Smarter brains run on sparsely connected neurons

Public Release: 17-May-2018 Ruhr-University Bochum The more intelligent a person, the fewer connections there are between the neurons in his cerebral cortex. This is the result of a study conducted by neuroscientists working with Dr Erhan Genç and Christoph Fraenz at Ruhr-Universität Bochum; the study was performed using a specific neuroimaging technique that provides insights…

Cannabidiol significantly reduces seizures in patients with severe form of epilepsy

Public Release: 16-May-2018 Study published in New England Journal of Medicine looked at two doses of cannabis-derived medication’s effectiveness in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome NYU Langone Health / NYU School of Medicine Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from the cannabis plant that does not produce a “high” and has been an increasing focus of medical research, was…

Yogurt may dampen Inflammation linked To Multiple Diseases

The study explored the hypothesis that yogurt may help reduce inflammation by improving the integrity of the intestinal lining, thus preventing endotoxins — pro-inflammatory molecules produced by gut microbes — from crossing into the blood stream. Citation: Ruisong Pei, Diana M DiMarco, Kelley K Putt, Derek A Martin, Chureeporn Chitchumroonchokchai, Richard S Bruno, Bradley W…

A high-fiber diet protects mice against the flu virus

Public Release: 15-May-2018   Cell Press Dietary fiber increases survival in influenza-infected mice by setting the immune system at a healthy level of responsiveness, according to a preclinical study published May 15th in the journal Immunity. A high-fiber diet blunts harmful, excessive immune responses in the lungs while boosting antiviral immunity by activating T cells. These…

Omega-3, omega-6 in diet alters gene expression in obesity

Public Release: 15-May-2018   Fatty acid supplementation regulates gene coding for secreted proteins in muscles American Physiological Society Bethesda, Md. (May 15, 2018)–A new study reveals that essential fats in the diet may play a role in regulating protein secretion in the muscles by changing the way genes associated with secretion act. The study is…

Keto diet protects optic nerve in glaucoma mouse model

Public Release: 14-May-2018   Low carb, high fat diet protects retina cells and their connections to the brain from degeneration Society for Neuroscience Caption A ketogenic diet preserves structure of retinal ganglion cells and their connections to the brain. Top (up): Retinal cells are more numerous in the ketogenic diet group (right). These cells were…

Study shows yogurt may dampen chronic inflammation linked to multiple diseases

Public Release: 14-May-2018   University of Wisconsin-Madison MADISON – Inflammation can be good. It’s part of the body’s innate immune system, our first line of defense against illness and injury. However, if the inflammatory response goes on for too long, it can lead to a condition called chronic inflammation, where the body essentially attacks itself,…

Ginger for Children with Acute Gastroenteritis. (Study)

Ginger for Children with Acute Gastroenteritis. (Study) Ginger for Children with Acute Gastroenteritis. (Study) The results showed that the number of vomiting episodes was 20% less in the group treated with ginger and the number of children missing school for at least one day was 28% less in the group treated with ginger. Berni Canani,…

Is colonialism creating inappropriate regulation of traditional medicine practitioners?

PUBLIC RELEASE: 11-MAY-2018 MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC./GENETIC ENGINEERING NEWS CAPTION JACM (The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine) is a monthly peer-reviewed journal published online with open access options and in print that is dedicated to research on paradigm, practice, and policy advancing integrative health. CREDIT: MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC., PUBLISHERS New Rochelle, NY, May…

New link between gut microbiome and artery hardening discovered

PUBLIC RELEASE: 10-MAY-2018 UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM The level of diversity of the ‘good bacteria’ in our digestive systems has been found to be linked to a feature of cardiovascular disease – hardening of the arteries – in new research by experts at the University of Nottingham and King’s College London. The gut microbiome is under…

Nutmeg’s hidden power: Helping the liver

Nutmeg’s hidden power: Helping the liver Nutmeg’s hidden power: Helping the liver Nutmeg is the seed of the Myristica fragrans tree, which is commonly found in Indonesia, and has been used to treat asthma, rheumatic pain, toothaches and infections. In the laboratory, researchers have shown that nutmeg can fight hyperlipidaemia, hyperglycemia, heart tissue damage and…

Hypertensive patients may benefit from folic acid supplements

Public Release: 7-May-2018 Patients with low platelet count and high homocysteine levels reduced first stroke risk by 73 percent with the B vitamin American College of Cardiology Hypertensive adults with low platelet count who took a combined daily pill of both enalapril and folic acid saw a 73 percent reduction in their risk of first…

Very-low-carb diet shows promise in type 1 diabetes

Public Release: 7-May-2018   Survey finds exceptional blood-sugar control with few complications; researchers call for clinical trials Boston Children’s Hospital Very-low-carbohydrate diets can improve blood sugar control in type 1 diabetes, with low rates of hypoglycemia and other complications, according to an online patient survey. The researchers, led by Belinda Lennerz, MD, PhD, and David…

Eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, despite conflicting advice

Public Release: 7-May-2018   No extra risk for people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes University of Sydney University of Sydney researchers aim to help clear up conflicting dietary advice around egg consumption, as a new study finds eating up to 12 eggs per week for a year did not increase cardiovascular risk factors in…

Dark Chocolate improves vision with 2 hours

Dark Chocolate improves vision with 2 hours Contrast sensitivity and visual acuity were significantly higher 2 hours after consumption of a dark chocolate bar compared with a milk chocolate bar, but the duration of these effects and their influence in real-world performance await further testing. Rabin JC, Karunathilake N, Patrizi K. Effects of Milk vs…

Fasting boosts stem cells’ regenerative capacity

Public Release: 3-May-2018 A drug treatment that mimics fasting can also provide the same benefit, study finds Massachusetts Institute of Technology CAMBRIDGE, MA — As people age, their intestinal stem cells begin to lose their ability to regenerate. These stem cells are the source for all new intestinal cells, so this decline can make it…

Frequent sauna bathing reduces risk of stroke

Public Release: 3-May-2018   University of Eastern Finland   IMAGE: Frequent sauna bathing reduces the risk of stroke. Credit: UEF Frequent sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of stroke, according to a new international study. In a 15-year follow-up study, people taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 61% less likely to…