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Hayflick Comments on Aging

Leonard Hayflick, PhD, a professor of anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco is best known for his aging theory known as the Hayflick Limit, which places the maximum potential lifespan of humans at 120, the time at which too many cells can no longer split and divide to keep things going.

How Hostile Bacteria Take Up Unwanted Residence

Some of the worst bacterial infections have learned how to trick and evade the human immune response, allowing themselves to set up shop and wreak havoc to health.

Immunometabolism: The New Frontier

Every now and then rather jaw-dropping research is published, as is the case this week as the journal Nature Medicine published three groundbreaking articles linking the function of immune cells to obesity and diabetes - data which opens the door to solving all kinds of health problems including the obesity issue itself, inefficient immune response to the flu in overweight individuals, as well as obesity-related autoimmune problems.

Steep Escalation in Minority Obesity and Breast Cancer

A new report in the journal Academic Pediatrics shows that severe obesity in children has tripled in the past two decades.  It has especially risen amongst blacks (5.

Tamoxifen Shockingly Found to Cause Aggressive Breast Cancer

Long-term Tamoxifen use, as widely promoted by oncologists for women following breast cancer, turns out to increase the risk of highly aggressive hormone receptor-negative breast cancer by 440%.

The FDA’s Peramivir H1N1 Swine Flu Experiment

The FDA has now opened the door for widespread human experimentation during this year's flu season, allowing an antiviral drug called Peramivir to be used even though it has not passed traditional standards of safety testing.

New Science Questions Theory of Antidepressant Drugs

Eva Redei, David Lawrence Stein Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern's Feinberg School, has presented a study that throws a monkey wrench in the scientific rationale that is used to justify giving out antidepressant medication.

Common Phthalate Exposure Linked to ADHD

Phthalates are commonly added to plastics to increase their flexibility and transparency.  The are common in the average household and can readily leach into food.

Surprisingly High Cancer Risk from CT Scans

Isn't it nice to know that the medical profession caused 29,000 future cases of cancer in 2007 from the CT scans it performed on patients (a great tool for future business).

BAMLET AND HAMLET – A New Play or a Cure for Cancer?

There are two new actors on stage in the war on cancer, BAMLET AND HAMLET.  It was a fluke discovery; HAMLET was stumbled onto by researchers trying to figure out why breast milk kills bacteria.

Vitamin K Reduces the Risk for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Researchers at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic have found that people who have higher intakes of vitamin K have a lower risk of developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

High Intake of EPA/DHA Reduces Risks for Cardiovascular Disease

By now just about everyone is aware that consuming essential fatty acids like DHA is vital to your cardiovascular health, weight management, and general inflammation reduction.

Avandia is Killing Americans, FDA Negligence Comes Front and Center

It appears the new FDA leadership is not much different than the last administration, as the diabetes drug Avandia killed 304 people in the third quarter of 2009 while the FDA dragged its feet.

How Imbalanced Digestive Bacteria Cause Obesity & Heart Disease

Science now reveals that the foreign contents within your digestive tract play a dramatic role in your energy level, metabolic function, body weight, and cardiovascular health.

Cancer and Home remedies

Cancer and Herbal Remedies There are a number of herbal remedies available for treating many diseases affecting the human body. Some have been used for literally thousands of years while others are just being discovered to have curative effects.

Olive Leaf Extract Offsets Stress of High Calorie Intake

It is ironic that food, which is so vital to survival, when consumed in excess is literally poison to your metabolism.  Excess consumption of fat and carbohydrates rapidly leads to cardiovascular malfunction, liver malfunction, and numerous metabolic changes associated with easy weight gain and disease risk.

Major Blood Pressure Discovery Offers Immediate Solutions

British researchers using state-of-the-art x-ray technology have identified the primary reason blood pressure elevates in the first place.  A key regulatory protein that regulates blood pressure, angiotensinogen, is damaged or oxidized by free radicals.

Berries for Brain Protection

Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc. - America is a berry rich country.  These wonder foods are well known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties due for the most part to the substances that give them color, polyphenols, or more specifically anthocyanins.

