According to the latest study, published in the European Journal of Public Health, regular use of probiotics may cut the necessity for antibiotics and help decrease the rise of antibiotic resistance.
Having performed the analysis of the data, collected from recent studies, the researchers came to the conclusion that infants and children who took a daily probiotic supplement were 29% less likely to be prescribed antibiotics. When analyzed only the highest-quality study, the scientists received even higher figure 53%.
Dr. Daniel Merenstein, from the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C., says: “Given this finding, potentially one way to reduce the use of antibiotics is to use probiotics on a regular basis.”
A team of scientists from the University of Pennsylvania claims that they managed to patch up permanent teeth in children with the help of stem cells taken from baby teeth.
The team performed the clinical trial that involved 30 children treated with the new method and 10 children treated with the traditional method. They suggest that in the future it will be possible to use this technique to repair dental injuries and fix dead teeth in adults.
Songtao Shi, one of the research team, says: “This treatment gives patients sensation back in their teeth. If you give them a warm or cold stimulation, they can feel it; they have living teeth again. So far we have follow-up data for two, two and a half, even three years, and have shown it’s a safe and effective therapy.”
New research from the University of California, Berkeley, discovered that hundreds of different human gut bacteria are electrogenic (they can generate electricity).
These types of bacteria include Listeria monocytogenes (causing of diarrhea), Clostridium perfringens (causing gangrene), and Enterococcus faecalis (acquired during hospital stays), as well as benign bacteria in the gut such as probiotics. The researchers observe, while others, such as the Lactobacilli strains, play a role in fermentation.
Prof. Dan Portnoy explains: “The fact that so many bugs that interact with humans, either as pathogens or in probiotics or in our microbiota or involved in the fermentation of human products, are electrogenic — that had been missed before.”
New research, conducted by a team of scientists from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, finds that people who consume three servings of dairy, including milk, cheese, butter, or cream, a day are almost two times less likely to suffer from heart disease and strokes than people who consume less dairy.
For their study, the researchers analyzed the data from more than 136,000 people from 21 countries aged between 35 and 70 who had taken part in the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study. The study focused on environmental, societal, and biological effects on obesity and chronic health issues.
Dr. Mahshid Meghan, a senior research associate at McMaster University, explains: “What I really want to emphasize is that consumption shouldn’t be discouraged but encouraged especially in low-income countries and even in high-income countries where consumption is low. We are not saying people eating seven servings of dairy a day should increase their intake, but that three servings – moderation – is good for you.’
According to a new study, performed at Wake Forest School of Medicine, USA, suggests that mindful people may feel less pain.
During the study, a team of researchers analyzed data received from the study published in 2015 where 76 healthy volunteers completed a clinical measurement of mindfulness to determine their baseline levels. Whole brain analyses showed that higher dispositional mindfulness during painful hear was connected to the greater deactivation of the posterior cingulate cortex, a brain region of the default mode network.
The study’s lead author, Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the medical school, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, explains: “Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment. We now know that some people are more mindful than others, and those people seemingly feel less pain.”
In the course of research, the scientists found that many supplements not only contain higenamine but also that companies producing these supplements don’t indicate the dosage of this compound properly.
John Travis, a senior research scientist at NSF International in Ann Arbor, says: “We’re urging competitive and amateur athletes, as well as general consumers, to think twice before consuming a product that contains higenamine. Beyond the doping risk for athletes, some of these products contain extremely high doses of a stimulant with unknown safety and potential cardiovascular risks when consumed.”
It is very entertaining to be a sport fan. There is a big variety of sport games that are extremely interesting to follow. Moreover, it is always fun to anticipate the score and watch the enthusiasm live.
One of the benefits of being sports fan is using different accessories that are specifically designed for the fanatics. Here is the list of 5 best accessories you can acquire as a sport fan.
