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Body Weekly - May 2012 Archives


The Mediterranean diet is definitively linked to quality of life (5/31/2012)

The Mediterranean diet is definitively linked to quality of lifeFor years the Mediterranean diet has been associated with a lesser chance of illness and increased well-being. A new study has now linked it to mental and physical health, too. ...> Full Article


Like curry? New biological role identified for compound used in ancient medicine (5/29/2012)

Scientists have just identified a new reason why some curry dishes, made with spices humans have used for thousands of years, might be good for you. They have discovered that curcumin, a compound found in the cooking spice turmeric, can cause a modest but measurable increase in levels of a protein that's known to be important in the "innate" immune system, helping to prevent infection in humans and other animals. ...> Full Article


Developing bread with omega-3, and another type with a high fiber content (5/28/2012)

Tecnalia, together with the bakeries in the Otana group, is developing bread varieties with the emphasis placed on cutting the risk of developing diseases. Specifically, bread with omega-3 and another type with a high fiber content have been developed. ...> Full Article


'Obesity genes' may influence food choices, eating patterns (5/27/2012)

Researchers from the Miriam Hospital say individuals with variations in certain "obesity genes" tend to eat more meals and snacks, consume more calories per day and choose the same high fat, sugary foods. ...> Full Article


Food fight or romantic dinner? Communication between couples is key to improving men's diets (5/26/2012)

Married men will eat their peas to keep the peace, but many aren't happy about it, and may even binge on unhealthy foods away from home. ...> Full Article


Study reveals how high-fat foods impact diabetes and metabolic syndrome (5/25/2012)

University of Michigan Health System study shows Bcl10 protein helps the free fatty acids found in high-fat foods impair insulin action and raise blood sugar. ...> Full Article


Weight struggles? Blame new neurons in your hypothalamus (5/24/2012)

New nerve cells formed in a select part of the brain could hold considerable sway over how much you eat and consequently weigh, new animal research by Johns Hopkins scientists suggests in a study published in the May issue of Nature Neuroscience. ...> Full Article


Some pollens are much more aggressive than others (5/23/2012)

Scientists from across Europe investigated the allergic potential of pollens from the three main triggers of hay fever in Europe: Birch, grass and olive. As the Hialine study researchers have found, the allergenicity of the pollens varies. Depending on the time of year and region, the pollens produce different quantities of protein compounds, these being ultimately responsible for the allergic immune reaction. ...> Full Article


When you eat matters, not just what you eat (5/22/2012)

When it comes to weight gain, when you eat might be at least as important as what you eat. That's the conclusion of a study reported in the Cell Press journal Cell Metabolism published early online on May 17. ...> Full Article


Scientists identify protein that stimulates brown fat to burn calories (5/21/2012)

Scientists have identified a protein which regulates the activation of brown fat in both the brain and the body's tissues. Their research, which was conducted in mice, was published today, Friday 11 May, in the journal Cell. ...> Full Article


Most people brush their teeth in the wrong way (5/20/2012)

Most people brush their teeth in the wrong wayAlmost all Swedes brush their teeth, yet only one in 10 does it in a way that effectively prevents tooth decay. Now researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, are eager to teach Swedes how to brush their teeth more effectively. ...> Full Article


Drugs from lizard saliva reduces the cravings for food (5/19/2012)

Drugs from lizard saliva reduces the cravings for foodA drug made from the saliva of the Gila monster lizard is effective in reducing the craving for food. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, have tested the drug on rats, who after treatment ceased their cravings for both food and chocolate. ...> Full Article


Sugar makes you stupid (5/18/2012)

A new UCLA study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning -- and how omega-3 fatty acids can counteract the disruption. ...> Full Article


Study sheds new light on importance of human breast milk ingredient (5/17/2012)

A new University of Illinois study shows that human milk oligosaccharides, or HMO, produce short-chain fatty acids that feed a beneficial microbial population in the infant gut. Not only that, the bacterial composition adjusts as the baby grows older and its needs change. For the first time, scientists have shown that a complex mixture of HMO and a single HMO component produce patterns of short-chain fatty acids that change as the infant gets older. ...> Full Article


Soybeans soaked in warm water naturally release key cancer-fighting substance (5/16/2012)

Soybeans soaking in warm water could become a new "green" source for production of a cancer-fighting substance now manufactured in a complicated and time-consuming industrial process, scientists are reporting in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. ...> Full Article


Scientists find new pieces of hearing puzzle (5/15/2012)

Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have gained important new insights into how our sense of hearing works. Their findings promise new avenues for scientists to understand what goes wrong when people experience deafness. Their findings are published in Royal Society Open Biology, a new open access journal. ...> Full Article


Flavonoid compound found in foods and supplements shown to prevent the formation of blood clots (5/14/2012)

A compound called rutin, commonly found in fruits and vegetables and sold over the counter as a dietary supplement, has been shown to inhibit the formation of blood clots in an animal model of thrombosis. ...> Full Article


Some HDL, or 'good' cholesterol, may not protect against heart disease (5/13/2012)

A new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers has found that a subclass of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, the so-called "good" cholesterol, may not protect against coronary heart disease and in fact may be harmful. ...> Full Article


Light weights are just as good for building muscle, getting stronger, researchers find (5/12/2012)

Lifting less weight more times is just as effective at building muscle as training with heavy weights, a finding by McMaster researchers that turns conventional wisdom on its head. The key to muscle gain, say the researchers, is working to the point of fatigue. ...> Full Article


Genes can affect how much you enjoy pork in a meal (5/11/2012)

