Common birth control shot linked to a 40% increased risk of HIV infection

Public Release: 4-Jan-2018 Research indicates alternative contraception methods may help protect women The Endocrine Society WASHINGTON–Transitioning away from a popular contraceptive shot known as DMPA could help protect women in Sub-Saharan Africa and other high-risk regions from becoming infected with HIV, according to a research review published in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrine Reviews. The…

1500 years ago Life Expectancy was about 70 not 40

Public Release: 3-Jan-2018 Redefining knowledge of elderly people throughout history Australian National University An archaeologist from The Australian National University (ANU) is set to redefine what we know about elderly people in cultures throughout history, and dispel the myth that most people didn’t live much past 40 prior to modern medicine. Christine Cave, a PhD…

Arterial Stiffness Rapidly reduced with high dose Vitamin D

Arterial Stiffness Rapidly reduced with high dose Vitamin D Researchers witness a 10.4% reduction in arterial stiffness in just 16 weeks with high dose oral vitamin D.Dose responses of vitamin D3 supplementation on arterial stiffness in overweight African Americans with vitamin D deficiency: A placebo controlled randomized trial. PLOS ONE, 2017; 12 (12): e0188424 DOI:…

Dietary sugar linked to increasing bacterial epidemics

Public Release: 3-Jan-2018   Baylor College of Medicine IMAGE: This photo shows Dr. James Collins (left) and Dr. Robert Britton (right). Credit: Baylor College of Medicine The increasing frequency and severity of healthcare-associated outbreaks caused by bacterium Clostridium difficile have been linked to the widely used food additive trehalose. A team of researchers discovered that…

Genetic changes help mosquitoes survive pesticide attacks

Public Release: 2-Jan-2018   UCR study shows how intensive pesticide use is driving mosquito evolution at the genetic level University of California – Riverside IMAGE: A rice field in northern Cameroon. In addition to long-lasting insecticidal nets, urbanization, chemical pollutants, and agriculture play a key role in selecting insecticide-resistant mosquitoes. Credit: Caroline Fouet, UC Riverside.…

Berry gives cancer therapy a boost

Berry gives cancer therapy a boost Berry gives cancer therapy a boostResearchers discover that blueberry when combined with radiation therapy increase it effectiveness from 20% to 70% in vitro. Quote:  “Radiation decreased cancer cells by approximately 20 percent. Interestingly, the cell group that received only blueberry extract had a 25 percent decrease in cancer. However,…

Significant Flu protection via Lactic Acid bacteria

Significant Flu protection via Lactic Acid bacteria Animals administered lactobacillus casei nasally had a 100% survival rate compared to animals that did not which had a 100% fatality rate when exposed to lethal strains of Influenza A. Citation: Heat-killed Lactobacillus casei confers broad protection against influenza A virus primary infection and develops heterosubtypic immunity against…

Blueberry Vinegar may improve Memory

Blueberry Vinegar may improve Memory Researchers discovered Blueberry Vinegar has an amazing effect of boosting levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein associated with maintaining and creating healthy neurons. ( Animal Study) Cognitive Improving Effects by Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium crymbosum L.) Vinegar on Scopolamine-Induced Amnesia Mice Model DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b03965

Viruses can transfer genes across the superkingdoms of life

Public Release: 18-Dec-2017   New research shows that viruses can transfer genes to organisms they are not known to infect, and may cast light on the ancient origins of viruses Frontiers New research shows that viruses can transfer genes to organisms that they aren’t known to infect – including organisms in different superkingdoms, or domains.…

Britain argues against importing U.S. dirty turkey

Public Release: 17-Dec-2017 Risk of ‘dirty’ turkey after Brexit if UK strikes a US trade deal City University London Consumers could be eating “dirty” chlorinated turkey at Christmas if the UK agrees a post-Brexit trade deal with the USA, according to a new briefing paper by leading food policy experts. The team – from the…

One in 5 materials chemistry papers may be wrong, study suggests

Public Release: 14-Dec-2017   Georgia Institute of Technology   Caption A new study that compared the results reported in thousands of papers published about the properties of metal organic framework (MOF) materials — which are prominent candidates for carbon dioxide adsorption and other separations — suggests the replicability problem should be a concern for materials…

Kaiser Permanente study links health risks to electromagnetic field exposure

Public Release: 13-Dec-2017   Kaiser Permanente A study of real-world exposure to non-ionizing radiation from magnetic fields in pregnant women found a significantly higher rate of miscarriage, providing new evidence regarding their potential health risks. The Kaiser Permanente study was published today in the journal Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group). Non-ionizing radiation from magnetic fields…