Volume 9 Issue 31
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-Jan-2007 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Natural fiber may take extra pounds away

It sounds almost too good to be true, but Dr. Raylene Reimer, a researcher at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Kinesiology, believes she may have found an important weapon in the war against obesity. more  

Chromium picolinate shows greater benefits in diabetes care than other forms of chromium

A peer reviewed analysis on chromium picolinate was published in the current edition of Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. The analysis confirms that chromium picolinate is effective in improving glycemic control and normalizing lipid levels in people with type 2 diabetes. more

Garlic hope in infection fight

Garlic has been hailed a wonder drug for centuries and has been used to prevent gangrene, treat high blood pressure, ward off common colds and is even believed by some to have cancer-fighting properties. more  

Prostate cancer patients see high survival rates with seed implants

More than ninety percent of men who receive appropriate radiation dose levels with permanent radiation seed implants to treat their prostate cancer are cured of their cancer eight years after diagnosis, according to a study released in the February 1 issue of the International Journal for Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO. more

Exercise has no effect on risk of knee osteoarthritis  

Regular exercise is recommended for middle-aged and older people, but the effect of exercise on the development of osteoarthritis (OA) in older people is unclear, especially if they are overweight. Some studies have suggested that exercise has a protective effect, but few studies have been conducted where patients are asked about physical activity and followed to find out what develops. Meanwhile, obesity is a major risk factor for knee OA, and the question has been raised as to whether weight-bearing activity may be harmful to people who are overweight. A new study published in the February 2007 issue of Arthritis Care & Research examined the effects of physical activity over a long period in older adults, many of whom were overweight, and found that exercise neither protects against nor increases the risk of knee OA. more

Study indicates different treatment may be needed for infection-related breathing problems  

New research suggests that different treatments may be needed for chronic asthma, depending on whether it results from allergies or lung infections. more

Researchers: Few heart disease trials reporting sex-specific results

Heart disease differences in men and women continue to be poorly understood because women are included in clinical trials far less than men, and even when women are included, study results are not reported by sex, according to a study in the current issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The study shows that three-fourths of clinical cardiovascular trials published in leading general medical and cardiology journals during the last six months of 2004 did not provide sex-based analysis. more

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New research will examine whether taking garlic capsules can disrupt the communication system of the pathogen Pseudomonas to prevent infection.