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Week 2 - 2011

A fat tummy shrivels your brain

He found that obese individuals had more water in the amygdala - a part of the brain involved in eating behaviour.

A Fungus Is Destroying All Of Our Bananas

Tropical Race Four, a soil-born fungus, has been destroying bananas across the world.

Abstinence, heavy drinking, binge drinking associated with increased risk of cognitive impairment

Previous research regarding the association between alcohol consumption and dementia or cognitive impairment in later life suggests that mild to moderate alcohol consumption might be protective of dementia. However, most of the research has been conducted on subjects already rather elderly at the start of the follow-up. A new study published in the December issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease addresses this problem with a follow-up of more than two decades.

ADHD stops children being able to switch off daydreaming brain

Children with attention deficit disorder have brains that cannot stop daydreaming, claims a new study.

Alaska pipeline shut down after leak discovered

The Trans Alaska Pipeline shut down on Saturday after a leak was discovered at the intake pump station at Prudhoe Bay, constricting supply in one of the United States' key oil arteries.

Alternatieve oplossingen...

Mooi overzicht van links naar alternatieve mogelijkheden [Gerrit]

An Update on Homemade Deodorant

It’s been over a year since I posted the baby steps I used to move from traditional antiperspirant to an actual homemade deodorant. Many of you have taken the plunge as well (if you haven’t, winter is a great time to start something like this!) and I wanted to update you on what I’ve learned since then.

Arsenic agent shuts down 2 hard-to-treat cancers in animal experiments

Researchers at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, a part of Georgetown University Medical Center, have found that an arsenic-based agent already FDA-approved for a type of leukemia may be helpful in another hard-to-treat cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma (ES). The research, based on animal studies, also suggests the drug might be beneficial in treating medulloblastoma, a highly malignant pediatric brain cancer (see also Clinical Trials Research).

Babies process language in a grown-up way

Combining the cutting-edge technologies of MRI and MEG, scientists at the University of California, San Diego show that babies just over a year old process words they hear with the same brain structures as adults, and in the same amount of time. Moreover, the researchers found that babies were not merely processing the words as sounds, but were capable of grasping their meaning.

Bacteria eyed for possible role in atherosclerosis

Dr. Emil Kozarov and a team of researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have identified specific bacteria that may have a key role in vascular pathogenesis, specifically atherosclerosis, or what is commonly referred to as "hardening of the arteries" -- the number one cause of death in the United States.

Bedding for Laboratory Animals Can Greatly Influence Procedures

Bedding is one of the most important items within the microenvironment of laboratory animals. It provides warmth, maintains the environment of the cage, and adds to the overall welfare of the animals in care. It is an essential item for all animals in captivity.

Being poor can suppress children's genetic potentials

Growing up poor can suppress a child's genetic potential to excel cognitively even before the age of 2, according to research from psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Benefit of brachytherapy in patients with early-stage prostate cancer is still unclear

It remains an unresolved issue as to whether interstitial brachytherapy has advantages compared to other therapy options in men with localized prostate cancer, nor do newer studies provide proof in this respect. This is the result of a current IQWiG report, thereby confirming the conclusions of research already completed by the Institute in 2007. Studies of informative value are still lacking.

Boys first!

In situations of chronic food shortage, parents are inclined to give boys a preferential treatment. Anyway, the health of their daughters suffers more from food insecurity. This is shown by research fromp the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Ethiopia, appearing in the journal Pediatrics. It is self-evident that food shortages are not healthy, but up to now nobody hat looked if all children in a family suffer equaly, or if there are gender differences. In most studies into the effects of food insecurity, parents were questioned, not their children. Scientists of Jimma University (Ethiopia), assisted by American and Flemish scientists, during five years followed two thousand teenagers in as many households, in urban as wel as rural communities.

Breastfed babies make stronger, healthier adolescents

A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition adds more evidence to the fact that breastfed babies end up healthier and more vibrant than babies that are not breastfed. Enrique Garcia Artero and his colleagues from the University of Granada determined that breastfeeding leads to increased muscle muscle mass, greater athletic performance, and overall improved health as children grow into adolescence.

Calcium & Vitamin D Recommendations

Sundeep Khosla, MD, endocrinologist, Mayo Clinic President, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

Carbon dioxide capture plans could add £60bn to UK coffers

EU considers £1bn fund to set up plants to use greenhouse gas to help recover North Sea oil

Carcinogen found in 60% of thermal paper

Over 60 percent of thermal paper samples widely used for ATM (automatic teller machine) receipts and fax papers were found to contain the carcinogenic compound Bisphenol A (BPA), a test conducted by the Consumers' Foundation revealed.

Carnegie Mellon researchers identify 'Facebook neurons'

Carnegie Mellon researchers have found that within the brain's neocortex lies a subnetwork of highly active neurons that behave much like people in social networks. Like Facebook, these neuronal networks have a small population of highly active members who give and receive more information than most other members. By identifying these neurons, scientists will now be able to study them further and increase their understanding of the brain's center of higher learning.

Cause of male baldness discovered, experts say

Experts say they have discovered what they believe is the cause of male pattern baldness.

CDC adjusts fluoride poisoning of America's water supply to a lower level

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) today issued a startling report that admits 2 in 5 children in America show signs of fluoride poisoning (streaking, spotting or pitting of teeth due to dental fluorosis). The agency concluded that fluoride levels need to be lowered in municipal water supplies, reducing fluoride to 0.7 milligrams per liter (the previous recommended upper limit was 1.2 milligrams per liter).

Chemical Agri-Business Farm Bureau Demands its Right to Pollute U.S. Groundwater and Atmosphere

AP writer Ray Henry reported yesterday that, "A sweeping plan to control water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay must be challenged because it will ruin regional agriculture and become the model for similar restrictions nationally, the head of the nation's largest farm lobbying group said Sunday.

Chemical tied to hormonal syndrome

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome have increased blood levels of the widely used industrial chemical bisphenol A, a small study finds -- raising the question of whether the compound plays some role in the disorder.

Cherry Juice Study

The researchers found when participants drank the tart cherry juice, markers of inflammation dropped significantly. Levels of triglycerides also decreased significantly.

Children are not miniature adults

Treating fractures in children requires special knowledge of growth physiology. Incorrect treatment of bone fractures in child and adolescent patients is less often caused by technical deficiencies than by a misjudgment of the special conditions in this age group. In the current issue of Deutsches Aerzteblatt International Ralf Kraus and Lucas Wessel point out possible therapeutic errors and outline strategies to avoid these.

