Could a drug engineered from bananas fight many deadly viruses? New results show promise
(University of Michigan Health System) A banana a day may not keep the doctor away, but a substance originally found in bananas and carefully edited by scientists could someday fight off a wide range of viruses, new research suggests. And the process used to create the virus-fighting form may help scientists develop even more drugs, by harnessing the 'sugar code' that our cells use to communicate. That code gets hijacked by viruses and other invaders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 22, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

31 Things I Asked for by Age 31
I had a striking and sudden realization last year when I was in Australia talking to my good friend Kim. The people who receive what they want in their lives don't have a secret hidden talent or good luck. They ask for what they want. How simple! Now, asking is not the only thing you have to do (you certainly have to be a giver first and a do-er and follow through-er) but asking for what you want can and will make a huge difference in your life. It became so clear to me as I replayed in my mind all times that I had seen people voice what they want and then get it -- from romantic relationships to career opportunities to...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Makes the New Atheists So Charitable?
Co-authored by Tee Barnett, Programs and Educational Officer at Charity Science Before getting to know your local atheist, it's very much worth rehashing the ABCs of non-belief that run the risk of remaining little known, especially now that the skeptic community has become more interested and active in charitable causes. Public intellectuals frequenting bestseller lists on our behalf are swift to go on the offensive, but there's something to be said for shoring up the defense as well. A real uneasiness toward atheists and their intentions seems to flow from a very common and endlessly parroted assumption--that without ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 20, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Expert reveals the best ways to nod off all night from eating bread and bananas to listening to broadbasts
Our bodies repair overnight, so a lack of sleep affects skin, immunity, stress levels and can lead to disease long term, says stress expert and nutritionist Charlotte Watts. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New treatment extends shelf life of bananas
Scientists investigated the possibility of improving shelf life of bananas by using a postharvest dip of lysophosphatidylethanolamine (LPE). Bananas that were about 75% green were dipped in solution of 500 ppm LPE for 30 minutes and observed for five days at room temperature. Bananas treated with LPE were firmer and thicker than untreated bananas. Overall results indicated a postharvest dip treatment with LPE may improve shelf life of banana fruit by one to two days. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 7, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

How a Vaccine Is Like a Banana—and Why That’s Good
For once, the anti-vaccine folks might be onto something. Want to see just a few of the chemicals that get pumped into the bodies of babies from the average vaccine? Try these: 2-methyl-butyraldehide, ethyl ethanoate, tocopherol, alpha-terpanine and a wicked slug of terpinyl-acetate. It’s a wonder our kids ever make it out of babyhood. Oh wait, my bad! Those aren’t the ingredients in a vaccine. Those are the ingredients in a blueberry. And the same is true for bananas and eggs too. One of the greatest misconceptions of the anti-vaxxers—and plenty of others—is that there’s some binary divide be...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized aluminum anti-vaccine anti-vaxxers Autism Conspiracy Theories health ingredients inserts magnesium Thimerosal vaccines Source Type: news

How a Vaccine Is Like a Banana — and Why That’s Good
For once, the antivaccine folks might be onto something. Want to see just a few of the chemicals that get pumped into the bodies of babies from the average vaccine? Try these: 2-methyl-butyraldehide, ethyl ethanoate, tocopherol, alpha-terpanine and a wicked slug of terpinyl-acetate. It’s a wonder our kids ever make it out of babyhood. Oh wait, my bad! Those aren’t the ingredients in a vaccine. Those are the ingredients in a blueberry. And the same is true for bananas and eggs too. One of the greatest misconceptions of the antivaxxers — and plenty of others — is that there’s some binary divide ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized aluminum anti-vaccine anti-vaxxers Autism Conspiracy Theories health ingredients inserts magnesium Thimerosal vaccines Source Type: news

Naturally Brimming Brain Power With PQQ
A recent discovery sheds new light on how our cells make energy, and how we can influence that process to slow aging, and give you more energy throughout your day. This nutrient — called pyrroloquinoline quinone, or PQQ — has the potential to become an anti-aging powerhouse, and I’m already using it with my own patients to improve daily energy levels. You see, PQQ is the first nutrient ever discovered that multiplies the number of mitochondria in your cells. Mitochondria are the “power plants” in your cells that generate all of the energy you use to get through your day. As you get older, mitochondria become weak...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - September 29, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Marcelo Oliveira Tags: Brain Health energy mitochondria PQQ pyrroloquinoline-quinine super-nutrients Source Type: news

The Secret To How Pope Francis Keeps His Hectic Travel Schedule
This article has been updated to include a comment from a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi.     -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Apples And Bananas Dominate But Too Many Children Get Fruit From Juice
It seems there’s a good reason the vowel-changing children’s song focuses on apples and bananas — those two fruits dominate children’s fruit intake in a new study. (Sorry — the ear worm’s been running through my head since I read the study, so it’s seeped in.) The good news from today’s Pediatrics study is that U.S. children are eating about 1.25 cups of fruit a day — the recommendation is 1-2 cups a day — and that just over half of it is from whole fruit. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 21, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle Source Type: news

5 Easy Breakfast Bowls That Are Healthier Than Cereal
There’s no speedier morning routine than pouring milk over a bowl of cereal, but breakfast from a cardboard box is far from the most energizing choice. Luckily, you can shovel in a quick-and-easy breakfast while majorly upping the nutrition of your meal by opting for a breakfast bowl. The key is to start with minimally-processed whole grains and seeds, which will keep you feeling fuller longer (no more mid-morning trip to the vending machine!) and might even help you live longer. Oats may be the first thing that comes to mind, but consider the wide array of options that make a great base, including couscous, quinoa, ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tropical Storm Erika Weakens
(HAVANA) — Tropical Storm Erika dissipated early Saturday, even as its remnants began drenching parts of eastern Cuba. But it left devastation in its path, killing at least 20 people and leaving nearly 50 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. In Haiti, one person died in a mudslide just north of Port-au-Prince, and at least four others were killed in a traffic accident that apparently occurred in the rain. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm had degenerated into a trough of low pressure by early Saturday after mountains and an unfavorable environment in Hi...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - August 29, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Jacob Davidson Tags: Uncategorized weather Source Type: news

How to Get Passionate About the F-Word
There are few things in this world that can make you feel as sexy and fit as the F-word. Of course, I'm speaking about that big thing you can really sink your teeth into... FIBER. When talking about the indigestible portion of food from plants, I get excited -- that is excited about losing weight. Over the last couple of years, fiber has grown in popularity for good reason -- nutritionally speaking, it's a powerhouse. You can't seem to flip through a magazine without fiber making an appearance, plastered on the front of a new product, but all that fame may have you a bit confused about what fiber is, where it comes from,...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 Tips for a Healthy Road Trip
Summer is the best time for traveling around, especially by car. You can basically bring along as much luggage as you want, the weather's warm and the sun sets late in the evening. But sometimes travel vacations make us forget to stay active and eat healthy, or it feels too difficult to keep up our goals while we're away from home. So to help you stay healthy and active on your next road trip, here are 10 tips that will make it easier to stay on track with your fitness and health goals: Plan Ahead In order to avoid unnecessary stress, try to plan as much as you can beforehand. Have your route planned out, GPS programmed...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Video exposes idiotic fad for describing products as natural or chemical
The video was produced by Toronto-based Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown from ASAPScience and explains that bananas, for example, contain more chemicals than some sweets. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news