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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Antioxidants Reduce Chemotherapy Toxicity

A new study showing a reduction in the toxic side effects of ROS-generating chemotherapies with concurrent antioxidant supplementation was presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Mitigating chemotherapy toxicity by supplementing with antioxidants may improve survival rates and tumor response by helping patients complete their prescribed treatment cycles.

Glutathione, melatonin and vitamin E showed the most consistent and promising effects. Several of the studies reported fewer chemotherapy dose reductions, fewer treatment interruptions, and less need to discontinue treatment prematurely among the antioxidant groups.

Read details of this antioxidant chemotherapy toxicity reduction study.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Calcium and Vitamin D Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

In addition to protecting themselves from an increased risk of osteoporosis, women who consume relatively high amounts of calcium and vitamin D may also reduce the risk of premenopausal breast cancer.

Premenopausal women whose intake of calcium was in the top one-fifth of participants experienced a 39 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer than women whose intake was in the lowest fifth. For vitamin D, the risk was 35 percent lower for women whose intake was in the top group. The protective association appeared to be greater for more aggressive tumors.

Read details on this calcium vitamin D breast cancer study.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

COX-2 inhibition protective mechanism against colorectal cancer

Inhibition of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is the mechanism by which aspirin reduces colorectal cancer risk.

We knew that aspirin can block COX-2 function and that COX-2 is present in the vast majority of colorectal tumors but not in normal colon tissue.

Use of two or more standard aspirin tablets per week was found to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 25 percent, yet this reduction only applied to tumors that expressed COX-2. COX-2-negative tumor incidence was found to be the same among aspirin users and nonusers.

Read details of this COX-2 inhibition protective mechanism against colorectal cancer study.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Probiotics Improve Premature Babies' GI Health and Reduce Death Rate by 53%

The risk of necrotising enterocolitis, one of the most common gastrointestinal problems in premature babies, were cut by 74 percent by probiotic supplementation, reports a meta-analysis from Australia. A 53 percent reduction in the risk of death was also observed.

The remarkably consistent results, despite the distinct differences in dose, timing, and type of organisms used in 1393 premature infants, suggest that substantial latitude might be available in the choice of an effective probiotic regimen. And yet, reviewers recommend that treatment be withheld until all questions are answered

View details of this premature baby probiotic GI health and death rate study.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Margarine and Corn Oil Increase AMD Risk 54%

Increased consumption of the omega-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid (AA) was associated with a 54 percent increase in neovascular advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) prevalence. "Because increased intake of AA is also associated with an increased likelihood of having NV AMD, it is important to consider the balance and composition of dietary long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids from the omega-3 and omega-6 families," said the researchers.

Vegetable oils are sources of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA's). Common sources of omega-6 include margarine, vegetable oils (corn, safflower), salad dressing, and prepared foods.

Read more about this omega-6 fatty acid AMD study.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Probiotics Reduce Inflammation in Arthritis and Food Poisoning

The biotechnology company Alimentary Health announced results from two studies that demonstrate the anti-inflammatory activity of a natural probiotic bacterial strain of human origin in models of arthritis and Salmonella infection.

In one study, researchers determined that Bifantis delayed the onset of artificially induced arthritis and resulted in less severe arthritic symptoms.

In the second study, animals that received Bifantis showed dramatically increased numbers of certain immune cells that control the immune system’s response to harmful pathogens, in this case Salmonella.

Read details on this probiotic inflammation study.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Dietary Supplement Usage Could Save $24+ Billion In Health Care Costs

A study released this week shows that over the next five years, appropriate use of select dietary supplements would improve the health of key populations and save the nation more than $24 billion in healthcare costs.

Key study findings include:

Appropriate use of calcium with Vitamin D for the Medicare population shows potential avoidance of approximately 776,000 hospitalizations for hip fractures over five years. The five-year health care savings is approximately $16.1 billion.

If just 11.3 million of the 44 million American women who are of childbearing age and not taking folic acid, began taking 400 mcg. of folic acid on a daily basis neural tube defects could be prevented in 600 babies per year. Over five years $1.4 billion could potentially be saved.

The estimate of the potential five-year savings in health care expenditures resulting from a reduction in the occurrence of coronary heart disease (CHD) among the population over age 65 through daily intake of approximately 1800 mg of omega-3 fatty acids is $3.2 billion.

