• Cell Phones Increase Risk of Brain Tumor

    Oct 15, 2004
    Epidemiologists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden announced on Wednesday that the continued use of analog cell phones for 10 years or more increases the risk of acoustic neuroma brain tumors by 4-fold on the side where the phone is habitually used. Acoustic neuroma is a noncancerous brain tumor that grows slowly and accounts for less than 10% of all brain tumors. The auditory nerve, the site of the brain tumor, is exposed to radiation during normal cell phone use.There is no evidence of increased risk with less than ten years phone use.
  • Green Tea May Improve Function in Alzheimer's Disease and Combats the Illness in a Number of Ways

    Oct 14, 2004
    The current mechanism of action of approved drugs for Alzheimer's disease is the inhibition of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase in the brain. This increases the level of acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is needed for learning, thinking, and memory.
  • L-Carnosine Extends Lifespan and Protects Chromosomal Telomeres

    Oct 13, 2004
    At the end of your Chromosome is a strand of thousands of copies of repetitive genes known as telomeres. They serve a very important function, extending the lifespan of a cell. To create a new cell, the cell must go through a process known as morphogenesis.
  • Risk of Lymphoma Added to Arthritis Drugs Warnings

    Oct 12, 2004
    The injectable drug Remicade used frequently for rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease can increase the risk of developing lymphoma (a cancer). Although the risk is small the situation is serious enough for the drug manufacturer to add this warning to the drugs list of side effects, precautions, and toxicities. If a person has arthritis alone, the drug increases the risk of developing a lymphoma threefold.
  • Arsenic Increases the Risk of Deadly Melanoma

    Oct 08, 2004
    Arsenic is a heavy metal contaminant found in water, in the soil from the natural breakdown of rocks, as a contaminant from mining, and it has been used as an antibacterial in chicken. Low-level exposure causes discoloration of the skin, keratoses of the hands and feet, and cancers of the lung, kidney, liver, and bladder. Arsenic contamination is a problem worldwide including in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Pakistan, Japan, China, Chile, etc.