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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Vitamin D Increases Bone Health in People on Seizure Medications

Medications to treat seizures, called Anti-Epileptic Drug Therapy (AED), have been successful in helping seizure patients manage their symptoms. But these medications have a serious side effect of decreasing bone mineral density and significantly increasing the risk for osteoporosis.

A new study has found that high-dose vitamin D supplementation may be an effective way for patients on AED therapy to maintain their bone health. The researchers found “significant increases” in BMD at all skeletal sites measured in the high vitamin D groups for both adults and children.

Read details and doses in this vitamin D bone health in seizure patient study.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

FDA Directs ADHD Drug Manufacturers to Notify Patients about Cardiovascular Adverse Events and Psychiatric Adverse Events

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today directed the manufacturers of all drug products approved for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to develop Patient Medication Guides to alert patients to possible cardiovascular risks and risks of adverse psychiatric symptoms associated with the medicines.

An FDA review of reports of serious cardiovascular adverse events in patients taking usual doses of ADHD products revealed reports of sudden death in patients with underlying serious heart problems or defects, and reports of stroke and heart attack in adults with certain risk factors.

The medicines that are the focus of the revised labeling and new Patient Medication Guides include the following 15 products:
Adderall Tablets
Adderall XR Extended-Release Capsules
Concerta Extended-Release Tablets
Daytrana Transdermal System
Desoxyn Tablets
Dexedrine Spansule Capsules and Tablets
Focalin Tablets
Focalin XR Extended-Release Capsules
Metadate CD Extended-Release Capsules
Methylin Oral Solution
Methylin Chewable Tablets
Ritalin Tablets
Ritalin SR Sustained-Release Tablets
Ritalin LA Extended-Release Capsules
Strattera Capsules

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Monday, February 26, 2007

12 Myths About Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and the No. 1 cause of cancer death among non-smokers.

Colorectal cancer screening prevents more deaths due to early detection than breast or prostate cancer screening. Here, experts from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center address some of the common myths and misconceptions about colorectal cancer.

In the area of prevention, researchers are looking at the effects of curcumin (found in curry), resveratrol (found in red wine), ginger and the Mediterranean diet on the growth and development of colon cancer.

View University of Michigan's Cancer Center 12 myths about colon cancer.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help Protect Bone

In addition to the known protective effect of fish-derived omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) on bone, a study conducted at Penn State University found that omega-3 fatty acids derived from plant sources have a protective benefit as well.

"If less bone is being resorbed and the same amount of bone is being created, then there is a positive balance for bone health," Dr Corwin concluded.

Neptune krill oil is another important source of omega-3 fatty acids.

View details of this omega-3 fatty acid bone growth study.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Omega-3 Reduces Colorectal Cancer Risk 66%

Increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids may cut the risk of colorectal cancer in men by a whopping 66 percent, but only in men not taking aspirin, reports new research. It has been proposed that omega-3 fatty acids may inhibit the omega-6 arachidonic acid (AA) inflammatory cascade that has been linked to cancer formation and cell proliferation.

When they examined a subset of men who were not taking aspirin, men with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids were associated with a significant 66 percent reduced risk of colorectal cancer than those with the lowest blood levels.

Read details of this omega-3 colorectal cancer risk reduction study.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Hyaluronic Acid Stimulates Collagen Production

Injections with “dermal fillers” containing hyaluronic acid appear to stimulate production of collagen, a primary protein in the skin, and may partially restore the structure of sun-damaged skin, according to an article in the February 2007 issue of Archives of Dermatology.

These findings suggest that, in addition to its cosmetic benefits, hyaluronic acid may be beneficial in skin-wasting diseases that involve collagen deficiencies, such as those associated with HIV or steroid use. These results from injecting hyaluronic acid have not yet been replicated in studies with oral hyaluronic acid.

Read details of this hyaluronic acid collagen production study.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Low Vitamin D Projected to Cause Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease (PD), a common disease of the elderly, is a movement disorder characterized by tremor, akinesia, and loss of postural reflexes, leading to immobility and frequent falls.

