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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
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
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
Mooi overzicht van links naar alternatieve mogelijkheden [Gerrit]
An Update on Homemade Deodorant
Its 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 havent, winter is a great time to start something like this!) and I wanted
to update you on what Ive 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
Babies process language in a
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
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
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
Being poor can suppress children's
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
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.
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,
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
Sundeep Khosla, MD, endocrinologist, Mayo Clinic President, American Society for Bone and
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
Carcinogen found in 60% of thermal
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 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
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
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
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
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
Electromagnetic Frequency Mind
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"
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
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
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
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
German asthma warning for swimming
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
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 longerand, if so, why?
Harpers embrace of
ethical oil sands reignites 'dirty' arguments
Stephen Harper is embracing the notion that Canadas 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
natures 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
A high-protein, low-carbohydrate snack before breakfast attenuates post-breakfast
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
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
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
Leaky blood vessel drug treats
Drugs currently used to treat leaky blood vessels could treat symptoms of Alzheimers
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
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
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
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
Neuronal Migration Errors - Right
Cells, Wrong Place
Normally, cortical nerve cells or neurons reside in the brains 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
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
The FDA has just notified small pharmacies that they will no longer be allowed to
manufacture or distribute injectable vitamin Cdespite its remarkable power to heal
conditions that conventional medicine cant 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
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
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
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
Without FDA rules on using social media, Big Pharma is developing its own.
Pollutants' Passage From Mother To
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
Protective properties of green tea
Regularly drinking green tea could protect the brain against developing Alzheimers
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
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 bodys 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 bodys innate
immune response, receiving signals of injury or infection and activating genes for
microbial killing and inflammation.
Researchers Identify Leptin
Receptors Sidekick as a Target for Appetite Regulation
A study by researchers at Mayo Clinics 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
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
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
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 Parkinsons patients
Just 5 percent of Parkinsons 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
Parkinsons 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 Parkinsons patients. When researchers
blocked the process, the neurons survived. The findings could lead to an effective
treatment to slow the progression of Parkinsons 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 Parkinsons
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  have helped to spur attention to community-based
maternal newborn issues, with intriguing results for specific interventions ,, 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
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
Statins may raise stroke risk in
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
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
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
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
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
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
1950s, 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
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
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
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
Toxic tower damaged on 9/11 coming
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
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
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. Thats 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
Adequate vitamin D levels may boost the bodys 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
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
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
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
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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