Healthy food goes beyond the label.

Marian Burros, retired New York Times food columnist spoke on 24th of April at a symposium honoring N.Y.U. food researcher Marion Nestle called Marion Nestle and the State of Food: Policy, Media, Education and More. Burros explains that what is changing in people’s eating and shopping habits nowadays is what can dictate improvements in how food is grown and manufactured for … Read moreHealthy food goes beyond the label.

Research indicates a close link between menopause and dementia.

You are more than just a pretty face! Most medical research in women’s health revolves around cosmetics, reproductive fitness and breast cancer. Little research is dedicated to women’s brain health, according to Lisa Mosconi, Ph.D, the associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College. There are studies that show a relationship … Read moreResearch indicates a close link between menopause and dementia.

Happy thoughts and a Positive Attitude to keep Depression and Alzheimer’s at bay.

A research published in Nature Communications has demonstrated that the human brain needs to produce a specific substance in the the hippocampus (the part of the brain that is responsible for memory, especially long-term memory) in order to keep unwanted thoughts at bay. This finding shows that this substance may be artificially reproduced in a … Read moreHappy thoughts and a Positive Attitude to keep Depression and Alzheimer’s at bay.

Dietary fibers extracted from Blackcurrant pomace could add functional ingredients to and enhance the fiber content of foods.

Processing fruit, vegetables and cereals creates a large amount of agricultural waste in the form of pomace. The wine and juice industries, for example, discard about 15% of grapes and 20% of soft berries as pomace. However, instead of waste, pomace could be used in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. How? A study carried out … Read moreDietary fibers extracted from Blackcurrant pomace could add functional ingredients to and enhance the fiber content of foods.

Understanding the difference in Complementary, Alternative and Integrative therapies.

Ever wondered what Complementary, Alternative and Integrative therapies mean and how they can be used? Based on the article written by Dr. J.E. Gellis, MD and published in Pain Medicine in 2017. Looking at what has been experimented on and scientifically tested around the world, the author compiled several studies that can provide scientific support to beneficial effects … Read moreUnderstanding the difference in Complementary, Alternative and Integrative therapies.

Remember not to tip the scales.  By Claire Sykes

Have you got that work/ life balance sorted yet?… What about the sport/ life balance?? Autumn makes me ponder these things as I prepare for a change in the season; I blame it on the subtle crispness in the air and the lovely stillness (apart from the two recent cyclones which caused havoc all around … Read moreRemember not to tip the scales.  By Claire Sykes

New study raises questions about the birth of new neurons in human adult brain.

A new research published in Nature this month has cast a shadow over a 20-year-old research that showed evidence of neurogenesis (the birth of new neurons) in the adult human hippocampus. The hippocampus is the part of the human brain that is responsible for processing memory. A second paper published in 2003 by Jonas Frisén and colleagues supported … Read moreNew study raises questions about the birth of new neurons in human adult brain.

So… fat cells aren’t necessarily bad! Is that it?

According to a research recently published in Developmental Cell, fat cells help with the wound healing process in fruit fly.
 
When the fly pupae has a wound, immune cells called hemocytes arrive to the site first and fat cells follow. Then, hemocyces are brushed aside by the fat cells, which take over the healing process.
 
Fat cells in humans and other vertebrates probably have the same function, according to the researchers.
 

A simple and cheap blood test may determine if you can develop dementia.

Australian and Japanese researchers are on to develop a simple, easy and cheap test that can detect spots of Dementia in the brain. Scientists have been investigating the use of blood tests in the search of a biomarker for dementia and other neuro-degenerative diseases for over a decade. However, this may be the first time … Read moreA simple and cheap blood test may determine if you can develop dementia.

Happy New Year! by Claire Sykes

I have a very special place, which I can go to, anytime… north western Golden Bay…Here nestled in the beautiful podocarp forest teeming with birds, there sits a little wooden bach with a cosy fire. Staying here provides a very simple lifestyle, as there is no Wi-Fi, limited cell phone reception, gas hot water, rainwater … Read moreHappy New Year! by Claire Sykes