This energy-boosting supplement could
HALVE the number of deaths from heart failure
doses of the dietary supplement Coenzyme Q10 cut in half the death rate of
patients suffering from advanced heart failure, in a randomized double-blind
trial presented recently at the annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association
of the European Society of Cardiology, in Lisbon, Portugal.
also reported a significant decrease in the number of hospitalizations for
heart failure patients being treated with Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).
14% of patients taking 100 milligrams of CoQ10 three times a day suffered from
a major cardiovascular event that required hospital treatment, compared with
25% of patients receiving placebos.
heart failure, the heart becomes weak and can no longer pump enough oxygen- and
nutrient-rich blood throughout the body. Patients often experience fatigue and
breathing problems as the heart enlarges and pumps faster in an effort to meet
the body's needs.
Q10 occurs naturally in the body. It functions as an electron carrier in
cellular mitochondria (the cell's "powerhouse") to help convert food
to energy. It also is a powerful antioxidant, and has become a popular over-the-counter
levels are decreased in the heart muscle of patients with heart failure, with
the deficiency becoming more pronounced as the severity of their condition
worsens,” said lead researcher Svend Aage Mortensen, a professor with the Heart
Center at Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark.
is the first medication to improve survival in chronic heart failure since ACE
inhibitors and beta blockers more than a decade ago and should be added to
standard heart failure therapy," Professor Mortensen added.
randomized clinical trails are considered the "gold standard" of
studies, because this new study was presented at a medical meeting, the data
and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a
the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to learn more about heart
The omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil have long been thought
to protect against cardiovascular disease -- so much so that the American Heart
Association currently recommends eating at least two servings of fish a week,
particularly fatty varieties rich in omega 3s.
However, the mechanism behind this protective effect still
remains a mystery.
In a new study on 67 adult volunteers, scientists led by
Jason R. Carter of Michigan
shed light on this phenomenon by providing evidence that fish oil might
specifically counteract the detrimental effects of mental stress on the heart.
Their findings show that volunteers who took fish oil
supplements for several weeks had a blunted response to mental stress in
several measurements of cardiovascular health, including heart rate and muscle
sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA), part of the "fight or flight"
response, compared to volunteers who took olive oil instead.
The results may explain why taking fish oil could be
beneficial to the heart and might eventually help doctors prevent heart disease
in select populations.
78 percent increase
in the risk for cancer in people who experience heavy heartburn
People who suffer from frequent gastric reflux may be at
increased risk for cancers of the throat and vocal cords even if they don't
smoke or drink alcohol, a new study says.
Stomach acid can reach into the upper airway, inducing
cellular damage in the epithelial lining. This condition is believed to be a
risk factor for development of laryngopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma
But simple antacids
appear to lower the risk
Interestingly, common over-the-counter antacids seemed to
protect against these cancers while prescription medications such as Prilosec,
Nexium and Prevacid didn't, the researchers said.
The researchers led by Scott Langevin of the Brown University
in Providence found
that the protective effect of antacids was independent of smoking, drinking or
infection with HPV*.
While it uncovered an association between heartburn and
cancer of the throat and vocal cords, the study did not prove a
Further studies are needed to clarify this possible chemopreventive
role of antacid.
The report was published online May 23, 2013 in the journal
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention:
Langevin SM et al. Gastric
Reflux Is an Independent Risk Factor for Laryngopharyngeal Carcinoma. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 22(6); 1–8. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-13-0183
* Since some head and neck cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus
(HPV), the researchers tested all the participants for antigens to the virus.
For more information on throat cancer by the American Cancer Society.
Having too much body
fat makes arteries become stiff after middle age, a new study has revealed.
In young people, blood vessels appear to be able to
compensate for the effects of obesity. But after middle age, this adaptability
is lost, and arteries become progressively stiffer as body fat rises -
potentially increasing the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
The researchers suggest that the harmful effects of body fat
may be related to the total number of years that a person is overweight in
adulthood. Further research is needed to find out when the effects of obesity
lead to irreversible damage to the heart and arteries, they said.
Obesity is known to be a major risk factor for heart
disease, but the reasons for this are not fully understood.
Researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical
Sciences Centre at Imperial College London scanned 200 volunteers to measure
the speed of blood flow in the aorta, the biggest artery in the body. Blood
travels more quickly in stiff vessels than in healthy elastic vessels, so this
allowed them to work out how stiff the walls of the aorta were using an MRI
Body fat percentage, which can be estimated by passing a small
electric current through the body, was more closely linked with artery
stiffness than body mass index, which is based just on weight and height. Men
are on average about 21% fat and women 31% fat.
Dr Declan O'Regan, who led the study, said: "The
effects of having more fat seem to be different depending on your age. It looks
like young people may be able to adapt to excess body fat, but by middle age
the cumulative exposure to years of obesity may start to cause permanent damage
to the arteries. One implication is that the potential beneficial effects of
weight loss may depend on your age and how long you have been overweight. This
is something we plan to study further.
Certain metabolic products in the blood may progressively
damage the elastic fibres in our blood vessels. Understanding these processes
might help us to prevent the harmful effects of obesity.
The research has been published
online in Hypertension, thescientific
journal of the American Heart Association:
Corden B, Keenan NG, de Marvao ASM, Dawes TJW, DeCesare A, Diamond
T, Durighel G, Hughes AD, Cook SA, O'Regan DP. Body Fat Is Associated With Reduced Aortic Stiffness Until Middle Age.
Hypertension, 2013; DOI: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.113.01177
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are very common in industrialized countries. It has been suggested that
exposure to harmless bacteria during infancy may be protective against the
development of allergy.
it has been difficult to pinpoint which bacteria a baby should be exposed to,
and at what time and by which route this exposure should ideally occur.
researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, found that
children whose parents habitually sucked the pacifier were three times less
likely to suffer from eczema at 1.5 years of age, as compared with the children
of parents who did not do this.
a very rich source of bacteria and viruses, and the researchers believe that
oral commensal microbes are transferred from parent to infant when they suck on
the same pacifier. When the composition of the bacterial flora in the mouth was
compared between infants whose parents sucked on their pacifiers and those
whose parent did not, it was found to differ, supporting this hypothesis.
to "the hygiene hypothesis," the development of allergy can be
attributed in part to a paucity of microbial stimulation during early infancy.
establishment of a complex oral microflora might promote healthy maturation of
the immune system, thereby counteracting allergy development," says
professor Agnes Wold who led the study.
story is based on the May 6, 2013 news release by University of Gothenburg,
research has been published online May 6, 2013 in Pediatrics, the official
journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics:
B, Sjoberg F, Saalman R, Aberg N, Adlerberth I,Wold AE. Pacifier Cleaning
Practices and Risk of Allergy Development.PEDIATRICS, 2013; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2012-3345
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