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Brain Chemistry 101

Monday, March 18, 2019

It is a part and parcel of who we are to go through periods of sadness or depression. But for some people, the struggles often don’t end with the event that triggered the sadness. Nowadays, more and more people are suffering from depression and other mental ailments, and the explanation goes well beyond a single reason, or an individual's inability to be happy or find strength in everyday life.  In fact, many mental health problems that we face can be understood from a chemical standpoint.

Biology vs. Psychology

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

They say that attitude influences our reaction to stress more than any other factor. Today, people are living longer but enjoying it less. Despite the increased stresses of modern life, we are living longer even though diseases such as diabetes, chronic obesity, heart disease and other chronic degenerative conditions increase the demands on our body.

Hugs For Health

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Recent studies have found that hugging on a frequent basis is correlated with a lower risk of heart disease, fighting stress and fatigue, boosting your immune system, fighting infection and reducing depression.  A hug or two a day may be more effective than an apple for keeping doctors at arm’s length.Depending on culture, context and relationship, a hug can indicate familiarity, love, affection, friendship, brotherhood or sympathy, indicating support, comfort, and consolation, particularly where words are insufficient. A hug usually demonstrates affection and emotional warmth, sometimes arising from joy or happiness when reunited with someone or seeing someone absent after a long time.

Friday Pearls

Pre- and Probiotics for Eye, Brain, and Body Health

Friday, March 22, 2019

An article published April, 2019, in Current Nutrition Reports got our attention. It's titled "Prebiotic Intake in Older Adults: Effects on Brain Function and Behavior." The article suggests that current science-based evidence generally supports the ability of prebiotics to increase beneficial gut bacteria concentrations on endocrine, immunologic, and neuronal communication.

Dirty Air Contributes to Disease Disproportionately

Friday, March 15, 2019

Poor air quality remains the largest environmental health risk in the United States. More people die from air pollution than car crashes and murders combined, according to a new study titled,"Inequity in consumption of goods and services adds to racial-ethnic disparities in air pollution exposure." It was published online ahead of the March 19, 2019, print date for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).It, sadly points out that black and Hispanic minorities bear a disproportionate burden of air quality related disease.Environmental epidemiologist Douglas Dockery, ScD, of the Harvard School of Public Health, also told WebMD last year, It's now clear that fine-particle air pollutants pose a risk to health, and the scientific evidence supporting tighter restrictions, on fine-particle pollution levels are now overwhelming. Even though minorities are contributing less to the overall problem of air pollution they are affected by it more."​A study published in the May 2018 issue of Environmental Health used high-resolution mapping of traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) with Google street-view cars and incidence of cardiovascular events within neighborhoods in Oakland, CA. The study conclusions clearly suggest that street-level differences in long-term exposure to TRAP are associated with higher risk of cardiovascular events among the elderly, indicating that within-neighborhood differences in TRAP are important to heart health.

Spring's Dry, Itchy Eyes Can Hang Us Up the Most

Friday, March 08, 2019

Even though snow is still falling, and old man winter has been a gracious host, we decided to get an early jump on spring allergy season and dry, itchy, gritty eyes, since ongoing climate changes seem to now move us from winter to spring in the blink of an eye.

Biosyntrx Sunday Morning

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Sunday, March 17, 2019

On this day set aside to celebrate St. Patrick green, we feature the sweet magic of Irish tunes and the prophetic messaging of Welsh poetry. Do not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rave at close of day;Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Coltrane, Physics, Math, Biology, and Jazz

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Staying with our recent focus on the interconnected beauty of physics, math, biology, and jazz, we elected to feature the genius of jazz great John Coltrane for today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities.

Walter Isaacson on Genius

Sunday, March 03, 2019

The most important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. —Albert EinsteinToday, the Biosyntrx Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities celebrates the biography genius of Walter Isaacson.

Tasty Tuesday

Fusion Cuisine

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Fusion cuisine: The deliberate combination of elements from two or more distinct cuisines that transcend conventional geographical and historical boundaries. Fusion cuisine became v...

Roasted Sardines and White Beans

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Today's Tasty Tuesday recipe was one of the hundreds of recipe idea responses to last week's Friday Pearl titled Sardine Science. This Bev Weidner fantastic Kale Salad with Roasted Sardines and White Beans recipe is from her charming blog. 

Winner Winter Comfort Food

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

January 2019, has not started off well for way too many Americans, so we elected to include an easy, nutrient-dense, fairly inexpensive, comfort food dinner recipe from an especially talented culinary artist who describes herself as a chocolate, bacon, wine loving, healthy, pragmatic, locavore, omnivore, culinary nerd…our kind of girl.


Changing the way we talk about aging

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The editor-in-chief of the Conde Nast Publication Allure, put out a September 2017 call to industry to end the use of the word, anti-aging.  For this we are grateful, since it’s been the position of the Biosyntrx founders, staff and scientific advisory board for the past ten or more years.

Strawless in September

Friday, August 25, 2017

You don't have to see the ocean to protect the ocean. 

Age-proof Your Knees

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

"Knee pain is common in older age, often caused by osteoarthritis (the wearing away of knee cartilage). Fortunately, there are ways to fool Father Time and postpone knee problems or even prevent them entirely. "In many cases, you can delay or avoid the need for surgical intervention, such as a knee replacement," says Dr. Lars Richardson, an orthopedic surgeon with Harvard-affiliated...