May 30, 2010

Adenosine Makes a Body Feel Good

1 New Research on Acupuncture's Effects

Scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center learned more about how adenosine, a natural compound that helps regulate sleep, explains acupuncture's effects in the body. They learned that during and immediately after an acupuncture treatment, adenosine levels in tissues near the needles were 24 times greater than before the treatment. After an injury, adenosine, a natural painkiller with anti-inflammatory properties, becomes active in the skin, inhibiting nerve signals to ease pain. As reported in their research findings in Nature Neuroscience, scientists tripled the helpful effects of acupuncture in mice after adding the leukemia drug deoxycoformycin, which makes it difficult for tissue to remove adenosine.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Patients Recognize Acupuncture

Tags: Adenosine Levels in Tissues, University of Rochester Medical Center, Deoxycoformycin, Nature Neuroscience, Acupuncture Treatment, Why Acupuncture Is Helpful, Acupuncture Benefits, Acupuncture Pain Relief

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Worst Drink Has 2,000 Calories

2 20 Worst Drinks in America

Men's Health magazine recently reported on the 20 worst drinks in America, and a 2,000-calorie milkshake tops the list! The Cold Stone PB and C milkshake, with 68 grams of saturated fat, has won the magazine's worst beverage in America award. The shake has the sugar equivalent 30 Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookies (153 grams). Instead of downing the Cold Stone shake, Men's Health recommends drinking the Sinless Oh Fudge Shake, with only 490 calories. Other bad drinks include the Peanut Power Plus Grape from Smoothie King (1,498 calories for large) and McDonald's large Triple Thick Chocolate Shake (1,160 calories). The worst frozen fruit drink is the Krispy Kreme Lemon Sherbet Chiller with 980 calories, and a sugar equivalent (115 grams) of 16 medium-size chocolate eclairs!

More at Men's Health | Hat tip to MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: McDonald's Triple Thick Milkshake

Tags: McDonald's Triple Thick Milkshake, Krispy Kreme Lemon Sherbet Chiller, Sinless Oh Fudge Shake, Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookies, Peanut Power Plus Grape, Smoothie King, Cold Stone PB and C Milkshake, Triple Thick Chocolate Shake, Most Fattening Drinks, Worst Bottled Coffee, Worst Frozen Fruit Drink, Worst Milkshake

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BPA Now, Cancer Later?

3 Dangers of BPA and DES Exposure in Womb

Exposure to certain endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the womb may increase an offspring's risk of developing breast cancer later in life, say researchers from Yale School of Medicine. Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Diethylstilbestrol (DES) exposure in the womb are important safety concerns, says lead author of the study Hugh S. Taylor, M.D. According to Taylor, both BPA, a weak estrogen, and DES, a strong estrogen, have a profound effect on breast gene expression throughout a woman's life. In the study, published in Hormones and Cancer, researchers found that mammary glands in offspring of pregnant mice exposed to BPA or DES had higher levels of EZH2, which is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in humans.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Pampers Dry Max Investigation, Parents Deny Their Teens' Interest in Sex

Tags: Bisphenol a, Breast Cancer, Yale School of Medicine, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Hormones and Cancer, BPA or DES Exposure in Womb, BPA or DES Exposure, Diethylstilbestrol, Dangers of BPA, Dangers of DES, Breast Cancer Causes, Breast Cancer Risk Factors, EZH2

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