Breakthrough Research on Modified Citrus Pectin and Galectin-3 for Cardiovascular Disease, Fibrosis and other Inflammatory Conditions

In a new important research study out of the UK, scientists found that Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) of the correct molecular weight interrupts deadly kidney fibrosis by binding to and blocking galectin-3 molecules.

Why Boutique CROs Are Ideal for Running Your Clinical Trial

Before various medicines and techniques make their way to pharmacies all around the world, they must go through rigorous clinical trials to ensure that they are safe for the general public.

News Articles

Environmental manganese good in trace amounts but can correlate to cancer rates

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. USA - In the first ecological study of its kind in the world, a Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Centre researcher has uncovered the unique finding that groundwater and airborne manganese in North Carolina correlates with cancer mortality at the county level.

Stem cell discovery may bring tissue repair closer

The goal of creating adult blood stem cells from human embryos to prepare a patient for tissue and organ transplant has been brought a step closer by research carried out at the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit at Oxford University.

Elimination of river blindness feasible

GENEVA Switzerland - The first evidence that onchocerciasis elimination is feasible with ivermectin treatment was published recently in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Unlocking the key to human fertility

Scientists at Leeds and Bradford have discovered a unique ‘DNA signature' in human sperm, which may act as a key that unlocks an egg's fertility and triggers new life.

The hepatitis healing power of blueberry leaves

A chemical found in blueberry leaves has shown a strong effect in blocking the replication of the Hepatitis C virus, opening up a new avenue for treating chronic HCV infections, which affect 200 million people worldwide and can eventually lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Knee injuries may start with strain on the brain, not the muscles

ANN ARBOR, USA - New research shows that training your brain may be just as effective as training your muscles in preventing ACL knee injuries, and suggests a shift from performance-based to prevention-based athletic training programmes.

Higher drug doses needed to defeat tuberculosis, researchers report

The typical dose of a medication considered pivotal in treating tuberculosis effectively is much too low to account for modern-day physiques, UT Southwestern Medical Centre researchers said.

Cancer mortality rates experience steady decline

PHILADELPHIA, USA - The number of cancer deaths has declined steadily in the last three decades. Although younger people have experienced the steepest declines, all age groups have shown some improvement, according to a recent report of the American Association for Cancer Research.

World-first swine-flu vaccine trial reveals one dose provides 'strong immune response'

Results from the first swine-flu vaccine trials taking place in Leicester reveal a strong immune response after just one dose.The pilot study, run by the University of Leicester and Leicester Hospitals, was trialled with 100 healthy volunteers, aged between 18 and 50.

Sustainable fertilizer: Human urine and wood ash produce large harvest

Results of the first study evaluating the use of human urine mixed with wood ash as a fertilizer for food crops has found that the combination can be substituted for costly synthetic fertilizers to produce bumper crops of tomatoes without introducing any risk of disease for consumers.

Anti-cancer compound found in American mayapple

VERONA, USA - A common weed called American mayapple may soon offer an alternative to an Asian cousin that's been harvested almost to extinction because of its anti-cancer properties.

Toward a nanomedicine for brain cancer

In an advance toward better treatments for the most serious form of brain cancer, scientists in Illinois are reporting development of the first nanoparticles that seek out and destroy brain cancer cells without damaging nearby healthy cells.

Vaccine to prevent urinary tract infections shows early promise

University of Michigan (U-M) USA - Scientists have made an important step toward what could become the first vaccine in the U.S. to prevent urinary tract infections, if the robust immunity achieved in mice can be reproduced in humans.

Ice cream may target the brain before your hips

DALLAS, USA - Blame your brain for sabotaging your efforts to get back on track after splurging on an extra scoop of ice cream or that second beef burger during Friday night's barbecue.

National autism research led by Leicester specialist

The first ever major study into adults living with autism was published this week by the NHS Information Centre. The report, entitled 'Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living in households throughout England 2007' was written by Professor Terry Brugha, a Consultant Psychiatrist with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Leicester with a team of UK researchersThis groundbreaking study shows for the first time an estimate of how many adults are living with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in England.

New test quickly finds active TB in smear-negative patients

Active tuberculosis can be rapidly identified in patients with negative sputum tests by a new method, according to European researchers. Active tuberculosis (TB) is the seventh-leading cause of death worldwide, and while the diagnosis of active TB can be rapidly established when the bacteria can be identified on sputum microscopy, in about half of all cases, the TB bacterium cannot be detected, making another diagnostic option critical in efforts to control the spread of TB.

