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  • 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
  • Traditional Ghanaian medicines show promise against tropical diseases
    The discovery of new drugs is vital to achieving the eradication of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa and around the world. Now, researchers have identified traditional Ghanaian medicines which work in the lab against schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis, three diseases endemic to Ghana.
    Published: December 31, 2020, 7:38 pm
  • Healthy muscles are a carrot on a string for healthy lungs
    Scientists show effectiveness of carrot-based Japanese herbal medicine called 'Ninjin'yoeito' in improving muscle atrophy in the hind legs of mice exposed to cigarette smoke, positioning the medicine as a potential treatment for sarcopenia frailty-related complications with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
    Published: December 2, 2020, 2:51 pm
  • First meta-analysis shows promise for yoga, meditation, mindfulness in concussion
    Chronic concussion symptoms are notoriously difficult to treat. But a researcher who is also a yoga instructor and has been teaching yoga for 17 years - is hoping that a recent study, the first-ever meta-analysis looking at the use of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness-based interventions for the effective treatment of chronic concussion symptoms, will offer hope to those still struggling with their symptoms.
    Published: November 30, 2020, 6:14 pm
  • Understanding traditional Chinese medicine can help protect species
    Demystifying traditional Chinese medicine for conservationists could be the key to better protecting endangered species like pangolins, tigers and rhino, according to researchers. Efforts to shift entrenched values and beliefs about Chinese medicine are not achieving conservation gains in the short term.
    Published: November 26, 2020, 1:59 pm
  • Cannabis strength soars over past half century
    Largest study on how cannabis has changed over time finds increased strength putting consumers at greater risk of harm.
    Published: November 16, 2020, 2:22 pm
  • Social distancing is increasing loneliness in older adults
    Social distancing introduced in response to COVID-19 is increasing feelings of loneliness in Scotland's older population and impacting their wellbeing, according to a new study.
    Published: November 9, 2020, 4:02 pm
  • Drinking green tea and coffee daily linked to lower death risk in people with diabetes
    Drinking plenty of both green tea and coffee is linked to a lower risk of dying from any cause among people with type 2 diabetes, suggests new research.
    Published: October 20, 2020, 11:01 pm