Bone, not adrenaline, drives fight or flight response

Bone, not adrenaline, drives fight or flight response Bone, not adrenaline, drives fight or flight response A new study from Columbia researchers suggests that bony vertebrates can’t muster this response to danger without the skeleton. The researchers found in mice and humans that almost immediately after the brain recognizes danger, it instructs the skeleton to…

Mouthwash use could inhibit benefits of exercise

Mouthwash use could inhibit benefits of exercise These results show that the blood pressure-lowering effect of exercise was diminished by more than 60% over the first hour of recovery, and totally abolished two hours after exercise when participants were given the antibacterial mouthwash. C. Cutler, M. Kiernan, J.R. Willis, L. Gallardo-Alfaro, P. Casas-Agustench, D. White,…

Ritual suffering improves psychological well-being

Extreme ritual practices involving pain and suffering pose significant risks such as injury, trauma, or infection. Nonetheless, they are performed by millions of people around the world and are often culturally prescribed remedies for a variety of maladies, and especially those related to mental health. What is the actual impact of these practices on health?…

The future of mind control

Harvard scientists are blurring the distinction between brain and machine, designing nanoelectronics that look, move, and feel like real neurons. Camouflaged in the brain, this technology could offer a better way to treat Alzheimer’s disease or post-traumatic stress disorder, control prosthetics, or even enhance cognitive abilities. Source: The future of mind control

Study shows the social benefits of political incorrectness

Using politically incorrect speech can incite controversy but also brings social benefits: It’s a powerful way to appear authentic. Researchers at Berkeley Haas found that replacing even a single politically correct word or phrase with a politically incorrect one — ‘illegal’ versus ‘undocumented’ immigrants, for example — makes people view a speaker as more authentic…

Zinc greatly protects against bacterial pneumonia

Zinc greatly protects against bacterial pneumonia Zinc greatly protects against bacterial pneumonia They found that mice with lower zinc intake succumbed to infection up to three times faster because their immune systems had insufficient zinc to aid in killing the bacteria. Bart A. Eijkelkamp, Jacqueline R. Morey, Stephanie L. Neville, Aimee Tan, Victoria G. Pederick,…

Nuclear winter would threaten nearly everyone on Earth

If the United States and Russia waged an all-out nuclear war, much of the land in the Northern Hemisphere would be below freezing in the summertime, with the growing season slashed by nearly 90 percent in some areas, according to a Rutgers-led study. Indeed, death by famine would threaten nearly all of the Earth’s 7.7…

Mumps study shows immunity gaps among vaccinated people

Immunity against mumps virus appears insufficient in a fraction of college-aged people who were vaccinated in childhood, research from Emory and CDC indicates. The findings highlight the need to better understand the immune response to mumps and mumps vaccines. Source: Mumps study shows immunity gaps among vaccinated people

Ginkgo Biloba may have potential in treating Type 2 Diabetes

Ginkgo Biloba may have potential in treating Type 2 Diabetes Ginkgo Biloba may have potential in treating Type 2 Diabetes The pancreatic beta cells of diabetic rats are reduced and insulin secretion is curtailed. After having Ginkgo biloba and magnetized water added to their diets, the mass of the pancreatic beta cells and the amount…