Tart cherry concentrate may combat post-exercise oxidative and inflammatory responses

Two daily doses of the tart cherry concentrate was associated with significantly lower levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), compared to placebo, according to findings published in Nutrients.  “This is the first study to investigate the impact of Montmorency cherries on systemic inflammatory and oxidative stress induced by a series of metabolically challenging cycling bouts,” wrote scientists from Northumbria University (England), the University of Stirling (Scotland), and the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland).

Boy’s ear problems had rare cause: gut disease

Editorial:  A great percentage of diseases begin in the gut; unfortunately, modern medicine overlooks this fact. (It normally takes a blatant example, such as in this article, to make any kind of connection for them.  Yet thankfully for some of us, there are open-minded, well-researched M.D.s who make this knowledge an integral part of their medical practice.) Even in children, the American diet destroys good gut bacteria while proliferating the harmful kind. Among other things, leaky gut syndrome then follows, severely compromising the immune system. Natural methods are easily available to put the bowels back into good health while reversing a host of body, physical disorders.

A 10-year-old boy in North Carolina suffered from ear pain and hearing problems for years before doctors were finally able to crack the case: He did not have an ear condition after all, but an underlying disease in the gut.  “It was like swimmer’s ear gone crazy,” Raynor said. “He was really miserable.” The boy was also being treated for the skin condition psoriasis, and had skin lesions on his scalp and other parts of his body.

Scientists find genetic ties to schizophrenia

Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick.  Such work could eventually point to new treatments, although they are many years away. Already, the new results provide the first hard genetic evidence to bolster a theory connecting the immune system to the disease.

Harvard’s randomized trial in men supports safety of vitamin C and E supplements

Long-term use of vitamin C and E supplements do not increase the risk of cancer, while vitamin C may offer some colorectal benefits, according to a new analysis from Harvard researchers.  “Given the widespread use of vitamin supplements in the United States, knowledge of their benefits and risks remains of paramount public health importance,” wrote the researchers, led by Lu Wang, MD, PhD, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

 

Monkey study dampens hopes for aids cure

The monkey version of HIV can take refuge from anti-AIDS drugs within days of entering the body, a study said Sunday, dampening hopes for a human cure.  If the same holds true for human beings, treatment may have to start “extremely early” after a person is infected with the virus that causes AIDS, according to researchers publishing in the journal Nature.

Disorder causes 5 siblings to walk on all fours

Since the siblings were first discovered by scientists in 2005—and featured in a BBC documentary in 2006—one popular explanation of their unusual quadrupedal gait was “reverse evolution”—meaning they could be living proof that we can essentially devolve. But new research published this week suggests that theory is false, and that the condition is instead an adaptation to a rare disorder, reports the Washington Post.

Scientists say atheists might not exist

Vittachi writes, provocatively, that God, “if he is around, may be amused to find that atheists might not exist.”  He cites several reasons for his suggestion, including that scientists are becoming more and more aware “that a metaphysical outlook may be so deeply ingrained in human thought processes that it cannot be expunged.”

 

Losing weight through hypnosis

The technique uses hypnosis to make patients believe they’ve had the physical weight loss surgery.  “On an unconscious, subconscious level, what they are experiencing is tightness in their stomach,” he said. “Not a physical tightness, but they just might feel fuller quicker when they start to eat.”

New weapon in fight against ‘superbugs’

Editorial:  Once again, we discover an amazing  ‘natural’ remedy to ‘medical’ or health problems. If on such a solution, however,  ‘Big Pharma’ can’t obtain a patent, make sizeable profits, and thus gain further control over society, unfortunately they’ll not only look for another answer elsewhere, but they’ll try to make sure no one else uses this benefit—whether for profit or not.

Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario discovered that the compound almost instantly turned off a gene in several harmful bacteria that makes them highly resistant to treatment with a class of antibiotics used to fight so-called superbug infections. The compound, called aspergillomarasmine A, or AMA, was extracted from a common fungus found in soil and mold.