Month: February 2014

Don’t throw out old, sprouting garlic — it has heart-healthy antioxidants

– They found that garlic sprouted for five days had higher antioxidant activity than fresher, younger bulbs, and it had different metabolites, suggesting that it also makes different substances “Sprouted” garlic — old garlic bulbs with bright green shoots emerging from the cloves — is considered to be past its prime and usually ends up…

Suicide in apparently well-functioning young men – Contrary to previous research suggesting that mental illness – in particular depression

– Most often from a  strong sense of shame and of being trapped in anger from not having succeeded in achieving their goals – with continual increased efforts, does not work anymore, and suicide becomes a way out of a situation of unbearable psychological pain Published 26.02.2014, updated: 26.02.2014, 14:30 Suicide among young men is a…

Calorie Control Council – Who they are for reference ( as of 28FEB2014)

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Phantom limb pain relieved when amputated arm is put back to work

– “Our method differs from previous treatment because the control signals are retrieved from the arm stump, and thus the affected arm is in charge” says Max Ortiz Catalan. “The promotion of motor execution and the vivid sensation of completion provided by augmented reality may be the reason for the patient improvement, while mirror therapy…

Psychological side-effects of anti-depressants worse than thought

– While the biological side-effects of antidepressants, such as weight gain and nausea, are well documented, the psychological and interpersonal effects have been largely ignored or denied. They appear to be alarmingly common.” –  suffering from ‘sexual difficulties’ (62%) – ‘feeling emotionally numb’ (60%) – ‘feeling not like myself’ (52%) – ‘reduction in positive feelings’…

Anti-vaccine conspiracy theories and children’s health ( Really? )

HRR: If all vaccines are 100% infallible, than yes it is a conspiracy. However, a vaccine is a consumer product like anything else. Unfortunately almost every company that is currently producing a vaccine has been convicted of both corruption and or fabricating data at one time or another. If you don’t want to feed conspiracies…

PFC exposure may spark metabolic changes in overweight children

Endocrine-disrupting chemical could raise risk of heart disease, diabetes Washington, DC—Overweight children who were exposed to higher levels of perfluorinated chemicals tended to show early signs of developing the metabolic syndrome, according to a new study published in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The term metabolic syndrome describes a cluster of…

Continuous handling of receipts linked to higher urine BPA levels

Study participants who handled receipts printed on thermal paper continuously for 2 hours without gloves had an increase in urine bisphenol A (BPA) concentrations compared to when they wore gloves, according to a study in the February 26 issue of JAMA. Human exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) has been associated with adverse health outcomes, including…

Vinegar kills tuberculosis and other mycobacteria

The active ingredient in vinegar, acetic acid, can effectively kill mycobacteria, even highly drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis, an international team of researchers from Venezuela, France, and the US reports in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. – exposure to 6% acetic acid, just slightly more concentrated than supermarket vinegar, for 30…

Study examines acetaminophen use in pregnancy, child behavioral problems

  Bottom Line: Children of women who used the pain reliever acetaminophen (paracetamol) during pregnancy appear to be at higher risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-like behavioral problems and hyperkinetic disorders (HKDs, a severe form of ADHD).         Author: Zeyan Liew, M.P.H., of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues.    …

Vitamin water: Measuring essential nutrients in the ocean

– Once believed to be manufactured only by marine bacteria, the new results show that a whole different class of organism, archaea, can supply this essential vitamin. –  marine archaea, a single-celled organism that evolved totally separate from bacteria and all other living things, are making B-12 The phrase, ‘Eat your vitamins,’ applies to marine…

Abdominal fat accumulation prevented by unsaturated fat

 – the increase in muscle mass was three times less for those who ate saturated fat compared with those who ate polyunsaturated fat. – Despite comparable weight gains between the two diet groups, the surplus consumption of saturated fat caused a markedly greater increase in the amount of fat in the liver and abdomen (especially…

How computer-generated fake papers are flooding academia

More and more academic papers that are essentially gobbledegook are being written by computer programs – and accepted at conferences ‘I’ve written five PhDs on Heidegger just this afternoon. What next?’ Photograph: Blutgruppe – Like all the best hoaxes, there was a serious point to be made. Three MIT graduate students wanted to expose how…

Black raspberries may prevent colon cancer, study finds

Public release date: 2-Nov-2010 – In the Apc1638 mice, tumor incidence was reduced by 45 percent and the number of tumors by 60 percent – In the Muc2 mice, tumor incidence and the number of tumors were both reduced by 50 percent Black raspberries are highly effective in preventing colorectal tumors in two mouse models…

Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults

Public release date: 2-Nov-2010 Winston-Salem, N.C. – Researchers for the first time have shown that drinking beet juice can increase blood flow to the brain in older adults – a finding that could hold great potential for combating the progression of dementia. The research findings are available online in Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry, the…