Potato PowerPurple-fleshed potatoes contain compounds that suppress the growth of colon cancer tumors (cell and mouse models).
Purple-fleshed potatoes are a rich source of anthocyanins – potent plant-based antioxidant compounds. Jairam K.P. Vanamala. from Penn State University (Pennsylvania, USA), and colleagues previously discovered that baked purple-fleshed potato ...More »
Tiny Treatment Delivers Big Pain ReliefGold nanorods target pain receptors.
In that a human hair measures 100,000 nanometers wide, gold nanorods are tiny rods that are 1-100 nanometers wide and long. Tatsuya Murakami, from Kyoto University's Institute for ...More »
Alzheimer’s Disease: Multifactorial and ModifiableNumerous and potentially modifiable risk factors may contribute to up to two-thirds of Alzheimer's disease cases worldwide.
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD; or a related dementia) afflicts an estimated 44 million people worldwide. A leading cause of disabilities and with no cure at-present, early detection and prevention are ...More »
Combat Flu NaturallyCombination of echinacea herb and root extract with elderberry may be “as effective as” prescription flu medication.
Seasonal influenza (“the flu”) is a viral illness with symptoms that can include fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, and headache. Life-threatening complications, such as bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening ...More »
Flex Your Brain PowerPhysical fitness improves cognitive flexibility, among older adults.
A number of previous studies report that higher cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and physical activity in aging associate with greater brain structural and functional integrity, and higher cognitive functioning. Agnieszka Burzynska ...More »
Mobile Health Technologies: Achievements & ChallengesAre smartphone applications and wearable sensors effective at reducing risk factors for heart disease and stroke?
It is estimated that 1 in 5 American adults use some technology to track health data and the most popular health apps downloaded are related to exercise, counting steps, or ...More »
Sip Before DiningDrinking 500 mL of water 30 minutes prior to a meal may assist weight management goals, among obese men and women.
Regular physical activity and health diet are key elements for effective weight management. Helen Parretti, from the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom), and colleagues enrolled 84 obese adults in a ...More »
Innovative Cancer Study Design Yields Important Insights“Basket study” explores responses to drugs based on the specific mutations in patients' tumors, rather than where their cancer originated.
A new form of clinical trial design called a “basket study” enables the detection of early signals of activity across multiple tumor types simultaneously, while allowing for the possibility that ...More »
Olive Oil Improves Metabolic & Cardiovascular ParametersExtra virgin olive oil may beneficially impact post-meal blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Unrefined and mechanically-extracted from olives, extra virgin olive oil is abundant in monounsaturated fat. Francesco Violi, from Sapienza University (Italy),, and colleagues enrolled 25 healthy men and women, who consumed ...More »
Long Workweek Raises Stroke RiskWorking 55 hours or more per week may raise the risk of stroke by 33%.
Extended work hours are often accompanied by increased mental – and sometimes physical – stress. Mika Kivimaki, from the University College London (United Kingdom),and colleague completed a large-scale systematic review and ...More »
Amino Acid Prompts ActionSupplementation of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) may enhance a person’s ability to react to and prioritize actions.
GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) is an amino acid that is the most prevalent inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. GABA is found in large amounts in the hypothalamus, thus ...More »
Anti-Aging Effects of Antioxidant RevealedAlpha lipoic acid stimulates telomerase (mouse model).
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 are ...More »
Post-Meal Coffee Changes Metabolic MarkersWhen enjoyed after a meal, coffee may increase levels of an appetite-regulating hormone, improve blood sugar levels, and boost endothelial function.
Coffee contains a number of compounds – most notably, polyphenols that numerous previous studies suggest exert beneficial effects for metabolic and cardiovascular disorders. Japanese researchers enrolled 19 healthy men in a ...More »
Tomatoes May Trigger GoutStudy suggests that tomatoes may be the fourth most common gout trigger food.
A type of arthritis, gout is often characterized by acute attacks of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint. The condition is caused by an excess of uric ...More »
Bit of Activity Boosts HealthA small amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity weekly may reduce the risks of death by as much as 22%, among older men and women.
While the health and longevity benefits of 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity re well established, many of us fail to reach this target. David Hupin ...More »
Environment Health Linked to Human HealthPublic health implications of climate change.
Researchers from Columbia University's National Center for Disaster Preparedness (New York, USA) and the University of Washington (Washington, USA) reveal how climate change impacts human health – with particular impact ...More »
Acupuncture Aimed at Blood PressureTraditional Chinese therapy may markedly lower blood pressure, with the effects persisting for 90 days.
