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Zinc Lozenges May Shorten Common Cold Duration
July 29, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Zinc lozenges may shorten the duration of common cold episodes by up to 40 per cent, according to a new systematic review of the evidence.


Can Air Conditioners Cause Colds?
July 28, 2011 | Immunity | 
In the midst of a nasty heat wave, air-conditioning can make life so much easier to bear. But some people believe that sudden drops in temperature can play havoc with the immune system. Others say air-conditioners act as germ-spewing machines, cultivating bacteria and viruses like petri dishes and then blasting and recirculating them in enclosed spaces.


Superfood Chia Seeds Offer Heart and Liver Benefits
July 27, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Consumption of chia seeds as a source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) may bring about redistribution associated with heart and liver protection, according to new research in rats.


Forget Milk, Seaweed Has Natural Bioactive Peptides That Prevent Disease
July 25, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Seaweed and other macroalgae could rival milk products as sources of functional ingredients such as heart healthy bioactive peptides, according to a new study.


Why You Should Never Eat Shell-less Pistachios
July 18, 2011 | Nutrition | 
Two studies published in the current on-line issue of the journal Appetite indicate that consuming in-shell pistachios is a weight-wise approach to healthy snacking, offering unique mindful eating benefits to help curb consumption and decrease calorie intake.


What You Perceive of Stored Memory Will Be Your Guide
July 18, 2011 | Memory | 
Unpleasant memories could create bitterness while pleasant memories tend to fill one with happiness and a desire to relive the experience. Some perceive nostalgia as part of emotional baggage, and question its biological relevance.


Nuts Help Prevent Diabetes, Suggests Study
July 14, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Daily consumption of nuts may help to control type 2 diabetes, and prevent its complications, according to new research.


Tomatoes Reduce Risk of Killer Diseases
July 13, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Tomatoes are widely available, cost-effective, and people of all ages and cultures like them. Now, a review research has shown that eating more tomatoes and tomato products could make people healthier and slash their risk of developing killer diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.


Potatoes: The Most Fattening Food
July 13, 2011 | Nutrition | 
If you've gained weight as an adult, blame it on potatoes - chips, fries and other potato dishes seem to be the foods most directly responsible for the pound per year the average adult gains.


Solar Cells That Can Be Printed Onto Paper
July 13, 2011 | Sustainability | 
Imagine decorating your bedroom walls with paper made from the same solar cells that now power your home.


Seaweed Granules: Makes You Feel Full And An Excellent Alternative To Salt
July 11, 2011 | Nutrition | 
High blood pressure, strokes and early deaths could be prevented by replacing table salt with seaweed granules inbread and processed foods, scientists claim.


How Memory Can Be Preserved and Forgetting Prevented
July 11, 2011 | Memory | 
As any student who's had to study for multiple exams can tell you, trying to learn two different sets of facts one after another is challenging. As you study for the physics exam, almost inevitably some of the information for the history exam is forgotten. It's been widely believed that this interference between memories develops because the brain simply doesn't have the capacity necessary to process both memories in quick succession. But is this truly the case?


Designed to Heal
July 11, 2011 | Healing | 
When looking to overcome a specific health challenge, for most of us, the tendency is to look for a remedy - some pill, cream, or perhaps a liquid that we can drink - that will fix our problem right up. The reality is that in most circumstances, your body knows best how to heal itself. It's not a stretch to state that your body is designed to do one thing, and that's to preserve its health.


DNA, Cancer and Meditation: Is There a Connection?
July 8, 2011 | Healing | 
When it comes to achieving total wellness, there are many factors to consider, but most of us don't think of meditation as being important in maintaining physical vitality.


Why History Offers Lessons For Nutrition's Future
July 7, 2011 | Nutrition | 
Understanding how our ancestors ate and appreciating what nutrients we need from an evolutionary perspective is finally getting the headlines it deserves - the nutrition industry should take note.


Antioxidant Properties of Eggs Prevent Heart Disease and Cancer
July 7, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
One of nature's most perfect foods may be even better for us than previously thought.


The Then and Now of Memory
July 7, 2011 | Memory | 
Researchers have long known that the brain links all kinds of new facts, related or not, when they are learned about the same time. Just as the taste of a cookie and tea can start a cascade of childhood memories, as in Proust, so a recalled bit of history homework can bring to mind a math problem - or a new dessert - from that same night.


Is Oregano An Herb or a Spice?
July 6, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
Oregano is a Mediterranean spice that masquerades as a herb. The name oregano is derived from the Greek words oros, for "mountain," and ganos, for "joy" or "splendour."


Cutting Your Salt Intake Will Not Reduce Your Chance of Dying or Experiencing Heart Disease
July 6, 2011 | Nutrition | 
Moderate reductions in the amount of salt people eat doesn't reduce their likelihood of dying or experiencing cardiovascular disease. This is the main conclusion from a systematic review published in the latest edition of The Cochrane Library.


Study Explains Why We Can't Eat Just One Potato Chip
July 5, 2011 | Nutrition | 
It's hard to eat just one potato chip, and a new study may explain why.


Scientific Evidence Finally Proves That Massage Therapy Eases Back Pain
July 5, 2011 | Healing | 
Massage therapy helps ease chronic low back pain and improve function, according to a randomized controlled trial that the Annals of Internal Medicine will publish in its July 5 issue. The first study to compare structural and relaxation (Swedish) massage, the trial found that both types of massage worked well, with few side effects.


Resveratrol Prevents The Loss of Muscle and Strength
July 4, 2011 | Antioxidants | 
As strange as it sounds, a new research study published in the FASEB Journal, suggests that the "healthy" ingredient in red wine, resveratrol, may prevent the negative effects that spaceflight and sedentary lifestyles have on people.



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