Friday, 16 August 2019 by

Aspartame-SafetyAspartame is the world’s most widely used #artificial #sweetener, yet a new paper published by researchers from the University of Sussex argues that its safety for human consumption should be further questioned. The study provides an appraisal of the most recent assessment of #aspartame safety by the European Food Safety Authority’s (#EFSA) Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food, published in 2013.

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Ear Tickling

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 by

Ear-stimulation-and-healthy-ageingScientists from the University of Leeds have found that daily stimulation of the vagus nerve leads to physiological and wellbeing improvements, including a better quality of life, mood and sleep. The #vagus nerve transmits information from the brain to organs around the body and plays a crucial role in the body’s autonomic nervous system. The ear can act as a gateway to the nervous system with a small branch of the vagus nerve being stimulated via a section of the outer ear.

Stomach Acid and Allergies

Monday, 12 August 2019 by

Stomach-acid-and-allergies (002)Austrian scientists have established a link between stomach acid reducing prescription medicines and an increased risk of developing #allergies. Researchers had access to the health records of over 8 million Austrians over a four-year period and found that patients prescribed #gastric acid inhibitors were twice as likely to also be prescribed #anti-allergy drugs in the future.

Apple Shaped Women at Risk

Friday, 09 August 2019 by

apple-shaped-risk (002)Postmenopausal women who carry fat around their middle are at a higher risk of early death, even if they have a healthy body mass index (#BMI). The authors of a new study, led by the University of Iowa, have concluded that it is not how heavy a person is but where they carry their weight which puts them at risk of obesity related health problems.

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Organic Diets in Pregnancy

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 by

Benefits-of-organic-foods-in-pregnancy (002)The first long term #organic diet intervention study with #pregnant women recently took place in the United States and showed that an organic diet introduction can significantly reduce exposure to some classes of #pesticides. 20 women were recruited and received weekly deliveries of either organic or conventional fruits and vegetables during their second and third trimesters. Weekly urine samples were collected and analysed for biomarkers or organophosphate (OP) and pyrethroid insecticides.

Gut-Bacteria-and-Motor-Neuron-DiseaseMotor neuron disease (#MND) describes a group of diseases affecting the nerves in the brain and spinal cord that gradually stop messages from reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and waste.  MND is life shortening and there is currently no cure. A new study from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has shown that some species of bacteria may change the pace of the disease.

Targeting NLRP3

Friday, 02 August 2019 by

Targeting-NLRP3According to the World health Organization noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), otherwise known as chronic diseases, are responsible for 71% of deaths globally, this shift away from death as a result of infectious diseases has occurred in most industrialised nations over the last century. Most NCDs occur later in life and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behaviour factors.

Vitamin D and Pregnancy

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 by

Low-Vitamin-D-levels-in-Infants-and-High-Blood-PressureNew research from the American Heart Association reveals a link between vitamin D deficiency at birth and throughout early childhood with elevated systolic blood pressure during later years. Those children with low vitamin D levels through early childhood were found to have double the risk of high blood pressure in adolescence.

NAC and Parkinson’s

Monday, 29 July 2019 by

NAC-and-ParkinsonsCurrent #Parkinson’s disease treatments focus on temporarily replacing dopamine in the brain in combination with medications designed to slow the progression of symptoms. A new study performed at the Thomas Jefferson University found that #N-acetylcysteine (NAC) could provide an increase in #dopamine levels as well as improving patients mental and physical abilities.

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Nigella Satvia

Friday, 26 July 2019 by

Nigella-SativaWith plants having long been used as traditional remedies by mankind, and the belief that natural remedies have fewer harmful effects as compared to synthetic medicines, there has been a resurgence of interest in the use of plants as a source of medicine. The #nigella #sativa seed is considered one of the most nutrient rich #herbs in history containing significant levels of iron, copper, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, thiamin, niacin, pyridoxine, and folic acid as well as various amino acids.