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The Common “Everyday” Drug Responsible for Acute Liver Damage

The Common “Everyday” Drug Responsible for Acute Liver Damage

According to the FDA, acetaminophen – the active ingredient in Tylenol and numerous over-the-counter drugs – was the leading cause of acute liver failure in Americans between 1998 and 2003. There is no reason to think this has changed since. Every year, 78,000 people go to the emergency room from intentional or accidental acetaminophen overdose; 33,000 are hospitalized, at last count 458 die (2006 data). The problem has gotten so bad that the FDA has as>> Read Post

Promising Gene-Silencing Technique Shows Promise in Fight Against Cancer, Liver Diseases

Promising Gene-Silencing Technique Shows Promise in Fight Against Cancer, Liver Diseases

Since its discovery 16 years ago, researchers have been eyeing RNA interference (RNAi) – a natural process for ‘silencing’ genes – as a therapy for treating some cancers and other diseases that respond poorly to existing drugs. Among its benefits, RNAi can inhibit the proteins that actually drive an illness from being translated and activated, avoiding the need to attack the disease downstream. As Akshay Vaishnaw, chief medical officer at Alnylam Pharma>> Read Post

Many Women Unaware of Risks of Developing Ovarian Cancer

Many Women Unaware of Risks of Developing Ovarian Cancer

The statistics for ovarian cancer are frightening. Whereas early detection tests for breast cancer are relatively commonplace, 75-85% of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed only at a late stage, when the cancer has spread and prognosis is poor. About 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and more than 14,000 die annually from this disease. A woman has a 1 in 70 risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime. As the>> Read Post

Soy Supplements With Isoflavones 'Reprogram' Breast Cancer Cells

Soy Supplements With Isoflavones 'Reprogram' Breast Cancer Cells

Taking soy protein supplements may lead to some concerning genetic changes for women with breast cancer, a new study suggests. In the study, half of 140 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer took soy protein powder and the other half took a placebo for between seven and 30 days before they had surgery to remove their cancer. The researchers compared tumor tissues from before and after surgery, and found changes in the expression of certain genes that>> Read Post

Mechanism of Traditional Chinese Herb Revealed

Mechanism of Traditional Chinese Herb Revealed

The mysterious inner workings of Chang Shan – a Chinese herbal medicine used for thousands of years to treat fevers associated with malaria – have been uncovered thanks to a high-resolution structure solved at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). Described in the journal Nature, the structure shows in atomic detail how a two-headed compound derived from the active ingredient in Chang Shan works. Scientists have known that this compound, called halofug>> Read Post

Oxidized LDL Cholesterol Might Actually be 'Good Guy

Oxidized LDL Cholesterol Might Actually be 'Good Guy

A team of investigators at the University of Kentucky has made a thought-provoking discovery about a type of cholesterol previously believed to be a "bad guy" in the development of heart disease and other conditions. Jason Meyer, a University of Kentucky MD-PhD candidate, worked with Deneys van der Westhuyzen, Ph.D., a Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, to study the role oxidized LDL plays in the d>> Read Post

Spinach Extract Decreases Cravings, Aids Weight Loss

Spinach Extract Decreases Cravings, Aids Weight Loss

A spinach extract containing green leaf membranes called thylakoids decreases 'hedonic' hunger up to 95% and increases weight loss by 43% according to a newly published long-term human study at Lund University in Sweden. Hedonic hunger is another term for the cravings people experience for unhealthy foods, such as sweets or fast food, that are a common cause of unhealthy eating habits and obesity. The study shows that taking thylakoids reinforces the body'>> Read Post

Sabotage as Therapy: Aiming Lupus Antibodies at Vulnerable Cancer Cells

Sabotage as Therapy: Aiming Lupus Antibodies at Vulnerable Cancer Cells

  Yale Cancer Center researchers may have discovered a new way of harnessing lupus antibodies to sabotage cancer cells made vulnerable by deficient DNA repair. In a new study published in Nature's journal Scientific Reports, James E. Hansen, M.D., assistant professor of therapeutic radiology at Yale School of Medicine, reports that cancer cells with deficient DNA repair mechanisms (or the inability to repair their own genetic damage) were significa>> Read Post

