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Fecal Transplant for C. difficile Colitis

Here's an interesting study on the power of probiotics. An increasingly difficult challenge for doctors worldwide, are patients who suffer from prolonged colitis (inflammation of the colon's lining) from a Clostridium difficile infection, despite receiving oral antibiotic therapy, often for months. Unlike most treatments for C. difficile infection (CDI), fecal transplantation (the process of implanting a donor's fecal flora into a patient) is said to be remarkably effective in eradicating disease, but most of the published evidence for its success is anecdotal.

Now, researchers in Finland have published the largest study to date investigating fecal transplantation in patients with CDI. The investigators reviewed data from 70 adults who had received up to 12 courses of antibiotics for CDI; most had received 3 to 6 courses. Most stool donors were close relatives of the patient.


Run From the Cure (Medical Marijuana Documentary)

Considering it's April 20th, I thought I'd post the following full-length video on medical marijuana, titled Run from the Cure. Very interesting, and something I'm sure many people already knew about this multi-purpose plant...I'm posting this for those who continue to believe the US prohibition propaganda of how bad marijuana is (despite all the research to the contrary).


Vitamin K Boosts Bone Benefits of Calcium and Vitamin D

Another new study on the benefits of vitamin K. Nothing new here, but just more confirmation. This study investigated the effects of dairy enriched with calcium (800 mg/day) and vitamin D3 (400 IU/day) with or without the addition of 100 mcg/day of either phylloquinone (vitamin K1) or menaquinone-7 (MK-7, a specific form of vitamin K2).

While results showed that after 12 months of supplementation all women in the enriched-dairy groups (vs. the control group) had increased bone mineral density (BMD), only women consuming the vitamin K-enriched products had significant increases in BMD in the lower back.


Vitamin D3 Helps Clear Amyloid in Alzheimer's Disease

Another study shows the benefits of vitamin D3 to cognitive health. This time, a team of researchers has uncovered how vitamin D3 may help clear amyloid-beta from the brain, the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The study also adds more evidence that adequate levels of vitamin D may be a key factor in AD prevention.

In an interview, the researchers state, "the clinical implications are that vitamin D3 protects the brain through the immune system and that recommended blood levels of the 25-hydroxy vitamin D3 should be maintained in all seasons including winter when the sun is not helping to produce vitamin D in the skin."

Brain clearance of amyloid-beta 1-42 (Aβ-42) by innate immune macrophages (a type of white blood cell, called microglial cell when found in the central nervous system) is required for maintenance of normal brain function. This process of phagocytosis (the process where one cell engulfs/eats something) is defective in AD patients.


Eating Chocolate Keeps You Slim

This is my last post before the Easter long weekend, and how appropriate this study comes out just in time...

A new study by researchers in San Diego had reported preliminary data from almost 1,000 men and women aged between 20 and 85, who were considered "healthy" (free from heart disease, diabetes, and abnormal cholesterol levels). Chocolate consumption was assessed using a questionnaire, while intakes of fruit, vegetables, and saturated fat were factored into the calculations.


Curcumin May Prevent Parkinson's Disease

Can you believe it's already April?! It's birthday month in my family, and I can't believe it's already here. Anyway, to start this month off, which also happens to contain Earth Day, here's very cool video worth watching...

As for the study I'll discuss today, it's another one showing curcumin's potential in preventing Parkinson's disease. The study found that curcumin (the compound that gives the spice turmeric its colour) could one day be effective in preventing or reducing Parkinson’s by blocking the clumping (aggregation) action of proteins involved in the disease.