'Crucial Regulatory Segments' In 98 Percent of DNA Control Thousands of Genes
February 24, 2017 |
The mysterious majority -- as much as 98 percent -- of our DNA do not code for proteins. Much of this part of our genome was thought to be nonfunctional evolutionary leftovers that are just along for the ride. However, hidden among this noncoding DNA are many crucial regulatory elements that control the activity of thousands of genes. What is more, these elements play a major role in our health with their potential to trigger diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and even autism.
Prebiotic Foods Improve Sleep and Shield The Body From Stress
February 23, 2017 |
Prebiotic foods are linked with reduced risks of skin conditions, digestive problems and even autoimmune disease. Over two thousand years ago, Hippocrates stated that 'All Disease Begins In The Gut.' A first-of-its kind study by University of Colorado Boulder scientists suggests that lesser-known gut-health promoters can have an impact on the body, improving sleep and buffering the physiological impacts of stress.
Graphic Shows Why You Should Avoid Nutella
February 22, 2017 |
Who didn't love Nutella as a child? That chocolatey smooth texture which spreads so perfectly on any food. Contrary to what its manufacturers promoted for decades, Nutella is not a health food at all. With the exception of margarine, it's the closest thing to spreadable junk food packed with sugar and one toxic ingredient in particular that has been linked with cancer.
Mediterranean Diet Reduces Inflammation Associated With Obesity
February 21, 2017 |
Adopting a Mediterranean diet after a heart attack is almost three times as powerful in reducing death rates as taking a statin drug. New research now suggests eating a Mediterranean diet could decrease the chances of experiencing regular pain.
Worldwide Studies Find Vitamin B 'Significantly' Reduces Symptoms of Mental Disorders
February 20, 2017 |
We cannot escape the reality that in developed nations, people are often overfed and undernourished. A growing body of literature links dietary choices to brain health and the risk of psychiatric illness. A review of worldwide studies has found that add-on treatment with high-dose b-vitamins -- including B6, B8 and B12 -- can significantly reduce symptoms of schizophrenia more than standard treatments alone.
How Does Handedness Affect Our Consciousness?
February 17, 2017 |
If you're left-handed, you know the world is not built for you. All cultures assign certain acts to the right hand such as shaking hands or swearing oaths, but how does this affect our consciousness?
The Difference Between a Cold and Flu - Try Nature's Flu Shot
February 16, 2017 |
There is no question that the cold virus is more stable in cold temperature, so it survives and lingers airborne much longer due to the dry, cold conditions. There is a difference between symptoms related to the cold virus and flu virus, but possibly the number one reason the human body is susceptible to the cold virus in the winter is its virulence.
Snorting These Two Spices Keeps You 25 Percent More Alert
February 15, 2017 |
According to the results of a study at Wheeling Jesuit University, participants demonstrated increased alertness and decreased levels of frustration, anxiety and fatigue when exposed to peppermint and cinnamon scents.
Do Married People Have Lower or Higher Levels of Stress?
February 14, 2017 |
Fitting that on Valentine's day we're talking about the levels of stress in married couples. Many studies have suggested that married people are healthier than those who are single, divorced, widowed and even cohabiting. Now a new Carnegie Mellon University study provides the first biological evidence to explain how marriage impacts health.
Nature Comes To The Rescue Again - Peppertree Disarms Most Dangerous Bacteria
February 13, 2017 |
Superbugs are without a doubt a major threat affecting all health care systems. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a type of staph bacteria that's become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. Despite attempts by new antibiotics to neutralize the effects of MRSA, none have suceeded. But nature did.
Switching From Smoking To Vaping Decreases Carcinogens By Almost 98 Percent
February 10, 2017 |
The history of tobacco use has been plagued with misinformation in both scientific literature and mainstream publications. A large majority of studies that have cast a negative light on tobacco have examined cigarette smoke which contains thousands of harmful chemicals. However, tobacco was used medicinally for thousands of years. A new study illustrates how vaping has been shown to reduce carcinogens by almost 98 percent in former smokers who dropped their cigarette habit and switched to vaporizers.