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How the Gut Microbiome Could Provide a New Tool to Treat Autism

By |2019-07-16T12:20:20+00:00July 16th, 2019|

A growing body of evidence suggests the behavioral symptoms of autism spectrum disorder could be linked to bacteria in the gut At a young age, Ethan was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. By age seven, despite heroic efforts by family and rehabilitation specialists, his vocabulary, diet and social interactions were all extremely limited. He [...]

Daily Sampling Reveals Personalized Diet-Microbiome Associations in Humans

By |2019-07-16T12:13:22+00:00July 16th, 2019|

Highlights •    Daily microbiome variation is related to food choices, but not to conventional nutrients •    Daily microbiome variation depends on at least two days of dietary history •    Similar foods have different effects on different people’s microbiomes     Credit: CC0 Public Domain Read more...

Farm-like indoor microbiota in non-farm homes protects children from asthma development

By |2019-07-16T12:08:49+00:00July 16th, 2019|

Abstract Asthma prevalence has increased in epidemic proportions with urbanization, but growing up on traditional farms offers protection even today1. The asthma-protective effect of farms appears to be associated with rich home dust microbiota2,3, which could be used to model a health-promoting indoor microbiome.   Photo Via Maxpixel by Creative Commons Zero - CC0 [...]

Glucose Control: Why Timing Your Exercise After Meals Matters

By |2019-07-16T12:03:03+00:00July 16th, 2019|

When to start post-meal workouts if you have diabetes If you have diabetes, you’re always fighting to keep blood sugar under control. Here’s a way to dial up your efforts: Consider the timing of your workouts after meals. Exercising soon after eating has positive effects on blood sugar, says endocrinologist Betul Hatipoglu, MD. Another plus? Doing this can [...]

LGBT people more likely than counterparts to report memory problems, survey finds

By |2019-07-16T11:56:41+00:00July 16th, 2019|

LGBT Americans report increased rates of memory loss and confusion — two early signs of dementia — compared to their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts, a large survey has found. The observations present new risk factors to consider for Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, and raise questions about the potential influence of social [...]

Leveraging Combination Disinfection for Floors

By |2019-07-16T11:41:53+00:00July 16th, 2019|

Abstract Floors are an underappreciated fomite or source of pathogens. These pathogens can transfer to our hands, and from there, further spread to other surfaces including our mucosal surfaces, which can make us sick. Unfortunately, regular cleaning of floors (typically through mopping) is not sufficient, as the number of bacteria, fungi, and viruses can easily [...]

ASF-resistant pigs bred in UK

By |2019-07-16T11:34:37+00:00July 16th, 2019|

The University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute is breeding pigs with a warthog gene to resist African Swine Fever (ASF). The newborn piglets could be among the first commercially viable GM animals to have been created in Britain, reports the Guardian. The piglets are born on an isolated farm outside Edinburgh. Professor Bruce Whitelaw, head of developmental [...]

Stress Dreams: Why Do We Have Them ― and How to Stop?

By |2019-07-16T11:30:09+00:00July 16th, 2019|

Learning to control stress is your best defense against these anxiety-ridden dreams Contributors: Michelle Drerup, PsyD, DBSM and Alexa Kane, PsyD. There are a lot of areas of sleep that science and medicine can understand and explain. But dreams are an entirely different territory, as the question ‘why we dream’ remains largely unanswered. Vivid and frequent dreaming [...]

Want to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes and Colon Cancer? You May Want to Double Your Fiber Intake

By |2019-07-16T11:24:13+00:00July 16th, 2019|

Study: Adding fiber has big benefits Pears. Oatmeal. Popcorn. Artichokes. Most of us have probably heard at one time or another that we should eat more fiber. But now a recent study shows that adding fiber to your daily diet can benefit your health in a big way. The study looked at data on 4,635 adults from 185 [...]