A recently published Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have "significantly lower" IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas.
In a 32-page report that can be downloaded free of charge from Environmental Health Perspectives,1 the researchers said:
"A recent report from the U.S. National Research Council (NRC 2006)2 concluded that adverse effects of high fluoride Read more [...]
A new study suggests that we can scale up production of poppy plants that produce a potent anti-cancer agent.
The opium poppy is a fertile plant: not only is it the source of illicit heroin and the painkiller morphine, but its derivatives can also be used to make the antidote to overdoses of these drugs, naloxone. The fruitful flower, formally known as papaver somniferum, also gives rise to a drug called noscapine, a promising cancer-fighting agent already used in some countries as a cough-suppressant.
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Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are the primary type of fat found in coconut oil. MCT’s have been found to boost cognitive performance in older adults suffering from memory disorders like Alzheimer’s. What’s most astonishing about this fact is that brain function is boosted immediately after one dose of 40 ml.
A study published in the Journal Neurobiology of Aging discovered that the administration MCT’s, the primary type of fat found within coconut oil, almost immediately improved Read more [...]
The world's first genetically-modified humans have been created, it was revealed last night.
The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics.
So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain genes from three 'parents'.
Fifteen of the children were born in the past three years as a result of one experimental program at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science Read more [...]
A team of researchers at Orebro University in Sweden have revealed that patterns in the iris of the eyes may correlate to personality traits.
The scientists looked at specific lines and pits in the eyes of 428 people and compared the physical traits with personality characteristics.
Everyone's eyes are unique in lines, dots and color. However, through the study the scientists have determined that certain common patterns in the iris indicate whether a person is warm and trusting or neurotic Read more [...]
Pesticide residues were found in the vast majority of 300 French wines tested, say researchers.
A study of more than 300 French wines has found that only 10% of those tested were clean of any traces of chemicals used during vine treatments.
Pascal Chatonnet and the EXCELL laboratory in Bordeaux tested wines from the 2009 and 2010 vintages of Bordeaux, the Rhone, and the wider Aquitaine region, including appellations such as Madiran and Gaillac.
Wines were tested for 50 different molecules Read more [...]
Here are the results as reported by Farmer Michael Schmidt:
To understand the results of our raw milk experiment it is important to tolerate the so called scientific demands. That means in order to get accepted and being taken seriously by the scientific establishment you need to have 100 or 200 or 300 or may be even 1000 calves to make a scientific valid point .However the simple fact that the so called experts have not yet entered into a joint research project as proposed by me already in Read more [...]
Thought it was just humans that are ticklish? Think again - scientists are studying how animals respond to being tickled in a bid to shed light on how laughter evolved.
Tickling a gorilla is not for the faint-hearted. But keeper Phil Ridges is not worried at getting into the enclosure with Emmie at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent.
The gorilla, now 19, was hand-reared, and Phil has been her keeper for most of her life.
He says she has a tendency to be "a little bit frosty", but Read more [...]
Sitting in front of the television may be a relaxing way to pass an evening, but spending too much time in front of the tube may take years off your life.
That’s what Australian researchers found when they generated life-expectancy tables for people based on mortality information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics as well as participants’ survey responses about how much TV they had watched in the past week.
The TV-viewing data from more than 11,000 participants older than 25 years Read more [...]
To examine the effect of how different dosages of egg protein powder affected protein synthesis rates; researchers had young healthy men who had previous resistance training experience perform intense resistance exercise and consume a egg protein drink that contained either 5, 10, 20, or 40 grams of egg protein.
Interestingly, they found that increasing protein intake stimulated protein synthesis in a dose dependent manner up to 20 g of dietary protein, after which there was no further increase Read more [...]
In 1995, a group of NASA scientists tested the effects of various drugs on a common garden spider’s ability to build webs. Specifically, they got the spiders high on caffeine, marijuana, benzedrine (speed), and chloral hydrate (a common date rape drug) and then analyzed their webs to figure out which drug did the most damage.
To the surprise of Dr. Noever, caffeine did the most damage of all the substances tested. The spider dosed with it proved incapable of creating even a single organized Read more [...]