Author: Dick Benson

A nap a day keeps high blood pressure at bay

April 26, 2019

It seems that napping may do more than just reboot our energy level and improve our mood. New research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session found that people who took advantage of a midday snooze were more likely to have a noticeable drop in blood pressure compared with those […]

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Are Lower-carbon diets healthier?

April 23, 2019

A new Tulane University study examining the carbon footprint of what more than 16,000 Americans eat in a day has good news for environmentally conscious consumers — diets that are more climate-friendly are also healthier. The research, which is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is the first to compare the climate impact […]

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Walnuts impact gut microbiome and improve health

April 23, 2019

Diets rich in nuts, such as walnuts, have been shown to play a role in heart health and in reducing colorectal cancer. According to a new study from the University of Illinois, the way walnuts impact the gut microbiome — the collection of trillions of microbes or bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract — may be […]

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CBD Oil May Be Great for Your Skin

April 22, 2019

Move over Bentonite, there’s a new kid on the block! CBD, short for cannabidiol, has been taking the world by storm lately – and for good reason! It’s incredibly effective for the treatment of pain, nausea, and inflammation… as well as improving your skin.  It has also been shown to ease the symptoms of depression, […]

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Microbiome science may help treat children with irritable bowel syndrome

April 22, 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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Autism symptoms reduced nearly 50 percent

April 22, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in every 59 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism, up from one in every 150 in 2000. They report that “about half a million people on the autism spectrum will become adults over the next decade, a swelling tide for which the […]

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Important insight on the brain-body connection

April 22, 2019

A study conducted by University of Arkansas researchers reveals that neurons in the motor cortex of the brain exhibit an unexpected division of labor, a finding that could help scientists understand how the brain controls the body and provide insight on certain neurological disorders. The researchers studied the neurons in the motor cortex of rats […]

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Fountain of youth for heart health may lie in the gut

April 7, 2019

Why do blood vessels naturally stiffen and degrade as we age, boosting cardiovascular disease risk?  New CU Boulder research has identified a surprising new culprit—and it lives in your gut. “This is the first study to show that changes in the gut microbiome with aging have an adverse impact on vascular health,” said lead author Vienna Brunt, […]

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Early exposure to pesticides linked to small increased risk of autism spectrum disorder

April 7, 2019

Exposure to common agricultural pesticides before birth and in the first year of life is associated with a small to moderately increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared with infants of women without such exposure, finds a study published in The BMJ today. The researchers say their findings support efforts to prevent exposure to […]

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Eyes reveal early Alzheimer’s disease

April 7, 2019

Reduced blood capillaries in the back of the eye may be a new, noninvasive way to diagnose early cognitive impairment, the precursor to Alzheimer’s disease in which individuals become forgetful, reports a newly published Northwestern Medicine study. Scientists detected these vascular changes in the human eye non-invasively, with an infrared camera and without the need […]

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