This is Domenico Praticò, MD, Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology and Microbiology and the Center for Translational Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Credit: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. The Mediterranean diet, rich in plant-based foods, is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a

Autoimmunity plays a role in Parkinson’s disease, according to new research. Credit: © Feng Yu / Fotolia Researchers have found the first direct evidence that autoimmunity — in which the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues — plays a role in Parkinson’s disease, the neurodegenerative movement disorder. The findings raise the possibility that the

Roasted crickets and cricket energy bars. Credit: University of Adelaide Australian consumers in Adelaide are taking part in a University of Adelaide research study to help realize the potential for edible insects as a food industry. Consumer attitudes are being put to the test at Adelaide Central Market with an offering of roasted crickets and

Research from the School of Family Life found that happily married couples have better health. Credit: © drubig-photo / Fotolia New BYU research finds that people in happy marriages live less “in sickness” but enjoy more of life “in health.” In a 20-year longitudinal study tracking health and marriage quality, BYU family life researcher Rick

A small study provides further evidence that Zika virus infection in the first trimester of pregnancy can result in placental and fetal damage and loss, and early insight into the effect of Zika virus infection on fetuses. Credit: © farland9 / Fotolia New research, published in The Lancet, reveals that Zika virus has been detected

There is heightened concern that exercise deficits are contributing to the growing obesity epidemic, particularly among children and teens. Credit: © rodjulian / Fotolia Physical activity among children and teens is lower than previously thought, and, in another surprise finding, young adults after the age of 20 show the only increases in activity over the

Previous studies have suggested that early life stress increases the risk for depression and other psychiatric syndromes, but the neurobiology linking the two has remained elusive until now. Credit: © fuzzbones / Fotolia Early life stress encodes lifelong susceptibility to stress through long-lasting transcriptional programming in a brain reward region implicated in mood and depression,

A new study examines the deep benefits of meditation and yoga. Credit: © frankie’s / Fotolia Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us; they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a study by the universities of Coventry and Radboud.

This study has important implications for the introduction of smoke-free policies, not only in psychiatric hospitals but also in other institutions such as prisons. Credit: © Karen Roach / Fotolia New King’s College London research reveals a 39 per cent drop in physical assaults — both between patients and towards staff — following the introduction

This bright-field microscopic image shows a three-day-old human liver organoid grown by scientists who report research results in Nature. The tiny liver — suspended in solution inside an under-lit petri dish well — is about 10mm wide. Generated from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), the miniature organs are being developed for their potential to study

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