There is now a new approach for treating women with urinary incontinence. In Austria, researchers are using stem cells. Scientists retrieved the stem cells from muscles in the upper arms of women suffering from urinary incontinence and after the cells were cultured, the new stem cells were injected back into the patients in a simple 20 minute, non-invasive procedure. The best part, a year later, 9 out of 10 of the women were completely cured. Stem cells are unspecialized cells capable of changing themselves by cell division and in this case, repair body tissue. This was a small study, but researchers hope to test more women next year.
The next time you enjoy a steak or a burger, you might want to think about how it could be effecting your joints. British researchers analyzed the diets of 88 people and found those who ate the most red meat had twice the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers are not exactly sure why this happens, but they believe high levels of protein, too much iron or organisms in the meat may play a role. This study is published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.
There is new evidence that green tea is t-rrific. A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute credits the compounds in green tea for preventing the spread of prostate cancer in mice. The ingredients called polyphenols inhibited the growth of the tumor and shut down the spread of the disease in the mice, according to researchers. So how much tea? The mice were getting the equivalent of about six cups. Researchers say the next step is to test green tea in men who have a high risk of prostate cancer.