Archive for December, 2006

More data on potential anti-aging cardiovascular benefits of blocking tumor necrosis factor alpha. American Journal of Pathology – Recent studies show promise for significantly reducing vascular aging by inactivating TNFa, which has been linked to blood vessel dysfunction and cell death. The related report by Csiszar et al., “Vasculoprotective effects of anti-TNFa treatment in aging,” […]

Cornell University – Birth-order matters in many ways. Children who are first-born apparently get more quality time with parents than subsequent children, a Cornell study shows. Using data from the American Time Use Survey, Joseph Price, a graduate student in economics at Cornell, found that a first-born child receives 20-30 more minutes of quality time […]

Some SSRI antidepressants associated with elements of the metabolic syndrome. J Clin Psychiatry – A study out this month shows significant differences between various SSRI antidepressants regarding their possible negative effects on health.  The research team, led by Maria Raeder, M.D., used data from a population-based health survey in Norway in the late 1990’s that […]

Nature Neuroscience – It is well known that cannabis, or marijuana, interferes with short-term memory function not only during its use but also for at least 30 days beyond the point of stopping the marijuana. The active ingredient in marijuana – tetrahydrocannabinol or THC – interferes with synchronized activity between neurons in the hippocampus of […]

Indole-3-carbinol intake from vegetables like broccoli, kale, and cabbage may protect children against toxins, carcinogens. OSU – There may be another reason for pregnant and nursing women to eat a nutritious diet that includes generous amounts of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage – it could help protect their children from cancer, both as infants […]

Crystal meth and cocaine both linked to stroke and aortic and carotid artery dissection. ST. PAUL, Minn – Methamphetamine use may be associated with increased risks of major neck artery tears and stroke, according to an article published in the December 26, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. […]