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Celebrating Zoology, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Today’s Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music, and Humanities celebrates the Galapagos Finch Evolution, and this week’s Professors Grant honorary degree from Princeton.

From the Desk of Spencer Thornton, MD

Bias and Science

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

I admit it. I’m biased. When I read controversial articles my biases influence my reaction to the claims of the author. I’ve been a Life Member of the National Geographic Society for many years and tend to accept the conclusions of NGS writers as valid. But when I read in the March 2015 issue that some of my beliefs had been challenged by recent science, my biases kicked in.

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.

Excess Weight & Life Expectancy

Monday, January 28, 2019

With all the concern about healthcare as we age, we are seeing reports of greater longevity in other countries credited to better healthcare.  This can be misleading.

Friday Pearls

Berries, Autophagy & Neuroprotection

Friday, June 14, 2019

Urolithin is a metabolite produced in the gut from dietary ellagic acid, a polyphenol abundant in strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, pomegranates, and walnuts. It has been repeatedly suggested to help prevent ​neurodegeneration—but before you start proactively gorging on berries and pomegranates to protect memory, understand that the metabolite, urolithin A (UA), the biochemical ​compound resulting from the transformation of ellagic acid by the gut bacteria, decreases with age due to microbial imbalances in the gut.

Microplastics & Human Health

Friday, June 07, 2019

There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?  ~Mike Nichols’ The Graduate (1967). Who knew that ‘great’ would be such an understatement?   "Since World War II, the production and use of plastics have increased exponentially and become part of everyday life. Plastics are found in food wrappings, beverage containers, toys, cars, and cosmetics. The ubiquitous presence of plastics in our lives makes them essentially unnoticed, unrecognized, and forgotten. And this is exactly why we all need to start thinking about them with more deliberate attention.

Oxidative Stress Shortens Telomeres

Friday, May 31, 2019

Thank you Buck Institute for Research on Aging for getting this EurekAlert information out shortly after publication:  A new study from the University of Pittsburgh, published May 14, 2019 in Molecular Cell, provides the first smoking gun evidence that oxidative stress acts directly on telomeres to hasten cellular aging.

Biosyntrx Sunday Morning

Ketogenic Diets, Longevity, NAD, and Other Science

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Today’s Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities features Rhonda Patrick, PhD, interviewing Eric Verdin, MD, about ketogenic diets (high healthy fats, medium protein, low carbs), exercise, fasting, longevity, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), and other exciting endogenous molecules and biochemical compounds.

Celebrating Zoology, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Today’s Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities celebrates this week’s Professors Grant honorary degrees from Princeton. The video above features the Drs. Grant's work in the Galapagos.

Strauss: Voices of Spring

Saturday, June 01, 2019

The deeply romantic German poetry set to the 1882 Johann Strauss waltz titled,  "Voices of Spring" is beautifully sung by coloratura soprano Kathleen Battle and happens to be a personal favorite and perfect for a  Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities.

Tasty Tuesday

Energy Efficient Cold Noodles

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Given NASA's recent news regarding the science-based three million-year, record breaking CO2 levels (414.8 ppm), it seems appropriate to feature a refreshing energy-conserving, one pot, cold pasta dish to acknowledge changing global climate and the coming summer solstice (June 21st). The heat waves projected to make their way across the country could break records again this summer.

Grilled Watermelon Caprice

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

This sensational recipe is from a charming food blog called How Sweet Eats. We highly recommend Jessica Merchant's delightful blog and her cookbooks written for people who seriously love food.

Mini Frittatas & Spring Lilacs

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

You can make a wish or you can make it happen. —Anna Watson CarlSavory nutrient-dense, small-bite frittatas from Anna's Yellow Table cookbook are perfect for spring weekend brunches. We doubled the recipe and made 48 in mini cupcake tins.

Lifestyles

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...