Sitting down for too long could be responsible for 70,000 deaths in the UK each year

Sitting down for too long could be responsible for 70,000 deaths in the UK each year

Lead author Leonie Heron of Queen’s University Belfast said that the research “means that even if you meet the recommended levels of activity (the NHS advises at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week), you are still at higher risk of some of these health conditions if you are spending long periods of time sitting down during the day.

Get fit for a healthy gut

Get fit for a healthy gut

Reporting in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism indicated cardiorespiratory fitness was a far greater predictor of gut microbiota diversity than either body fat percentage or general physical activity.

Eating more high-fiber foods can reduce food allergies

Eating more high-fiber foods can reduce food allergies

The study, which was published in the journal Cells Reports , found a direct link between the development and persistence of food allergies and gut bacteria health.

Depression’s link to gut bacteria

Depression’s link to gut bacteria

In our population-level study we identified several groups of bacteria that co-varied with human depression and quality of life across populations.’ Previously, Prof Raes and his team have documented low microbial count and biodiversity among Crohn’s disease patients.

Food Additives Health Risks

Food Additives Health Risks

Dr. Myles Wolf, professor of medicine and chief of nephrology at Duke University School of Medicine, who was not part of the study, said the finding was: 3 "[A]n important addition to a growing body of work suggesting the deleterious effects of consuming an abundance of phosphate in the diet.

Can the natural products industry help reduce medication addiction?

Can the natural products industry help reduce medication addiction?

“As more Americans discover the risks involved with opioid medication, natural medicine is quickly becoming a first line of treatment.” Other major organizations that have advocated for complementary and alternative medicine as a potential solution to the addictive pharmaceuticals crisis include the American College of Physicians; the Journal of the American Medical Association; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; the National Institutes of Health; and others, reported NUHS.

How low-income parents are working to to help their children with autism

How low-income parents are working to to help their children with autism

“Three or four years later, they still don't know what autism is in their child.” In 2009, Magaña reported that middle-class white families in Wisconsin were more likely to obtain state-funded therapy for their autistic children than low-income Latino families.

The Benefits of Sex as a Senior

The Benefits of Sex as a Senior

The study, which was conducted at Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom, found that maintaining an active sex life as a senior citizen is associated with a better quality of life and a closer relationship with a significant other.1 These results are based on an investigation that included 6,879 men and women living in the U.K. The subjects ranged in age from 50 to 89 and had an average age of approximately 65.

Diabetes Risk Rises When You Skip Breakfast

Diabetes Risk Rises When You Skip Breakfast

But the risk rose with each additional day of missed breakfast, topping out at a whopping 55 percent greater diabetes risk in those who skipped that meal four to five times a week.

Dance Your Way to Long-Lasting Fitness

Dance Your Way to Long-Lasting Fitness

And speaking of the cognitive benefits of dancing, a new study at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in China showed that mind-body activities, such as dancing, tai chi, and yoga, can strengthen certain mental abilities.2 The focus was on global cognition, which involves planning, decision-making, and other aspects of executive function.

Study: Most consumers don’t understand food’s carbon footprint

Study: Most consumers don’t understand food’s carbon footprint

: How to fight climate change at natural retailRick Larrick, a professor of management and organizations at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, said that even slight changes by consumers can make a big difference in greenhouse-gas emissions.

Snoring’s Health Dangers

Snoring’s Health Dangers

The imaging showed that in both male and female subjects who snore or have obstructive sleep apnea, the left ventricle of the heart was more likely to be enlarged, suggesting damage is occurring within the main pumping chamber, which results in the heart having to work harder.

More Bad News for CAFO Poultry

More Bad News for CAFO Poultry

FSIS uses cutoff levels for drug residues in meat that are higher than those recommended by Consumer Reports, other scientists and other government agencies. A Consumer Reports study of chicken in the U.S. revealed similarly dangerous conditions after testing 252 samples from CAFO chickens and 64 brands of antibiotic-free chicken (including 24 organic samples).

Gut bacteria use fiber to improve heart health in mice

Gut bacteria use fiber to improve heart health in mice

Turns out, a particular gut bacteria seems to use fiber to reduce atherosclerosis and inflammation in mice. Mice with Roseburia who ate a high-fiber diet suffered less atherosclerosis and inflammation. The findings: A particular fatty acid, butyrate, is the mechanism through which a high-fiber diet protects the heart in mice.

Big Family, Small Risk of Cancer

Big Family, Small Risk of Cancer

The study, which was conducted in a joint effort by researchers at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and the University of Adelaide in Australia, found that people brought up in countries in which most family sizes are larger may have a lower risk of developing cancer.1 These results are based on an analysis of data collected by the United Nations that includes average family size and prevalence of diseases.