Fitness trackers Fitness tracker is perfect accessory for a sports fanatic that can help to monitor how fit they are. It helps to address different aspects such as heart rate. Remaining fit and healthy is one of the objectives that everyone must look forward to and fitness trackers can help us achieve it perfectly.
Sports mobile covers The main objective of using a mobile cover is to protect the phone from external and internal damages. However, sports fan are fortunate to access personalized mobile covers that are specifically designed for them. They can get their mobile covers made in a customized manner by getting a vinyl of their favorite sports person on the back.
Sports bag The basic requirement for every sportsman is to have a good quality bag. It is vitally important to have a bag to store your stuff if you are doing fitness or sport activities. Bag can hold the weight of all the important equipment keeping it safe and secure as well when not in use. Select a bag that suits your preference and needs.
Slide sandals Slide sandals are ideal for all the sports fanatic and fitness lovers out there. It can be worn after you are done with playing the sport for a more comfortable walk. These are perfect for casual wear. It even features a flexible sock liner coming with shaped and padded insole and a traction sole.
Can coolers This is an important accessory for every sport fanatic. It is a cooler which comes with a good quality insulation keeping your water, juice or soda cool for longer period of time. It is available in a number of colors as well.
A new study, executed by Saint Luke’s Health Center in Kansas City, suggests that people playing tennis regularly could live an average 9.7 years longer than those who don’t exercise at all. In addition, badminton players could live 6.2 years and football players almost 5 years longer.
For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data from 8,577 people from the Copenhagen City Heart Study which began in 1975 and included adults whose age was from 20 to 93. The participants were followed for 25 years.
Study author James O’Keefe explains: “We know from other research that social support provides stress mitigation, so being with other people, playing and interacting with them, as you do when you play games that require a partner or a team, probably has unique psychological and physiological effects. Raising your heart rate is important, but it looks like connecting with other people is, too.”
A new study from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) finds that men with erectile dysfunction, prostate problems, and other urologic conditions are usually at higher risk of developing depression and having issues with sleep.
For the study, a team of researchers examined 124 men whose average age was 54 years. They all attended a clinic specializing in men’s health. The participants filled out questionnaires about mental and general health, sleep, and urologic conditions.
First study author Arman S. Walia, of the Department of Urology at UCI, explains: “This underscores the importance of screening for conditions, thereby preventing patients from slipping through the crack and being able to more accurately identify those in need of further interventions.”
For the study, the researchers fed mice a high-fat and high-sugar diet for 8 weeks. Half of the mice received the extract of camu camu every day. The results of the experiment showed that mice that consumed camu camu extract had 50% less weight compared to the mice who didn’t receive this extract.
Study co-author professor André Marette says: “All these changes were accompanied by a reshaping of the intestinal microbiota, including a blooming of Akkermansia muciniphila and a significant reduction in Lactobacillus bacteria.”
A new study, executed by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, US, finds that air pollution shortens life expectancy on the global level by up to two years and the situation worsens every year.
For the study, a team of the researchers looked at tiny PM2.5 particles that come from such sources as power plants, exhaust systems, airplanes, forest fires, and dust storms. These particles, due to their small size, stay in the air longer than the heavy ones and get deep into the lungs.
Dr. Joshua Apte, an assistant professor in the department of population health at the University of Texas at Austin, says: “The overall impact of air pollution is big and what we’re doing is putting the health benefits of addressing air pollution into context. For example, it could lead to a life expectancy that’s equivalent to or greater than curing certain import cancers like lung cancer and breast cancer.”
With the help of a technique called metagenomics, the scientists managed to take a large number of microbes from a sample of human feces and get a snapshot of all the DNA found in the gut. After that, they isolated bacterial genomes from the sample and tested thousands of enzymes, pitting them against sugary proxies that resembled blood A and B antigens.
One enzyme was more effective at stripping away A antigens from red blood cells. Also, the researchers were able to combine the new enzyme with one that’s already known to remove B antigens from blood cells, providing a way to convert AB, A and B blood into type O.