January 17, 2007

Adventist News

LLU Study: Pomegranate Juice 
Offers Hope in Alzheimer’s
capIf you opt for a glass of pomegranate juice, you may be staving off Alzheimer’s disease, says Richard Harman, researcher and author of a study released in December by Loma Linda University (LLU) in collaboration with Washington University researchers.
For years, pomegranates have been linked to curbing certain types of cancer and clearing arteries. Hartman’s study indicates they’re as good for your brain as they are for your heart. 
The study—conducted over a six-month period with mice with genetic tendencies to develop Alzheimer’s-like diseases—reveals that pomegranates, when compared to other fruits and vegetables, pack notably high levels of polyphenols. Polyphenols are one of many antioxidants known to neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals, which attack healthy human cells and cause them to mutate into cancer cells. Free radicals have also been linked to triggering arthritis, atherosclerosis, diabetes, premature aging, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Hartman, who was already working with pharmaceuticals in lab rats to combat Alzheimer’s, was not initially interested in joining David Holtzman, chair of the neurology department at Washington University School of Medicine, in his research with the pomegranate juice.
Once persuaded by Holzmann to join him, Hartman said, “I was shocked. The juice had just as much effect—if not more—than the medications I was using.”
According to Hartman, the mice that consumed pomegranate juice had 50 percent less plaque—toxic clumps of protein—accumulated in their brains. These accumulations damage and disrupt communication between brain cells. Compromised brain cells trigger memory loss and cognitive decline—both characteristic signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
The full study is in the December 2006 journal of Neurobiology of Disease.     —Adventist News Network/AR.

Adventist Keeps Record for 2007 State of the Union Address

Smith Christina

Christina Anderson Smith of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, made history on January 23 for being the first  African-American woman to take the official record for the State of the Union Address given by President George W. Bush.

"I am both humbled and honored to serve in this position," Smith told the Adventist Review. "I am certain that I am in this place at this time for God's glory, not my own."
For the past six years Smith has served as an official court reporter for the United States House of Representatives, taking the official record for hearings and floor proceedings on Capitol Hill. Her duties include verbatim reporting and transcription of congressional proceedings, meetings, hearings, and caucuses.

Smith is an alumnus of Oakwood College (class of 1982) and a member of the Emmanuel Brinklow church in Brinklow, Maryland.                                                                                 —NAD Communication Department.


AdventSource Launches Adventist Search Engine
AdventSource, the official ministry resource distribution center for the North American Division (NAD), has just launched the church’s first comprehensive targeted search engine. The new search engine—http://search.adventsource.org—searches Web sites created and maintained by organizations and members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Instead of searching the entire Internet, users can search only Adventist sites, including Adventist ministries, businesses, and organizations.
“Because of the number of people searching for information on the Internet, we saw a need for an Adventist search engine,” said Fred Kinsey, assistant to the NAD president for communication. “If you’re looking for anything—from a speaker for your next event to an Adventist contractor to help build your house, this search engine is the place to start.”
Adventist organizations, supporting ministries, and ASI members with businesses may submit their Web site information to be included. Individual member sites may also be submitted.
“As the number of Web sites grows, it will become increasingly important that we be able to search a piece of what is available on the Web,” says Brad Forbes, director of AdventSource. “This search engine allows for members to find all the good stuff without any junk.”               
                                                                                              —AdventSource Communication Department/AR.
IDAHO: Signs of the Times Gets Makeover
Beginning in January 2007, Signs of the Times readers will note that the Adventist publication has once again transformed to a fresh format.

THE OLD AND THE NEW: Signs of the Times in June 1874 and January 2007 [PPPA]

In the 132 years that Signs of the Times has been in print, it has changed forms many times. When James White started the magazine in 1874, it was the size of today’s newspaper and used all black type with no illustrations. The most noticeable new feature is its smaller Reader’s Digest size, but it also has doubled in number of pages—from 32 to 64. Other features include new design and illustrations, as well as additional articles on Bible study, health, family, faith, and current events.

“Our mission is still the same—to win men and women to Jesus and alert them to His soon coming,” says Signs of the Times editor Marvin Moore. “I believe this new smaller size and format invite people to pick up the magazine and read its life-changing articles.”
For more information, go to www.signstimes.com       —Pacific Press Publishing Association/AR.