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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Health News: Never-before-seen tick-borne disease ♦ Drinking just one or two alcoholic drinks a day linked to liver disease ♦ Caterpillar fungus relieves the pain of osteoarthritis

Pooled analysis confirms vitamin E as a treatment for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol) is an effective treatment for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), according to new research. NASH occurs when the liver becomes inflamed due to the accumulation of fat. Over time, persistent inflammation can lead to the formation of fibrous scar tissue in the liver and around its blood vessels, which can eventually cause cirrhosis.
Substantial health threat: Never-before-seen tick-borne disease Just in time for spring and the explosion of ticks in forests, lawns and trails, a new study has uncovered a never-before-seen illness transmitted by ticks. The disease could be a 'substantial health threat' to humans and animals in areas where the carrier tick is common
Drinking just one or two alcoholic drinks a day linked to liver disease According to the World Health Organization, excessive alcohol drinking is the most common cause of cirrhosis worldwide. A new worldwide study has shown the significant influence of daily drinking on this disease burden.
Caterpillar fungus could hold the key to relieving the pain of osteoarthritis A drug from a parasitic mushroom that lives on caterpillars could become an effective new painkiller for people with osteoarthritis within the next six years.

Despite warnings, health food stores recommend over-the-counter dietary supplements to minors Fifteen year olds are not only able to buy over-the-counter dietary supplements from a sampling of health food stores across the country, the staff at those stores actually went so far as to recommend certain products, despite labels reading 'for adult use only.'

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