- The Star, July 29, 2009
and its related compounds may be a factor in the rising rate of diabetes,
Parkinsonís disease, and Alzheimerís. Already known to cause cancer, a new
study suggests that low doses of these chemicals can also have serious effects
on the brain.
nitrite is used to preserve and colour fish, meat and other processed foods,
especially hot dogs and bacon. Nitrates
are often found in fertilizers and end up on produce, particularly root
vegetables such as potatoes and beets.
can be converted to nitrosamines, which are potent cancer-causing chemicals,
when cooked over high heat or in the acidic conditions of the stomach.
say the link is still in the hypothesis stage as there could be more than just
one explanation for a host of complicated diseases.
Eat the crusts, they are really good
- The New Straits Times, July 26, 2009
say bread crust is good for the health. They
say a chemical released during the baking process can protect against bowel
cancer. The antioxidant prevents changes
in the body that can lead to a tumour. Experiments
with animals showed that regular intake of the
chemical, pronyl-lysine, appears to halt the development of
pre-cancerous lesions in the colon.
to the researchers, it is still too early to say how much crust was needed to
reap the full benefit but their results suggest the body needs daily doses of
the disease-busting antioxidant in order to protect against cancer.
all tumours can be successfully treated if detected early enough. The main warning signs include toilet habits
and abdominal pains. Experts recommend
eating high-fibre foods such as wholemeal bread, to reduce the risks.
Help from Chinese herbal medicine
- The Sun, July 20, 2009
researchers have found evidence that Chinese herbal medicine may relieve the
symptoms of endometriosis, a common gynaecological disorder that affect one in
six women of reproductive age. Symptoms
of endometriosis include pelvic pain, painful and irregular periods and
separate trials performed by Cochrane Researchers, Chinese herbal medicine
showed symptomatic relief similar to the relief provided by the hormonal drugs
gestrinone and danazo, but with fewer side effects.
studies have shown that Chinese herbal medicine is effective for treating
menstrual problems and has helped in treatments of breast cancer.
A healthy use for tobacco in the works
- New Sunday Times, July 19, 2009
may be a healthy use for tobacco after all.
European researchers have produced genetically modified tobacco plants which
contain a strong anti-inflammatory protein called interleukin-10 (IL-10) that
could help patients with insulin dependent type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune
diseases. The researchers also want to
test whether repeated small doses could help prevent diabetes in people, when
given with another compound called glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD65), also produced in tobacco plants.
Migraines may cause lesions in the brain
- The New Straits Times, July 14, 2009