Through daily intake of 6-10 mg of lutein with zeaxanthin, it is estimated that $3.6 billion could be saved over 5 years by helping people with age related macular degeneration avoid dependency.

Read details on this dietary supplement $24 billion health care savings study.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Pine Bark Extract Reduces Heart Failure

A study reveals Pycnogenol®, natural pine bark extract from the French maritime pine tree, helps prevent damage that high blood pressure causes to the heart. The study demonstrates pine tree bark extract counteracts the “wearing out” of the heart, which may aid the five million Americans living with heart failure.

“This study provides evidence that oral administration of Pycnogenol® brand pine bark extract reversed cardiovascular remodeling induced by L-NAME by blocking nitric oxide production, which leads to hypertension and finally cardiomyopathy,” said researcher Watson.

Read more about this pine tree bark extract heart failure study.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Risk of Advanced AMD

Having a greater intake of omega-3 fatty acids and fish was found to be associated with a reduced risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in a report published in the the May, 2007 issue of the American Medical Association journal Archives of Ophthalmology. Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the macula at the back of the eyes' retina deteriorates, which can lead to central vision loss.

Modifying the diet to include more foods rich in omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids could result in a reduction in the risk of having neovascular age-related macular degeneration." Alternatively, fish oil supplements are available. There are a number of good fish oils on the market, but one of the best new ways to get omega-3 polyunsaturated fats is from krill oil.

Read details on this omega-3 advancee AMD risk reduction study.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Mediterranean Diet Halves Risk of Progressive Lung Disease (COPD)

A Mediterranean diet halves the chances of developing progressive inflammatory lung disease (COPD), reveals a large study. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an umbrella term for chronic progressive lung disease, such as emphysema and bronchitis.

The Mediterranean diet was associated with a 50% lower risk of developing COPD than the Western diet, even after adjusting for age, smoking, and other risk factors. Men who ate a predominantly Western diet were more than four times as likely to develop COPD.

Read details of this mediterranean diet COPD lung disease study.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Magnesium and Fiber Associated With Lower Risk for Diabetes

Higher dietary intake of fiber from grains and cereals and of magnesium may each be associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

Projections indicate that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes worldwide may increase from 171 million in 2000 to 370 million by 2030, according to information in the article.

Those who consumed the most cereal fiber had a 33 percent lower risk of developing diabetes than those who took in the least, while those who consumed the most magnesium had a 23 percent lower risk than those who consumed the least.

Read details of this fiber and magnesium diabetes risk study.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Better Omega-3 to Omega-6 Ratio Reduces Depression

Improving the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 in the diet may improve mood and reduce depression, suggests a new study.

Researchers took blood samples from 43 adults and calculated polyunsaturated fatty acids levels and compared these to levels of markers of inflammation, and found that people with high ratios of omega-6 to omega-3 were more likely to suffer depression and inflammatory diseases. Researchers said their findings highlight ways in which diet may enhance or inhibit depression-related inflammation

There are a number of good fish oils on the market, but one of the best new ways to get omega-3 polyunsaturated fats is from krill oil.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Teens Need to Eat More Fruits, Vegetables to Prevent Obesity

Almost no adolescents are meeting all four key daily obesity prevention behaviors – eating five fruits and vegetables, spending less than two hours in front of the TV or computer, getting at least one hour of exercise and drinking no sugar-sweetened drinks.

9 percent ate five or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables 27 percent spent two or fewer hours in front of the TV or computer every day 32 percent had an hour or more of daily physical activity 14 percent had no sweetened beverages. Most importantly, 41 percent of the adolescents did not meet any of the prevention goals.

Read more abouth this teen bad habit obesity epidemic.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Migraines Linked to Stroke and Other Vascular Diseases

Migraines during pregnancy are strongly linked to vascular diseases, such as stroke and heart disease. Researchers looked at a national database of nearly 17 million women discharged for pregnancy deliveries from 2000-2003. A total of 33,956 of the women were treated for migraines.

The study found women treated for migraines during pregnancy were 19 times more likely to suffer a stroke, five times more likely to have a heart attack and more than twice as likely to have heart disease, blood clots and other vascular problems.

Supplements that have been found to prevent migraine headaches, cardiovascular disease and other vascular problems include Coenzyme Q10, L-Carnitine and D-Ribose according to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, M.D. in The Sinatra Solution.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Inflammation Refines Heart Risk Prediction

For about 10 years, the Framingham risk score has been used to estimate a person’s chances of having a heart attack based on just six bits of information—age, sex, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, smoking status, and systolic blood pressure.

