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Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways

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Lift weights, improve your memory

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Myelin vital for learning new practical skillsMyelin vital for learning new practical skills

More physical activity improved school performanceMore physical activity improved school performance

Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red foxAround the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red fox

Engineering new vehicle powertrainsEngineering new vehicle powertrains

Active aging is much more than exerciseActive aging is much more than exercise

Study: New device can slow, reverse heart failureStudy: New device can slow, reverse heart failure

Are the world's religions ready for ET?Are the world's religions ready for ET?

Recreating the stripe patterns found in animals by engineering synthetic gene networksRecreating the stripe patterns found in animals by engineering synthetic gene networks

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Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'

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Body Weekly - June 2014 Archives


Does the moon affect our sleep? (6/30/2014)

Does the moon affect our sleep?Max Planck scientists find no correlation between moon phases and human sleep ...> Full Article


Fecal transplants restore healthy bacteria and gut functions (6/29/2014)

Fecal microbiota transplantation -- the process of delivering stool bacteria from a healthy donor to a patient suffering from intestinal infection with the bacterium Clostridium difficile -- works by restoring healthy bacteria and functioning to the recipient's gut, according to a study published this week in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. ...> Full Article


Many overestimate exercise intensity (6/29/2014)

Do you work out for health benefits and feel you are exercising more than enough? You might be among the many Canadians who overrate how hard they work out or underestimate what moderate intensity exercise means, according to a recent study out of York University's Faculty of Health. ...> Full Article


Omega (ω)-3 inhibits blood vessel growth in a model of age-related macular degeneration in vivo (6/28/2014)

Omega (ω)-3 inhibits blood vessel growth in a model of age-related macular degeneration in vivoResearchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Schepens Eye Research Institute and Harvard Medical School and other institutions have demonstrated for the first time that the omega (ω)-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, DHA and EPA, and their specific bioactive products derived from the cytochrome P450 pathway, can influence choroidal neovascularization and vascular leakage by modulating micro-environmental immune cell recruitment to the site of these lesions. ...> Full Article


Fasting reduces cholesterol levels in prediabetic people over extended period of time (6/27/2014)

For prediabetics, many interventions focus on lifestyle changes and weight loss, but new research on periodic fasting has identified a biological process in the body that converts bad cholesterol in fat cells to energy, thus combating diabetes risk factors. ...> Full Article


Caffeine affects boys and girls differently after puberty, study finds (6/26/2014)

Caffeine affects boys and girls differently after puberty, study findsCaffeine intake by children and adolescents has been rising for decades, due in large part to the popularity of caffeinated sodas and energy drinks, which now are marketed to children as young as four. Despite this, there is little research on the effects of caffeine on young people. ...> Full Article


No drilling, no filling, no fuss -- King's spin-out will put tooth decay in a 'time warp' (6/26/2014)

Dentists could soon be giving your teeth a mild 'time warp' to encourage them to self-repair, thanks to a new device being developed by dental researchers. Reminova Ltd, a new spin-out company from King's College London, aims to take the pain out of tooth decay treatment by electrically reversing the process to help teeth 'remineralise'. ...> Full Article


All men with gout should be routinely screened for erectile dysfunction (6/25/2014)

A new study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that erectile dysfunction is present in most men with gout and is frequently severe. ...> Full Article


Twelve minutes of exercise improves attention, reading comprehension in low-income adolescents (6/25/2014)

A new Dartmouth study shows 12 minutes of exercise can improve attention and reading comprehension in low-income adolescents, suggesting that schools serving low-income populations should work brief bouts of exercise into their daily schedules. ...> Full Article


Diet higher in protein may be linked to lower risk of stroke (6/24/2014)

People with diets higher in protein, especially from fish, may be less likely to have a stroke than those with diets lower in protein, according to a meta-analysis published in the June 11, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ...> Full Article


White bread helps boost some of the gut's 'good' microbes (6/24/2014)

White-bread lovers take heart. Scientists are now reporting that this much-maligned food seems to encourage the growth of some of our most helpful inhabitants -- beneficial gut bacteria. In addition to this surprising find, their study in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry also revealed that when looking at effects of food on our 'microbiomes,' considering the whole diet, not just individual ingredients, is critical. ...> Full Article


