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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

In the News: Beware of False Research Data

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Article: Blood Clot: Friend or Foe

A follow-on for the Factor V Leiden research information and discussion.  Perhaps other research hound readers would consider sharing a link in their local news to raise awareness.  Just a thought.

Port Townsend Leader Newspaper article.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Article: No Job Too Small

A few moments of gratitude and reflection for the many hands who perform research and other wonderful things for the world.

Port Townsend Leader Newspaper Article.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Article: Milk, Glorious Milk

New research heralds the amazing health benefits of milk

By Melanie Hundley
Photo credit: Ambro.

A most refreshing article on the medical research of mammalian milk caught my attention recently.  And I found Dr. Darewicz, Professor and Chair, from the University of Warmia and Mazury very helpful as I gathered more information on her team's research efforts.  Here is a link to the review posted on Suite 101 online magazine.



For more information on this topic, also consider:
Milk: Its Remarkable Contribution to Human Health and Well-BeingEat Your Vegetables! Drink Your Milk! (My Health)RThe Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk: Foreword by Martha Sears, RNMother Food: A Breastfeeding Diet Guide with Lactogenic Foods and Herbs - Build Milk Supply, Boost Immunity, Lift Depression, Detox, Lose Weight, Optimize a Baby's IQ, and Reduce Colic and Allergies 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Article: 2011 Research: Do Girls With Autistic Traits Bloom Later?

July 19, 2011.  An autism-related article is coming out in the August issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders that looks at the average age of first menses (menarche) for girls who demonstrate autistic-like behaviors. Special thanks to Dr. Andrew J.O. Whitehouse, University of Western Australia, who provided me with additional information to support this review.  Read at: Link to article by Melanie Hundley on www.suite101.com.

For more information, consider:

Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-teen and Teenage YearsAll I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with AutismGirls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Solutions for Addressing Everyday ChallengesAsperger's and Girls1,001 Tips for the Parents of Autistic Girls: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Doctors, Schools, Taxes, Vacations, Babysitters, Treatments, Food, and More

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Do Indian Plants and Spices Hold Future Secrets for Diabetes Medication?

2011 scientific researchers test Indian culinary plants, spices, and herbs for anti-diabetic properties


By Melanie Hundley

Diabetics are usually very familiar with the carbohydrate load of their food. They are trained to analyze their blood sugar levels after eating specific foods or combinations of foods so they can predict the impact to their blood. This may be said of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics.


As they perform the ritual of eating and then testing their blood, diabetics become aware that some foods move more slowly through the digestion and absorption process. Diabetic education may encourage patients to seek nutritionally rich foods that digest more slowly and do not cause a high spike or long period of rise in the blood sugar level which demands a high insulin response.  That is one reason foods containing certain levels of sugar or carbohydrates may be discouraged or perhaps combinations of some lower glycemic foods may be more considered advantageous.

As a result, diabetics are often looking for the "right foods" for their body's digestive and insulin response.  Meanwhile, certain medications have been derived to assist with reducing hyperglycaemia (elevated blood sugar) or mimicking insulin.

A very interesting research article is coming out in the December 2011 issue of Food Chemistry

Monday, August 15, 2011

What We Should Know About Factor V Leiden

Research discusses whether more people should be tested for FVL genetic blood clotting mutation

By Melanie Hundley

Are you familiar with Factor V Leiden (FAK-tur five LIDE-n)?  Or "FVL?"  Women, especially those who are not familiar with this genetic condition, those planning pregnancy or considering oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy, and those who have a family history of unexplained episodes of forming blood clots, may wish to discuss this with their physician.  Men's health may be impacted, too.

However, some physicians may appear hesitant to cooperate with testing because these days it seems to take an act of Congress or Parliament to get a non-standard blood test approved for payment.  The blood test is not cheap, but for some, it may offer answers to painful questions that have gone unanswered for years or even save a life.

What is Factor V Leiden?
According to the Mayo Clinic website, Factor V Leiden (FVL) is a "common" genetic mutation.  It is

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Research Bench Featured

Thanks to the Port Townsend Leader who featured the Research Bench's little sister blog under their Columns header online today.  :-)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Article: New Research: Police Work and Autism

An abstract of a new research article coming out in September coupled autism and police work.  Intrigued, I contacted one of the authors (Jones) and was very pleased with her willingness to share a bit of info. Link to article on www.suite101.com by Melanie Hundley.

For Men: Information For Future Fathers

2011: New research says chemicals released from some plastics may be harming human reproduction

By Melanie Hundley
A new research article appeared in the June 2011 issue of Human & Experimental Toxicology that may be of interest to men who want to be fathers.  A group of researchers, Pant et al, in New Delhi analyzed the “environmental and experimental exposure of phthalate esters” to human sperm.  In this review, we will learn more about phthalates (THAL-ates), look at their study, and see their results.

What Are Phthalates?
According to Pant and the research team, phthalates are chemical additives that may be used to increase flexibility in some manufactured plastics.  Phthalates are believed to be released from some

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Are We Drinking Our Way to Diabetes?

