Your Christmas Tree Bark May Fight Arthritis

I don’t know about you, but each Christmas brings the same discussion about trees to my house. It revolves around one important question: should we get a real tree or use an artificial tree? For the past seven or so years, I’ve deferred to my wife’s preference for real trees. Largely, I’ve not been disappointed.… Continue reading Your Christmas Tree Bark May Fight Arthritis

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Ice Baths Not So Hot For Building or Repairing Muscle

Ice baths are one of the hot trends in the fitness world right now, especially among athletes. Heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and tennis player Andy Murray are among a growing number of pro athletes who use ice baths, mostly for recovery purposes. There’s even one “fitness pro” who’s built an entire empire on ice baths. Some… Continue reading Ice Baths Not So Hot For Building or Repairing Muscle

Brush Your Teeth, Protect Your Heart

Kids grow up hearing “brush your teeth” repeated over and over by mom, dad, the dentist and lots of other folks. While I never understood why the dentist was trying to put himself out of work, it’s perfectly understandable why mom and dad would say it. Dental work is expensive! Now, new science is backing… Continue reading Brush Your Teeth, Protect Your Heart

On The Keto Diet With Psoriasis? Choose Your Fats Wisely

The ketogenic, or keto diet, has been promoted as having positive effects on many physical symptoms, including skin quality and health. High in fats, the diet is claimed to provide high levels of the key nutrients for skin health. However, if a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology is accurate, this may… Continue reading On The Keto Diet With Psoriasis? Choose Your Fats Wisely

Blood Biomarkers May Help Predict Concussion Recovery Time

A study of high school and college football players suggests that biomarkers in the blood may have potential use in identifying which players are more likely to need a longer recovery time after concussion, according to a study published in the July 3, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy… Continue reading Blood Biomarkers May Help Predict Concussion Recovery Time

Disrupted Sleep in Your 50’s and 60’s Increases Alzheimers Risk: Study

People who report a declining quality of sleep as they age from their 50s to their 60s have more protein tangles in their brain, putting them at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley. The new finding highlights the importance… Continue reading Disrupted Sleep in Your 50’s and 60’s Increases Alzheimers Risk: Study

Obesity Connected to Differences in Brain Form and Structure

Researchers using sophisticated MRI technology have found that higher levels of body fat are associated with differences in the brain’s form and structure, including smaller volumes of gray matter, according to a study published in the journal Radiology. The findings add important information to our understanding of the connection between obesity and negative health consequences… Continue reading Obesity Connected to Differences in Brain Form and Structure

Green Tea Reduces Health Risks, Cuts Obesity in Mice: Study

Green tea cut obesity and a number of inflammatory biomarkers linked with poor health in a new study. Mice fed a diet of 2 percent green tea extract fared far better than those that ate a diet without it, a finding that has prompted an upcoming study of green tea’s potential benefits in people at… Continue reading Green Tea Reduces Health Risks, Cuts Obesity in Mice: Study

Weakened T-cells Linked to Age-related Immunity Loss: Study

The elderly suffer more serious complications from infections and benefit less from vaccination than the general population. Scientists have long known that a weakened immune system is to blame but the exact mechanisms behind this lagging immunity have remained largely unknown. Now research led by investigators at Harvard Medical School suggests that weakened metabolism of… Continue reading Weakened T-cells Linked to Age-related Immunity Loss: Study

Dietary Fiber Reduces Brain Inflammation

As mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function. That’s one explanation for why memory fades and other brain functions decline during old age. But, according to a new study from the University of Illinois, there may… Continue reading Dietary Fiber Reduces Brain Inflammation