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            HEALTH TIPS - Monday, March 26, 2007
               "News That Keeps You Healthy"   

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          Peptide can reduce MS symptoms

SAN DIEGO,-- U.S. scientists have identified a fibrin-
derived peptide that inhibits a specific inflammation 
process in mouse models of multiple sclerosis. The 
University of California-San Diego scientists say the 
fibrous protein called fibrinogen, found in circulating 
blood and important in blood clotting, can promote multiple 
sclerosis when it leaks from the blood into the brain, 
triggering inflammation that leads to MS-related nerve 
damage. But the researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine 
identified a fibrin-derived peptide that inhibits that 
inflammation, thereby reducing MS symptoms. "Current 
strategies to develop therapies to fight MS primarily target
T cells," said Katerina Akassoglou, the study's lead 
investigator. "Blood proteins have been neglected as a 
therapeutic target, but this research shows that a blood 
clotting factor is an important player in MS." The research 
is detailed in the March 19 issue of the Journal of 
Experimental Medicine.

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      Mutant gene might cut colon cancer risk

PHILADELPHIA, -- U.S. cancer biologists have identified 
a gene mutation that can reduce the number of 
colon polyps, thereby potentially cutting the risk of colon 
cancer. Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University's Kimmel 
Cancer Center in Philadelphia used mice genetically prone to
develop polyps and discovered that animals carrying one copy
of the damaged gene, Atp5a1, had about 90 percent fewer 
polyps in their small intestine and colon. Since people with
large numbers of such polyps are at significantly higher 
risk to develop colon cancer, the researchers said their 
study might lead to new ways to diagnose, prevent and treat 
colon cancer. The study, led by Associate Professors Linda 
Siracusa and Arthur Buchberg, is reported online in the 
journal Genome Research.
  

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      Experts warn against allergy alternatives
      
SEATTLE, -- Experts at the University of Washington and 
other colleges warn that patients seeking alternative 
allergy treatments should not quit standard medications. The
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that 40 
percent of U.S. citizens have tried alternative medicine and
doctors say patients are increasingly asking about 
alternative treatments for seasonal allergies, USA Today 
reported Thursday. However, medical experts warn that 
abandoning scientifically proven forms of treatment in favor
of untested alternative methods could be dangerous. "Anyone 
with moderate to severe allergies and asthma should 
absolutely remain on standard, conventional forms of med-
ication. Asthma in particular is a potentially life-
threatening condition, especially in children," said Barak 
Gaster, associate professor of medicine at the University 
of Washington. Michael Zacharisen, associate professor at 
The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee said alter-
native allergy treatments are largely lacking in scientific
data to back them up. "There is not good, rigorous scien-
tific research showing that they are effective and safe for
allergies and asthma," he said.

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