33MD for March 17, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 5:56pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

While green beer is the drink of choice for many today, new research shows you may benefit more from drinking green tea. A study of about 2,000 Chinese women suggests consuming green tea may help protect against breast cancer. When women drank green tea and also ate fresh mushrooms daily, the risk for breast cancer was reduced by 90%. However, researchers say larger studies are needed.

We’re learning more about an incredible breakthrough in the fight against HIV and Aids. Tonight, we hear from the University of Minnesota scientist who uncovered a life-saving gel. A significant finding at the U of M research labs in Minneapolis. On a small-scale trial using monkeys, two doctors have found out how to block the transmission of HIV using what is in simplest terms, a doctored up form of KY-Jelly.

Dr. Ashley Haase says, “It has the kind of efficacy that would avert millions of cases of HIV if it were used even part of the time by women.” In a pilot test, the scientists found that a monkey, when using the gel containing a common food additive called GML, did not contract the virus from a carrier. If the next step in the research shows the same thing happens in humans, the results could be astounding. Microbiologist Patrick Schlievert says, “This is a way for a woman to treat herself to prevent herself from being infected by someone who has the virus.”

Scientists say GML acts as a blocker to the virus. It’s already approved by the FDA and is used in everything from makeup to ice cream. The cost is minuscule, at less than a penny per human size dosage. But, cost isn’t at issue right now. More research is. “Very significant. We are very interested in the results and hopefully when combined with another approach it will be truly effective in humans, but that’s the next chapter in the story.”