Study finds FDA dermatology advisors receive payments following drug approvals

A team of researchers examined post-advisory financial relationships between US physicians who advised FDA committees during dermatological drug approval processes. Critics of these industry-physician relationships claim these types of payments could incentivize advisors to alter their voting habits. Source: Study finds FDA dermatology advisors receive payments following drug […]

Two Foods supercharge normally ineffective antibiotics

Two Foods supercharge normally ineffective antibiotics We look at two separate studies: Cranberries join forces with antibiotics to fight bacteria “But when we simultaneously treated the bacteria with an antibiotic and the cranberry extract, no resistance developed.” Manuka honey to kill drug-resistant bacteria found in cystic fibrosis infections […]

Strawberry tree honey may inhibit colon cancer

Strawberry tree honey may inhibit colon cancer Strawberry tree honey may inhibit colon cancer Spanish and Italian researchers have proven that when honey from strawberry trees, a product typical of Mediterranean areas, is added to colon cancer cells grown in the laboratory, cell proliferation is stopped. Sadia Afrin […]

The bird that came back from the dead

New research has shown that the last surviving flightless species of bird, a type of rail, in the Indian Ocean had previously gone extinct but rose from the dead thanks to a rare process called ‘iterative evolution’. Source: The bird that came back from the dead

Neuropathy Completely Reversed with monounsaturated fats

Neuropathy Completely Reversed with monounsaturated fats Swapping dietary saturated fats for monounsaturated fats reverses nerve damage and restores nerve function in male mice, finds new preclinical research published in JNeurosci. Amy E. Rumora, Giovanni LoGrasso, John M. Hayes, Faye E. Mendelson, Maegan A. Tabbey, Julia A. Haidar, Stephen […]

Heart failure deaths rising in younger adults

Death rates due to heart failure are now increasing, and this increase is most prominent among younger adults under 65, considered premature death, reports a new study. The increase was highest among black men. This study shows for the first time that death rates due to heart failure […]

Five things to know about physician suicide

Physician suicide is an urgent problem with rates higher than suicide rates in the general public, with potential for extensive impact on health care systems. A ‘Five things to know about …’ practice article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides an overview of this serious issue. Source: […]

Peppermint May Help Ease Difficulty Swallowing, Dysphagia

Peppermint May Help Ease Difficulty Swallowing, Dysphagia Peppermint May Help Ease Difficulty Swallowing, Dysphagia “Our findings suggest that peppermint may help prevent these symptoms by relaxing the smooth muscle in the lower esophagus,” says Donald O. Castell, M.D., a professor emeritus in the MUSC College of Medicine, a […]

Schadenfreude: Your pain is my gain

If someone in the workplace is mistreated, their colleagues may respond with empathy — or with schadenfreude. The latter emotion, according to a new study by the University of Zurich, occurs primarily in highly competitive working environments, when one person’s misfortune facilitates another’s goals. Even worse, schadenfreude can […]

Pig experiment raises ethical questions around brain damage

The brain is more resilient than previously thought. In a groundbreaking experiment published in this week’s issue of Nature, neuroscientists created an artificial circulation system that successfully restored some functions and structures in pig brains. The result challenges the notion that mammalian brains are fully and irreversibly damaged […]

Travel through wormholes is possible, but slow

A Harvard physicist has shown that wormholes can exist: tunnels in curved space-time, connecting two distant places, through which travel is possible. But don’t pack your bags for a trip to other side of the galaxy yet; although it’s theoretically possible, it’s not useful for humans to travel […]

Heart Failure improved with Antioxidant Combination

Heart Failure improved with Antioxidant Combination Heart Failure improved with Antioxidant Combination “””the measure of function in large blood vessels and of inflammation improved with treatment. Similarly, the presence of biologically available nitric oxide, a compound that helps blood vessels dilate, also increased.”” Over-the-counter Antioxidant Cocktail Improved Vascular […]