Can patients with diverticular disease eat nuts, corn and popcorn
Diverticulosis is a common disease of the large intestine characterized by pouches in the colon that bulge outward through weak spots in the colon musculature. These pouches can become inflamed, a complication referred to as diverticulitis, or they can bleed, often profusely. Patients with diverticulosis, particularly those who have complications, are frequently advised to avoid nuts and seeds; however, there is little evidence to support this recommendation.
Randomized, placebo-controlled trial of the PPAR ligand rosiglitazone for active ulcerative colitis
Currently, 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) is the most common treatment for ulcerative colitis (UC), a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, not all patients respond to this treatment. Ligands to peroxisome proliferators-activated receptors (PPARy) – a type of therapy widely used to treat type-2 diabetes by lowering the body's resistance to insulin – has been proposed to have anti-inflammatory properties in the colon. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of the PPARy ligand rosiglitazone (Avandia®) in patients with UC. more
Could statins be a new option for hepatitis C patients?
Researchers have yet to report on the concept that hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients who take statins may experience improvements in alanine transaminase (ALT, liver enzymes) levels. Use of statins for hepatitis C has not occurred in the past as the FDA-approved package insert for every statin lists "active liver disease" as a contraindication for use and hepatitis C would certainly qualify as an active liver disease. more
Green tea may protect the bladder from becoming inflamed
Herbal agents could be used to treat inflammatory bladder diseases, according to a preliminary study that looked at the ability of green tea to protect bladder cells from inflammation. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study, being presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) in Anaheim, Calif., found that components of green tea protected bladder cells from damage in culture. The study is Abstract 299 in the AUA proceedings. more
'Healthy' children with smoking parents aren't really so healthy
Children of smokers who don’t show any signs of respiratory problems may still be experiencing damaging changes in their airways that could lead to lung disease later in life, according to a new study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference, on Sunday, May 20.
Repetitive exposure to an opinion can influence as much as exposure to opinions from several people
Whether people are making financial decisions in the stock market or worrying about terrorism, they are likely to be influenced by what others think. And, according to a new study in this month’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association (APA), repeated exposure to one person’s viewpoint can have almost as much influence as exposure to shared opinions from multiple people. This finding shows that hearing an opinion multiple times increases the recipient’s sense of familiarity and in some cases gives a listener a false sense that an opinion is more widespread then it actually is. more
Veterans exposed to Agent Orange have higher rates of prostate cancer recurrence
Veterans exposed to Agent Orange have a 48 percent increased risk of prostate cancer recurrence following surgery than their unexposed peers, and when the disease comes back, it seems more aggressive, researchers say. more
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