Category: Disease and Conditions

Are restrictions to scientific research costing lives? ” doctors and researchers are denied full access “

Contact: Katie Baker katie.baker@sagepub.co.uk 020-732-48719 SAGE Publications Are restrictions to scientific research costing lives? London, UK (05 September 2012) – In ‘Censors on Campus’, Index on Censorship asks whether lives might be saved by making vital research freely available. As malaria expert Bart Knols argues, in some parts […]

Are America’s war vets ageing prematurely? Alarming study reveals how a young traumatized U.S. soldier can suffer same brain deterioration as a 70-year-old

Consortium in  Boston is studying PTSD in young veterans and those exposed to traumatic brain  injury In veterans  no older than 30, brain imaging sometimes looks like that of a  70-year-old Current  diagnosis includes self-reporting, but scientists hope to create concrete  biological factors for measuring disorder By Beth […]

Homeopathic Cream calendula ointment, out performed those using the topical agent trolamine and placebo.

Reposted at request and open debate from 2009 Contact: Jennifer Beal wbnewseurope@wiley.com 44-124-377-0633 Wiley-Blackwell Homeopathic medicines: Can they help relieve side-effects of cancer therapy? Drugs and radiotherapy given for cancer can cause unpleasant side effects such as nausea and vomiting, mouth sores, dermatitis, and menopausal symptoms. Around a […]

The memory of water is a reality, pseudoscience?

Repost from 2007 Contact: Tanya Wheatley t.wheatley@elsevier.com 44-186-584-3824 Elsevier The memory of water is a reality New issue of Homeopathy journal explores water memory effects Oxford, UK, 01 August 2007 –  A special issue of the journal Homeopathy, journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy and published by Elsevier, […]

Statins Lower Testosterone, Libido

This is a requsted Repost from 2010 link to abstract below: By Kathleen Doheny WebMD Health News Reviewed byLaura J. Martin, MD April 16, 2010 — Statin therapy prescribed to lower cholesterol also appears to lower testosterone, according to a new study that evaluated nearly 3,500 men who had erectile […]

Childhood virus RSV shows promise against adult cancer: selectively kills cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone

    Posted: Thursday, September 06, 2012 Contact: Will Sansom, (210) 567-2579 School of Medicine discovery is proving effective in overseas trials   SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 6, 2012) — RSV, a virus that causes respiratory infections in infants and young children, selectively kills cancer cells while leaving healthy […]

Omega-3 intake during last months of pregnancy boosts an infant’s cognitive and motor development

Repost 2008 Contact: Jean-François Huppé jean-francois.huppe@dap.ulaval.ca 418-656-7785 Université Laval Quebec City, April 9, 2008—A study supervised by Université Laval researchers Gina Muckle and Éric Dewailly reveals that omega-3 intake during the last months of pregnancy boosts an infant’s sensory, cognitive, and motor development. The details of this finding […]

Ingredient found in green tea significantly inhibits breast cancer growth in female mice: EGCG decreases in TCSA (66%), tumor weight (68%) 5 weeks

Repost from 2008 Contact: Donna Krupa dkrupa@the-aps.org 703-967-2751 American Physiological Society SAN DIEGO, CA — Green tea is high in the antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin-3- gallate) which helps prevent the body’s cells from becoming damaged and prematurely aged. Studies have suggested that the combination of green tea and EGCG […]

Caffeine prevents multiple sclerosis-like disease in mice: autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)

Contact: Sylvia Wrobel ebpress@gmail.com 770-722-1055 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Mice given caffeine equivalent to a human drinking six to eight cups of coffee a day were protected from developing experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the animal model for the human disease Multiple Sclerosis (MS), according to […]

The malaria species rampant in the Asia-Pacific region has been a significant driver of evolution of the human genome, a new study has shown.

‘Benign’ Malaria Key Driver of Human Evolution in Asia-Pacific ScienceDaily (Sep. 4, 2012) Professor Ivo Mueller led a study that showed the malaria species rampant in the Asia-Pacific region has been a significant driver of evolution of the human genome An international team of researchers has shown that […]

Scientists successfully awaken sleeping stem cells: ” might be possible to turn on the eye’s own resources to regenerate damaged retinas, without the need for transplanting outside retinal tissue or stem cells,”

Contact: Patti Jacobs pjacobs12@comcast.net 617-868-0077 Schepens Eye Research Institute New hope for regenerating the human retina damaged by disease or injury Boston, MA—Scientists at Schepens Eye Research Institute have discovered what chemical in the eye triggers the dormant capacity of certain non-neuronal cells to transform into progenitor cells, […]

