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Rediscovering Venus to find faraway earths

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Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways

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First step: From human cells to tissue-engineered esophagusFirst step: From human cells to tissue-engineered esophagus

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

Laying the groundwork for data-driven scienceLaying the groundwork for data-driven science

Hold on, tiger momHold on, tiger mom

Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologiesNature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies

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

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Identified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonationIdentified for the first time what kind of explosive has been used after the detonation

Copied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithmsCopied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithms

Body Weekly - October 2012 Archives

10-minute 'tension tamer' can help reduce stress and improve sleep (10/31/2012)

A simple, 10-minute stress reduction technique could help to relieve stress, improve sleep quality, and decrease fatigue. ...> Full Article

New clues to how the brain and body communicate to regulate weight (10/31/2012)

Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center describe new findings that help explain the neurocircuitry underlying the fat-burning properties of brown fat. ...> Full Article

Canadian scientists discover cause of high cholesterol (10/31/2012)

A protein called resistin, secreted by fat tissue, causes high levels of "bad" cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease. ...> Full Article

Study shows overeating impairs brain insulin function, can lead to diabetes and obesity (10/30/2012)

New research from Mount Sinai School of Medicine sheds light on how overeating can cause a malfunction in brain insulin signaling, and lead to obesity and diabetes. Christoph Buettner, M.D., Ph.D., aassociate professor of medicine (endocrinology, diabetes and bone disease) and his research team found that overeating impairs the ability of brain insulin to suppress the breakdown of fat in adipose tissue. ...> Full Article

2 components of red meat combined with alteration in DNA repair increase risk for bladder cancer (10/29/2012)

Study establishes link between red meat and bladder cancer risk. Researchers recommend limiting intake of red meat. ...> Full Article

Plant-based diets can remedy chronic diseases (10/28/2012)

Research studies have long indicated that a high consumption of plant foods is associated with lower incidents of chronic disease. In the October issue of Food Technology magazine, senior writer/editor Toni Tarver discusses recent discoveries in nutritional genomics that explain how plant-based diets are effective at warding off disease. ...> Full Article

Weight loss does not improve fertility (10/27/2012)

Losing weight does not lead to improved fertility in women, but does improve sexual function, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. ...> Full Article

Crusty foods may worsen heart problems associated with diabetes (10/27/2012)

A University of Illinois study suggests avoiding cooking methods that produce the kind of crusty bits you'd find on a grilled hamburger, especially if you have diabetes and know you're at increased risk for cardiovascular disease because of your diagnosis. "Cooking methods that create a crust produce advanced glycation end products (AGEs). And AGEs are associated with plaque formation, the kind we see in cardiovascular disease," said Karen Chapman-Novakofski, a U of I professor of nutrition. ...> Full Article

Eating more legumes may improve glycemic control, lower estimated heart disease risk (10/26/2012)

Eating more legumes (such as beans, chickpeas or lentils) as part of a low-glycemic index diet appears to improve glycemic control and reduce estimated coronary heart disease risk in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus. ...> Full Article

Gluten and lactose-free ingredient substitute found for low-fat white sauces (10/26/2012)

Consumers are increasingly demanding the development of ready-to-eat gluten and lactose-free food products that meet their needs and help improve their health. A recent study in Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists, shows how new white sauce formulations are being created to meet these demands. ...> Full Article

Infertility: How can the ovulation function be restored? (10/25/2012)

It is well known that breast feeding increases the secretion of the prolactin hormone and inhibits ovulation in women. This prevents the onset of a new pregnancy too soon, and so breast feeding was used in the past as a method of contraception. In addition to this physiological condition, there are many other pathological conditions in which the production of prolactin is increased. ...> Full Article

Researchers clarify process controlling night vision (10/24/2012)

On the road at night or on a tennis court at dusk, the eye can be deceived. Vision is not as sharp as in the light of day, and detecting a bicyclist on the road or a careening tennis ball can be tough. New research reveals the key chemical process that corrects for potential visual errors in low-light conditions. Understanding this fundamental step could lead to new treatments for visual deficits, or might one day boost normal night vision to new levels. ...> Full Article

