Health & Wellness
Recent research published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics offers one glimpse into how cutting calories impacts aging inside a cell. The researchers found that when ribosomes — the cell's protein makers — slow down, the aging process slows too. The decreased speed lowers production but gives ribosomes extra time to repair themselves.
"The ribosome is a very complex machine, sort of like your car, and it periodically needs maintenance to replace the parts that wear out the fastest," said Brigham Young University biochemistry professor and senior author John Price. "When tires wear out, you don't throw the whole car away and buy new ones. It's cheaper to replace the tires."
So what causes ribosome production to slow down in the first place? At least for mice: reduced calorie consumption.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:28 UTC
Sunshine is not even included in the list of factors currently under study, according to the Susan B. Komen Foundation.
Nevertheless, the potential role of sunshine for reducing the incidence of breast cancer has been known for decades. That's not all. Sunshine plays an important role in reducing other kinds of cancer as well.
THE IGNORED RESEARCH
In 1990, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, showed that the risk of fatal breast cancer in the U.S. followed a north-south gradient. Northern areas (New York, Chicago) were associated with up to a 1.8-fold higher rate of mortality in comparison with southern areas (Phoenix, Honolulu).
Lower mortality corresponded to higher levels of sunlight.
The same research group immediately followed up with a similar study of breast cancer incidence in the former Soviet Union. Results showed the same trend as in the U.S.
The survey expanded worldwide in 2005 to compare the incidence of breast cancer in 175 countries relative to their distance from the equator. In the northern hemisphere, the highest cancer rates were found in Norway, Iceland, Sweden, and Canada. These countries are all located above 60º North latitude.
Nutella was introduced in 1964 by the Italian company Ferrero who still manufactures the product, however they do have local manufacturers in many countries.
On their website Nutella claims "We choose only the freshest raw materials, carefully selected according to a sustainable sourcing and a great attention to their quality."
Two moms took Ferrero to court over false advertising and won their case. Their goal was to get the maker of Nutella to admit that, contrary to its ads, the product is no more healthy than a candy bar.
EU warns of alarming threat from superbug bacteria which has evolved to resist many widely used antibiotics
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:24 UTC
A report on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said some 25,000 people die from such superbugs in the European Union every year.
"Antimicrobial resistance is an alarming threat putting human and animal health in danger," said Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU's health and food safety commissioner.
"We have put substantial efforts to stop its rise, but this is not enough. We must be quicker, stronger and act on several fronts."
Drug resistance is driven by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, which encourages bacteria to evolve to survive and develop new ways of beating the medicines.
Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: What have we done? Antibiotic resistance in the age of superbugs
- Antibiotic resistance - massive agricultural overuse of drugs
- How dirty production of NHS drugs helps create superbugs
- The looming medical apocalypse: Could ancient remedies hold the answer to the antibiotics crisis?
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:06 UTC
The research -- on the effect of vitamin and mineral supplements on symptoms of schizophrenia was published in Psychological Medicine, one of the world's leading psychology journals.
Vitamin B is a dietary powerhouse, boosting energy levels and enhancing performance of nearly every system in the body.
The connection between mental health and B12 deficiency is staggering and yet it appears screening is rarely carried out within any division of modern healthcare.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:55 UTC
According to a December 2012 BBC news report, "Boeing uses potatoes instead of people to test wi-fi."
I wonder what those potatoes in sacks had to say about how their brains reacted. Oh, sorry!
Potatoes don't have brains—or do they?
According to the BBC,
Boeing's engineers did a number of tests to ensure that passengers would get the strongest possible wi-fi signal while in the air, all while meeting safety standards that protect against interference with an aircraft's electrical systems. [CJF emphasis] [But not protect passengers!]Did those tests include non-thermal adverse events results Wi-Fi microwaves produce while operating at 2.4 GHz or above? Spuds cannot answer those questions or participate in such necessary tests.
According to Boeing, the spuds were perfect stand-ins for humans! However, I don't think so. How come? Let me tell you what I think.
Our modern world is radically at odds with the evolution of human senses helping to make us short-sighted, obese and depressed
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:55 UTC
The modern world is radically at odds with the way human senses have evolved, helping to make us short-sighted, obese and depressed, scientists have warned.
Spending large amounts of time indoors under artificial light and staring at computer screens has helped produce a "myopia epidemic" with as many as 90 per cent of people in some parts of the world needing glasses.
Industrial food production has also turned primates' taste for sugar — which evolved to persuade us to gorge on healthy fruit when it was ripe — into one of the main causes of the soaring rates of obesity in the Western world.
And our sense of smell is under attack from air pollution, producing an array of different effects, including depression and anxiety.
Three experts in each of the senses spoke about their work at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston.
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:14 UTC
This animation reveals the absurdity of the vaccine industry's legacy of harmful products and absolute legal immunity from liability.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:41 UTC
Not only do people inappropriately dispose of drugs by flushing them down the toilet, the cleaning and personal care products we use and the clothes we wear and wash on a daily basis also contribute to the environmental pollution.
Indeed, the environmental impacts of our clothing choices are shocking, as studies assessing toxic effects of various fabric treatments (such as dyes, flame retardants and stain-resistant chemicals) to laundry detergents and the fabric fibers themselves need serious attention.
Siberian tribes showing first-ever cases of obesity after introducing high carb processed foods to diet
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:51 UTC
Russian scientists are warning about the dramatic change in the Nenets and Khanty peoples on the icy Yamal peninsula in northern Siberia, who for centuries had eaten only traditional foods.
A diet based on venison and fresh river fish meant that obesity was unknown among these indigenous peoples, but now outside influences are changing everything.
Alexey Titovsky is head of science and innovation in the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region of the Russian Federation.
His team has found that the intake of venison and river fish by the nomadic tribes has been cut by half, as noodles, pasta, bread, pastry and sugar became part of the diet.