Light to moderate alcohol leads to good cheer at Danish high-school parties

Contact: Marie Eliasen, M.Sc. mae@niph.dk 45-6550-7777 (Denmark) University of Southern Denmark Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research Many people, especially young adults, engage in high-risk drinking because of the belief it will lead to positive mood effects such as cheerfulness.  A new study of the association between blood alcohol content (BAC) and the subjective effects of…

1 in 4 has alarmingly few intestinal bacteria

Contact: Oluf Pedersen oluf@sund.ku.dk 45-52-39-56-50 University of Copenhagen All people have trillions of bacteria living in their intestines. If you place them on a scale, they weigh around 1.5 kg. Previously, a major part of these ‘blind passengers’ were unknown, as they are difficult or impossible to grow in laboratories. But over the past five…

Infections increase risk of mood disorders

Contact: Michael Eriksen Benrós benros@ncrr.dk 45-26-25-52-39 Aarhus University New research shows that every third person who is diagnosed for the first time with a mood disorder has been admitted to hospital with an infection prior to the diagnosis New research shows that every third person who is diagnosed for the first time with a mood…

146th Health Research Report 11 JAN 2013

    In this issue: 1. Foodborne Illness Could Have Sinister Causes : Medications being intentionally added 2. Cholesterol medicine affects energy production in muscles 3. Sublingual immunotherapy shows promise as treatment for peanut allergy 4. Hold the diet soda? Sweetened drinks linked to depression, coffee tied to lower risk 5. Disappearing bacterium may protect against stroke 6. High fiber diet…

Cholesterol medicine affects energy production in muscles: Up to 75 per cent of patients

Painful side effects Up to 75 per cent of patients who take statins to treat elevated cholesterol levels may suffer from muscle pain. Scientists at the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen have now identified a possible mechanism underlying this unfortunate side effect. The results have just been published in the well-reputed Journal of American…

Vitamin C deficiency impairs early brain development: The brain retains vitamin C

Contact: Professor Jens Lykkesfeldt jopl@life.ku.dk 453-533-3163 University of Copenhagen New research at LIFE — Faculty of Life Sciences at University of Copenhagen shows that vitamin C deficiency may impair the mental development of newborn babies New research at LIFE – Faculty of Life Sciences at University of Copenhagen shows that vitamin C deficiency may impair…

Prebiotic may help patients with intestinal failure grow new and better gut

Contact: Phyllis Picklesimer p-pickle@illinois.edu 217-244-2827 University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences URBANA – Adding the right prebiotic to the diets of pediatric patients with intestinal failure could replace intravenous feeding, says a new University of Illinois study. “When we fed the carbohydrate fructooligosacharide (FOS) as a prebiotic, the gut grew and…

Taking painkillers increases death risk, second heart attacks in survivors: 59-63% Higher risk of Death

Contact: Maggie Francis maggie.francis@heart.org 214-706-1382 American Heart Association — Heart attack survivors who take common painkillers after a heart attack have a higher long-term risk of dying or having a second heart attack, according to a new study published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal. The painkillers, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), include…