Being older helps skin heal with less scarring, and now researchers know why

Public Release: 26-Sep-2018 Penn mouse study identifies a rare example where being older improves tissue function University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine PHILADELPHIA – A compound secreted in the bloodstream could be the key factor that causes wounds in older people to heal with less scarring than in younger people. The compound is called stromal…

Cocoa: a tasty source of vitamin D?

Public Release: 25-Sep-2018   Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg Many people do not get enough vitamin D. Brittle bones and an increased risk of respiratory diseases can be the result of a vitamin D deficiency. A research group at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Max Rubner-Institut has now identified a new, previously unknown source of vitamin…

The quality of protein supplements for sportspeople

Public Release: 25-Sep-2018 The experts remind us that it is essential to carry out an individual study before the prescription of any nutritional supplement University of Seville Powdered protein supplements are one of the most commonly consumed nutritional supplements, whether by professional sportspeople or amateurs, even by those who use them for aesthetic purposes instead…

Study: Antibiotics destroy immune cells and worsen oral infection

Public Release: 25-Sep-2018 Case Western Reserve University New research shows that the body’s own microbes are effective in maintaining immune cells and killing certain oral infections. A team of Case Western Reserve University researchers found that antibiotics actually kill the “good” bacteria keeping infection and inflammation at bay. Scientists have long known that overuse of…

High gluten diet in pregnancy linked to increased risk of diabetes in children

Public Release: 19-Sep-2018 Further studies needed to confirm or rule out findings, and to explore possible underlying mechanism BMJ A high gluten intake by mothers during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of their child developing type 1 diabetes, suggests a study published by The BMJ today. However, the researchers say that further studies…

Fish-rich diets may boost babies’ brain development

Public Release: 20-Sep-2018   Research suggests that slightly adjusting the diet of healthy pregnant women could be beneficial to their babies Springer Women could enhance the development of their unborn child’s eyesight and brain function by regularly eating fatty fish during pregnancy. This is the suggestion from a small-scale study led by Kirsi Laitinen of…

Weight loss can be boosted fivefold thanks to novel mental imagery technique

Public Release: 24-Sep-2018   A new study has shown how overweight people lost an average of five times more weight using Functional Imagery Training (FIT) University of Plymouth   Overweight people who used a new motivational intervention called Functional Imagery Training (FIT) lost an average of five times more weight than those using talking therapy…

Probiotics in Children reduced antibiotic prescriptions up to 53%

Probiotics in Children reduced antibiotic prescriptions up to 53% Probiotics in Children reduced antibiotic prescriptions up to 53% Researchers found that when the results from twelve studies were pooled together, infants and children were 29% percent less likely to have been prescribed antibiotics if they received probiotics as a daily health supplement. When the analysis…

Mannose’s unexpected effects on the microbiome and weight gain

Public Release: 18-Sep-2018 Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute LA JOLLA, CALIF. – Sept. 18, 2018 – Scientists continue to unravel links between body weight and the gut microbiome. Now, researchers from Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) report an unexpected finding: mice fed a fatty diet and mannose, a sugar, were protected from…

Dietary fiber reduces brain inflammation during aging

Public Release: 13-Sep-2018 University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences URBANA, Ill. – As mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function. That’s one explanation for why memory fades and other brain functions decline…

Scientific analysis shows probiotic use is associated with fewer antibiotic prescriptions

Public Release: 14-Sep-2018   Healthy infants and children who take probiotics as a preventative measure receive fewer antibiotic prescriptions International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics Global demand exists for new ways to reduce antibiotic use, given the urgent public health threat of antibiotic resistance. A scientific paper published [today] in European Journal of Public…

Household cleaning products may contribute to kids’ overweight by altering their gut microbiota

Public Release: 17-Sep-2018 Canadian Medical Association Journal Commonly used household cleaners could be making children overweight by altering their gut microbiota, suggests a Canadian study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The study analyzed the gut flora of 757 infants from the general population at age 3-4 months and weight at ages 1 and…

Aspirin found not to prolong healthy aging

Public Release: 17-Sep-2018   Large, international study shows daily low-dose aspirin has no effect on healthy life span in older adults Rush University Medical Center Taking a low-dose aspirin daily does not prolong healthy living in older adults, according to findings from the ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) trial published online Sept.…

Is resveratrol an effective add-on to NSAIDS to treat knee osteoarthritis?

Public Release: 17-Sep-2018 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News New Rochelle, NY, September 17, 2018–In what researchers state is the first pilot clinical trial to assess the effects of resveratrol on pain severity and levels of inflammatory biomarkers in patients with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis, the scientists compared treatment with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug…

NAC shown to help protect Osteoarthritis and Osteopenia

NAC shown to help protect Osteoarthritis and Osteopenia NAC shown to help protect Osteoarthritis and Osteopenia A protein involved in multiple cellular processes called ANP32A protects cartilage in the joints against degradation by damaging oxidation, preventing the development and progression of osteoarthritis, according to a new study by Frederique Cornelis and colleagues. Their findings suggest…

Gut bacteria’s shocking secret: They produce electricity

Public Release: 12-Sep-2018   Hundreds of electricity-generating bacteria found, including pathogenic, probiotic and fermenting bacteria University of California – Berkeley While bacteria that produce electricity have been found in exotic environments like mines and the bottoms of lakes, scientists have missed a source closer to home: the human gut. University of California, Berkeley, scientists discovered…

Bee venom may help treat eczema

Public Release: 6-Sep-2018 Wiley Bee venom and its major component, melittin, may be effective treatments for atopic dermatitis (or eczema), according to a British Journal of Pharmacology study. Through studies conducted in mice and in human cells, investigators found that bee venom and melittin suppress inflammation through various mechanisms on immune cells and inflammatory molecules.…

How olive oil and sleep could stave off heart attacks and strokes: New study examines plasma protein’s role

Public Release: 6-Sep-2018 Apolipoprotein A-IV linked with thrombosis in new study St. Michael’s Hospital TORONTO, September 6, 2018 – Foods high in unsaturated fats may protect against cardiovascular disease, and new research published today in Nature Communications has uncovered why. Apolipoprotein A-IV, known as ApoA-IV, is a plasma protein. Levels of ApoA-IV increase after the…

Camu Camu may increase metabolism through the Gut Microbiome

Camu Camu may increase metabolism through the Gut Microbiome Camu Camu may increase metabolism through the Gut Microbiome The researchers found that camu camu improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity and reduced the concentration of blood endotoxins and metabolic inflammation. “All these changes were accompanied by a reshaping of the intestinal microbiota. Fernando F Anhê,…

Amazonian fruit prevents obesity in overfed mice

Public Release: 30-Aug-2018   Université Laval Quebec City, August 30, 2018–An extract of camu camu–a fruit native to the Amazon–prevents obesity in mice fed a diet rich in sugar and fat, say researchers at Université Laval and the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute Research Centre. The discovery, which was recently published in the scientific journal…