Exposure to toxic metals may alter the personalities of songbirds. Great tits (Parus major) may be less curious and unwilling to explore new places when their habitat is contaminated with heavy metals suggesting the same toxins may also influence human behavior.
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Intermittent energy restriction diets such as the 5:2 diet clears fat from the blood quicker after eating meals compared with daily calorie restriction diets, reducing an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition reports.
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There are now thousands of references in medical literature that show vitamin D’s effectiveness–both for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Another large study shows that Vitamin D levels could have a direct influence in your risk of developing cancer, according to the results of a Japanese cohort study.
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Fragrance sales, largely composed of man-made chemicals are a $10 billion dollar a year industry. Fragrance can be made of thousands of compounds, most of which are synthetic, and many proven to harm human health. According to a recent survey, one in four are now sensitive to everyday chemicals found in products like deodorants and air fresheners.
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Something that has always eluded the scientific paradigm is causation. Science is always far behind simple empirical observation-so far behind anything remotely relating to the understanding of ourselves and our universe because it does not assess the subatomic forces that guide all matter. Thus, science only knows correlation. Today, discoveries being made beyond the atomic level are demonstrating how forces within living cells determine how they respond to mechanical forces and the human body itself.
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While many recent studies have suggested an association between obesity and common mental disorders, the exact nature of any relationship remains uncertain. We only know that there is indeed a relationship. The real question becomes whether or not their relationship is reciprocal.
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Researchers find that a substance indicating oxidative damage increases in urine as people get older. The study, published today in open-access journal in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, also describes a way to easily measure levels of this marker in human urine samples.
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