Study: PFAS exposure may cause early menopause in women

Study: PFAS exposure may cause early menopause in women

Exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) might cause menopause to occur two years earlier, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Wait 72 hours before opening packages to limit spread of virus, say researchers

Wait 72 hours before opening packages to limit spread of virus, say researchers

The advice comes from the Germ Defence website which advises the public on ways to help reduce the spread of viruses.Advice on the Germ Defence website draws on behaviour change techniques which the researchers say will reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19 at home.

Coronavirus: Cats highly susceptible to infection, study finds

Coronavirus: Cats highly susceptible to infection, study finds

Coronavirus can be transmitted between cats , a study has confirmed, days after reports that a pet in Belgium had been infected with the disease.Virologists and infectious disease experts told The Guardian the findings did not show that cats could spread Covid-19 to humans.

Coronavirus: UK government urged to include sign language interpreter in daily briefings

Coronavirus: UK government urged to include sign language interpreter in daily briefings

An aspiring teacher is calling on the UK government to include a sign language interpreter in its daily press briefing to help deaf people better understand the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Increased alcohol consumption during lockdown could lead to ‘second health crisis’, warn researchers

Coronavirus: Increased alcohol consumption during lockdown could lead to ‘second health crisis’, warn researchers

In separate research conducted by polling company Opinium for the charity Alcohol Change UK, almost one in five of daily drinkers in the UK said they had increased the amount of alcohol they consume during lockdown.

Coronavirus: Dogs could be used to sniff out illness in ‘as little as six weeks’ time’

Coronavirus: Dogs could be used to sniff out illness in ‘as little as six weeks’ time’

Professor James Logan, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “Our previous work demonstrated that dogs can detect odours from humans with a malaria infection with extremely high accuracy – above the World Health Organisation standards for a diagnostic.

Breakthrough discovery in plants' DNA may lead to slowing aging process in humans

Breakthrough discovery in plants' DNA may lead to slowing aging process in humans

(CNN)Science has identified in the plant kingdom the "missing link" of cellular immortality between human and single-celled animals, according to a new study led by scientists from Arizona State University and Texas A&M University.

Study: Personalized treatment with omega-3s might help children with ADHD

Study: Personalized treatment with omega-3s might help children with ADHD

The findings: Participants who received EPA supplementation showed greater improvement in focused attention than those in the placebo group.

Do tea drinkers have better organised brains?

Do tea drinkers have better organised brains?

“Our results offer the first evidence of positive contribution of tea drinking to brain structure, and suggest that drinking tea regularly has a protective effect against age-related decline in brain organisation,” explained team leader Assistant Professor Feng Lei, who is from the Department of Psychological Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

Stress from social media could lead to addiction, says new study

Stress from social media could lead to addiction, says new study

Professor Sven Laumer of Friedrich-Alexander Univeristät said: “We found that those users who had a greater social media habit needed less effort to find another aspect of the platforms, and were thus more likely to stay within the Social Networking Site (SNS) rather than switch off when they needed to divert themselves.

Vegetable-rich diet lowers fatigue, raises good cholesterol in MS sufferers

Vegetable-rich diet lowers fatigue, raises good cholesterol in MS sufferers

Natural Health News — Higher levels of blood high-density lipoprotein (HDL) – or good cholesterol – may improve fatigue in multiple sclerosis patients, according to a new study.

'Night owls' can change into early risers within a few weeks, study finds

'Night owls' can change into early risers within a few weeks, study finds

Co-author Dr Andrew Bagshaw, from the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Human Brain Health, said: “Having a late sleep pattern puts you at odds with the standard societal days, which can lead to a range of adverse outcomes – from daytime sleepiness to poorer mental wellbeing.

Low humidity of winter reduces resistance to influenza, Yale researchers say

Low humidity of winter reduces resistance to influenza, Yale researchers say

The study specifically shows the impact of low humidity on the mechanics of the immune system and might explain the correlation of lower absolute humidity and the increase in flu-related deaths.

Why the type of pollen makes all the difference for allergy sufferers

Why the type of pollen makes all the difference for allergy sufferers

However, while these forecasts focus on the level of all pollens in the air, people suffer from allergic reactions to different types of pollen.

Smartphones and Weight Gain

Smartphones and Weight Gain

The study, which took place at Rice University in Houston, Texas, found that the media multitasking associated with our use of smartphones and similar digital devices is associated with greater weight gain.1 These results are based on an investigation that included 132 male and female students between the ages of 18 and 23.

