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Risk of stroke lowered by over 50 percent in study

Lycopene found in tomatoes found to decrease risk of stroke.Tomatoes and tomato based products are a good source of lycopene which is found to reduce risk of stroke and ischemic stroke in men according to a study published in Neurology.
The study consisted of over 1,000 men between the ages of 46 and 65 year-old men over a period of approximately 12 years.

Editor’s commentary: Eat your veggies!

Tooth enamel damaged by acids in sugar free drinks

smile1“THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF DENTAL EROSION IS REPEATED EXPOSURE TO ACIDS IN FOODS AND DRINKS” according to a newly released study conducted by  the Oral Health Care CRC in Australia.

In 2013 the GigHarborTimes.com reported a similar study:  Tooth enamel quickly destroyed by acidic energy drinks 
“Sugar Free” drinks and foods can still cause irreparable harm to a tooth’s enamel.  The study states that:

The mix of chemicals present in a food or beverage also determines whether or not it is erosive. Some chemicals, such as citrate, are chelators – that bind or trap other chemicals such as calcium. These chemicals are particularly erosive because they effectively remove calcium from teeth.

The study found that reducing sugar containing beverages may reduce the incidence of diabetes and obesity but would not reduce the risk of dental erosion.  Sports beverages, Story continues. . .

New eye drops could clear up cataracts

eye1-600x300Cataracts, the leading cause of blindness, could be reversed and cleared up with the use of a new eye drop compound according to a team of research scientists from from UC San Francisco, the University of Michigan, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Cataracts, an age related disease, share “protein amyloid clumping” along with Alzheimers and other age related diseases.  The differences are in where the clumping forms and which proteins are involved.

At present, tests have been successful in mice that developed age related cataracts and human lens tissue samples removed during surgery.

“This is a game changer in the treatment of cataracts,” says Roy Quinlan, a molecular biologist at Durham University in the United Kingdom who was not part of the study. “It takes decades for the cataracts to get to that point, so if you can reverse that by a few drops in the eye over a couple of weeks, that’s amazing.”

The drops, know as Compound 29, has been licensed and is actively being developed Story continues. . .