It's the last bite that keeps you coming back for more (6/23/2014)

Your memory for that last bite of a steak or chocolate cake may be more influential than memory for the first bite in determining when you want to eat it again, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ...> Full Article


Bacteria help explain why stress, fear trigger heart attacks (6/22/2014)

Bacteria help explain why stress, fear trigger heart attacksScientists believe they have an explanation for the axiom that stress, emotional shock, or overexertion may trigger heart attacks in vulnerable people. Hormones released during these events appear to cause bacterial biofilms on arterial walls to disperse, allowing plaque deposits to rupture into the bloodstream, according to research published in published today in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. ...> Full Article


Mobile phones negatively affect male fertility, new study suggests (6/22/2014)

Men who keep a mobile phone in their trouser pocket could be inadvertently damaging their chances of becoming a father, according to a new study led by the University of Exeter. ...> Full Article


New study shows that oatmeal can help you feel full longer (6/21/2014)

New research published in the Nutrition Journal reveals that calorie-for-calorie, even a serving of instant oatmeal is more filling than a ready-to-eat, oat-based cereal. Researchers found that eating a bowl of instant oatmeal for breakfast is more satiating and helps to manage hunger better than the same amount of calories from a leading oat-based, cold cereal, even when consumed in smaller portions than previously found. ...> Full Article


'Trust hormone' oxytocin helps old muscle work like new, study finds (6/21/2014)

'Trust hormone' oxytocin helps old muscle work like new, study findsUC Berkeley researchers have discovered that oxytocin -- a hormone associated with maternal nurturing, social attachments, childbirth and sex -- plays a critical role in healthy muscle maintenance and repair. It is the latest target for development as a potential treatment for age-related muscle wasting. ...> Full Article


Scientists unravel the molecular secret of short, intense workouts (6/20/2014)

Scientists unravel the molecular secret of short, intense workoutsThe benefits of short, intense workouts have been extolled by researchers and exercise fans as a metabolic panacea capable of providing greater overall fitness, better blood sugar control and weight reduction -- all of it in periods as short as seven minutes a few times a week. In a new study, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute confirm something is molecularly unique about intense exercise: the activation of a single protein. ...> Full Article


Our ability to identify the source of pain varies across the body (6/19/2014)

Our ability to identify the source of pain varies across the body'Where does it hurt?' is the first question asked to any person in pain. A new UCL study defines for the first time how our ability to identify where it hurts, called 'spatial acuity,' varies across the body, being most sensitive at the forehead and fingertips. ...> Full Article


Iron supplements improve anemia, quality of life for women with heavy periods (6/18/2014)

Iron supplements improve anemia, quality of life for women with heavy periodsA study by researchers from Finland found that diagnosis and treatment of anemia is important to improve quality of life among women with heavy periods. Findings published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, suggest clinicians screen for anemia and recommend iron supplementation to women with heavy menstrual bleeding. ...> Full Article


Team finds on-off switch to burning stored fat (6/17/2014)

Team finds on-off switch to burning stored fatScientists' discovery of how white fat cells are converted to beige, and the on-off switch for the process, could lead to novel diabetes and obesity drugs. ...> Full Article


Review summarizes research on marijuana's negative health effects (6/16/2014)

The current state of science on the adverse health effects of marijuana use links the drug to several significant adverse effects including addiction, a review reports. The article, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, is authored by scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. ...> Full Article


Scientists discover the basis of allergic reactions (6/16/2014)

It is known that a specific birch pollen protein causes the immune system to overreact. What makes birch pollen an allergen has now been discovered by scientists at the Vetmeduni Vienna. The pollen protein can bind iron. Without iron load the protein becomes an allergen. Environmental factors are possibly the reason for low iron loads in plants. This could explain the increasing numbers of allergies. The data were published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. ...> Full Article


Soda consumers may be drinking more fructose than labels reveal (6/15/2014)

