Zithromax and Januvia: Two Commonly-Prescribed Drugs Now Shown to Be Killing Patients

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The US FDA is investigating a potential link between a commonly used class of diabetes drugs known as DPP-4 inhibitors and pre-cancerous changes to the pancreas. Additionally, previous studies have also indicated a connection of thyroid, colon, melanoma, and prostate cancer

Green Tea Shown to Block Carbohydrate Breakdown to Prevent Blood Glucose Spikes

Rapidly changing levels of blood glucose as a response to eating a high carbohydrate meal is now widely recognized as a trigger for many chronic illnesses ranging from heart disease to cancer, metabolic dysfunction and diabetes. Researchers have uncovered a host of naturally occurring compounds that slow the release of glucose from carbohydrates after consumption, Continue reading

Antioxidant Shown to Reduce Blindness Risk in Extremely Premature Babies

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is the second most common cause of childhood blindness in the United States, occurring in half of premature infants born earlier than or at 28 weeks gestational age. The condition is caused by abnormal blood vessel development in the retina of the eye. ROP risk increases with decreasing gestational age.

A study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) suggests that the antioxidant, rhSOD (recombinant human Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase), reduces the risk of developing ROP in extremely low gestational age newborns. Continue reading

Probiotics Shown To Stave Off Infection in Brain Injury Patients

Individuals who are hospitalized for brain injuries sometimes develop infections because their condition tends to suppress the immune system and induce inflammation in the body.

Researchers at the North Sichuan Medical College and Hospital in China conducted a study to determine whether supplementing these individuals with probiotics could help reduce rates of infection among traumatic brain injury patients.

They discovered that when probiotic bacteria were administered through an intravenous feeding tube over a 15-day period, individuals experienced fewer markers of inflammation and a heightened immune response when compared to a control group who received standard care. Continue reading

Cherry Drink Shown To Deepen Dreamtime

It’s estimated that Americans spend $84 million each year on over-the-counter sleep aids. So, it may come as good news that Northumbria University researchers recently discovered that drinking tart cherry juice every day may improve sleep quality.

Authors of the study examined the sleep patterns of volunteers who drank two glasses of Montmorency cherry juice each day for one week, and then once again when the participants consumed the same quantity of a fruit cocktail beverage.

The researchers observed that when the individuals drank cherry juice, they slept an average of 39 minutes longer each night and experienced a 6 percent increase in sleep efficiency, when compared to their resting patterns during the week they consumed fruit punch. Continue reading

Organic Tomato Juice Shown To Be Richer In Antioxidants

Many health-conscious consumers have found themselves standing in a grocery store aisle, debating whether it’s worth spending an extra $1 on an organic product versus paying less for its conventionally grown counterpart.

Researchers at the University of Barcelona’s Department of Nutrition and Bromatology recently conducted a study that provides support for food grown without synthetic pesticides or chemicals, since it revealed that organic produce may contain higher concentrations of antioxidants.

Authors of the study explained that conventionally grown fruits and vegetables usually receive the essential element nitrogen through fertilizers to stimulate growth. In organic farming, plants are not supplemented and therefore must use their natural defense mechanisms to survive, increasing their levels of protective polyphenols.

“Conventionally grown plants can lose resistance to disease and present lower levels of nutrients, minerals and secondary metabolites,” said first author Anna Vallverdu-Queralt.

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