Amino Acids Assist Arterial HealthArginine, cysteine, glutamic acid, glycine, histdine, leucine and tyrosine improve measures of peripheral and central blood pressure, among women
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins – key components of muscle and tissue throughout the body. Amy Jennings, from the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom), and colleagues studied ...More »
Decoding LongevityAltering RNA helicases doubles lifespan (roundworm model).
A Korean research team has made a breakthrough in decoding the aging process, suggesting insights into how to dramatically slow it down. Mihwa Seo, from the Institute for Basic Science ...More »
Sleep Boosts Memory AccessibilitySleep may help us to recall facts which we can’t remember while still awake.
The beneficial impact of sleep on memory is well established, and the act of sleeping is known to help us remember the things that we did, or heard, the previous ...More »
Targeting Telomeres to Treat DiseasesDefective telomeres are linked to dozens of diseases – including many types of cancer.
Telomeres are the end caps of chromosomes, protecting the DNA complexes from deterioration during cell division. Telomere shortening is considered a marker of cellular aging, and prematurely shortened telomeres have ...More »
Harnessing Data on Genetic Patterns of LongevityCalico partners with Ancestry.com.
Calico (California Life Company), incubated by Google in 2013, has partnered with Ancestry.com, the largest family tree website. This arrangement enables Calico to access DNA data to look for ...More »
Innovative ImmunotherapyMonoclonal antibodies target misfolded proteins implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.
Monoclonal antibodies are antibodies produced by only one single, specific type of cell and all have the same activity. They can be purified and infused in any organism to produce ...More »
Coffee May Reduce Diabetes RisksRegular consumption of coffee exerts an inflammation-lowering effect.
Previous studies suggest a variety of health effects of the regular consumption of coffee. Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos, from Harokopio University (Greece), and colleagues analyzed data collected on a random sample ...More »
Preventable Diseases Shorten LifespanHeart disease, stroke, and type-2 diabetes may reduce lifespan by as much as 23 years.
Whereas smoking is thought to reduce lifespan by 10 years, preventable diseases such as heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes may shorten lifespan by as much as 23 years. Researchers ...More »
A Canopy of Health and LongevityTrees lining city streets can decrease the incidence of heart disease and diabetes, and may confer more lifespan.
A number of previous studies suggest health-promoting benefits of greenery in urban settings. Omid Kardan, from the University of Chicago (Illinois, USA), and colleagues related the domains of green space ...More »
Accurate Disease Detection for $2A portable 'paper machine' can diagnose disease for less than $2.
In the US and other industrialized nations, testing for infectious diseases and cancer often requires expensive equipment and highly trained specialists. In countries where resources are limited, performing the same ...More »
Ginger Gives Workouts A Boost4 grams of ginger for 5 days pre-exercise accelerates recovery of muscle strength following exercise-related muscle damage.
An abundant source of antioxidants, previous studies suggest that ginger (Zingiber officinale) confers analgesic and pharmacological properties mimicking non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs. James M. Smoliga, from High Point University (North Carolina ...More »
Life-Extending Potential of a Cancer DrugTrametinib, a skin cancer drug, extends lifespan by 12% (fruitfly model).
Trametinib is a drug to treat skin cancer via inhibition of Ras signaling. Nazif Alic, from the University College London (United Kingdom), and colleagues administered trametinib to female fruitflies. Given ...More »
2 Bone-Building ExercisesWeight-lifting and jumping exercises may improve bone density and reverse age-related bone loss, among middle-aged men
Typically associated with women, osteoporosis is a condition that makes bones weak and prone to breakage. Nearly 2 million men in the US have the condition, and 16 million more ...More »
Stub Out StrokeSecondhand smoke increases the risk of stroke by about 30%, among nonsmokers.
Amassing data suggests a variety of health dangers of secondhand smoke (SHS). Angela M. Malek, from the Medical University of South Carolina (South Carolina, USA), and colleagues studied 21,743 ...More »
Two Good FatsAlpha-linoleic acid (ALA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death, among older men and women.
Some fats can indeed be good for you. Published data suggests that a high intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), which can promote healthy cholesterol levels, may reduce the risk ...More »
Cancer Concoction50 chemicals to which the public is exposed to on a daily basis, when combined, may trigger cancer.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) estimates that as many as 19% of all cancers may be attributable to toxic environmental exposures ...More »
Choose “C”ardiovascular FoodsBe sure to consume ample servings of fruits and vegetables every day, so your body gets Vitamin C – a potent antioxidant and critical component
Bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwis, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas are some of the foods highest in Vitamin C. Boerge Nordestgaard, from the University of Copenhagen ...More »
The Brain-Gut ConnectionBoth a high-fat and a high-sugar diet can cause changes in gut bacteria that appear related to a significant loss of "cognitive flexibility"
Previously, some studies suggest a link between fat and sugar on cognitive function and behavior, positing that such problems may be linked to alteration of the microbiome -- a complex mixture ...More »
Nature Nurtures Well-BeingNot only does daily contact with nature improve quality of life, a walk in the woods may reduce a person’s tendencies to be self-critical.