Children Becoming Collateral Damage

Ali Kinani was nine years old. He died on September 16, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq, the youngest victim in a Blackwater shootout that killed at least seventeen.

China to control rare earth extraction, pollution

China will step up its controls over the mining of rare earths and release new industry standards to cut pollution, a minister and media said on Friday, after the world's biggest supplier cut export quotas for the minerals.

Cleaning Your Tap Water of Toxins Has Toxic Consequences

In replacing chlorine as a disinfectant in drinking water, we now have something turning out to pose possibly more serious health risks.

Coconut boosts brain function

New research is showing that coconut oil can supply the brain with a very clean source of energy that prevents unwanted short-term symptoms and is effective at preventing and treating neurodegenerative disease states.

Comparison of Chlorella vulgaris dressing and sodium alginate dressing

CV extract can be used as an effective supplement for wound dressing.

Could eating carrots help you grow more beautiful?

For scientists say those who eat fruit and vegetables such as carrots and plums are considered more attractive.

Could Fructose Malabsorption Be Causing Your Depression?

Symptoms of depression with fructose malabsorption are the result of strain on the immune system response and decreased levels of L-tryptophan in the brain.

Could high depression rates be linked to being overly clean?

The more hygienic our environments, the more we are deprived of bacteria and other micro-organisms that live in our gut.

Debate over autism and vaccines rages on despite researcher's downfall

For years, experts have known that a 1998 paper linking childhood vaccines to autism was fatally flawed. British authorities even stripped the paper's primary author, Andrew J. Wakefield, of his p

Debunking solar energy efficiency measurements

Solar energy developers have been hopeful that new advances in thin-film solar panels will make the technology more marketable. Now a Tel Aviv University physicist is putting a lid on some of the current hype surrounding the technology -- and may bring the development of solar energy more down-to-earth.

Delivering a potent cancer drug with nanoparticles can lessen side effects

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital have shown that they can deliver the cancer drug cisplatin much more effectively and safely in a form that has been encapsulated in a nanoparticle targeted to prostate tumor cells and is activated once it reaches its target.

Dentists causing infection and blood poisoning in 'supervised neglect' of children, expert claims

Dentists are causing children pain, infection and blood poisoning because they allow problems in milk teeth to go untreated in a system of 'supervised neglect', an expert claimed.

Does it hurt?

It is well known that pain is a highly subjective experience. We each have a pain threshold, but this can vary depending on distractions and mood. A paper in the International Journal of Behavioral and Healthcare Research offers a cautionary note on measuring perceived pain in research.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare to Launch Self-Tanning Pads With Vitamin D and Anti-Aging Benefits

Starting this spring, scoring a safe tan doesn't have to mean sacrificing the Vitamin D benefits that come with sun exposure.

Drugs for hair loss and BPH may result in loss of libido, ED in men

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine, in collaboration with colleagues at Lahey Clinic and from Denmark and Germany, have found that 5a-reductase inhibitors, while improving urinary symptoms in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia and possible hair loss prevention, produces significant adverse effects in some individuals including loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory dysfunction and potential depression. These findings currently appear on-line in Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Early investigations promising for detecting metastatic breast cancer cells

Research by engineers and cancer biologists at Virginia Tech indicate that using specific silicon microdevices might provide a new way to screen breast cancer cells' ability to metastasize.

Electromagnetic Frequency Mind Control Weapons

A relevant December 2007 Department of Defense (DOD) report called them a "transformational game changer in military operations, able to augment and improve operational capabilities in many areas," for both lethal and non-lethal purposes.

Embryonic stem cells help deliver 'good genes' in a model of inherited blood disorder

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital report a gene therapy strategy that improves the condition of a mouse model of an inherited blood disorder, Beta Thalassemia. Some of the stem cell lines do not inherit the disease gene and can thus be used for transplantation-based treatments of the same mice. Findings could hold promise for a new treatment strategy for autosomal dominant diseases like certain forms of Beta Thalassemia, tuberous sclerosis or Huntington's disease.

EPA "pollution diet" starves agriculture

The head of the largest U.S. farm group called on Congress to stop ruinous EPA "over-regulation" of agriculture and announced on Sunday a lawsuit against EPA rules to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution.

EPA to Bar Fluoride-Based Pesticide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed to grant three environmental groups’ petition to end the use of sulfuryl fluoride, an insecticide and food fumigant manufactured by Dow AgroSciences.

EPA wants less fluoride in water, but do we need any of the chemical?

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly announced on Jan 7 their new recommendations on water fluoridation.

Essential Oils help combat acne and scarring

Acne medications on the market often contain acids and chemicals that dry the skin and cause rashes, redness and peeling. Essential oils provide a gentle and inexpensive way of treating acne, clearing infections and healing acne scarring. Known for their antiseptic, antibacterial and calming properties, essential oils can help to clear acne outbreaks and promote healing.

Evidence lacking for widespread use of costly antipsychotic drugs, says Stanford researcher

Many prescriptions for the top-selling class of drugs, known as atypical antipsychotic medications, lack strong evidence that the drugs will actually help, a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and University of Chicago has found. Yet, drugs in this class may cause such serious effects as weight gain, diabetes and heart disease, and cost Americans billions of dollars.

Extracting cellular 'engines' may aid in understanding mitochondrial diseases

Medical researchers who crave a means of exploring the genetic culprits behind a host of neuromuscular disorders may have just had their wish granted by a NIST team that has performed surgery on single cells to extract and examine their mitochondria.

Family, friends, social ties influence weight status in young adults

Does obesity tend to "cluster" among young adults? And if so, what impact does it have on both their weight and weight-related behaviors? That's what researchers from the Miriam Hospital's Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center set out to answer to better understand how social influences affect both weight status and weight loss intentions in this difficult-to-reach age group.

Father's diet can affect future child's health, UT study says

The study found that male mice who ate a low-protein diet passed on to their offspring cellular changes in their livers that affect fat and cholesterol metabolism.

Faulty 'off-switch' stops children with ADHD from concentrating

Brain scans of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have shown for the first time why people affected by the condition sometimes have difficulty in concentrating. The study, by experts at the University of Nottingham, may explain why parents often say that their child can maintain concentration when they are doing something that interests them, but struggles with boring tasks.

