Anxiety might be alleviated by regulating gut bacteria

July 17, 2019

People who experience anxiety symptoms might be helped by taking steps to regulate the microorganisms in their gut using probiotic and non-probiotic food and supplements, suggests a review of studies published today in the journal General Psychiatry. Anxiety symptoms are common in people with mental diseases and a variety of physical disorders, especially in disorders […]

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Walnuts may help lower blood pressure for those at risk of heart disease

May 17, 2019

When combined with a diet low in saturated fats, eating walnuts may help lower blood pressure in people at risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a new Penn State study. In a randomized, controlled trial, researchers examined the effects of replacing some of the saturated fats in participants’ diets with walnuts. They found that when […]

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Personalized treatment to children with irritable bowel syndrome

May 17, 2019

To improve the treatment of children with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), investigators have developed a sophisticated way to analyze the microbial and metabolic contents of the gut. A report in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, published by Elsevier, describes how a new battery of tests enables researchers to distinguish patients with IBS from healthy children […]

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Broccoli sprout compound may restore brain chemistry imbalance linked to schizophrenia

May 17, 2019

They say the results advance the hope that supplementing with broccoli sprout extract, which contains high levels of the chemical cruciferous vegetables, may someday provide a way to lower the doses of traditional antipsychotic medicines needed to manage schizophrenia symptoms, thus reducing unwanted side effects of the medicines. “It’s possible that future studies could show […]

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Discover a Unique Approach to Combatting Nursing Burnout

May 17, 2019

Nurses across the U.S. have been making national headlines recently, and it’s not just because National Nursing Week takes place in May. Earlier this month, a Washington State Senator sparked an enormous wave of backlash after remarking that some nurses spend portions of their day “playing cards.” In response to this comment, nurses across the country rallied together […]

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Women’s gut microbiomes appear to mature earlier than men’s

May 17, 2019

A recent study by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego State University and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology found that the age and sex of an individual strongly influences the bacterial diversity of the gut microbiome. The study, published online May 14, 2019 in mSystems, found younger […]

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Glutathione: A Nutrient Present at the Beginning of Life

May 8, 2019

As the body’s master antioxidant, glutathione is one of the hardest-working, endogenous compounds in the body. In fact, production of glutathione is not limited to mammalian cells, but occurs to some degree in nearly every living thing.1 Based on the amino acid cysteine, glutathione is a tripeptide that also includes glycine and glutamic acid. The […]

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Sexual behavior may influence gut microbiome

May 2, 2019

A person’s sexual behavior could affect their microbiome and immune system, potentially elevating their risk of HIV infection, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The study was published last week in the journal PLOS Pathogens. The microbiome, a community of microbes in the gut, play a […]

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CBT can provide better long-term relief for IBS symptoms

May 2, 2019

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder affecting 10 — 20 per cent of people. Abdominal pain, bloating and altered bowel habit significantly affect patients’ quality of life and can force them to take days off work. New research has shown that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) tailored specifically for IBS and delivered over […]

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VITAMIN K2 DEFICIENCY LINKED TO BLOOD PRESSURE, INCREASED PULSE WAVE VELOCITY: NEW STUDY

May 2, 2019

The American Heart Association has published a new study examining the effect excessive inactive Matrix Gla Protein (MGP) has on cardiovascular health, namely increased stiffening and calcification of large arteries. This stiffening increases cardiovascular stress, which can be accurately assessed using pulse wave velocity measurements, and can be alleviated by improving one’s Vitamin K2 status. […]

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