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May 30, 2002

Compound Found in Broccoli May Help Ulcers and Stomach Cancer

Sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli and broccoli sprouts, kills the bacterium known to cause ulcers and stomach cancer, according to laboratory research from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the French National Scientific Research Center. The findings appear in the May 21 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and were reported by the Washington Post.

Jed Fahey, MS, a plant physiologist in the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is the study's lead author. He is also affiliated with the Center for Human Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Patrick Dolan, BS, and Thomas Kensler, PhD, from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, also contributed to the study.

Other authors of the report include Alain Lozniewski, Xavier Haristoy, and Isabelle Scholtus of the French National Scientific Research Center. Katherine Stephenson and Paul Talalay, MD, are with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

For more information:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
School of Medicine News Release
Washington Post Article

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