Mingle in MidlifeEngaging in arts, crafts, and socializing in our 50s may reduce memory decline later in life.
Previously, a number of studies have suggested a protective effect for social interactions – such as participating in book clubs and playing cards – on cognitive skills. Rosebud O. Roberts, from the ...More »
Korean Condiment Combats ObesityFermented kimchi is a good source of lactobacilli, a “friendly bacteria” that may beneficially alter gut microbiota, among obese women.
Emerging evidence suggests a link between the gut microflora and metabolic factors in obesity. As such, there is increasing interest in food-based approaches to favorably alter the bacteria composition of ...More »
Dance Against DiseaseDancing the Argentine tango may help to improve balance, in people with Parkinson’s Disease.
Parkinson's Disease (PD) is characterized by a loss of dopaminergic neurons, which leads to tremors and difficulty with movement and walking. Those with PD also can experience depression, fatigue ...More »
Pesticide Exposure Linked to Heart DiseaseExposure to the pesticide DDT can raise cardiovascular risks, among premenopausal women.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are commonplace in the manufacturing of consumer products – especially plastics; as well, some pesticides act as EDCs. The polychlorinated pesticides DDT is ome of thee first recognized ...More »
Dining Out May Raise BPMeals eaten away from home may raise your risks of hypertension.
Globally, high blood pressure (hypertension) is the leading risk factor for death associated with cardiovascular disease. Previous studies have shown that young adults with pre-hypertension, or slightly elevated blood pressure ...More »
Listen for CancerA novel acoustic tweezer device uses sound-based separation to identify circulating tumor cells.
With cancer, accurate detection and identification is key. In that existing methods of separation use tumor-specific antibodies to bind with the cancer cells and isolate them – requiring that the appropriate ...More »
Cognition CorrelationHigher vitamin D levels in midlife may predict better cognitive skills later in life.
Cognitive reserve refers to the capacity for the thinking, memory, and learning skills to be resilient against damage that may otherwise be incurred by the brain. Previous studies suggest that ...More »
Role of Inflammation in LifespanMammalian species with greater copy numbers of anti-inflammatory genes have longer maximum lifespans.
A major contributor in the process of aging is lifelong accumulation of molecular damage resultant from inflammation and free radical damage. In that the CD33rSiglec family of proteins are known ...More »
3 Foods, 1 Disease-Fighting CompoundMechanism by which polyphenols present in green tea, apples and cocoa may ward off chronic diseases, is revealed
An abundance of published studies suggest a correlation between increased fruit and vegetable consumption and a reduced risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer. Researchers have ...More »
Air Pollution Can Damage the BrainAmbient fine particulate matter can damage the brain’s structure and impair cognitive function.
Air pollutants that originate from a variety of sources – such as power plants, factories, trucks and automobiles and the burning of wood – is characterized as having a particle size of ...More »
Vigorously VitalVigorous physical activity is key to reduce the risk of premature death, among middle-aged and older men and women.
Whereas the World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommends for adults to complete at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week, many of us ...More »
Hidden Disease BurdenHumans carry an average of 1-2 mutations per person that can cause severe genetic disorders or prenatal death when two copies of the same mutation are inherited
Most genetic disorders that result in sterility or childhood death are caused by recessive mutations, Whereas DNA sequence variants are harmless when a person carries only one copy, when such ...More »
Purpose in Life Reduces Stroke RiskLiving a life with meaning in direction may reduce a person’s risk of stroke.
Previously, a number of studies suggest that having a purpose in life - the sense that life has meaning and direction – may reduce a number of adverse health effects. Lei Yu ...More »
Robotic Glove Assists Stroke SurvivorsSCRIPT (Supervised Care and Rehabilitation Involving Personal Tele-robotics) facilitates repetitive movement and exercise of the hand and wrist.
A robotic glove designed to help stroke sufferers regain movement in their hands and rebuild their muscles has been developed as part of a multi-nation collaborative project spearheaded by Farshid ...More »
Predictive PersonalityFriends may be best able to perceive personality traits that may raise your risks of death.
Previous studies suggest that self-rated personality traits predict risk of death. Joshua J. Jackson, from Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA), and colleagues explored whether a person’s friends ...More »
Clue to Cancer in Cellular PowerhousesAs many as 30% of all cancers employ mitochondria, the powerhouses inside cells, to create an environment that is conducive to tumor growth.
Mitochondria are organelles inside human cells, and are responsible for generating the energy that the cells need to conduct their work. David F. Kashatus, from University of Virginia School of ...More »
Curb Anxiety with CurryConsumption of curcumin may boost levels of docohexaenoic acid (DHA) in the brain.
