Jan 2018 – Research News

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Do You Want to Start a New Relationship with Food?
Kathryn McMurry, a nutrition coordinator at the National Institutes of Health, suggests the following guidelines:Start with small gradual changes; Decide your goals; Add in one new food a week; Be flexible; Find and keep flavors you enjoy; If you go big, keep it temporary; Get a buddy or a coach.

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Can Fat or High-Fat Diets Promote More Aggressive Prostate Cancer?
The findings suggest that dietary fat can substitute for the loss of a gene, fueling prostate cancer. Obesity is linked to Prostate Cancer, Researchers are hoping that an obesity drug might block fat production.

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If We Exercise, Can We Change the Microbes in Our Guts?
Exercise may change the composition and activity of the trillions of microbes in our guts in ways that could improve our health and metabolisms over time.  Microbiome includes countless different species of microbes in varying proportions that interact, compete and busily release various substances that are implicated in weight control, inflammation, immune responses and many other aspects of health throughout our bodies.  Microbiomes can change as our lifestyles do. Diet clearly affects the makeup of a person’s microbiome, as do illness, certain drugs, how much we weigh and other factors.

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Can a Disability-Specific Discovery Approach Improve Walking Ability for MS patients?
This might be a potential path to repair MS-damaged nerves.  Researchers treated MS mice with a drug that increased expression in cholesterol synthesis genes — and this resulted in improved walking ability. This disability-specific discovery approach represents a strategy for finding neuroprotective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases that are tailored to repair damage for each disability.

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Are All Vegetable Oils Created Equal?

Domenico Pratico, director of the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine, said their animal research indicated that olive oil is good for the brain when compared with canola oil.  Connections between nerve cells were working better and brain cells were clearing refuse more efficiently. He said that he doesn’t think there’s adequate evidence to claim that canola oil is a healthy alternative to olive oil.  Olive oil is richer in phenolic compounds, which “are well known to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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 Do You Want to Look 3 Years Younger?
There are a number of facial exercise programs that have become available that claim to be able to reverse many of the visual effects of aging so Dr. Murad Alam, the vice chairman of dermatology at Northwestern University decided to led a new study investigating them. They found that middle-aged women looked about three years younger after a few months of exercising. “But we were not aware of any scientific proof that these programs could be effective.” “It’s a nontoxic, inexpensive and self-administered” therapy, he says, “and I suspect it would be hard to hurt yourself,”

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A New Key Brain Region Discovered that might help Autism Spectrum Diseases:
New studies by researchers at Roche in Basel, Switzerland have identified a key brain region of the neural circuit that controls social behavior.  The findings also have implications for diseases like autism spectrum disorders as well as schizophrenia and depression.

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Do You Want Your Child to Sleep Better and Score Higher on IQ Tests?
A new study has found that children who ate fish twice a week or more scored an average of 4.8 points higher on IQ tests. “Fish helps with sleep, and this results in higher IQ,” said the lead author, Jianghong Liu, a professor in the school of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania

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