Posts by Inspiring Wellness Solutions

New Method to Predict Survival for Gastric Cancer Patients

Using gastric cancer biopsies from 77 patients, scientists recently identified a panel of proteins (BRF1, BRCA1/2, and MPO) induced by alcohol consumption that can predict the recurrence of the cancer, the overall survival, and the response to platinum-based adjuvant chemotherapy. The biomarkers discovered in this study can help alcoholic patients with gastric cancers choose the…

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A New Cellular Model Discovered for Heart Disease

Using human stem cells from the umbilical cord or bone marrow, scientists have discovered a way to make heart vessel lining cells that are capable of growing in a healthy state, as well as converting to a disease-prone state called the mesenchymal transition. The new mesenchymal arterial cells derived by this method can serve as…

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Inflammatory Foods Linked to Colorectal Cancer

Inflammatory foods, such as red and processed meats, play a role in colorectal cancer development, according to a study published in JAMA Oncology. Researchers followed 121,050 participants over 26 years and rated their diets for their inflammatory potential. Pro-inflammatory products included processed meats, red meat, organ meats, and sodas. Men and women who consumed the most…

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Using Human Cells to Understand Genetic Risk for Brain Diseases

By advancing techniques for revealing genetic information in single cells, researchers were able to distinguish > 60,000 cells in the human brain based on their gene expression patterns and categorize them into 35 different cell types. The technique allows scientists to identify which cells in the brain express disease-associated genetic risk factors, which can provide…

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Blueberries Can Boost Cancer-Fighting Power of Radiation Treatment

Using a cervical cancer cell line, scientists demonstrated that nutrients from blueberries can boost the cancer-fighting power of radiation treatments from 20 to 70 percent by increasing cancer cell death and inhibiting cancer cell growth. Treatment with the blueberry extract alone also suppressed growth of the cancer cell line slightly better than radiation (25 vs.…

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Dairy Increases Risk for Prostate Cancer Recurrence

Whole milk consumption increases risk for prostate cancer recurrence in overweight and obese men, according to a study published in The Prostate. Researchers followed 1,334 participants from the Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavor and tracked dairy intake and cancer-related deaths, recurrences, and treatments. Those who consumed more than 4 servings of whole milk…

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Plant-Based Diets Effective for Type 2 Diabetes, Says American Diabetes Association

In its 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, the American Diabetes Association maintains that a plant-based eating pattern is an effective option for type 2 diabetes management, and encourages clinicians to always include education on lifestyle management. American Diabetes Association. Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2018. Diabetes Care. 2018;41(Suppl 1):S1-S167.

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New Chemical Imaging Method Can Map Chemical Penetration in Human Skin

Researchers recently developed a chemical imaging technique using a microscopic mass detection instrument that allows for human skin sections to be analyzed to detect and map the chemical distribution throughout different layers of the skin. The method can be applied to measure drug or other chemical penetration through the skin in toxicity studies for cosmetics,…

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Obesity Worsens Asthma Symptoms

Overweight and obesity worsen asthma symptoms in children, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Immunology. Researchers compared symptom days and BMI in 736 children using no treatment for asthma, including inhalers. Those who were overweight or obese experienced up to five additional weeks of symptoms in a year and had more asthma…

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