Author: Dick Benson

Scientists discover new antibiotic in tropical forest

October 9, 2019

Scientists from Rutgers University and around the world have discovered an antibiotic produced by a soil bacterium from a Mexican tropical forest that may help lead to a “plant probiotic,” more robust plants and other antibiotics. Probiotics, which provide friendlier bacteria and health benefits for humans, can also be beneficial to plants, keeping them healthy […]

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Losing weight — and keeping it off — linked to cardiometabolic benefits

October 9, 2019

People who lose weight and keep it off can stabilize or even improve their cardiometabolic risk factors compared to people who regain weight, finds a new study led by researchers from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts. The study was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association […]

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Diabetes advances poised to help manage blood sugar after meals

October 9, 2019

Mealtimes can become a difficult experience for individuals with diabetes. After a meal, blood sugar levels may soar as the food digests or unexpectedly plummet if an insulin dose was more than the meal required. The Endocrine Society convened a panel of diabetes experts to examine how advances in medications, lifestyle changes and technologies can […]

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Winners announced for National Institute on Aging dementia care coordination challenge

October 9, 2019

MapHabit, Inc., is the first place winner of the Improving Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Using Technology (iCare-AD/ADRD) Challenge, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The Atlanta-based MapHabit team, led by Stuart Zola, Ph.D., will receive the $250,000 first prize for their mobile device application that helps people with […]

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Blood-brain barrier damage occurs even with mild head trauma

October 3, 2019

In a new study of adolescent and adult athletes, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Stanford University and Trinity College in Dublin have found evidence of damage to the brain’s protective barrier, without a reported concussion. For the first time, the researchers were able to detect damage to the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which protects […]

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Key to Learning and Forgetting Identified in Sleeping Brain

October 3, 2019

Distinct patterns of electrical activity in the sleeping brain may influence whether we remember or forget what we learned the previous day, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers. The scientists were able to influence how well rats learned a new skill by tweaking these brainwaves while animals slept, suggesting potential future […]

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Seafood consumption during pregnancy may improve attention capacity in children

October 3, 2019

A team of scientists from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by “la Caixa,” has studied the relationship between the consumption of various types of seafood during pregnancy and attention capacity in children at eight years of age. The results, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, show that eating a […]

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Follow-up study indicates that common nutrient supplementation may hold the answers to combatting Alzheimer’s

October 3, 2019

In a new study, Biodesign researchers reveal that a lifelong dietary regimen of choline holds the potential to prevent Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Choline is a safe and easy-to-administer nutrient that is naturally present in some foods and can be used as a dietary supplement. Lead author Ramon Velazquez and his colleagues at the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative […]

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Benefits and Safety of FODMAP Diet in Children

September 25, 2019

The low FODMAP diet, a diet low in carbohydrates that trigger digestive symptoms like bloating and stomach pain, is a useful treatment in children and adolescents with gastrointestinal problems, new University of Otago research confirms. The Otago research involved a clinical review of 29 children from Christchurch Public Hospital aged between 4 and 17 who […]

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Vitamin D and Fish Oil Show Promise in Prevention of Cancer Death and Heart Attacks

September 25, 2019

—The VITamin D and OmegA-3 Trial (VITAL) is the largest and most recent to test whether vitamin D or fish oil can effectively prevent cancer or cardiovascular disease. Results to date have been mixed but show promise for some outcomes, now confirmed by updated pooled (meta) analyses. The latest results from VITAL will be presented […]

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