Health effect of the New Nordic Diet in adults with increased waist circumference: a 6-mo randomized controlled trial.

submitted by: skp
BACKGROUND: The regional Mediterranean Diet has been associated with lower risk of disease. OBJECTIVE: We tested the health effects of the New Nordic Diet (NND), which is a gastronomically driven regional, organic, and environmentally friendly diet, in a carefully controlled but free-living setting. DESIGN: A total of 181 centrally obese men and women, with a mean (range) age of 42 y (20-66 y), body mass index (in kg/m(2)) of 30.2 (22.6-47.3), and waist circumference of 100 cm (80-138...
Authors: Sanne Kellebjerg Poulsen, Anette Due, Andreas Jordy, Bente Kiens, Ken D Stark, Steen Stender, Claus Holst, Arne Astrup, Thomas Meinert Larsen

Silencing the Menkes Copper-Transporting ATPase (Atp7a) Gene in Rat Intestinal Epithelial (IEC-6) Cells Increases Iron Flux via Transcriptional Induction of Ferroportin 1 (Fpn1)

submitted by: jfcollins
The Menkes copper-transporting ATPase (Atp7a) gene is induced in rat duodenum during iron deficiency, consistent with copper accumulation in the intestinal mucosa and liver. To test the hypothesis that ATP7A influences intestinal iron metabolism, the Atp7a gene was silenced in rat intestinal epithelial (IEC-6) cells using short hairpin RNA (shRNA) technology. Perturbations in intracellular copper homeostasis were noted in knockdown cells, consistent with the dual roles of ATP7A in pumping...
Authors: Sukru Gulec, James F. Collins

The addition of soft tissue replacement grafts in plastic periodontal and implant surgery: critical elements in design and execution

submitted by: Otto Zuhr
Soft tissue replacement grafts have become a substantial element to increase tissue volume in plastic periodontal and implant surgery. Autogenous subepithelial connective tissue grafts are increasingly applied in aesthetic indications like soft tissue thickening, recession treatment, ridge preservation, soft tissue ridge augmentation and papilla reconstruction. For the clinical performance of connective tissue graft harvesting and transplantation, a fundamental understanding of the anatomy...
Authors: Daniel Bäumer, Markus Hürzeler, Otto Zuhr

Polymorphisms in genes involved in folate metabolism modify the association of dietary and circulating folate and vitamin B-6 with cervical neoplasia

submitted by: LUCIANA TOMITA
High folate intake has been suggested as an important factor for cancer prevention; however, previous studies on the relationship between folate intake, serum folate and plasma homocysteine are controversial. We conducted a hospital-based, case-control study in Brazil investigating associations between dietary and circulating vitamins B-6, B-12 and folate, homocysteine, genotypes of folate-metabolizing enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase [MTHFR C677T, A1298C],...
Authors: Luciana Tomita, Vania d'Almeida, Luisa Villa, Eduardo Franco, Marly Cardoso

Zinc supplementation improves bone density in patients with thalassemia: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial

submitted by: efung
BACKGROUND: Patients with thalassemia major (Thal) frequently have low plasma zinc, which has been associated with low bone mass. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to determine the effect of zinc supplementation on bone mass in patients with Thal. DESIGN: Forty-two subjects (21 females aged 10-30 y) with Thal and low bone mass were randomly assigned to receive 25 mg Zn/d or placebo. Bone mineral content (BMC) and areal bone mineral density (aBMD) were assessed by using dual-energy X-ray...
Authors: Ellen B. Fung, Janet L. Kwiatkowski, James N. Huang, Ginny Gildengorin, Janet C. King, Elliott P. Vichinsky

History of Medicine. Plague and Vampirism in the Middle Ages.

submitted by: camdic
The Nachzehrer would be a special kind of vampire who lives in a constant state of numbness in his grave, without understanding what is happening around and just like a child, chewing spasmodically his dress. Martin Böhm wrote in 1601: "We have seen in times of the plague how dead people especially women - who have died of the plague make smacking noises in their graves, like a pig that is eating, and that while this smacking is going on the plague becomes much worse, usually in the...