K-State researcher examining why common anti-inflammatory drugs harm intestines

Public release date: 21-Jun-2007 K-State researchers are examining how nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, damage the tissue that lines the gastrointestinal tract. James Lillich, associate professor of clinical sciences, is leading the research. He said NSAIDs are some of the most commonly used prescription and over-the-counter drugs for relieving ailments from headaches to arthritis. NSAIDs…

Spuds that like you — in your summer salad

It has long been known that eating potatoes is good for bowel health, but new research suggests that they may also have a beneficial effect on the whole immune system. Especially if eaten cold or in a potato salad, Anne Pichon reports in Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the SCI. The general down-regulation of…

Omega-3 fatty acids protect eyes against retinopathy, study finds

Public release date: 24-Jun-2007 Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids protect against the development and progression of retinopathy, a deterioration of the retina, in mice. This is the major finding of a study that appears in the July 2007 issue of the journal Nature Medicine. The study was a collaborative effort by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston,…

Gut check: Tracking the ecosystem within us

Public release date: 25-Jun-2007 For more than 100 years, scientists have known that humans carry a rich ecosystem within their intestines. An astonishing number and variety of microbes, including as many as 400 species of bacteria, help humans digest food, mitigate disease, regulate fat storage, and even promote the formation of blood vessels. By applying…

Adding folic acid to bread could help in the fight against depression

Public Release: 26-Jun-2007   In research published in the July edition of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the York team led by Dr Simon Gilbody, concluded that there was a link between depression and low folate levels, following a review of 11 previous studies involving 15,315 participants.   Dr Gilbody said: “Our study…

Drugs Slip Past FDA, Sell Unapproved by the Millions

  Ballay Pharmaceuticals Inc. had a choice nine years ago: seek U.S. approval to sell a prescription decongestant or slip the drug on the market and hope regulators wouldn’t order it off. Almost 2 percent of U.S. prescriptions dispensed last year, or as many as 73 million, were for unapproved medicines such as Balamine, the…

Antibiotic use in infants linked to asthma

Public release date: 11-Jun-2007     Infants lacking dog exposure have double asthma risk   (NORTHBROOK, IL, JUNE 11, 2007) – New research indicates that children who receive antibiotics before their first birthday are significantly more likely to develop asthma by age 7. The study, published in the June issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal…

New study: Pycnogenol reduces heart failure

Public release date: 16-May-2007 A study to be published in an upcoming edition of the journal of Cardiovascular Toxicology reveals Pycnogenol natural pine bark extract from the French maritime pine tree, helps prevent damage that high blood pressure causes to the heart. The study demonstrates Pycnogenol counteracts the “wearing out” of the heart, which may…

CAM-oriented primary care providers result in cost savings, high patient satisfaction

Public release date: 7-Jun-2007     Researchers found that over the course of the seven-year study, patients visiting chiropractors and other CAM-oriented PCPs had 60 percent fewer hospitalizations, 62 percent fewer outpatient surgical cases, and 85 percent lower pharmaceutical costs when compared with total network HMO utilization rates and costs. The chiropractors and other CAM…

Studies link insurance coverage to more advanced cancers

Public release date: 11-Jun-2007 Two new studies find the uninsured and people with certain types of public health insurance are more likely to be diagnosed with more advanced cancer compared to those with private insurance. The studies, published in the July 15, 2007 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, find…

Experts say many in Britain malnourished

Jun 8, 7:53 PM ET 2007 Many nutrition experts believe the number of malnourished Britons is closer to 4 million, about 6 percent of the population, than the government’s estimate of 2 million. There are no statistics on how many obese people may be malnourished, but doctors say they are seeing patients who are both…

Drug company funding of drug trials greatly influences outcome

In head-to-head trials of two drugs, the one deemed better appears to depend largely on who is funding the study, according to an analysis of nearly 200 statin-drug comparisons carried out between 1999 and 2005. UCSF researchers examined 192 published results of trials comparing one cholesterol-lowering statin drug to another, or to a non-statin drug.…

Published study shows benefits of Diachrome for people with type 2 diabetes.

Public release date: 8-Jan-2007   Additional research presented at the 19th World Diabetes Congress Meeting supports the efficacy and safety of chromium picolinate in diabetes management   The 30-day study examined thirty-six overweight or obese poorly controlled patients with type 2 diabetes taking Diachrome who were already receiving oral anti-diabetic drug(s). The results also showed…

Hot flashes may be welcome sign in women with breast cancer, study says

CHICAGO, June 4, 2007 — Women on tamoxifen therapy who reported having hot flashes were less likely to develop recurrent breast cancer than those who did not report hot flashes, according to a study from the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Moreover, hot flashes were a stronger predictor of…

Herb shows potential to reduce cancer-related fatigue

North Central Cancer Treatment Group reports on pilot ginseng study CHICAGO — North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) researchers, based at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have generated preliminary data suggesting that a form of American ginseng provides greater improvements in fatigue and vitality in patients who receive the highest doses tested, compared to lower…

Flaxseed stunts the growth of prostate tumors

Public release date: 2-Jun-2007 DURHAM, N.C. — Flaxseed, an edible seed that is rich in omega 3-fatty acids and fiber-related compounds known as lignans, is effective in halting prostate tumor growth, according to a study led by Duke University Medical Center researchers. The seed, which is similar to a sesame seed, may be able to…

Folic Acid Supplements Cut Stroke Risk

  Folic acid supplementation may reduce the risk of stroke by 18 percent or more, but it’s not clear whether it boosts outcomes for other cardiovascular conditions, researchers say.   For the new research, a U.S. team reviewed eight studies of folic acid supplementation, which lowers concentrations of homocysteine in the blood. High homocysteine levels…