Treat cow milk allergy with probiotics

And now, if you’re allergic or intolerant to cow’s milk, the good bacteria can help you. The gut bacteria of infants who developed tolerance to cow’s milk after treatment with probiotic formula showed significant differences from those who remained allergic, according to a new study published September 22, 2015, in The ISME Journal by scientists from…

Vitamin E to the rescue of polluted cities

This one is for all those crying about high pollution levels in Delhi. A new study from King’s College London and the University of Nottingham has found an association between the amount of vitamin E in the body, exposure to particulate pollution and lung function. The paper adds to growing evidence from previous studies suggesting…

Are you getting enough Vitamin E?

If you have high cholesterol, triglycerides, your lipids could be blocking your vitamin E absorption, which means that the anti-oxidant properties of vitamin E that protect your heart, could be compromised. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by Oregon State University has found that high levels of blood lipids such as cholesterol…

Now, triglycerides and good cholesterol linked to gut bacteria too!

Everything is linked to gut bacteria! We have read about studies proving the link of auto immune conditions and anorexia to gut bacteria. Now as per American Heart Association, a link has been discovered between bacteria in the gut and body weight, triglyceride and good cholesterol levels. Researchers identified 34 specific digestive tract microorganism species…

Garlic to the rescue!

It’s always been known to lower blood pressure, reduce plaques, fight infections due to it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic properties. Now, the humble garlic has proven successful in fighting stubborn UTIs as well. A study conducted by researchers at the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences in India, the study found that even crude extracts of…

Yet another reason to have fish oil: cancer

This wonderful oil found in fatty fish has already established many benefits: it protects the heart, prevents atherosclerosis, reduces inflammation and pain, pacifies the brain cells… and now, adding omega-3 fatty acids (an unsaturated fatty acid of a kind occurring mainly in fish oils, with double bonds between the carbon atoms that are third and second…

Music for academic success of kids

We all knew music was good for us, now here’s proof. Music training, even if started as late as high school, may help improve a teenager’s brain responses to sound and sharpen hearing and language skills, suggests a new Northwestern University study. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), indicates that music…

Are you making the most of your 1 to 400 trillion chance in life?

From serious difficulty in digesting any kind of reading to now having a book at my side at all times, it was no surprise I walked into every bookstore on my never-ending journey back from New York to India. A particular book caught my eye at JFK airport, however not being the genre I was…

Common anti-depressant increases atherosclerosis risk 6-fold

Imagine this scenario: 42 middle-aged female monkeys were fed a Western-like diet containing fat and cholesterol for 18 months. During this pre-treatment phase, depressive behaviour in the animals was recorded. Observation number 1: Western-like diet causes depression. Then they were randomly given Zoloft, a common anti-depressant, or a placebo, once a day, for 18 months. The monkeys…

The key to longevity: slow breathing?

They are a special category of lemurs, who live longer. And they do so because they can reduce their breathing from 200 beats a minute to 8 beats per minute (a state called torpor), when they are hibernating. Now, researchers at Duke University are studying this data to unravel the secret to longevity. Breathing slows, and…

Bad proteins give you disease

Have diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, spine issues, pain related conditions? An international team of more than 18 research groups has demonstrated that the compounds they developed can safely prevent harmful protein aggregation in preliminary tests using animals, as per the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). “Diseases caused by protein aggregation affect millions of…

To avoid cancer and death, stay fit

Yes of course it’s a no-brainer. But some of us need research to prove it. So here it is: Men with a high fitness level in midlife appear to be at lower risk for lung and colorectal cancer, but not prostate cancer, and that higher fitness level also may put them at lower risk of…