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In Mice, Johns Hopkins Researchers Find the Cause of and Cure for Brain Injury Associated With Gut Condition in Preemies
Using a mouse model of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) — a potentially fatal condition that causes a premature infant’s gut to suddenly die — researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have uncovered the molecular causes of the condition and its associated brain injury.

Gut hormone increases response to food
This study describes the mechanism through which ghrelin makes people more vulnerable to hunger-causing stimu

New study shows premature babies' developing brains benefit from caffeine therapy
For many, starting the day off with caffeine from a cup of coffee is a must. In neonatal intensive care units, or NICUs, premature babies born under 29 weeks are given a daily dose of caffeine to ensure the best possible start to life

Two Compounds in Coffee May Team Up to Fight Parkinson’s
Rutgers scientists have found a compound in coffee that may team up with caffeine to fight Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia

Prenatal exposure to chemicals in personal care products may speed puberty in girls
A new study shows that prenatal exposure to two common chemicals, diethyl phosphate and triclosan, may be linked to earlier puberty in girls

Most adults living unhealthy lifestyles
The data from the Health Survey for England showed nearly nine in 10 had at least one unhealthy trait

MIT engineers repurpose wasp venom as an antibiotic drug
Altered peptides from a South American wasp’s venom can kill bacteria but are nontoxic to human cells.

Hazelnuts improve older adults’ micronutrient levels
Older adults who added hazelnuts to their diet for a few months significantly improved their levels of two key micronutrients

Link between neonatal vitamin D deficiency and schizophrenia confirmed
Newborns with vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of schizophrenia later in life, a team of Australian and Danish researchers has reported

Cannabis-Based Compound May Reduce Seizures in Children with Epilepsy
Although we saw no significant difference in the number of children who became completely seizure free, we found a significant number of these children achieved a 50 percent or more reduction in seizures. Any reduction in seizures has a striking impact on the lives of these children and their families

Essential Oils From Garlic and Other Herbs and Spices Kill Persister Lyme Disease Bacteria
Laboratory study hints that plant compounds may be better than current antibiotics at treating persistent Lyme bacteria and associated symptoms

Groundbreaking study shows nanoparticles accumulate in marine organisms within hours
In this study, the scallops were exposed to quantities of carbon-radiolabeled nanopolystyrene and after six hours, autoradiography was used to show the number of particles present in organs and tissue.

You Don’t Want Fries With That
The study found that, controlling for other risk factors, participants who ate fried potatoes two to three times a week were at a higher risk of mortality compared with those who ate unfried potatoes

Generation 100: Does exercise prolong life in the elderly?
Generation 100 is an exercise study following more than 1500 women and men in their 70s for five years

New research suggests that curcumin, a main ingredient in curry, may improve exercise intolerance related to heart failure.
Curcumin, a chemical that comes from the turmeric plant, has been used as a traditional Asian medicine for centuries, primarily to treat gastrointestinal ailments and skin wounds.

How much do you trust Dr Google?
Researchers from the University of Surrey, led by Dr Afrodita Marcu, investigated whether women sought health information online when experiencing potential breast cancer symptoms and, if so, whether they found it useful

Canada’s Grand Cannabis Experiment Has Set Scientists Free
Legalization will vastly expand our understanding of the ancient drug plant and how it can improve lives.

Live probiotics can re-balance the gut microbiome and modify immune system response
The data suggest that the main benefit of probiotics is their ability to support the existing flora within the microbiome to help 're-balance' it,

New treatment to protect people with peanut allergies ready for FDA review
80 percent of participants successfully reached daily maintenance dose of the equivalent of one peanut

Many Infants With Milk Allergy Seem to Outgrow it
an estimated 53 percent of food-allergic infants under age 1 have a milk allergy, the number drops to 41 percent of 1- to 2-year-olds, 34 percent of 3- to 5-year-olds and 15 percent of 11- to 17-year-olds

Vine Compound Starves Cancer Cells
Researchers from Würzburg and Toyama have discovered that a compound isolated from tropical rainforest vines inhibits the growth of pancreatic cancer cells.

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