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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Boswellia Extract Superior To Mesalazine for Crohn's Disease

The purpose of this clinical trial was to compare efficacy and safety of the Boswellia serrata extract with mesalazine for the treatment of active Crohn's disease.

The study confirms that therapy with Boswellia serrata is not inferior to mesalazine. This can be interpreted as evidence for the efficacy of Boswella according to the state of art in the treatment of active Crohn's disease with Boswellia serrata extract, since the efficacy of mesalazine for this indication has been approved by the health authorities. Considering both safety and efficacy of Boswellia serrata extract H15 it appears to be superior over mesalazine in terms of a benefit-risk-evaluation.

View details of this Boswellia mesalazine crohn's disease study abstract.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Vitamin D May Increase Lifespan

High levels of vitamin D may slow aging and increase life span by preventing age-related decline in telomere length, according to a new study.

Telomeres are repetitive DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes that shorten with aging, cell division, and inflammation. When telomeres become too short, the cell can no longer divide, and it becomes senescent or dies. For this reason, scientists seeking to extend lifespan have long been interested in methods to prevent telomere shortening.

Higher vitamin D concentrations, which are easily modifiable through nutritional supplementation, are associated with longer telomere length.

Read more about Vitamin D and increasing lifespan.

Friday, February 22, 2008

NSAIDs No Better Than Other Over-the Counter Drugs for Low Back Pain

When low back pain strikes, many people turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like naproxen and ibuprofen, or their newer COX-2 inhibitor cousin Celebrex. However, these drugs work no better than old faithful acetaminophen (Tylenol), according to a new review of studies.

Review data “support guidelines for the management of low back pain in primary care that recommend NSAIDs as a treatment option after Tylenol has been tried, since there are fewer side effects with Tylenol,” said lead reviewer Pepijn Roelofs.

View details on this OTC NSAIDs Tylenol low back pain study.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Hawthorn Useful for Heart Failure

Research suggests that hawthorn extract significantly improves heart failure symptoms.

The analysis found that hawthorn, as compared to placebo, also decreased the “pressure-heart rate product,” a measurement of how much oxygen is used by the heart. In addition, the analysis reports that two other measurements — exercise tolerance, and shortness of breath and fatigue — improved “significantly” in patients who used hawthorn.

View details on this hawthorn heart failure study.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cranberries Help Prevent Urinary Infections in Women

A diagnosis of a urinary tract infection refers to a presence of a large amount of bacteria in the urine that can cause pain during urination and can lead to more severe infections of the bladder and kidneys.

Jepson and her colleague found that cranberry products significantly reduced UTIs over 12 months compared to the placebo/control groups. The cranberry treatment was more effective for women who suffered from recurrent UTIs.

Read details on this cranberry urinary infection study.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Plastics PFOS and PFOA Associated with Birth Abnormalities

Exposure to perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) in the womb is statistically associated with lower weight and head circumference at birth, according to an analysis of nearly 300 umbilical cord blood samples led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The health impact from exposure to PFOS and PFOA is not fully known, but previous studies found these compounds could cause tumors and developmental toxicity in laboratory animals at doses much higher than those observed in the Hopkins study.

Read information on this PFOS and PFOA birth abnormality study.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Colorful Antioxidants Protect Against Colon Cancer

Evidence from laboratory experiments on rats and on human colon cancer cells suggests that anthocyanins, the compounds that give color to most red, purple and blue fruits and vegetables appreciably slow the growth of colon cancer cells.

In their studies on human colon cancer cells grown in laboratory dishes, the researchers tested the anti-cancer effects of anthocyanin-rich extracts from a variety of fruits and vegetables, including grapes, radishes, purple corn, aronia from chokeberries, bilberries, purple carrots and elderberries.

In animal studies, rats induced with colon cancer cells were fed a daily diet of anthocyanin extracts either from bilberries and chokeberries. The dietary addition of the anthocyanin extracts reduced signs of colon tumors by 70 and 60 percent, respectively, when compared to control rats.

Read more on this colon cancer antioxidant study.