• Analysis of 52 studies: both Policosanol and Plant Sterols lower cholesterol

    Mar 22, 2005
    Researchers at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Purdue University, analyzed 52 similar studies that included 4,596 individuals to compare the effectiveness and safety of both Policosanol and plant sterols. The studies ran between 1967 to 2003. Plant sterols reduced LDL-cholesterol by 11% in 23 eligible studies.
  • How truly dangerous is low level mercury exposure?

    Mar 21, 2005
    Mercury is incredibly toxic and it is very, very dangerous even with minimal exposure. Yet no one really knows at what lowest level of concentration mercury becomes toxic. Researchers are starting to uncover evidence that even at the lowest levels of exposure mercury can be very dangerous.
  • New research links mercury to Autism

    Mar 18, 2005
    The connection between mercury pollution in the environment and the rate of entry into special education, and also the diagnosis of autism was investigated using data from the EPA and the Texas Education Department. There was a significant increase in the rates of special education students and the rates of autism with increases in environmentally released mercury. On average, for each 1000 lb of environmentally released mercury there was a 43% increase in the rate of special education services and a 61% increase in the rate of autism.
  • Vinpocetine improves blood flow and energy use in the brains of stroke patients

    Mar 17, 2005
    In a study of patients who suffered an ischemic stroke 7 patients were given a daily intravenous infusion without Vinpocetine and six were given the same infusion but with the addition of Vinpocetine for 14 days in a double-blind study. A pet scan was used along with transcranial doppler parameters to measure the effectiveness of the treatments. Blood flow throughout the brain improved with the addition of Vinpocetine, while the ability to use glucose, the chief substrate for energy production improved in particular, but important regions of the brain.
  • Secondhand smoke tied to lung cancer, heart disease, breast cancer, and pediatric ear infections according to a review of 1,000 studies

    Mar 15, 2005
    The California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board is calling on California officials to classify secondhand smoke as a carcinogen. Their recommendation is based on over 1,000 studies detailing the hazardous effects of secondhand smoke. Based on the best studies available for instance, exposure to secondhand smoke ups a woman's risk of breast cancer by up to 90%.