Archive for August, 2008

OSU.edu – New research strongly suggests that a mix of preventive agents, such as those found in concentrated black raspberries or other berries high in natural polyphenols, may more effectively inhibit cancer development than single agents aimed at shutting down a particular gene. Researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center examined the anti-cancer […]

Giving an infusion of an inexpensive, natural compound – magnesium sulfate – just before delivery to pregnant women who were at high risk for preterm birth cut the rate of cerebral palsy in the children born by half, a new study found. “This is one of the most promising breakthroughs in the management of high-risk […]

JAMA – An analysis of Ayurvedic herbal medicines (based on a traditional medical system commonly used in India) purchased via the Internet found that one-fifth of these products contain levels of toxic heavy metals – lead, mercury or arsenic – that exceed acceptable standards, according to a study in the August 27, 2008 issue of […]

JAMA – Contrary to a common recommendation to avoid eating popcorn, nuts and corn to prevent diverticular complications, a large prospective study of men indicates that the consumption of these foods does not increase the risk of diverticulosis or diverticular complications, according to a study in the August 27, 2008 issue of JAMA. Diverticular disease […]

Data from a recent study demonstrate the anti-inflammatory and pathogen protection benefits of Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 – Bifantis™ – a probiotic bacterial strain of human origin. Gastrointestinal benefits of probiotics have been well-documented, but more and more research is revealing that probiotic benefits extend to the entire body. The report was published in the August […]

UTSouthwestern.edu – Terminally ill rodents with type 1 diabetes have been restored to full health with a single injection of leptin by scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Since the discovery of insulin in 1922, type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes) in humans has been treated by injecting insulin to lower high blood sugar levels and […]