Anti-inflammatory salsalate lowers blood sugar in type 2 diabetes – Researchers who reported earlier this year that salsalate – an inexpensive, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug – might prevent type 2 diabetes are now reporting that the drug may also lower blood glucose and be beneficial for diabetics. The paper, which appears in the May 2008 issue of the journal Clinical and Translational Science (CTS), reports on three proof-of-concept […]

Oxidized LDL cholesterol may cause metabolic syndrome

JAMA – Higher concentrations of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) that has been modified by oxidation is associated with an increased incidence of abdominal obesity, high fasting glucose levels and high triglyceride levels and the metabolic syndrome, which includes a combination of these conditions, according to a study in the May 21, 2008 issue of JAMA. Studies in […]

Vitamin D from sun exposure linked to lower risk of breast cancer – Using newly available data on worldwide cancer incidence, researchers have shown a clear association between deficiency in exposure to sunlight – specifically ultraviolet B (UVB), which causes vitamin D3 production in the skin – and breast cancer. UVB exposure triggers photosynthesis of vitamin D3 in the body. This form of vitamin D also […]

IV calcium plus magnesium reduces neurotoxicity of colon cancer chemotherapy – Researchers in the North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) have shown that patients who receive intravenous calcium and magnesium before and after the chemotherapy drug oxaliplatin for the treatment of advanced colon cancer experience a significantly reduced incidence and severity of neurological side effects (neurotoxicity). This reduction increases the likelihood that patients are […]

Dose daily aspirin at bedtime for blood pressure benefit

Data unveiled today at the American Society of Hypertension’s 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting (ASH 2008) revealed for the first time that people with prehypertension who are treated with aspirin may experience significant reductions in blood pressure – but only if they take the pill before bedtime, and not when they wake up in the morning. […]

Green tea polyphenols counteract neurotoxic effects of sleep apnea

Researchers examined the effects of green tea polyphenols (GTP), administered through drinking water, on rats who were intermittently deprived of oxygen during 12-hour “night” cycles, mimicking the intermittent hypoxia (IH) that humans with obstructive sleep apnea experience. People with obstructive sleep apnea have been reported to have increased markers of oxidative stress and exhibit architectural […]

30 minutes of good music daily lowers blood pressure

Listening to just 30 minutes of rhythmically homogeneous music every day may significantly reduce high blood pressure, according to researchers at the American Society of Hypertension’s 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting (ASH 2008). In the first study to examine the antihypertensive effect of music listening on ambulatory blood pressure (ABP), today’s findings reveal that patients with […]

Omega-3 from fish oil may fight prostate cancer

Newswise – Prostate cancer research funded by the NIH suggests that a diet high in the kind of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil and certain types of fish might improve the prognosis of men who have a genetic tendency towards prostate cancer. “This study clearly shows that diet can tip the balance toward […]