Boiling Broccoli Ruins Its Anti Cancer PropertiesScientists at the University of Warwick have observed that the standard British cooking habit of boiling vegetables severely damages the anticancer properties of a number of Brassica vegetables such as broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower and green cabbage.
Past studies have shown that consumption of Brassica vegetables decreases the risk of cancer. This is because of the high concentration in Brassicas of substances known as........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 5/15/2007 11:16:04 PM)
Obesity Increases Risk of Injury on the JobHaving a body mass index (BMI) in the overweight or obese range increases the risk of traumatic workplace injury, as per scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Injury Research and Policy. Employer-sponsored weight loss and maintenance programs should be considered as part of a well-rounded workplace safety plan. The study was Advance Access published on May 7, 2007, by the American Journal of........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 5/15/2007 11:10:40 PM)
Smokeless cannabis delivery device efficientA smokeless cannabis-vaporizing device delivers the same level of active therapeutic chemical and produces the same biological effect as smoking cannabis, but without the harmful toxins, as per UCSF researchers.
Results of a UCSF study, which focuses on delivery of the active ingredient delta-9-tertrahydrocannibinol, or THC, are published in the online issue of the journal "Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics."
"We showed in a recent........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 5/15/2007 11:05:02 PM)
Obesity And Its ComplicationsDue to the gastrointestinal tracts role in body weight regulation, gastroenterologists should work closely with other medical disciplines to oversee and coordinate the care of obese individuals, as per an American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute Obesity Task Force Report. The Report was published in a special 13th issue of Gastroenterology, the official journal of the AGA Institute, that focuses on the growing problems........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 5/14/2007 10:36:41 PM)
Studying Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderWeill Cornell Medical College scientists are using a virtual reality simulation called "Virtual Iraq" to better understand how symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develop. In their ongoing research trial, participating Iraq War and Gulf War veterans with and without PTSD are shown a brief, 3-D virtual-reality simulation of an urban combat scenario. They wear a headset, through which they hear, see, and - using a keypad - "move"........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 5/14/2007 8:51:34 PM)
Does he take sugar?A simple request, when placed in a certain context, has the potential to create conflict. This is epitomised in the phrase - 'does he take sugar"' - an approach society has learned to avoid when speaking about a disabled person. New research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) seeks to better understand the ways in which people strive to avoid disagreement in every-day conversation.
The results reveal our ability to........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 5/13/2007 9:52:34 PM)
Dynamin's Role in Nerve Cell FunctionAn unexpected finding on how nerve cells signal to one another could rewrite the textbooks on neuroscience, says a collaborative team of scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College and Yale University.
Their study, published as a high-profile research article in the journal Science, suggests that a key cellular enzyme called dynamin 1 is not essential to all synaptic transmission, as experts had previously assumed.
Dynamin has long been a........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 5/11/2007 5:06:52 PM)
Egyptians, not Greeks were true fathers of medicineResearchers examining documents dating back 3,500 years say they have found proof that the origins of modern medicine lie in ancient Egypt and not with Hippocrates and the Greeks.
The research team from the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at The University of Manchester discovered the evidence in medical papyri written in 1,500BC 1,000 years before Hippocrates was born.
"Classical scholars have always considered the ancient Greeks,........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 5/10/2007 5:42:56 AM)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Have Positive Effect On Muscle MassA research team led by Carole Thivierge, from Universit Lavals Institute of Nutraceutics and Functional Foods, shows that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil have a positive effect on the metabolism of muscle proteins. This finding, published in a recent edition of the Journal of Physiology, could have significant implications in the fields of animal farming as well as human health.
In mammals, the ability to use nutrients from food and........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 5/9/2007 11:34:00 PM)
DNA repair monitored at double-strand breakInvestigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital had a molecules eye view of the human cells DNA repair kit as it assembled on a double-strand break to link together the broken ends. Double-strand breaks are ruptures that cut completely across the twisted, ladder-like structure of DNA, breaking it into two pieces.