Institute for Aging Research study links high-heels to heel and ankle pain

Women should think twice before buying their next pair of high-heels or pumps, according to researchers at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew Senior Life in a new study of older adults and foot problems.

Gut worms may protect against house-dust mite allergy

A study conducted in Vietnam has added further weight to the view that parasitic gut worms, such as hookworm, could help in the prevention and treatment of asthma and other allergies.

Breast density associated with increased risk of cancer recurrence

A new study finds that women treated for breast cancer are at higher risk of cancer recurrence if they have dense breasts. Published in the December 2009 issue of Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study's results indicate that breast cancer patients with dense breasts may benefit from additional therapies following surgery, such as radiation.

New device enables early detection of cancerous skin tumours

Beer-Sheva, ISRAEL - Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are developing a new device that detects cancerous skin tumours, including melanomas that aren't visible to the naked eye.

New hope for diagnosis and treatment of intractable paediatric brain tumours

Scientists have discovered oncogenes capable of driving growth of normal human brain stem cells in a highly malignant paediatric brain tumour.

Mayo Clinic researchers prove key cancer theory

Animal study demonstrates how whole chromosome changes cause cancerRochester USA -- Mayo Clinic researchers have proven the longstanding theory that changes in the number of whole chromosomes -- called aneuploidy -- can cause cancer by eliminating tumour suppressor genes.

Small Liquid Sensor May Detect Cancer Instantly, Could Lead to Home Detection Kit

What if it were possible to go to the store and buy a kit to quickly and accurately diagnose cancer, similar to a pregnancy test? A University of Missouri researcher is developing a tiny sensor, known as an acoustic resonant sensor, that is smaller than a human hair and could test bodily fluids for a variety of diseases, including breast and prostate cancers.

New Material Mimics Bone To Create Better Biomedical Implants

A "metal foam" that has a similar elasticity to bone could mean a new generation of biomedical implants that would avoid bone rejection that often results from more rigid implant materials, such as titanium.

Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce risk of colon cancer

Houston, USA - Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, primarily found in fish and seafood, may have a role in colorectal cancer prevention, according to results presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, held in Houston.

Promising therapy for relapsing multiple sclerosis

Salt Lake City, USA - An international team of researchers has found that adding a humanized monoclonal antibody called daclizumab to standard treatment reduces the number of new or enlarged brain lesions in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis.

Rapid flu testing

Milwaukee, USA - Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Children's Research Institute, and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin have developed a rapid, automated system to differentiate strains of influenza.

Scanning for skin cancer: Infrared system looks for deadly melanoma

Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a noninvasive infrared scanning system to help doctors determine whether pigmented skin growths are benign moles or melanoma, a lethal form of cancer.

Addictive Effects of Caffeine on Kids Being Studied

Caffeine is a stimulant drug, although legal, and adults use it widely to perk themselves up and being "addicted" to caffeine is considered perfectly normal.

Scientists discover new treatment for chronic pain condition

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered that treating the immune system of patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS) leads to a significant reduction in pain.

New research rejects 80-year theory of 'primordial soup' as the origin of life

For 80 years it has been accepted that early life began in a 'primordial soup' of organic molecules before evolving out of the oceans millions of years later.

New cancer treatment gives hope to lymphoma and leukaemia patients

Scottsdale, USA - Cancer researchers have high hopes for a new therapy for patients with certain types of lymphoma and leukaemia. PCI-32765 is a new drug being assessed in a Phase I clinical trial at the Virginia G.

Double trouble: Bacterial super-infection after the flu

San Diego, USA - Current research suggests that the flu may predispose to secondary bacterial infections, which account for a significant proportion of mortality during flu pandemics.

Michael J. Fox Foundation awards grant to advance Parkinson's disease research

For his work contributing to a potential new treatment approach for Parkinson's disease, the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) for Parkinson's Research has awarded a $500,000 grant to a neuroscientist at the Mayo Clinic campus in Florida.

