When I first read that genetically modified humans have already been born, I could hardly believe it. However, further research into this story featured in the UK’s Daily Mail1 proved it to be true. They’ve really done it… they’ve created humans that nature could never allow for, and it’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen next. Continue reading
More than 20 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with asthma. Furthermore, 9 million American children suffer from the problem, making it the most prevalent chronic condition in children. But research into this breathing difficulty reveals that help is as close as the nearest sunlight. The vitamin D that your skin makes from the sun can improve the control of asthma.
Treating A Widespread Illness
The most often prescribed asthma medications range from short-acting beta agonists (such as albuterol) to inhaled corticosteroids (such as Asmanex and Qvar) to leukotriene modifiers (such as Singulair and Zyflo) to combination inhalers containing corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists (such as Advair and Symbicort).
As is the case with most drugs, asthma medications come with attendant side effects. Some side effects brought about by asthma drugs are localized and appear in only one part of the body. These include reflex cough, bronchospasm, oral candidiasis or thrush, and dysphonia (hoarseness). Others are systemic and the effects are seen throughout the body. These include decreased bone density, poor growth, cataracts and glaucoma, adrenal gland suppression, Disseminated Varicella Infection (chicken pox that spreads to organs), and easy bruising. Continue reading
Considering the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. and abroad, researchers and nutritionists have been working on ways to increase consumption of the vital nutrient. A study that was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that one solution may lie in fungi exposed to ultraviolet light.
In a trial, a team of researchers compared the vitamin D content of button mushrooms kept in the dark, fungi exposed to natural sunlight and mushrooms that were exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) light.
The scientists observed a significant increase in vitamin D for the UVB-exposed vegetables — about 700 percent, in fact. Other nutrients found in the mushrooms, Continue reading
Taurine isn’t one of those minerals that get the spotlight in health news. It’s usually passed over in favor of other, better-known amino acids like homocysteine or tryptophan. But taurine has an important job to do when it comes to the proper functioning of your body. High concentrations of this amino acid are found in your heart muscle, skeletal muscle, nervous system and white blood cells.
Researchers at the Institute for World Health Development in Nishinomiya, Japan, investigated taurine for a possible beneficial role in the prevention of stroke and cardiovascular disease. For their study, which was coordinated by the World Health Organization, the research team reviewed surveys pertaining to diet in 61 different Japanese populations. In particular, they collected data related to cardiovascular disease risk and mortality.
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Many people take aspirin — especially seniors. This over- the-counter-medication is used to relieve pain associated with inflammation. Some even take aspirin to balance their blood pressure. But now, in the latest health news, researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience say that seniors who take aspirin daily may suffer from an unusual prescription side effect — a higher risk for macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration (MD) can be a serious condition that can lead to age-related loss of vision. Basically, there are two types of the eye disease: wet and dry. The wet form is caused by leaking blood vessels in the eye and can affect the vision in the center of your eye’s field of vision. The dry form of MD is far more common and can also lead to vision loss, though not as dramatically.
For the study, the European research team collected health and lifestyle information from nearly 4,700 people over age 65. The researchers found that 839 people took aspirin each day. Thirty-six participants in this group had the more serious condition of wet MD. Statistically, this means that, for every 100 daily aspirin users, four will get wet MD. In comparison, for every 100 people who took aspirin less frequently, only two will get MD.
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Hyperthyroidism happens when your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. This results in an overactive metabolic rate, which can cause irritability, insomnia and fatigue, amongst other things. Although not as common as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism is still a threat to many. Without even knowing it, a malfunctioning thyroid can be the underlying cause of many recurring illnesses.
How can you make sure your thyroid produces the right amount of thyroid hormone? You need to make sure you boost your nutritional health with vitamin B12. At least this is the latest health news from a group of Polish researchers.
The scientists looked at the use of vitamin supplements in the Polish population and a possible link with thyroid disease. The researchers noted that although vitamin deficiencies are uncommon in Poland or other developed countries, many patients take vitamin supplements. But despite the widespread availability of vitamins and the universal belief that vitamins offer health benefits, few publications have addressed their role in the prevention and treatment of thyroid diseases. Continue reading
The evidence increasingly shows that the best health advice for a morning meal is to include a few eggs. They are rich in nutrients, lower in cholesterol than previously thought, and help keep you satiated longer into the day. A new study addressed an interesting question: are eggs laid by free- range hens nutritionally superior to those laid by eggs in cages?
Free-range eggs are generally perceived to be better for you. There is no doubt they are ethically the better option, and perhaps that is all that needs to be addressed. A study was conducted to see if this natural food is actually clinically superior in nutrient base. To that end, the new study found basically no difference in quality of eggs produced by hens in both environments.
