How a Hungry Brain Acts, & Other News of Note

Hungry Brain Craves High Calorie Treat (Futurity.org) If the brain goes hungry, Twinkies look a lot better, a new study shows. Brain imaging scans show that when glucose levels drop, an area of the brain known to regulate emotions and impulses loses the ability to dampen desire for high-calorie food, according to the study published […]

How You Live Matters More than Genetics, & Other News of Note

Lifestyle Affects Life Expectancy More than Genetics, Swedish Study Finds (ScienceDaily) How long your parents lived does not necessarily affect how long you will live. Instead it is how you live your life that determines how old you will get, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg recently published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. […]

Exercise’s Benefits for Seniors & Other News of Note

Lifelong Exercising Yields Sensational Results (ScienceDaily) Senior active skiers have twice the oxygen-uptake capacity of seniors who do not exercise. This is shown in new research at Mid Sweden University. “The findings show that humans have a great potential to maintain a high level of physical work capacity and thereby better quality of life even […]

Yoga’s Effect on Inflammation & Other News of Note

Yoga Shows Potential to Ward Off Certain Diseases (LiveScience) Practicing yoga may do more than calm the mind — it may help protect against certain diseases, a new study suggests. In the study, women who had practiced yoga regularly for at least two years were found to have lower levels of inflammation in their bodies […]

Trauma Affects the Immune System & Other News of Note

Trauma Leaves Its Mark on Immune System (New Scientist) Traumatic experiences can scar for life, both mentally and physically. Now it seems they even leave chemical marks on DNA – in areas responsible for immune functions and memory. The result could help explain why people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including some soldiers and victims […]