Battery-Free Cardiac Pacemaker Powered by Heart Motion

Battery-Free Cardiac Pacemaker Powered by Heart Motion

A new prototype cardiac pacemaker based on an automatic wristwatch is powered entirely by heart motion and does not require a battery. According to Adrian Zurbuchen of the Cardiovascular Engineering Group at the University of Bern, Switzerland: "Batteries are a limiting factor in today's medical implants. Once they reach a critically low energy level, physicians see themselves forced to replace a correctly functioning medical device in a surgical intervent>> Read Post

Researchers Identify Bacteria Responsible for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Researchers Identify Bacteria Responsible for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Yale University researchers have identified a handful of bacterial culprits that may drive inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, using patients' own intestinal immune responses as a guide. Trillions of bacteria exist within the human intestinal microbiota, which plays a critical role in the development and progression of IBD. Yet it's thought that only a small number of bacterial species affect a person's susc>> Read Post

Does Dark Chocolate Promote New Muscle Growth?

Does Dark Chocolate Promote New Muscle Growth?

A recent study has revived interest in a compound called (-)-epicatechin, a molecule found in chocolate that is claimed to be a myostatin inhibitor. Myostatin deficiencies are known to greatly increase muscle mass without the major side-effects associated with anabolic steroids. Hindering myostatin’s actions would be able to replicate this effect. Myostatin is a myokine – a kind of regulating molecule released by muscles. The ‘opposite’ of myostatin is >> Read Post

New Study: Fruit Consumption Cuts Heart Disease Risk by 40 Percent

New Study: Fruit Consumption Cuts Heart Disease Risk by 40 Percent

Daily fruit consumption cuts the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by up to 40%, according to research presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Barcelona, Spain According to Dr Huaidong Du from Oxford, UK, the findings from his seven year follow-up study of nearly 500,000 people in the China Kadoorie Biobank found that the more fruit people ate, the more their risk of CVD declined. Dr Du said: "CVD, including ischemic heart d>> Read Post

Anti-Anxiety Drugs, Sleeping Pills Linked to Increased Risk of Death

Anti-Anxiety Drugs, Sleeping Pills Linked to Increased Risk of Death

Anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills have been linked to an increased risk of death, according to new research published in BMJ, the official journal of the British Medical Association. The large study, conducted by University of Warwick. shows that several anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) drugs or hypnotic drugs (sleeping pills) are associated with a doubling in the risk of mortality. Although these findings are based on routine data and need to be interpret>> Read Post

"Game Changing" Immunotherapy Drug for Melanoma Approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new immunotherapy drug to treat advanced melanoma, signaling a paradigm shift in the way the deadly skin cancer is treated. The drug, Keytruda (pembrolizumab), is a new kind of cancer drug with big advantages over chemotherapy and other older cancer treatments. Keytruda was tested on more than 600 patients with advanced melanoma that had spread throughout their bodies. Because so many of the patien>> Read Post

Bacteria From Honey Bees Possible Alternative to Antibiotics

Bacteria From Honey Bees Possible Alternative to Antibiotics

Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, well before honey as we now know it was manufactured and sold in stores. So what is the key to its' antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey, from the honey stomach of bees. The bacteria produce a myriad of active antimicrobial compounds. These lactic acid bacteria have now been tested on seve>> Read Post

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Gut Microbes Help Immune Cells Develop, Battle Infection Study Finds

Gut Microbes Help Immune Cells Develop, Battle Infection Study Finds

The human relationship with microbial life is complicated. At almost any supermarket, you can pick up both antibacterial soap and probiotic yogurt during the same shopping trip. Although there are types of bacteria that can make us sick, Caltech professor of biology and biological engineering Sarkis Mazmanian and his team are most interested in the thousands of other bacteria — many already living inside our bodies — that actually keep us healthy. His pas>> Read Article

Research Supports Anti-Aging Benefits of “Elite Class” of Tonic Herbs

Research Supports Anti-Aging Benefits of “Elite Class” of Tonic Herbs

By Jim English  Tonic Herbalism is the practice of combining traditional ‘tonic herbs’ to achieve a synergistic effect that far greater than what can be obtained by taking individual herbs. The basis for tonic herbalism is the belief that, through regular consumption, tonic herbs help the body maintain its self-regulatory capacity, assuring optimal functioning. Tonic herbs, referred to in Asia as “superior herbs,” comprise an “elite class” of about 60 >> Read Article