What’s more is that cholesterol levels in all eggs Continue reading
Whether eggs are a healthy breakfast choice has been a subject of controversy in recent years. Now, scientists have discovered that the answer to that question may depend on what kind of food the hens are fed.
Omega-6 fatty acids, when present in hen’s feed, cause the animals to lay eggs that are high in cholesterol. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that these compounds can be a healthy part of a person’s diet, as they are necessary for proper development and brain function, but people’s bodies do not naturally make them.
However, when high levels of the acids are present as part of a hen’s diet, Continue reading
It is well known that eggs contain a powerful amount of protein and essential lipids, but new research has found that they also contain antioxidant properties that are known to prevent cardiovascular disease as well as cancer. Researchers from the University of Alberta determined that egg yolks in their raw state contain almost twice as many antioxidant properties as an apple and about the same as half a serving of cranberries. When fried or boiled, however, antioxidant properties were reduced by about half. The reduction in antioxidant properties was even more severe when heated in a microwave, which destroys many of the nutrients in any given food.
Another important factor is that the egg yolk is consumed along with the egg white. Researchers at the U of A Department of Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science examined egg yolks Continue reading
An experimental research carried out in Sant Cugat del Vallès and Rubí, coordinated by researchers from UAB, assessed the efficacy of a combination of strategies to reduce the population of tiger mosquitos (Aedes albopictus). The research began in February 2008. The research focused on monitoring eggs found in small experimental traps. Researchers observed that for the first time, the number of eggs diminished after applying the measures.
The strategies began with a visit to the affected areas, where owners were informed on prevention measures and told the importance of eliminating any stagnant water accumulating in gardens or patios. The next stage included applying insecticides to plugholes, water storage tanks and drains to eliminate larvae, and removing vegetation from parks and gardens to get rid of adult mosquitos. Continue reading
Humans and zebra fish share mechanisms that regulate our circadian system, says TAU researcher
Circadian rhythms — the natural cycle that dictates our biological processes over a 24-hour day — does more than tell us when to sleep or wake. Disruptions in the cycle are also associated with depression, problems with weight control, jet lag and more. Now Prof. Yoav Gothilf of Tel Aviv University‘s Department of Neurobiology at the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences is looking to the common zebrafish to learn more about how the human circadian system functions.
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For people at a higher risk of losing central vision as they age, eating sufficient levels of certain dietary nutrients could help protect their eyes.
A new study finds that among people with a genetic susceptibility to macular degeneration — vision loss caused by erosion of the retina — those who ate higher levels of zinc, antioxidants, or omega-3 fatty acids cut their risk of developing the disease by as much as a third compared with those who ate lower levels of the nutrients.
“Therefore, clinicians should provide dietary advice to young susceptible individuals to postpone or prevent the vision-disabling consequences of (age-related macular degeneration),” the researchers wrote in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology. Age-related macular degeneration is common, accounting for half of all cases of blindness in developed countries, they note.
In the United States, the condition occurs Continue reading
Forget shopping at department stores for expensive skin care products. Instead, head to your kitchen for the best kept secrets for naturally beautiful skin. That`s right: food is your medicine and when it comes to skin care, these foods provide everything you need for clear, glowing skin:
Extra virgin olive oil is an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. You can also use olive oil for oil cleansing: simply massage a half teaspoon into your skin for a few minutes and then gently wash your face off with warm water and a clean wash cloth.
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A good proportion of most GPs’ consultations will involve some sort of conversation and advice about cholesterol.
It’s certainly one of the tests that patients ask for most. And yet many doctors and health professionals are still giving out incorrect advice when it comes to diet and cholesterol-lowering measures, and the public’s knowledge on the subject is poor at best.
This is concerning considering that research done many years ago quite definitively demonstrated that dietary cholesterol, from foods such as eggs and shellfish, has only a small and clinically insignificant effect on blood cholesterol. For most people, it’s the amount of saturated fat they eat that has a far greater impact on their cholesterol levels than eating foods that contain cholesterol, such as eggs and shellfish. Yet the advice so often still given is to cut down on cholesterol-containing foods, and as a result many people still believe that there are restrictions on the number of eggs Continue reading
Studies published in the U.S. and Britain debunks the thoroughly established notion that eating eggs raises cholesterol levels, notably that of the so-called “bad cholesterol”, LDL.
The theory was that eating eggs every day could speed up cardiovascular disease and increase the probability of heart attack. Not so? All lies? Let us qualify.
Cholesterol experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research Service say new data indicates eggs are lower in cholesterol and higher in vitamin D than previously reported.
Prof. Maria Luz Fernandez, from the University of Connecticut, studied the effect of egg-eating on several groups: kids aged 10-12; Continue reading