What effect does melatonin have in colitis (IBD) ? ” bacterial translocation in postcolitis rats has been reversed by melatonin administration”

Contact: Jing Zhu wjg@wjgnet.com 0086-105-908-0039 World Journal of Gastroenterology In rats with experimental colitis, the marked increase in bacterial translocation in postcolitis rats has been reversed by melatonin administration. This is due to melatonin’s anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects. Using an elegant study design, including experimental colitis model, this […]

New bacteria contaminate hairspray

Contact: Lucy Goodchild l.goodchild@sgm.ac.uk 44-011-898-81843 Society for General Microbiology Scientists in Japan have discovered a new species of bacteria that can live in hairspray, according to the results of a study published in the March issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. “Contamination of cosmetic […]

Study finds bacteria may reduce risk for kidney stones: 70 percent reduction in the risk of recurrent kidney stones

Contact: Gina Digravio gina.digravio@bmc.org 617-638-8491 Boston University Boston, MA—Researchers from Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center have found that the bacteria Oxalobacter formigenes (O. formigenes), a naturally occurring bacterium that has no known side effects, is associated with a 70 percent reduction in the risk of recurrent kidney stones.  […]

High levels of DDT in breast milk

The highest levels ever of DDT in breast milk have been measured in mothers living in malaria-stricken villages in South Africa. The values lie well over the limits set by the World Health Organization. DDT has been used for many years in South Africa, sprayed indoors to fight […]

Wormwood ( Artemesia ) may hold key to non-toxic Cancer and Leukemia treatment

Reposted at Request from 26-Nov-2001 Contact: Rob Harrill rharrill@u.washington.edu 206-543-2580 University of Washington Two bioengineering researchers at the University of Washington have discovered a promising potential treatment for cancer among the ancient arts of Chinese folk medicine. Research Professor Henry Lai and assistant research Professor Narendra Singh have […]

Coconut oil could combat tooth decay

Contact: Laura Udakis l.udakis@sgm.ac.uk 44-079-908-26696 Society for General Microbiology Digested coconut oil is able to attack the bacteria that cause tooth decay. It is a natural antibiotic that could be incorporated into commercial dental care products, say scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology’s Autumn […]

Cinnamon is lethal weapon against E. coli O157:H7

Contact: Angela Dansby aldansby@ift.org 312-782-8424 x127 Institute of Food Technologists When cinnamon is in, Escherichia coli O157:H7 is out.  That’s what researchers at Kansas State University discovered in laboratory tests with cinnamon and apple juice heavily tainted with the bacteria.  Presented at the Institute of Food Technologists’ 1999 […]

Malaria Cure? “Single-dose cure but might also be able to block transmission of the parasite from person to person”

African antimalarial research bears first fruit Promising new compound becomes the first stemming from an African–MMV collaboration to enter preclinical development 28 August 2012 A recently discovered compound from the aminopyridine class, code named MMV390048, caused quite a stir at the MMV Expert Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) meeting […]

WSU researchers discover mechanism leading from trichomoniasis ( protozoan parasite ) to prostate cancer “40 percent greater chance of developing prostate cancer”

Contact: John Alderete, WSU professor of molecular biosciences alderete@vetmed.wsu.edu 509-335-8125 Washington State University Finding could lead to better diagnosis and treatment PULLMAN, Wash.—Researchers have identified a way in which men can develop prostate cancer after contracting trichomoniasis, a curable but often overlooked sexually transmitted disease. Previous studies have […]

Grapefruit compound may help combat hepatitis C infection ” may be able to block the secretion of hepatitis C virus “

Contact: Sue McGreevey smcgreevey@partners.org 617-724-2764 Massachusetts General Hospital MGH study reveals mechanism key to maintaining chronic infection, potential therapy target A compound that naturally occurs in grapefruit and other citrus fruits may be able to block the secretion of hepatitis C virus (HCV) from infected cells, a process […]

Viruses for a healthy pregnancy

Contact: Lucy Goodchild l.goodchild@sgm.ac.uk 44-011-898-81843 Society for General Microbiology Sequences of DNA in the human genome that originated from ancient viral infections have some surprising effects on our bodies and are even essential for a healthy pregnancy, according to an article in the February issue of Microbiology Today. […]

Sex hormones unrelated to prostate cancer risk

Contact: Liz Savage jncimedia@oxfordjournals.org 301-841-1287 Journal of the National Cancer Institute Sex hormones circulating in the blood do not appear to be associated with prostate cancer risk, according to data from 18 prior studies. The analysis will be published online January 29 in the Journal of the National […]