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Research shows that the pill does not deserve its reputation for causing weight gain

For This release is available in German . Research has not proven that the Pill causes weight gain. But many women are put off using contraceptive pills because this has been listed as one of their adverse effects. Their concern may be narrowing their contraceptive choices without good reason,...

A bitter pill to swallow

Washington, D.C. Two reports from TRAFFIC, the world's largest wildlife trade monitoring network, on traditional medicine systems in Cambodia and Vietnam suggest that illegal wildlife trade, including entire tiger skeletons, and unsustainable harvesting is depleting the region's rich and varied bi...

The surprising power of the pill

Women who have tried to conceive using in vitro fertilization (IVF) methods are painfully aware that timing is of the essence. There are cancelled vacations, too many sick days taken from work, and the necessity to plan everything around the treatment. But thanks to a Tel Aviv University study...

Secret of worm's poison pill box protein could produce new natural insecticide

Researchers at the University of Warwick have discovered how a protein from a bacterium acts like a cunningly designed poison pill box that could now be used as a basis of a new range of natural insecticides. It had been known that nematode worms can infect and kill insect pests with the help of...

Sunshine pill for prostate cancer in 2009

A tablet designed to emulate the healing power of the sun could be available for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer as early as 2009. But it remains to be seen whether the drug will be the revolution in prostate cancer care that its makers claim. The drug, Asentar (DN-101), is based on vi...

Decoy pill saves brain cells

Tricking a key enzyme can soothe over-excited receptors in the brain, say neuroscientists, calling this a possible strategy against stroke, Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. Lead author Michel Baudry of the University of Southern California, his graduate student Wei Xu and collabo...

Study explains potential failure of oral contraceptives with obese women

...ngs are of particular importance, researchers noted in their study, because about 30 percent of all adults in the U.S. are obese and the birth control pill is one of the most popular forms of contraception in the nation. "We don't have enough data yet to recommend that physicians change their clinical ...

Probiotics help gastric-bypass patients lose weight more quickly, Stanford study shows

...ight-loss study groups. Both groups also were allowed to consume yogurt, a natural source of probiotics. In addition, the probiotic group consumed one pill per day of Puritan's Pride, a probiotic supplement that is available online and in many stores. Morton has no financial ties to the company that makes...

Male impotence drugs may deserve a second look in women

...Society held in New Orleans April 18-22 as part of the Experimental Biology 2009 scientific conference. Although there was talk years ago of a pink pill for women to parallel the blue Viagra for men, early clinical trials found essentially no response in women. MCG researchers decided to look again,...

Open access research celebrated

... Critical Care 2008, 12:R61 (30 April 2008) http://ccforum.com/content/12/2/R61 This study explains how a common component of the contraceptive pill (progesterone) could improve the neurologic outcome for patients with severe head injuries. This year, three new awards were introduced: Edito...

American Chemical Society Weekly PressPac -- April 8, 2009

... RELEASE Solving the mystery of what puts sperm "in the mood" Journal of Proteome Research In a potential advance toward a male contraceptive pill and new treatments for infertility, researchers are reporting the identification of key biochemical changes that put sperm "in the mood" for fertiliza...

Chinese slimming capsules

...poisoning in the current edition of Deutsches rzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2009; 106(13): 218-22). The authors report on a slimming pill on sale over the Internet. According to the advertising, this contains herbal substances and is declared as a food supplement. However, examination of...

NC State researchers find soy may aid in treating canine cancers

...ts in the near future. "Since GCP is a dietary supplement, it is harmless to patients," he adds. "Plus it's inexpensive and easy to administer in a pill form. There's really no downside here." ...

Study: Health undervalued in reproductive rights debate

...n the U. of I. College of Law who studies family and gender law. She cited a ruling that allowed pharmacists to refuse to provide the morning-after pill under certain circumstances based on the judge's reasoning that other pharmacies in the area stocked the contraceptive, thus protecting women's health...

Using hair to manage HIV/AIDS and predict treatment success

... Hospital. Typically, clinicians rely on either self-report by patients, pill counts or expensive medication dispensing devices to monitor how well patie...entimeter a month, gives a reading of drug levels that reflects the rate of pill consumption sustained by patients over weeks, not days. Assessing an avera...

Genes determine whether sugar pills work

...placebo group had received the same degree of anxiety relief from the sugar pill as other groups got from a drug. Those who responded well to the placebo...nts could predict the degree of relief from anxiety achieved by the placebo pill as well as the moderation of the amygdala. Statistical analyses showed t...

Calcium and vitamin D may not be the only protection against bone loss

...M ). The study found that increasing the alkali content of the diet, with a pill or through a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has the opposite effect and...n bone resorption. "In this study, we demonstrated that adding alkali in pill form reduced bone resorption and reduced the losses of calcium in the urine...

Snakes, salamanders and other creatures thrive in areas with higher deer populations

...efer damp, covered areas," she said. Instead, they found that many of the species studied favored the unfenced areas where deer grazed frequently. pill bugs, centipedes, millipedes, and beetles were found equally in grazed and fenced areas, but many other creatures were found in greater numbers in gra...

Rutgers scholar authors definitive biography of reproductive medicine pioneer

...a School of Medicine, closely examines Rock's 50-year career. His work defined the reproductive revolution, with its twin symbols of the birth control pill and technologically assisted reproduction. Their collaboration, "The Fertility Doctor: John Rock and the Reproductive Revolution" (John Hopkins Uni...

The dietary supplement genistein can undermine breast cancer treatment

...udy. "You have women who are taking these supplements to ameliorate post-menopausal symptoms and assuming that they are as safe as consuming a calcium pill or a B vitamin." Many women take genistein supplements to control hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. The researchers found that the doses...

