Archive for March, 2009

Modifying the amount of the amino acid cysteine in experimental diets, a team of scientists at Emory University School of Medicine has identified a direct link between oxidative stress and inflammatory signals in the blood. The finding could lead to improved strategies for preventing several diseases by including antioxidants in the diet and for reducing […]

Considerably more people than previously believed are allergic to the most common fragrance ingredient used in shampoos, conditioners and soap – its most common name is linalool. A thesis presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden found that over 5 percent of those who underwent patch testing were allergic to the air oxidized […]

High fructose sweeteners are again in the news, but this time because of what fructose may do to the appetite control signals in your brain. M. Daniel Lane and colleagues at Johns Hopkins are publishing a review this week online raising concerns about the link between the consumption of fructose and increased food intake, which […]

MayoClinic.org – Results of a Mayo Clinic study show that a simple, noninvasive finger sensor test – called EndoPAT – is “highly predictive” of a major cardiac event, such as a heart attack or stroke, for people who are considered at low or moderate risk, according to researchers. The study will be presented March 31, […]

Springer-sbm.com – Plastic packaging is not without its downsides, and if you thought mineral water was ‘clean’, it may be time to think again. According to Martin Wagner and Jörg Oehlmann from the Department of Aquatic Ecotoxicology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, plastic mineral water bottles (made of PET, or PETE, […]

BlackwellPublishing.com – A new study appearing in Clinical Cardiology examines the average fitness level of the morbidly obese (body mass indexes between 40.0 and 49.9). The findings show that the tested population was sedentary for more than 99 percent of the day and, on average, walked less than 2,500 steps per day – far below […]