Using a technique developed specifically for this project, the St. Jude scientists could determine when repair proteins........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 5/9/2007 11:23:07 PM)
Majority of herb users don't follow evidenceSales of herbal dietary supplements have skyrocketed by 100 percent in the United States during the last 10 years, but most people dont consider evidence-based indications before using them, as per a University of Iowa study published in this months Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Two-thirds of people who use herbs dont do so in accordance with scientific guidelines, as per the article. Meanwhile, sales of herbal supplements reached $18.8 billion........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 5/9/2007 11:19:22 PM)
immune dysfunction in melanoma patientsScientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have begun to shed light on why the human immune system isn't able to stop such cancers as melanoma, suggesting answers that could pave the way for better therapy of this often-fatal illness.
In a small study, the researchers observed that the immune cells in a majority of people with this deadly skin cancer fail to respond properly to a molecule called interferon, which normally........Go to the Skin news blog (Added on 5/7/2007 11:00:08 PM)
Many older Americans not treated for glaucomaFort Lauderdale, Fla. -- Almost one-third of older Americans diagnosed with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) are not treated medically or surgically for the condition as per a research studyto be presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The presentation will be held on Monday, May 7, 2007, at 11:45 a.m. in the Grand Floridian H of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward........Go to the Ophthalmology news blog (Added on 5/7/2007 10:58:25 PM)
More Than 4 Percent Of Us Adults Have Bipolar DisorderApproximately 4.4 percent of U.S. adults may have some form of bipolar disorder during some point in their lifetime, including about 2.4 percent with a "sub-threshold" condition, as per an article in the recent issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Individuals with bipolar disorder tend to fluctuate between periods of maniaan inappropriately elevated mood, characterized by impulsive behavior and an........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 5/7/2007 10:39:32 PM)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Not Common In ChildhoodPotentially traumatic events are common in children but do not typically result in post-traumatic stress symptoms or disorder, as per a report in the recent issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a unique psychiatric diagnosis because it requires an initiating event, such as war, rape, natural disaster or serious illness, as per background information in the........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 5/7/2007 10:35:26 PM)
Financial Loss And Brain's Processing Of PainPeople process information about financial loss through mechanisms in the brain similar to those used for processing physical pain, as per a new imaging study. The results could provide a new understanding of excessive gambling.
The new study detected activity in the striatum, a region that processes signals in the brain's system of reward and defensiveness. Prior studies had shown activity in the striatum increasing when subjects were........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 5/6/2007 5:37:57 PM)
Nearly 28,000 US infants died in 2004Preterm birth contributes to more than one-third of all infant deaths, as per the National Vital Statistics report released recently.
Eventhough the national infant mortality rate is the lowest it's been since the U.S. started collecting data a century ago, there's been little change recently 6.78 deaths for every 1,000 live births in 2004 in comparison to 6.89 in 2000, the National Center for Health Statistics report found.
The report,........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 5/6/2007 5:13:49 PM)
New technology for soft-tissue imagingSoft-tissue cross-sectional imaging acquired on a flat panel C-arm fluoroscopic unit located in the interventional radiology area is feasible and useful for interventional radiology procedures, avoiding the necessity of sending patients out to a Computerized axial tomography scanner, as per a new study by scientists from the Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami, FL.
For the study, 35 patient examinations were conducted, covering a........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 5/6/2007 5:12:16 PM)
A frown or a smile?When we have a conversation with someone, we not only hear what they say, we see what they say. Eyes can smolder or twinkle. Gazes can be direct or shifty. Reading these facial expressions gives context and meaning to the words we hear.
In a report to be presented May 5 at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Seatlle, scientists from UCLA will show that children with autism cant do this. They hear and they see, of course, but the........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 5/6/2007 4:41:08 PM)
Some hypertension drugs may help reduce dementia riskSome hypertension medicines may help protect elderly adults from declines in memory and other cognitive function, as per new research from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, reported today at the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Seattle.
The drugs that scientists believe are protective are part of a class known as ACE inhibitors specifically those types that reach the brain and may help reduce the inflammation........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 5/6/2007 4:39:24 PM)
Screening men over 65 for abdominal aortic aneurysmsBetween 5% and 10% of men aged 65 to 79 have abdominal aortic aneurysms, but don't know it. If their weakened arteries burst they stand a very high risk of dying. Ultrasound screening of men in this age group can significantly reduce the numbers of men who die from this condition. The overall benefits of screening are complex, however, because a number of men may be subjected to unnecessary anxiety and/or to the complications of surgery.
