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Feeling Weak? Vitamin D3 Improves Muscle Strength
February 27, 2017 | Sunlight | M.Chan
Age-associated decline in muscle function represents a significant public health burden. Vitamin D-deficiency is also prevalent in aging subjects, and has been linked to loss of muscle mass and strength. New research published in the journal PLOS shows specific forms of active vitamin D can help to optimise muscle strength.


'Crucial Regulatory Segments' In 98 Percent of DNA Control Thousands of Genes
February 24, 2017 | DNA | M.Forrester
The mysterious majority -- as much as 98 percent -- of our DNA do not code for proteins. Much of this part of our genome was thought to be nonfunctional evolutionary leftovers that are just along for the ride. However, hidden among this noncoding DNA are many crucial regulatory elements that control the activity of thousands of genes. What is more, these elements play a major role in our health with their potential to trigger diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and even autism.


Prebiotic Foods Improve Sleep and Shield The Body From Stress
February 23, 2017 | Nutrition | J.Summerly
Prebiotic foods are linked with reduced risks of skin conditions, digestive problems and even autoimmune disease. Over two thousand years ago, Hippocrates stated that 'All Disease Begins In The Gut.' A first-of-its kind study by University of Colorado Boulder scientists suggests that lesser-known gut-health promoters can have an impact on the body, improving sleep and buffering the physiological impacts of stress.


Graphic Shows Why You Should Avoid Nutella
February 22, 2017 | Toxins | N.Longo
Who didn't love Nutella as a child? That chocolatey smooth texture which spreads so perfectly on any food. Contrary to what its manufacturers promoted for decades, Nutella is not a health food at all. With the exception of margarine, it's the closest thing to spreadable junk food packed with sugar and one toxic ingredient in particular that has been linked with cancer.


Mediterranean Diet Reduces Inflammation Associated With Obesity
February 21, 2017 | ManagingPain | A.McCarthy
Adopting a Mediterranean diet after a heart attack is almost three times as powerful in reducing death rates as taking a statin drug. New research now suggests eating a Mediterranean diet could decrease the chances of experiencing regular pain.


Worldwide Studies Find Vitamin B 'Significantly' Reduces Symptoms of Mental Disorders
February 20, 2017 | Prevention | M.Torres
We cannot escape the reality that in developed nations, people are often overfed and undernourished. A growing body of literature links dietary choices to brain health and the risk of psychiatric illness. A review of worldwide studies has found that add-on treatment with high-dose b-vitamins -- including B6, B8 and B12 -- can significantly reduce symptoms of schizophrenia more than standard treatments alone.


How Does Handedness Affect Our Consciousness?
February 17, 2017 | Consciousness | J.Richardson
If you're left-handed, you know the world is not built for you. All cultures assign certain acts to the right hand such as shaking hands or swearing oaths, but how does this affect our consciousness?


The Difference Between a Cold and Flu - Try Nature's Flu Shot
February 16, 2017 | HumanBody | D.Mihalovic
There is no question that the cold virus is more stable in cold temperature, so it survives and lingers airborne much longer due to the dry, cold conditions. There is a difference between symptoms related to the cold virus and flu virus, but possibly the number one reason the human body is susceptible to the cold virus in the winter is its virulence.


Snorting These Two Spices Keeps You 25 Percent More Alert
February 15, 2017 | Antioxidants | J.Battaglia
According to the results of a study at Wheeling Jesuit University, participants demonstrated increased alertness and decreased levels of frustration, anxiety and fatigue when exposed to peppermint and cinnamon scents.


Do Married People Have Lower or Higher Levels of Stress?
February 14, 2017 | Lifestyle | A.McCarthy
Fitting that on Valentine's day we're talking about the levels of stress in married couples.Many studies have suggested that married people are healthier than those who are single, divorced, widowed and even cohabiting. Now a new Carnegie Mellon University study provides the first biological evidence to explain how marriage impacts health.


Nature Comes To The Rescue Again - Peppertree Disarms Most Dangerous Bacteria
February 13, 2017 | Prevention | K.Foster
Superbugs are without a doubt a major threat affecting all health care systems. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a type of staph bacteria that's become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. Despite attempts by new antibiotics to neutralize the effects of MRSA, none have suceeded. But nature did.


Switching From Smoking To Vaping Decreases Carcinogens By Almost 98 Percent
February 10, 2017 | Prevention | M.Torres
The history of tobacco use has been plagued with misinformation in both scientific literature and mainstream publications. A large majority of studies that have cast a negative light on tobacco have examined cigarette smoke which contains thousands of harmful chemicals. However, tobacco was used medicinally for thousands of years. A new study illustrates how vaping has been shown to reduce carcinogens by almost 98 percent in former smokers who dropped their cigarette habit and switched to vaporizers.


Higher Vitamin D Levels Linked To Longer Life
February 9, 2017 | Sunlight | M.Chan
Increased levels of vitamin D are associated with longer telomeres, reported to be a marker of biological aging, says a new study.


Cannabis Exerts Powerful Neuroprotective Effects And May Soon Be Used In Stroke and Cardiac Emergencies
February 8, 2017 | Antioxidants | M.Torres
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 active cannabinoids in cannabis. It accounts for 40 percent of the plant's extract and widely considered to be one of it's most powerful constituents that heals cells. Emergency teams in cardiac and stroke units may one day use CBD's neuroprotective effects to prevent the onset of debilitating symptoms developing from stroke and cardiac arrest.


Researchers Explain Why Some People Are Extra Sensitive To Sounds of Eating and Breathing
February 7, 2017 | HumanBody | T.O'Callaghan
Imagine feeling angry or upset whenever you hear a certain everyday sound. It's a condition called misophonia, and we know little about its causes. Now there's evidence that misophonics show distinctive brain activity whenever they hear their trigger sounds, a finding that could help devise coping strategies and treatments.


Compelling New Evidence That Exercise Is Not The Key To Weight Control
February 6, 2017 | YourWeight | J.Battaglia
More than a month has passed in a year representing new beginnings. However, moving forward, gym memberships are fading, fitness participation is declining and overall enthusiasm for reshaping our bodies has dwindled. But hope for those extra ten pounds or more has just been revived by an international study led by Loyola University Chicago, providing compelling new evidence that exercise may not be the key to controlling weight.


Childhood Antibiotic Use Linked with Obesity
February 3, 2017 | Nutrition | E.Dahl
Last year, theAmerican Gastroenterological Association published astudyanalyzing the effects of antibiotics taken before age 2 on obesity levels by age 4. They found that young children who had been exposed to antibiotics before age 2 had a 25 percent relative increase of being obese by age 4.


Red Seaweed A Natural Aid To Prevent Cancer Growth
February 2, 2017 | Prevention | M.Chan
Red Seaweed is one of the oldest groups of eukaryotic algae. It is part of one of the largest phyla of algae, containing over 7,000 currently recognized species. A study found that red seaweed helps in slowing down the growth rate of mammary tumours, which researchers says displays the algae's potential as a natural aid in cancer treatment.


Fast-Food Packaging Contains Chemicals Banned Around The World
February 1, 2017 | Toxins | A.McCarthy
Grease-proof packaging has helped make pizzas, burgers and tacos on-the-go a less messy proposition. However, a new study in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters has found that some fast-food packaging from across the U.S. contains a variety of fluorinated compounds -- a few of which have been linked to potential health effects.



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