Author: Dick Benson

High fat foods can increase oral cannabidiol absorption into the body

August 15, 2019

While oral cannabidiol (CBD) capsules were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients with seizures in 2018, very little was known about the effect of food on CBD absorption. A University of Minnesota study, published in Epilepsia, examined whether eating high-fat foods after taking CBD increased the body’s absorption […]

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Type 2 diabetes and sleep problems in midlife women

August 15, 2019

Hormone changes are known to alter insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism, as well as interfere with type 2 diabetes sleep patterns. But little was known about the association between diabetes and sleep disturbances during the menopause transition until now, as a new study concludes that women with diabetes are at greater risk for sleep disturbances. […]

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Gut microbes eat our medication

August 15, 2019

The first time Vayu Maini Rekdal manipulated microbes, he made a decent sourdough bread. At the time, young Maini Rekdal, and most people who head to the kitchen to whip up a salad dressing, pop popcorn, ferment vegetables, or caramelize onions, did not consider the crucial chemical reactions behind these concoctions. Even more crucial are […]

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Mode of delivery at birth may play key role in shaping the child’s skin microbiome

August 15, 2019

The maturation of skin microbial communities during childhood is important for the skin health of children and development of the immune system into adulthood, but only a few studies have analyzed the microbiota in young children. In a new study, investigators in China found that bacterial genera in children were more similar to those of […]

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Parkinson’s Disease Investigation Show Dramatic Improvements In Patient Care

August 7, 2019

The Neurology Center, a medical group practice of top doctors devoted to excellence in care, located in Houston, Texas, working in conjunction with two leading neurology and anti-aging specialists, has made available the concluding six-month results of their randomized controlled investigation of intravenously administering NuPlasma┬« young blood plasma into eighteen Parkinson’s disease patients (8 NuPlasma […]

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Discovering how diabetes leads to vascular disease

August 7, 2019

A team of UC Davis Health scientists and physicians has identified a cellular connection between diabetes and one of its major complications — blood vessel narrowing that increases risks of several serious health conditions, including heart disease and stroke. The authors hope their work leads to diabetes treatments — beyond blood sugar monitoring and insulin […]

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Research links common bacterial toxin with IBD

August 3, 2019

New research has uncovered a surprise link between a common bacterial toxin found in the gut and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The researchers at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK, working alongside a team of scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, USA), have helped establish a connection between microcin B17, a well-known toxin produced […]

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Predicting Alzheimer’s, up to two years out

August 3, 2019

A new model developed at MIT can help predict if patients at risk for Alzheimer’s disease will experience clinically significant cognitive decline due to the disease, by predicting their cognition test scores up to two years in the future. The model could be used to improve the selection of candidate drugs and participant cohorts for […]

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New scan technique reveals brain inflammation associated with post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome

July 31, 2019

More than 1 in 10 people successfully treated with antibiotics for Lyme disease go on to develop chronic, sometimes debilitating, and poorly understood symptoms of fatigue and brain fog that may last for years after their initial infection has cleared up. Now, in a small study, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report they have used an […]

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Scholars weigh in on new ideas about autism

July 31, 2019

A new paper that challenges widely held ideas about autism has attracted comments from more than 30 scholars across the disciplines of psychology, anthropology, education, and neuroscience. The authors maintain that many of the behaviors common to autism — including low eye contact, repetitive movements, and the verbatim repetition of words and phrases — are […]

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