Reuters reports that China has turned away another cargo of 59,100 tons from China, the fifth such block since mid-November after testing revealed a strain of genetically-modified (GMO) corn not approved for import into China. The corn in question was MIR-162 an insect resistant GMO strain which China has not approved.
China has refused 180,000 tons of U.S. grain since mid November, in a diplomatic spat that appears to be centered around trade conficts between the two countries. Continue reading →
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has directly attributed the use of medication for heart burn and ulcers to a vitamin B 12 deficiency. In 2012, about 15 million Americans received 157 million prescriptions for a class of anti-acid medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). A wide range of the culprit medication is available over the counter without a prescription.
Vitamin B deficiency increases the risk of significant medical complications including dimentia, nerve damage and anemia. The acid produced in the stomach assists in B12 absorbtion. Continue reading →
A groundbreaking new study has determined that folate consumption of the father before conception of a child has a direct link on the health of their offspring.
Mothers are routinely advised that sufficient folate is crucial to their prenatal care, with significant health problems traced to their offspring. The new study has linked the same detrimental health effects seen in offspring to a lack of paternal folate in the diet.
“Despite the fact that folic acid is now added to a variety of foods, fathers who are eating high-fat, fast food diets or who are obese may not be able to use or metabolize folate in the same way as those with adequate levels of the vitamin,” said Kimmins the lead researcher of the study. “People who live in the Canadian North or in other parts of the world where there is food insecurity may also be particularly at risk for folate deficiency. And we now know that this information will be passed on from the father to the embryo with consequences that may be quite serious.” Continue reading →
Prior studies have illustrated the long term effects of chronic stressors on human health. A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain and France have for the first time reported the effects of molecular changes in the body following mediation.The study was published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology
The changes were rapid and occurred after an eight hour period of mediation, showing a range of genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation. Continue reading →
A groundbreaking study, published in PLOS genetics, has demonstrated that the beverages that you consume impact on your genome. Prof. Martin Kupiec and his team at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology invesitaged the effects of two popular drinks, coffee and beer.
The researchers used a type of yeast that share many similarities with humans and found that caffeine shortens and alcohol lengthens telomeres. Telomeres are found at the end of chromosal DNA and are responsible for aging and cancer. They consist of a region of DNA at the end of a chromosome that protects the start of the genetic coding sequence against shortening during successive replications. Every time a cell duplicates, the chromosomes are copied into the new cell with slightly shorter telomeres. Eventually, the telomeres become too short, and the cell dies. Only fetal and cancer cells have mechanisms to avoid this fate; they go on reproducing forever. Continue reading →
A new study, published in the journal Cell, demonstrating the effects of gastro intestinal disturbances on the symptoms of autism has found that probiotic intervention alleviates the symptoms associated with gastro intestinal (GI) disturbances and autism.
The research is the first of its kind to show that changes in gut bacteria can influence autism like behavior in a mouse model. Prior research has demonstrated social and emotional behavior. Continue reading →
A new study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has revealed that Omega-3 fatty acids in dietary supplements can cross the blood brain barrier to affect Alzheimer’s patients. The research was published in the Journal of Internal Medicine and showed that regions of the brain that demonstrate inflammation causing the symptoms of the disease are impacted. The central nervous system (CNS) acts as a reservoir for the accumulation of omega-3 and other essential fattay acids. Continue reading →