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Body Weekly - December 2013 Archives


In men, high testosterone can mean weakened immune response, study finds (12/31/2013)

Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have linked high testosterone levels in men to a poor immune response to an influenza vaccine. ...> Full Article


Cholesterol study shows algal extracts may counter effects of high fat diets (12/30/2013)

Cholesterol study shows algal extracts may counter effects of high fat dietsHealth Enhancement Products, Inc., in conjunction with Wayne State University's Department of Nutrition and Food Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, announces the publication of a scientific article in the Journal of Nutrition & Metabolism, "ProAlgaZyme sub-fraction improves the lipoprotein profile of hypercholesterolemic hamsters, while inhibiting production of betaine, carnitine, and choline metabolites." ...> Full Article


A new role for milk: Delivering polyphenols with anti-cancer activity (12/29/2013)

Polyphenols found in tea manifest anti-cancer effects but their use is limited by poor bioavailability and disagreeable taste. A new study in the Journal of Dairy Science® finds that when epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the major extractable polyphenol in green tea and the most biologically active, when diluted in skim milk or other milk complexes remains bioactive and continues to reduce colon cancer cell proliferation in culture at concentrations higher than 0.03 mg of EGCG/mL. ...> Full Article


Increasing personal savings, the 'Groundhog Day' way (12/28/2013)

Thinking about time as a cycle of recurring experiences -- a reality Bill Murray's character knows all too well in the movie Groundhog Day -- may help us to put more money away into our savings, according to new research. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ...> Full Article


Coping with stress in a changing world (12/27/2013)

Stress surrounds us all the time and as climate change accelerates, many species will by pushed to and even beyond their limits. With this in mind, Journal of Experimental Biology is publishing a specially commissioned collection of review articles dedicated to the physiology of stress covering the stresses faced by species distributed across the globe, ranging from yeast and plants to fish, birds and mammals. ...> Full Article


Texting may be good for your health (12/27/2013)

Most participants said the mobile education program made them more aware of their diabetes risk, more likely to make diet-related behavior changes and lose weight. ...> Full Article


US researchers ponder modern day virgin births (12/26/2013)

At this time of year, many recount the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary. But reports consistent with virgin births are also a modern day phenomenon, according to a study in the Christmas edition of The BMJ. ...> Full Article


Study: Moderate alcohol consumption boosts body's immune system (12/25/2013)

Medical science has known for years that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol actually have a reduced risk of death. Now, new research from Oregon Health & Science University adds a fascinating twist: moderate drinking may actually bolster our immune system and help it fight off infection. ...> Full Article


Exercise counters the physiological effects of Christmas excess (12/24/2013)

Daily exercise lessens many of the harmful physiological effects of short-term overeating and inactivity, shows a new study in The Journal of Physiology, which is well timed with the Christmas holiday approaching. ...> Full Article


Tinnitus discovery opens door to possible new treatment avenues (12/24/2013)

For tens of millions of Americans, a diagnosis of tinnitus means there's no such thing as the sound of silence. Now, new scientific findings may help explain what is going on inside these unquiet ears and brains. ...> Full Article


No 2 people smell the same (12/23/2013)

No 2 people smell the sameWith about 400 odor receptors in the human nose, and more than 900,000 variations on the genes that build those receptors, it would appear that no two humans smell things the same way. Between any two individuals, they may vary by at least 30 percent in the population of receptors they have, according to a Duke University team led by Hiroaki Matsunami. ...> Full Article


Hormones in the crosshairs (12/22/2013)

Hormones in the crosshairsWhen it comes to hunting, anthropologists and evolutionary scientists have long wondered -- and debated -- what, exactly, is the motivating factor behind hunting. Do men take down game for the purpose of feeding their families, or is there an element of showmanship and the hope of gaining access to healthier, more fertile mates? ...> Full Article


The story of what makes us all unique (12/21/2013)

Each human being is unique with distinct ways of thinking, acting, speaking and moving, all of which change across the life time. Accounting for this requires demonstrating how people make sense of what happens to them, to describe how they develop and change and how their life paths become what they are. ...> Full Article


New study finds corn oil superior to extra virgin olive oil in lowering cholesterol (12/20/2013)

Corn oil significantly reduces cholesterol with more favorable changes in total cholesterol and LDL-C than extra virgin olive oil, new research shows. The findings were presented today at the American Society for Nutrition's Advances & Controversies in Clinical Nutrition Conference by lead researcher, Dr. Kevin C Maki, Ph.D., of Biofortis, the clinical research arm of Mérieux NutriSciences. ...> Full Article


Concussion secrets unveiled in mice and people (12/19/2013)

