• Creatine supplementation may aid patienst with COPD

    Jul 21, 2005
    COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a generic term that involves blockage of the airways of the lungs due to lung damage making it difficult to breathe, it is usually caused by smoking. Muscle wasting and muscle dysfunction are strong independent predictors of mortality in patients with COPD. Thirty eight patients with COPD were randomly given either an inactive placebo or 5.7g Creatine Monohydrate in carbohydrate 3 times a day for 2 weeks as a loading-saturation dose.
  • High dose Folic Acid supplementation reduces pulse pressure and improves large artery stiffness in just 3 weeks

    Jul 19, 2005
    Folic acid is a B complex vitamin that decreases the risk of birth defects, reduces levels of homocysteine - an artery inflamming metabolite, and helps keep cells on the road to normalcy instead of on the road to neoplasia. In this study, forty-one men with normal or high-normal blood pressure (systolic pressure of greater than 130 to over 145 and diastolic pressure of greater than 80 to over 90) were randomly placed on 5mg of folic acid daily or a placebo for 3 weeks, then they were crossed-over after a 4 week washout period. The folic acid supplement reduced brachial pulse pressure (pressure in the arm) by 3.1 to 6.7 mm Hg, and large arteries complied with changes in blood pressure more easily.
  • Fetuses exposed to toxic soup that includes mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, and so are we

    Jul 18, 2005
    In a small but alarming study it was found that on average, 200 industrial chemicals, including pesticides were found in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies. A total of 287 chemicals were found including 209 never detected before in cord blood. The umbilical cord is the connection from the placenta that supplies blood, oxygen, and nutrients from the mothers blood to the developing baby.
  • Scientists overwhelmed by results of Alzheimer's study

    Jul 15, 2005
    Alzheimer's disease is due to massive damage of brain tissue. As cells die memory loss is observable. Eventually, enough cells die to lead to complete helplessness.
  • Low level chronic exposure to X-rays increases the risk of skin cancer

    Jul 14, 2005
    In a recent study of radiology technicians, even low level, chronic exposure to ionizing radiation (X-rays) raised the risk of basal cell carcinoma. The risk was greater for people with lighter vs. darker hair and eye color.