Soda consumers may be getting a much higher dose of the harmful sugar fructose than they have been led to believe, according to a new study by the Childhood Obesity Research Center at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, part of Keck Medicine of USC. ...> Full Article


Sperm size and shape in young men affected by cannabis use (6/15/2014)

Young men who use cannabis may be putting their fertility at risk by inadvertently affecting the size and shape of their sperm according to research published Thursday, June 5, 2014. ...> Full Article


Stress hormone receptors localized in sweet taste cells (6/14/2014)

A new study from the Monell Center reports that oral taste cells contain receptors for glucocorticoid 'stress hormones.' The findings suggest glucocorticoids may act directly on taste cells to affect how they respond to sugars and other taste stimuli under conditions of stress. ...> Full Article


Marijuana use is associated with impaired sleep quality (6/13/2014)

A new study suggests that marijuana use is associated with impaired sleep quality. ...> Full Article


Poor sleep equal to binge drinking, marijuana use in predicting academic problems (6/12/2014)

A new study shows that college students who are poor sleepers are much more likely to earn worse grades and withdraw from a course than healthy sleeping peers. ...> Full Article


Early steps toward personalized fitness: Interval training may benefit men more than women (6/10/2014)

When it comes to reaping benefits of sprint interval training, it appears that men have won the battle of the sexes, if just barely. According to new research published in the June 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal, men create more new proteins as a result of this exercise than women do. The good news, however, is that men and women experienced similar increases in aerobic capacity. ...> Full Article


Study identifies new genetic cause of male reproductive birth defects (6/9/2014)

Baylor College of Medicine scientists defined a previously unrecognized genetic cause for two types of birth defects found in newborn boys, described in a report published today in the journal Nature Medicine. ...> Full Article


Researchers discover hormone that controls supply of iron in red blood cell production (6/8/2014)

Researchers discover hormone that controls supply of iron in red blood cell productionA UCLA research team has discovered a new hormone called erythroferrone, which regulates the iron supply needed for red blood-cell production. ...> Full Article


Eating prunes can help weight loss (6/7/2014)

Research by the University of Liverpool has found that eating prunes as part of a weight control diet can improve weight loss. ...> Full Article


Fertility: Sacrificing eggs for the greater good (6/6/2014)

Fertility: Sacrificing eggs for the greater goodPart of a woman's egg production involves a winnowing of the egg supply during fetal development. As much as 80 percent of a baby girl's egg supply is lost even before she is born. New research has gained new insights into the earliest stages of egg selection, which may have broad implications for women's health and fertility. ...> Full Article


Stress degrades sperm quality (6/5/2014)

Psychological stress is harmful to sperm and semen quality, affecting its concentration, appearance, and ability to fertilize an egg, according to a study led by researchers Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Rutgers School of Public Health. Results are published online in the journal Fertility and Sterility. ...> Full Article


Grape-enriched diet supports eye health (6/4/2014)

Research suggests that regular grape consumption may play a role in eye health by protecting the retinal structure and function. ...> Full Article


Variety in diet can hamper microbial diversity in the gut (6/3/2014)

Scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and five other institutions discovered that the more diverse the diet of a fish, the less diverse are the microbes living in its gut. If the effect is confirmed in humans, it could mean that the combinations of foods people eat can influence their gut microbe diversity. The research could impact how probiotics and diet are used to treat diseases associated with bacteria in human digestive systems. ...> Full Article


Scientists map the worst times of day for people allergic to grass pollen (6/2/2014)

Scientists map the worst times of day for people allergic to grass pollenThe grass pollen season is not just one seven to nine week period of agony for people allergic to grass pollen. The concentration of pollen in the air varies not only with the weather. According to a new Danish study, the flowering season can be divided into three different periods with different daily patterns. Based on this, the researchers provide new advices to allergy sufferers. ...> Full Article


Why are girl babies winning in the battle for survival? (6/1/2014)

Sexual inequality between boys and girls starts as early as in the mother's womb -- but how and why this occurs could be a key to preventing higher rates of preterm birth, stillbirth and neonatal death among boys. ...> Full Article


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