Saturday, September 26, 2009

Toad Venom for Cancer Treatment and other Health Matters

Could toad venom cure cancer?

Scientists from MD Anderson are exploring toad venom for cancer treatment. The researchers say a drug used in China, huachansu, derived from dried toad venom, could slow the progression of cancer for some patients, following results of a Phase 1 clinical trial. Read more

Rub it on: Erectile dysfunction cream uses nanoparticles

Researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have developed a nanoparticle delivery system using a cream that can be rubbed on to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). The unique delivery system allows controlled release of drugs and delivers nitric oxide to tissues that improves blood flow. Topical erectile dysfunction creams could prove to be safer than erectile dysfunction drugs taken orally. Read more

Green tea safe but unlikely to prevent cancer

According to a review from Cochrane researchers, green tea is safe for habitual consumption, but there is little evidence that shows the brew can prevent cancer. The conclusion that green tea probably cannot prevent cancer comes from a review of 51 studies of more than 1.6 million participants. Read more

Study review reveals cell phone health risks

A ten month review of cell phone studies from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found there are indeed health risks associated with the radiation that come from cell phone use. Some phones emit higher radiation than others, meaning some cell phones pose even greater health risks than others. Read more

Exercise 101: Older women benefit from endurance training

Women who are post menopausal can make significant health gains by engaging in endurance training. With aging, aerobic capacity declines. Anew study shows that women in their 50’s respond as well as younger women to vigorous exercise. The benefits to postmenopausal women in the study included increased vigor, body shape changes, decreased joint pain, and new (smaller) dress sizes without weight loss. Read more