Concussion secrets unveiled in mice and peopleThere is more than meets the eye following even a mild traumatic brain injury. While the brain may appear to be intact, new findings reported in Nature suggest that the brain's protective coverings may feel the brunt of the impact. ...> Full Article


Surprising discovery: The skin communicates with the liver (12/19/2013)

Surprising discovery: The skin communicates with the liverResearchers from the University of Southern Denmark have discovered that the skin is capable of communicating with the liver. The discovery has surprised the scientists, and they say that it may help our understanding of how skin diseases can affect the rest of the body. ...> Full Article


How 'good cholesterol' stops inflammation (12/18/2013)

How 'good cholesterol' stops inflammationHigh-density lipoprotein (HDL), known colloquially as "good cholesterol," protects against dangerous deposits in the arteries. An important function of HDL is its anti-inflammatory properties. An international research team at the Institute of Innate Immunity at the University Hospital of Bonn and the LIMES Institute at the University of Bonn has identified a central switch by which HDL controls the inflammatory response. The results are presented in the current issue of "Nature Immunology." ...> Full Article


Does zinc supplementation reduce aluminum-induced neurotoxicity? (12/18/2013)

Does zinc supplementation reduce aluminum-induced neurotoxicity?A new study from these researchers further evaluated the effect of zinc supplementation on aluminum-induced neurotoxicity, and found zinc supplementation exhibited an antioxidant capacity. ...> Full Article


You are what your father eats (12/17/2013)

You are what your father eatsMothers get all the attention. But a study led by McGill researcher Sarah Kimmins suggests that the father's diet before conception may play an equally important role in the health of their offspring. It also raises concerns about the long-term effects of current Western diets and of food insecurity. ...> Full Article


How our nerves keep firing (12/16/2013)

How our nerves keep firingUniversity of Utah and German biologists discovered how nerve cells recycle tiny bubbles or "vesicles" that send chemical nerve signals from one cell to the next. The process is much faster and different than two previously proposed mechanisms for recycling the bubbles. ...> Full Article


What a Formula 1 race does to your eardrums (12/15/2013)

Craig Dolder, an acoustical engineer, always wanted to go to a Formula 1 Grand Prix but knew he needed to protect himself from the deafening roar of the engines. The advice he found online varied and the technical papers he read provided assessments of sound levels for NASCAR and other races, but he could find nothing that measured the noise levels or dosage specifically for Formula 1. So he decided to conduct his own test. ...> Full Article


Estrogen: Not just produced by the ovaries (12/15/2013)

A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team reports today that the brain can produce and release estrogen -- a discovery that may lead to a better understanding of hormonal changes observed from before birth throughout the entire aging process. ...> Full Article


Stomach 'clock' tells us how much to eat (12/14/2013)

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered the first evidence that the nerves in the stomach act as a circadian clock, limiting food intake to specific times of the day. ...> Full Article


Not in the mood but want to be? New studies bring women hope (12/14/2013)

For women, passing midlife can deal a blow to their sex drive. But two new studies just published online in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society, offer hope to women who want to get their sexual mojo back. ...> Full Article


When it comes to peer pressure, teens are not alone (12/13/2013)

It is well known that teenagers take risks -- and when they do, they like to have company. Now, a new study from Temple University has found that an inclination toward risky behavior in groups also holds true for another teen mammal -- namely, mice. ...> Full Article


Eating healthy vs. unhealthy diet costs about $1.50 more per day (12/13/2013)

The healthiest diets cost about $1.50 more per day than the least healthy diets, according to new research from Harvard School of Public Health. The finding is based on the most comprehensive examination to date comparing prices of healthy foods and diet patterns vs. less healthy ones. ...> Full Article


Coffee or beer? The choice could affect your genome (12/12/2013)

Coffee and beer are polar opposites in the beverage world -- coffee picks you up, and beer winds you down. Now Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered that the beverages may also have opposite effects on your genome. Working with a kind of yeast that shares many important genetic similarities with humans, the researchers found that caffeine shortens and alcohol lengthens telomeres -- the end points of chromosomal DNA, implicated in aging and cancer. ...> Full Article


Nutrition experts explore dietary approaches that influence type 2 diabetes risk (12/12/2013)

To help shed light on the role of diet in the prevention and management of diabetes and diabetes-related risk factors, the Egg Nutrition Center convened a group of internationally-recognized experts today for The Controversial Role of Dietary Protein in Diabetes and Related Disorders Satellite Symposium in conjunction with the American Society for Nutrition's Advances & Controversies in Clinical Nutrition. ...> Full Article