Researchers presented considerable evidence that vitamin D deficiency is a cause, and possibly the major cause, of Parkinson's disease. The researchers reviewed a 1997 case report in which a patient with Parkinson's disease steadily improved when treated daily with 4,000 IU of vitamin D.

Read further details on vitamin D causation of Parkinson's Disease.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

European Doctors Prescribe Fish Oil After Heart Attacks

In numerous studies, fish oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to improve survival after heart attacks and to reduce fatal heart rhythms. In the US, however, heart attack victims are rarely given omega-3 fatty acids, though they are routinely prescribed more expensive and invasive treatments, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs and implantable defibrillators.

In a landmark study of fish oil conducted more than a decade ago, Italian researchers from the GISSI Group gave 11,000 patients 1 gram of prescription fish oil a day after they had suffered a heart attack. After three years, the number of deaths was reduced by 20% and the number of sudden deaths by 40% compared to a control group.

Read more about this comparison of US and European Doctors prescribing fish oil after heart attacks.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Green Tea Improves Glucose Control

Swiss researchers report that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a flavonal in green tea, alleviates diabetes in mice and rats.

EGCG dose-dependently improved glucose levels and tolerance in diabetic mice after five weeks. Mice that received the highest dose experienced a 37% average reduction in glucose levels compared to animals that did not receive the compound. Triglyceride levels were also dose-dependently reduced and insulin secretion was increased.

View details on this green tea glucose control study.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Vitamin D3 Helps Protect Skin from Infection

In a report published in the March, 2007 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine described their finding that fluctuations in vitamin D3 levels affect the skin's ability to heal.

"Our study shows that skin wounds need vitamin D3 to protect against infection and begin the normal repair process," Dr Gallo stated. "A deficiency in active D3 may compromise the body's innate immune system which works to resist infection, making a patient more vulnerable to microbes."

Read more about Vitamin D3 protecting from skin infections.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Calcium and Vitamin D Reduce Stress Fracture Risk

Daily supplements of calcium and vitamin D, long linked to improving bone health, also reduce the risk of stress fractures during exercise, scientists have reported.

At the end of the eight weeks of basic training, 170 women in the placebo group experienced stress fractures; 25 percent more women than in the calcium/vitamin D supplemented group.

“What really surprised us is that calcium/vitamin D supplements made a significant difference in such a short period of time. Frankly, we were not sure we would see any statistically significant results in only eight weeks,” said lead researcher Joan Lappe from Creighton University in Omaha.

Read details of this calcium vitamin D stress fracture risk study.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Vitamin K2 Improves Bone Strength

Daily supplements of vitamin K2 maintained hipbone strength in postmenopausal women, while placebo led to weakening, says a study from the Netherlands.

At the end of the study, the researchers report that, while no effect was observed on bone mineral density (BMD), significant improvements were observed for compression strength (2.03 percent), bending strength (3.83 percent), impact strength (1.72 percent), femoral neck width (1.34 percent), and hip axis length (0.23 percent), compared to placebo.

View details of this vitamin K2 bone mineral content study.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Fish Consumption Linked to Higher IQ in Children

Eating more than 340 grams of omega-3-rich seafood per week during pregnancy was associated with higher verbal intelligence quotient (IQ) scores in children.

The research is significant since it goes against recommendations of limited seafood consumption during pregnancy, which state women should not eat more than 340 grams per week to avoid exposing the fetus to trace amounts of pollutants in the fish, like methyl mercury, dioxins, and polychlorinated biphenols (PCBs).

Other evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids in pregnancy could be directly responsible for the beneficial findings shown here," said Hibbeln. The results may require a rethinking of current recommendations, and add to a growing body of science that suggests that the benefits of regular fish intake outweigh the risks. DHA and EPA are omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in fish and fish oil. Neptune krill oil is another important source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Read details of this mother's omega-3 fish consumption for children study.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Vitamin B12 and Homocysteine Linked to Lower Mental Decline

Increased levels of vitamin B12, but not folate, may reduce the rate of age-related cognitive decline and dementia, suggests a new study. The research found that increased levels of the amino acid homocysteine doubled the risk of dementia or cognitive impairment.

