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This just in: two wine and health news items! Up first, with a headline like “Cyanidin-3-rutinoside, a Natural Polyphenol Antioxidant, Selectively Kills Leukemic Cells by Induction of Oxidative Stress,” my eyes glaze over, even if it is yummy cyanidin under discussion. Cut to the Fredricksberg Lance-Star for the giddy synopsis:

AMAZING! It has been found that a pigmentation chemical that makes grape skins and wines red has been found to kill human leukemia and lymphoma cells cultured in a lab, according to research to be published May 4 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. [Fredricksberg Lance-Star, Journal of Biological Chemistry; thanks, Ryan!]

Meanwhile, Down Under, item number two, not from university researchers. The summary:

Screwcap wine drinkers have been given a health warning by wine writer Keith Stewart, who says there may be a link between the seal and increasing rates of breast cancer…[and] warns that the polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) seal used in the screwcaps is one of the endocrine disrupters identified by cancer researchers. [Marlborough Express; thanks, Jack!]


Related: “Resveratrol now promises cardiovascular sloth” [Dr. Vino]

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