Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 110 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Apr-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Apr-2004
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Study is another step in determining if curry can protect against Alzheimer's
A new study has found that curry, a common and popular cooking additive, could be an effective enhancer of an enzyme that protects the brain against oxidative conditions. This research is an important first step in determining whether curry could be preventive agent against acute neurodegenerative conditions, or reducing the progression of chronic and age associated neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease.  more

Animal study finds a link in genetics that determines our sleep patterns
Are you annoyed by cheerful "morning people?" Do you ever wonder how "night owls" can keep going? Most of us ask these questions because we are in between these two extremes, and take a while to get going early in the morning and tire long before midnight. This entire spectrum reflects the broad, normal variation in sleep patterns in humans that is rooted in the very genetic foundations of how our body works. Because these variations occur within our population and differ with age, the presumption exists that the differences in sleep patterns are controlled by complex mechanisms with contributions from multiple genes and influenced by environmental factors. more

Certain compounds in beer, wine effective in slowing breast cancer cell growth
Numerous studies have been published showing that consuming alcohol increases the risk for breast cancer. That's what makes a new research finding from Portugal so intriguing. The study has determined that certain compounds found in wine, beer (and tea) have contributed to a significant decrease in breast cancer cell proliferation.  more


Trans fat linked to increase in cholesterol
The government's direct assault on obesity and cardiovascular disease has at least one target in its sights: "trans fat," better known as the by-products hydrogenated oils, hydrogenated vegetable oils, margarine, partially-hydrogenated oils, and vegetable shortening.  more

Is there a relationship between repeated pregnancies and increased cardiovascular disease?
Once upon a time, children may have come "cheaper by the dozen." But according to a new study from Canada, repeated pregnancies may adversely affect the body's cardiovascular regulation thereby increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease.  more

Successful therapy for head and neck cancer may lead to long-term circulatory problems
Despite a steady stream of health advisories, younger Americans continue to light up in bars and restaurants. What many do not realize is that tobacco and alcohol combined contributes to head and neck cancer. While this is not one of the more common cancers, it is among the deadliest. Malignancies in this region of the body are among the most difficult to treat, resulting in a high mortality rate for these patients. more

The preference for sweetened foods may decline after exercise
Professional sports are more popular than ever and involve both males and females. "March Madness," track and field, and golf all offer equal excitement for athletes of both genders. The opportunities for sports excellence have never been better. At the same time, the professional athlete's body has never worked harder and the need for post-exercise nutrition has never been greater.  more

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