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Vitamin C improves pulmonary function in newborns of pregnant smoking women

Vitamin C improves pulmonary function in newborns of pregnant smoking women

ATS 2012, SAN FRANCISCO –Vitamin C supplementation in pregnant women who are unable to quit smoking significantly improves pulmonary function in their newborns, according to a new study.

“Smoking during pregnancy is known to adversely affect the lung development of the developing baby,” said Cindy McEvoy, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher…

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Newly discovered breast milk antibodies help neutralize HIV

Newly discovered breast milk antibodies help neutralize HIV

1 JUN 2012

DURHAM, N.C. – Antibodies that help to stop the HIV virus have been found in breast milk. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center isolated the antibodies from immune cells called B cells in the breast milk of infected mothers in Malawi, and showed that the B cells in breast milk can generate neutralizing antibodies that may inhibit the virus that causes AIDS.

HIV-1 can be…

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Why cutting sugar can control seizures: Scientists identify metabolic regulator of epilepsy

Why cutting sugar can control seizures: Scientists identify metabolic regulator of epilepsy

01 Jun 2012

A new study unravels a link between a protein that can modify cellular metabolism in the brain and seizure susceptibility. The research, published by Cell Press in the May 24th issue of the journal Neuron, may lead to the development of new treatments for epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a disorder characterized by seizures, unpredictable and abnormal bursts of electrical activity in the brain.…

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Phthalates in PVC floors taken up by the body in infants

Phthalates in PVC floors taken up by the body in infants

01 Jun 2012

A new study at Karlstad University in Sweden shows that phthalates from PVC flooring materials is taken up by our bodies- The study shows that children can ingest these softening agents with food but also by breathing and through the skin

A new study at Karlstad University in Sweden shows that phthalates from PVC flooring materials is taken up by our bodies. Phthalates are substances…

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Children exposed to the common pollutant naphthalene show signs of chromosomal damage ( mothballs )

Children exposed to the common pollutant naphthalene show signs of chromosomal damage ( mothballs )

01 Jun 2012

Naphthalene is best known as the key ingredient in mothballs

According to a new study, children exposed to high levels of the common air pollutant naphthalene are at increased risk for chromosomal aberrations (CAs), which have been previously associated with cancer. These include chromosomal translocations, a potentially more harmful and long-lasting subtype of CAs.

Researchers from…

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Antioxidant ( N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC ) shows promise as treatment for certain features of autism, Stanford study finds

Antioxidant ( N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC ) shows promise as treatment for certain features of autism, Stanford study finds

01 JUN 2012

STANFORD, Calif. — A specific antioxidant supplement may be an effective therapy for some features of autism, according to a pilot trial from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital that involved 31 children with the disorder.

The antioxidant, called N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC, lowered irritability in children with autism as well as reducing the…

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Drug-monitoring programs needed to cut dangers linked to ‘pharmaceuticalization’ of 21st century

Drug-monitoring programs needed to cut dangers linked to ‘pharmaceuticalization’ of 21st century

”  Today, nearly three quarters of all fatal drug overdoses in the United States are due to prescription drugs — far outnumbering deaths from cocaine and heroin combined, and often outpacing car accidents as the top cause of preventable deaths.”

1 JUN 2012

Penn researcher calls for expansion of programs to identify potential drug abusers and protect pain patients

PHILADELPHIA — Individual use of…

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Exercise and a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables extends life expectancy in women in their 70s

Exercise and a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables extends life expectancy in women in their 70s

01 Jun 2012
Women in their seventies who exercise and eat healthy amounts of fruits and vegetables have a longer life expectancy, according to research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University studied 713 women aged 70 to 79 years who took part in the Women’s Health and Aging Studies. This study was…

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American parents may want to think again about how much they want to protect their children from everyday germs.

American parents may want to think again about how much they want to protect their children from everyday germs.

01 JUN 2012

Understanding the links between inflammation and chronic disease

Early exposure to microbes reduces inflammation related to chronic disease later

EVANSTON, Ill. — American parents may want to think again about how much they want to protect their children from everyday germs.

A new Northwestern University study done in lowland Ecuador remarkably finds no evidence of chronic low-grade…

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Overdiagnosis poses significant threat to human health

Overdiagnosis poses significant threat to human health

” a third of people diagnosed with asthma may not have the condition; a systematic review suggests up to one in three breast cancers detected through screenings may be overdiagnosed; and some researchers argue osteoporosis treatments may do more harm than good for women at very low risk of future fracture “

01 Jun 2012
International conference: Preventing Overdiagnosis

Overdiagnosis poses a…

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Dark chocolate could prevent heart problems in high-risk people

Dark chocolate could prevent heart problems in high-risk people

1 Jun 2012

Daily consumption over 10 years is a cost-effective strategy

Daily consumption of dark chocolate can reduce cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, in people with metabolic syndrome (a cluster of factors that increases the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes), finds a study published on bmj.com today.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death…

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Green tea boosts exercise endurance 8-24%
Defective carnitine metabolism may play role in autism

Defective carnitine metabolism may play role in autism

HOUSTON — (May 7, 2012) – The deletion of part of a gene that plays a role in the synthesis of carnitine – an amino acid derivative that helps the body use fat for energy – may play a role in milder forms of autism, said a group of researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine (http://www.bcm.edu) and Texas Children’s Hospital (http://www.texaschildrens.org).

“This is a novel inborn…

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Tiny amounts of BPA can alter mammary gland development

Tiny amounts of BPA can alter mammary gland development

Researchers see BPA effects in monkey mammary glands

Study adds to growing health concerns about common plastic additive

PULLMAN, Wash.—A new study finds that fetal exposure to the plastic additive bisphenol A, or BPA, alters mammary gland development in primates. The finding adds to the evidence that the chemical can be causing health problems in humans and bolsters concerns about it…

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Gut flora affects maturation of B cells in infants

Gut flora affects maturation of B cells in infants

18 May 2012

Infants whose gut is colonised by E. coli bacteria early in life have a higher number of memory B cells in their blood, reveals a study of infants carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

The bacteria in our gut outnumber the cells in our bodies by a factor of ten and are extremely important for our health because they stimulate the maturation of…

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