Archive for August, 2009 – Health-conscious people know that high levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the so-called “bad” cholesterol) can increase the risk of heart attacks. Now scientists are reporting that another form of cholesterol called oxycholesterol – virtually unknown to the public – may be the most serious cardiovascular health threat of all. Scientists from […] – Researchers have established the conditions that foster formation of potentially dangerous levels of a toxic substance in the high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) often fed to honey bees. Their study, which appears in a recent issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, could also help keep the substance out of soft drinks […] – Popcorn and many popular breakfast cereals contain “surprisingly large” amounts of healthy antioxidant phytochemicals called polyphenols, according to scientists at the recent 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Polyphenols are a major reason why fruits and vegetables – and foods like chocolate, wine, coffee, and tea – have become renowned […]

Kudzu – the nuisance vine that has overgrown almost 10 million acres in the southeastern United States – may sprout into a dietary supplement. Scientists in Alabama and Iowa are reporting the first evidence that root extracts from kudzu show promise as a dietary supplement for a high-risk condition – the metabolic syndrome – that […] – The ability to digest milk sugar – lactose – first evolved in dairy farming communities in central Europe, not in more northern groups as was previously thought, finds a new study led by UCL (University College London) scientists published in the journal PLoS Computational Biology. The genetic change that enabled early Europeans to […]

A new and safe type of fetal heart monitor could save the lives of unborn infants in complicated pregnancies, according to a study published in the International Journal of Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation. A.K. Mittra of the Department of Electronics Engineering, at the Manoharbhai Patel Institute of Engineering & Technology, in Gondia, India, and […]