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2009-06-17 14:21:25

Researchers say U.S. Food and Drug Administration methods of creating seafood consumption guidelines may not offer reliably accurate food safety assessments. University of North Dakota scientists said that when mercury levels are measured in fish, the levels of the mineral selenium also need to be considered. But since only mercury levels are presently being assessed, FDA evaluations of risk from ocean fish consumption are being overstated, and, conversely, risks from eating fresh water fish...

2009-06-11 07:44:48

Many breast cancer patients undergoing treatment continue to take antioxidants, even though the consequences of taking the supplements remain unknown, a new study found. Six in 10 women reported using antioxidants while receiving chemotherapy, radiation or hormone therapy for breast cancer, and about seven in 10 antioxidant users said they used high doses, which was defined as higher than the dose contained in a Centrum multivitamin. Antioxidant supplements include vitamin C, vitamin E,...

2009-06-08 12:51:35

-A new study finds that many women with breast cancer take antioxidant supplements while undergoing cancer treatment, even though the consequences of doing so are unknown. Published in the July 15, 2009 issue of CANCER, a journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that additional research should be undertaken to determine the effects of antioxidant supplementation on the health and survival of breast cancer patients.Antioxidant supplements include vitamin C, vitamin E,...

2009-06-04 14:21:37

U.S. scientists have found new attributes of the trace mineral selenium that may lead to new antibiotics for conditions such as diarrhea and tooth decay. University of Central Florida Associate Professor William Self said selenium is found in a number of proteins in both bacterial cells and human cells called selenoproteins. Self said his research shows interrupting the way selenoproteins are made can halt the growth of the super bug Clostridium difficile, which leads to a spectrum of...

2009-06-01 10:43:40

A mineral found at health food stores could be the key to developing a new line of antibiotics for bacteria that commonly cause diarrhea, tooth decay and, in some severe cases, death.The trace mineral selenium is found in a number of proteins in both bacterial cells and human cells called selenoproteins. University of Central Florida Associate Professor William Self's research shows that interrupting the way selenoproteins are made can halt the growth of the super bug Clostridium difficile...

2009-05-28 21:42:10

The U.S. government says a Utah law setting permissible selenium levels in the Great Salt Lake is illegal because it violates a treaty on migratory birds. The Utah standard of up to 12.5 parts per million in mallard eggs would kill about 10 percent of the birds before they hatch, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday. The current level in the lake is about 2.7 parts per million. Between 9 million and 12 million migrants visit the lake wetlands every year to winter, nest or rest for a few...

2009-04-29 08:54:31

The recent deaths of 21 polo ponies in Florida was caused by an overdose of the mineral supplement selenium, Florida's state veterinarian says. Veterinarian Thomas J. Holt says toxicology results indicate the horses had as much as 15 times the normal amount of selenium in their blood and an even higher concentration in their livers, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday Officials say now that they know what killed the polo ponies, investigators must determine how the overdose...

2009-04-27 06:55:00

The combination therapy of vitamin E, selenium and soy does not prevent the progression from high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN) to prostate cancer, according to the new research presented at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA). The study confirms the findings of the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) and expands knowledge of the affect soy has on prostate cancer. Canadian researchers divided 303 men, with an...

2009-04-23 12:48:00

CARACAS, Venezuela, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- "There has been much conjecture and speculation in the media regarding the deaths of 21 Lechuza Polo ponies on April 19 in Wellington, Florida. We remain deeply saddened by this tragic event. The investigation into the tragedy, however, has just begun and it will take medical experts days if not weeks to decide decisively the cause of the deaths. A definitive diagnosis can only be made when all of the facts are known. Much attention has been...

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2009-03-02 07:52:10

Compounds extracted from green vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage could be a potent drug against melanoma, according to cancer researchers. Tests on mice suggest that these compounds, when combined with selenium, target tumors more safely and effectively than conventional therapy. "There are currently no drugs to target the proteins that trigger melanoma," said Gavin Robertson, associate professor of pharmacology, pathology and dermatology, Penn State College of Medicine. "We have...


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