Driver's eye movements key to controlled curve driving (12/11/2013)

Driver's eye movements key to controlled curve drivingAll drivers know from personal experience that they must keep their eyes on the road when driving through curves. But how exactly does looking at the road guide the car through the curve? Cognitive scientist Otto Lappi's dissertation at the University of Helsinki's Faculty of Behavioural Sciences reveals new crucial aspects of eye movements in curve driving. ...> Full Article


Our pupils adjust as we imagine bright and dark scenes (12/10/2013)

Conjuring up a visual image in the mind -- like a sunny day or a night sky -- has a corresponding effect on the size of our pupils, as if we were actually seeing the image, according to new research published in Psychological Science. ...> Full Article


Understanding hearing (12/10/2013)

Understanding hearingChildren learning to speak depend on functional hearing. So-called cochlear implants allow deaf people to hear again by stimulating the auditory nerve directly. Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen are working to overcome current limits of the technology. They are investigating the implementation of signals in the auditory nerve and the subsequent neuronal processing in the brain. Using the computer models developed at the TUM manufacturers of cochlear implants improve their devices. ...> Full Article


Sounding tall (12/8/2013)

Our voice can reveal a lot about us: our age, our gender, and now -- it seems -- our height as well. A new study by researchers at Washington University, UCLA, and Indiana University found that listeners can accurately determine the relative heights of speakers just by listening to them talk. The key clue may be contained in a particular type of sound produced in the lower airways of the lungs, known as a subglottal resonance. ...> Full Article


Bone grafting improvements with the help of sea coral (12/7/2013)

Sea coral could soon be used more extensively in bone grafting procedures thanks to new research that has refined the material's properties and made it more compatible with natural bone. ...> Full Article


Researchers have a nose for how probiotics could affect hay fever (12/6/2013)

Researchers have a nose for how probiotics could affect hay feverA study has shown that a daily probiotic drink changed how cells lining the nasal passages of hay fever sufferers reacted to a single out-of-season challenge. However, it did not lead to significant changes in hay fever symptoms, although this challenge test may not have accurately represented natural allergen exposure. ...> Full Article


Breaking the code (12/5/2013)

Breaking the codeYou may be sensitive to gluten, but you're not sure. Perhaps you can't put your finger on a recurring malaise, and your doctor is at a loss to figure it out. A diagnostic method recently developed by UC Santa Barbara professor Patrick Daugherty can reveal -- on a molecular level -- the factors behind conditions thought to have environmental triggers. ...> Full Article


Meat, egg and dairy nutrient essential for brain development (12/5/2013)

Meat, egg and dairy nutrient essential for brain development"The cells of the body can do without it because they use asparagine provided through diet. Asparagine, however, is not well transported to the brain via the blood-brain barrier," said senior co-author of the study Dr. Jacques Michaud, who found that brain cells depend on the local synthesis of asparagine to function properly. ...> Full Article


Reducing the salt in bread without losing saltiness, thanks to a texture trick (12/4/2013)

Want to make bread taste pleasantly salty without adding more salt? Change the bread's texture so it is less dense, say scientists. They report in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that simply making the pores, or holes, larger can make people perceive bread as having saltier taste. The process could become a new strategy for reducing salt intake, which is a risk factor for high blood pressure and heart disease. ...> Full Article


Coffee may help perk up your blood vessels (12/3/2013)

A small study showed that a cup of coffee improved small blood vessel function. The study takes us one step closer to understanding how coffee might benefit cardiovascular health. ...> Full Article


Smokers who quit cut heart disease risk faster than previous estimates (12/3/2013)

Certain smokers who quit can reduce their risk of heart disease to the level of never-smokers sooner than previously thought. Some former smokers may reduce their risk of heart failure and cardiovascular death in less than 15 years. ...> Full Article


Demand for details on food labels includes the good -- and the bad (12/2/2013)

It's no surprise that labels are becoming the "go to" place when people have questions about how food is produced. But new Cornell University research finds that consumers crave more information, especially for the potentially harmful ingredients that aren't included in the product. ...> Full Article


More than skin deep: New layer to the body's fight against infection (12/1/2013)

More than skin deep: New layer to the body's fight against infectionThe layers of skin that form the first line of defense in the body's fight against infection have revealed a unanticipated secret.The single cell type that was thought to be behind the skin's immune defense has been found to have a doppelganger, with researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute showing the cells, despite appearing identical, are actually two different types. ...> Full Article


1 minute of CPR video training could save lives (12/1/2013)

Just one minute of CPR video training for bystanders in a shopping mall could save lives in emergencies, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013. ...> Full Article


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