Archive for December, 2009 – A research group from Tel Aviv University has done the most comprehensive and accurate study of clinical data on Vitamin E supplement use and heart disease to date, and it warns that indiscriminate use of high-dose Vitamin E supplementation may do more harm than good. Their results were recently reported in ATVB, a […]

A UCLA study finds that even after age 80, smoking continues to increase one’s risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in Americans over 65. The American Journal of Ophthalmology publishes the findings in its January 2010 edition. “The take-home message is that it’s never too late to quit smoking,” said […] – The hemoglobin A1C blood test is now included in the new official guidelines for diabetes and pre-diabetes screening and diagnosis. It is a test that reflects a person’s average blood glucose level over the previous 2 to 3 months. The A1C test is not new. The A1C used to be called glycosylated hemoglobin, […]

Psoriasis, a chronic disease that causes red, raised patches of skin, is increasingly seen as a systemic disease with links to arthritis and cardiovascular disease. The December 2009 issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource provides an overview of this sometimes embarrassing condition, what’s known about it and how it’s treated. Highlights of the Psoriasis Overview: […] – Neurology researchers have shown that feeding branched-chain amino acids to brain-injured animals restores their cognitive abilities and may set the stage for the first effective treatment for cognitive impairments suffered by people with traumatic brain injury. “We have shown in an animal model that dietary intervention can restore a proper balance of neurochemicals […] – Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, recommend that progesterone (PROG), a naturally occurring hormone found in both males and females that can protect damaged cells in the central and peripheral nervous systems, be considered a viable treatment option for traumatic brain injury, according to a clinical perspective published in the January 2010 […]