Archive for April 25th, 2012

Oregano may help combat prostate cancer

The herb oregano, commonly used in Italian foods and as a pizza topping, contains a compound that can kill prostate cancer, laboratory studies have shown.

Scientists tested carvacrol, acomponent of oregano, on lines of cancer cells. They found that the chemical induced apoptosis, or programmed "cell suicide."
Apoptosisis one of the ways the body rids itself of malfunctioning or malignant cells, such as those found in tumours …

The findings are being presented today at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting in San Diego, California.

Apoptosisis is a main therapeutic pathway of lupus UVA1 phototherapy, btw, for those of you tuning in late. In our case the therapy wipes out malfunctioning, as opposed to malignant, immune cells.

Violence may change child’s DNA

Children who experienced violence or bullying may incur DNA damage that leads to premature aging, U.S. researchers said.

G Spot Comes Out of Hiding [maybe]

That elusive sexual will-o'-the-wisp, the G spot, has been found. It just wasn't where anyone had looked.

It's the first anatomic evidence of the G spot, which has been the subject of controversy for decades, according to Adam Ostrzenski, MD, PhD, of the Institute of Gynecology in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Despite intense interest, previous research has not found the structure — largely, Ostrzenski wrote online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, because surgeons have been looking in the wrong place.

The G spot, Ostrzenski reported, is a sac-like structure, measuring 8.1 mm in length, and made of what appears to be erectile tissue, and it's located in the dorsal perineal membrane of the front vaginal wall.

On the other hand, other experts said Ostrzenski had made several errors in the paper, which cast doubt on his claims.

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Gallop survey: Married adults report highest well-being levels

Married adults reported the highest levels of well-being at 68.8%, followed by singles at 65% and those who are widowed at 63.5%, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Separated adults had the lowest ratings at 55.9%. Gallop officials said differences based on marital status were some of the largest among the demographic subgroups it studies.


Group: 100,000 lives saved if salt lowered

More than 100,000 U.S. lives could be saved annually if salt levels in packaged and restaurant foods were halved, a food advocacy group says.

Study: Stroke risk rises with increased sodium consumption
A study in the journal Stroke found that people who consume more than 1,500 milligrams per day of sodium have higher risks of stroke. U.S. researchers said there was a 17% increase in risk with each additional 500 mg of sodium per day, and 43% of study participants reported consuming 2,300 mg to 4,000 mg on a daily basis.

Study: Weightlifting leads to cognitive gains in older women

Older women with mild cognitive problems who lifted weights performed better on memory tasks compared with a control group that worked only on balance and stretching, a University of British Columbia study found. Researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine that another group of women who did aerobic training gained fitness but achieved no cognitive benefit.

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FDA releases 4-year strategy for foods, animal medicine

The FDA unveiled the final 2012-2016 strategic plan for the Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program that aims to bolster the incorporation of science in food safety and labeling requirements. The plan outlines almost 100 initiatives to help achieve the program's goals, including the establishment of preventive control standards against food contamination and foodborne illnesses and the improvement of drug safety and efficacy in animals.

Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy


Dark Chocolate May [Really] Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Dark chocolate may lower your risk of heart disease by lowering levels of blood glucose and bad cholesterol while boosting levels of good cholesterol, a small new study suggests.

Chocolate contains compounds called flavanols, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Previous research has shown a link between flavanol intake and risk for cardiovascular disease.


Early Menopause May Pose Mortality Risk

Menopause before age 47 significantly increased the risk of osteoporosis, fragility fractures, and premature mortality over the next 30 years, Swedish investigators reported.

MedPage Today


Smoking Cuts Risk of Benign Brain Tumor

The risk of developing an acoustic neuroma was greatly reduced among male smokers, but not among those who take snuff, researchers reported.

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