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Common foods alter gut bacteria by influencing viruses

Common foods alter gut bacteria by influencing viruses

A group of researchers has brought the idea of food as a medicine one step closer. They have identified certain common foodstuffs that alter our microbiome. In science today, food and gut bacteria are two topics that are guaranteed to fuel interest and debat…

Sugar alters brain chemistry after only 12 days

Sugar alters brain chemistry after only 12 days

New research in pigs finds that sugar intake alters the reward-processing circuitry of the brain in a similar way to addictive drugs. Whenever we learn something new or experience something pleasurable, our brain’s reward system becomes activated. With the …

Supplement may help burn fat long after exercise

Supplement may help burn fat long after exercise

Gut bacteria produce an appetite suppressant than can strengthen the effect of an exercise-based weight loss program. The many health benefits of regular exercise are well known. However, its impact on weight loss is less clear, as exercise increases appetit…

New SARS-like virus may be spreading outside China

New SARS-like virus may be spreading outside China

Global health policymakers have announced that they are investigating the emergence of a new virus one very similar to the dangerous severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus in Thailand and Japan, hinting at worries that it could spread farther. SARS …

Does turmeric have anticancer properties?

Does turmeric have anticancer properties?

A recent literature review investigates whether turmeric may be useful for treating cancer. The authors conclude that it might be but note that there are many challenges to overcome before it makes it to the clinic. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family.…

Anxious about the news? Our top tips on how to cope

Anxious about the news? Our top tips on how to cope

Reading the news can be stress-inducing at the best of times. When the news is particularly worrying, many of us experience levels of anxiety so high that we can have difficulty coping. So how can we stay (reasonably) anxiety-free when the media bombards us w…

Schizophrenia: Largest genetic study offers new insights

Schizophrenia: Largest genetic study offers new insights

A new, largest-of-its-kind study finds more evidence of the genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia. The findings may ultimately lead to the development of new drugs. The new study appears in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Elliott Rees, a research fellow …

Using salt to fight cancer

Using salt to fight cancer

Although scientists continually refine cancer treatments, there is still much room for improvement. A new study, carried out in mice, focuses on salt. The researchers have successfully used sodium chloride nanoparticles to destroy cancer cells. Over the deca…

Study sets blood pressure target for people over 80

Study sets blood pressure target for people over 80

Lowering an older person’s systolic blood pressure to 120 mmHg or lower reduces the risk of heart disease, but increases the chance of kidney changes. In the United States, over half of the people aged 60 and over have high blood pressure, or hypertension, …