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Linus Pauling Institute

Linus Pauling Institute

Published: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:01:17 PST

Last Build Date: Tue, 18 May 2010 12:27:09 PDT


'Epigenetic' concepts offer new approach to degenerative disease

Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 PDT

In studies on cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders and other degenerative conditions, some scientists are moving away from the 'nature-versus-nurture' debate and are finding you're not a creature of either genetics or environment, but both - with enormous implications for a new approach to health.

Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 00:00:00 PDT

A diet rich in carbohydrates that are quickly transformed into sugar in the blood raises the risk of heart disease for women, a new Italian study finds. "A high glycemic index is known to increase the concentration of triglycerides and lower the concentration of HDL cholesterol, the good kind," says Victoria J. Drake, director of the Micronutrient Information Center at the Linus Pauling Institute.

What's coming up for LPI?

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 PDT

Make sure you stay up-to-date on upcoming conferences, like the 2010 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting.

Carrington, Frei named distinguished professors at OSU

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 00:00:00 PST

Two international leaders in the role of micronutrients in health promotion and disease prevention, and the function of small RNA in genetic regulation today were named distinguished professors at Oregon State University, the institution's highest academic honor. (image)

Researchers use novel "Phase 0" approach to show chlorophyll's effect

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:00:00 PST

The Phase 0 study "…may open the door for all kinds of new research," said Jubert, a former researcher in Bailey's lab at OSU's Linus Pauling Institute. Jubert now works for Life Microsystems, an OSU spinoff company that hopes to continue work with natural products grown in Oregon, including pure chlorophylls.

Multiple health concerns surface as winter, vitamin D deficiencies arrive

Sat, 19 Dec 2009 11:01:02 PST

A string of recent discoveries about the multiple health benefits of vitamin D has renewed interest in this multi-purpose nutrient, increased awareness of the huge numbers of people who are deficient in it, spurred research and even led to an appreciation of it as "nature's antibiotic."

Expensive cholesterol drug no better than vitamin

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 00:00:00 PST

A new study released Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that a widely prescribed and expensive cholesterol drug known as Zetia made by Merck is not as effective as niacin, a vitamin in reducing artery buildups in people already taking statins.

Will supplements help hair growth

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 00:00:00 PST

A reader recently posted a question on the "strategies for thinning hair" article asking what I thought about oral supplements for fighting hair loss. My answer that I was skeptical, but that my neighbor claims her hair is growing thicker as a result of flax and vitamin D supplements.

A New Linus Pauling Science Center is Underway

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 00:00:00 PDT

(image) The centerpiece initiative of The Campaign for OSU took center stage September 25 as more than 200 members of the OSU community gathered to celebrate the launch of construction on the Linus Pauling Science Center.

Zinc deficiencies a global concern

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Other vitamins and nutrients may get more headlines, but experts say as many as two billion people around the world have diets deficient in zinc - and studies at Oregon State University and elsewhere are raising concerns about the health implications this holds for infectious disease, immune function, DNA damage and cancer.

Natural compounds, chemotherapeutic drugs may become partners in cancer therapy

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Research in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University suggests that some natural food compounds, which previously have been studied for their ability to prevent cancer, may be able to play a more significant role in treating it - working side-by-side with the conventional drugs that are now used in chemotherapy.

IOS Press announces launch of Journal of Berry Research

Sat, 15 Aug 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Berry research is currently attracting significant applied, commercial and biological interest. Reflecting increasing recognition of the need for a rigorously peer-reviewed publication in this area, IOS Press has announced the spring 2010 launch of the Journal of Berry Research. LPI's Balz Frei is on the editorial board.

Improved Method Developed to Test Carcinogen Risk

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Oregon State University recently completed the largest animal study ever done in the field of toxicology, and the findings challenge some basic concepts about how to determine what level of a cancer-causing compound can be considered safe.

Race for Alzheimer's cure

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 00:00:00 PDT

The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University outlines some promising medical research being done involving curcumin.

Vitamin D expert receives Linus Pauling Prize for Health Research

Tue, 19 May 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Dr. Michael Holick, a professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at the Boston University School of Medicine who has revolutionized the understanding of vitamin D and its role in disease prevention, today received the $50,000 Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research.

