Antibiotics improve growth in children in developing countries Reply

HRR: Yes, we know it is wrong on so many levels.

Youngest children from most vulnerable populations benefit most

Antibiotics improve growth in children at risk of undernourishment in low and middle income countries, finds a study published on today. More…

Antibiotics alone are a successful treatment for uncomplicated acute appendicitis in kids / 93 percent showed improvement within 24 hours Reply


Using antibiotics alone to treat children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis is a reasonable alternative to surgery that leads to less pain and fewer missed school days, according to a pilot study. The research, led by a team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and published online April 12 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, is the first prospective study on nonoperative management of acute appendicitis in pediatric patients in the United States. More…

Chemotherapy can impair speech Reply

Public release date: 6-Sep-2011

Patients who have received high doses of chemotherapy may find it harder to express themselves verbally, according to new research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Speech difficulties among cancer patients who received chemotherapy treatment were two times higher than among those who did not. More…

Mother’s diet influences baby’s allergies — new research Reply

clinical trials have shown that fish and walnut oil supplementation in pregnant women reduces the risk of allergy in their children

Public release date: 8-Sep-2011

A possible link between what a mother eats during pregnancy and the risk of her child developing allergies has been identified in new research published in this month’s The Journal of Physiology. More…

Growing deposits of bone in the skull means your hormones are out of whack, warns TAU researcher Reply

Public release date: 8-Sep-2011

Is Estrogen Going to Your Head?
Girls are growing up faster than ever — and not only when it comes to their taste in fashion and music. Their bodies are reaching puberty at an increasingly earlier age, and this trend to rapid maturity continues through women’s adult lives. That’s bad news, according to Tel Aviv University researchers. Women today are more likely to develop Hyperostosis Frontalis Interna (HFI), a hormonal condition once typically found in post-menopausal women, earlier and more frequently than the female population a century ago. More…

High medical costs decrease 28 percent after 5 years of Transcendental Meditation practice Reply

Chronic stress is the number one factor contributing to high medical expenses.

Public release date: 12-Sep-2011

According to a study published this week in the September/October 2011 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion (Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 56-60), people with consistently high health care costs experienced a 28 percent cumulative decrease in physician fees after an average of five years practicing the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique compared with their baseline. Both between and within group comparisons were statistically significant. This study has major policy implications. More…

Even low-dose aspirin may increase risk of GI bleeding Reply

Public release date: 12-Sep-2011

The risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding needs to be considered when determining the potential preventive benefits associated with low-dose aspirin for cardiovascular disease and cancer. According to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the use of low-dose aspirin increases the risk for GI bleeding, with the risk being increased further with accompanying use of cardiovascular disease- preventing therapies, such as clopidogrel and anticoagulants. In patients who took proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), bleeding risk decreased. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology is the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. More…

Tinnitus discovery could lead to new ways to stop the ringing Reply

Public release date: 12-Sep-2011

Retraining the brain could reanimate areas that have lost input from the ear

Berkeley — Neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are offering hope to the 10 percent of the population who suffer from tinnitus – a constant, often high-pitched ringing or buzzing in the ears that can be annoying and even maddening, and has no cure. More…

Dangers of exposure to ‘white’ light / ‘White’ light suppresses the body’s production of melatonin 2

Public release date: 11-Sep-2011

New study reveals: ‘White’ light suppresses the body’s production of melatonin — a compound that adjusts our biological clock and is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-cancerous properties — more than orange
light.  More…

Association found between long-term use of nonaspirin anti- inflammatory drugs and renal cell cancer / 51 percent increase in the relative risk Reply

Public release date: 12-Sep-2011

CHICAGO – Long-term use of nonaspirin anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is associated with an increased risk of renal cell cancer (RCC), according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. More…

More evidence that spicing up broccoli boosts its cancer-fighting power Reply

Public release date: 13-Sep-2011

URBANA – Teaming fresh broccoli with a spicy food that contains the enzyme myrosinase significantly enhances each food’s individual cancer-fighting power and ensures that absorption takes place in the upper part of the digestive system where you’ll get the maximum health benefit, suggests a new University of Illinois study. More…

Chinese herbal remedy out performs methotrexate for treating rheumatoid arthritis Reply



And combination of Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F plus methotrexate even better

A traditional Chinese herbal remedy used to relieve joint pain and inflammation works as well as methotrexate, a standard drug treatment that is frequently prescribed to control the symptoms of active rheumatoid arthritis, reveals research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. More…

Hereditary trauma / Even passed on to the third generation Reply



The phenomenon has long been known in psychology: traumatic experiences can induce behavioural disorders that are passed down from one generation to the next. It is only recently that scientists have begun to understand the physiological processes underlying hereditary trauma. “There are diseases such as bipolar disorder, that run in families but can’t be traced back to a particular gene”, explains Isabelle Mansuy, professor at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. With her research group at the Brain Research Institute of the University of Zurich, she has been studying the molecular processes involved in non-genetic inheritance of behavioural symptoms induced by traumatic experiences in early life. More…