Feds yank GM crops from Northeast refuges while pushing New Zealand to go GM

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has agreed to stop planting genetically engineered (GE) crops on all its refuges within a dozen Northeastern states, according to a settlement agreement in a lawsuit brought by conservation and food safety groups. Because the federal government would not agree to end illegal GE agriculture in refuges nationally, new litigation is being prepared in other regions where as many as 75 other national wildlife refuges now growing GE crops are vulnerable to similar suits.

Finland recommends year-round vitamin D supplement intak

Under the new guidelines children of all ages as well as pregnant and nursing women are advised to take daily vitamin D supplements throughout the year.

Finnish Doctors Recommend More Vitamin D

New recommended daily doses of vitamin D, which is essential for bone health, were published on Monday in Finland. Changes concern mostly vitamin intake by children and pregnant or nursing women.

Food dyes and allergies

You know about nuts and dairy – but did you know dyes can be an issue too? Read about one mom's quest to improve our kids' food supply.

Fructose-rich drinks linked to gout

Consumption of beverages sweetened with fructose substantially raised the risk of gout in a large, long-term prospective study involving women.

Fungus extract could help protect skin against UV-induced DNA damage

Extracts from the Cordyceps fungus could help protect the skin from damage caused by UVB radiation, according to recent research.

Genetic Engineering 'Has Polluted Rivers Across the United States'

An insecticide used in genetically modified (GM) crops grown extensively in the United States and other parts of the world has leached into the water of the surrounding environment.

German asthma warning for swimming babies

Germany's Federal Environment Agency (UBA) on Monday advised parents of babies in families with a history of allergies not to take them to indoor swimming pools because of a risk of asthma. The agency said that the potential danger lies with nitrogen trichloride, also known as trichloramine, which can be released when chlorinated water reacts with swimmers' urine, sweat or other organic matter.

German dioxin tests discover first pork contamination

Elevated dioxin levels have been discovered in pork for the first time since a scare broke out in Germany last week, officials said Tuesday.

Giving antibiotics to babies could increase asthma risk

Giving babies antibiotics before they reach six months of age could increase their risk of developing asthma by more than two thirds, claims a new study.

Grape ingredient resveratrol increases beneficial fat hormone

Resveratrol, a compound in grapes, displays antioxidant and other positive properties. In a study published this week, researchers at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio describe a novel way in which resveratrol exerts these beneficial health effects. Resveratrol stimulates the expression of adiponectin, a hormone derived from cells that manufacture and store fat, the team found. Adiponectin has a wide range of beneficial effects on obesity-related medical complications, said senior author Feng Liu, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and member of the Barshop Institute of Longevity and Aging Studies at the Health Science Center. Both adiponectin and resveratrol display anti-obesity, anti-insulin resistance and anti-aging properties.

Happiness and Health

Could a sunny outlook mean fewer colds and less heart disease? Do hope and curiosity somehow protect against hypertension, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections? Do happier people live longer—and, if so, why?

Harper’s embrace of ‘ethical’ oil sands reignites 'dirty' arguments

Stephen Harper is embracing the notion that Canada’s controversial oil sands are an “ethical” source of energy, strengthening his support of the maligned resource and kicking off a new chapter in the debate over what critics call “dirty oil.”

Health Concerns Over 'Smart' Electric Meters Gain Traction in Calif.

The newest opposition to "smart" electric meters is gaining traction -- even if its validity is questionable.

Health Ranger's predictions for 2011 - 2012; an era of self reliance and human awakening

What's ahead for 2011 - 2012? This time in human history promises to bring forth more changes than any other similar duration of time known to our civilization. I believe the changes that will occur in the next two years will rock the foundations of our economies, governments and belief systems. In the end, after considerable turmoil, I see a great expansion of human consciousness and a maturing of the human race. Here are the details...

Healthy Diet Plan Excludes Fructose

People wanting simple as well as rapid methods for weight loss often do not recognize consuming nourishing foods to reduce pounds is the trick.

High dietary fat, cholesterol linked to increased risk of breast cancer

Elevated fat and cholesterol levels found in a typical American-style diet play an important role in the growth and spread of breast cancer, say researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.

High mercury levels in Colombia port raise concern

A study has found up to three times the recommended level of mercury in Buenaventura Bay, a possible byproduct of illegal mining. Gold mining, which has increased as gold prices have soared, has exacted a heavy toll.

Homeopaths Accuse Skeptics of Working for 'Big Pharma'

The CBC program Marketplace recently investigated homeopathy. Seeking the scientific consensus, they consulted Centre for Inquiry Canada (CFI), a voice for credible science.

Honey laundering - The sour side of nature’s golden sweetener

As crime sagas go, a scheme rigged by a sophisticated cartel of global traders has all the right blockbuster elements: clandestine movements of illegal substances through a network of co-operatives in Asia, a German conglomerate, jet-setting executives, doctored laboratory reports, high-profile takedowns and fearful turncoats.

How studded winter tires may damage public health, as well as pavement

Scientists are reporting new evidence on how studded tires -- wintertime fixtures in some areas but banned in others for causing damage to pavement -- may also damage the health of motorists and people living near highways. Studded tires have small metal protrusions from the rubber tread that improve traction on icy or snow-covered roads. Their study appears in ACS' Chemical Research in Toxicology, a monthly journal.

How to Reduce After Breakfast Blood Sugars 40%

A high-protein, low-carbohydrate snack before breakfast attenuates post-breakfast hyperglycemia....

Igloo-shaped 'Poo-Gloos' eat sewage

Inexpensive igloo-shaped, pollution-eating devices nicknamed "Poo-Gloos" can clean up sewage just as effectively as multimillion-dollar treatment facilities for towns outgrowing their waste-treatment lagoons, according to a new study. "The results of this study show that it is possible to save communities with existing lagoon systems hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, by retrofitting their existing wastewater treatment facilities with Poo-Gloos," says Fred Jaeger, chief executive officer of Wastewater Compliance Systems, Inc., which sells the Poo-Gloo under the name Bio-Dome. Kraig Johnson, chief technology officer for Wastewater Compliance Systems, will present the study Jan. 13 in Miami during the Water Environment Federation's Impaired Water Symposium. It also will be published in the symposium program.

Immune cells help heal eye injury in mice

A paper published online on January 10 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine reports that retinal ganglion cells -- neurons in the eye -- are rescued by immune cells that infiltrate the mouse retina after eye injury.

