November 2010 Newsletter

Crohn's Disease Trial Using Placenta Stem Cells

Officials remark at the World Stem Cell Summit that a placenta provides a home for a baby, keeps the mom's body from rejecting it and soon could help patients suffering from Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke.

Steven A. Fischkoff, vice president, clinical and medical affairs at Celgene Cellular Therapeutics says that patients with Crohn's disease, which inflames the digestive tract, have shown improvement with placenta-derived stem cells...Read more

Probiotics Show Potential Against Common Cold
According to researchers from Swedens Probi AB, daily supplements with probiotic Lactobacillus strains may reduce the incidence of acquiring the common cold by 12%.

Results published in the European Journal of Nutrition of a randomised, parallel, double-blind placebo-controlled study with 272, subjects showed that daily consumption of Lactobacillus plantarum...Read more

Pain Killers Can Kill

Amanda Risser, MD, MPH. reports in Bottom Line Personal that even over-the-counter drugs can cause heart attacks, stroke, asthma, tinnitus, ulcers, and more.

Millions of Americans regularly take one or more nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, known as NSAIDs. Drugs in this class include over-the-counter analgesics (painkillers), such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as prescription medications, such as celecoxib (Celebrex), indomethacin (Indocin) and diclofenac (Cataflam).

NSAIDs are not as safe as people think. In 2004, an NSAID known as rofecoxib (Vioxx) was withdrawn from the market after it was found to increase the risk for heart attack and stroke. Other NSAIDs, including aspirin, have a high risk for side effects, including internal bleeding...Read more

Bouncing Back from a Bad Mood - Quick Tricks to Get Happy

Karen Salmansohn from Bottom Line Personal reports that bad breaks and difficult days often darken our disposition, but we don't have to let those low spirits linger. We actually have more control over our moods than we realize.

How to quickly bounce back from the blues...
"Travel" to a Happier Time:
Make a list of five of the happiest moments from your past. Now close your eyes, and imagine one of those moments in as much detail as possible. Visualizing happy times encourages the brain to release endorphins. This helps lower blood pressure and makes us feel happy, almost as if the pleasant experience were occurring at this very moment.

Helpful: The more sensory details you include in your visualization, the greater the odds that you will experience this mood-boosting endorphin rush. Where are you standing in the vision? Can you feel the breeze on your face? Are you holding something in your hands? What do you hear, see and smell?...Read more

 Did You Know???
  • Olive oil has more fat than butter

    Bottom Line Personal also reports that olive oil has 20% more calories per tablespoon.  But: Olive oil has less unhealthy saturated fat than butter.

  • Drinking tea reduces stress

    In a study of 42 people, led by
    Macolm Calross, PhD, Professor of Psychology, City University London, England, stress levels of people who made and drank tea after taking a math quiz were 4% lower than their pretest levels. Those given water after the test had a 25% increase in stress.

    While tea does have compounds that help combat anxiety, researchers believe that the act of preparing and drinking tea also soothes people.

  • Beer may increase psoriasis risk

    In a study of 82,869 women, Abrar A. Qureshi, MD, MPH,
    Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's
    , reported in the Archives of Dermatology that
    women who drank five or more beers per week were 76% more likely to have psoriasis than ones who did not drink alcohol. Psoriasis is a chronic auto-immune disease characterized by scaly red patches on the skin. There was no increased psoriasis incidence in women who drank light beer, wine, or liquor. One possible explanation: The grain protein gluten is found in significant amounts only in regular beer -- gluten intake has previously been linked to psoriasis.
  • After the age of 50, you should reduce copper and iron intake

    George Brewer, MD, Professor Emeritus, Human Genetics, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, reports in Chemical Research in Toxicology, that these essential minerals are useful to the body-but high levels after age 50 can damage cells and are associated with Alzheimer's disease, heart disease and other age-related illness. To reduce consumption, eat less red meat and do not take vitamin or mineral pills containing copper or iron.
  In this Issue:
Crohn's Disease and Stem Cells

Probiotics Against Cold

Pain Killers Can Kill

Bouncing Back from a Bad Mood

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