IBS patients not more likely to develop polyps or colon cancer

Patients with irritable bowel syndrome are at no greater risk of having polyps, colon cancer or inflammatory bowel diseases than healthy people undergoing colonoscopies, according to new research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Vitamin D and calcium interplay explored

Increasing calcium intake is a common--yet not always successful--strategy for reducing bone fractures. But a study supported in part by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) underscores the importance of vitamin D and its ability to help the body utilize calcium.

Diet high in B-vitamins lowers heart risks in Japanese study

Dallas, USA - Eating more foods containing the B-vitamins folate and B-6 lowers the risk of death from stroke and heart disease for women and may reduce the risk of heart failure in men, according to Japanese research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

EU to fund complementary medicine research

The Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Health has welcomed news that the European Union is to put €1.5 million into complementary medicine research over the next three years.

New form of insulin can be inhaled rather than injected

Scientists today described a new ultra-rapid acting mealtime insulin (AFREZZATM) that is orally inhaled for absorption via the lung. Because the insulin is absorbed so rapidly, AFREZZA's profile closely mimics the normal early insulin response seen in healthy individuals.

Study shows potential benefit of dark chocolate for liver disease patients

Vienna, Austria - Doctors could soon be prescribing a dose of dark chocolate to help patients suffering from liver cirrhosis and from dangerously high blood pressure in their abdomen, according to new research presented today at the International Liver CongressTM 2010, the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Liver in Vienna, Austria.

Breathe easy: A natural fruit compound may help asthma

A preliminary study by New Zealand company Plant & Food Research shows that natural chemicals from blackcurrants may help breathing in some types of asthma.

Household detergents, shampoos may form harmful substance in waste water

Scientists are reporting evidence that certain ingredients in shampoo, detergents and other household cleaning agents may be a source of precursor materials for formation of a suspected cancer-causing contaminant in water supplies that receive water from sewage treatment plants.

Potential new test for early diagnosis of osteoarthritis identified

Researchers at King's College London's Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, based at St Thomas' Hospital have discovered new ways of measuring biological markers in the blood which could be used to diagnose osteoarthritis earlier.

Cheese found to improve the immune response of the elderly

 Cheese acting as 'carrier' for probiotic bacteria can help to restore immune systemScientists in Finland have discovered that cheese can help preserve and enhance the immune system of the elderly by acting as a carrier for probiotic bacteria.

Trials begin on potent new hepatitis C drug

The first clinical trials have started on a new investigational drug, discovered by researchers at Cardiff University, which is being developed to treat infections caused by Hepatitis C virus.

Artificial sweeteners, without the aftertaste: Scientists find bitter-blocking ingredient

Researchers have discovered a chemical that specifically blocks people's ability to detect the bitter aftertaste that comes with artificial sweeteners such as saccharin.

Rhythm of life: Music shows potential in stroke rehabilitation

Music therapy provided by trained music therapists may help to improve movement in stroke patients, according to a new Cochrane Systematic Review.

Novel HIV test is quick and cheap

Microfluidic device uses antibodies to 'capture' white blood cells called T cells affected by HIVUC Davis biomedical engineer Prof. Alexander Revzin has developed a "lab on a chip" device for HIV testing.

Morphine blocks tumour growth

Minneapolis, USA - Current research suggests that taking morphine can block new blood vessel and tumour growth. The related report by Koodie et al, "Morphine suppresses tumour angiogenesis through a HIF1α/p38MAPK pathway," appears in the August 2010 issue of the American Journal of Pathology.

Women in their 40s have lower mammographic tumour detectability

The reduced effectiveness of mammographic screening in women in their forties is primarily due to lower detectability instead of faster tumour growth rate, according to a study published online in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Brain Study Shows That Thinking About God Reduces Distress—But Only for Believers

Thinking about God may make you less upset about making errors, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Scientists develop new drug treatment for malaria

As part of the £1.5 million project, researchers are now testing the drug to determine how the treatment could progress to clinical trials.

Breast Cancer Discovery: Ukrainian Clinical Study Shows Stunning Achievement of Respiration Retraining Oxygenation Treatment

Metastasized breast cancers can be frequently deadly. Up to 20-25 percent of females die during next 5 years because of spread of cancerous cells to additional parts of the body.

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