Folate and vitamin B12 reduce disabling schizophrenia symptoms in some patients

Contact: Kristen Stanton kstanton3@partners.org 617-643-3907 Massachusetts General Hospital Adding supplements to antipsychotic medication alleviated negative symptoms in patients with specific gene variants Adding the dietary supplements folate and vitamin B12 to treatment with antipsychotic medication improved a core symptom component of schizophrenia in a study of more than 100 patients. The study focused on negative…

Common food dye may hold promise in treating spinal cord injury: stops the cascade of molecular events that cause secondary damage to the spinal cord

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Mark Michaud mark_michaud@urmc.rochester.edu 585-273-4790 University of Rochester Medical Center A common food additive that gives M&Ms and Gatorade their blue tint may offer promise for preventing the additional – and serious – secondary damage that immediately follows a traumatic injury to the spinal cord. In an article published online…

Dioxins in Food Chain Linked to Breastfeeding Ills

2009 study posted for filing Exposure to dioxins during pregnancy harms the cells in rapidly-changing breast tissue, which may explain why some women have trouble breastfeeding or don’t produce enough milk, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study. Researchers believe their findings, although only demonstrated in mice at this point, begin to address…

New study proves that pain is not a symptom of arthritis, pain causes arthritis

2008 study posted for filing Contact: Greg Williams Greg_Williams@urmc.rochester.edu 585-273-1757 University of Rochester Medical Center New treatments will seek to interrupt ‘crosstalk’ between joints and the spinal cord Pain is more than a symptom of osteoarthritis, it is an inherent and damaging part of the disease itself, according to a study published today in journal…

Nutrient in Eggs and Meat May Influence Gene Expression from Infancy to Adulthood: Choline

    Implications for Wide Range of Disorders – Hypertension to Mental Health Problems   September 20, 2012   Just as women are advised to get plenty of folic acid around the time of conception and throughout early pregnancy, new research suggests another very similar nutrient may one day deserve a spot on the obstetrician’s…

Statins have unexpected effect on pool of powerful brain cells : Reduces Glial progenitor cells

Re-post 34th HRR 2008 Contact: Tom Rickey tom_rickey@urmc.rochester.edu 585-275-7954 University of Rochester Medical Center Cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins have a profound effect on an elite group of cells important to brain health as we age, scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found. The new findings shed light on a long-debated potential…

Researchers detail chemotherapy’s damage to the brain” Chemotherapy drugs used to treat a wide range of cancers were more toxic to healthy brain cells than the cancer cells they were intended to treat

Re-post from 2008: This is not the watered down Chemo brain article released 5 Sep 2012..4 years later contact: Mark Michaud mark_michaud@urmc.rochester.edu 585-273-4790 University of Rochester Medical Center A commonly used chemotherapy drug causes healthy brain cells to die off long after treatment has ended and may be one of the underlying biological causes of…

Daisies lead scientists down path to new leukemia drug – DMAPT can kill both dormant cells and cells that are busy dividing

Contact: Leslie Orr Leslie_Orr@urmc.rochester.edu 585-275-5774 University of Rochester Medical Center OCT 2007 Rochester team develops compound to attack cancer stem cells A new, easily ingested form of a compound that has already shown it can attack the roots of leukemia in laboratory studies is moving into human clinical trials, according to a new article by…

Vaccine tied to ‘superbug’ ear infection – Old Prevnar 2007 Historical Only

*Requested Repost From 2007 – Info is Historical   A vaccine that has dramatically curbed pneumonia and other serious illnesses in children is also having an unfortunate effect: promoting new superbugs that cause ear infections On Monday, doctors reported discovering the first such germ that is resistant to all drugs approved to treat childhood ear…

Purple periwinkles battle inflammatory diseases ( COPD Treatment Breakthrough )

Repost from 2010…Breakthrough treatment completely ignored Natural supplement boasts excellent safety A widely and safely used plant extract acts as a novel anti-inflammatory agent that may one day be used for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, as well as other inflammatory conditions. There is an urgent need for new therapies for…