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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

N-Acetyl Cysteine Effective for Acute Liver Failure

The antidote for acute liver failure caused by acetaminophen poisoning also can treat acute liver failure due to most other causes if given before severe injury occurs. Acute liver failure occurs when cells in the liver die quickly, resulting in toxins being released into the bloodstream and brain. Patients often end up in a hepatic coma as a result of toxins not being cleared by the failing liver. Known causes of acute liver failure include autoimmune hepatitis, drug-induced liver injury, hepatitis A and B, and acetaminophen poisoning.

Researchers found that acute liver failure patients in early stages of hepatic comas, when treated with the medicine N-acetylcysteine (NAC), were nearly 2.5 times more likely to survive than those treated only with a placebo.

Read more about this N-Acetyl Cysteine acute liver failure study.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Future Diabetes Treatment May Use Resveratrol to Target the Brain

Resveratrol, a molecule found in red grapes, has been shown to improve diabetes when delivered orally to rodents. The brain plays a key role in mediating resveratrol’s anti-diabetic actions, potentially paving the way for future orally-delivered diabetes medications that target the brain.

“We know that sirtuins are expressed in parts of the brain known to govern glucose metabolism, so we hypothesized that the brain could be mediating resveratrol’s anti-diabetic actions,” said Roberto Coppari, PhD, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

These findings may lead to new strategies in the fight against type 2 diabetes.

View details of this resveratrol diabetes study.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Kudzu May Lower Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol

Kudzu may prove to be a valuable dietary supplement for metabolic syndrome, a condition that affects 50 million Americans, say researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

The researchers say studies on animal models showed that substances called isoflavones found in kudzu root improved regulation of contributors to metabolic syndrome, including blood pressure, high cholesterol and blood glucose.

An excessive amount of glucose in the blood is linked to both diabetes and obesity. Wyss says puerarin seems to regulate glucose by steering it to places where it is beneficial, such as muscles, and away from fat cells and blood vessels.

View details of this kudzu blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, metabolic syndrome study.