Stem cells may solve mystery of early pregnancy breast cancer protection

...ovided protection has proved elusive. The promise of such work is important. "If we can figure out the mechanism behind this, we could develop a pill that we could offer young women in high school and college that could significantly reduce their risk of breast cancer," he said. However, he said,...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- Aug. 27, 2008

...o keep the lungs healthier by restoring the function of the defective CF gene, according to the article. And in some cases, the drug can be taken as a pill rather than inhaled, making administration easier for patients, the article notes. ARTICLE #5 EMBARGOED FOR 9 A.M., EASTERN TIME, Sept. 1, 2008 "B...

New genes found for inflammatory bowel disease in children

...r as injections, said Baldassano, who added, "If better knowledge of the disease pathway enables pharmaceutical companies to develop anti-TNF drugs in pill form, the medications will be easier to deliver as well as more customized to each patient." The study team also found an association between ulcer...

Synthetic moleculues could add spice to fight against cancer

...ing the compounds before advancing to animal studies to test their effectiveness. The scientists hope to develop a chemotherapeutic agent available in pill form. ...

Weill Cornell science briefs June/July 2008

..., the researchers found that 99 percent of the active ingredient in the new pill is released in the colon compared to only 70 percent in other common IBD dr... led the trial, and found that the greatest benefit to Gaizo is the lowered pill burden for patients. Because there is more of the active drug per pill, pat...

UCLA study identifies mechanism behind mind-body connection

...m. We are testing therapeutic ways of enhancing telomerase levels to help the immune system ward off cortisol's effect. If we're successful, one day a pill may exist to strengthen the immune system's ability to weather chronic emotional stress." ...

Small protein may have big role in making more bone and less fat

...rosis, he notes, worsening an already difficulty condition worse. People can't take GILZ now, but another long-term goal is to develop a GILZ-like pill that would dramatically reduce fat production. Dr. Shi already has developed a cell line that continuously expresses GILZ. ...

Chemical compound prevents cancer in lab

...tests continue, researchers plan to create a daily pill that would be taken as a cancer preventive. Th... is found to be safe, it would be developed into a pill to be taken daily like a multi-vitamin to prevent ...e a significant advancement in health care if this pill is effective in preventing cancer, and we could av...

Scientists test device to track medication adherence in patients with HIV/AIDS

...r as they are for people with HIV/AIDS a skipped pill could mean the difference between health and hazar...g books to blister packs that record the time each pill is dispensed. Despite the money, time and effort d...o the clinic every day and be observed putting the pill into your mouth and swallowing it, Melker said. ...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- April 16, 2008

...FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Gel-like material shows promise as oral insulin pill for diabetes Biomacromolecules Researchers in Texas report developmen...could help speed the long-awaited arrival of insulin that can be taken in a pill by mouth, rather than with injections. The study is scheduled for the April...

Continuous oral contraceptives better at easing pain, bleeding

...rding to researchers. They say that the continuous pill also causes a significant improvement in pain and ... suppressed better and quicker with the continuous pill than with the cyclic pill. And there is no harmful...en few detailed studies of ovarian function on the pill to demonstrate this effect. Legro and his coll...

Robot fetches objects with just a point and a click

...bility to elevate her arm and for the arm's resemblance to an elephant trunk, can grasp and deliver several types of household items including towels, pill bottles and telephones from floors or tables. To ensure that El-E will someday be ready to roll out of the lab and into the homes of patients who n...

Texas A&M testing oral contraceptives for animals

...rs in a humane way in the form of a birth control pill for animals being developed at Texas A&M Universit...tment of Agriculture and private donations. The pill works by inhibiting the maturation of the egg, not...eviously approved compound. When perfected, the pill could eventually be used as an oral contraceptive ...

Researchers put the bite on mosquitoes

...esearchers also envision developing an oral insecticide--a mosquito-slaying pill that members of a community with a high instance of, say, yellow fever or malaria might take to reduce the mosquito population. The pill wouldn't be a vaccine; if people who took it were later bitten by a disease...

University of Alberta researchers report breakthrough in lowering bad cholesterol, fatty acid levels

...he says. This unique discovery is an important scientific breakthrough, but one that requires further testing, he notes. He also notes that a pill would not be a magic bullet. People still need to make the right lifestyle choices by exercising and eating properly, he says. ...

Katherine Freed wins first place at the International ISPE Undergraduate Poster Contest

...s were submitted at that competition of which six were chosen to go on to compete in Las Vegas in November. The other finalists included the Automatic pill Bottle Opener by Jorge DaSilva (Stevens), Effect of Dry Particle Coating on Packing Density by Lauren Beach (NJIT), Physics Based Modeling of Tablet D...

MIT: 'Micro' livers could aid drug screening

...otential to make new types of toxicity tests possible. For instance, it opens the door to testing the effects of long-term drug use akin to taking one pill a day over multiple weeks. It also will allow more extensive testing of drug-drug interactions. In addition to being a good biological model, the ...

Carnegie Mellon researchers to develop new drug delivery system

...n and the amount of therapeutic enzyme released into the brain by engineered cells as determined by the dose of drugs that are given to the patient in pill form, Zappe said. Hunter syndrome is a devastating illness affecting more than 500 children in the U.S. alone. Over time, toxic...

Chemical in red wine, fruits and vegetables stops cancer, heart disease, depending on the dose

...hat polyphenols extracted from plants or red wine could be converted into a pill that is highly likely to be safe. Such a pill also would be relatively easy and inexpensive to create and deliver. The...

Contraception: progress brings hope for new methods for men

... Contraception Coalition, 61% of men listed a nonhormonal drug as their first choice. Safety studies will be the next step. A testosterone-like pill ("selective androgen receptor modulator") already in human testing as an osteoporosis and muscle-wasting treatment may have a side benefit: it could w...
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