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Irregular Sleep Patterns Linked to Metabolic Disorders

Jun 23, 2019
News Staff

A new study has found that not sticking to a regular bedtime and wakeup schedule — and getting different amounts of sleep each night — can put a person at higher risk for obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, high blood sugar and other metabolic disorders. In fact, for every hour of variability in time to bed and time asleep, a person may have up to a 27% greater chance of experiencing a metabolic abnormality.

The results of the study, which was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, appeared in the journal Diabetes Care (link is external). (Photo via Unsplash)

"Many previous studies have shown the link between insufficient sleep and higher risk of obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic disorders," said study author Tianyi Huang, Sc.D., epidemiologist of the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. "But we didn't know much about the impact of irregular sleep, high day-to-day variability in sleep duration and timing...



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Keto Diet Has Potential in the Military

Jun 23, 2019
News Staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new study has researchers hopeful that a ketogenic diet could prove useful in the military, where obesity is an ongoing challenge, both in terms of recruiting soldiers and keeping them fit for service.

The Ohio State University study included 29 people, most of whom were members of the campus ROTC. For three months, 15 of the participants followed a ketogenic diet and a comparison group of 14 peers ate their normal diet. (Photo via Unsplash)

Ketogenic diets are low in carbohydrates and emphasize moderate consumption of protein, with fat consumed to satiety. They aim to create a state of nutritional ketosis - which occurs when the body burns fat, rather than carbohydrates, for energy. The ketogenic diet is often used to control seizures in epilepsy and also is being studied and applied in a variety of other areas, including endurance sports and diabetes management...



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The Link Between Gut Hormones and the Vegan Diet

Jun 23, 2019
News Staff

A study published in the journal Nutrients finds that a vegan diet helps to promote beneficial gut hormones that are responsible for regulating blood sugar, satiety, and weight.

Researchers compared a vegan meal with a meal containing meat and cheese on hormone levels in a group of 60 men: 20 with obesity, 20 with type 2 diabetes, and 20 who were healthy. The meals contained the same amount of calories and ratio of macronutrients. (Photo via Unsplash)

Across all three groups, the vegan meal increased beneficial gastrointestinal hormones, compared with the non-vegan meal. These hormones are involved in the regulation of glucose metabolism, insulin secretion, energy homeostasis, satiety, and weight management.

"These beneficial gut hormones can help keep weight down, enhance insulin secretion, regulate blood sugar, and keep us feeling full longer," says study author Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D., director of clinical research at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine...



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3D-Printed 'Hyperelastic Bone' May Help Generate New Bone for Skull Reconstruction

Jun 22, 2019
News Staff
Defects of the skull and facial bones can pose difficult challenges for plastic and reconstructive surgeons. A synthetic material called hyperelastic bone – readily produced by 3D-printing – could offer a powerful new tool for use in reconstructing skull defects, reports a study in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®.

The experimental material accelerates bone regeneration across skull defects in rats, according to initial results by Ramille N. Shah, PhD, and colleagues of Northwestern University and University of Illinois Health, Chicago. The researchers write, "Hyperelastic bone has significant potential to be translated to craniofacial reconstructive surgery, where the need for cost-effective bone replacement grafts is enormous...



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What is "Clean Breathing" Water?

Jan 22, 2019
News Staff

In homes with particularly elaborate systems or where water can rest or stagnate for long periods of time, such as seasonal homes or new homes designed for water efficiency, Legionella colonies can form.

(Philadelphia, PA) -- "Don't drink the water" might be good enough advice to keep you from getting sick in some places, but according to researchers from Arizona State and Drexel University, the admonition should probably be expanded to "...try not to breathe the water either." In research recently published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the group takes a closer look at how the spray from showers, sinks and toilets can expose us to the bacteria responsible for the most waterborne disease outbreaks in the country. 

"Most people in the United States think we have a handle on our water quality problems and drinking water isn't something we need to worry about anymore. If anything, the recent water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and frequent Legionnaires' disease outbreaks across the nation have demonstrated that's not the case," said Kerry Hamilton, PhD, an assistant professor in the Ira A...



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Promising New Research to Stop Alzheimer's Disease and Heal Brain Cells

Jan 22, 2019
Dr. Don Colbert

This is BIG News!

The New Year has brought promising news for brain health.

Researchers from Yale just created and tested a drinkable cocktail of “designer molecules” that may stop the first pathological step of Alzheimer’s disease.

It may even restore memory to cells already affected.

This is big news for brain health.

A few days ago in the journal Cell Reports, investigators reported that molecules were identified that could interfere with the progression of healthy brain prion protein cells, to those with Alzheimer’s or other brain degenerative disease (1).

Amyloid beta peptides portions of a larger protein that has broken off and become diseased and destructive.

Once infected and folded, prion proteins resist healing and recycling like healthy proteins. Instead, they proliferate and cause a devastating cascade of degenerative events (3)...



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Garlic Reduces Risk of Disease by Curbing Inflammation

Jan 22, 2019
Lynn Allison

“Although the mechanism on how aged garlic extract reduces obesity-related inflammation is not clear, the changes in the immune cells and inflammatory markers show a positive anti-inflammatory effect in adults with obesity.” -- Susan Percival

(Gainesville, FL) -- A breakthrough study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences shows that supplementing with aged garlic extract (AGE) can effectively modify inflammation and other health markers, thus reducing the risk of diseases associated with obesity.

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