Study finds “supertasters” may have some innate immunity against the coronavirus

One of the many mysteries of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that baffle researchers is why it affects some people more severely than others. But a recent study found that supertasters – people who experience a greater-than-average intensity of bitter taste – are less likely to develop severe COVID-19 than normal tasters and non-tasters. This may be due … Continue reading Study finds “supertasters” may have some innate immunity against the coronavirus

Study: Recovering from a coronavirus infection gives you lifelong antibody protection… but authorities refuse to recognize natural immunity

People who recover from mild cases of COVID-19 develop antibodies that may protect them from the Wuhan coronavirus, say researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSTL). In their report, which was published in Nature, the team noted that these immune cells can persist for a lifetime as they continue to produce antibodies. This … Continue reading Study: Recovering from a coronavirus infection gives you lifelong antibody protection… but authorities refuse to recognize natural immunity

Researchers discover how space travel weakens astronauts’ immune systems

A new study published June 7 in the journal Scientific Reports found that space travel weakens the immune system by causing the abnormal activation of cells that suppress immune responses. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and the Stanford University School of Medicine arrived at this finding after exposing human blood samples to simulated weak gravity, or microgravity. They then used … Continue reading Researchers discover how space travel weakens astronauts’ immune systems

Study explains how diet, exercise and the endocannabinoid system contribute to healthy aging

Researchers define the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) as a complex cell-signaling system that plays an important role in the development of the central nervous system (CNS), synaptic plasticity — a characteristic of neurons in the brain — and the body’s response to internal and external insults or stressors. The ECS, whose components are widely distributed throughout the … Continue reading Study explains how diet, exercise and the endocannabinoid system contribute to healthy aging

Understanding the importance of the human endocannabinoid system for healthy aging

In this article, a researcher at the University of California, Davis discussed current knowledge of the key components of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that contribute to appetite and influence energy metabolism, as well as dietary factors that affect the activation of cannabinoid receptors and their impact on the brain. This review was published in the journal Nutrition Research. … Continue reading Understanding the importance of the human endocannabinoid system for healthy aging

Men with erectile dysfunction are at greater risk of being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat

Struggling to keep your erection up is bad news in itself, but men with erectile dysfunction may have more to worry about than just lack of sex. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine, men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib). Exploring the link between erectile dysfunction and irregular heartbeat … Continue reading Men with erectile dysfunction are at greater risk of being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat

Do you have a magnesium deficiency? Here are common signs and symptoms

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a key role in more than 300 chemical reactions in the human body. For instance, muscles need magnesium to properly contract. Nerves also use magnesium to send and receive signals. Magnesium keeps the heart beating steadily and strengthens immunity. Unfortunately, despite the importance of magnesium to overall health, many people miss … Continue reading Do you have a magnesium deficiency? Here are common signs and symptoms

Sleep deprivation linked to more negative effects for cognitive function than earlier theories suggest

Sleep deprivation makes people more prone to errors than scientists previously thought, according to a recent study by researchers at the Michigan State University’s Sleep and Learning Lab. Published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, it showed that people were thrice more likely to have lapses in concentration and twice more likely to make placekeeping errors after one sleepless … Continue reading Sleep deprivation linked to more negative effects for cognitive function than earlier theories suggest

Gut bacteria can help fight the harmful effects of processed foods like cereals and pasta, scientists find

Research shows how a certain bacterium found in the human gut can break down a chemical commonly found in processed foods, such as ultra-pasteurized milk, pasta, chocolate and breakfast cereals. Published in Cell Host & Microbe, the findings generate invaluable insight into how gut microbes break down processed foods and lower the risk of health conditions often associated with those foods, such as … Continue reading Gut bacteria can help fight the harmful effects of processed foods like cereals and pasta, scientists find

Researchers say taurine trains your gut microbiota to resist subsequent infections with the same pathogen

Your gut microbiota helps shield you from infections, and for the longest time, scientists have wondered how. A new study published on Jan. 15 in the journal Cell details the process involved in gut immunity, or specifically, how your gut microflora functions to give you colonization resistance. Using mouse models, a team from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) identified which bacteria help your body … Continue reading Researchers say taurine trains your gut microbiota to resist subsequent infections with the same pathogen