• Friendly Flora Added to Yogurt Inhibit the Ulcer Causing Bacteria

    Sep 23, 2004
    Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that can infect the stomach and the first part of the small intestine under the stomach (the duodenum). Curing the infection can cure this ulcer. H.
  • SAMe Aids Major Depressive Disorder

    Sep 22, 2004
    As many as 29% to 46% of patients with major depression show only a partial response, even no response to what is considered adequate antidepressant therapy. Currently in this situation physicians increase the dose of an antidepressant, switch antidepressant, or add a second antidepressant in the hopes of greater success. Studies are also focusing on adding nonpharmaceutical agents to the drug therapy for a better result, or even using nondrug agents alone.
  • Inflammation Speeds Up Hardening of the Arteries

    Sep 21, 2004
    A new European study shows that elevated levels of particular bodily chemicals that cause or indicate blood vessel inflammation actually trigger a rapid worsening of hardening of the arteries. Normally if a person has some hardening of the coronary arteries (the arteries feeding the heart blood and oxygen), they can experience chest pain during physical exertion, unfortunately the doctors are not able to predict how quickly this can progress, increasing the risk of stroke or heart attack. This may be the first study to show that increased levels of particular inflammatory markers can predict how rapidly narrowing of the arteries can progress to a dangerous stage.
  • Viral Hepatitis, Heavy Drinking and Diabetes all Risk Factors for Liver Cancer

    Sep 20, 2004
    Researchers at the USCLA examined the possible cause of liver cancer in 295 patients with this cancer and compared them to 435 individuals who were cancer free. Chronic hepatitis B virus infection increased the risk of liver cancer, but chronic hepatitis C infection increased liver cancer risk even more. Surprisingly, modest drinking decreased the risk (in this study) vs.
  • Another Study Links Bacterial Infection to Crohn's Disease.

    Sep 17, 2004
    Crohn's disease causes severe inflammation in the digestive tract, usually in a part of the small intestine called the ileum, however inflammation can occur anywhere in the digestive tract. The most common symptoms of Crohn's disease are abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, and weight loss. Over the years a number of studies have connected Crohn's disease to various infectious organisms.