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Dry-cured ham bones –– a source of heart-healthy peptides?

Drinking bone broth is a recent diet fad that proponents claim fights inflammation, eases joint pain and promotes gut health. Simmering animal bones in water releases collagen and other proteins into the broth that may have health benefits, although more research is needed to validate these claims. Now, a new study in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has shown that ham bones contain peptides that could have cardioprotective effects.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Capturing chemotherapy drugs before they can cause side effects

Capturing chemotherapy drugs before they can cause side effects
Although chemotherapy can kill cancer cells very effectively, healthy cells also suffer. If doctors could remove excess chemotherapy drugs from a patient’s bloodstream after the medicines have done their job, they might reduce side effects such as hair loss and nausea. Now, researchers have developed a 3D-printed device that absorbs excess chemo drugs before they spread throughout the body. They report their results in ACS Central Science.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Study reveals way to activate immune system against cancer

  Study reveals way to activate immune system against cancer
‘Activating’ the immune system could prove promising for the treatment of lung cancer. Image by create jobs 51 via shutterstock.com

Researchers from Harvard University and Israel’s Bar-Ilan University have revealed a new mechanism for activating the immune system against cancer cells, a discovery that could aid the treatment of lung and skin cancer.

 

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Expand Pharmacist Roles to Reduce ER Visits

Expand Pharmacist Roles to Reduce ER Visits
As I have recently experienced during a recent ER visit in northern Virginia, many cases presenting themselves are cases of sniffles of illegal aliens and their children who use the ER as their primary physician because ER visits are free to them, paid for by the U.S. taxpayers. 

A seven-year study just released on January 10, 2019, by the University of Waterloo in Canada found that pharmacists could dramatically reduce ER visits by “incorporating them with an expanded scope into the community or hospital emergency departments,” thus reducing the overcrowding of emergency rooms (ERs).

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Preventing Deaths from Influenza

Preventing Deaths from Influenza, Vitamin C daily, Medi-C Plus
Death from influenza is always tragic. But it is particularly so when it occurs at a young age. This year an increasing number of influenza cases is being seen in emergency centers. And, as usual, thousands of North Americans will die from this seasonal disease. But are some dying needlessly?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. reports that, for the first time in 13 years, every state reports an increase in influenza caused by an aggressive virus.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, January 14, 2019

Alpha radiation startup eliminates 70% of cancerous tumors

Alpha radiation startup eliminates 70% of cancerous tumors
Alpha Tau is working toward commercializing its alpha radiation therapy technology to treat malignant tumors. Photo: courtesy

A breakthrough Israeli technology that eliminates cancerous tumors in 70 percent of patients was nearly lost in bureaucracy and university politics.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Dr. Sydney Bush; Why Not the Nobel Prize?

What a sad day for me! I should also add, for the world. I have just learned that Dr. Sydney Bush has died. During my 43 years of writing this column I have never devoted a memoriam to a colleague. But one is needed for Dr. Sydney Bush. In part, I’ll miss his presence. But more important, his scientific discovery should have been awarded the Nobel Prize. And it could yet save millions of lives from cardiovascular disease.

Ten years ago I learned that Dr. Sydney Bush, an English researcher, claimed he had made a huge scientific discovery. But I questioned its validity. So I travelled to England to interview him and spent several days at his laboratory.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, January 7, 2019

How baby aspirin saves lives (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON—Low-dose “baby” aspirin is rarely given to children anymore. Instead, people at risk of a heart attack may take a daily aspirin to decrease their risk. In this video, Reactions explains how low-dose aspirin works to inhibit blood clotting and help prevent heart attacks:



By American Chemical Society - Thursday, January 3, 2019

How does a helpful substance like cholesterol turn deadly?

How does a helpful substance like cholesterol turn deadly?
You probably know that LDL cholesterol is “bad” and that too much of it in your blood puts you at risk of atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries.

A group of Israeli researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science wanted to understand how cholesterol, a basic component of life, can turn deadly.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, January 2, 2019

E-bandage generates electricity, speeds wound healing in rats

E-bandage generates electricity, speeds wound healing in rats
Skin has a remarkable ability to heal itself. But in some cases, wounds heal very slowly or not at all, putting a person at risk for chronic pain, infection and scarring. Now, researchers have developed a self-powered bandage that generates an electric field over an injury, dramatically reducing the healing time for skin wounds in rats. They report their results in ACS Nano.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Are You Taking These Medicines Too Long?

Are You Taking These Medicines Too Long?
What will be your 2019 New Year’s resolution? Losing weight? Finally deciding to get off the couch and get more exercise? Hopefully to convince yourself smoking means 20 years less life? These are all healthy ways to start the year. But I’d like to add another New Year’s Resolution. Many North Americans are taking medicines for the long run when they’re only intended for the short run. This can have a huge impact on well-being.

The January Reports on Health claims that one-third of Americans over the age of 55 take too many medications. Michael Steinman, an expert on aging and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, says, “Some medicine are more effective and safest when you use them for a specific and limited period of time.” So what are some of the major drugs being taken too long, and what can happen when they are?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Tuesday, January 1, 2019

What Did You Learn in 2018?

What Did You Learn in 2018?
How much have you been paying attention in 2018? I hope that during that time you’ve learned to live a better lifestyle, and to circumvent medical hazards that will enable you to live longer. So let’s see how well you do on this test.

1. Heroin is available for addicts at injection sites in Canada. But it is not available at hospitals for terminal cancer patients in pain.

2. NEO40 is a natural remedy that increases the production of nitric oxide by the inner lining of arteries. This dilates arteries decreasing blood pressure and risk of heart attack and stroke.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, December 24, 2018

Treating obesity without going under the knife

Treating obesity without going under the knife

More than one in 10 people around the world are classified as obese, defined as having a BMI (body-mass index) of 30 or higher. In the United States, that number jumps dramatically to one out of every three American adults.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

How heat and salt may contribute to multiple sclerosis

How heat and salt may contribute to multiple sclerosis

Worldwide, about 3 million people are afflicted by multiple sclerosis (MS), an incurable autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the fatty membrane (myelin sheath) that insulates the long extensions of nerve cells.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Israeli research makes breakthrough in battle against viruses

Israeli research makes breakthrough in battle against virusesViruses are often able to “highjack” our immune system, allowing them to pass through undetected and cause harm. But a recent study just got the better of them, opening up new ways to battle virus attacks.


Many viruses contain RNA genetic material in the form of a double helix. The immune system can identify these double-stranded RNA fragments as a viral pathogen that must be fought.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, December 19, 2018