Author Archive | Umesh Laddi

Resistant starch in diet improves balance of gut bacteria, decreases cholesterol

Adding resistant starch to the diets of people with metabolic syndrome can improve bacteria in the gut, according to research from South Dakota State University. These changes help lower bad cholesterol and decrease inflammation associated with obesity. The American Heart Association estimates that 34 percent of Americans have metabolic syndrome, a combination of conditions which […]

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Itaconate can suppress pro-inflammatory activity of macrophages

An international group of scientists from US, Canada, Germany and Russia has revealed a substance produced in humans that can suppress the pro-inflammatory activity of macrophages – specific cells of immune system. The substance known as itaconate is released in large quantities by macrophages themselves, but until now its role remained poorly studied. Now scientists […]

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Novel combination therapy may help provide clinically successful treatment for AD

In continuation of my update on Resveratrol Resveratrol is a naturally occurring polyphenolic phytochemical produced in several plants, especially grapes skin and seeds. One epidemiological study reported a positive association between moderate red wine consumption and a low incidence of cardiovascular disease, known as the “French Paradox.” The neuroprotective effects of resveratrol for the treatment […]

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Anti-anxiety medication dampens helping behavior in rats

In continuation of my updates on midazolam   Rats given midazolam, an anti-anxiety medication, were less likely to free trapped companions because the drug lessened their empathy, according to a new study by University of Chicago neuroscientists. The research, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, validates studies that show rats are emotionally motivated to help other rats […]

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Tiny doses of anti-HIV drug may be effective for treating Alzheimer’s disease

In continuation of my update on efavirenz For a promising pathway to treating Alzheimer’s patients, “aim here.” That’s what National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST) researchers advised collaborators hunting for molecules that, by linking to a normally occurring enzyme, rev up the brain’s capacity for clearing cholesterol–a boost associated with improvements in memory and other […]

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Compounds extracted from parsley and dill seeds may help fight cancer

A team of Russian scientists from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), the N. D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry (RAS), the Institute of Developmental Biology (RAS), and the Institute of Cell Biophysics (RAS) proposed an efficient approach to a novel agents with anticancer activity. A synthesis of these compounds is based on compounds […]

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Are Omega-3s Linked to Lower Risk for Fatal Heart Attack?

In continuation of my updates on omega-3 fatty acids Regularly eating fish and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may lower your risk of fatal heart disease, a new research review suggests. “Our results lend support to the importance of fish and omega-3 consumption as part of a healthy diet,” said senior study author […]

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Old Drug Boosts Brain’s Memory Centers

 A long-used drug called methylene blue may rev up activity in brain regions involved in short-term memory and attention, a small study suggests.  methylene blue Methylene blue has been used in medicine for more than a century, said Timothy Duong, the senior researcher on the study and a professor at the University of Texas Health […]

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Epclusa Approved for Chronic Hepatitis C

The combination drug Epclusa has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat the six major strains of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV). Epclusa combines sofosbuvir, FDA-approved in 2013, and the new drug velpatasvir. For people with moderate-to-severe cirrhosis (chronic liver disease), Epclusa is approved to be used in combination with the […]

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