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Brain cells may be changed by learning new ideas

Posted February 28, 2014

Function determines brain structure in the same way as structure determines function. What this means is the human brain always has potential for change and negativistic views by psychiatrists that people whom they label as suffering from mental illness have fixed structural defects in the brain represent a backwards view of the potential of the human brain to be nurtured not just by good nutrition, but also by learning, and move forward.

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Skin Cells May Reveal Secret of Type 1 Diabetes

Posted February 21, 2014

The skin cells of people who have type 1 diabetes may help experts better understand the disease and even identify people at risk of developing the autoimmune condition. What secret do skin cells hide and what could it mean?

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How beneficial bacteria communicate with human cells

Posted February 17, 2014

Communication is vital to any successful relationship. Researchers from the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia have discovered how the beneficial bacteria in our guts communicate with our own cells.

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High Dose Vitamin B1 Reduces Proliferation in Cancer Cell Lines Analogous to Dichloroacetate

Posted February 16, 2014

In a cell culture study involving pancreatic cancer cells, high dose thiamine (vitamin B1) was found to reduce “cancer cell proliferation by a mechanism similar to that described for dichloroacetate.”

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Scientists reprogram skin cells into insulin-producing pancreas cells

Posted February 7, 2014

A cure for type 1 diabetes has long eluded even the top experts. Not because they do not know what must be done—but because the tools did not exist to do it. But now scientists at the Gladstone Institutes, harnessing the power of regenerative medicine, have developed a technique in animal models that could replenish the very cells destroyed by the disease.

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Chocolate Can Boost Communication Between Brain Cells

Posted January 28, 2014

A team of research scientists from the Harvard Medical School, publishing the results of a study in the journal, Neurology, have found that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may keep the brain healthy and prevent memory decline in older people by preserving blood flow in working areas of the brain. The researchers were working to analyze the effect of cocoa consumption on thinking and memory performance, as well as something called neurovascular coupling, where blood flow in the brain changes in response to local brain activity.

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Retama monosperma n-hexane extract induces cell cycle arrest and extrinsic pathway-dependent apoptosis in Jurkat cells

Posted January 27, 2014

Retama monosperma L. (Boiss.) or Genista monosperma L. (Lam.), locally named as “R’tam”, is an annual and spontaneous plant belonging to the Fabaceae family. In Morocco, Retama genus is located in desert regions and across the Middle Atlas and it has been widely used in traditional medicine in many countries. In this study, we show that Retama monosperma hexane extract presents significant anti-leukemic effects against human Jurkat cells.

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Zinc protects brain cells from effects of copper toxicity

Posted January 20, 2014

The naturally occurring metal copper plays an essential role for certain functions of the body; however, underutilized copper can accumulate in the soft tissues of the body and actually be toxic. Too much copper can roam freely and accumulate in the liver and the brain, eroding necessary cellular functions. If copper is not bound, transported and utilized properly, it can damage the organs at the molecular level.

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Study: Psychedelic mushrooms can help spur production of new brain cells

Posted December 12, 2013

They’re technically illegal in all 50 states. But so-called “magic mushrooms,” or what street dealers and those in the know refer to as “shrooms,” are a highly medicinal reparative food that scientific research put out by the University of South Florida suggests could be used to improve cognitive function. Researchers at the school found that a prominent substance in shrooms known as psilocybin, which is considered an illegal Schedule I drug by the federal government, has the ability to regenerate new brain cells and potentially even cure mental illness.

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Healthy gut bacteria help body regrow intestinal cells, surprised researchers discover

Posted October 31, 2013

It is becoming common knowledge that the human intestinal system is dependent upon a diverse and populous mix of beneficial bacteria in order to maintain strong immunity and to function as designed. But new research out of Georgia has shown, perhaps for the first time, that natural gut bacteria is also necessary to repair and maintain a healthy intestinal cellular system and that gut microbes are fully capable of regrowing damaged or compromised tissue.

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