles in cancer patients – changes that may be influential in helping to protect taste buds and odor perception. Wang, Aili & Duncan,…