Mice & Miracles

A “self-assembling” gel injected at the site of spinal cord injuries in paralyzed mice has enabled them to walk again after only four weeks. The gel mimics the matrix normally found around cells, providing scaffolding of sorts that helps cells grow. It also provides signals that stimulate nerve regeneration. Led by Samuel Stupp, researchers at…

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Slowing the Decline

New research suggests that taking a daily multivitamin for three years is associated with a 60% slowdown in cognitive aging, with effects especially pronounced in cardiovascular disease (CVD) patients. In addition to testing the effect of a daily multivitamin on cognition, the COSMOS study also examined the effect of cocoa flavanols but did not show…

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Alzheimers

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. No doubt, you know someone or are at least aware of someone who suffers from this unforgiving, relentless disease.  According to the NIH, Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory, thinking skills, and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s,…

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Toxic & Unavoidable

Do you want to hear something infuriating?  Probably not, right, but we’ve got some disturbing news for you that doesn’t need to be ignored.  A recent NYU Langone study shows that daily exposure to phthalates, which are chemicals used to manufacture plastic food containers and many cosmetics, may lead to around 100,000 premature deaths among…

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Why You Are Cold

Ever argue over the “correct” temperature for the house? Next time, you can use evolution to back you up.  Scientists have discovered female members of species are naturally drawn to warmer temperatures because of a built-in ‘evolutionary difference.’ Researchers in Israel studied 13 species of birds and 18 bat species to determine if the animals…

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Making Kids Fatter

The pandemic has thrown everyone for a loop. As a result, we’re all pretty much off our game and have distracted ourselves with whatever may be in front of us. And for a lot of us, that may be mindless eating.  Unfortunately, that goes for kids as well. A new study from Pediatric Obesity found…

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Seven Hours Minimum

We all know that sleep is important for our overall health. That’s no surprise. But, a new study has found that sleeping less than seven hours a night may lead to weight gain.  In the study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers reported that nearly 20,000 American adults showed…

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Antibiotics & Cancer

Scientists have found a possible link between antibiotics and the increasing speed of breast cancer growth in a study of mice. That’s both good and bad news.  First, the bad news: Antibiotics are often prescribed to breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy to control infections during treatment.  Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) found…

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Breastfeeding & Bacteria

Scientists have found that sugars in breast milk kill bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. They say that the sugars can help protect against drug-resistant superbugs. The sugars could be used in place of antibiotics to fight against antimicrobial resistance. A group of bacteria known as group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a common cause of…

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Smarter

If you’re a swimmer, you’re going to love this. It’s going to make you smarter, we promise! It’s no secret that pretty much any type of exercise will help grow new brain cells and make you smarter, but swimming might offer up some extraordinary cognitive benefits above the regular old running, biking, or hiking.  Neurobiologist,…

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