Functional food synergy improves cholesterol, inflammation, memory – For the first time researchers have found out what effect multiple, rather than just single, foods with anti-inflammatory effects have on healthy individuals. The results of a functional food diet study show that bad cholesterol was reduced by 33 per cent, blood lipids by 14 per cent, blood pressure by 8 per cent and a risk marker […]

L-citrulline in watermelon lowers blood pressure – Watermelon, which is rich in L-citrulline, may be an effective natural weapon against pre-hypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease, according to a pilot study led by food scientists at The Florida State University. It is the first investigation of its kind in humans. FSU Assistant Professor Arturo Figueroa and Professor Bahram H. Arjmandi found that […]

Sorghum bran higher in antioxidant polyphenols than blueberries, pomegranates – Select varieties of sorghum bran have greater antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties than well-known foods such as blueberries and pomegranates, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Researchers measured polyphenolic compounds, which naturally occur in plants to help fight against pests and disease, and found that the black and sumac varieties of sorghum have significant […]

Plantain fiber might treat Crohn’s disease – Soluble fibers found in plantain, a type of large banana, could be used to treat patients with Crohn’s disease, according to scientists at the University of Liverpool. Crohn’s disease is a condition that affects one in 800 people in the UK and causes chronic intestinal inflammation, leading to pain, bleeding and diarrhea.  Researchers are working with biotechnology […]

Watercress may block breast cancer signal – A natural plant chemical – phenylethyl isothiocyanate – found in watercress may have the ability to suppress breast cancer cell development by ‘turning off’ a signal in the body and thereby starving the growing tumor of essential blood and oxygen, according to new research from the University of Southampton. The research, unveiled at a press conference on September 14, […]

Stimulants for ADHD improved long-term academic success

Newswise — In an 18-year-study on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Mayo Clinic researchers found that treatment with prescription stimulants is associated with improved long-term academic success of children with AD/HD. The Mayo Clinic results are the first population-based data to show stimulant drug therapy helps improve long-term school outcomes. A related Mayo Clinic study reveals that […]

Kidney tumors eliminated by radiofrequency ablation

American Roentgen Ray Society – A relatively new, minimally invasive treatment – radiofrequency ablation – was 93 percent successful in eradicating malignant kidney tumors, according to a recent study conducted by researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. “I have performed many radiofrequency ablations of renal tumors and the results looked […]

Football injuries at high school and collegiate levels

Columbus Children’s Hospital – Football, one of the most popular sports in the United States, is also the leading cause of sports-related injuries. During the 2005-06 season, high school football players sustained more than half a million injuries nationally. A study conducted by researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) at Columbus […]

New definition of metabolic syndrome for children and teenagers

New criteria help identify children at risk for metabolic syndrome. International Diabetes Federation (IDF) – The IDF has launched a new definition to identify children and adolescents at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in later life. The definition is published in a June 2007 issue of The Lancet (369:2059-2061). The […]