Gamma Interferon Could Aid Fight Against Fungal Infections (Nov. 3, 2007) — Interferon, the “superhero” cure for viral infections, may be a strong weapon in the battle against fungal infections in immunocompromised patients, according to a new article. Fungal infections … > read more
Common Food Additive Found To Increase Risk And Speed Spread Of Lung Cancer (December 30, 2008) — New research in an animal model suggests that a diet high in inorganic phosphates, which are found in a variety of processed foods including meats, cheeses, beverages and bakery products, might speed growth of lung cancer tumors and may even contribute to the development of those tumors in individuals predisposed to the disease. … > full story
The findings support Zald’s theory that people who take risks get an unusually big hit of dopamine each time they have a novel experience, because their brains are not able to inhibit the neurotransmitter adequately. That blast makes them feel good, so they keep returning for the rush from similarly risky or new behaviors, just like the addict seeking the next high. more from Time
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Resveretrol — found in grapes — Previous research has shown grapeseed extract has an effect on skin, breast, bowel, lung, stomach and prostate cancer cells in the laboratory. It can also reduce the size of breast tumours in rats and skin tumours in mice. However, the University of Kentucky study is the first to test its impact on a blood cancer. Lead researcher Professor Xianglin Shi said: “These results could have implications for the incorporation of agents such as grapeseed extract into prevention or treatment of haematological (blood) malignancies and possibly other cancers. “What everyone seeks is an agent that has an effect on cancer cells but leaves normal cells alone, and this shows that grapeseed extract fits into this category.” more from BBC
One in five adults in Japan depends on alcohol and drugs to fall asleep, a national health survey carried out by the health ministry in 2007 showed Thursday. By sex, the breakdown was 22.2 percent for males, up 2.3 points from 2003, and 17.4 percent for females, up 1.7 points, the survey said, without providing the total number polled.
Women wearing burqas in cold countries risk broken bones from vitamin D deficiency…A burqa is an enveloping outer garment worn by some Muslim women. In hot countries, enough sunlight gets through to give them sufficient vitamin D, but this may not happen in countries where there is limited sunshine, such as Ireland and Britain.