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15 Jul

Relax with Passionflower

Passiflora caerulea, also known as blue passionflower, is one of the most vigorous and tender members the passionflower genus Passiflora. Native to South America, its traditional use has been as an anxiolytic. According to the American Botanical Council, the components of the fruit and flower...

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09 Jul

L-Theanine Assists the Transition From Waking to Sleeping

The physiological process of falling asleep does not happen “in a moment.” It is a gradual transition that involves moving from an alert mental state, characterized by beta brain waves, to a relaxed one, signified by alpha brain waves, until finally entering the theta waves of light sleep....

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02 Jul

Vacation is Good for the Heart

A new medical study from Syracuse University led by Bryce Hruska and Brooks Gump revealed the tangible heart protective effects of going on vacation. We all “feel” the benefits of vacation, but are yet to fully understand the underlying mechanisms behind the health benefits. To assess the health...

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26 Jun

New Study on Time-Dependent Effects of Exercise

Two new interdependent papers have been released studying time-dependent effects of exercise. The studies show that exercising at different times of the day can modulate the outcomes, showing promise for athletes looking to up their game. Circadian science studies systemic energy homeostasis and...

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19 Jun

Japanese Researchers Link Omega-3s with Lower Muscle Stiffness Post-Exercise

In a small study on the effects of the omega-3 oils eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), researchers have found that the oils appear to reduce muscle stiffness symptoms after exercise.

During the study, sixteen men were asked to perform six sets of 10 arm contractions...

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12 Jun

Increased Mortality Risk with Proton Pump Inhibitors

A recent cohort study published in BMJ on May 30, 2019 has raised some alarming insights into the contraindications of PPIs. This long-term observational study on PPIs was carried out over a ten year period with US veterans. The in-depth study used extensive data from the Department of Veterans...

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05 Jun

Mapping Brain Connectivity: A New Frontier in Understanding Mental Illness

Data from more than 1,000 brain scans have revealed interesting patterns in the way large-scale systems in the brain interact with each other. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, they performed rest scans on 120 people who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,...

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30 May

Improved Quality of Life with Magnesium

Recent research looked at the disability levels, quality of life, and anxiety and depressive symptoms in 34 children aged 7 – 17 after six months of magnesium prophylaxis for pediatric migraines. According to the researchers, “After 6 months of magnesium prophylaxis, disability due to migraine...

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23 May

The Health Effects of Popular Weed Killer in Second- and Third-Generation Offspring

The health effects of the world’s most popular weed killer glyphosate, or Roundup, are widely disputed. Recently, increasing numbers of scientists have underlined the need for independent research on the effects of this herbicide, whose global use is increasing rapidly, particularly on...

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16 May

New Study Finds Gluten in Your Gluten-Free Foods

While gluten-free dining options have been steadily increasing, new research has elucidated that there may still be gluten in your “gluten-free” foods. While packaged foods labeled as gluten-free must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten, there is no similar standard for gluten-free...

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