An........Go to the Heart news blog (Added on 5/15/2007 11:21:06 PM)
Women And Cholesterol ControlledWomen are significantly less likely than men to have their LDL cholesterol controlled to recommended levels, as per a new study by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The study, would be reported in the May/June edition of Womens Health Issues, investigated gender differences in cardiovascular disease prevention, therapy and risk factors based on national health care quality data from commercial and Medicare managed care plans.........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 5/15/2007 11:06:31 PM)
Pregnant Women Have At Least One Kind Of Pesticide In Their PlacentaA doctoral thesis written at the Department of Radiology and Physical Medicine reveals an average presence of eight organochlorine contaminants in the organisms of pregnant women, which are commonly ingested by means of food, water and air.
- These chemical substances may cause some malformations in the genito-urinary system of the foetus, such as cryptorchidism and hypospadias.
C@MPUS DIGITAL Human beings are directly responsible for........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 5/14/2007 10:53:58 PM)
Migraines And RetinopathyMiddle-aged men and women with a history of migraine and other headaches are more likely to have retinopathy, damage to the retina of the eye which can lead to severe vision problems or blindness, than those without a history of headaches,.
as per a research studyfrom the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For the study, reported in the May 15, 2007, issue of Neurology, scientists evaluated the headache history and eye health of........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 5/14/2007 9:06:57 PM)
Breastfeeding duration rates for infants born in an inner-cityA new study in the recent issue of the Journal of Human Lactation reports that being born in a Baby-Friendly hospital gives babies the best possible chance of breastfeeding to 6 months. This is especially true for low-income populations and for families from backgrounds that traditionally have low breastfeeding rates.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other respected groups recommend that babies........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 5/14/2007 8:59:25 PM)
Spiritual Beliefs, Practices May Help Smokers QuitUnlike a number of traditional alcohol and drug dependence therapy programs, mainstream smoking cessation programs generally exclude spiritual practice and beliefs from the therapy process. But a study by Oregon Health & Science University Smoking Cessation Center scientists reveals a number of smokers are receptive to and may benefit from their own spiritual resources, when attempting to quit.
The study, thought to bethe first to look at........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 5/13/2007 9:56:18 PM)
HIV survival improves if patients stay in carePeople with HIV who drop out of care do not live as long as those who remain under a doctor's therapy, said Baylor College of Medicine and Veterans Affairs scientists in a report reported in the June 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases and available on line.
"In an era when highly active treatment directed against HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS) is keeping people alive, understanding the value of regular medical........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 5/11/2007 5:04:13 PM)
Faster and better emergency responseWhen emergency teams are well informed and governments can coordinate their efforts, lives and property can be saved. The Health Early Warning System, a project supported by ESA, is intended to bring this benefit to Europe.
Extreme natural phenomena like tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes have featured prominently in the news. So, too, has the rapid spread of new diseases such as SARS and avian flu. By identifying and mapping occurrences........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 5/10/2007 5:39:54 AM)
FDG-PET Predicts Response to ChemotherapyAn earlier indication of whether chemotherapy benefits non-small cell patients with lung cancer-provided by positron emission tomography (PET) imaging-can guide doctors in offering them better care, as per scientists in the May Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
"Our study demonstrates that patients who respond to chemotherapy can be identified early in the course of their therapy, and these patients will generally exhibit prolonged overall........Go to the Lung-cancer-blog (Added on 5/9/2007 11:31:41 PM)
Coarse particulate matter in asthma sufferersBreathing air containing coarse particulate matter such as road or construction dust may cause heart problems for asthma sufferers and other vulnerable populations, as per a new study led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.
The scientists observed that in people with asthma, a small increase in coarse particulate matter in outdoor air raised bad cholesterol and increased the count of........Go to the Allergy news blog (Added on 5/9/2007 11:26:44 PM)
Gene mutation and cognitionThe human and chimpanzee genomes vary by just 1.2 percent, yet there is a considerable difference in the mental and linguistic capabilities between the two species. A new study showed that a certain form of neuropsin, a protein that plays a role in learning and memory, is expressed only in the central nervous systems of humans and that it originated less than 5 million years ago. The study, which also demonstrated the molecular mechanism that........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 5/7/2007 11:11:18 PM)
Nation's Most And Least Sun-smart CitiesMost Americans are familiar with the popular city rankings of the fattest cities, the fittest cities, the most livable cities and the most expensive cities. Now, in the first-of-its-kind survey, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) has identified the cities that take sun protection seriously and those that fail to make the grade despite repeated health warnings.