Lithium Orotate

Lithium Orotate

The Unique, Safe Mineral with Multiple Uses   By Ward Dean MD and Jim English Lithium is a mineral with a cloudy reputation. It is an alkali metal in the same family as sodium, potassium and other elements. Although lithium is highly effective in the treatment of manic depressive illness (X4 DI), its pharmaceutical (prescription) versions – lithium carbonate and lithium citrate – must be used with caution. (1) The reason for the caution with pr>> Read Article

Breakthrough Defense For Colds and Flu

Breakthrough Defense For Colds and Flu

Health authorities around the globe continue to warn of a potential influenza pandemic that they fear the world is ill prepared to cope with. As communicable disease experts scrutinize daily reports for signs of an impending outbreak, public health specialists and drug manufacturers are working to develop vaccines, drugs, and strategies to quarantine and treat the ill. Unfortunately these plans will take years to implement, and some of the most dangerous s>> Read Article

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Allergy Season

'Pollen Vortex' Cause of Worst Allergy Season Ever?

'Pollen Vortex' Cause of Worst Allergy Season Ever?

Winter is over and everyone should feel free to retire “snowpocalypse” and “polar vortex” from their vocabulary. If letting go of these buzz words isn’t that easy, take comfort in this: The harsh winter could cause a historically bad allergy season because of what some are referring to as the “pollen vortex.” Essentially, the long wint>> Read Article

Increase In Allergies Is Not from Being Too Clean, Just Losing Touch With 'Old Friends'

Increase In Allergies Is Not from Being Too Clean, Just Losing Touch With 'Old Friends'

A new scientific report out October 3 from the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH)[i] dismantles the myth that the epidemic rise in allergies in recent years has happened because we're living in sterile homes and overdoing hygiene. But far from saying microbial exposure is not important, the report concludes that losing>> Read Article

Corticosteroids Not Effective For Treating Acute Sinusitis, Study Suggests

Corticosteroids Not Effective For Treating Acute Sinusitis, Study Suggests

Corticosteroids, frequently prescribed to alleviate acute sinusitis, show no clinical benefit in treating the condition, according to a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The common cold is the main cause of acute sinusitis, which is characterized by inflammation of the nasal cavities, >> Read Article

AllerPhase,

AllerPhase, "It Is The Only Thing That Works For Me."

I live in the beautiful Northwest where there is much mold and pollen, plus I often pet-sit for people and am allergic to animals (especially during allergy season). This year the pollen hit suddenly and I was much in need of some relief! Thankfully, I still had some AllerPhase from last year's allergy season and it helped almost immediat>> Read Article

Allerphase And Pet Dander

Allerphase And Pet Dander

I have to say I’m quite impressed with AllerPhase. I have suffered with severe hay fever and allergies for years in Canada until I moved to California a few years ago. The allergens and pollens are different here than on the east coast so I considered myself pretty much allergy free once I moved. Recently, I adopted a dog which does not s>> Read Article

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AllerPhase® User Reports “Enormous Difference”

I first read about your product, AllerPhase, in an article in HSI that said it would only take 25 to 35 minutes to work. They were exactly correct, as I felt an enormous difference right then. I now take 2 caps in the morning and 2 in the night, and I feel perfectly good. This is substantially better than taking allergy shots. I have been>> Read Article

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Customer Surprised With AllerPhase® And ImmunoPhase®

February 12, 2010 I first heard about AllerPhase and ImmunoPhase through my dentist. I bought the products with much speculation, basically to shut him up. I had the product in my cabinet for about 2 months and had not taken any of them. I have struggled with seasonal issues associated with molds and cedar pollen for 42 years. I was>> Read Article

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AllerPhase® Helps Reader Breath Freely Again

I have really bad allergic reactions to all of the perfumes and chemicals found in lotions, hairsprays and aftershave. I simply can’t be around any those products and need to have fresh air. The only way I can cope with this problem is to stay in my own room, away from other people, or to carry oxygen bottles with me everywhere I go so th>> Read Article

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AllerPhase Relieves Discomfort Aggravated By Smoke

January 1, 2010 I wanted to let your readers know how well AllerPhase works for me. After years of suffering non-stop from seasonal irritations aggravated by smoke (we have a wood burning stove), my nose ran and I sneezed all the time. I tried HistaBlock from Nature Sunshine, and nothing worked at all. I tried an over-the-counter produ>> Read Article

