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Zinc is an essential mineral that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Zinc is also found in many cold lozenges and some over-the-counter drugs sold as cold remedies.
Scientists develop microbicide gel that prevents transmission of multiple STIs in vagina/rectum in animals

Scientists develop microbicide gel that prevents transmission of multiple STIs in vagina/rectum in animals

Population Council scientists and their partners have found that their proprietary microbicide gel is safe, stable, and can prevent the transmission of multiple sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in both the vagina and rectum in animals: HIV, herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2), and human papillomavirus (HPV). [More]
Scientists discover protein structure that helps common fungal pathogen to infect humans

Scientists discover protein structure that helps common fungal pathogen to infect humans

A team that includes scientists from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Johns Hopkins University and St. Mary's University reported the structure of a protein that helps a common fungus to infect the body. [More]
Researchers evaluate rice consumption against overall diet quality and key nutrient intakes

Researchers evaluate rice consumption against overall diet quality and key nutrient intakes

New research, partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the USA Rice Federation, shows that consumers can improve their diets simply by enjoying white or brown rice as part of their daily meals. [More]
Wistar findings suggest link between colon microbiome and genome stability

Wistar findings suggest link between colon microbiome and genome stability

​Colorectal cancer develops in what is probably the most complex environment in the human body, a place where human cells cohabitate with a colony of approximately 10 trillion bacteria, most of which are unknown. [More]

Findings may help develop targeted drugs to fight cancer, neurodegenerative diseases

The molecular details of how zinc, an essential trace element of human metabolism, interacts with the enzyme caspase-3, which is central to apoptosis or cell death, have been elucidated in a new study led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. The study is featured on the cover of the April issue of the journal Angewandte Chemie's International Edition. [More]

Visivite launches gentle macular health formula, AREDS2 Silver

VisiVite®, a world leader in eye vitamins, today announced its launch of a gentle new macular health formula: AREDS2 Silver®. Based on the National Eye Institute's Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS and AREDS2), AREDS2 Silver supplies antioxidants for macular health without the high levels of zinc that may cause issues in those with zinc sensitivities and allergies. [More]
Researchers identify mutations in gene that can reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Researchers identify mutations in gene that can reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes

An international team led by researchers at the Broad Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has identified mutations in a gene that can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even in people who have risk factors such as obesity and old age. [More]

Researchers create new probe that freezes cells to "see" at greater detail without damaging

It's an odd twist. For scientists to determine if a cell is functioning properly, they must destroy it. This is what happens in X-ray fluorescence microscopy when biological specimens are exposed to ionizing radiation, which provides images with a level of detail that conventional microscopes just can't match. [More]
Study indicates relationship between multivitamin supplement use and cataract risk in men

Study indicates relationship between multivitamin supplement use and cataract risk in men

Long-term daily multivitamin supplement use may lower cataract risk in men, according to a study of nearly 15,000 male physicians published this month in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology [More]
Research findings may help combat MRSA

Research findings may help combat MRSA

A research team from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., is the first to decipher the 3-D structure of a protein that confers antibiotic resistance from one of the most worrisome disease agents: a strain of bacteria called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which can cause skin and other infections. The Vanderbilt team's findings may be an important step in combatting the MRSA public health threat over the next 5 to 10 years. [More]
Nutrition and exercise have significant impact on one's vision

Nutrition and exercise have significant impact on one's vision

With the New Year comes many resolutions, including resolving to exercise more and eat better. While many individuals understand that nutrition and exercise play an important role in helping to prevent diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disorders, not many may be aware that these two elements have a significant impact on one's vision as well. Dr. Sandy T. Feldman, a renowned ophthalmologist and corneal expert at Clearview Eye & Laser Center in San Diego, advises patients to examine their physical fitness and eating habits in order to achieve optimum vision. [More]
CICC signs agreement with BEUB to distribute nutriceutical products

CICC signs agreement with BEUB to distribute nutriceutical products

On January 27, 2014, China Internet Cafe Holdings Group Inc. ("CICC" or the "Company") (OTCQB: CICC), a leading chain of Internet cafes in the People's Republic of China, announced that it signed a distribution agreement with Beijing Eastern Union Biopharmaceuticals, Ltd. [More]
Researchers test role of dietary supplement use in college students

Researchers test role of dietary supplement use in college students

Habits acquired during young adulthood are crucial in fostering lifelong health. Unfortunately, some college students fall into nutrient-deficient diets that leave them at risk for developing chronic disease later in life. [More]
Biogen Idec, Sangamo BioSciences partner to develop therapeutics for hemoglobinopathies

Biogen Idec, Sangamo BioSciences partner to develop therapeutics for hemoglobinopathies

Biogen Idec and Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. announced today an exclusive worldwide collaboration and license agreement focused on the development of therapeutics for hemoglobinopathies, inherited conditions that result from the abnormal structure or underproduction of hemoglobin. [More]
UT Southwestern receives $10M grant to find effective treatments for alcoholic hepatitis

UT Southwestern receives $10M grant to find effective treatments for alcoholic hepatitis

UT Southwestern Medical Center has launched the local arm of a national, multicenter study aimed at finding more effective treatments for alcoholic hepatitis, a disease of the liver that often leads to cirrhosis and death in severe cases. [More]

Researchers develop efficient method for removal of uranium, other heavy metals from water

A new and efficient method for the removal of uranium and other heavy metals from water has been developed at the University of Eastern Finland. Chemec Ltd., a Finnish chemicals industry company, has purchased the rights in the invention and will introduce the method to the commercial markets. [More]
Researchers evaluate effect of zinc supplementation on aluminum-induced neurotoxicity

Researchers evaluate effect of zinc supplementation on aluminum-induced neurotoxicity

Studies have shown that aluminum neurotoxicity can likely affect learning and memory function, and a diet containing 100-200 mg/kg zinc is adequate for maintaining learning and memory function in rats. [More]
Shifts in zinc's location could be exploited for early diagnosis of prostate cancer

Shifts in zinc's location could be exploited for early diagnosis of prostate cancer

Zinc, an essential nutrient, is found in every tissue in the body. The vast majority of the metal ion is tightly bound to proteins, helping them to perform biological reactions. Tiny amounts of zinc, however, are only loosely bound, or "mobile," and thought to be critical for proper function in organs such as the brain, pancreas, and prostate gland. Yet the exact roles the ion plays in biological systems are unknown. [More]
Research: Low level of daily exposure to sunlight can cause skin damage

Research: Low level of daily exposure to sunlight can cause skin damage

A low level of daily exposure to a common component of sunlight can cause skin damage at the molecular level after just a few days, new University of Michigan Medical School research shows. [More]

Leti highlights new imaging technology at IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium & Medical Imaging Conference

Researchers from CEA-Leti’s Detector Laboratory presented four oral papers and one invited paper at the recent IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium & Medical Imaging Conference & Workshop on Room-Temperature Semiconductor X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Detectors in Seoul, Korea. [More]