New discovery may explain winter weight gain

Researchers while investigating new therapies for Type 1 diabetes discovered that blue light helps control or reduce fat gain . Potentially opening up new simple pathways to address metabolic disorders through the use of blue light. Citation: Subcutaneous white adipocytes express a light sensitive signaling pathway mediated via a melanopsin/TRPC channel axis. Scientific Reports, 2017; 7 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-16689-4
Blue Light shown to help people relax faster after trauma

Blue Light shown to help people relax faster after trauma

 
Published on Nov 13, 2017

Blue Light shown to help people relax faster after trauma Researchers discovered that Blue Light helps individuals relax up to 3 fold faster. Citations: Blue lighting accelerates post-stress relaxation: Results of a preliminary study. PLOS ONE, 2017; 12 (10): e0186399 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186399

Pesticide residues on produce associated with poor pregnancy outcomes

Pesticide residues on produce associated with poor pregnancy outcomes

  Researchers discovered that the EPA permitted level of pesticide residues of Fruits and Vegetables may have a significantly negative effect on pregnancy outcomes. Citation: Association Between Pesticide Residue Intake From Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables and Pregnancy Outcomes Among Women Undergoing Infertility Treatment With Assisted Reproductive Technology. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2017; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.5038
Zombies, a real world drug side effect? (Halloween Edition)

Zombies, a real world drug side effect? (Halloween Edition)

  In this Halloween segment we look at the unusual and scary side effect of a common cold sore medicine in regard to triggering Cotard’s Syndrome or otherwise know as Death delusion. The British Medical Journal reports on two such case studies where subject suffer from delusions that they no longer exist, have lost their internal organs or are putrefying. Citation: Death delusion BMJ 2007; 335 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.39408.393137.BE (Published 20 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1305
Potassium may prevent Calcified Arteries

Potassium may prevent Calcified Arteries

Potassium may prevent Calcified Arteries Vascular smooth muscle cells into bone-like cells under low-potassium conditions researchers now hypothesize. The researchers also found that increased dietary potassium levels lessened vascular calcification and aortic stiffness. Citation: Dietary potassium regulates vascular calcification and arterial stiffness. JCI Insight, 2017; 2 (19) DOI: 10.1172/jci.insight.94920
Oral Vitamin D protects against severe asthma attacks

Oral Vitamin D protects against severe asthma attacks

Vitamin D supplements protect against severe asthma attacks. We look at the meta-analysis conducted by the Lancet which showed the possible benefits of oral vitamin D supplementation reducing the likelihood of a severe asthma attack. Citation: Vitamin D supplementation to prevent asthma exacerbations: a systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data DOI:10.1016/S2213-2600(17)30306-5