September 29, 2011

Minimal Side Effects

1 A Safe Alternative to Anabolic Steroids?

Homobrassinolide, a steroid found in mustard plants, triggers a response similar to anabolic steroids when fed to lab rats finds a No. Carolina State U study. This led to increases in lean body mass, muscle mass and physical performance. "We hope that one day brassinosteroids may provide an effective, natural, and safe alternative for age- and disease-associated muscle loss, or be used to improve endurance and physical performance," says researcher Slavko Komarnytsky, Ph.D. While some may see this discovery as a quick fix to go from fat to fit, “in reality, however, this study,” published in The FASEB Journal, “identifies an important drug target for a wide range of conditions that cause muscle wasting," says editor-in-chief Dr. Gerald Weissmann.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Body Mass, Dr. Gerald Weissmann, Endurance, North Carolina State University, Anabolic Steroids, Slavko Komarnytsky, Brassinosteroids, Muscle Loss, Lean Muscle Mass, Physical Performance, Improved Physical Performance, Mustard Plants, Safe Alternative to Anabolic Steroids

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2 CDC Studies Smoking Rates of Working Adults

Occupation and education are big factors that affect smoking rates of working adults, finds the CDC. The highest smoking rate was for working males at 21.5 percent. The CDC found that blue-collar workers were more likely to smoke. The smoking rate for mine workers was 30 percent, followed closely by construction workers at 29.7 percent. The rate for workers in education, training and library occupations was 8.7 percent. Workers with less than a high school diploma smoked at a rate of 28.4 percent, but workers with a bachelor's, master's or higher had a smoking rate of 9.1 percent. Smoking rates decreased with age, with 24 percent of working 18- to 24-year-olds smoking, compared with 10.2 percent of workers 65 and older. The research is published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

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Tags: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Who Smokes, Smoking Rates, Smoking among Working Adults, Educational Level Smokers, National Health Interview Survey

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Lowers Estrogen Receptor Number

3 Resveratrol Slows Breast Cancer Growth

By treating different estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer cell lines with resveratrol, researchers at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Calabria in Italy have shown that antioxidant present in red wine slows its growth by blocking the effects of estrogen on them. Resveratrol treatment of various breast cancer cell lines reduced cell growth by reducing the number of estrogen receptors. Estrogen fuels the growth of tumors with this receptor and is a target of hormonal therapies such as tamoxifen. Many of these treatments work initially but the tumors often become resistant to the drug over time which leads to progression of the disease. At this point it is not recommended that women with breast cancer start consuming red wine or taking resveratrol supplements.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Treatment, Red Wine, Resveratrol, Resveratrol and Breast Cancer, Estrogen Receptor Positive Breast Cancer, ER-Positive Breast Cancer, Hormonal Therapies, Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Calabria

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