Impact of early fructose intake on metabolic profile and aerobic capacity of rats

It was found that the fructose rich diet led the animals to insulin resistance. The fructose fed rats kept in small litters also showed dyslipidemia, with increased serum concentrations of total cholesterol and triglycerides.

International research team reports major findings in prevention and treatment of blood clots

A worldwide research consortium that includes the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has proven that a new drug is more effective and easier to use than current medicines in the prevention of blood clots following hip replacement surgery.

Is the Ruination of America Possible?

While the United States has suffered the worst recession in living memory, things have only gotten better for the wealthy.

Knee protectors can form allergenic substances on the skin

Common rubber products can form isothiocyanates in contact with skin and cause contact allergy. This is the conclusion of research carried out at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Isothiocyanates are a group of reactive substances that are potent contact allergens.

Leaky blood vessel drug treats Alzheimer’s

Drugs currently used to treat leaky blood vessels could treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease say researchers in Bristol.

Less invasive techniques help manage complications of severe pancreatic disease

The use of combined treatments for severe acute pancreatitis is safe and effective in managing the disease, resulting in shorter hospitalizations and fewer radiological procedures than standard therapy. In a related study, doctors found that patients with infected pancreatic necrosis were able to avoid surgery through primary conservative treatment, which is in-patient medical treatment.

Link between signaling molecules could point way to therapies for epilepsy, stroke, other diseases

In the Old West, camps sent smoke signals across distances to share key developments or strategy. Likewise, two important signaling molecules communicate across nerve cells to regulate electrical and chemical activity, neuroscientists from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio reported today. The findings in rodent models have implications for potential future treatment of epilepsy, stroke and other problems, the researchers said. “We now have novel targets for therapeutic intervention for a range of neurological and cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, epilepsy, dementia, hypertension, mental illness and others,” said senior author Mark S. Shapiro, Ph.D., professor of physiology at the Health Science Center. “This study should guide clinicians and pharmaceutical companies in developing new therapies against mental, neurological, cardiovascular or cerebrovascular diseases that afflict many millions of people.”

Liver disease a possible predictor of stroke

People suffering from fatty liver disease may be three times more likely to suffer a stroke than individuals without fatty liver, according to a study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the London health Sciences Centre. The study is the first to find a link between nonalcoholic fatty liver disease -- a disease characterized by the accumulation of fat in the liver in non drinkers -- and stroke.

Locking Up Whistleblower Bradley Manning in Solitary Confinement Puts America's Depravity on Full Display

We as American citizens should not accept torture by our government, and that's what the military is doing to Bradley Manning.

Longevity unlikely to have aided early modern humans

Life expectancy was probably the same for early modern and late archaic humans and did not factor in the extinction of Neanderthals, suggests a new study by a Washington University in St. Louis anthropologist.

Looking good on greens

New research suggests eating vegetables gives you a healthy tan. The study, led by Dr Ian Stephen at The University of Nottingham, showed that eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables gives you a more healthy golden glow than the sun.

Loss of gene promotes brain-tumor development, reduces survival, study finds

New research shows that loss of a gene called NFKBIA promotes the growth of glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and deadly form of brain cancer, and suggests that therapies that stabilize this gene might improve survival for certain glioblastoma patients. It suggests that NFKBIA status may be an independent predictor of survival in certain glioblastoma patients and could be useful for predicting treatment outcomes.

Malfunctioning gene associated with Lou Gehrig's disease leads to nerve-cell death in mice

In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, a team led by Virginia M.-Y. Lee, Ph.D., director of Penn's Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, describes the first direct evidence of how mutated TDP-43 prtein can cause neurons to die.

Mayo Clinic determines lifetime risk of adult rheumatoid arthritis

Mayo Clinic researchers have determined the lifetime risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and six other autoimmune rheumatic diseases for both men and women.

Mediterranean diet and physical exercise cut risk of Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease, a major form of dementia, has no cure. Luckily, diet and lifestyle can be modified to reduce the risk. For instance, Mediterranean diet and physical activity may each independently reduce the risk of the condition, according to a study in the Aug 2009 issue of Journal of American Medical Association.

Men with macho faces attractive to fertile women, researchers find

When their romantic partners are not quintessentially masculine, women in their fertile phase are more likely to fantasize about masculine-looking men than are women paired with George Clooney types, says a new study.

Minerals provide better indoor air

One of the sources of emission for pollutants in living spaces are particleboards glued with adhesives that contain formaldehyde. There is a new method that will now provide another way to reduce these vapors. The trick can be found in special minerals that equip wood materials with properties for cleaning air in living spaces.

Misuse of antibiotics harms kids

More than a million children in China have been made deaf by misuse of the antibiotic streptomycin, say medical experts.

More disease trouble for Nigeria

Experts have expressed fears that lots of new diseases are emerging in Nigeria at a time those that are local to other countries are spreading globally.

More than 3,000 survivors of the WTC attacks experience long-term post-traumatic stress disorder

Nearly 10 years after the greatest human-made disaster in U.S. history-- the destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers -- there has been little research documenting the attacks' consequences among those most directly affected -- the survivors who escaped the World Trade Center towers. In a study just released by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, in conjunction with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR), researchers found that of the 3,271 civilians who evacuated the Twin Towers, 95.6% of survivors reported at least one current posttraumatic stress symptom and 15% screened positive for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), two to three years after the disaster. While past studies have examined PTSD prevalence among rescue and recovery workers, Lower Manhattan residents, other downtown building occupants, and passersby, this is the first study to focus specifically on people who were inside the towers when they were struck. The full study findings are currently online in the American Journal of Epidemiology. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that occurs after experiencing or witnessing events that threaten death or serious injury and that involves intense feelings of fear, helplessness, or horror and is the third most common anxiety disorder in the United States. The researchers report that five characteristics of direct exposure to the terrorist attacks were predictors of PTSD: a key driver was initiating evacuation late. Other predictors were being on a high floor in the towers, being caught in the dust cloud that resulted from the tower collapses, personally witnessing horror, and sustaining an injury. Working for an employer that sustained fatalities also increased risk. Each addition of an experience of a direct exposure resulted in a two-fold increase in the risk of PTSD.

