Health

Widely used food additive affects the human gut microbiota

Have you heard about the food additive E415? It is also known as xanthan gum. Most likely, you eat it several times a week. Xanthan gum is used in everyday foods such as baked goods, ice cream and salad dressings. The additive ...

Inflammatory disorders

PM2.5 exposure linked to asthma rescue medication use

(HealthDay)—For individuals with asthma, increased fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exposure is associated with increased weekly rescue inhaler use, according to a study published online Nov. 26 in the Proceedings of the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How animal parasites find a home in humans

There has been a lot of buzz recently about a video shared by Oregon woman Abby Beckley removing worms from her eye. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a case report documenting Beckley's ...

Health

Environmental design Rx for RN workplaces

Recruiting and retaining nurses might be easier if hospital workplaces were more hospitable, reports a team of environmental design specialists who offer a 10-point prescription for those hardworking medical professionals.

Pediatrics

Researcher says for 2-year-olds, touch screens may trump TV

(Medical Xpress)—Smartphones and tablets may be better learning tools for toddlers younger than 2 1/2 years old than "Sesame Street" and other educational TV programs, according to a researcher in the UW-Madison School ...

Neuroscience

Memory-related brain network shrinks with aging

Brain regions associated with memory shrink as adults age, and this size decrease is more pronounced in those who go on to develop neurodegenerative disease, reports a new study published Sept. 18 in the Journal of Neuroscience ...

Neuroscience

Breakthrough discerns normal memory loss from disease

(Medical Xpress)—Cornell researchers have developed a reliable method to distinguish memory declines associated with healthy aging from the more-serious memory disorders years before obvious symptoms emerge. The method ...

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