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Archive for April, 2010

Scientists Learn to Block Pain at Its Source: New Non-Addictive Painkillers from Substance Similar to Ingredient in Hot Chili

Posted April 30, 2010

A substance similar to capsaicin, which gives chili peppers their heat, is generated at the site of pain in the human body. Scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have discovered how to block these capsaicin-like molecules and created a new class of non-addictive painkillers.

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New research reinforces anti-inflammatory properties of tart cherries

Posted April 30, 2010

There’s more evidence of tart cherries’ powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, according to a new study presented by a team of Michigan researchers today at the Experimental Biology annual meeting. Using a “whole food” approach, researchers found that a cherry-enriched diet not only reduced overall body inflammation, but also reduced inflammation at key sites (belly fat, heart) known to affect heart disease risk in obese, at-risk rats.

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Vitamin D reduces diabetes risk by 43 percent – is there anything this vitamin can’t do?

Posted April 30, 2010

A team from Warwick Medical School in the U.K. has found that people who maintain healthy vitamin D levels are 43 percent less likely to get heart disease or diabetes. After evaluating 28 different studies conducted on nearly 100,000 people, researchers concluded that people who eat oily fish two or three times a week and five servings of fruits and vegetables a day are able to achieve healthy levels of vitamin D.

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Study supports astaxanthinís immune boosting power

Posted April 30, 2010

Daily supplements of astaxanthin ñ the pigment that gives salmon its pink colour ñ may protect DNA from damage and boost the immune response in healthy young women, says a new study. The trial is reported to be the first comprehensive human study to investigate if astaxanthin may regulate immune response, oxidative damage and inflammation.

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More Omega-3 Research’ Needed

Posted April 30, 2010

Prof Amanda Kirby’s team undertook a 16-week study with 450 young children at the University of Wales, Newport. It suggested children’s reading, spelling and co-ordination were largely unaffected by taking supplements. However, teachers reported improvements in the children’s attention in class. Prof Kirby is medical director of the university’s Dyscovery Centre said little omega-3 research had been carried out using a “normal, mainstream school population”.

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Cinacalcet Plus Vitamin D May Decrease Vascular Calcification in CKD

Posted April 29, 2010

Adding the calcimimetic agent cinacalcet (Sensipar, Amgen) to low-dose vitamin D therapy might lead to less coronary artery calcification than a flexible dose regimen of vitamin D only in patients with chronic kidney disease and secondary hyperparathyroidism, according to efficacy results from a randomized open-label trial presented here at the National Kidney Foundation 2010 Spring Clinical Meetings.

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Dried Plums Improve Antioxidant Levels

Posted April 29, 2010

Consuming dried plums as a snack twice daily for two weeks increased antioxidant capacity in adult women, according to recent research presented at the 2010 Experimental Biology meeting in Anaheim, California. Consumption of an antioxidant-rich diet is associated with a lower incidence of heart disease and is thought to be involved with preventing cancer and inflammatory diseases.

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Out for the count: Why levels of sperm in men are falling

Posted April 29, 2010

If scientists from Mars were to study the human male’s reproductive system they would probably conclude that he is destined for rapid extinction. Compared to other mammals, humans produce relatively low numbers of viable sperm ñ sperm capable of making that long competitive swim to penetrate an unfertilised egg.

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Milk thistle herb protects liver from damage caused by chemotherapy

Posted April 29, 2010

The herbal supplement milk thistle may prevent liver damage in people undergoing chemotherapy, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Columbia University Medical Center and published in the journal Cancer.

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Grapes reduce risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, animal study shows

Posted April 29, 2010

Scientists at the University of Michigan Health System are teasing out clues to the effect of grapes in reducing risk factors related to cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. The effect is thought to be due to phytochemicals — naturally occurring antioxidants – that grapes contain.

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