Reducing childhood obesity may have yet another benefit: lowering the incidence of food allergies. Researchers studying more than 4,000 children ages 2 to 19 enrolled in a larger survey of childhood health found a significant association of overweight and obesity with allergic reactions to eggs, peanuts and other common allergens.
Archive for May, 2009
Treating chicken breast meat with a mixture of organic acids and plant extracts can greatly reduce the presence of pathogenic bacteria, according to new research from the US-based Food Safety Consortium.
The cells of multivitamin users may have a younger biological age than cells from non-users, according to new research from the US. Researchers led by Honglei Chen, MD, PhD from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences looked at the length of telomeres, DNA sequences at the end of chromosomes that shorten as cells replicate and age.
Music may help ease pain and provide therapeutic benefits for babies undergoing common medical procedures, including circumcision, according to new research. Neonatal units are increasingly using music as a way to manage pain for babies during routine practices. It is thought that playing music helps calm babies and stabilize some of their vital functions.
The push to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois has taken a big step forward. The Illinois Senate voted 30-28 in favor of a plan to let sick people use pot for relief from diseases like cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis.
Zapping away abnormal, precancerous cells in the throat may lower the risk of later developing esophageal cancer, the first major study to test this technique finds. In a study of 127 people suffering from a heartburn-related problem known as Barrett’s esophagus, only about 1 percent who had a procedure that uses heat to burn off precancerous spots went on to develop cancer over the next year.
A five-generation rat study provides the clearest evidence to date that exposure to low levels of environmental estrogens can increase the risk of abnormal cell growth in the male breast. Abnormalities which could have the potential to become cancerous developed in the mammary gland tissue of male rats that were exposed to either the soy-based phytoestrogen genistein or ethinyl estradiol ñ an estrogen used in birth control pills.
Researchers of Instituto de la Grasa (part of the Spanish National Research Council -CSIC) and the Vegetal Biology and Ecology Department of the University of Seville have found out that vetch is an important source of phenolic compounds with a high antioxidant activity. It is a leguminous plant of the Fabeae family, very popular during the Spanish post-war as a basic foodstuff.
UK-based Provexis Natural Products Limited has won a positive article 13.5 claim linking tomato concentrate consumption and blood platelet aggregation from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This differed from Provexisí submiited claim that stated: ìHelps to maintain a healthy blood flow and benefits circulationî.
More than 70 companies have signed a pledge promising to avoid using sugar from genetically modified sugar beets “wherever possible.” Genetically modified sugar beets, engineered by the Monsanto Corporation to be resistant to its herbicide Roundup, were first harvested in fall 2008.