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Ralph Turchiano

In short, I review clinical research on an almost daily basis. What I post tends to be articles that are relevant to the readers in addition to some curiosities that have intriguing potential.

As a hobby, I truly enjoy the puzzle-solving play that statistics and programming as in the python language bring to the table. I just do not enjoy problem-solving, I love problem-solving and the childlike inspiration and exploration of that innocent exhilaration of discovering something new.

Enjoy ;-)

Nutraceuticals for promoting longevity

Objective: To summarize the main findings on nutraceuticals that slow aging processes by delaying and even preventing the development of multiple chronic diseases and improve productivity and quality of life in the elderly. #nutraceuticals #longevity #supplements Ivan Pavlović, Soliman Khateb, Irina Milisav and Jamal Mahajna*, “Nutraceuticals for Promoting […]

The neurobiology of social distance

Never before have we experienced social isolation on a massive scale as we have during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. A new paper published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences explores the wide-ranging, negative consequences that social isolation has on our psychological well-being and physical health, including decreased […]

HLA molecule

Schéma d’une molécule HLA (en bleu), avec sa chaîne légère associée (la b2-microglobuline en rouge), fixée dans la membrane d’une cellule humaine et liée à un peptide dérivé d’un virus (en jaune). Source: HLA molecule

Will lockdown loneliness make us loners?

Over the past months at least half of the world’s population has been affected by some form of lockdown due to COVID-19. Many are experiencing the impact of social isolation. Loneliness affects both mental and physical health, but counterintuitively it can also result in a decreased desire for […]

Frankincense Surprised Researchers on why it works for Inflammation

Frankincense Surprised Researchers on why it works for Inflammation “That means, in simple terms, that the frankincense component reprograms the inflammatory enzyme into an anti-inflammatory enzyme.” Nathaniel C. Gilbert et al, Structural and mechanistic insights into 5-lipoxygenase inhibition by natural products, Nature Chemical Biology (2020). DOI: 10.1038/s41589-020-0544-7 #frankincense […]

Black holes? They are like a hologram

Spherical, smooth and simple according to the theory of relativity, or extremely complex and full of information as, according to quantum laws, Stephen Hawking used to say? There is no single answer on how to describe these mysterious cosmic objects. New research now proposes a surprising solution to […]

Proxima b

This artist’s impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. Source: Proxima b

More COVID Research Information Censored

More COVID Research Censored CDC and the WHO, to my dismay, are either directly or indirectly controlling the flow of information and research, possibly creating an echo chamber of bias. The level of censorship is getting so out of control; it is highly likely now it may be […]

Green tea and Weight Loss

The analysis of 26 randomized controlled trials including 1,344 participants found that body weight and body mass index significantly changed after green tea was consumed for periods longer than 12 weeks and at a dosage of less than 800 mg/day. Ying Lin et al, The effect of green […]

Child’s play ‘lost’ in pandemic fear

Social and community disruptions caused by the COVID-19 restrictions could have a lasting effect on child wellbeing, Flinders University researchers warn. While health, safety and education responses are the focus of restrictions, the needs of childhood independence, self-determination and play are less acknowledged, Flinders University experts explain in […]

Child’s play ‘lost’ in pandemic fear

Social and community disruptions caused by the COVID-19 restrictions could have a lasting effect on child wellbeing, Flinders University researchers warn. While health, safety and education responses are the focus of restrictions, the needs of childhood independence, self-determination and play are less acknowledged, Flinders University experts explain in […]