Category: Disease and Conditions

Fu-Zheng-Jie-Du-Decoction acts PTEN expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (Liver Cancer) Superior to Chemotherapy

Contact:  Jing Zhu wjg@wjgnet.com 0086-105-908-0039 World Journal of Gastroenterology Many hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients in China may be treated with Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Some say it works, others doubt its effectiveness. These stated that a research group in China had found TCM can down-regulate the expression of […]

Surprising finding that people with cystic fibrosis (CF) produce too little airway mucus – rather than too much..Common Medical Belief is Wrong

Shannon Koontz 336-716-4587 shkoontz@wfubmc.edu Bob Conn 336-716-4587 rconn@wfubmc.edu Mark Wright 336-716-4587 mwright@wfubmc.edu Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Surprising finding could lead to new treatment for cystic fibrosis WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The surprising finding that people with cystic fibrosis (CF) produce too little airway mucus – rather than […]

Vitamin B3 ( NIacin ) may offer new tool in fight against ‘superbugs’ – increased by 1,000 times the ability of immune cells to kill staph bacteria

Contact: Adrian Gombart adrian.gombart@oregonstate.edu 541-737-8018 Oregon State University CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study suggests that nicotinamide, more commonly known as vitamin B3, may be able to combat some of the antibiotic-resistance staph infections that are increasingly common around the world, have killed thousands and can pose a […]

Olive oil protects liver

Contact: Graeme Baldwin graeme.baldwin@biomedcentral.com 44-203-192-2165 BioMed Central Extra-virgin olive oil can protect the liver from oxidative stress. Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access journal Nutrition and Metabolism exposed rats to a moderately toxic herbicide known to deplete antioxidants and cause oxidative stress, finding that those rats fed […]

Purified bacterial extract sprayed into lungs protection against all four major classes of pathogens including those responsible for anthrax and bubonic plague

Washington, D.C. — A purified extract prepared from a common microbe and delivered to the lungs of laboratory mice in a spray set off a healthy immune response and provided powerful protection against all four major classes of pathogens including those responsible for anthrax and bubonic plague, according […]

Natural compound in broccoli could treat devastating genetic skin disorder – Epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS

Washington, D.C. — The compound sulforaphane whose natural precursors are found at high levels in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables has been hailed for its chemopreventive powers against cancer. Now sulforaphane has demonstrated new skills in treating a genetic skin blistering disorder called epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS), Pierre […]

Virus kills breast cancer cells in laboratory

A nondisease-causing virus kills human breast cancer cells in the laboratory, creating opportunities for potential new cancer therapies, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers who tested the virus on three different breast cancer types that represent the multiple stages of breast cancer development. Adeno-associated virus type […]

Chlamydia pneumoniae Responsible for Atherosclerosis

Rogue bacteria involved in both heart disease and infertility Researcher uncovers how chlamydia sabotages human immunity Chlamydia pneumoniae is a microbe that normally causes pneumonia and bronchitis, but it has long been associated with atherosclerosis, a cardiovascular disease also called “hardening of the arteries.” “It was a frightening […]

Folic acid lowers blood arsenic levels

Contact: Stephanie Berger sb2247@columbia.edu 212-305-4372 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health October 8, 2007 — A new study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health finds that folic acid supplements can dramatically lower blood arsenic levels in individuals exposed to arsenic through contaminated drinking […]

N-acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide, significantly reduced the amount and appearance of hyperpigmentation, age spots and uneven melanin distribution

Contact: Shirley Johnson shirley.johnson@mslpr.com 212-468-3292 Manning Selvage & Lee Science finds new fix for UV-damaged skin in arthritis treatment IMAGE:Researchers found that the topical application of a N-acetyl glucosamine (4 percent) and niacinamide (2 percent) complex produced visible improvement in pigmentation after 8 weeks. Photos were taken under […]

Compound in human milk associated with reduced transmission from HIV-infected mother to breastfed infant ( human milk oligosaccharides )

Contact: Debra Kain ddkain@ucsd.edu 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego Breastfeeding may protect infants from HIV transmission An international team of researchers has found that certain bioactive components found in human milk are associated with a reduced risk of HIV transmission from an HIV infected mother to […]

Negative effects of plastic’s additive blocked by nutrient supplements ( folic acid, genistein ) – bisphenol A (BPA)

Contact: Richard Merritt Merri006@mc.duke.edu 919-660-1309 Duke University Medical Center DURHAM, N.C. – Experiments in animals have provided additional and tantalizing evidence that what a pregnant mother eats can make her offspring more susceptible to disease later in life. This susceptibility is the result of a process that alters […]

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 […]

Licorice licks herpes virus infection

The embargo on this press release has changed since it was originally posted Many of the viruses that infect people can sit suppressed in cells for long periods of time, but when they are reactivated can cause painful symptoms and distress.  While treatment for active infections is progressing […]

Quercitin Blocks Androgen activity preventing prostate cancer growth – Otherwise 80% of prostate cancers re-appear after 1 – 2 years

Contact: Mary Lawson lawson.mary18@mayo.edu 507-284-5005 Mayo Clinic Natural substances in fruits and vegetables may be potential treatment for prostate cancer ROCHESTER, MINN. — Quercetin (kwer-se-ten), a natural substance found in apples, onions, tea and red wine, may be a potentially novel approach for preventing and treating prostate cancer, […]