Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels

Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels Replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20 per cent. Replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35-per-cent drop. Dita Moravek, Alison M Duncan, Laura B VanderSluis, Sarah J Turkstra, Erica J Rogers, Jessica…

One-third of US adults may unknowingly use medications that can cause depression

Public Release: 12-Jun-2018   Polypharmacy on the rise University of Illinois at Chicago IMAGE: This is Dima Qato. Credit: UIC/Jenny Fontaine A new study from University of Illinois at Chicago researchers suggests that more than one-third of U.S. adults may be using prescription medications that have the potential to cause depression or increase the risk…

The burglary microbiome project

Public Release: 8-Jun-2018   American Society for Microbiology June 8, 2018 – Atlanta, GA – Researchers have demonstrated that microbial signatures, the unique microbial make-up of each individual, from the built environment can identify persons involved in crimes occurring in the home, such as burglaries. The research is presented at ASM Microbe, the annual meeting…

Lung Function Decline Dramatically Slowed with a Flavonoid

  Lung Function Decline Dramatically Slowed with a Flavonoid Lung Function Decline Dramatically Slowed with a Flavonoid Previous research has shown that the plant-produced chemicals known as flavonoids have beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Anthocyanins, the type of flavonoid investigated in the current study, have been detected in lung tissue shortly after being ingested, and…

Lifespan greatly enhanced with Synbiotics

Lifespan greatly enhanced with Synbiotics Lifespan greatly enhanced with Synbiotics Scientists fed fruit flies with a combination of probiotics and an herbal supplement called Triphala that was able to prolong the flies’ longevity by 60 % and protect them against chronic diseases associated with aging. Susan Westfall, Nikita Lomis, Satya Prakash. Longevity extension in Drosophila…

Genes found only in humans influence brain size

Public Release: 31-May-2018 New genes arose in human ancestors just before a dramatic increase in brain size and are involved in genetic defects associated with neurological disorders University of California – Santa Cruz IMAGE: Researchers studied the effects of NOTCH2NL genes in cortical organoids grown from human embryonic stem cells. Immunofluorescence staining shows markers for…

Is a common antimicrobial harmful to gut health?

Public Release: 30-May-2018   American Association for the Advancement of Science Caption Exposure to triclosan (TCS) exacerbated the severity of colitis and inflammation in mice. This material relates to a paper that appeared in the May 30 issue of Science Translational Medicine, published by AAAS. The paper, by H. Yang at University of Massachusetts in…

Kefir may help Hypertension and Neuroinflammation

Kefir may help Hypertension and Neuroinflammation Kefir may help Hypertension and Neuroinflammation Drinking kefir may have a positive effect on blood pressure by promoting communication between the gut and brain. Kefir is a fermented probiotic milk beverage known to help maintain the balance of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. Probiotic Kefir Antihypertensive Effects in…

Cannabidiol Significantly reduces Epileptic seizures

Cannabidiol Significantly reduces Epileptic seizures Cannabidiol Significantly reduces Epileptic seizures In the new study comparing two doses of CBD to a placebo, the researchers reported a 41.9 percent reduction in “drop seizures” — a type of seizure that results in severe loss of muscle control and balance — in patients taking a 20 mg/kg/d CBD…