Known best as the substance in turmeric that gives the curry spice its characteristic yellow color, curcumin has been found by previous studies to exert antioxidant, anti-inflammation, anticancer, and lipid-lowering ...More »
A Golden Diagnostic DevelopmentFor prostate cancer detection, a new US $1 test using gold nanoparticles outperforms PSA screening.
A novel test that costs less than US $1 and yields results in minutes is shown to be more sensitive and more exact than PSA (prostate specific antigen) screening – the ...More »
Peanuts PrevailPeanuts Improve markers of vascular health, if consumed as part of a high-fat meal.
A legume, peanuts are a good source of vitamin E, niacin, folate, manganese protein and fiber. Previously, some studies suggest that consumption of peanuts may lower the risks of coronary ...More »
Nanoparticles Target Arterial InflammationNanotherapeutic approach is shown to halt the growth of artery plaque cells, resulting in the fast reduction of the inflammation that may cause a heart attack.
High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is a cholesterol molecule that travels within artery walls. A team from Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York, USA) has leveraged HDL’s natural travel routes ...More »
Walnut Compounds Curtail CancerPhenols may slow the survival of stem cells involved in colon cancer.
A good source of numerous vitamins and minerals and the only nut that contains a significant source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), walnuts have a high antioxidant content (3.7 mmol ...More »
Date Syrup Deters BacteriaDate syrup demonstrates antibacterial activity against a number of disease-causing bacteria.
Date syrup is a viscous, sweet liquid derived from dates and consumed as a sweetener alternative to refined sugar. Ara Kanekanian, from Cardiff Metropolitan University (United Kingdom), and colleagues mixed ...More »
Exercise Curtails Death RiskRegular physical activity may reduce the risk of premature death, in urban and high-trafficked areas.
Physical activity heightens respiratory processes and may raise the deposition of air pollutants in the lung. But a team from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) submits that there are benefits ...More »
Diet Determines BehaviorA high-fat diet prompts brain inflammation, in a lab animal model.
High-fat diets have long been known to increase the risk for medical problems, including heart disease and stroke, but there is growing concern that diets high in fat might also ...More »
Magnesium Improves Metabolic MarkersDietary magnesium may help to lower elevated glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), elevated systolic blood pressure, and elevated C-reactive protein..
Magnesium is a mineral with a major role in the metabolism of glucose, the production of cellular energy, and the manufacture of protein. A research team led by Yanni Papanikolaou ...More »
Mixed Message on MethionineWhile it is an essential amino acid, methionine is implicated in a cellular process that is linked to memory loss, in a lab animal model.
Methionine is an essential amino acid that is required for the absorption, transportation, and bioavailability of zinc and selenium in the body. Previously, some studies have reported that supplementary methionine ...More »
An Eggs-ellent SaladTo boost the body’s absorption of carotenoids from salad, enjoy with a cooked whole egg.
Previously, a number of studies suggest that increased levels of carotenoids – exerting antioxidant properties – may lower the risk of premature death. Wayne Campbell, from Purdue University (Indiana, USA), and colleagues ...More »
Lessons from the Long-Lived LemurDuke University (US) researchers explore longevity via these ancient relatives of monkeys, apes and humans.
For millions of years, lemurs, the ancient relatives of monkeys, apes and humans, have evolved in isolation on the island of Madagascar. The Duke Lemur Center (Duke University; North Carolina ...More »
Leafy Greens Support Memory & ThinkingSpinach, kale, collards, and mustard greens are abundant in vitamin K, lutein, folate and beta carotene.
Previously, studies report that vitamin K, lutein, folate and beta carotene are nutrients that may slow cognitive decline typical of aging. Martha Clare Morris, from Rush University Medical Center (Illinois ...More »
The Dark Side of ProteinsProteins are essential to countless cellular processes, but their aggregation into toxic plaques may cause disease.
Diseases caused by protein aggregation – including Alzheimer’s Disease and certain cancers – remain largely without effective treatment. Gal Bitan, from University of California/Los Angeles (UCLA; California, USA), and colleagues ...More »
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Curb Anxiety with Curry
Consumption of curcumin may boost levels of docohexaenoic acid (DHA) in the brain.Read the full article »
Magnesium Improves Metabolic Markers
Dietary magnesium may help to lower elevated glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), elevated systolic blood pressure, and elevated C-reactive protein.Read the full article »
Key Cellular Process In Aging Elucidated
“Brain housekeeping” mechanism may be essential approach to address aging-related neurodegenerative diseases.Read the full article »
Short Sleep Shortens Lifespan
Persistent (chronic) insomnia increases inflammation.Read the full article »
How to Halve Heart Attack Risk
Decade-long study of Greek residents reaffirms the potent heart health effects of the Mediterranean diet.Read the full article »
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