Novel chewing gum formulation helps prevent motion sickness (10/23/2012)

A new prototype for medicated chewing gum has been developed for motion sickness that may offer many advantages over conventional oral solid dosage forms. About 33 percent of people are susceptible to motion sickness in mild circumstances and 66 percent are affected in more severe conditions. This research is being presented at the 2012 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Meeting and Exposition in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 14 ? 18. ...> Full Article

Study sheds light on role of exercise and androgens such as testosterone on nerve damage repair (10/22/2012)

A study by researchers from Emory University and Indiana University found that the beneficial effects daily exercise can have on the regeneration of nerves also require androgens such as testosterone in both males and females. It is the first report of both androgen-dependence of exercise on nerve regeneration and of an androgenic effect of exercise in females. The study will be discussed at Neuroscience 2012 on Monday. ...> Full Article

Social contact can ease pain related to nerve damage, animal study suggests (10/21/2012)

Companionship has the potential to reduce pain linked to nerve damage, according to a new study. The animal research suggests that social contact has both behavioral and physiological influences. ...> Full Article

People with severe psoriasis nearly twice at risk for diabetes (10/20/2012)

An analysis of 27 studies linking psoriasis in 314,000 individuals with diabetes has found strong correlation between the scaly skin rash and the blood sugar disorder that predisposes patients to heart disease, say UC Davis researchers who led the review. ...> Full Article

The worst noises in the world: Why we recoil at unpleasant sounds (10/19/2012)

Heightened activity between the emotional and auditory parts of the brain explains why the sound of chalk on a blackboard or a knife on a bottle is so unpleasant. ...> Full Article

Nurture trumps nature in study of oral bacteria in human twins, says study (10/18/2012)

A new long-term study of human twins by University of Colorado Boulder researchers indicates the makeup of the population of bacteria bathing in their saliva is driven more by environmental factors than heritability. ...> Full Article

Nerve and muscle activity vary across menstrual cycle (10/17/2012)

Nerve fibers, and the muscles they control, behave differently at different points along the menstrual cycle, potentially making women more vulnerable to knee injuries. Presentation is part of the Integrative Biology of Exercise VI meeting, co-sponsored by the American Physiological Society. ...> Full Article

Eating lots of carbs, sugar may raise risk of cognitive impairment (10/17/2012)

People 70 and older who eat food high in carbohydrates have nearly four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, and the danger also rises with a diet heavy in sugar, Mayo Clinic researchers have found. Those who consume a lot of protein and fat relative to carbohydrates are less likely to become cognitively impaired, the study found. The findings are published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. ...> Full Article

Exercise could fortify immune system against future cancers (10/16/2012)

Small pilot study suggests that T cells become more responsive in exercising cancer survivors weeks after chemo ends. Poster presentation is part of the Integrative Biology of Exercise VI meeting, co-sponsored by the American Physiological Society. ...> Full Article

Minutes of hard exercise can lead to all-day calorie burn (10/15/2012)

Engaging in hard exercise for just 2.5 minutes per day led volunteers to burn an extra 200 calories a day. The research is among the many poster presentations at this week's Integrative Biology of Exercise VI meeting, co-sponsored by the American Physiological Society. ...> Full Article

Survey shows supplement users have strong interest in natural solutions to manage their cholesterol (10/14/2012)

As emerging science is evaluating whether the microbiome, and gut bacteria specifically, can play a role in health and certain chronic diseases such as heart disease, highlights of new market research conducted by Micropharma Limited found that heart health is very important for supplement users; a strong interest in a better, more holistic long-term solution to high cholesterol; and the majority understand that different probiotic strains confer different health benefits. ...> Full Article

Researchers discover how the body uses vitamin B to recognize bacterial infection (10/13/2012)

An Australian research team has discovered how specialized immune cells recognize products of vitamin B synthesis that are unique to bacteria and yeast, triggering the body to fight infection. ...> Full Article