Mother's milk improves the physical condition of future adolescents

Enrique García Artero, the principal author of the study and researcher at the University of Granada pointed out that, "Our objective was to analyse the relationship between the duration of breastfeeding babies and their physical condition in adolescence". "The results suggest further beneficial effects and provide support to breast feeding as superior to any other type of feeding". The authors asked the parents of 2,567 adolescents about the type of feeding their children received at birth and the time this lasted. The adolescents also carried out physical tests in order to evaluate several abilities such as aerobic capacities and their muscular strength. The paper, which was published in the Journal of Nutrition, shows that the adolescents who were breastfed as babies ha stronger leg muscles than those who were not breastfed. Moreover, muscular leg strength was greater in those who had been breastfed for a longer period of time.

Movies to Inspire You to Boycott GMOs

For the documentary King Corn, filmmakers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney had their hair tested and learned that they were 39 and 43 percent corn, respectively. This extended film clip explains how so much (genetically engineered) corn ends up in the US diet.

Neotame - Threat to Organics Sponsored by Monsanto or Internet Hoax?

We have received several inquiries about the artificial sweetener Neotame, and the Internet rumor that this synthetic additive is allowed in certified organic foods. Neotame, as a synthetic additive, is not allowed in organic foods, contrary to the Internet rumor.

Neural stem cells maintain high levels of reactive oxygen species, UCLA study finds

For years, the majority of research on reactive oxygen species (ROS) -- ions or very small molecules that include free radicals -- has focused on how they damage cell structure and their potential link to stroke, cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. However, researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have shown for the first time that neural stem cells, the cells that give rise to neurons, maintain high levels of ROS to help regulate normal self-renewal and differentiation.

Neuronal Migration Errors - Right Cells, Wrong Place

Normally, cortical nerve cells or neurons reside in the brain’s gray matter with only a few scattered neurons in the white matter, but some people with schizophrenia have a higher number of neurons in the white matter. Neuronal migration errors may arise in schizophrenia as a consequence of both genetic and environmental factors. The phenomenon of aberrant cellular localization has now been studied in detail in a paper by Yang and colleagues, published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry. Using a specialized technique that involves staining cells, the researchers were able to determine the distribution of nerve cells in brain tissue from people who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in comparison to tissue from people who did not carry this diagnosis prior to their death.

New findings show vitamin D accelerates recovery from TB

UK researchers have found that vitamin D can speed up the antibiotic treatment of tuberculosis (TB).

New Fluoride Recommendations Buck Decades-Old Dental Health Practices

After decades of touting the importance of fluoride, federal officials now say that many Americans may be getting too much of a good thing.

New Health Book for Women

Provides Detoxification Plan for Breast Cancer, Endometriosis, Infertility and Other Women's Health Conditions.

New stem cells will reduce the need for animal testing

Powerful stem cells made by reprogramming adult tissue could reduce the need for animal testing of new drugs, according to a scientific pioneer of the technology.

Non-GM drought-tolerance made available only in GM crop

Before the much vaunted GM drought resistant varieties that have been promised for so long (but are still not available), along comes a non-GM drought resistant corn. So GM once again generates all the hype, while conventional breeding quietly delivers the result.

Now the FDA Is Going After Vitamin C!

The FDA has just notified small pharmacies that they will no longer be allowed to manufacture or distribute injectable vitamin C—despite its remarkable power to heal conditions that conventional medicine can’t touch.

Nuclear receptors reveal possible interventions for cancer, obesity

Research with significant implications in the treatment and intervention of cancer and obesity has been published recently in two prestigious journals by University of Houston biochemist Dr. Jan-Åke Gustafsson. His findings appear in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Obesity boosts, vitamin D cuts swine flu death risk

Being obese, particularly extremely or morbidly obese boosts risk of death from viruses and viral diseases like H1n1 or swine flu infection, a new study in the Feb 1, 2011 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Obesity interferes with Vitamin D absorption

The more obese a person is, the poorer is his or her vitamin D status.

Our perceptions of masculinity and femininity are swayed by our sense of touch

Gender stereotypes suggest that men are usually tough and women are usually tender. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds these stereotypes have some real bodily truth for our brains; when people look at a gender-neutral face, they are more likely to judge it as male if they're touching something hard and as female if they're touching something soft.

Ozone layer hits record thickness in Sweden

Sweden's government weather agency reported on Friday that the ozone layer over southern Sweden reached its thickest levels at the end of last year, surpassing the previous record set in 1991.

PDF - What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is patient-centered medical healing at its best. Instead of looking at and treating health problems as isolated diseases, it treats individuals who may have bodily symptoms, imbalances and dysfunctions. As the following graphic of an iceberg shows, a named disease such as diabetes, cancer, or fibromyalgia might be visible above the surface, but according to Functional Medicine, the cause lies in the altered physiology below the surface. Almost always, the cause of the disease and its symptoms is an underlying dysfunction and/or an imbalance of bodily systems. [Albert]

Perimenopause - The change before 'the change'

As many women enter their 40s, their ovarian function declines. This can cause dramatic swings in hormone levels, producing these symptoms.

Pfizer coaches staff to handle social media

Without FDA rules on using social media, Big Pharma is developing its own.

Pollutants' Passage From Mother To Child

Toxic Substances - Researchers assess how efficiently mothers transfer 87 environmental contaminants to their developing babies

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers in relation to autism and developmental delay

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are flame retardants used widely and in increasing amounts in the U.S. over the last few decades. PBDEs and their metabolites cross the placenta and studies in rodents demonstrate neurodevelopmental toxicity from prenatal exposures. PBDE exposures occur both via breastfeeding and hand-to-mouth activities in small children. Plasma samples collected post-diagnosis in this study may not represent early life exposures due to changes in diet and introduction of new household products containing PBDEs. Studies with direct measurements of prenatal or infant exposures are needed to assess the possible causal role for these compounds in autism spectrum disorders.

Protective properties of green tea uncovered

Regularly drinking green tea could protect the brain against developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The study, published today in the academic journal Phytomedicine, also suggests this ancient Chinese remedy could play a vital role in protecting the body against cancer.

Protein thought to protect against oxidative stress also promotes clogging of arteries

UCLA researchers have found that a protein that plays an important role in some antioxidant therapies may not be as effective due to additional mechanisms that cause it to promote atherosclerosis, or clogging of the arteries.

Research identifies drug target for prion diseases, 'mad cow'

Scientists at the University of Kentucky have discovered that plasminogen, a protein used by the body to break up blood clots, speeds up the progress of prion diseases such as mad cow disease.

