World’s Oldest People May Have Supercharged Immune Cells

The secret to living past 110 may be an increase in killer cells in the bloodstream. Continue reading

This Is How Light May Have Escaped from the Earliest Galaxies, Turning the Universe Transparent

At nearly the beginning of time, the universe was shrouded in darkness. Then, early galaxies produced bright, hot stars that leaked brilliant light intergalactic space through small channels, turning the universe transparent. Continue reading

The Curious Bidirectional Link Between Gut Health and Sleep

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  • Mounting research suggests your gut microbiome helps regulate not only your mood but also your sleep cycle through what’s known as the gut-brain axis — a bidirectional communication “highway” that links your central and enteric nervous systems
  • Your gut microbiota affect brain function through the immunoregulatory pathway, the neuroendocrine pathway and the vagus nerve pathway, all three of which have this bidirectional flow
  • Research shows the microbiota in your gut are under circadian control, which means disruptions in sleep can affect the composition and health of your microbiome, which can have significant impact on your overall health
  • The microbes in your gut can also affect the actual quality of your sleep. Total microbiome diversity is positively correlated with increased sleep efficiency and total sleep time
  • Recent research shows the composition of your gut microbiome, the quality and quantity of your sleep, your immune function and cognition are all connected

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Control your blood pressure naturally with these low-glycemic foods

High blood pressure (hypertension) is no small matter – it’s one of the key risk factors for cardiovascular health problems. If you are hypertensive, or know someone who is, studies suggest that a natural, drug-less way to lower blood pressure is by following a low-glycemic diet. Continue reading

The science behind home remedies: Is a saltwater gargle effective against sore throats and mouth pain?

Salt water gargles have been used for centuries as a home remedy. This simple mixture of warm water and salt can treat sore throats and mouth sores. Despite the emergence of medicated mouthwashes, people still use salt water solutions to address minor oral and throat problems. Continue reading

Dean Foods files for bankruptcy as consumers increasingly reject processed cow’s milk

The largest commercial milk processor in the United States has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing heavy debt and substantial unfunded debt obligations as among the reasons why. Continue reading

Better Than Zoloft for Depression: Rhodiola

Will doctors ever opt for an herb over a drug for depressed patients? It may sound unlikely but researchers from the University of Pennsylvania think they should consider it Continue reading

Pesticides Found in 84% of Fruit

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  • The U.S. FDA, which evaluates produce for chemicals via their pesticide residue monitoring program, revealed that pesticide residues are widespread in popular produce, including strawberries, apples and grapes
  • Overall, 84% of domestic fruits — along with 53% of vegetables, 42% of grains and 73% of “other” foods, such as nuts, seeds, candy, beverages and others — contained pesticide residues
  • Imported fruits fared slightly better, with 52.3% of samples tainted with pesticide residues
  • The FDA report revealed 221 different pesticide compounds in produce, including DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane), a toxic pesticide banned in 1972
  • A group of Harvard scientists noted that more than 90% of Americans have detectable levels of pesticides in their urine and blood, and the health effects of consuming pesticide residues are unknown

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Gene-Editing Unintentionally Adds Bovine DNA, Goat DNA, and Bacterial DNA, Mouse Researchers Find

The gene-editing of DNA inside living cells is considered by many to be the preeminent technological breakthrough of the new millennium. Researchers in medicine and agriculture have rapidly adopted it as a technique for discovering cell and organism functions. But its commercial prospects are much more complicated. Continue reading

Archaeological discovery in Shiloh matches perfectly with the Bible

Verisimilitude. It’s a big word, one I had to look up when it was used by an archaeologist whose team discovered what appears to be the corner of God’s altar in Shiloh, Israel, a city in the heart of the West Bank. It means, “the appearance of being true or real,” and when applied to this archaeological discovery, it means what they found seems to demonstrate several historical components of the Old Testament are true. Continue reading

The Damaging Effects of Oxalates on the Human Body

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