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Alzheimer’s patients may benefit from apple juice

Alzheimer's disease is thought to be caused by neurotoxicity. Cornell University researchers report in the Journal of Food Science, that apples, bananas, and oranges may provide more than just vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The researchers found that juice extracts from those fruits also have protective antioxidants, called phenolic phytochemicals, that prevents neurotoxicity. A key benefit… Read More

Australia’s equivalent of FDA (TGA) bans Novartis’ Lumiracoxib

Novartis is in the process of recruiting subjects for clinical trials for the drug Lumiracoxib. The clinical trials are to compare the effects of Lumiracoxib, ibuprofen, and placebo on a 24-hour blood pressure profile and on urinary excretions (of eicosanoids in controlled hypertensive) in patients who have osteoarthritis. Meanwhile, Australia's equivalent of the FDA, the Therapeutic… Read More

Disability insurance promises sometimes fail to deliver

It sounds like a good idea. You are unable to work and long disability insurance will pay you a portion of your annual salary. At least that is what CIGNA insurance promised Susan Kristoff. When Kristoff found herself battling cancer she found that she would also have to battle CIGNA insurance for the protection she… Read More

Significant increase of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Diagnosis of children with bipolar disorder has increased 4-fold in the past decade. The reason for the increase concerns researchers because it could be the result of one of two things. First, it could be a system correcting itself from a period when many children were under diagnosed. Second, it could be that physicians are misdiagnosing… Read More

Pain may involve memory and learning

Brain receptors TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid subtype) have been known to affect sensations of pain and respond not only to heat, but also to capsaicin--the ingredient that gives chili peppers their spicy kick. Until now no one had linked TRPV1 to memory. Julie Kauer, professor of medical science, Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Brown University, and her… Read More

Blueberry thrill for those getting over the hill

Research indicates that a diet rich in blueberries is also rich in antioxidants. The animal study tested diets of blueberry, strawberry, and spinach extracts. Those rats given the blueberries were given what they needed to surpass the other rats. It is believed that the antioxidants in blueberries are what protected them against oxidative stress in… Read More

PTSD likelihood reduced with certain brain injuries

In previous studies post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) had been associated with changes in brain activity. However, none of those studies were able to determine whether the changes were contributing or merely a result of PTSD. Senior investigator Jordan Grafman, Ph.D., National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of NIH, used the Vietnam Head… Read More

Medication effectiveness may be reduced by diet and lifestyle

When it comes to medication there is always a question of its effectiveness. How well any medication works varies from one individual to another. Researchers decided to examine if diet and lifestyle can contribute to the variation of effectiveness for drugs. Dr. Daniela Delneri, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, devised a clever study involving… Read More

NIH provides household product chemical information

National Institute of Health provides a database of commercial household products. Ever wonder what is in that air freshener you just bought, but the print was too small to read without a magnifying glass. Or what is in your laundry, kitchen, or bath soap? How about the laser toner cartridge or the pen in your… Read More

Chronic pain treatment improves with complementary approach

Chronic pain often leads to significant changes in a person's daily routine. It is difficult to bend or stand for long periods of time because of the pain. Sleep is difficult and even taking a bath or shower can become a challenge. Pain medications are often the first form of treatment, but often the side effects make… Read More

Brain stimulation improves cognition

When a person experiences sleep deprivation they also reduce their working memory ability. Working memory is a form of short-term memory that relates to the ability to store task-specific information--like where you parked your car in a huge parking lot. Bruce Luber, Ph.D., instructor clinical psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, studied on… Read More

Rheumatoid arthritis benefits by gluten-free vegan diet

Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with an increased risk of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and cardiovascular diseases. The causes are unknown, but the disturbed balance of blood fats may be part of the explanation. Johan Frostegård, professor, Karolinska Institute, found that a gluten-free vegan diet reduces cardiovascular risk in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Participants in the… Read More