The nutritional supplement SAMe sold over-the-counter may help some people with depression that hasn’t gotten better with any other drugs. The researchers from Harvard Medical School found that adding S-Adenosyl Methionine, or SAMe, to patients' antidepressant treatment helped more people with major depression improve their symptoms than those that took an inactive placebo on top of their normal medication. The supplement also had fewer side effects than medications that are approved by the FDA for people with depression who don't respond to initial antidepressants.
Tea drinkers were found to have a lower risk of dying from coronary heart disease (CHD) over a 13 year period in a new study. Researchers at University Medical Center Utrecht and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands evaluated data from 37,514 participants in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC-NL) cohort of healthy Dutch men and women. Dietary questionnaires completed upon enrollment provided information on the frequency of intake of coffee and tea.
Researchers from Japan report an association between a higher intake of the mineral magnesium and a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes adding to the minerals ability to prevent the dreaded disease. Hiroyasu Iso, MD of Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine and his colleagues evaluated data from 17,592 men and women aged 40 to 79 who took part in the Japan Collaborative Cohort Study for Evaluation of Cancer Risk established between 1988 and 1990. Three-day dietary records and responses to questionnaires administered upon enrollment were analyzed for total magnesium intake.
Researchers from Ireland report the association of a reduced risk of esophageal cancer among men and women who consumed higher amounts of antioxidants compared to those with a lower intake. GERD or chronic heartburn causes chronic inflammation of the esophagus. Esophageal cancer can develop in individuals with Barrett’s esophagus, a condition in which the mucosa of the esophagus undergoes changes incurred by GERD.
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