Now, after testing three dozen separate cardiovascular risk factors, Harvard researchers have found that adding just two—a measurement of C-reactive protein and whether a parent had a heart attack before age 60—to the Framingham model made the resulting predictions even more accurate.

Read details of this inflammation heart risk factor prediction study.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Eating Pistachios Reduces the Impact of Carbohydrates on Blood Sugar Levels

Pistachios, when eaten with some common high-carbohydrate foods, may actually slow the absorption of carbohydrates into the body, resulting in a lower than expected blood sugar level.

We know that controlling blood glucose levels is important for preventing and controlling diabetes and recent data indicate that it is also important in preventing heart disease. Controlling postmeal fluctuations in glucose appears to be particularly important. Pistachios have been shown to decrease risk factors for heart disease, however little has been known about the specific effects of pistachios on blood glucose until now.

Read details on this pistachio carbohydrate blood glucose study.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Green Tea EGCG Protects Against Brain Damage in HIV-Related Dementia

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) derived from green tea greatly diminished the neurotoxicity of proteins secreted by the human immunodeficiency virus, suggesting a new approach to the prevention and treatment of HIV-associated dementia, also known as AIDS dementia complex.

HIV-associated dementia, a debilitating cognitive, emotional, and physical disorder, affects 22 percent of HIV-infected adults and more than half of HIV-infected children. Tasks requiring complex thinking and high concentration become difficult, and motor skills gradually deteriorate over time.

View details of this green tea EGCG HIV-related dementia study.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Secondhand Smoke Increases Risk of Dementia

Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke increases the risk of developing dementia.

Researchers evaluated 3,602 people age 65 and older in the Cardiovascular Health Study. A total of 495 people reported their lifetime secondhand smoke exposure, with an average of about 28 years of exposure.

Elderly people with high lifetime exposure to secondhand smoke were approximately 30 percent more likely to develop dementia than those with no lifetime secondhand smoke exposure. People with indicators of preclinical cardiovascular disease and high lifetime exposure to secondhand smoke were nearly two-and-a-half times as likely to develop dementia.

View details on this secondhand smoke dementia study.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Astaxanthin for Weight Loss and Syndrome X

Astaxanthin, the carotenoid mostly associated with eye health, stopped weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet.

Mice fed a high-fat diet supplemented with astaxanthin reduced body weight gain, the build-up of fatty tissue, and improved blood fatty acid levels. "We found that astaxanthin inhibits the elevations in body weight and adipose tissue weight caused by a high-fat diet," wrote Japanese researchers. "These results indicate that astaxanthin might be of value in preventing obesity and the metabolic syndrome."

Triglyceride levels were higher in the high-fat diet supplemented with olive oil group than for the control group, but supplementation with astaxanthin at levels of 6 and 30 mg/kg resulted in triglyceride levels about 50 percent lower than the high-fat diet supplemented with olive oil group.

Read details of this astaxanthin weight loss and syndrome X study.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Ginkgo Biloba Reduces Risk of Dying by 24%

A French study found that older people who take ginkgo biloba live longer.

Those who used ginkgo reduced their risk of dying by 24%, thus they lived longer than those who did not take the supplement. At the start of the study, 6 percent of the participants were taking Ginkgo biloba extract.

Read details of this ginkgo biloba mortality risk study.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Antioxidants Protect Against Cardiovascular Disease

Researchers have identified antioxidant mechanisms essential for regenerative function of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs). This work paves the way for successful harnessing of the therapeutic effect of EPCs in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

EPCs move from the bone marrow into the bloodstream to repair the endothelium during a heart attack or stroke. The endothelium is a single layer of cells that line the inner surface of blood vessels. It protects tissues against the formation of blood clots in arteries and veins. If the endothelium is not working properly, patients are at risk for developing heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease and venous thrombosis.

Read more about how antioxidants protect against cardiovascular disease.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Green Tea EGCG Therapeutic for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Researchers found that the compound in green tea – called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) – inhibited the production of several molecules in the immune system that contribute to inflammation and joint damage in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

EGCG from green tea also was found to suppress the inflammatory products in the connective tissue of people with rheumatoid arthritis.

The researchers looked at whether the green tea compound has the capability to block the activity of two potent molecules, IL-6 and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), which also are actively involved in causing bone erosion in the joints of people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Read details on this green tea rheumatoid arthritis study.