From Intuitive to Evidence Based: Developing the Science of Nature as a Public Health Resource

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“I drained the last of my cocktail, gazing up at the ceiling. It was one of those moments that curls the hairs on your neck. At once, the grand scale of this labyrinth of cathedrals became clear, the desert wind blowing through the clever hieroglyphics carved into every available surface. I turned my head back down to ground level just in time to see the man draw back his fist in anger, and then.And then.With a piercing shriek, he lunged straight at my jaw –”Do you ever wake from a dream, marvelling at the inventiveness and detail of your subconscious mind? That disorienting moment where you lie blinking ...
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The aging process is characterized by the chronic inflammatory status called “inflammaging”, which shares major molecular and cellular features with the metabolism-induced inflammation called “metaflammation.” Metaflammation is mainly driven by overnutrition and nutrient excess, but other contributing factors are metabolic modifications related to the specific body composition (BC) changes occurring with age. The aging process is indeed characterized by an increase in body total fat mass and a concomitant decrease in lean mass and bone density, that are independent from general and physiological flu...
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Publication date: Available online 7 January 2020Source: The Lancet Diabetes &EndocrinologyAuthor(s): Hertzel C Gerstein, Robert Hart, Helen M Colhoun, Rafael Diaz, Mark Lakshmanan, Fady T Botros, Jeffrey Probstfield, Matthew C Riddle, Lars Rydén, Charles Messan Atisso, Leanne Dyal, Stephanie Hall, Alvaro Avezum, Jan Basile, Ignacio Conget, William C Cushman, Nicolae Hancu, Markolf Hanefeld, Petr Jansky, Matyas KeltaiSummaryBackgroundCardiovascular outcome trials have suggested that glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists might reduce strokes. We analysed the effect of dulaglutide on stroke within the ...
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Study after study reminds us that as challenging as it can be, sticking with healthy habits—eating right, exercising regularly, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and controlling how much alcohol you drink—can help us to live longer. But tacking on extra years isn’t so appealing if some or most of them are riddled with heart disease, diabetes or cancer. In a 2018 study, an international group of researchers led by scientists at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that adopting five healthy habits could extend life expectancy by 14 years for women and by 12 years for men: eating a die...
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Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) has become a global healthcare burden, leading to chronic vascular complications which are classified into macro- and microvascular diseases by vascular size, including cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease (CVD), diabetic kidney disease (DKD), and diabetic retinopathy (DR) [1]. A recent review reports that half of adults with T2DM present with diabetic microvascular complications and 27% with macrovascular complications [2]. These multiple heterogeneous vascular complications, of which different individuals may have different ones, are associated with increased disability, frailty and ...
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Publication date: Available online 3 January 2020Source: BurnsAuthor(s): Walid Kamal Abdelbasset, Nermeen Mohamed AbdelhalimAbstractBackgroundBoth burn and diabetes mellitus (DM) cause functional and psychosocial disabilities. A low-cost and safe approach is greatly required to reduce these disabilities and the effects of aerobic exercise have generated varied evidence to date. The aim of the study was to explore the effects of 6 weeks of intermittent aerobic exercise (IAE) on aerobic capacity, muscle fatigability, and quality of life (QoL) in diabetic burned patients (DBPs).MethodsThe study design was a prospective, singl...
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This study presents the effects of berberine (BBR) on the aging process resulting in a promising extension of lifespan in model organisms. BBR extended the replicative lifespan, improved the morphology, and boosted rejuvenation markers of replicative senescence in human fetal lung diploid fibroblasts. BBR also rescued senescent cells with late population doubling (PD). Furthermore, the senescence-associated β-galactosidase (SA-β-gal)-positive cell rates of late PD cells grown in the BBR-containing medium were ~72% lower than those of control cells, and its morphology resembled that of young cells. Mechanistically...
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In conclusion, our work postulated that NAT exhibited its neuroprotective effects in rats with ischemic strokevia attenuation of different unique oxidative, apoptotic, and inflammatory pathways.
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For many people, going to the dentist is an unpleasant but manageable experience. For others, just the thought of going to the dentist causes severe anxiety, leading them to delay or avoid dental treatment. Unfortunately, this behavior can spiral into a vicious cycle of dental pain, health problems, worse anxiety, and more complex and costly dental procedures. Dental anxiety and phobia It’s very common for people to fear going to the dentist. When dental fear is severe and leads people to delay or cancel treatment, these individuals may meet criteria for dental phobia or odontophobia, which is included in the Diagnos...
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