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  • Coffee and tea drinking may be associated with reduced rates of stroke and dementia
    Drinking coffee or tea may be associated with a lower risk of stroke and dementia, according to a new study. Drinking coffee was also associated with a lower risk of post-stroke dementia.
    Published: November 16, 2021, 7:48 pm
  • Altered fat metabolism, enzyme, likely plays key role in Lou Gehrig’s disease
    A new study using genetically engineered mice and human cell and tissue samples has added to evidence that higher levels of inflammatory chemicals involved in fat metabolism occur in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the neuromuscular disorder, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
    Published: November 15, 2021, 5:35 pm
  • New study suggests that breastfeeding may help prevent cognitive decline
    A new study has found that women over the age of 50 who had breastfed their babies performed better on cognitive tests compared to women who had never breastfed. The findings suggest that breastfeeding may have a positive impact on postmenopausal women's cognitive performance and could have long-term benefits for the mother's brain.
    Published: October 23, 2021, 4:21 pm
  • Pesticide linked to chronic kidney disease
    A commonly available pesticide has been associated with an increased risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
    Published: October 14, 2021, 2:01 pm
  • What you need to know about urinary tract infections
    More than half of U.S. women will experience at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetimes, while a quarter will have a subsequent infection. Recurrent urinary tract infections are defined as two or more infections in six months or three or more in a year.
    Published: October 1, 2021, 5:02 pm
  • Are there DBPs in that cup of tea?
    Surpassed only by water, tea is the second most consumed beverage worldwide. When boiled tap water is used to brew tea, residual chlorine in the water can react with tea compounds to form disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Now, researchers measured 60 DBPs in three types of tea, unexpectedly finding lower levels in brewed tea than in tap water. However, they also detected many unknown DBPs with uncertain health effects.
    Published: September 15, 2021, 12:58 pm
  • The good herb: Buckwheat liquor helps cells clean house
    Researchers have found that quercetin, a component of the traditional Chinese herbal medicine tartary buckwheat extract, can induce autophagy and aggrephagy in skin and liver cells. These findings may have implications for the treatment of diseases associated with protein aggregation, such as alcoholic liver disease and Alzheimer's.
    Published: August 16, 2021, 2:25 pm
  • Meta-analysis finds that omega-3 fatty acids improved cardiovascular outcomes
    Investigators conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 38 randomized controlled trials of omega-3 fatty acids. Overall, they found that omega-3 fatty acids improved cardiovascular outcomes. Results showed a significantly greater reduction in cardiovascular risk in studies of EPA alone rather than EPA+DHA supplements.
    Published: July 8, 2021, 12:38 pm
  • Lab analysis finds near-meat and meat not nutritionally equivalent
    A research team's deeper examination of the nutritional content of plant-based meat alternatives, using metabolomics, shows they're as different as plants and animals. Beef contained 22 metabolites that the plant substitute did not. The plant-based substitute contained 31 metabolites that meat did not. The greatest distinctions occurred in amino acids, dipeptides, vitamins, phenols, and types of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids found in these products.
    Published: July 6, 2021, 7:30 pm
  • Consuming a diet with more fish fats, less vegetable oils can reduce migraine headaches, study finds
    A diet higher in fatty fish helped frequent migraine sufferers reduce their monthly number of headaches and intensity of pain compared to participants on a diet higher in vegetable-based fats and oils, according to a new study.
    Published: July 1, 2021, 1:30 am
  • People with fibromyalgia are substituting CBD for opioids to manage pain
    As the ravages of the opioid epidemic lead many to avoid these powerful painkillers, a significant number of people with fibromyalgia are finding an effective replacement in CBD-containing products, finds a new study.
    Published: June 24, 2021, 4:17 pm
  • Tai chi can mirror healthy benefits of conventional exercise
    A new study shows that tai chi mirrors the beneficial effects of conventional exercise by reducing waist circumference in middle-aged and older adults with central obesity.
    Published: May 31, 2021, 9:45 pm
  • Meditative practice and spiritual wellbeing may preserve cognitive function in aging
    It is projected that up to 152 million people worldwide will be living with Alzheimer's disease (AD) by 2050. To date there are no drugs that have a substantial positive impact on either the prevention or reversal of cognitive decline. A growing body of evidence finds that targeting lifestyle and vascular risk factors have a beneficial effect on overall cognitive performance. A new review examines research that finds spiritual fitness, a new concept in medicine that centers on psychological and spiritual wellbeing, and Kirtan Kriya, a simple 12-minute meditative practice, may reduce multiple risk factors for AD.
    Published: May 11, 2021, 4:37 pm
  • DHA supplement may offset impact of maternal stress on unborn males
    Researchers have uncovered possible reasons for male vulnerability in the womb, and they've learned a specific maternal dietary supplement called docosahexanoic acid (DHA) may guard against the impact of maternal stress on unborn males during early development.
    Published: March 24, 2021, 3:34 pm
  • New discovery explains antihypertensive properties of green and black tea
    A new study from the University of California, Irvine shows that compounds in both green and black tea relax blood vessels by activating ion channel proteins in the blood vessel wall. The discovery helps explain the antihypertensive properties of tea and could lead to the design of new blood pressure-lowering medications.
    Published: March 8, 2021, 6:17 pm
  • Green tea supplements modulate facial development of children with Down syndrome, study finds
    A new study adds evidence about the potential benefits of green tea extracts in Down syndrome. Researchers observed that the intake of those extracts can reduce facial dysmorphology in children with Down syndrome when taken during the first three years of life. Additional experimental research in mice confirmed the positive effects at low doses. However, the researchers also found that high doses can disrupt facial and bone development.
    Published: March 3, 2021, 2:52 pm
  • Robotic dogs and laughter therapy: Combating loneliness and isolation while social distancing
    Robotic dogs, laughter therapy and mindfulness are some of the ways that might help people -- particularly the elderly -- cope with loneliness and social isolation while social distancing, say researchers.
    Published: February 17, 2021, 8:11 pm
  • Green tea compound aids p53, 'guardian of the genome' and tumor suppressor
    An antioxidant found in green tea may increase levels of p53, a natural anti-cancer protein, known as the ''guardian of the genome'' for its ability to repair DNA damage or destroy cancerous cells.
    Published: February 12, 2021, 2:41 pm
  • Probiotic coffee and tea drinks
    Good news for those who need a cuppa to start the day. Food scientists have created new probiotic coffee and tea drinks that are packed with over 1 billion units of gut-friendly live probiotics. These non-dairy and plant-based beverages are can be stored chilled or at room temperature for more than 14 weeks.
    Published: January 11, 2021, 2:43 pm
  • New research finds ginger counters certain autoimmune diseases in mice
    The main bioactive compound of ginger root lowers autoantibody production and helps halt disease progression in mice with antiphospholipid syndrome and lupus.
    Published: January 6, 2021, 6:30 pm