People who get plenty of vitamin K from food may have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who get less of the vitamin, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among more than 38,000 Dutch adults they followed for a decade, those who got the most vitamin K in their diets were about 20 percent less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during the study period.
Archive for May, 2010
The dietary supplement CDP-choline, sold as a brain-boosting agent and under study for stroke and traumatic brain injury, may block skull and brain damage that can result from alcohol consumption early in pregnancy, Medical College of Georgia researchers report.
Researchers in the US have developed a new type of treatment that could herald a new approach to fighting infectious diseases that stimulates the immune system to protect the body against a range of bacteria instead of relying on antibiotics to attack them directly, which can lead to the emergence of resistant strains of pathogens.
University of Arizona scientists have used a new quick-growing technique to produce a water-soluble form of a plant compound that combats cancer and encourages the survival of healthy cells.
The ketogenic diet is an effective alternative for pediatric patients with persistent seizures who have not responded to other therapies, say investigators. Reporting results from the largest analysis to date, researchers from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore, Maryland, show that about two-thirds of refractory patients respond to the high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet.
Results from a new study have shown a polyphenol ingredient derived from brown seaweeds helps control blood glucose by affecting table sugar digestion and assimilation. Conducted by an independent research center, the trial involved both lean and obese Zucker rats given 7.5 mg/kg bw InSea2 daily, along with a sucrose load. In the lean animals, InSea2ô significantly reduced blood glucose levels by 38 percent and 51 percent at 30 minutes and 60 minutes post-administration, respectively.
A former family practitioner in Canada says she cured herself of the H1N1 swine flu by taking supplements of vitamin D and elderberries. Dr. Gillian Arsenault, now a public health employee, said that she had a prescription for antiviral drugs on hand when she became infected with swine flu, but never ended up having to fill it. Writing in the Medical Post, Arsenault recounts how the flu “hit like a truck,” but was reduced to only a lingering cough within four days.
Women who drink two large glasses of milk a day after their weight-lifting routine gained more muscle and lost more fat compared to women who drank sugar-based energy drinks, a McMaster study has found.
Researchers in the US found that brief vigorous exercise can reduce cellular aging by preventing the shortening of telomeres due to stress. You can read about the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) study in a paper published online in the open access journal PLoS ONE on 26 May.