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ATLANTA An extract from grape seeds that appears to lower blood pressure, insights into the discovery of new elements, research on prostate cancer, and an appetite suppressant developed from pine nuts are among the topics covered at the 231st national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the worlds largest scientific society, in Atlanta, March 26-30. The meeting features more than 8,000 research papers and posters, including presentations on the chemistry of comets, new methods to improve food safety and new approaches to fight bioterrorism.
A special Presidential Symposium, hosted by ACS President E. Ann Nalley, Ph.D., will address how to improve Americas scientific competitiveness. There also will be a symposium on Women Leaders in Chemistry, which coincides with the annual March observance of National Womens History Month.
Meeting highlights include:
Sunday, March 26
Grape seed extract can help lower blood pressure A group of scientists at the University of California-Davis has found evidence in human studies that grape seed extract, a popular dietary supplement, may help significantly lower blood pressure. The study was undertaken among 24 men and women with metabolic syndrome, a condition characterized by obesity, abnormal glucose and serum lipid levels, and high blood pressure, which can predispose people to diabetes and heart disease. The patients, who were divided into three groups of eight, received either grape seed extract or placebo daily for one month. Those receiving the extract showed an average drop in systolic pressu
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