Month: November 2017

Eye contact with your baby helps synchronize your brainwaves

Public Release: 29-Nov-2017   University of Cambridge   IMAGE: This is Lucy Kivlin and her baby Ginny. Credit: University of Cambridge When a parent and infant interact, various aspects of their behaviour can synchronise, including their gaze, emotions and heartrate, but little is known about whether their brain activity also synchronises – and what the…

Preventing psoriasis with vanillin

  American Chemical Society Small amounts of artificial vanilla extract, also known as vanillin, are in a wide range of products, from baked goods to perfumes. But vanillin’s versatility doesn’t stop there. In a recent mouse study reported in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers report that this compound could also prevent or…

Low vitamin D levels at birth linked to higher autism risk

Public Release: 29-Nov-2017   Wiley Low vitamin D levels at birth were associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) at the age of 3 years in a recent Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study. In the study of 27,940 newborns in China, 310 were diagnosed with ASDs at 3 years of…

Lung Scarring Reversed

Lung Scarring Reversed Lung Scarring ReversedIn an unexpected discovery scientists witnessed fibrosis going into remission and the lungs begin to normalize function in only 4 weeks, with the introduction of RAGE into the cells. Citation:Homeostatic nuclear RAGE–ATM interaction is essential for efficient DNA repair Nucleic Acids Research, Volume 45, Issue 18, 13 October 2017, Pages…

Antibiotics administered during labor delay healthy gut bacteria in babies

Public Release: 28-Nov-2017   The delay increased with longer durations of exposure to the antibiotics McMaster University Hamilton, ON (Nov. 28, 2017) – Antibiotics administered during labour for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) affect the development of gut bacteria in babies, according to a study from McMaster University. The research showed that babies exposed to the…

Holding infants — or not — can leave traces on their genes

Public Release: 27-Nov-2017   Amount of close and comforting contact from caregivers changes children’s molecular profile University of British Columbia IMAGE: This is Michael Kobor, Professor of Medical Genetics at University of British Columbia and Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute Credit: UBC Faculty of Medicine The amount of close and comforting contact between infants…

Endogenous protein reverses scarring in the lungs

Public Release: 27-Nov-2017   Deutsches Zentrum fuer Diabetesforschung DZD The endogenous protein RAGE, which has usually been negatively associated with chronic inflammation and diabetic complications, plays a major role in the repair of DNA damage – and also appears to heal tissue damaged as a result of accelerated cell senescence. This molecular mechanism was described…

Garlic can fight chronic infections

Public Release: 27-Nov-2017   University of Copenhagen The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences An active sulphurous compound found in garlic can be used to fight robust bacteria in patients with chronic infections, a new study from the University of Copenhagen indicates. Here the researchers show that the garlic compound is able to destroy important…

Testosterone levels do not naturally decline

Testosterone levels do not naturally decline Researchers searching for reference ranges for testosterone levels among age groups discovered that there may not be a rationale for any decline in testosterone due to age alone.Citations:Harmonized Reference Ranges for Circulating Testosterone Levels in Men of Four Cohort Studies in the United States and Europe The Journal of…

Cinnamon turns up the heat on fat cells

Cinnamon turns up the heat on fat cells Cinnamon turns up the heat on fat cells Researchers were looking for ways to prompt fat cells to activate thermogenesis, turning the fat-burning processes back on. They discovered that Cinnamon may be an easy and readily available way to do just that. Cinnamaldehyde induces fat cell-autonomous thermogenesis…

Cinnamon turns up the heat on fat cells

Public Release: 21-Nov-2017   University of Michigan ANN ARBOR–New research from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute has determined how a common holiday spice–cinnamon–might be enlisted in the fight against obesity. Scientists had previously observed that cinnamaldehyde, an essential oil that gives cinnamon its flavor, appeared to protect mice against obesity and hyperglycemia. But…

Rheumatoid Arthritis resolved with a newly discovered peptide

Rheumatoid Arthritis resolved with a newly discovered peptide A peptide was recently discovered that completely resolved Rheumatoid Arthritis in all animals tested within 15 days. Citation: Suppression and resolution of autoimmune arthritis by rhesus θ-defensin-1, an immunomodulatory macrocyclic peptide. PLOS ONE, 2017; 12 (11): e0187868 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0187868

Age and gut bacteria contribute to MS disease progression, according to Rutgers

Public Release: 17-Nov-2017   Rutgers University Researchers at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School published a study suggesting that gut bacteria at young age can contribute to Multiple sclerosis (MS) disease onset and progression. In this study, published in the October 31 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Sudhir Yadav PhD,…

Tooth cavities can be fought ‘naturally’

Public Release: 16-Nov-2017   This article by Dr. Xuedong Zhou et al. is published in The Open Dentistry Journal, Volume 11, 2017 Bentham Science Publishers A new discovery may one day lead to natural anti­cavity products, researchers report. The scientists from West China School of Stomatology and Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam have figured out…

Russian scientist determined the normal content of boron in the human body

Public Release: 16-Nov-2017   RUDN University   IMAGE: Top: Hair boron frequency distribution in men (black) and women (grey). Bottom: whole blood boron frequency distribution in men (black) and women (grey)   Credit: Andrei R. Grabeklis Researcher from the RUDN University (Russia), together with his colleagues from Croatia, determined the range of reference values for…

Water baths as good as bleach baths for treating eczema

Public Release: 15-Nov-2017   Bleach baths have side effects, evidence is unclear for doctors recommending them Northwestern University CHICAGO — For patients suffering from eczema (atopic dermatitis), dermatologists will sometimes recommend bleach baths to decrease bacterial infection and reduce symptoms. But a new Northwestern Medicine study found no difference in the effectiveness of a bleach…

Nuts Beneficial for improved Brainwave function

Nuts Beneficial for improved Brainwave function Nuts and a legume were recently discovered to improve Brainwave function Associated with Deep Meditation, Empathy, Healing, as well as Neural Synchronization, Enhanced Cognitive Processing, Recall, and Memory All Beneficial For Brain Health Citation: Nuts and Brain Health: Nuts Increase EEG Power Spectral Density for Delta Frequency (1–3Hz) and…

Gut bacteria are sensitive to salt

Public Release: 15-Nov-2017   Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association   IMAGE: This is Dr Nicola Wilck at the lab bench. Credit: Müller lab, MDC Common salt reduces the number of certain lactic acid bacteria in the gut of mice and humans according to a study published in Nature by Berlin’s…