Archive for March, 2007

Chantix anyone? Quitting smoking reduces risk of lung cancer mortality by 70 percent. Research Australia – Giving up smoking is highly effective in preventing death from lung cancer and can reduce the risk of dying from the disease by up to 70%. In this study of 500,000 adults, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, […]

UCLA News – Tai chi chih, the Westernized version of the 2,000-year-old Chinese martial art characterized by slow movement and meditation, significantly boosts the immune systems of older adults against the virus that leads to the painful, blistery rash known as shingles, according to a new UCLA study. The 25-week study, which involved a group […]

UCLA News – It has long been common knowledge that pregnant women with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience a sharp drop in the disease’s symptoms during the course of their pregnancy, which prompted researchers to look for the effects of hormones on multiple sclerosis. Some years back, Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, director of UCLA’s Multiple Sclerosis Program, […]

Journal of Clinical Investigation – A recent study shows that prenatal exposure to the stress hormones known as glucocorticoids can cause long-lasting mental and physical health problems for the babies exposed in the womb. This outcome has long been suspected based on multiple animal studies as well as studies of the offspring of mothers exposed […]

NIH – The NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) today is launching a large-scale clinical trial to learn if the nutritional supplement creatine can slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD). While creatine is not an approved therapy for PD or any other condition, it is widely thought to improve exercise performance. […]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute – Postmenopausal women whose diet contains high amounts of lignans, estrogen-like chemical compounds found in plants, may have a reduced risk of breast cancer. Lignans, which are found in high amounts in flaxseed, but also in a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, belong to a family of […]