New Approach Discovered to Lowering Triglycerides

Thu, 16 Apr 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Studies done with laboratory rats suggest that supplementation of their diet with lipoic acid had a significant effect in lowering triglycerides, which along with cholesterol levels and blood pressure are one of the key risk factors in cardiovascular disease.(image)

How Effective is Choline? LPI Rings In

Wed, 18 Mar 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Choline has become an essential nutrient of interest during the past decade. Researchers have theorized choline deficiency may be tied to diseases such as cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, dementia, Alzheimer's, and cancer. But is it true?

Reading the Leaves

Thu, 19 Feb 2009 00:00:00 PST

Research carried out at the Linus Pauling Institute showed that white tea may be able to prevent mutations of DNA two to five times more efficiently than green or black tea, thus giving it greater potential in preventing cancer.

You Are My Sunshine, Vitamin D

Fri, 16 Jan 2009 00:00:00 PST

Vitamin D has long been recognized as a major bone-building nutrient, required for calcium absorption and bone health.But recent revelations about D's role as a hormone have led scientists to view this nutrient in a whole new light.

Acetyl L-Carnitine and Alpha-Lipoic Acid May be Fountain of Youth for the Brain

Fri, 16 Jan 2009 00:00:00 PST

Throughout human history aging people have yearned for a magic elixir to help them turn back the clock and restore youth. It could be that this dream is about to come true.

Fetal Exposure to Carcinogens May Lead to Cancer Decades Later

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 00:00:00 PST

A new study suggests that exposure of a fetus to common carcinogens during the late stages of pregnancy may be even more harmful than exposure after birth, causing long-lasting genetic damage that could lead to cancer in childhood, young adulthood or even middle age.

Vitamin E , C Supplements Don't Reduce Cancer Risk, but You Never Know

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 00:00:00 PST

A new study scheduled to be presented Sunday at an American Academy of Cancer Research (AACR) meeting in Washington, D.C. suggests that taking vitamin E and vitamin C may not provide any protective effect against cancer.

Overloading on Zinc Actually May Risk Prostate Health

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 00:00:00 PDT

True or false? Taking zinc supplements protects men from prostate cancer. The research about men taking zinc supplements creates more confusion than clarity. While some studies show protection from prostate cancer, others have found no effect, and at least two big studies concluded that taking zinc increased the risk of prostate cancer.

Diet Tip: Don't Skimp on Vitamin C

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 17:18:45 PDT

(image) Vitamin C might not keep you from catching a cold, but not getting an adequate amount of the vitamin can keep you from burning fat.

Vitamin C in Cancer Therapy

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 00:00:00 PDT

Some research begun 35 years ago by Linus Pauling about the possible use of intravenous injections of vitamin C as a cancer therapy are now finding new support in a study just published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the same issue, Balz Frei, professor and head of OSU's Linus Pauling Institute, outlines the history of this issue and reviews the possible mechanisms by which vitamin C might have potential value as an anti-cancer therapy.

Fat Gets a Bad Rap

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 00:00:00 PDT

A growing body of research suggests that Americans need to get over their love/hate relationship with fat, and develop a much more sophisticated understanding of what fats are good for you, how much is appropriate, and what fats to avoid.

Get a Little Sun This Summer - It Could Help Save Your Life

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 00:00:00 PDT

(image) As summer comes and people across America get ready to start slathering on the sunscreen, a note of caution is in order - a little sunshine is good for you.

Learn About the Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research

Thu, 15 May 2008 00:00:00 PDT

(image) The biennial Prize, awarded by LIP, recognizes innovation and excellence in research relating to the roles of vitamins, essential minerals, and phytochemicals in promoting optimum health and preventing or treating disease; and the roles of oxidative/nitrative stress and antioxidants in human health and disease.

Some Food Dyes May Help Prevent Cancer

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 00:00:00 PDT

Some of the synthetic food dyes that are common in the American diet may actually help prevent cancer, according to a new study by researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

LPI Research Progress Recognized With $6 Million NIH Grant

Tue, 18 Mar 2008 00:00:00 PDT

Groundbreaking natural health research conducted by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University has been recognized with a new five-year, $6 million grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

The U.S. Postal Service Honors Linus Pauling

Tue, 18 Mar 2008 00:00:00 PDT

The U.S. Postal Service recently honored Linus Pauling's lifetime of achievement, which included two Nobels, with a new set of "American Scientists" stamps honoring Pauling, biochemist Gerti Cory, astronomer Edwin Hubble and physicist John Bardeen. (image)

Building the Pauling Legacy

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 16:27:30 PST

(image) Under the leadership of biochemist Balz Frei, LPI is soon to construct a state-of-the-art research facility in Corvallis. Frei, a specialist in oxidative stress and atherosclerosis, also envisions three new research positions that will build on the work of LPI's aging expert, Tory Hagen, holder of the Endowed Chair for Healthspan Research.

