Wednesday, June 3, 2009

BBC: Weekly curry 'may fight dementia'

Turmeric is widely used in Indian cooking and for pain management in home remedies. The Western medical community has taken notice.
Professor Murali Doraiswamy, of Duke University in North Carolina, said there was evidence that people who eat a curry meal two or three times a week have a lower risk of dementia.

Professor Doraiswamy told the annual meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists': "There is very solid evidence that curcumin binds to plaques, and basic research on animals engineered to produce human amyloid plaques has shown benefits."

"If you have a good diet and take plenty of exercise, eating curry regularly could help prevent dementia."

Dr Susanne Sorensen, of the Alzheimer's Society, said: "Indian communities that regularly eat curcumin have a surprisingly low incidence of Alzheimer's disease but we don't yet know why."
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Monday, June 1, 2009

BBC: Tomato pill 'beats heart disease'

Ateronon, a supplement to control heart disease, is being marketed by a British company. It is pricey at 35 British Pounds for 30 capsules.
Scientists say a natural supplement made from tomatoes, taken daily, can stave off heart disease and strokes.
The tomato pill contains an active ingredient from the Mediterranean diet - lycopene - that blocks "bad" LDL cholesterol that can clog the arteries.
Ateronon, made by a biotechnology spin-out company of Cambridge University, is being launched as a dietary supplement.
Read the full story to learn of the cautionary statements by physicians.
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Friday, May 22, 2009

heartwire: Give blood pressure drugs to all

London, UK - Blood-pressure-lowering drugs should be offered to everyone, regardless of their blood-pressure level, as a safeguard against coronary heart disease and stroke, researchers who conducted a meta-analysis of 147 randomized trials (comprising 958 000 people) conclude in the May 19, 2009 issue of British Medical Journal.
"Guidelines on the use of blood-pressure-lowering drugs can be simplified so that drugs are offered to people with all levels of blood pressure," write Drs Malcolm R Law and Nicholas Wald (Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, UK). "Our results indicate the importance of lowering blood pressure in everyone over a certain age, rather than measuring it in everyone and treating it in some."
"Whatever your blood pressure, you benefit from lowering it further," Law told heartwire. "Everyone benefits from taking blood-pressure-lowering drugs. There is no one who does not benefit because their blood pressure is so-called normal."
Six years ago, Law and Wald advocated the use of a polypill—containing a statin, three blood-pressure-lowering drugs (each at half the standard dose), folic acid, and aspirin—which they maintained could prevent heart attacks and stroke if taken by everyone 55 years and older and by everyone with existing cardiovascular disease.