Research shows single-patient rooms reduce hospital infections in ICU

A research team from the McGill University Health Centre and McGill University has demonstrated that private rooms in the Intensive Care Unit play a key role in reducing hospital infections like C. difficile. The study, published today in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, also suggests that length of stay would be shorter and this could lead to cost savings to the health care system.

Researchers Discover Human Immune System Has Emergency Backup Plan

New research by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences reveals that the immune system has an effective backup plan to protect the body from infection when the “master regulator” of the body’s innate immune system fails. The study appears in the December 19 online issue of the journal Nature Immunology. The innate immune system defends the body against infections caused by bacteria and viruses, but also causes inflammation which, when uncontrolled, can contribute to chronic illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes and cancer. A molecule known as nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) has been regarded as the “master regulator” of the body’s innate immune response, receiving signals of injury or infection and activating genes for microbial killing and inflammation.

Researchers Identify Leptin Receptor’s Sidekick as a Target for Appetite Regulation

A study by researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida and Washington University School of Medicine adds a new twist to the body of evidence suggesting human obesity is due in part to genetic factors. While studying hormone receptors in laboratory mice, neuroscientists identified a new molecular player responsible for the regulation of appetite and metabolism.

Researchers pinpoint origin of deadly brain tumor

Scientists have identified the type of cell that is at the origin of brain tumors known as oligodendrogliomas, which are a type of glioma -- a category that defines the most common type of malignant brain tumor. The tumor originates in and spreads through cells known as glial progenitor cells -- cells that are often referred to as "daughter" cells of stem cells.

Researchers show environmental changes may affect vital cooperate bird behaviors

While scientists believe that climate change and related extreme weather events will likely affect the earth's flora and fauna, just how much is not known. A new study by researchers Walter Jetz from Yale University and Dustin Rubenstein from Columbia University however shows an important link between the natural variation in climate conditions and complex behaviors among birds.

Researchers show how Alzheimer's plaques lead to loss of nitric oxide in brain

A researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in collaboration with researchers from the National Institutes of Health, have discovered that the deadly plaques of Alzheimer's disease interact with certain cellular proteins to inhibit normal signals that maintain blood flow to the brain. Their findings, which could lead to new approaches to treat the dementia, are available in Public Library of Science One.

Resveratrol and quercetin tame inflammation and prevent insulin resistance

Resveratrol is a natural nutrient found most notably in the skin of red grapes, and quercetin is a prominent compound in apples and onions. Research continues to mount providing evidence that these protective nutrients can help squelch the flames of systemic inflammation that are at the root of many chronic diseases.

Rise in flood risk could make one million homes uninsurable

Homeowners living near rivers and the coast face losing up to 40 per cent of the value of their homes as flood risk makes them uninsurable.

Risks associated with secondhand smoke in cars carrying children

While the evidence is incomplete there is enough available to support legislation against letting people smoke in cars with children, states an article in Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Routine blood test may identify people with pre-diabetes, cutting later treatment costs

A simpler form of testing individuals with risk factors for diabetes could improve diabetes prevention efforts by substantially increasing the number of individuals who complete testing and learn whether or not they are likely to develop diabetes according to a study in the January 2011 issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Saturated fat may not always be harmful

Eating butter, cheese and full fat milk might not be as bad for you as previously thought, scientists have found.

School Wi-Fi plan alarms Edmonton parents

A group of parents will try to persuade Edmonton public school trustees to hold off on installing Wi-Fi in schools until the effects of the wireless technology are fully known.

Scientists explain link between chlamydia and ectopic pregnancy

Women who have had chlamydia are at greater risk of an ectopic pregnancy because of a lasting effect of the infection. A new study provides evidence for the first time of how chlamydia can increase the risk of an ectopic pregnancy -- which occurs when an embryo implants outside the womb, in the fallopian tube.

Scientists now know why some cancers become malignant and others don't

Cancer cells reproduce by dividing in two, but a molecule known as PML limits how many times this can happen, according to researchers lead by Dr. Gerardo Ferbeyre of the University of Montreal's Department of Biochemistry. The team proved that malignant cancers have problems with this molecule, meaning that in its absence they can continue to grow and eventually spread to other organs.

Scientists shed light on what causes brain cell death in Parkinson’s patients

Just 5 percent of Parkinson’s disease cases can be explained by genetic mutation, while the rest have no known cause. But a new discovery by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center may begin to explain why the vast majority of Parkinson’s patients develop the progressive neurodegenerative disease. This week in The Journal of Neuroscience, the researchers demystified a process that leads to the death of brain cells – or neurons – in Parkinson’s patients. When researchers blocked the process, the neurons survived. The findings could lead to an effective treatment to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease, rather than simply address symptoms that include tremors, slowed movement, muscle stiffness and impaired balance. Further studies could lead to a diagnostic test that could screen for Parkinson’s years before symptoms develop, said Syed Z. Imam, Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor at the UT Health Science Center.

Scripps Research scientists develop groundbreaking technology to detect Alzheimer's disease

Scientists from the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute, have developed a novel technology that is able to detect the presence of immune molecules specific to Alzheimer's disease in patients' blood samples. While still preliminary, the findings offer clear proof that this breakthrough technology could be used in the development of biomarkers for a range of human diseases.

Secondhand smoke tied to high blood pressure in kids

Young kids who live with a parent who smokes face an increased risk for developing high blood pressure while still children, a new study has found.

Secondhand television exposure linked to eating disorders

The risk of eating disorders among Fijian schoolgirls increased when friends and classmates in their social network were exposed to mass media, independently of their own viewing or access to a television at home.

Setting Implementation Research Priorities to Reduce Preterm Births and Stillbirths at the Community Level

While important reviews [23]–[28] have helped to spur attention to community-based maternal newborn issues, with intriguing results for specific interventions [29],[30], the implementation research priorities identified in this article will, we hope, help to secure further research attention and financing for this important area. Priority research areas identified include equity concerns (such as removal of financial barriers and responsiveness to the poor and marginalized), specific behavioral skills and practices, and the management of community health workers including referral care. The challenge is now raised; will communities, governments, donors, research institutions, and international organizations respond?

Shorter Gap Between Pregnancies Linked to Increased Autism Risk

The rising prevalence of autism in the United States suggests that environmental risk factors growing in prominence are at play.

