Club drug ecstasy causes brain damage, death by raising body temperature – A University of Adelaide study has revealed that the dangerous body temperature dysregulation effects of the club drug ecstasy are compounded when taken in warm environments. Preclinical research undertaken by Pharmacology PhD student Emily Jaehne shows that ecstasy deaths, which are invariably related to elevated body temperature, may be related to drug users’ […]

New deep pressure vest for children with autism, sensory integration problems – Children with autism and ADHD may soon get anxiety relief from a novel “deep-pressure” vest developed by Brian Mullen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The vest, which can also be used for adults with mental illness, delivers a “portable hug” called deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS). “People with developmental disorders and mental […]

New SIRT1 activators work like super-resveratrol

Drug candidates 1,000 times more potent than resveratrol identified by Sirtris that offer a new approach to anti-aging medication and treating type 2 diabetes. BusinessWire – Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRT), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing small molecule drugs to treat diseases of aging, has announced that findings in the journal Nature […]

High EGCG green tea extract boosts anti-cancer GST detox enzymes

American Association for Cancer Research – Concentrated phytochemicals like EGCG derived from green tea dramatically boosted production of a group of key detoxification enzymes in people with low levels of these beneficial GST proteins, according to researchers at Arizona Cancer Center. These findings, published in the August 2007 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, […]

Goat milk may have better mineral bioavailability than cow milk

Universidad de Granada – Calcium, magnesium, and iron from goat milk may be more bioavailable than minerals from cow milk, according to research carried out at the Department of Physiology of UGR. Milk from goats helps to prevent iron deficiency anemia and bone demineralization (softening of the bones). This project, conducted by Dr Javier Díaz […]

Divide up vacation time to prevent post-holiday syndrome

Universidad de Granada – Psychologists estimate that 35 per cent of Spanish workers between 25 and 40 years of age will face the post-vacation syndrome this year. Tiredness, lack of appetite and concentration, irritability, anxiety, sadness and a “couldn’t-care-less” attitude are just some of the symptoms of this illness, caused by the end of the […]

Epidemic of physical inactivity among inner city children

University of Leicester – A study funded by the British Heart Foundation reveals that the level of physical inactivity among inner city children in Britain has reached epidemic levels. Researchers from Leicester have just published one of the largest studies of physical activity levels of inner city school children. Prof Khunti et al surveyed over […]