Latest Carotenoid Stories

2006-05-24 07:47:45

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of developing diabetes for people who don't smoke nonsmokers -- but not smokers -- is lower in those with higher levels of carotenoids in their blood, according to a new report. Carotenoids -- plant-derived antioxidants found in vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes and spinach -- may reduce the risk of diabetes by cutting oxidative stress, the authors of the study explain in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Likewise, high levels of...

2005-07-11 19:15:00

A new study in the July 18 issue of The Journal of Experimental Medicine shows that gold-colored bacteria are more harmful than their unpigmented relatives. A group of scientists led by Victor Nizet (UCSD, San Diego, CA) have discovered that the molecules that give certain bugs their color also help them resist attack by immune cells called neutrophils. Scientists and clinicians have known for many years that gold-colored strains of a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus tend to be cause...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'