Singapore scientists discover a possible off-switch for anxiety

Scientists from the Agency of Science, Technology and Research/Duke-NUS Neuroscience Research Partnership, A*STAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, and the National University of Singapore have made a breakthrough concerning how anxiety is regulated in the vertebrate brain.

Single cell studies identify coactivator role in fat cell maturation

All fat cells are not the same -- a fact that has implications in the understanding and treatment of Type 2 diabetes and obesity, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears in the current issue of the Journal of Cell Biology.

Smoking around your kindergartner could raise their blood pressure

Kindergartners whose parents smoke have higher blood pressure than those with non-smoking parents. The study of more than 4,000 pre-school children in Germany is the first to show that exposure to nicotine increases the blood pressure of children as young as 4 or 5. Since childhood blood pressure tracks into adult life, researchers said youngsters exposed to cigarette smoke could have a higher risk of heart disease later in life.

Soft-drink consumption linked to diabetes

Scientists and non-scientists have observed that high consumption of soft drinks and other sweetened beverages is often noted in people who are either obese or who develop type 2 diabetes, or who suffer from both.

Spanish heart risk study challenges image of healthy Mediterranean diet and lifestyle

A Spanish study of 2,270 adults has challenged the long-held belief that people in the Mediterranean all enjoy more healthy diets and lifestyles, after discovering alarmingly high cardiovascular risk factors similar to those found in the UK and USA. The research also found strong links between low levels of education and increased risk.

Statin risks may outweigh benefits for patients with a history of brain hemorrhage

A computer decision model suggests that for patients with a history of bleeding within the brain, the risk of recurrence associated with statin treatment may outweigh the benefit of the drug in preventing cardiovascular disease, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the May print issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Statins may raise stroke risk in some

People who have had a type of stroke caused by bleeding in the brain should avoid taking cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

Steering cancer inflammation to inhibit tumor growth and spread

Most cancer tissues are invaded by inflammatory cells that either stimulate or inhibit the growth of the tumor, depending on what immune cells are involved. Now a Swedish-Belgian research team has shown that a protein that naturally occurs in the body, HRG, inhibits tumor growth and metastasis into secondary organs by activating specific immune cells. The study is being published today in the online edition of the prestigious journal Cancer Cell.

Stem cell discovery could lead to improved bone marrow transplants

Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have identified a key molecule for establishing blood stem cells in their niche within the bone marrow. The findings may lead to improvements in the safety and efficiency of bone marrow transplants.

Study details how protein made by HPV teams up on and thwarts protective human protein

An international team of researchers is reporting that it has uncovered new information about human papillomavirus that one day may aid in the development of drugs to eliminate the cervical-cancer-causing infection.

Study finds 'alarming' decline in bumblebees; desert dust may melt glaciers

Study finds extreme decline in some species of agriculturally important bees

Study links obesity to greater pain, weakness in fibromyalgia patients

Obese fibromyalgia patients suffer more severe symptoms such as pain, reduced flexibility and sleep disturbances than those of normal weight, a new study indicates.

Study of 'sarcoid-like' granulomatous pulmonary disease finds elevated rates in WTC responders

Mount Sinai researchers coordinating the largest clinical study to date of "sarcoid-like" granulomatous pulmonary disease in World Trade Center (WTC) responders have found that the rate of the condition was increased in this group as compared to the records of pre-9/11 FDNY personnel. The study is published online in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

Study pours water on omega-3 weight loss possibility

DHA and EPA omega-3 supplements may not help overweight individuals lose weight, concludes a new study that contradicts some other research – but cardiovascular benefits look to be valid.

Study pours water on omega-3 weight loss possibility

DHA and EPA omega-3 supplements may not help overweight individuals lose weight, concludes a new study that contradicts some other research – but cardiovascular benefits look to be valid.

Study Shows Promise for New Drug to Treat Fragile X

The first drug to treat the underlying disorder instead of the symptoms of Fragile X, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability, shows some promise according to a new study published in the January issue of Science Translational Medicine. Researchers from Rush University Medical Center helped design the study and are now participating in the larger follow-up clinical trial. The data from the early trial of 30 Fragile X patients, found the drug, called AFQ056, made by Novartis Pharmaceuticals, helped improve symptoms in some patients. Patients who had the best response have a kind of “fingerprint” in their DNA that could act as a marker to determine who should get treatment.

Supplemental treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with natural milk antibodies against enteromicrobes and their toxins

Environmental factors, particularly commensal bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, may be involved in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of this study was to evaluate whether natural milk antibodies against a wide spectrum of pathogenic enteromicobes and their toxins modify the disease activity in RA. The natural milk antibody preparation containing high levels antibodies against pathogenic enteromicrobes and their toxins seems to be effective in a certain RA subset, and deserves more attention as a potential adjunct in the treatment of RA.

Targeting nicotine receptors to treat cognitive impairments in schizophrenia

Smoking is a common problem for patients with schizophrenia. The increased tendency of patients diagnosed with this disorder is to not only smoke, but to do so more heavily than the general public. This raises the possibility that nicotine may be acting as a treatment for some symptoms of schizophrenia.

Teens + sugars = increased heart disease risk later in life?

Researchers found that teens who consume elevated amounts of added sugars in drinks and foods are more likely to have poor cholesterol and triglyceride profiles now which may lead to heart disease later in life. Overweight or obese teens with the highest levels of added sugar intake had increased signs of insulin resistance, often a precursor to diabetes.

Teflon chemical PFOA – Comments on Draft Screening Assessment

On behalf of the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., and Environmental Defence Canada we are submitting comments on the “Draft Screening Assessment for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts, its precursors” published by Environment Canada and Health Canada. Since the 1950’s, numerous industries have used PFOA to manufacture everyday consumer products, among them, non-stick cookware, food packaging and clothing. PFOA has become a pervasive global contaminant because of its widespread use over many years and its extraordinary persistence and toxicity.

The Criminal Machinations of the Feed Industry

Once again, contaminated animal feed is threatening the health of consumers. The control system is too lax, and information policy is a disaster. The most recent dioxin scare shows that the authorities have learned very little from the food safety scandals of the past.

The dangers of airport X-rays

"backscatter" devices use low energy X-rays to produce a picture of the body. These are not so safe.

This Magic Combo Reduces Breast Cancer Risk by 45%

Both vitamin D and exposure to sunshine are known to provide protection against many forms of potentially deadly cancer lines.

