Author: Dick Benson

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on Public Hearing for Cannabis-containing and Cannabis-derived Products

April 4, 2019

In recent years, we’ve seen a growing interest in the development of therapies and other FDA-regulated consumer products derived from cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) and its components, including cannabidiol (CBD). This interest spans the range of product categories that the agency regulates. For example, we’ve seen, or heard of interest in, products containing cannabis or […]

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A nutty solution for improving brain health

March 25, 2019

Long-term, high nut consumption could be the key to better cognitive health in older people according to new research from the University of South Australia. In a study of 4822 Chinese adults aged 55+ years, researchers found that eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day was positively associated with better mental functioning, including […]

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Fasting-mimicking diet holds promise for treating people with inflammatory bowel disease

March 25, 2019

`What if a special diet could reduce inflammation and repair your gut? USC researchers provided evidence that a low-calorie “fasting-mimicking” diet has the potential to do just that. Published in the Tuesday edition of Cell Reports, the study reports on the health benefits of periodic cycles of the diet for people with inflammation and indicated […]

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Rsearchers explore stroke’s effects on microbiome

March 25, 2019

Tumult in the bacterial community that occupies your gut—known as your microbiome—doesn’t just cause indigestion. For people recovering from a stroke, it may influence how they get better. A recent study by Allison Brichacek and Candice Brown, researchers in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, suggests that stroke patients’ microbiomes—and even the structure of […]

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Recent Study identifies Risk Factor for PAD

March 23, 2019

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a global health problem that affects more than two hundred million people worldwide with evidence of increasing incidence. PAD is a disease of systemic atherosclerosis and has been associated with an increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events and mortality as well as high morbidity due to claudication symptoms, impaired quality […]

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb Resigns

March 11, 2019

The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Scott Gottlieb, announced Tuesday March 5th that he is resigning the position, effective in one month. Gottlieb won approval from many as an effective advocate for public health. Within the Trump administration, he stood out for his efforts to more tightly regulate several industries; he’s been particularly […]

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Glutathione Defined

March 4, 2019

Glutathione is one of the most important molecules in the body. It is so critical that every cell produces it, and cellular glutathione levels are now considered a predictor of how long someone will live. More than 100 000 scientific papers explore the properties and effects of this tripeptide, referred to as “the master antioxidant” […]

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Measuring the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

February 27, 2019

In a breakthrough human study, anti-oxidant, glutathione (GSH), which protects the brain from stress, has been found to be significantly depleted in Alzheimer’s patients compared to normal subjects. As GSH is a very important anti-oxidant that protects the brain from free radicals, the findings give us another measure to use when diagnosing potential for the […]

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Detecting cyanide exposure

February 27, 2019

Cyanide exposure can happen occupationally or in low levels from inhaling cigarette smoke — or from being poisoned by someone out to get you. The effects are fast and can be deadly. But because cyanide is metabolized quickly, it can be difficult to detect in time for an antidote to be administered. Now, in an […]

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Does Food Impact Memory?

February 8, 2019

You may be familiar with the saying, “You are what you eat,” but did you know the food you eat could impact your memory? Auriel Willette, assistant professor, and his team of researchers in Iowa State University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition discovered a satiety hormone that, at higher levels, could decrease a […]

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