Study: Sleep Deprivation Linked to the Higher Sensitivity to Pain

Sleep Deprivation Linked to the Higher Sensitivity to Pain

According to the recent research, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, sleep deprivation is associated with the increased sensitivity to pain due to numbing the natural mechanisms of the painkilling response of the brain.

For the research, the scientists induced pain in 24 healthy young volunteers applying heat to their legs while scanning the brains of these participants to examine the circuits that process pain. Having analyzed the received data, the researchers found that those participants with inadequate sleep were feeling discomfort at lower temperatures.

Professor Matthew Walker from the University of California in Berkeley, one of the authors of the study, says: “Our findings suggest that patient care would be markedly improved, and hospital beds cleared sooner, if uninterrupted sleep were embraced as an integral component of healthcare management.”

The 19 Best Prebiotic Foods and Why You Should Add Them to Your Diet

Fibers and natural sugars that help grow of the good bacteria in your intestine are called prebiotics. Together with probiotics, which are healthful bacteria, they help to improve our health. At the present moment, prebiotics is a relatively new field of research. Many studies are needed to investigate all the health benefits of prebiotic foods. Nevertheless, they are considered a valuable dietary component. This is the ultimate list of foods that are the best-known sources of prebiotics:prebiotic foods are good for gut health

  1. Chicory
  2. Jerusalem artichokes
  3. Garlic
  4. Onions, shallots, and spring onions
  5. Leeks
  6. Savoy cabbage
  7. Chickpeas
  8. Lentils
  9. Red kidney beans, baked beans, and soybeans
  10. Bananas
  11. Custard apples
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Bran
  15. Barley
  16. Oats
  17. Almonds
  18. Pistachio nuts
  19. Flaxseeds

Most of the prebiotic foods are suitable for vegans and people following other nutrition plans, making it possible for them to eat a well-balanced and healthful diet that also adds to good gut health.

Environment Can Change Our Intelligence on a Genetic Level

A new study, carried out by researchers from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany, finds that the environment can change the expression of a key gene in the brain, influencing intelligence much more than it was previously thought.environment affects IQ on a genetic level

Having analyzed the characteristics of a number of genes of 1,500 healthy adolescents and compared the results with the IQ scores and many neurological traits, the researchers discovered a strong relationship between the epigenetic modifications of one particular gene and general IQ. It means that various experiences of our life not only affect the wiring of the brain, but also the way the genes function at a basic level.

The study first author Jakob Kaminski says: “Environmentally-induced gene activity now joins the ranks of other factors known to influence IQ test performance, such as poverty and genetic constitution. In the study, we were able to observe how individual differences in IQ test results are linked to both epigenetic changes and differences in brain activity which are under environmental influences.”

9 Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance You Shouldn’t Ignore

Gluten is a group of proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley which can be really hard to digest for some category of people. There is a group of people having gluten intolerance, also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). Here are 9 symptoms showing that you might have this condition:

  1. When you eat something containing gluten you feel sick or cramping.
  2. You are super bloated.
  3. Your skin is dry, has acne or patches of eczema.
  4. You’re losing weight unintentionally.
  5. It’s hard for you to concentrate.
  6. You are depressed or feel down most of the time.
  7. You have problems with bowel movements.
  8. You have problems with memory.
  9. You feel really tired all the time.

A Simple Test for ASD Can Predict the Condition with 88% Accuracy

Last year a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US, developed a simple blood test for diagnosing ASD (autism spectrum disorder). At the present moment, a follow-up study confirms the original finding.

In this test, there is an algorithm that takes into account the presence and concentration of numerous chemicals in the blood associated with ASD.

To make the test more predictive, the scientists worked with children divided into several groups within the existing studies. Using the test, they found 154 aged from 2 5o 17 years.

Systems biologist and senior author Juergen Hahn says: “This is an approach that we would like to see move forward into clinical trials and ultimately into a commercially available test.” She also adds: “We were able to predict with 88% accuracy whether children have autism.”

A Simple Test for ASD Can Predict the Condition with 88% Accuracy

Last year a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US, developed a simple blood test for diagnosing ASD (autism spectrum disorder). At the present moment, a follow-up study confirms the original finding.

In this test, there is an algorithm that takes into account the presence and concentration of numerous chemicals in the blood associated with ASD.

To make the test more predictive, the scientists worked with children divided into several groups within the existing studies. Using the test, they found 154 aged from 2 5o 17 years.

Systems biologist and senior author Juergen Hahn says: “This is an approach that we would like to see move forward into clinical trials and ultimately into a commercially available test.” She also adds: “We were able to predict with 88% accuracy whether children have autism.”

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