Vitamin C was found to kill a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis in a recent lab test, according to researchers from New York's Yeshiva University. In the study, the vitamin C spurred on the creation of an oxygen species known as free radicals that killed the TB strain. "We have only been able to demonstrate this in a test tube . . ."
Increased levels of vitamin B could help decrease the risk of Alzheimer's disease says a new study from researchers at Oxford University. For the study the researchers examined 156 people ages 70 and older who all experienced mild dementia and high levels of proteins commonly linked with Alzheimer's risk.
An antibody known as Dupilumab has scored high marks as possible treatment for asthma, according to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh. For the study, the researchers enlisted 108 volunteers around the country to receive a weekly dose of the drug for 12 weeks. They found that asthma incidents decreased by 86 percent for those taking the antibody as compared to those using a placebo.
Increasing nuts and olive oil in the diet may help improve brain function, according to researchers at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. For the study, researchers enlisted 522 adults with an average age of 75. Each volunteer switched to a low fat diet with one third also taking added nuts, one third adding olive oil and the other adding neither.
Mental Health America, a leading nonprofit dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives, has declared that May is Mental Health Month, encouraging health professionals and others to pay attention to signs of mental unbalance in their communities. "[M]ental health is an essential component of overall health and well-being."
Boys who are diagnosed with ADHD may be at an increased risk of obesity later in life, says a new study from researchers at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. The study dates back to 1970, when researchers began following over 200 boys diagnosed with ADHD and 178 boys without. The boys had an average age of 8 at the time of their diagnosis.
Children who share a bed with their parents may be as much as five times more likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to a new study from researchers at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For the study, lead researcher Robert Carpenter and his colleagues reviewed five major studies of SIDS, including 1,472 deaths.
Those who drink coffee may be at a lesser risk for primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a condition in which bile ducts can become blocked, according to researchers from the Mayo Clinic. For the study researchers examined 619 patients with PSC and another 724 with an associated liver disease called primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC).
Cancer sufferers who also have depression may be far more likely to die prematurely, reports a new study from researchers at Tilburg University in The Netherlands. For the study the reviewed survey data collected from 3,080 cancer survivors between 2008 and 2009. The cancer survivors in the study included those who had suffered endometrial cancer, colorectal cancer, lymphoma or multiple myeloma.
As many as one in five children in America suffer from some form of mental disability, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control. The new study is the first from the CDC to examine the prevalence of mental illness amongst children. They found that attention deficit/hyper activity (ADHD) was the most commonly reported illness by parents.
The recent spike in suicide rates amongst veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars could be linked to repeated concussions, says a new study from researchers at the University of Utah's National Center for Veterans Studies. For the study, the researchers reviewed data on 161 subjects service personnel and private contractors that suffered concussions in Iraq in 2009.
Applying stimulation to the brain could help improve math performance, according to a new study from researchers at Oxford University. For the study, the researchers enlisted 51 Oxford students, half of whom received the high-frequency electrical noise stimulation. The non-invasive treatment involved placing sensors on the subject's scalp.
The FDA has approved Xofigo for treatment of men with late-stage, castration-resistant prostate cancer. The drug will be available to patients whose cancer has spread to the bones but not to other organs, according to the agency. The treatment uses pinpoint delivery of alpha radiation to combat cancer. Because of its targeted approach, cancer cells are killed off with less damage.
Marijuana can help moderate blood sugar levels, waist size, and body mass index (BMI), according to epidemiologists at the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, used National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data collected between 2005 and 2010.
Scientists have made significant progress in human cloning research as they have successfully produced early embryos as a source of stem cells, according to a study published in the journal Cell. Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University took skin cells from a baby with a genetic disease and combined them with human eggs to create human embryos identical to the baby's.