Acupuncture is a longstanding Chinese medicine therapy, and a team from University of California/Irvine (California, USA) submits data that validates its effects on mild to moderate hypertension (high blood ...More »
Suffering In SilenceHearing loss is an under-recognized disease that can have profound consequences for quality of life.
People who have hearing difficulties struggle to maintain connected in today’s hectic, technology-driven world. David Myers, from Hope College (Michigan, USA), profiled the psychology of hearing and hearing loss ...More »
Exercise SmartsIntelligence in your 20s may predict better physical performance in your 50s, among men.
Previous studies suggest that exercise, health status and socioeconomic factors may influence physical performance. Researchers are exploring the role that childhood factors may exert on as well. Rikke Hodal Meincke ...More »
Mechanism of Alzheimer’s Onset RevealedThe brain’s ability to dispose of amyloid beta 42 decreases with age.
Amyloid beta 42 is a protein – a natural byproduct of brain activity, normally is cleared from the brain before it can clump together into plaques that are suspected to be ...More »
Spice Combats SorenessCurcumin may reduce tissue damage that causes pain, in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
The yellow pigment that gives turmeric its color, curcumin has been shown by numerous previous studies to exert antioxidant and anti-inflammation effects. David S. Rowlands, from Massey University (New Zealand ...More »
Disease Dangers of Chronic InflammationNutritional factors may contribute to – and may thus counteract – the unchecked inflammatory response.
Whereas acute inflammation is often necessary as a protective defense against infection and other insults, unchecked, chronic inflammation is implicated in a number of diseases – most notably, arthritis autioimmune diseases ...More »
Plant Compounds Support Eye HealthCarotenoids may augment macular pigment and improve contrast sensitivity.
Carotenoids are plant-based molecules, consumption of which associate with an array of health effects in humans – most notably, potential antioxidant activity. Kwadwo Akuffo, from the Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland ...More »
Pain: A Prevaling Part of Daily Life?Trends in the prevalence, severity, and duration of pain shed insights into non-drug approaches.
Severe and lasting physical pain drains quality of life. Richard L. Nahin, from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health (Maryland, USA), published ...More »
Anti-Aging Effects of a Satisfying Social CircleFrequent social interactions at age 20 and good-quality relationships at age 30 associate with higher levels of well-being at age 50.
Social connectedness is emerging as an important factor in mental health as well as longevity. Cheryl Carmichael, from the University of Rochester (New York, USA), and colleagues studied 133 people ...More »
Ditch This DinnerwareWhen heated or serving acidic foods, melamine tableware may be linked to increased risks of urinary stones and kidney problems
With their vibrant colors and breakage resistance, melamine plates, bowls, and cups are popular in households with young children. A number of previous studies suggest that heat and acid can ...More »
Salmon Compound Minimizes InflammationAstaxanthin may improve muscle recuperation, among athletes.
Astaxanthin is a pink-orange carotenoid found in salmon and has been shown by some published studies to exert antioxidant effects, Ivana Baralic, from the Sports Medicine Association of Serbia (Serbia ...More »
Global Trends in Beverage PreferencesSurvey involving residents of 187 countries can inform public policy on nutrition.
Data on beverage intakes in 187 countries reveal diversity in existing intakes and trends in global consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices and milk. The Global Burden of Diseases Nutrition ...More »
Balance Training Reduces Falls & InjuriesImproving balance may lower fall-related injuries by 20%, among older women.
Brittle bones are common among aging women, with falls having the potential to cause major disability risks. Fabienne El-Khoury, from the Pierre Louis Institute for Epidemiology and Public Health (France ...More »
Aging Alters the Immune ResponseDietary antioxidants may help to protect the thymus.
A key component of the immune system, T lymphocytes are produced by the thymus. But, with aging the thymus atrophies, resulting in progressively reduced production of new T cells. Howard ...More »
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Disease Dangers of Chronic Inflammation
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Testosterone Therapy: "Significant Reduction” in Heart Attack, Stroke Risks
Large-scale Veterans Affairs database study reaffirms safety and benefits of testosterone replacement, in men.Read the full article »
Anti-Inflammation for Anti-Aging
To live 100+ years, management of inflammation helps the body ward off diseases.Read the full article »
Tweaking Mitochondria via Nutrition
Long-chain fatty acids may exert protective effects on the mitochondria’s control mechanism (fruitfly model).Read the full article »
Targeting Telomeres to Treat Diseases
Defective telomeres are linked to dozens of diseases – including many types of cancer.Read the full article »
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