Elevated baseline homocysteine (13 micromoles per litre or more) increased the risk of developing dementia or CIND by 136 percent. Folate levels, calculated from red blood cells, were not associated with homocysteine levels or cognitive impairment.

Read details of this vitamin B12 homocysteine cognitive decline study.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Calcium and Vitamin D Enhance Weight Loss

A recent study has found that supplementing calcium and vitamin D during a calorie-restricted diet not only enhances weight loss but also improves blood lipoprotein profiles.

At the end of the study, those who had received the calcium and vitamin D had significantly greater weight loss, lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, improved LDL to HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol ratio, lower total cholesterol and lower triglycerides than those who received the placebo.

Read details of this calcium vitamin D weight loss study.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Raising Vitamin D Levels Would Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk 50%

This colorectal cancer meta-analysis, evaluated five studies, totaling 1,448 individuals that explored the association of blood levels of vitamin D with risk of colon cancer.

"Through this meta-analysis we found that raising the serum level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D to 34 ng/ml would reduce the incidence rates of colorectal cancer by half," said lead author Edward Gorham.

Calls for raising the recommended daily allowance of the vitamin have been growing after reports that higher intakes could protect against osteoporosis and certain cancers.

View details of this vitamin D colorectal cancer risk study.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Probiotics Plus FOS Effective at Reducing Colon Cancer Markers

Colon cancer is an area that has a growing but already significant number of animal studies linking prebiotic and/or probiotic intake to a risk reduction.

The researchers report that the beneficial bacterial strains Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium increased in both polypectomised and cancer patients as would be expected on ingestion of the probiotics. Populations of Clostridium perfringens, a strain reported to convert dietary substances to carcinogenic compounds, decreased significantly in the polyp patients by 32 per cent. A 22 per cent reduction was recorded in the colon cancer patients.

View details of this probiotic FOS colon cancer marker study.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Omega-3 EPA and DHA Lower Triglycerides 18 - 22%

Omega-3 fatty acids can lower triglycerides in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) - whether the lipids come in the form of DHA combined with EPA or just DHA alone.

Subjects were randomized to receive either 1000mg of DHA or 1252 mg of DHA + EPA for eight weeks. In the study, triglycerides were lowered an average of 21.8 per cent in the DHA group and 18.3 per cent in the DHA + EPA group.

DHA and EPA are omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in fish and fish oil. Neptune krill oil is another important source of DHA and EPA.

Read details on this omega-3 EPA and DHA triglyceride study.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Pine Bark Extract Slows Sugar Uptake

Extracts from French maritime pine bark may inhibit an enzyme linked to glucose absorption 190 times more than a synthetic medication, says new research from Germany that could offer significant benefits for diabetics if the results can be translated from the lab to humans. The results of the new study add to a growing body of research reporting anti-diabetic effects of the pine bark extract, Pycnogenol.

“The results obtained assign a novel, local effect to oligomeric procyanidins and contribute to the explanation of glucose-lowering effects of Pycnogenol observed in clinical trials with diabetic patients,” wrote the researchers.

Read details of this pine tree bark diabetic glucose metabolism study.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Chromium Picolinate and Biotin Help Control Blood Sugar Levels

Researchers from Yale University have found that supplementation with chromium picolinate plus biotin can improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetic patients who are not responding to oral antihyperglycemic agents.

Glucose tolerance improved by 15 percent in subjects taking the two nutrients. The subjects taking the chromium and biotin also experienced significantly greater reductions in triglycerides and triglycerides to high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ratio. Triglyceride levels decreased by 9.25 milligrams per deciliter in the chromium picolinate/biotin group, and increased by 59.75 mg per dL in the placebo group.

View details of this chromium picolinate biotin glucose control study.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Omega-3 EPA and DHA Reduce Colon Cancer Risk Up to 64%

Researchers found a 31% and 64% decreased risk of colorectal cancer in patients with the highest cell membrane concentrations of omega-3 EPA and DHA, respectively.

