Category: Missed – Medical Breakthroughs

Study shows pine bark naturally relieves symptoms of acute hemorrhoids: “complication of hemorrhoidal bleedings was completely absent in the Pycnogenol® groups after seven days”

Contact: Jamie Plaxco jplaxco@mww.com 312-546-3512 MWW Group Research reveals Pycnogenol is effective in reducing severe symptoms, including bleeding (Jan. 12, 2009) – HOBOKEN, NJ – According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, about half of the U.S. population will have hemorrhoids by the age of 50. While […]

Activating the ‘mind’s eye’ — sounds, instead of eyesight can be alternative vision ( can actually “see” and describe objects and even identify letters and words )

Contact: Jerry Barach jerryb@savion.huji.ac.il 972-258-82904 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2012 — Common wisdom has it that if the visual cortex in the brain is deprived of visual information in early infanthood, it may never develop properly its functional specialization, making sight restoration later in […]

Caffeine improves recognition of positive words

Contact: Jyoti Madhusoodanan jmadhusoodanan@plos.org 415-568-4545 x187 Public Library of Science 2-3 cups of coffee improve brain processing of positive, but not negative or neutral words Caffeine perks up most coffee-lovers, but a new study shows a small dose of caffeine also increases their speed and accuracy for recognizing […]

Quercetin blocks hepatitis C infection

Contact: Kim Irwin kirwin@mednet.ucla.edu 310-206-2805 University of California – Los Angeles Health Sciences Natural compound blocks hepatitis C infection Finding may lead to a new treatment Researchers have identified two cellular proteins that are important factors in hepatitis C virus infection, a finding that may result in the […]

The FASEB Journal reports vitamin C reverses abnormalities caused by Werner syndrome gene, including cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart failure and high cholesterol

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Cody Mooneyhan cmooneyhan@faseb.org 301-634-7104 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology New year, new vitamin C discovery: It ‘cures’ mice with accelerated aging disease New research in the FASEB Journal reports vitamin C reverses abnormalities caused by Werner syndrome gene, including cancer, […]

Chlorophylls effective against aflatoxin

2009 study posted for filing Contact: John Mata john.mata@oregonstate.edu 541-737-6874 Oregon State University This release is available in Chinese. CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study has found that chlorophyll and its derivative chlorophyllin are effective in limiting the absorption of aflatoxin in humans. Aflatoxin is produced by a […]

New bacteria to fight against intestinal inflammation: Elafin, found naturally in the intestine to protect it against attacks, it disappears in patients suffering from IBDs

Contact: Press Office presse@inserm.fr INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) This protection is provided by a human protein, Elafin, which is artificially introduced into dairy produce bacteria (Lactococcus lactis and Lactobacillus casei). In time, this discovery could be useful for individuals suffering from […]

Researchers find increased dairy intake reduces risk of uterine fibroids in black women

2009 study posted for filing   Contact: Allison Rubin allison.rubin@bmc.org 617-638-8490 Boston University Medical Center (Boston)- Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) researchers at the Slone Epidemiology Center found that black women with high intake of dairy products have a reduced incidence of uterine leiomyomata (fibroids). This report, […]

Green tea chemical combined with another may hold promise for treatment of brain disorders: EGCG, can prevent and destroy a variety of protein structures known as amyloids

2009 study posted for filing Contact: patti Jacobs pjacobs12@comcast.net 617-864-2712 Boston Biomedical Research Institute Watertown, MA—Scientists at Boston Biomedical Research Institute (BBRI) and the University of Pennsylvania have found that combining two chemicals, one of which is the green tea component EGCG, can prevent and destroy a variety […]

Faulty body clock may make kids bipolar

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Graeme Baldwin graeme.baldwin@biomedcentral.com 44-020-319-22165 BioMed Central Malfunctioning circadian clock genes may be responsible for bipolar disorder in children. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry found four versions of the regulatory gene RORB that were associated with pediatric bipolar disorder. […]

Researchers explore new ways to prevent spinal cord damage using a vitamin B3 precursor: nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide ( NAD+ )

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Andrew Klein ank2017@med.cornell.edu 212-821-0560 New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College Weill Cornell Medical College team receives $2.5 million New York State research grant to undertake laboratory study NEW YORK (November 5, 2009) — Substances naturally produced by the […]

Mortality Rates Reduced among Children Whose Mothers Received Iron-folic Acid Supplements ( 31 percent reduction )

2009 study posted for filing Offspring whose mothers had been supplemented with iron-folic acid during pregnancy had dramatically reduced mortality through age 7, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers found that other supplement combinations, including the multiple micronutrient supplement, did not […]

Radioprotection and extracts of Ginko biloba

Contact: Chang-Mo Kang kangcm@kcch.re.kr Inderscience Publishers Herbal tonic for radiotherapy Antioxidant extracts of the leaves of the Gingko biloba tree may protect cells from radiation damage, according to a study published in the International Journal of Low Radiation. The discovery may one day be used to help reduce […]

Scientists cure color blindness in monkeys

2009 study posted for filing Contact: John Pastor jdpastor@ufl.edu 352-273-5815 University of Florida GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers from the University of Washington and the University of Florida used gene therapy to cure two squirrel monkeys of color blindness — the most common genetic disorder in people. Writing online […]

Unlocking the body’s defenses against cancer : ‘kinase inhibitors’ cancerous cells in a flask the diseased cells stopped multiplying and began acting like normal cells again

Contact: Aeron Haworth aeron.haworth@manchester.ac.uk 44-161-275-8383 University of Manchester Scientists have discovered a way of allowing healthy cells to take charge of cancerous cells and stop them developing into tumours in what could provide a new approach to treating early-stage cancers. University of Manchester researchers found that a special […]

Active ingredients in marijuana found to spread and prolong pain : Transforms transient normal pain into persistent chronic pain

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Jim Kelly jpkelly@utmb.edu 409-772-8791 University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Research has implications for medical use of drug and concepts of chronic pain GALVESTON, Texas — Imagine that you’re working on your back porch, hammering in a nail. Suddenly you slip […]

Researchers develop cocktail of bacteria that eradicates Clostridium difficile infection ( 100%!!! )

Contact: Aileen Sheehy press.office@sanger.ac.uk 0044-012-234-96928 Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute C’est difficile In a new study out today, researchers used mice to identify a combination six naturally occurring bacteria that eradicate a highly contagious form of Clostridium difficile, an infectious bacterium associated with many hospital deaths. Three of the […]

New vitamin-based treatment that could reduce muscle degeneration in muscular dystrophy: Niacin pre-cursor NAD+

Contact: Bryan Ghosh bghosh@plos.org 44-122-344-2837 Public Library of Science Boosting the activity of a vitamin-sensitive cell adhesion pathway has the potential to counteract the muscle degeneration and reduced mobility caused by muscular dystrophies, according to a research team led by scientists at the University of Maine. The discovery, […]

Zinc supplementation significantly increases activation of the cells (T cells) responsible for destroying viruses and bacteria

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Cody Mooneyhan cmooneyhan@faseb.org 301-634-7104 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Got zinc? New zinc research suggests novel therapeutic targets New report in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that zinc activates a key protein on T cells needed to fight infections […]

Common food dye may hold promise in treating spinal cord injury: stops the cascade of molecular events that cause secondary damage to the spinal cord

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Mark Michaud mark_michaud@urmc.rochester.edu 585-273-4790 University of Rochester Medical Center A common food additive that gives M&Ms and Gatorade their blue tint may offer promise for preventing the additional – and serious – secondary damage that immediately follows a traumatic injury to the […]