New Research for January, 2012

Git er done!

There are several links I want to bring to your attention:

******New Evidence That Caffeine Is a Healthful Antioxidant in Coffee.  The current issue of Life Extension magazine has a great article on the benefits of coffee. Predictably, LEF is selling coffee using a process that does not eliminate or reduce natural antioxidants. I’ve tried it and it is delicious.

******Starch Intake May Influence Risk for Breast Cancer Recurrence, Study Suggests. Once again, evidence that what is put into the body matters, probably more than we realize.

******Two out of Three Medical Students Do Not Know When to Wash Their Hands. When you visit your doctor for a procedure, take note of how often hand-washing occurs.  Oh, my!

Links for the above are below:

Even Unconsciously, Sound Helps Us See

Imagine you are playing ping-pong with a friend. Your friend makes a serve. Information about where and when the ball hit the table is provided by both vision and hearing. Scientists have believed that each of the senses produces an estimate relevant for the task (in this example, about the location or time of the ball’s impact) and then these votes get combined subconsciously according to rules that take into account which sense is more reliable. And this is how the senses interact in how we perceive the world.

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains Reduce Stroke Risk in Women

Swedish women who ate an antioxidant-rich diet had fewer strokes regardless of whether they had a previous history of cardiovascular disease, in a study reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Sharp Decline in Pollution from U.S. Coal Power Plants, NASA Satellite Confirms

A  team of scientists have used the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on NASA’s Aura satellite to confirm major reductions in the levels of a key air pollutant generated by coal power plants in the eastern United States. The pollutant, sulfur dioxide, contributes to the formation of acid rain and can cause serious health problems.

Impatient People Have Lower Credit Scores, Study Finds

Age-Old Remedies Using White Tea, Witch Hazel and Rose May Be Beneficial, Study Suggests

Age-old remedies could hold the key to treating a wide range of serious medical problems, as well as keeping skin firmer and less wrinkled, according to scientists from London’s Kingston University. A collaboration between the university and British beauty brand Neal’s Yard Remedies has seen experts discover that white tea, witch hazel and the simple rose hold potential health and beauty properties which could be simply too good to ignore.

Some Atheist Scientists With Children Embrace Religious Traditions, According to New Research

Some atheist scientists with children embrace religious traditions for social and personal reasons, according to research from Rice University and the University at Buffalo — The State University of New York (SUNY).

Some People Can Hallucinate Colors at Will

Scientists at the University of Hull have found that some people have the ability to hallucinate colours at will — even without the help of hypnosis.

Violent Video Games Alter Brain Function in Young Men

Sustained changes in the region of the brain associated with cognitive function and emotional control were found in young adult men after one week of playing violent video games, according to study results presented by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

China’s Demand for Oil Will Equal US Demand by 2040, Study Predicts

Despite aggressive demand-management policies announced in recent years, China’s oil use could easily reach levels comparable to today’s U.S. levels by 2040, according to a new energy study by the Baker Institute.

Two out of Three Medical Students Do Not Know When to Wash Their Hands

Only 21 percent of surveyed medical students could identify five true and two false indications of when and when not to wash their hands in the clinical setting, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of APIC — the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Caresses Enjoyable Vicariously, Too

It is well-known that we humans enjoy sensual caresses, but the brain reacts just as strongly to seeing another person being caressed, reveals research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Researchers Recommend Exercise for Breast Cancer Survivors, Lymphedema Patients

Lymphedema, a chronic swelling condition common in breast cancer survivors, affects three million people in the U.S. In the past, most people believed that exercise might induce or worsen lymphedema. After reviewing the literature, University of Missouri researchers say the benefits of exercise outweigh the risks for breast cancer survivors and patients with lymphedema. Jane Armer, professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing, says patients at risk for lymphedema can exercise if they closely monitor their activities.

Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Traffic Deaths, Preliminary Research Suggests

A groundbreaking new study shows that laws legalizing medical marijuana have resulted in a nearly nine percent drop in traffic deaths and a five percent reduction in beer sales.

Scientists Discover Anti-Inflammatory Polyphenols in Apple Peels

Here’s another reason why “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” — according to new research findings published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, oral ingestion of apple polyphenols (antioxidants found in apple peels) can suppress T cell activation to prevent colitis in mice. This study is the first to show a role for T cells in polyphenol-mediated protection against an autoimmune disease and could lead to new therapies and treatments for people with disorders related to bowel inflammation, such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and colitis-associated colorectal cancer.

New Evidence That Caffeine Is a Healthful Antioxidant in Coffee

Scientists are reporting an in-depth analysis of how the caffeine in coffee, tea, and other foods seems to protect against conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease on the most fundamental levels.

Ability to Love Takes Root in Earliest Infancy

The ability to trust, love, and resolve conflict with loved ones starts in childhood — way earlier than you may think. That is one message of a new review of the literature in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal published by the Association for Psychological Science.

Breast Cancer Survivors Struggle With Cognitive Problems Several Years After Treatment

A new analysis has found that breast cancer survivors may experience problems with certain mental abilities several years after treatment, regardless of whether they were treated with chemotherapy plus radiation or radiation only. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that there may be common and treatment-specific ways that cancer therapies negatively affect cancer survivors’ mental abilities.

Ecstasy Drug Produces Lasting Toxicity in the Brain

Recreational use of Ecstasy — the illegal “rave” drug that produces feelings of euphoria and emotional warmth — is associated with chronic changes in the human brain, Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered.

Ready-To-Bake Cookie Dough Not Ready-To-Eat, Study of E. Coli Outbreak Finds

The investigation of a 2009 multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), an important cause of bacterial gastrointestinal illness, led to a new culprit: ready-to-bake commercial prepackaged cookie dough. Published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online a new report describing the outbreak offers recommendations for prevention, including a stronger message for consumers: Don’t eat prepackaged cookie dough before it’s baked.

Starch Intake May Influence Risk for Breast Cancer Recurrence, Study Suggests

Researchers have linked increased starch intake to a greater risk for breast cancer recurrence, according to results presented at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 6-10, 2011.


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