To prevent cancer, change early childhood education. Not the book-kind, but the biologically intelligent kind. If you do, you might change the incident of type I diabetes, asthma, peanut allergies, and MS. That’s the conclusion drawn by Mel Greaves of the Institute of Cancer Research in London, and now many other researchers. Decades of varied studies demonstrate that the immune system […]
Are We Hard Wired to Taste Pizza?
How do we really taste? Are the five “common” tastes of sugary, salty, bitter and sour, plus the Japanese researched savory taste of umami, all that’s required to give food – and much of our life – flavor? Researchers at Oregon State think not. They’ve identified the villain and pleasure of dieters almost everywhere, carbohydrates, […]
Is Your Brain Like a Muscle?
Grow your muscle, grow your brain. For decades it’s getting clearer – physical activity leads to more brain cells. But how? And why? A recent paper in Cell Metabolism, ably reported by Gretchen Reynolds, shows the advantages of cross-species research. Work with mice, monkeys and humans demonstrated something jocks sensed long ago – your legs talk […]
Which Form of Magic: Pill or Lifestyle?
The Magic Is the part equal or greater than the whole? People often hope so. Not long ago a patient requested I give her a pill that “makes me feel good, causes weight loss, and doesn’t have any side effects.” No, she wasn’t kidding. Many others hope for the same. And they spend lots of […]
Odor and the Brain Can a few sniffs separate those who become demented from those who do not? Some researchers think so. The reasons why can tell you a lot about how your brain and body work – and ways to get them to work better. What Was Found? It’s been known for a […]