Study Pinpoints Protein That Detects Damage From Radiation

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High doses of radiation from cancer treatment can cause severe damage to cells and tissues, resulting in injury to bone marrow and the gastrointestinal tract. The consequences can be fatal. Yet researchers do not fully understand how exposure to radiation triggers this damage at the molecular level. Led by Yale professor of immunobiology Richard Flavell, […]

Gut Bacteria Could Help Prevent Cancer

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Researchers have shown that various types of intestinal bacteria might be factors in both causing and preventing obesity, and in other conditions and diseases. Now, a UCLA study suggests that it could also potentially be used to reduce the risk for some types of cancer. The research, published online April 13 in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, […]

Study: No-Fat, Low-Fat Dressings Don’t Get Most Nutrients Out Of Salads

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The vegetables in salads are chock-full of important vitamins and nutrients, but you won’t get much benefit without the right type and amount of salad dressing, a Purdue University study shows. In a human trial, researchers fed subjects salads topped off with saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat-based dressings and tested their blood for absorption of […]

A Simple Spice That May Battle Cancer

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Turmeric, a common Indian spice, may one day join the cancer treatment tool kit. Researchers have found that a tiny oral dose of curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, cut breast cancer rates in rats by half. In another study, conducted by Anirban Maitra, M.D., a pathologist at Johns Hopkins, curcumin helped deter drug-resistant cancers. […]

Coffee Consumption Decreases The Risk Of Colorectal Cancer

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Whether you like your coffee black, decaf, half-caff or even instant, feel free to drink up. Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of Keck Medicine of USC have found that coffee consumption decreases the risk of colorectal cancer. The study examined over 5,100 men and women who had been […]

Aged Garlic Extract Can Reduce Dangerous Plaque Buildup In Arteries

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The supplement Aged Garlic Extract can reverse the buildup of deadly plaque in arteries and help prevent the progression of heart disease, according to a new study scheduled for publication in the Journal of Nutrition. The research, conducted at LA BioMed, found a reduction in the amount of low-attenuation plaque, or “soft plaque,” in the arteries […]

Lead Exposure Changes Gut Microbiota, Increases Chance For Obesity

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Exposure to lead during early development can alter the the gut microbiota, increasing the chances for obesity in adulthood, researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health have found. Adult male mice exposed to lead during gestation and lactation were 11 percent larger than those not exposed, due to differences in their gut […]

Dried Plums Provide Protection From Bone Loss Due To Radiation

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Dried plums are effective in protecting from bone loss due to iodized radiation, a new study shows. Dr. Nancy Turner, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in College Station, was one of a team of researchers who recently studied different interventions to protect from radiation-induced bone loss. Their paper, “Dried Plum Protects from Bone Loss […]

Light Exposure During Pregnancy Key To Normal Eye Development

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New research in Nature concludes the eye — which depends on light to see — also needs light to develop normally during pregnancy. Scientists say the unexpected finding offers a new basic understanding of fetal eye development and ocular diseases caused by vascular disorders — in particular one called retinopathy of prematurity that can blind premature infants. […]

Antidepressants Linked To Tooth Implant Failure, New Study Finds

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Antidepressants, commonly used to treat anxiety, pain and other disorders, may play a role in dental implant failure, according to a new pilot study by University at Buffalo researchers. The research found that the use of antidepressants increased the odds of implant failure by four times. Each year of antidepressant use doubled the odds of […]