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Turmeric shows promise in fighting devastating viruses

Turmeric shows promise in fighting devastating viruses

August 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm

By Michele McDonald

The popular spice turmeric packs more than just flavor — it shows promise in fighting devastating viruses, Mason researchers recently discovered.

Curcumin, found in turmeric, stopped the potentially deadly Rift Valley Fever virus from multiplying in infected cells, says Aarthi Narayanan, lead investigator on a new study and a research assistant…

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Common parasite may trigger suicide attempts  - seven times more likely

Common parasite may trigger suicide attempts – seven times more likely

Published: Aug. 16, 2012

The Toxoplasma gondii parasite has been linked to inflammation in the brain, damaging cells. Courtesy photo

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A parasite thought to be harmless and found in many people may actually be causing subtle changes in the brain, leading to suicide attempts.

New research appearing in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry adds to the growing…

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Pan-fried meat increases risk of prostate cancer, new study finds

Pan-fried meat increases risk of prostate cancer, new study finds

24 Aug 2012
Men who ate more than two servings of red meat cooked at high temperatures increased risk by 40 percent

LOS ANGELES — Research from the University of Southern California (USC) and Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) found that cooking red meats at high temperatures, especially pan-fried red meats, may increase the risk of advanced prostate cancer by as much as 40 percent.

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Photographic cholesterol test

24 AUG 2012

A noninvasive approach to total cholesterol determination

Researchers in India have developed a total cholesterol test that uses a digital camera to take a snapshot of the back of the patient’s hand rather than a blood sample. The image obtained is cropped and compared with images in a database for known cholesterol levels.

Writing in the International Journal of Medical Engineering…

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Wild berry extract may strengthen effectiveness of pancreatic cancer drug

Wild berry extract may strengthen effectiveness of pancreatic cancer drug

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
The findings prompt the researchers to suggest that adding ‘nutraceuticals’ to chemotherapy cycles may improve the effectiveness of conventional drugs, particularly in hard to treat cancers, such as pancreatic cancer.

They base their findings on the effectiveness of extract of chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) in killing off cancer cells—a process known as apoptosis.

Cho…

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Phthalates heighten risk for childhood asthma

Phthalates heighten risk for childhood asthma

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Asthma risk increased more than 70 percent among a group of children exposed during pregnancy to high levels of the household chemicals butylbenzyl phthalate and di-n-butyl phthalate.

Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health are the first to demonstrate an association between childhood asthma and…

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Single dose of antidepressant changes the brains structure within 3 hours

Single dose of antidepressant changes the brains structure within 3 hours

A single dose of antidepressant is enough to produce dramatic changes in the functional architecture of the human brain. Brain scans taken of people before and after an acute dose of a commonly prescribed SSRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitor) reveal changes in connectivity within three hours, say researchers who report their observations in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on September 18.

“W…

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A single dose of antidepressant changes the brains structure within 3 hours

A single dose of antidepressant changes the brains structure within 3 hours

“We were not expecting the SSRI to have such a prominent effect on such a short timescale or for the resulting signal to encompass the entire brain,”

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014

A single dose of antidepressant is enough to produce dramatic changes in the functional architecture of the human brain. Brain scans taken of people before and after an acute dose of a commonly prescribed SSRI (serotonin…

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Artificial sweeteners trigger changes that can lead to diabetes, weight gain

Artificial sweeteners trigger changes that can lead to diabetes, weight gain

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014

Gut bacteria, artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance

A new study reveals that certain gut bacteria may induce metabolic changes following exposure to artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners, promoted as aids to weight loss and diabetes prevention, could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease; and they do it in a…

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Healthy humans make nice homes for viruses

Healthy humans make nice homes for viruses

September 16, 2014
By Caroline Arbanas

The same viruses that make us sick can take up residence in and on the human body without provoking a sneeze, cough or other troublesome symptom, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

On average, healthy individuals carry about five types of viruses on their bodies, the researchers report online in BioMed Central…

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Researchers debunk ” the lack of dopamine ” myth about Parkinson’s disease

Researchers debunk ” the lack of dopamine ” myth about Parkinson’s disease

” Scanning the brain of a patient suffering from Parkinson’s disease reveals that in spite of dopamine cell death, there are no signs of a lack of dopamine – even at a comparatively late stage in the process” 

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014

Using advanced computer models, neuroscience researchers at the University of Copenhagen have gained new knowledge about the complex processes that cause…

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Waistlines of US adults continue to increase

Waistlines of US adults continue to increase

The prevalence of abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2012, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA.

Waist circumference is a simple measure of total and intra-abdominal body fat. Although the prevalence of abdominal obesity has increased in the United States through 2008, its trend in recent years has not been known, according…

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Vitamin E intake critical during ‘the first 1,000 days’

Vitamin E intake critical during ‘the first 1,000 days’

 “surveys show that 90 percent of men and 96 percent of women don’t consume the amount currently recommended”

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Amid conflicting reports about the need for vitamin E and how much is enough, a new analysis published today suggests that adequate levels of this essential micronutrient are especially critical for the very young, the elderly, and women who are or may become pregnant.

A…

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Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders

Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders

September 15, 2014
By Jim Dryden

ROBERT BOSTON
C. Robert Cloninger, MD, PhD, pictured in his office at Washington University School of Medicine, is a senior investigator of a study that shows that schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders.
New research shows that schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders,…

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Good mood foods: Some flavors in some foods resemble a prescription mood stabilizer

Good mood foods: Some flavors in some foods resemble a prescription mood stabilizer

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 19, 2012 — New evidence reveals the possibility of mood-enhancing effects associated with some flavors, stemming at least in part from natural ingredients bearing a striking chemical similarity to valproic acid, a widely used prescription mood-stabilizing drug, scientists reported here today. This effect joins those previously reported for chocolate, teas and some other known…

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