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AllerPhase Brings Relief In Under An Hour

To Whom It May Concern: I caught the flu, whether seasonal or H1N1, I do not know, and being a loyal Tango Nutrition veteran, I immediately began taking a defense regimen of three ImmunoPhase and three BronchoPhase capsules every four hours. On Day Two, I began experiencing an irritating nasal drip that soon caused me to start coughing.>> Read Article

Sleep

Study Reveals Why Aging Humans Experience Sleep Loss, Disruption

Study Reveals Why Aging Humans Experience Sleep Loss, Disruption

As people grow older, they often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and tend to awaken too early in the morning. In individuals with Alzheimer's disease, this common and troubling symptom of aging tends to be especially pronounced, often leading to nighttime confusion and wandering. Now, a study led by researchers a>> Read Article

New Implantable

New Implantable "Sleep Pacemaker" for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is among the first in the United States to begin offering a new FDA-approved treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This first-of-its-kind treatment consists of a small implantable system called Inspire™ Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy. It has been clinically proven to signific>> Read Article

Healthy Lifestyle Habits Buffer Stress and Slow Cellular Aging

Healthy Lifestyle Habits Buffer Stress and Slow Cellular Aging

A new study from UC San Francisco is the first to show that while the impact of daily stress accumulates overtime and accelerates cellular aging, these negative effects may be reduced by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and sleeping well. "The study participants who exercised, slept well and ate well had less telomere shortening >> Read Article

Restoring Deep, Slow Wave Sleep to Enhance Health and Increase Lifespan

Restoring Deep, Slow Wave Sleep to Enhance Health and Increase Lifespan

by Jim English If you have trouble falling asleep, wake up frequently in the middle of the night, or drag yourself out of bed in the morning feeling drained and exhausted, you're not alone. A survey conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reveals that as many as 40 million Americans suffer from disrupte>> Read Article

Heart Disease in Shift Workers Linked to Damaged Blood Cells, Sleep Disruption

Heart Disease in Shift Workers Linked to Damaged Blood Cells, Sleep Disruption

Austrian researchers have found that jetlag has severe effects on red blood cells, possibly explaining the high incidence of heart disease seen in shift workers. However, these effects can be counterbalanced by fresh, young red blood cells – making blood donations a potential therapy for shift workers. The scientists, led by Dr Mar>> Read Article

Brain Aging Accelerated by Lack of Sleep in Adults

Brain Aging Accelerated by Lack of Sleep in Adults

Researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) have found evidence that the less older adults sleep, the faster their brains age. These findings, relevant in the context of a rapidly aging society, pave the way for future work on sleep loss and its contribution to cognitive decline, including dementia. Past re>> Read Article

Insomnia Linked to Increased Risk of Death in Men

Insomnia Linked to Increased Risk of Death in Men

Insomnia, the most common sleep disorder, affects up to one-third of the population in the United States. In new findings, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have found that some insomnia symptoms are associated with an increased risk of mortality in men. "Insomnia is a common health issue, particularly in older ad>> Read Article

Sleep Well, Be Well: National Campaign Makes Healthy Sleep a Priority

Sleep Well, Be Well: National Campaign Makes Healthy Sleep a Priority

Adequate Sleep as Critical to Overall Health as Nutrition, Exercise A nationwide “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign was launched May 12, 2014 as part of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a collaboration between the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Sleep Resear>> Read Article

Sleeping Pills Increase Cardiovascular Events in Heart Failure Patients

Sleeping Pills Increase Cardiovascular Events in Heart Failure Patients

Sleeping pills increase the risk of cardiovascular events in heart failure patients by 8-fold, according to new research from Japan. The findings were presented at the Heart Failure Congress 2014, held 17-20 May in Athens, Greece. The Congress is the main annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiolog>> Read Article

FDA Warns of Next-Day Impairment From Sleep Drug Lunesta

FDA Warns of Next-Day Impairment From Sleep Drug Lunesta

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning for the insomnia drug Lunesta (eszopiclone) based on evidence of next-day impairment of driving and other activities that require alertness.  As a result, the FDA has  decreased the recommended starting dose of Lunesta to 1 mg at bedtime. The dose change is based, in part, >> Read Article