Archive for May, 2008 – An item commonly found in many homes – whole milk – is just as effective, costs less and is easier on the patient than a diluted (0.1%) barium suspension that is also commonly used as an oral contrast agent in conjunction with CT to examine the gastrointestinal tract, a new study finds. The […] – For patients with type 2 diabetes , a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) may be an important risk factor for diabetes-related chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study in the August 2008 Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). "Identifying patients with NAFLD would highlight a subgroup of type […]

The traditional Mediterranean diet provides substantial protection against type 2 diabetes, according to a study published by the British Medical Journal. The Mediterreanean diet is rich in olive oil, grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and fish, but low in meat, dairy products and alcohol. Current evidence suggests that such a diet has a protective role in […] – A University of Adelaide study has revealed that the dangerous body temperature dysregulation effects of the club drug ecstasy are compounded when taken in warm environments. Preclinical research undertaken by Pharmacology PhD student Emily Jaehne shows that ecstasy deaths, which are invariably related to elevated body temperature, may be related to drug users’ […]

Natural antioxidant pycnogenol in moderate doses improved blood sugar and reduced blood pressure medications. A new study published in the May 2008 (volume 8, issue 25) edition of the journal of Nutrition Research shows Pycnogenol (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract (high in polyphenols) from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, reduces blood sugar […]

Thanks to powerful cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, driving down low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, has been the primary approach to improving cholesterol levels. But there’s more to the story of cholesterol and cardiovascular risk than LDL alone. Another key player is high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good” cholesterol. Higher levels of HDL are associated with lower […]