Lipoic Acid Could Reduce Atherosclerosis, Weight Gain

Fri, 15 Feb 2008 00:00:00 PST

A new study done with mice has discovered that supplements of lipoic acid can inhibit formation of arterial lesions, lower triglycerides and reduce blood vessel inflammation and weight gain - all key issues for addressing cardiovascular disease.

Eat Your Tomatoes?

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 16:09:49 PST

George Bailey of the Linus Pauling Institute and the OSU Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology explores the potentially anti-carcinogenic properties of tomatine, a mixture of commercial tomato glycoalkaloids. In studies done with trout, tomatine was found to reduce the incidence of both liver and stomach tumors, with no apparent adverse effects. Beneficial effects of tomatine also include lowering cholesterol and triglycerides, enhancing the immune system, and antibiotic activities.

OSU receives $77 million for Linus Pauling Science Center

Wed, 14 Nov 2007 08:42:30 PST

Oregon State University President Ed Ray announced Oct. 26 that the university has received $77 million in private and public commitments for a major science initiative aimed at advancing teaching and research in preventive health care, chemistry and the life sciences. The funds will be used to construct the Linus Pauling Science Center, a state-of-the-art science facility, and to provide support for associated research and education programs, including faculty positions and student scholarships.

OSU Linus Pauling Institute Expert: Vitamin E Trials "Fatally Flawed"

Wed, 17 Oct 2007 09:26:41 PDT

Generations of studies on vitamin E may be largely meaningless, because new research has demonstrated that the levels of this micronutrient necessary to reduce oxidative stress are far higher than those that have been commonly used in clinical trials, according to Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

Teaching old dogs new tricks

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 15:06:11 PDT

Nutritional supplements have been used to improve the memory, ability to learn and cognitive function of old dogs - and might be able to do the same thing with humans.

LPI podcasts offer health information

Tue, 18 Sep 2007 13:23:16 PDT

"LPI on Health" is a podcast series of conversations about micronutrient research and events coming out of the Linus Pauling Institute.

"Epigenetics" provides new view of diet and cancer

Fri, 17 Aug 2007 08:52:45 PDT

A new study by LPI researchers concludes that one of the ways diet may help prevent or treat cancer is through its impact on gene expression, influencing which genes are turned "on" or "off."

Malnutrition in elderly needs to be addressed

Fri, 17 Aug 2007 08:49:51 PDT

At an age when proper nutrition is more important than ever, almost half the elderly people in developed countries have an inadequate nutritional intake and increased vulnerability to degenerative diseases, a situation that is unnecessary and easily preventable, LPI researchers say.

Diet and Optimum Health Conference successful

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 11:12:11 PDT

Read the speaker abstracts (in PDF format) from the successful LPI Diet and Optimum Health Conference in May.

Role of lipoic acid in slowing aging identified

Fri, 15 Jun 2007 13:57:12 PDT

Researchers have identified the mechanism of action of lipoic acid, a remarkable compound that in animal experiments appears to slow down the aging process, improve blood flow, enhance immune function and perform many other functions.

Micronutrient Information Center offers important information

Thu, 17 May 2007 10:54:32 PDT

Looking for up-to-date and accurate information about vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and their role in preventing disease and promotion health? You can find it at LPI's Micronutrient Information Center.

Diet and Optimum Health Conference set for May 16-19

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 08:56:30 PDT

LPI's fourth biennial conference on Diet and Optimum Health will be held May 16-19 at the Hilton Hotel in Portland. Registration information is available online. During a free public session from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, Washington Post health columnist Sally Squires shares tips on healthy eating and living habits. Limited seating is available. For information, call 541-737-5075.

LPI director talks about vitamins on NPR

Wed, 18 Apr 2007 10:38:55 PDT

Balz Frei, LPI director, recently discussed some of the latest controversies about vitamin and micronutrient use in a 40-minute interview on The Brian Lehrer Show, a program available across the country through National Public Radio. Listen to the discussion online.

