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Monday 11 September 2017

Big data: correlation between migraine and IBS

A study involving anonymous patient data from 480,000 people reveals surprising genetic correlations between various disorders. These correlations– such as between IBS and migraine – do not appear in the current illness classification systems.   What is big data? In brief, this involves the use of statistical models on very large datasets. These tend to be performed by large companies to monitor online consumer behaviour and promote purchasing behaviour. But the...

Sunday 10 September 2017

Why caloric restriction increases longevity

Studies have been performed into ageing for more than seventy years and these reveal that caloric restriction is the most effective strategy for retarding it. But why does this work so well?   We take caloric restriction  to mean eating less energy dense, but not less nutrient rich foods. Caloric restriction is not to be obtained by crash dieting, or eating as little as possible for extended periods of time. Below, you will find means to work on caloric restriction in a...

Saturday 9 September 2017

How neuro-inflammation makes our brain ill

In scientific research into brain disorders, neuro-inflammation is increasingly identified as a cause. Alzheimer’s disease, depression, Parkinson’s disease, MS and OCD: today’s sensitive PET scanner ruthlessly exposes brain inflammation. But what is the cause of the cause?   Take Alzheimer’s disease. In the past, this neurodegenerative disease was described as an accumulation of neurofibrillary tangles and beta-amyloid plaques, but recent research has...

Friday 8 September 2017

Antioxidants effective against macular degeneration

The treatment of macular degeneration with injections is expensive and there are numerous side effects. Ophthalmic research published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology suggests an inexpensive and effective alternative for wet macular degeneration: supplementation with antioxidants, copper and zinc.   Since 2011, the ageing of the population has been accelerating. The prognosis is that up to 2040 there will be a continual rise in inhabitants aged 65 or older [1]. But what...