The "RAYS: Your Grade" survey polled adults in 32 U.S. metropolitan........Go to the Skin news blog (Added on 5/7/2007 11:01:52 PM)
Diabetes Drug With ChemotherapyA widely used diabetes drug dramatically boosted the potency of platinum-based cancer drugs when administered together to a variety of cancer cell lines and to mice with tumors, researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute report.
Combining a platinum chemotherapy agent and the diabetes drug rosiglitazone halted or shrank mouse tumors as much as three times more effectively than either of the drugs given alone, as per the article in the........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 5/7/2007 10:41:36 PM)
Adult Drug Abuse Rate 10 PercentApproximately 10.3 percent of U.S. adults appear to have problems with drug use or abuse during their lives, including 2.6 percent who become drug dependent at some point, as per a report in the recent issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Drug abuse refers to the intense desire to take drugs at the exclusion of other activities, and dependence occurs when the body becomes physically dependent on an........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 5/7/2007 10:37:48 PM)
Computer-aided detection of breast cancerThe use of computer-aided detection (CAD) with computed radiography (CR) is effective in the detection of breast cancer, as per a recent study conducted by radiologists at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC and iCAD in Nashua, NH.
"I wanted to undertake this study because we need to further define the performance of CAD with CR," said Rachel Brem, MD, lead author of the study. "There is no doubt that CR will be an........Go to the Breast-cancer-blog (Added on 5/6/2007 5:47:57 PM)
Diagnosis Of Lower Back Pain CauseFunctional anesthetic discography (FAD), a new diagnostic procedure involving injecting anesthetic directly into a spinal disc, can be used to confirm the presence of injured discs as the source of a patients lower back pain symptoms, as per a new study by scientists from Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, NY.
For the study, the scientists performed FAD in 19 consecutive patients who underwent lumbar discography for suspected........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 5/6/2007 5:46:17 PM)
Antidepressants stimulate new nerve cellsIn adult monkeys, an antidepressant therapy has induced new nerve cell growth in the hippocampus, a brain area responsible for learning and memory. A similar process may occur in humans, the research suggests, and may help explain the effectiveness of antidepressant therapys.
The results, the first from nonhuman primates, are similar to those previously seen in rodents. They suggest that creation of new nerve cells, a process known as........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 5/6/2007 5:20:37 PM)
CTA useful in detecting ruptured cerebral aneurysmsCT angiography (CTA) has a nearly 100% detection rate in acute ruptured, cerebral aneurysms, as per a recent study conducted at the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg, Canada.
The study consisted of 171 patients with acute subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) who underwent preoperative 3D CTA.
CTA correctly detected the ruptured aneurysm in 170 cases when in comparison to intraoperative findings, Bijal Patel, MD, lead author of the study. Of the........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 5/6/2007 5:10:16 PM)
Ultra-high-field MRI for earlier diagnosis of multiple sclerosisUltra-high-field (7T) MRI can detect multiple sclerosis lesions better than MRI which can lead to possible earlier diagnosis and therapy, as per a new study by scientists from Ohio State University in Columbus, and Columbia University in New York.
For the study, the scientists analyzed post-mortem brain slices from a multiple sclerosis patient using both 3T and 7T MRI. 7T MRI made it possible to detect numerous multiple sclerosis lesions........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 5/6/2007 5:04:30 PM)
Later-life diseases resulting from fetal and infant toxicityA Cornell researcher and his wife have conducted the first comprehensive review of later-life diseases that develop in people who were exposed to environmental toxins or drugs either in the womb or as infants. They have observed that most of the diseases have two things in common: They involve an imbalanced immune system and exaggerated inflammatory reactions (at the cellular level).
In an invited, peer-evaluated article on developmental........Go to the Research news blog (Added on 5/2/2007 10:00:10 PM)