Month: July 2017

Scientists uncover a hidden calcium cholesterol connection

We review the recent research where scientist discover a hidden connection between low calcium levels triggering excessive cholesterol production. Citation: Loss of Calreticulin Uncovers a Critical Role for Calcium in Regulating Cellular Lipid Homeostasis, Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-05734-x

P-values, hypotheses and inference … new approaches to reproducibility at JSM 2017

Public Release: 30-Jul-2017   American Statistical Association   BALTIMORE, Md. (July 30, 2017) – Amid the increased quantification of scientific research and a proliferation of large, complex data sets expanding the scope for statistics, debate has been brewing in the scientific community about the use and validity of p-values. Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and…

Green tea ingredient may ameliorate memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity

Public Release: 28-Jul-2017   New research in The FASEB Journal identifies potential therapeutic intervention for memory impairment, neuroinflammation, and brain insulin resistance induced by high-fat, high-fructose diet Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology A study published online in The FASEB Journal, involving mice, suggests that EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the most abundant catechin and biologically active…

Vitamin E-deficient embryos are cognitively impaired even after diet improves

Public Release: 27-Jul-2017   Oregon State University   CORVALLIS, Ore. – Zebrafish deficient in vitamin E produce offspring beset by behavioral impairment and metabolic problems, new research at Oregon State University shows. The findings are important because the neurological development of zebrafish is similar to that of humans, and nutrition surveys indicate roughly 95 percent…

Brain cells found to control aging

Public Release: 26-Jul-2017   Albert Einstein College of Medicine   IMAGE: This is Dr. Dongsheng Cai. Credit: Albert Einstein College of Medicine July 26, 2017 — (BRONX, NY) –Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found that stem cells in the brain’s hypothalamus govern how fast aging occurs in the body. The finding, made…

Doctor Burnout at epidemic levels as we push for 24 hour work shifts

Public Release: 26-Jul-2017 Should doctors work longer shifts? Experts debate whether trainees should work 24-hour shifts BMJ This week, The BMJ looks at the issue of working hours and burnout among doctors. An editorial warns burnout rates among doctors have reached an “epidemic level” And one doctor argues that willingness to work extra hours is…

Scientists propose new approach to hitting the gym

Public Release: 26-Jul-2017   James Cook University   James Cook University sports scientists are warning that fatigue from weight training can carry over to endurance training and the two activities must be better coordinated to maximise athletes’ performance. JCU’s Dr Kenji Doma was part of a team examining concurrent training – which features both resistance…

Nanoparticles loaded with component of common spice kill cancer cells

Public Release: 25-Jul-2017   Curcumin formula shows promise against treatment-resistant childhood cancer University of Central Florida Attaching curcumin, a component of the common spice turmeric, to nanoparticles can be used to target and destroy treatment-resistant neuroblastoma tumor cells, according to a new study published in Nanoscale. The study, conducted in partnership by researchers at Nemours…

Lutein may counter cognitive aging, study finds

Public Release: 25-Jul-2017   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign IMAGE: Lutein may play a protective role against age-related cognitive decline, suggests a study by University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Naiman Khan and postdoctoral researcher Anne Walk. Credit: Photo by L. Brian Stauffer CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Spinach and kale are favorites of those…

Study: Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoids

We review the recent cited research ” Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoids ” in regard to the discovery that the body uses omega-3 fatty acids to produce its own cannabinoids. Citation: Anti-inflammatory ω-3 endocannabinoid epoxides. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017; 201610325 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1610325114

Why sugary drinks and protein-rich meals don’t go well together

Public Release: 20-Jul-2017   BioMed Central Having a sugar-sweetened drink with a high-protein meal may negatively affect energy balance, alter food preferences and cause the body to store more fat, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Nutrition. Dr Shanon Casperson, lead author of the study from USDA-Agricultural Research Service Grand…

Muscle in older adults built quickly by a new supplement developed by scientists

We review the public cited research” Scientists develop new supplement that can repair, rejuvenate muscles in older adults” in regard to how it quickly restored muscle in the elderly without exercise. Citation: A whey protein-based multi-ingredient nutritional supplement stimulates gains in lean body mass and strength in healthy older men: A randomized controlled trial. PLOSONE,…

One minute of running per day associated with better bone health in women

Public Release: 18-Jul-2017   University of Exeter   A single minute of exercise each day is linked to better bone health in women, new research shows. Scientists from the University of Exeter and the University of Leicester found those who did “brief bursts” of high-intensity, weight-bearing activity equivalent to a medium-paced run for pre-menopausal women,…

Scientists develop new supplement that can repair, rejuvenate muscles in older adults

Public Release: 18-Jul-2017   McMaster University IMAGE: McMaster University researcher Kirsten Bell works with a senior. Credit: JD Howell, McMaster University Whey protein supplements aren’t just for gym buffs according to new research from McMaster University. When taken on a regular basis, a combination of these and other ingredients in a ready-to-drink formula have been…

Using omega 3 fatty acids to treat Alzheimer’s & other diseases?

Public Release: 18-Jul-2017   Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center   IMAGE: This is Dr. Nicolas G. Bazan. Credit: LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence New Orleans, LA – Understanding how dietary essential fatty acids work may lead to effective treatments for diseases and conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, age-related macular degeneration,…

Study: Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoids

Public Release: 18-Jul-2017   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign IMAGE: Graduate student Josephine Watson, professor Aditi Das, graduate student Megan Corbett, professor Kristopher Kilian and their colleagues discovered an enzymatic pathway that converts omega-3-derived endocannabinoids into more potent anti-inflammatory molecules. Credit: Photo by Steph Adams CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in…