Can eating tomatoes lower the risk of stroke? (10/12/2012)

Eating tomatoes and tomato-based foods is associated with a lower risk of stroke, according to new research published in the Oct. 9, 2012, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene. ...> Full Article

New study links caffeinated coffee to vision loss (10/11/2012)

A new study suggests caffeinated coffee drinkers should limit their intake to reduce their chances of developing vision loss or blindness. According to a scientific paper in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, heavy caffeinated coffee consumption is associated with an increased risk of developing exfoliation glaucoma, the leading cause of secondary glaucoma worldwide. ...> Full Article

New findings on the workings of the inner ear (10/10/2012)

The sensory cells of the inner ear have tiny hairs called stereocilia that play a critical part in hearing. It has long been known that these stereocilia move sideways back and forth in a wave-like motion when stimulated by a sound wave. After having designed a microscope to observe these movements, a research team at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has discovered that the hairs not only move sideways but also change in length. ...> Full Article

Gut bacteria could cause diabetes (10/9/2012)

Studying gut bacteria can reveal a range of human illness. Now, new research shows that the composition of a person's intestinal bacteria could play an important role in the development of type 2 diabetes. These results, from a joint European and Chinese research team, have just been published in the journal Nature. ...> Full Article

Nothing fishy about fish oil fortified nutrition bars (10/8/2012)

In today's fast-paced society, consumers often reach for nutrition bars when looking for a healthy on-the-go snack. A new study in the September issue of the Journal of Food Science published by the Institute of Food Technologists found that partially replacing canola oil with fish oil in nutrition bars can provide the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids without affecting the taste. ...> Full Article

Going viral to kill zits (10/7/2012)

Watch out, acne. Doctors soon may have a new weapon against zits: a harmless virus living on our skin that naturally seeks out and kills the bacteria that cause pimples. ...> Full Article

Eating cherries lowers risk of gout attacks by 35% (10/6/2012)

A new study found that patients with gout who consumed cherries over a two-day period showed a 35% lower risk of gout attacks compared to those who did not eat the fruit. Findings from this case-crossover study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, also suggest that risk of gout flares was 75% lower when cherry intake was combined with the uric-acid reducing drug, allopurinol, than in periods without exposure to cherries or treatment. ...> Full Article

New research shows bees decrease their food intake when given compound found in red wine (10/5/2012)

New research shows bees decrease their food intake when given compound found in red wineResearchers have found when given resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, bees consume less food. Also, previous scientific studies show resveratrol lengthens the lifespan of diverse organisms. Arizona State University tested the effects of the chemical on the honey bee. Their research has confirmed that not only does this compound extend the lifespan of honey bees up to 38 percent, it also changes the decisions bees make about food by triggering a "moderation effect." ...> Full Article

Exposure to snot-nosed kids ups severity of cold infections (10/4/2012)

Exposure to school-age children raises the odds that a person with lung disease who catches a cold will actually suffer symptoms like a runny nose, sore throat and cough. While many studies have found that being around school-age children increases the risk of infection, the new findings go one step further: Of people who come down with colds, the course of the infection is much more likely to be worse in people exposed to children. ...> Full Article

Researchers uncover biochemical events needed to maintain erection (10/3/2012)

For two decades, scientists have known the biochemical factors that trigger penile erection, but not what's needed to maintain one. Now an article by Johns Hopkins researchers, scheduled to be published this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uncovers the biochemical chain of events involved in that process. The information, they say, may lead to new therapies to help men who have erectile dysfunction. ...> Full Article

Immune system molecule affects our weight (10/2/2012)

Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have identified a molecule in the immune system that could affect hunger and satiety. The researchers hope that new treatments for obesity will benefit from this finding. ...> Full Article

Are you unable to control your high blood pressure? (10/1/2012)

Are you unable to control your high blood pressure?U-M selected to participate in SYMPLICITY HTN-3 study to help those whose blood pressure remains high despite treatment with three or more medications. ...> Full Article

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