Are Brain Changes Strike Three For Soybean Oil?

Soybean oil is everywhere in American life. Websites run by everyone from doctors to random vegans tout it as a healthier alternative to vegetable oils, with some folks claiming unique health benefits ranging from lower blood sugar to X-ray vision. Okay, maybe not X-ray vision, but a quick web search will show you what I… Continue reading Are Brain Changes Strike Three For Soybean Oil?

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Kids Bag Lunches Lack Nutritional Punch

Worried about what your kids might be eating in school? Concerned about the nutritional value of school cafeteria food? As it turns out, you might not be doing any better by packing your kids lunches. Survey research out of the UK’s University of Leeds, published in the online journal BMJ Open, says that less than… Continue reading Kids Bag Lunches Lack Nutritional Punch

Science Finds Pathways That Extend Life By Five Hundred Percent

Science has discovered how to expand your lifespan by 500%. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news? Right now, it’s only cause for celebration for C. elegans, a small nematode worm. Of course, when you consider that C. elegans has an average lifespan of three to four weeks, those little nematodes really should be celebrating!… Continue reading Science Finds Pathways That Extend Life By Five Hundred Percent

A Prescription to Replace Exercise?

Whether it be a brisk walk around the park or high intensity training at the gym, exercise does a body good. But what if you could harness the benefits of a good workout without ever moving a muscle? Michigan Medicine researchers studying a class of naturally occurring protein called Sestrin have found that it can… Continue reading A Prescription to Replace Exercise?

Podcast: Youth Sports and Kids Emotional Health: Study Review

Youth sports, especially in the US, has taken a lot of criticism lately. Not so much for the actual playing of the sports themselves. The criticism usually involves the behaviors, attitudes and actions of the adults involved. Generally, it’s always been thought that playing sports is good for kids. Most people who’ve played youth sports… Continue reading Podcast: Youth Sports and Kids Emotional Health: Study Review

Lower Risk of Obesity and Overweight For Kids Who Drink Whole Milk

This study is interesting, if not conclusive. Meta-analyses lack a clear indication of cause and effect. For that reason, they are not the ultimate scientific research tool. That being said, when a systematic review and meta-analysis reviews 28 studies from seven different countries and involves more than 21,000 kids between the ages of 1 and… Continue reading Lower Risk of Obesity and Overweight For Kids Who Drink Whole Milk

Your Daily Scale Check Can Help Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

Let’s face the cold, hard facts for a moment. During the holiday season, Americans put on weight. Sure, not every American, but enough so that the average American gains between 4 and 7 pounds. Forget stocking stuffers, it seems like we’re the ones getting stuffed! I wrote about this phenomenon, as well as some ways… Continue reading Your Daily Scale Check Can Help Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

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

Mitochondria, DNA and Chemotherapy-resistant Tumors

Mitochondria, tiny structures present in most cells, are known for their energy-generating machinery. Now, Salk researchers have discovered a new function of mitochondria: they set off molecular alarms when cells are exposed to stress or chemicals that can damage DNA, such as chemotherapy. The results, published online in Nature Metabolism on December 9, 2019, could… Continue reading Mitochondria, DNA and Chemotherapy-resistant Tumors

Concussion Changes How Information Flows Within The Brain

Damage from concussion alters the way information is transmitted between the two halves of the brain, according to a new study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Research has shown that the corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fibers that carries signals between the brain’s left and… Continue reading Concussion Changes How Information Flows Within The Brain