Inflammatory skin damage in mice blocked by bleach solution, Stanford study finds

Contact: Krista Conger kristac@stanford.edu 650-725-5371 Stanford University Medical Center STANFORD, Calif. — Processes that age and damage skin are impeded by dilute bleach solution, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study was conducted on mice. But if shown to work similarly in humans, the inexpensive, widely…

Quantity of sugar in food supply linked to diabetes rates, Every 150 Calories = +1% increased risk

Contact: Erin Digitale digitale@stanford.edu 650-724-9175 Stanford University Medical Center STANFORD, Calif. — Does eating too much sugar cause diabetes? For years, scientists have said “not exactly.” Eating too much of any food, including sugar, can cause you to gain weight; it’s the resulting obesity that predisposes people to diabetes, according to the prevailing theory. But…

Beta carotene may protect people with common genetic risk factor for type-2 diabetes

Contact: Bruce Goldman goldmanb@stanford.edu 650-725-2106 Stanford University Medical Center STANFORD, Calif. — Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have found that for people harboring a genetic predisposition that is prevalent among Americans, beta carotene, which the body converts to a close cousin of vitamin A, may lower the risk for the most common form of…

Repeated antibiotic use alters gut’s composition of beneficial microbes, Stanford study shows

2010 study posted for filing   Contact: Bruce Goldman goldmanb@stanford.edu 650-725-2106 Stanford University Medical Center STANFORD, Calif. – Repeated use of an antibiotic that is considered generally benign, because users seldom incur obvious side effects, induces cumulative and persistent changes in the composition of the beneficial microbial species inhabiting the human gut, researchers at the…

Common herbal medicine may prevent acetaminophen-related liver damage, says Stanford researcher : S-methylmethionine

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Krista Conger kristac@stanford.edu 650-725-5371 Stanford University Medical Center STANFORD, Calif. — A well-known Eastern medicine supplement may help avoid the most common cause of liver transplantation, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The finding came as a surprise to the scientists, who…

Probiotics help gastric-bypass patients lose weight more quickly, Stanford study shows

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Diane Rogers donut@stanford.edu 650-723-3900 Stanford University Medical Center STANFORD, Calif. — New research from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital & Clinics suggests that the use of a dietary supplement after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery can help obese patients to more quickly lose weight and to…

Stanford researcher criticizes FDA plans to reduce oversight of off-label drug use: Pharmaceutial Free For All (No Rules)

Repost From April 2008 Contact: Rosanne Spector manishma@stanford.edu 650-725-5374 Stanford University Medical Center STANFORD, Calif. – Proposed guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would allow companies to market more drugs for unapproved uses and are a step in the wrong direction, said a researcher from the Stanford University School of Medicine. In an…