Archive for November, 2008

Researchers have discovered that DNA damage decreases a cell’s ability to regulate which genes are turned on and off in particular settings. This mechanism, which applies both to yeast and to mammals, might represent a universal culprit for aging. And the natural plant chemical, resveratrol, found in both red wine and supplements, so far has […]

Exeter.ac.uk – Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that a walk of just fifteen minutes can reduce chocolate cravings. The benefits of exercise in helping people manage dependencies on nicotine and other drugs have previously been recognized. Now, for the first time, newly-published research shows that the same may be true for food […]

JAMA commentary urges testing of children, men and women for subtle effects of fragile X gene mutation. UCDavis.edu – Writing in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association, UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute researchers urge physicians to test for mutations of the fragile X gene in patients of all ages. That’s because, after decades of […]

Today the average size soft drink is 20 ounces and contains 17 teaspoons of sugar. More startling is that some citric acids found in fruit drinks are more erosive than hydrochloric or sulfuric acid – which is also known as battery acid. These refined sugars and acids found in soda and citrus juice promote tooth […]

Chumtl.qc.ca – Suffering from end-stage renal disease (ESRD), a growing number of patients at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), have become the beneficiaries of a North American breakthrough: high efficacy hemodiafiltration (HDF). An extracorporeal blood purification technique, HDF is indicated for ESRD patients. Since the HDF unit was introduced in CHUM’s Nephrology […]

Med.Cornell.edu – Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest and most difficult to treat cancers. Now, in a major step forward, researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center have shown that administering radiation therapy prior to surgery nearly doubles survival in pancreatic cancer patients with operable tumors. “Patients who received pre-surgical (neoadjuvant) radiation had almost […]