Natural environments are a potent promoter of physical, mental, and spiritual healing. People can often attain health benefits simply by spending time outside. Jessica Finlay, from the University of Minnesota ...More »
1 Action Raises 3 Cancer RisksSpending more leisure time sitting associates with a higher risk of multiple myeloma, breast and ovarian cancers, among women.
Over the past few decades, time spent sitting has increased due to several factors, including technological advancements, like computers and video games, and changes in transportation. An abundance of published ...More »
Spice Up Wound HealingPeppermint oil and cinnamon contain compounds that ward off bacteria.
Chronic wounds are at-risk for developing infectious colonies of bacteria (biofilms) that can raise a person’s chances of medical complications from the wound. In that essential oils and other ...More »
Multiple Health Problems Multiply Death RiskA person’s risk of dying prematurely rises significantly if s/he has a combination of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
As many as 10 million men and women in the US and Europe have some combination of diabetes, heart disease and stroke history. Emanuele Di Angelantonio, from the University of ...More »
Omega-3s Promote Healthy Blood VesselsDaily omega-3 supplementation helps to reduce pulse wave velocity (PWV) -- a marker of arterial stiffness.
With aging, it is common that central arterial stiffness increases and arterial wave reflections become enhanced, thereby contributing to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. Kevin D. Monahan, from Pennsylvania ...More »
Phthalates Raise BPNew-generation phthalates may pose as great a health risk as the original compounds, especially in children and teens.
Chemicals present in household cleaners, food packaging and personal care products, and utilized to soften plastics and vinyl, phthalates have recently been suggested to contribute to a range of health ...More »
Testosterone Therapy: No Link with Blood Clot Disorders“Prescription for testosterone therapy was not associated with an increased risk of [venous thromboembolism]” write investigators led by The University of Texas
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a disease where blood clots form in the veins and cause blockages. The most common forms of VTE are deep vein thrombosis, which occurs often in ...More »
Futuristic Brain Probe Controls NeuronsUltra-thin, minimally invasive device capable of controlling brain cells with drugs and light.
Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine (Missouri, USA), and University of Illinois (Illinois, USA), created a remote controlled, next-generation tissue implant that allows neuroscientists to inject drugs and ...More »
Fit Body = Fit BrainOlder adults may improve brain function by raising their fitness level.
Non-drug approaches that aim to reduce age-related cognitive decline are an important public health preventive strategy. Jeffrey Burns, from the University of Kansas (Kansas, USA), and colleagues completed a six-month ...More »
Novel Alzheimer’s Biomarker for Early DetectionChanges in the spinal fluid during middle age may identify people at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life.
In that the presymptomatic stage of Alzheimer's disease provides an opportunity for early intervention, the scientists have focused on identifying you biomarkers to assist with identifying at-risk populations. Anne ...More »
Perks of PetsPets provide companionship that may reduce social isolation and enhance physical activity.
With aging, many people experience physical and emotional concerns. Keith A. Anderson, from the University of Montana (Montana, USA), and colleagues suggest that such medical issues have the potential to ...More »
Don’t Skimp on SleepJust a single night of partial sleep deprivation promotes biological aging, in older adults.
Numerous previous studies suggest the rejuvenative potential of quality, restful sleep. Judith Carroll, from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA; California, USA), and colleagues studied how partial sleep deprivation ...More »
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The Brain-Gut Connection
Both a high-fat and a high-sugar diet can cause changes in gut bacteria that appear related to a significant loss of "cognitive flexibility," in a lab animal model.Read the full article »
Testosterone Therapy: No Link with Blood Clot Disorders
“Prescription for testosterone therapy was not associated with an increased risk of [venous thromboembolism],” write investigators led by The University of Texas Medical Branch.Read the full article »
Does Aspirin Keep Cancer Away?
The commonly used pain reliever appears to affect cancer stem cells.Read the full article »
Two Key Nutrients Help Stave Off Alzheimer’s Disease
Omega-3 supplements and antioxidants improve clearance of amyloid beta protein and reduce inflammation of brain tissue, in people with early stages of Alzheimer’s.Read the full article »
Fructose Feeds Fat
The simple carbohydrate is linked to increase in fat deposits and body weight.Read the full article »
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