Health

Environmental contaminants alter gut microbiome, health

The microbes that inhabit our bodies are influenced by what we eat, drink, breathe and absorb through our skin, and most of us are chronically exposed to natural and human-made environmental contaminants. In a new paper, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Why the brain needs to get out and about

We are all at home in familiar surroundings. Not only is this boring but it can also have a negative influence on our learning, explains cognitive neuropsychologist Judith Schomaker. "Discovering new environments gets our ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Exercise and diet essential for healthy aging

Resistance training combined with a healthy diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps older women bring about gains in strength and mobility. That is researcher Peter Edholm's conclusion in his thesis, which also shows exercise ...

Health

Could diets that mimic fasting improve people's immune systems?

Professor Valter Longo, director of the USC Longevity Institute, is investigating how fasting and diets that mimic fasting's effects can help immune function, including vaccine efficacy and the body's response to infection ...

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