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Wow! Just the RHYTHM of Your Breathing Creates Different Electrical Activities in Your Brain

Dec 9, 2016
News Staff

Scientists first discovered these differences in brain activity while studying seven patients with epilepsy who were scheduled for brain surgery.

(Chicago, IL) — [Northwestern University] Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall. (Photo Credit: Pixabay.com)

These effects on behavior depend critically on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you breathe through the nose or mouth.

In the study, individuals were able to identify a fearful face more quickly if they encountered the face when breathing in compared to breathing out. Individuals also were more likely to remember an object if they encountered it on the inhaled breath than the exhaled one. The effect disappeared if breathing was through the mouth...





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Jet Lag Now Linked to Liver Cancer: Melatonin to the Rescue?

Dec 9, 2016
Henry Bodkin

A trial found that chronic jet lag disrupted the metabolic rhythms of the liver leading to dangerous buildups of fat and bile acid, factors known to heighten the risk of cancer... continue reading here.

Henry Bodkin – The Telegraph UK
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Link Found Between Heart Disease and Brain Damage

Dec 9, 2016
News Staff

A marker in the blood, indicative of subclinical heart disease and brain diseases like stroke and dementia, could speed the initiation of treatments and lifestyle changes, potentially slowing or even reversing the disease's course.

(Oak Brook, IL) — [Radiological Society of North America] Levels of a protein in the blood associated with heart disease are also linked to early-stage brain damage, according to a study appearing online in the journal Radiology. (Photo Credit: Radiological Society Of North America)

Heart disease and brain disease exact a major burden on society, and the incidence is expected to increase significantly due to the rapidly aging population. Damage to both organs often occur at a subclinical stage, or before signs and symptoms of disease are evident. A substance, or marker, in the blood indicative of subclinical heart disease and brain diseases like stroke and dementia could speed the initiation of treatments and lifestyle changes, potentially slowing or even reversing the disease's course...





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Weight Loss Secret Discovered in Starchy Water Waste? The Amazing Sweet Potato

Dec 9, 2016
News Staff

About 15 percent of sweet potato is used to produce starch materials, processed foods, and distilled spirits in Japan.

[Elsevier] The sweet potato pie you eat during the holidays might not be good for your waistline, but according to a new study published in the journal Heliyon, the starchy water left over from cooking the sweet potato could have slimming effects -- at least in mice. (Photo Credit: Blogspot.com)

In the new study, mice on a high fat diet had significantly lower body weight after one month if they were also fed sweet potato peptide, which was produced by enzyme digestion of proteins in the water wasted during processing. This suggests the peptide plays a role in digesting fats, but more research is needed to determine whether this also happens in humans...





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