Certain organs undergo structural changes in response to diet, reveals study

Body organs such as the intestine and ovaries undergo structural changes in response to dietary nutrients that can have lasting impacts on metabolism, as well as cancer susceptibility

Certain organs undergo structural changes in response to diet, reveals studyHuman organs such as the intestine and ovaries undergo structural changes in response to dietary nutrients that can have lasting impacts on metabolism, as well as cancer susceptibility, according to Carnegie’s Rebecca Obniski, Matthew Sieber, and Allan Spradling. Their work, published by Developmental Cell, used fruit flies, which are currently the most-sensitive experimental system for […]

Know why your feet get bigger as you age, according to science

Yes, it’s not your imagination that you may have gone up a shoe size or two over the years. Feet flatten over time due to a loss of elasticity in supporting tendons and ligaments, resulting in a lower arch and an elongation of the sole, along with a spreading of the toes. Pregnancy and weight gain can also increase your shoe size

Know why your feet get bigger as you age, according to scienceBy the time you reach your 50th birthday, you’ve probably also reached another milestone: you’ve put 75,000 miles on your feet. You may reach this milestone much earlier if you’ve led a foot-active lifestyle. By age 50, you may have lost nearly half of the fatty padding on the soles of your feet. And you […]

Researchers develop new shoe insole technology which can help heal diabetic foot ulcers

A new device from engineers at Purdue University could save feet or legs for diabetes patients by healing ulcers as they walk. A gel insole get oxygen to the affected area, boosting a patient's mobility and helping ulcers heal

Researchers develop new shoe insole technology which can help heal diabetic foot ulcersDiabetes can lead to ulcers that patients don’t even feel or notice until the sight of blood. By giving more oxygen to an affected area, this simple gel insole could help diabetic patients keep their toes and feet safe from ulcers. Purdue University researchers have developed a shoe insole that could help make the healing […]

Stiff shoe insole – a blessing in disguise for people suffering from osteoarthritis

Patients with osteoarthritis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint may benefit from using a stiff insert in their shoe, Australian research suggests. Pain reduction was seen with carbon-fibre insole

Stiff shoe insole – a blessing in disguise for people suffering from osteoarthritisOne hundred patients with the condition were randomised to receive either a stiff carbon-fibre insert under the entire length of their foot or a sham insert that was stiff at the heel but soft elsewhere, according to the study presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting 2018 in Chicago, US. “The stiff inserts […]

#WorldToiletDay: Use of hand dryers poses a health hazard, reveals study

If you’re a germophobe who wants to use a public bathroom ever again, you might want to stop reading this. Because it turns out, while bathroom hand dryers can be more environmental than paper towels, they can also be a whirlpool of faecal matter

#WorldToiletDay: Use of hand dryers poses a health hazard, reveals studyYou might not know it, but when someone flushes an open toilet, little bits of poop and bacteria can be thrown as high as 15 feet (4.5 metres) into the air. As if that’s not gross enough, now a new study has found that those little bits of poop and bacteria can be sucked up […]

All infectious diseases likely to be seasonal, reveals study

A new study conducted by a researcher from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health suggests that all infectious diseases are driven by seasonal elements

All infectious diseases likely to be seasonal, reveals studyProfessor of Environmental Health Sciences, Micaela Martinez, gathered data for 69 infectious diseases from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and peer-reviewed journal articles. She then mapped the time of year when outbreaks tended to occur, ranging from common infections to rare tropical diseases. As reported in the journal […]

Scientific study reveals why certain people are more resilient to depression

Most antidepressants work by lowering levels of serotonin transporters in order to slow down the removal of serotonin from between the nerve cells. For the new study, Dr McMahon and team recruited 23 participants - 13 of whom where women - who had not developed depression despite having the 5-HTTLPR gene which can make an individual more prone to seasonal affective disorder

Scientific study reveals why certain people are more resilient to depressionA new study used a model of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) to find out why some people don’t develop depression despite being genetically predisposed to it. The findings also shed light on potential new treatments for seasonal depression. The symptoms seasonal affective disorder (SAD) are so similiar to those of depression that it can sometimes […]

Lack of sleep changes your personality

In 1959, New York DJ Peter Tripp stayed awake 200 hours for charity. While the impact of his 'wakeathon' was far more dramatic than expected, doctors are still learning about why it changed him so much. Jakke Tamminen, a psychology lecturer at Royal Holloway, explains

Lack of sleep changes your personalityIn 1959, Peter Tripp, a popular New York DJ, pledged to stay awake for 200 hours for charity while continuing to host his radio show. Studies into sleep deprivation were rare at the time so no one knew what to expect. This made it a major event, not only for Tripp’s millions of listeners, but […]

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Alzheimer’s interlinked with brain’s waste disposal system

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting around 70 per cent of dementia sufferers. The research findings were published in the Oxford Academic journal Brain

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Alzheimer’s interlinked with brain’s waste disposal systemA new study asks whether the endolysosomal system, which takes care of cellular waste, may be involved in the development of this condition. Despite this disease being so common among the ageing population, it remains unclear what exactly causes it. This means that treatments for Alzheimer’s tend to focus on managing the symptoms – such […]

Diet has bigger impact on emotional well-being in women, finds study

The Binghamton University research suggests that women need a more nutrient-rich diet to support a positive emotional well-being

Diet has bigger impact on emotional well-being in women, finds studyMounting evidence suggests that anatomical and functional differences in men’s and women’s brain dictate susceptibility to mental disease. However, little is known about the role of dietary patterns in gender-specific psychological well-being. A team of researchers led by Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University, conducted an anonymous survey of […]
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