New Research: Sugary Drinks May Lead to Diabetes Especially For Women
By Melanie Hundley

First, the word is out.  Seems everywhere we look, even in the mirror, someone we know and care about has Type 2 diabetes or is dangerously close.  And until someone has the very personal experience of walking out of a clinic clutching a new prescription for diabetes drugs, they possibly will ignore most anything researchers write about preventing diabetes, healthy diet, and exercise, me included.  And for some living with Type 2 diabetes, the information still does not seem to register.

Now, let me encourage us.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

2011: Chasing Better Autism Data

Finnish data model offers new insight on autism in children

By Melanie Hundley

A major consideration in any research project or audit is selecting the data to analyze.  Once the data population is determined, various methods of sampling are used to spot trends and draw conclusions.  Deciding where to obtain the data is critical to the quality, trust, and peer acceptance of the results.

That is why a new report coming out in the August 2011 issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders should prove very interesting for future studies of autism.  Lampi, Sourander, Brown, et al's excitement about the Finnish Prenatal Study of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (FIPS-A) appears justified.  Having a comprehensive collection of medical data together with blood samples sounds wonderful for any such research. 


Lampi and the other researchers are affiliated with the University of Turku, Columbia University, or the National Institute of Health and Welfare in Finland.  I will reference the team as Lampi et al in this article for brevity.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Article: New Research: Autism and Vaccines

I spied a new research abstract coming out in September about autism and thimerosal, a component in some childhood vaccines. See also FDA link in post for updated U.S. vaccine list.  Link to article on www.suite101.com by Melanie Hundley.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bench News: New Page Added

Ears up research hounds.....there is just so much emerging research and technology out there!  I've added a new page to Research Bench to list links to other Ah-ha! articles. 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Article: New Research: Food Safety is Studied Worldwide

Searching through upcoming academic journal articles, I ran across quite a few research activities related to food safety around the world.  I was not familiar with the "food code" before I explored this information.  Link to article on www.suite101.com by Melanie Hundley.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Bench News: New Topics

Fellow research hounds.....what additional research topics would be of interest to you? 

Article: New Research: Type 1 Diabetes Increases in Young Children

Researchers explore questions on whether the prevalence of type 1 diabetes in young children is increasing and progressing faster.  Article on www.suite101.com by Melanie Hundley

For more information on diabetes, consider:
The Everything Parent's Guide To Children With Juvenile Diabetes: Reassuring Advice for Managing Symptoms and Raising a Happy, Healthy Child (Everything (Parenting))

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

2011: Did Exposure to PCBs Cause Thyroid Disease?

New research reports on the possible link between thyroid disease and PCBs

By Melanie Hundley

If you were a tot in the 1960s in the U.S., your frame of reference for PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) chemicals may have been similar to mine.  PCBs were around, but you were unaware of them. You probably did not hear about the cattle feed disaster in Michigan in 1973-74. At best, about 1980, your parents may have pointed to the big gray cylinders mounted on telephone poles (transformer pots) and told you to "never touch one of those if you find it on the ground."


Eventually more people did hear about the health hazards of PCBs, but news moved slowly in those olden days.  We had no ubiquitous Internet, limited news sources, and no online MSDS sheets to share that type of information. 


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Article: 2011 Research: How Did Insulin Help These Type 2 Diabetics?

Italian researchers focus on macroangiopathy, diabetes, and insulin treatments
Type 2 diabetics interested in knowing more about new research on intensifying oral medication treatment may be interested in an emerging study. The study focused on "add-on" insulin therapy with the drugs detemir ("Levemir" brand) and glargine ("Lantus" brand) in aging patients already diagnosed with certain types of vascular disease.

Italian medical researchers in Milan and Padova recently collaborated to study the effects of "optimized glycaemic control" and insulin therapy for Type 2 diabetics with a concurrent diagnosis of macroangiopathy. Their report will be published in the August issue of "Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism."

Do You Know Your EPCs from your CECs?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Article: Could My Severely Disabled Child Ever Find a Job?

An encouraging bit of research is coming out of the University of Wisconsin - Madison for disabled kids.  And my follow-up with Dr. Erik Carter, one of the researchers, found him helpful and engaging.

The UWM team took a look at severely disabled teens who found work to supplement their early vocational training and hopefully get them on the road to a future career.  Researchers have identified several factors that may have contributed to the teens' success in finding early work.  My review of their report is available here: Link to article by Melanie Hundley on www.suite101.com.

Also for more information about people with disabilities, consider:
  Including People With Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, & CongregationsPeer Buddy Programs: For Successful Secondary School InclusionPeer Support Strategies for Improving All Students' Social Lives and LearningShaped By God

Monday, July 18, 2011

Article: New Report: Less Smoking in Movies For Kids?

Anti-cancer activists and parents may be cheering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report issued this past Friday. 2010 figures for smoking or "tobacco incidents" in top-grossing movies has declined, again. Special attention is given to stats for kid-friendly movies (G, PG, PG-13).  The Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down! project is highlighted.  Interesting look at our entertainment industry and possible drivers for their strategies on smoking. I hope you find this information helpful. Link to article by Melanie Hundley on www.suite101.com.

Please also consider:
Smoking 101 (Teen Overviews)How to Raise Non Smoking KidsGetting Your Second Wind: Living a Smoke-Free Life: A Kid's Guide to Saying No to SmokingHow to Keep Your Kids Drug FreePassive Smoking: Millions of kids exposed to second-hand smoke