Genetics may help determine how good your meal tastes. ...> Full Article


Researchers find potential 'dark side' to diets high in beta-carotene (5/10/2012)

New research suggests that there could be health hazards associated with consuming excessive amounts of beta-carotene. ...> Full Article


Everyday fish oil capsule may provide kidney-related benefits (5/9/2012)

According to Dr. Louise Moist, Lawson Health Research Institute, fish oil may improve outcomes for kidney patients undergoing hemodialysis via arteriovenous grafts. Patients taking fish oil experienced a lower rate of graft failure, with half as many grafts lost to clotting. The amount of time until clotting occurred increased, and fewer corrective interventions were required. In addition, those taking fish oil had lower blood pressure, and fewer cardiac-related events. ...> Full Article


Garlic compound fights source of food-borne illness better than antibiotics (5/8/2012)

Researchers at Washington State University have found that a compound in garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting the Campylobacter bacterium, one of the most common causes of intestinal illness. Their work was recently published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. The discovery opens the door to new treatments for raw and processed meats and food preparation surfaces. ...> Full Article


Unmasking black pepper's secrets as a fat fighter (5/8/2012)

A new study provides a long-sought explanation for the beneficial fat-fighting effects of black pepper. The research, published in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, pinpoints piperine -- the pungent-tasting substance that gives black pepper its characteristic taste, concluding that piperine also can block the formation of new fat cells. ...> Full Article


Shedding light on southpaws (5/7/2012)

Lefties (only ten percent of the general population) have always been a bit of a puzzle. Northwestern University researchers have developed a mathematical model that shows the low percentage of lefties is a result of the balance between cooperation and competition in human evolution. They are the first to use real-world data (from competitive sports, including baseball, boxing and hockey) to test and confirm the hypothesis that social behavior is related to population-level handedness. ...> Full Article


Building muscle without heavy weights (5/7/2012)

Weight training at a lower intensity but with more repetitions may be as effective for building muscle as lifting heavy weights says a new opinion piece in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. ...> Full Article


Women have bigger pupils than men (5/6/2012)

Women have bigger pupils than menFrom an anatomical point of view, a normal, non-pathological eye is known as an emmetropic eye, and has been studied very little until now in comparison with myopic and hypermetropic eyes. The results show that healthy emmetropic women have a wider pupil diameter than men. ...> Full Article


Study confirms anatomic existence of the elusive G-spot (5/6/2012)

For centuries, women have been reporting engorgement of the upper, anterior part of the vagina during the stage of sexual excitement, despite the fact the structure of this phenomenon had not been anatomically determined. A new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine documents that this elusive structure does exist anatomically. ...> Full Article


New research underscores the health benefits of fibers, including bone health (5/5/2012)

New research commissioned by Tate & Lyle and presented at the 2012 Experimental Biology conference in San Diego adds to the body of emerging research on fibers, including additional support for the role of soluble corn fiber in bone health. ...> Full Article


Why do the different people's bodies react differently to a high-fat diet? (5/5/2012)

A diet rich in greasy foods causes an imbalance in our gut flora. The composition of the gut flora seems to determine the way in which the body develops certain metabolic disorders such as diabetes, regardless of any genetic modification, gender, age or specific diet. This has recently been demonstrated by Rémy Burcelin and Matteo Serino, researchers from the Inserm unit 1048 "Institute of Metabolic and cardiovascular diseases." These results have been published in the review Gut of April 2012. ...> Full Article


Study finds 'Western diet' detrimental to fetal hippocampal tissue transplants (5/4/2012)

Researchers found that a high saturated fat and high cholesterol (HFHC) diet had direct effects on middle-aged laboratory rats. The HFHC diet elevated microglial activation and reduced neuronal development. While the damage was due to an inflammatory response in the central nervous system, they found that the effects of the HFHC diet were alleviated by the interleukin (IL)-1 receptor antagonist IL-1Ra, leading them to conclude that IL-Ra has potential use in neurological disorders involving neuroinflammation. ...> Full Article


Small molecular bodyguards kill HPV-infected cancer cells by protecting tumor-suppressor (5/4/2012)

Researchers at the Wistar Institute announce the discovery of small molecules that kill cancer cells caused by infection with human papillomavirus. Their results, in both cell and mouse models, demonstrate that the small molecule inhibitors protect a tumor-suppressing protein targeted by viral proteins, thus killing the infected tumor cells. The researchers believe that, with further testing and refinement, their inhibitors could provide a therapeutic for HPV-caused tumors, such as those seen in cervical cancer. ...> Full Article


A comparison of 2 home exercises to treat vertigo (5/3/2012)

A CU School of Medicine researcher who suffers from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and had to "fix it" before she could go to work one day was using a maneuver to treat herself that only made her sicker. "So I sat down and thought about it and figured out an alternate way to do it." ...> Full Article


New study finds a protein combination is best to consume post-workout for building muscle (5/2/2012)

Today at Experimental Biology 2012, Dr. Blake Rasmussen and colleagues presented a new and first-of-its-kind clinical study: "Effect of Protein Blend vs. Whey Protein Ingestion on Muscle Protein Synthesis Following Resistance Exercise." ...> Full Article


Obtaining key nutrients from canned foods can save consumers money (5/1/2012)

Amid the steady drumbeat from nutrition experts and others to consume a healthier diet -- particularly one rich in fruits and vegetables -- there often is a bias to eat more of the fresh variety for optimal nutrition. But is fresh always best? Not necessarily. ...> Full Article


Letting go can boost quality of life (5/1/2012)

Most people go through life setting goals for themselves. But what happens when a life-altering experience makes those goals become unachievable or even unhealthy? ...> Full Article


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