• Turmeric polyphenol helps patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative proctitis

    Nov 11, 2005
    Ulcerative proctitis is a form of ulcerative colitis that only involves the rectum (ulcerative colitis is a serious disease that causes irritation and ulceration of the lining of the colon and rectum). Curcumin is the active polyphenol in the curry spice Turmeric (Curcuma longa). Curcumin from Turmeric has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.
  • Scientists discover an important way that vitamin E and its associated protein (called TAP) slows the growth of prostate cancer

    Nov 10, 2005
    Epidemiological studies suggest that vitamin E has a protective effect against prostate cancer. In this study, researchers at the Department of Urology at the University of Rochester have found that a protein called TAP (short for tocopherol-associated protein) - a protein that binds with vitamin E, promoted the entry of vitamin E into the cells of the prostate and improved the ability of vitamin E to slow the growth of prostate cancer cells. Even elevating the level of TAP on its own had a negative effect on prostate cancer cells, and both TAP and vitamin E fight prostate cancer in different ways.
  • Rooibos tea (red tea from southern Africa) may have strong ability to protect the liver from chemical toxins

    Nov 08, 2005
    Carbon tetrachloride is a solvent and cleaning agent used by the dry cleaning industry and in fire extinguishers. Its use is controversial because it is highly toxic to the liver, lungs, and kidneys and it is a known cause of cancer. Recently its usage has been curtailed due to its high toxicity and its negative effect on the ozone layer.
  • Resveratrol may inhibit muscle loss triggered by hormones and inflammation

    Nov 07, 2005
    Skeletal muscle is muscle that you can voluntarily control - such as your bicep muscle. Angiotensin I and Angiotensin II are well known hormones that cause blood vessels to constrict and raise blood pressure (whole classes of medication used to treat high blood pressure work by controlling these hormones). Angiotensin is also suspected to cause some cases of breast cancer and may also be implicated in prostate cancer.
  • Many cancers due to obesity

    Nov 03, 2005
    According to updated statistics released Monday by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health over a 100,000 new cases of cancer could be avoided in the United States if obesity and overweight did not exist, unfortunately with the dramatically increasing percentage of Americans with obesity these estimates are probably low. This figure represents 10% of all newly developed cancers. Percent and number of cases of each cancer that could be avoided: 14% of colon cancers - over 14,000 fewer cases 11% of breast cancers - over 18,000 fewer cases 49% of endometrial cancers - almost 20,000 fewer cases 31% of kidney cancers - over 11,000 fewer cases 39% of esophageal cancer - 5,500 fewer cases 14% of pancreatic cancers - 4,500 fewer cases 20% of non-Hodgkin's lymphomas - over 11,000 fewer cases 17% of multiple myeloma As an example, in reviewing four studies analyzing weight and breast cancer it was suggested that if women lost from 5 to 20 pounds they significantly decrease their risk of developing the disease.