• Cholesterol problems related to estrogen levels in men

    Sep 16, 2008
         In this study researchers compared the levels of estrogens (estradiol and estrone) to the levels of good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol in 933 young men with an average age of 19. Estradiol was associated with changes in the level of HDL and total cholesterol while estrone was connected to changes in LDL and total cholesterol.      In the analysis one standard deviation increase in estradiol was associated with a 6% increase in total cholesterol and a 6% decrease in HDL-beneficial cholesterol.
  • NAC may help patients with "chemo-brain" according to preliminary evidence from an animal study

    Sep 15, 2008
         About 70% of the patients who have undergone chemotherapy (drug treatment) to treat their cancer suffer with mental side effects that hurt their memory and attention span; this severe brain fog is often referred to as “chemo-brain”. In a newly published study researchers at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown looked at the powerful antioxidant NAC (or N-acetyl Cysteine) to see if it could prevent chemo-related memory damage testing for effect in laboratory animals.      The researchers first exposed a group of rats to two powerful but problematic drugs commonly used to treat cancer, Adriamycin and Cytoxan.
  • Vitamin B12 may protect against brain shrinkage

    Sep 12, 2008
    As we age our brain shrinks and brain shrinkage is a common symptom of ageing when people hit their 60's. Vitamin B12 may protect against brain volume loss in older people, and ultimately reduce the risk of developing dementia, suggests a new study from the University of Oxford. A previous study published recently online ahead of print in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry found that lacking either of the B-Complex Vitamins B12 and Folic Acid increased the rate of dementia.
  • Nerve damage a common cause of disability in older adults

    Sep 11, 2008
         A substantial amount of the disability many older adults with diabetes experience is related to poor function in the nerves controlling sensation and movement in the legs, new research shows and this type of nerve damage, also referred to as "peripheral neuropathy," can be responsible for disability in older people without diabetes as well, according to researcher Dr. Elsa S. Strotmeyer of the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Calcium reduces the risk of stroke

    Sep 10, 2008
    It has been thought that a high intake of dietary calcium could decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease although no prospective studies have been conducted to determine if such an association actually exists until now. The recent study published in the journal Stroke included 41,562 Japanese men and women between the ages of 40 and 59 years without a history of cardiovascular disease or cancer. The subjects completed a food consumption frequency questionnaire and were followed from 1990 to 2003.