Good Stuff To Know October 2020

Fungi in gut linked to higher Alzheimer’s risk can be reduced through ketogenic diet

Specific fungi in the gut associated with a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease and found in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) can be altered in a beneficial manner by eating a modified Mediterranean diet, researchers have found.

Insect shows promise as a good, sustainable food source

With global food on the rise, a new study has found new evidence that the yellow mealworm shows promise as alternative source of nutritional protein.

Is being generous the next beauty trend?

New research found that more attractive people are more likely to be givers, and givers are rated as more attractive.

People love winning streaks by individuals — teams, not so much

People enjoy witnessing extraordinary individuals – from athletes to CEOs – extend long runs of dominance in their fields, a new study suggests. But they aren’t as interested in seeing similar streaks of success by teams or groups.

Body mass index is a more powerful risk factor for diabetes than genetics

Losing weight could prevent or even reverse diabetes, according to new research.

Atheists are more likely to sleep better than Catholics and Baptists, study finds

A new study of sleep, religious affiliation, and perceptions of heaven found that atheists and agnostics are significantly more likely to be better sleepers than Catholics and Baptists.

Venom from honeybees found to kill aggressive breast cancer cells

Honeybee venom induces cancer cell death in hard to treat triple-negative breast cancer with minimal effect on healthy cells, new research finds.

From the article:” A specific concentration of honeybee venom can induce 100% cancer cell death, while having minimal effects on normal cells.” How much follow up research will be done with this finding? will Big Pharma take it and run with it?

COVID-19 ventilator patients can have permanent nerve damage

Severely ill COVID-19 patients on ventilators are placed in a prone (face down) position because it’s easier for them to breathe and reduces mortality. But that life-saving position can also cause permanent nerve damage in these vulnerable patients, reports a new study. Scientists believe the nerve damage is the result of reduced blood flow and inflammation. Other non-COVID-19 patients on ventilators in this position rarely experience any nerve damage.Severely ill COVID-19 patients on ventilators are placed in a prone (face down) position because it’s easier for them to breathe and reduces mortality. But that life-saving position can also cause permanent nerve damage in these vulnerable patients, reports a new study. Scientists believe the nerve damage is the result of reduced blood flow and inflammation. Other non-COVID-19 patients on ventilators in this position rarely experience any nerve damage.

Coffee associated with improved survival in metastatic colorectal cancer patients

In a large group of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, consumption of a few cups of coffee a day was associated with longer survival and a lower risk of the cancer worsening, researchers report in a new study.

Fructose made in the brain could be a mechanism driving Alzheimer’s disease, researchers propose

“In essence, we propose that Alzheimer’s disease is a modern disease driven by changes in dietary lifestyle in which fructose can disrupt cerebral metabolism and neuronal function,” said author Richard Johnson, MD, professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

The “New” Apostles Creed

This link may be offensive to some, but if you think about it, it says a lot.

How Did Carcinogenic Generic Pill Get Past the FDA?

As reported by Bloomberg in December 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration checks less than 1% of imported drugs for impurities (or potency for that matter). Clearly, the regulatory system, which is meant to safeguard patients, is broken, and trust in drug manufacturers is often misplaced. Many Americans are taking these dangerous drugs.

 

 

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