Tuberculosis drugs work better with vitamin C: US study

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Tuberculosis patients may have a quicker way to recover.

A new study on mice and tissue cultures suggested that giving vitamin C with tuberculosis drugs could reduce the unusually long time it took these drugs to eradicate this pathogen.

The study was published Wednesday in the US journal of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

In the study, investigators treated Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)-infected mice with anti-tuberculosis drugs and vitamin C together and separately.

Vitamin C had no activity by itself, but in two independent experiments, the combination of vitamin C with the first-line TB drugs, isoniazid and rifampicin, reduced the organ burdens...

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Caffeine level in blood could help diagnose Parkinson's disease: study

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Simply testing the level of caffeine in the blood could help determine if a person has Parkinson's disease, a new study suggested Wednesday.

People with the degenerative disease have significantly lower levels of caffeine in their blood than people without the disease, even if they consume the same amount of caffeine, according to the study published online in Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology's medical journal.

"Previous studies have shown a link between caffeine and a lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease, but we haven't known much about how caffeine metabolizes within the people with the disease," study author Shinji...

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New gene linked to diabetes, low blood sugar found in same family

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A new gene thought to be critical in the regulation of insulin, the key hormone in diabetes, has been found in a family with both high and low blood sugar conditions, researchers said Monday.

The research, carried out at Queen Mary University of London, University of Exeter and Vanderbilt University, and published in the U.S. journal PNAS, could lead to the development of novel treatments for diabetes.

The research team studied the unique case of a family where several individuals suffer from diabetes, while other family members had developed insulin-producing tumors in their pancreas.

These tumors, known as insulinomas, typically...

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After the holiday binge eating, try fasting, says health official

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Time to put the brakes on eating.

After gorging on hamon, queso de bola, pasta, cakes and everything else served during all those holiday dinner parties, give your bodies some sort of a break by eating healthy and exercising.

“And going on a fast,” Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo said in a chance interview with the media on Wednesday.

Through fasting, one gives his/her body's digestive system some time to rest and recuperate from the massive intake of food that it experienced during the Yuletide season, Bayugo said.

Fasting once a week would be a good start, he...

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