Archive for June, 2009 – Exercise and electro-acupuncture treatments can reduce sympathetic nerve activity in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), according to a new study. The finding is important because women with PCOS often have elevated sympathetic nerve activity, which plays a role in hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance, obesity and cardiovascular disease The study also found that the […] – UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers are conducting two pilot clinical trials to determine whether a single, early dose of estrogen can improve survival and neurological outcomes after severe traumatic brain injury or traumatic hemorrhagic shock. In these double-blind studies, male patients transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital following severe traumatic brain injury or severe […]

Alcohol’s intoxicating effects are familiar to everyone. But the molecular details of alcohol’s impact on brain activity remain a mystery. A new study by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies brings us closer to understanding how alcohol alters the way brain cells work. Their findings, published in the current advance online edition of […] – Just one drink can quickly go to your head. Researchers in Heidelberg tested this well-known adage. Only six minutes after consuming an amount of alcohol (ethanol) equivalent to three glasses of beer or two glasses of wine, leading to a blood alcohol level of 0.05 to 0.06 percent, changes have already taken place […]

Higher selenium levels in the blood may worsen prostate cancer in those men with a certain form of the SOD2 gene, according to a study by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute the University of California, San Francisco. Conversely, those men with prostate cancer who had a different variant of the SOD2 gene seemed to have […]

High intake of dietary fats from red meat and dairy products was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a new study published online June 26, 2009 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. This study was undertaken because research relating fat intake to pancreatic cancer was inconclusive. To examine the […]