Tomatoes found to contain nutrient which prevents vascular diseases

They are the most widely produced fruit in the world and now scientists in Japan have discovered that tomatoes contain a nutrient which could tackle the onset of vascular diseases. The research, published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, reveals that an extracted compound, 9-oxo-octadecadienoic, has anti-dyslipidemic affects.

Tongue Piercing - Infection More Likely With Metal Jewelry

A stud or ring in their tongue might be an essential fashion accessory for many young adults, but piercing comes at the cost of medical risks, including infection. The material that tongue jewelry is made of might make a difference, according to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health, which suggests that stainless steel studs are far more welcoming to bacteria than those composed of plastics like Teflon.

Tooth loss could be linked to memory loss

A report in behavioral and brain functions finds that elderly people who lose their teeth may be at increased risk for dementia.

Top US Official Murdered After Arkansas Weapons Test Causes Mass Death

A shocking report prepared for Prime Minister Putin by the Foreign Military Intelligence Directorate (GRU) states that one of the United States top experts in biological and chemical weapons was brutally murdered after he threatened to expose a US Military test of poison gas that killed hundreds of thousands of animals in Arkansas this past week.

Town sees mercury spike

Blood, hair samples of people who live near the Lafarge plant raise health, safety concerns.

Toxic tower damaged on 9/11 coming down

The contaminated bank tower stood shrouded in black netting for years over ground zero, filled with toxic dust and the remains of Sept. 11 victims.

Two 'cancer clusters' identified in industrial areas near Istanbul

Reports of high levels of cancer in a district east of Istanbul, where heavy metals are being found in mothers’ milk, have been followed by a similar health warning for a district west of the city.

U.S. wants makers of Chinese drywall to fix U.S. homes

The top U.S. product safety official said on Monday the agency has failed to persuade Chinese makers of defective drywall to compensate American homeowners, in a dispute that threatens to mar strained trade ties.

UBC researchers part of Planck satellite team that uncovers secrets of the universe

University of British Columbia researchers are part of European Space Agency's Plank satellite mission that is revealing thousands of "exotic" astronomical objects, including extremely cold dust clouds, galaxies with powerful nuclei and giant clusters of galaxies.

UConn cardiologists uncover new heart attack warning sign

Research led by University of Connecticut Health Center cardiologists identifies a protein fragment that is a likely biomarker for heart attack.

UCSD engineers give solar power a boost

The growing popularity of solar photovoltaic systems across the United States has made it more important to maximize their power input. That's why UC San Diego environmental engineering professor Jan Kleissl is working on technologies and methods that will better predict how much power we can actually harness from the sun.

Ultraviolet Light Boosts Carrots’ Antioxidant Value

Exposing sliced carrots to UV-B, one of the three kinds of ultraviolet light in sunshine, can boost the antioxidant activity of the colorful, crunchy veggie. That’s according to preliminary studies by Tara H. McHugh, a food technologist and research leader at the ARS Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California, and her team.

University of Oklahoma scientists discover way to stop pancreatic cancer in early stages

Cancer researchers at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center have found a way to stop early stage pancreatic cancer in research models -- a result that has far-reaching implications in chemoprevention for high-risk patients.

UNMC study links chronic hives, vitamin D deficiency

A University of Nebraska Medical Center research study has determined that patients with chronic hives may benefit by supplementing their diet with vitamin D.

Violence against mothers linked to 1.8 million female infant and child deaths in India

The deaths of 1.8 million female infants and children in India over the past 20 years are related to domestic violence against their mothers, according to a new study led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Vitamin D good for strong bones, but too much can damage heart

Too much vitamin D can damage the kidneys and heart.

Vitamin D may boost urinary tract health

Adequate vitamin D levels may boost the body’s immune response and protect against urinary tract infections, says a new study from Sweden.

Wall Street Desperately Trying to Kill Law That Could Curb Obscene CEO Pay

Corporate America is working feverishly behind the scenes to smother a new federal mandate to roll back excessive executive pay.

Watch humidifier use with babies

Babies' lungs may not be handle particles released by some humidifiers that parents use to try to ease the misery of a child's cold or flu, pediatricians say.

When Eating Fish Increases Stroke Risk

A government-funded study suggests eating fried fish might lead to an increased risk of stroke for people in the southeastern United States.

Where MRSA colonizes on the human body

When methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is carried in the nares, it is a risk factor for an invasive infection, including a surgical site infection. Some studies have found that the heavier the carriage of MRSA in the nose, the greater the risk of transmission to others and the greater risk of infection to the patient. A new study from Rhode Island Hospital now sheds light on both the quantity of MRSA at different body sites and the relationship between the quantities.

Why High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) Is Toxic for Your Body

food manufacturers take advantage of the healthy association with fruit and do their best to convince consumers that fructose is a good, smart choice as a sweetening agent.

Why the CIA is spying on a changing climate

Last summer, as torrential rains flooded Pakistan, a veteran intelligence analyst watched closely from his desk at CIA headquarters just outside the capital.

Women with MS more likely to have MS-related gene than men

Women who have multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to have a gene associated with multiple sclerosis than men with the disease and it is this gene region where environment interacts with the genetics, according to a study published in the Jan. 5, 2011, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Yo-yo' effect of slimming diets explained

If you want to lose the kilos you've put on over Christmas, you may be interested in knowing that the hormones related to appetite play an important role in your likelihood of regaining weight after dieting. A new study confirms that people with the highest levels of leptin and lowest levels of ghrelin are more likely to put the centimetres they lost back on again. Doctors often have to deal with patients who, after sticking to a slimming diet, have regained the kilos lost in just a short time - or weigh even more than they did before they started the diet. This is called the 'yo-yo' effect, and it is noted in some people who follow such weight-loss programmes. "There are patients who are susceptible to and others who are resistant to the benefits of a diet", Ana Belén Crujeiras, lead author of the study and a doctor at the University Hospital Complex of Santiago (CHUS), tells SINC. "It seems that the way each patient responds to treatment is predetermined by their own characteristics".

Young people say sex, paychecks come in second to self-esteem

Young people may crave boosts to their self-esteem a little too much, new research suggests. Researchers found that college students valued boosts to their self-esteem more than any other pleasant activity they were asked about, including sex, favorite foods, drinking alcohol, seeing a best friend or receiving a paycheck.

Young people with asthma run a greater risk of developing caries

Children and adolescents with asthma have somewhat more caries and suffer more often from gingivitis (gingival inflammation) than people of similar age without asthma. This is the conclusion of a thesis presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

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