Just a Small Dose of Nature Soothes Stress

Just a Small Dose of Nature Soothes Stress

The study, which was conducted at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, found that spending 20 minutes or more in nature is linked to a significant drop in stress hormone levels.1 These results are based on an investigation that included 36 men and women with a mean age of almost 46, all of whom were residing in urban areas.

Sitting down for too long could be responsible for 70,000 deaths in the UK each year

Sitting down for too long could be responsible for 70,000 deaths in the UK each year

Lead author Leonie Heron of Queen’s University Belfast said that the research “means that even if you meet the recommended levels of activity (the NHS advises at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week), you are still at higher risk of some of these health conditions if you are spending long periods of time sitting down during the day.

Get fit for a healthy gut

Get fit for a healthy gut

Reporting in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism indicated cardiorespiratory fitness was a far greater predictor of gut microbiota diversity than either body fat percentage or general physical activity.

Eating more high-fiber foods can reduce food allergies

Eating more high-fiber foods can reduce food allergies

The study, which was published in the journal Cells Reports , found a direct link between the development and persistence of food allergies and gut bacteria health.

Depression’s link to gut bacteria

Depression’s link to gut bacteria

In our population-level study we identified several groups of bacteria that co-varied with human depression and quality of life across populations.’ Previously, Prof Raes and his team have documented low microbial count and biodiversity among Crohn’s disease patients.

Food Additives Health Risks

Food Additives Health Risks

Dr. Myles Wolf, professor of medicine and chief of nephrology at Duke University School of Medicine, who was not part of the study, said the finding was: 3 "[A]n important addition to a growing body of work suggesting the deleterious effects of consuming an abundance of phosphate in the diet.

Can the natural products industry help reduce medication addiction?

Can the natural products industry help reduce medication addiction?

“As more Americans discover the risks involved with opioid medication, natural medicine is quickly becoming a first line of treatment.” Other major organizations that have advocated for complementary and alternative medicine as a potential solution to the addictive pharmaceuticals crisis include the American College of Physicians; the Journal of the American Medical Association; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; the National Institutes of Health; and others, reported NUHS.

How low-income parents are working to to help their children with autism

How low-income parents are working to to help their children with autism

“Three or four years later, they still don't know what autism is in their child.” In 2009, Magaña reported that middle-class white families in Wisconsin were more likely to obtain state-funded therapy for their autistic children than low-income Latino families.

The Benefits of Sex as a Senior

The Benefits of Sex as a Senior

The study, which was conducted at Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom, found that maintaining an active sex life as a senior citizen is associated with a better quality of life and a closer relationship with a significant other.1 These results are based on an investigation that included 6,879 men and women living in the U.K. The subjects ranged in age from 50 to 89 and had an average age of approximately 65.

Diabetes Risk Rises When You Skip Breakfast

Diabetes Risk Rises When You Skip Breakfast

But the risk rose with each additional day of missed breakfast, topping out at a whopping 55 percent greater diabetes risk in those who skipped that meal four to five times a week.

Dance Your Way to Long-Lasting Fitness

Dance Your Way to Long-Lasting Fitness

And speaking of the cognitive benefits of dancing, a new study at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in China showed that mind-body activities, such as dancing, tai chi, and yoga, can strengthen certain mental abilities.2 The focus was on global cognition, which involves planning, decision-making, and other aspects of executive function.

Study: Most consumers don’t understand food’s carbon footprint

Study: Most consumers don’t understand food’s carbon footprint

: How to fight climate change at natural retailRick Larrick, a professor of management and organizations at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, said that even slight changes by consumers can make a big difference in greenhouse-gas emissions.

Snoring’s Health Dangers

Snoring’s Health Dangers

The imaging showed that in both male and female subjects who snore or have obstructive sleep apnea, the left ventricle of the heart was more likely to be enlarged, suggesting damage is occurring within the main pumping chamber, which results in the heart having to work harder.

More Bad News for CAFO Poultry

More Bad News for CAFO Poultry

FSIS uses cutoff levels for drug residues in meat that are higher than those recommended by Consumer Reports, other scientists and other government agencies. A Consumer Reports study of chicken in the U.S. revealed similarly dangerous conditions after testing 252 samples from CAFO chickens and 64 brands of antibiotic-free chicken (including 24 organic samples).

Gut bacteria use fiber to improve heart health in mice

Gut bacteria use fiber to improve heart health in mice

Turns out, a particular gut bacteria seems to use fiber to reduce atherosclerosis and inflammation in mice. Mice with Roseburia who ate a high-fiber diet suffered less atherosclerosis and inflammation. The findings: A particular fatty acid, butyrate, is the mechanism through which a high-fiber diet protects the heart in mice.