Flavonoids have different role than previously thought

Mon, 19 Mar 2007 09:34:56 PDT

Flavonoids, a group of compounds found in fruits and vegetables that had been thought to be nutritionally important for antioxidant activity, have little or no value in that role, according to an analysis by scientists in the Linus Pauling Institute. They still may benefit human health, though.

Study on vitamin risks called flawed

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 14:16:44 PDT

A study on possible health risks of antioxidant supplements is based on flawed methodology and ignores the broad totality of evidence that comes to largely opposite conclusions, experts from the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU say.

LPI seminars look at major medical issues

Mon, 19 Feb 2007 10:57:04 PST

Balaraman Kalyanaraman of the Medical College of Wisconsin will discuss the role of arginine metabolizing enzymes in statin-mediated breast cancer cell death on March 8. Check out the seminar schedule online.

Cancer protection may begin during pregnancy, nursing

Wed, 17 Jan 2007 14:06:40 PST

There may be another reason for pregnant and nursing women to eat a nutritious diet that includes generous amounts of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage. It could help protect their children from cancer, both as infants and later in life.

LPI researchers discover mechanism that causes hardening of arteries

Mon, 18 Dec 2006 14:14:23 PST

LPI researchers have discovered a fundamental mechanism that causes aging blood vessels to lose elasticity, a literal "hardening of the arteries" that is often a prelude to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Breakthrough provides new tool for degenerative disease studies

Fri, 17 Nov 2006 11:26:37 PST

Scientists in the Linus Pauling Institute have discovered a new technique to let them watch, visualize and precisely measure a key oxidant in animal cells, an important breakthrough that could dramatically speed research on everything from Lou Gehrig's Disease to heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and aging.

LPI celebrates its 10th anniversary at OSU

Wed, 18 Oct 2006 10:03:05 PDT

An open house on Wednesday, Nov. 1, and a series of informative presentations by LPI researchers on Thursday, Nov. 2, are highlights of the institute's 10th anniversary celebration.

OSU Press releases 20th anniversary edition of Linus Pauling book

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 10:43:08 PDT

In the latter stages of his career, two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling focused on the role of vitamins and nutrition in the prevention of disease, and his 1986 book, "How to Live Longer and Feel Better," captured his work in the field. Now the OSU Press has issued an anniversary edition of the work, which is available at bookstores nationwide.

LPI sets up memorial fund for Jane Higdon

Thu, 17 Aug 2006 09:27:08 PDT

The Linus Pauling Institute has set up the Jane V. Higdon Memorial Fund to endow the Micronutrient Information Center, which she developed.

Can vitamin C help control the common cold?

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 08:14:01 PDT

Check out the latest information about vitamin C and colds in the LPI Research Newsletter.

LPI nutrition expert dies in bicycle accident

Fri, 16 Jun 2006 13:44:10 PDT

Jane Higdon, who developed the LPI's Micronutrient Information Center, died May 31 in a bicycle accident.

Check out the new LPI Web site

Thu, 18 May 2006 14:41:32 PDT

The new Linus Pauling Institute Web site is now online, offering a variety of health-related information in an easy-to-find format.

Vitamin C for cancer therapy gaining new interest

Thu, 13 Apr 2006 15:33:36 PDT

Renewed interest in vitamin C in cancer therapy is reported in the latest issue of the Linus Pauling Institute Research Report. Check it out.

Learn more about the man behind the institute

Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:49:48 PST

Check out the biography of Linus Pauling, an OSU graduate and the only person ever to win two unshared Nobel prizes.

Vitamin combination may lower cancer risk in smokers

Thu, 16 Feb 2006 09:29:40 PST

LPI researcher Maret Traber has reported that supplements of vitamin C can slow the depletion of vitamin E in smokers and may offer them some protection from lung cancer.

Traber jumps into vitamin E controversy

Wed, 18 Jan 2006 11:04:59 PST

(image) With all of the bad press that vitamin E has received lately, the Linus Pauling Institute's Maret Traber is trying to set the record straight.

Center offers information about vitamins, minerals, other nutrients

Wed, 14 Dec 2005 10:25:17 PST

The Linus Pauling's Micronutrient Information Center is a source for scientifically accurate information about the roles of vitamins, minerals, and various nutrients in preventing disease and promoting health.