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Cottonseed helps treat brain cancer

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) say that an experimental drug derived from cottonseeds appears to be efficacious in treating the recurrence of glioblastoma multiforme, which is considered to be the most lethal brain cancer.
The researchers came to this conclusion following the results of a Phase II clinical trial of AT-101, a pill manufactured from a potent compound in cottonseeds that overcomes the abnormal growth patterns of tumour cells.

Glioblastomas are more common in adults, and are considered fast-growing brain tumours that are very difficult to treat.

Research leader Dr John Fiveash said that the cottonseed-based agent was found to halt the cancer’s progression in many of the 56 patients.
He revealed that despite undergoing other treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, the trial patients’ brain cancer had begun to grow again prior to starting AT-101 treatments.

The trial-monitored patients took only AT-101 daily for three out of four weeks.

Choco milk better than sports drinks
Low-fat chocolate milk provides an equal or potentially superior muscle recovery after exercise than specially designed sports drinks, claims a new study.
In the study, post-exercise consumption of low-fat chocolate milk was found to provide equal or possibly superior muscle recovery compared to a high-carbohydrate recovery beverage with the same amount of calories.

Chocolate milk has the advantage of additional nutrients not found in most traditional sports drinks. Studies suggest that when consumed after exercise, milk’s mix of high-quality protein and carbohydrates can help refuel exhausted muscles.
The protein in milk helps build lean muscle and recent research suggests it may reduce exercise-induced muscle damage. Milk also provides fluids for rehydration and minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium that recreational exercisers and elite athletes alike need to replace after strenuous activity.

Junk food raises mental health risk

Teenagers who eat lots of junk food are more likely to suffer from behavioural and emotional problems, a new study has found. However, eating fruit and vegetables appeared to improve adolescent behaviour, the study found.

Dr Wendy Oddy, the lead researcher, blamed takeaways for problems such as depression, aggression and delinquency. She said: “We found higher levels of behavioural and emotional problems were associated with a more western-style way of eating, namely a diet high in takeaway foods, red meat, confectionery, soft drinks, white bread and unrefined cereals”.

“These problems were less among teens with a healthier style of eating, specifically those who ate more fruit and vegetables”, she added.

Pollution leads to liver disease

Environmental pollution increases the risk of liver disease, says a new US study. The research is the first to show that there is a previously unrecognised role for environmental pollution in liver disease in the general US adult population.

The study is being presented during Digestive Disease Week 2009, the largest international gathering of physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

“Our study found that greater than one in three US adults had liver disease, even after excluding those with traditional risk factors such as alcoholism and viral hepatitis,” said Matthew Cave, assistant professor, department of medicine, division of gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Louisville.

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