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Intermittent fasting diet backed by scientific evidence, says Johns Hopkins professor

January 3, 2020

The New Year brings about new and renewed commitment to personal health and fitness. Of the many diet options practiced today, intermittent fasting seems to offer much benefit, according to neuroscience professor Mark Mattson at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, US. Now, Mattson has been practicing intermittent fasting for 20 years and claims […]

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Early companionship with “man’s best friend” shown to lessen the risk of developing dementia

December 30, 2019

Early life exposure to pet cats and dogs have been said to alter the human immune system through various means, including pet-induced stress reduction. A study from US-based Johns Hopkins Medicine now suggests that being around a dog,in particular, in early age may lessen the chance of developing schizophrenia later on. Researchers were surprised to […]

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Why organic baby food and feeding?

December 17, 2019

Baby food options can be overwhelming when it comes to nutrition for children. There is a lot of advice floating around when it comes to what you should feed your baby. In the current dynamic, the biggest question is whether you should feed your child organic foods? Well, whenever you can, it’s better to opt […]

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Scientists use honey in surgical meshes to fight post-op infection

December 16, 2019

Honey has been touted as a healing agent due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties – most recently, an international team has incorporated honey into a surgical mesh coating that could help prevent post-operative infections. The electrospun nano-coating for surgical meshes –composed of alternating layers of negatively-charged honey and positively-charged biocompatible polymers – slowly releases […]

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Specific protein tag may help immune system fight disease

December 13, 2019

Cells need proteins to carry out various biological functions, usually tagged to determine/modify their cellular activity. Now, scientists from the University of Iowa, US, who studied proteins tagged ISG15, have developed a novel method to better understand the workings of the immune system. The research began with a small protein called ubiquitin, which was first […]

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Daily avocado intake reduces “bad” cholesterol, promotes eye health

November 27, 2019

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), US, have recently found that eating an avocado a day led to lower levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) – specifically small, dense LDL particles – and oxidised LDL in adults classed as overweight or obese. Highlights of the study showed that avocados were capable of reducing the number […]

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Single, antibody-based injection reduces effects of peanut allergy for weeks

November 18, 2019

Soon, treatment for peanut allergy could be made possible through a single injection – medical scientists at Stanford University, in California, US, found that an (etokimab) injection alone ensured those with severe allergies could stomach peanuts for a time. By controlling immune responses, the new treatment is hoped to keep severe allergic reactions from various […]

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Sound waves used to safely treat metastatic breast cancer

November 8, 2019

A breast cancer diagnosis is difficult to accept, but prompt treatment is necessary before cancer cells break away from the original tumour and travel through the lymphatic system to other parts of the body and form new, fatal, tumours. While current treatments for lymph node metastases are highly invasive and have severe side effects, scientists […]

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Parkinson’s sees promising new treatment, thanks to US scientists

October 18, 2019

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder characterised by symptoms such as tremors and slow movement – experimental treatments for genetic disorders have so far targeted mutated proteins/enzymes, but scientists from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Northwestern Medicine) in Chicago, US, have instead amplified healthy enzymes to alleviate symptoms of PD. According […]

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Heart patients and bachelors/spinsters benefit significantly from dog ownership

October 11, 2019

Pets have been known to ease some health concerns but it has been recently proven that dog owners live longer, and this is especially true for heart disease patients or the ones living alone. Dr. Caroline Kramer at the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes (LSCD) in Ontario, Canada, found dog owners to have lower blood […]

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