Volume 12 Issue 186
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Jul-2010 
Next Update - 14:00 UC 08:00 EST 17-Jul-2010






Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Brain size associated with longevity

Mammals with larger brains in relation to body size tend to live longer. This is the conclusion reached by researchers at the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), affiliated to Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, after having analysed almost 500 mammal species and obtaining new data on the relation between brain size and lifespan. more  

Wood smoke exposure multiplies damage from smoking, increases risk of COPD

Smokers who are exposed to wood smoke, either through home heating and cooking or through ambient neighborhood pollution, are not only at increased risk of COPD, but are also more likely to have epigenetic changes in the DNA that further increase their risk of COPD and related pulmonary problems. more

Cashew seed extract an effective anti-diabetic

Cashew seed extract shows promise as an effective anti-diabetic, according to a new study from the University of Montreal (Canada) and the Université de Yaoundé (Cameroun). Published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, the investigation analyzed the reputed health benefits of cashew tree products on diabetes, notably whether cashew extracts could improve the body's response to its own insulin. more  

Tea contains more fluoride than once thought

Black tea, a Southern staple and the world's most consumed beverage, may contain higher concentrations of fluoride than previously thought, which could pose problems for the heaviest tea drinkers, Medical College of Georgia researchers say. more

Interferon might help asthma patients breathe easier, UT Southwestern study suggests  

An immune-system protein already used to treat diseases like multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C and a variety of cancers might also aid asthma patients, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found. more

Medications found to cause long term cognitive impairment of aging brain  

Drugs commonly taken for a variety of common medical conditions including insomnia, allergies, or incontinence negatively affect the brain causing long term cognitive impairment in older African-Americans, according to a study appearing in the July 13, 2010 print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. more

Behavior problems in school linked to two types of families

Contrary to Leo Tolstoy's famous observation that "happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," a new psychology study confirms that unhappy families, in fact, are unhappy in two distinct ways. And these dual patterns of unhealthy family relationships lead to a host of specific difficulties for children during their early school years. more

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Cashew seed extract shows promise as an effective anti-diabetic