Some researchers suggest that anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids play a significant role in colon health because they compete with omega-6 fatty acids for incorporation into cell membranes and as a result decrease inflammation.

DHA and EPA are omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in fish and fish oil. Neptune krill oil is another important source of DHA and EPA.

Read details of this omega-3 EPA and DHA colon cancer risk study.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Creatine Boosts Strength in Muscular Dystrophy Sufferers

Creatine, the popular nutritional supplement used by athletes to boost performance, increases muscle strength in people with muscular dystrophies by about nine percent.

Kley and his co-reviewers report that, among those taking creatine supplements, muscle strength increased by an average of 8.5 percent, and gained an average of 0.6 kg (1.4 lbs) more lean body mass compared to those who did not use the supplement.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Chromium Picolinate Demonstrates Diabetes Benefits

Chromium picolinate as a nutritional supplement for diabetics does have a significant positive effect on blood sugar, insulin, and cholesterol levels, says a new review.

Researchers report that six out of ten studies measuring fasting glucose levels showed a significant improvement of 15.3 per cent, and postprandial glucose levels of 18.9 per cent. Fasting insulin levels, measured in four studies, improved by 29.8 per cent, while postprandial insulin improved by 15 per cent from baseline as a result of chromium picolinate supplementation.

Read details of this chromium picolinate diabetes study.

Selenium Supplements Slow Age-related Cognitive Decline

The decline of mental function that naturally occurs with age may be increased by falling selenium levels, suggests new research from France.

Adjusting the results for potential confounders, the researchers report that cognitive decline was associated with decreases of plasma selenium over time. Cognitive performance declines naturally with age, but the results of the longitudinal study suggest that this may be slowed by selenium supplementation.

View details of this selenium supplement age-related cognitive decline study.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Fiber Reduces Young Women's Breast Cancer Risk 52%

Pre-menopausal women who eat 30 or more grams of fiber a day could cut their risk of breast cancer by 52 percent, says a UK-based epidemiological study.

“Previous research hasn't shown a convincing link between increased dietary fiber and a lower risk of breast cancer. But earlier studies didn't draw any distinction between pre- and post-menopausal women. Our study found no protective effect in the older group, but significant evidence of a link in the pre-menopausal women.”

Read details of this young women's fiber breast cancer risk reduction study.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Eating More Omega-3 Fats Linked to Lower Weight in Children

Higher intake of omega-3 fats is associated with lower body weight, says new research from Sweden that begins to explain the importance of the difference between omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsatured fatty acids (PUFAs). The research also correlated higher BMI with higher sugar intake.

Every third child in the study ate far too little unsaturated fat, above all too little omega-3. These children had significantly higher body weight. The research also correlated higher BMI with higher sugar intake.

Read more on this omega-3 fat weight link in children study.

Antioxidant Supplementation Helps Reduce Cataract Incidence

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision and one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness, along with age-related macular degeneration. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had a cataract surgically removed.
Supplementing with vitamin E and superoxide dismutase and following a diet low on the glycemic index may help maintain eye health. A new study has found that including beta-carotene and vitamin C may also help maintain eye health.

The researchers concluded, “Daily use of the afore-mentioned micronutrients for three years produced a small deceleration in progression of ARC.”

Read study dosages of this antioxidant study to reduce cataract incidence.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Living Near a Highway Affects Lung Development in Children

Children who live near a major highway are not only more likely to develop asthma or other respiratory diseases, but their lung development may also be stunted.

Children who lived within 500 yards of a freeway, or approximately a third of a mile, since age 10 had substantial deficits in lung function by the age of 18 years, compared to children living at least 1500 meters, or approximately one mile, away.

“Someone suffering a pollution-related deficit in lung function as a child will probably have less than healthy lungs all of his or her life. And poor lung function in later adult life is known to be a major risk factor for respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.”

Omega-3 fish oil and neptune krill oil have proven to reduce biomarkers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein. Antioxidants may reduce the oxidative damage caused by this pollution.

View the full article on proximity to highway and children's lung development.