Wellness Studies

Computational Tool Provides 3-D Views of Molecular Processes

New Computational Tool Provides 3-D Views of Molecular Processes Affecting Human Metabolism Researchers  created a novel virtual resource called Recon3D to provide biologists with 3-D perspectives of spatially linked genes, proteins, and metabolites for analyzing molecular processes affecting human metabolism. Recon3D is currently available online through two databases: BiGG Models and the Virtual Metabolic Human database. The tool can…

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Human-Centered Research Framework

Adopting human-focused research framework may help produce results more relevant to human physiology and overcome translational barriers in diabetes research. Using animal models for researching type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) impedes scientific breakthroughs about the disease origins and treatment options. Researchers recently proposed a human-centered research framework to study the biology of sugar metabolism in…

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Red Meat Increases Risk for Colon Cancer

According to a study published online in the International Journal of Cancer, a diet in red meat increases risk for colon cancer in women. Researchers compared cancer incidence rates for dietary patterns centered on red meat, fish, poultry, or no meat in 32,147 women. Those who consumed red meat were more likely to develop distal…

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Grilled Meat Increases Risk for Hypertension

Researchers compared meat consumed after high-temperature cooking methods and tracked hypertension incidence rates from more than 100,000 disease-free participants. Increased consumption of red meat, fish, and chicken prepared on an open-flame and cooked longer at higher temperatures increased the risk for high blood pressure.   Liu G. Meat cooking methods and risk of hypertension: results…

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Plant-Based Diets Good For Heart Health

According to a new review published in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, vegetarian and vegan diets are associated with a healthier cardiovascular profile. Physicians Committee researchers looked at multiple clinical trials and observational studies and found strong and consistent evidence that plant-based dietary patterns may prevent, and reverse atherosclerosis and decrease other markers of CVD risk, including blood…

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Model for Human Intestine

Researchers at the Wyss Institute developed a model of the human intestine containing microchannels populated by different human cells to form tissues, which can be used to study the gut microbiome, the immune system, and chronic conditions like cancer. The Intestine Chip offers an innovative approach to making research more human-relevant and has the capability…

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High-Protein Diets Increase Risk for Heart Failure

Men who consume more protein are more likely to have heart failure, according to a new study published by the American Heart Association. Researchers followed 2,441 middle-aged men for more than two decades as part of the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study and found that participants who ate the most total protein and…

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Turmeric keeping you alive?

Upon review of over 5,000 study abstracts…..some of the most demonstrated health benefits of turmeric and/or its primary polyphenol known as curcumin are: *Destroying multi-drug resistant cancer *Destroying cancer stem cells *Protecting against radiation-induced damage *Reducing unhealthy levels of inflammation *Protecting against heavy metal toxicity *Preventing and Reversing Alzheimer’s disease associated pathologies  

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Diet-Related Diseases Are Leading Cause of Death in U.S

Diseases linked to unhealthful diet and lifestyle choices, are the leading causes of death in the United States, according to data published in JAMA. Researchers compared mortality for hundreds of causes and risk factors and found that heart disease, lung cancer, high BMI, high blood pressure and high blood sugar were all among the top risk…

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3-D Human Cancer Model Offers Novel Insights into Cancer Progression

Researchers recently developed a three-dimensional cellular model of lung cancer encased within a clear gelatinous matrix that allowed them to study the interaction between the tumor cells, immune cells, and the tumor microenvironment. Researchers found that the cancer’s ability to grow, transform, and spread elsewhere is enhanced by higher stiffness in the matrix surrounding the…

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