Breast cancer: Reducing this amino acid could make drugs more effective

Leucine, an amino acid that the body requires for making protein, appears to have an unexpected function in the advancement of resistance to tamoxifen in breast cancer that evaluates favorable for the estrogen receptor. New research study in cell cultures discovers that lower levels of dietary leucine might enhance the efficiency of cancer drugs. Researchers … Read more

Low levels of ‘bad cholesterol’ may actually increase stroke risk

A recent study warns that women with low levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, sometimes called “bad cholesterol,” may face an increased risk of bleeding stroke. Women with low LDL cholesterol levels may be more at risk of bleeding stroke, new research finds. According to the latest guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the … Read more

Low cholesterol linked to higher risk of bleeding stroke in women

Lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol reduces the risk of heart attacks and stroke, with an ideal value below 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). But can it be too low? A new study finds that women who have levels of LDL cholesterol 70 mg/dL or lower may be more than twice as likely to have a … Read more

Bedtime snacks for diabetes: Which foods are best and why?

A high-protein, low-fat snack before bed may help people with diabetes stabilize their blood sugar levels overnight. Everyone’s blood sugar levels change throughout the night. In people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, these fluctuations can cause high blood sugar levels, or hyperglycemia, in the morning. A tactical late-night snack before bed may … Read more

Exclusive breastfeeding tied to healthier cholesterol in teens

(File photo: AFP/Oliver Bunic) HONG KONG: Babies who consume nothing but breast milk for their first three months of life may have healthier cholesterol levels by adolescence than infants who drink formula, a new study suggests. Pediatricians recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants until they’re at least 6 months old because it can bolster babies’ immune … Read more

Vegans have a ‘healthier biomarker profile’

A recent study examined how dietary choices affect the levels of beneficial biomarkers in the body. The team was particularly interested in the impact of a plant-based diet. Does eating a vegetarian diet leave traces in the tissues of the body? Over recent years, vegetarianism and veganism have experienced a boost in popularity. Although people … Read more

Scientists find new therapy target for drug-induced liver failure

Findings from a new mouse study suggest that treatments that increase levels of the protein thrombospondin-1 could help the liver recover from an overdose of acetaminophen. Credit: Matthew McMillin Acetaminophen—a commonly used pain reliever and fever reducer—is the leading cause of quickly developing, or acute, liver failure in the U.S. Findings from a new mouse … Read more

How Your ‘Lifestyle Score’ Affects Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer

A CT scan showing a tumor in the lower abdominal cavity. Credit: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images ATLANTA — Unhealthy habits can increase a person's risk of colorectal cancer, and a new study aims to calculate how much individual behaviors play a role. To do this, researchers assigned a "lifestyle score" to nearly 30,000 people, based … Read more

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