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Friday Pearls

Telomeres, Depression & Suicide

Friday, August 18, 2017

Evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey suggests that depression and anxiety in young adults may affect telomere length.

Expanding Health Span

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Health span" is a term that describes how long we remain healthy, enjoying life, doing what we want to be doing, thanks to overall body and eye health. This is in contrast to "life span," which refers to how long we live.

Zinc Deficiency & Essential Fatty Acids

Friday, August 04, 2017

Zinc deficiency was first described in humans in the early 1960s in people consuming plant-based diets. Since then, tremendous advances have been made both in our basic and clinical understand of zinc metabolism, and we now understand that zinc is used in ​more than 300 enzymatic reactions and multiple biochemical structural processes in the body.

Statins: Overprescribed in Healthy People?

Friday, July 28, 2017

An article published in the July 25, 2017, ScienceDaily titled "Statin Denial: An Internet-driven Cult with Deadly Consequences" certainly got our attention.

Beyond Kale: Forest Bathing

Friday, July 21, 2017

Forest bathing is wildly popular in Japan and becoming popular in this country. In the early 1990s, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries coined the term Shinrin-yoku, which translates roughly as "forest bathing," the practice of taking a leisurely walk in a forest for health benefits.

Ongoing Concern for Fish Oil Susainability

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fish oil sales have now reached more than $1.2 billion a year, without enough regard for environmental contaminates, bio-accumulate of toxins, industry paid for murky science, and sustainability issues.

High Screen Time & Macular Carotenoids

Friday, July 07, 2017

According to a study published in the July 2017 journal Foods, prior to the advent of artificial lighting, the sun was the primary source of light. However, when the sun sets today, we are hard pressed to find darkness—illumination from ​LEDs, ​incandescent and fluorescent lights provides indoor and outdoor illumination.

Cuba Vs. US Health Care

Friday, June 30, 2017

Since relationship with Cuba is a top news story, today's Friday Pearl features some of the differences between Cuba and the US health care system. We will also feature Cuban history and music for this coming Sunday's Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities.

Turmeric: The Miracle Spice

Friday, June 23, 2017

Today’s Friday Pearl addresses curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric root (Curcuma longa) and the ever-growing scientific information now suggesting multitargeted therapy may prove to be better than monotargeted prescription drug therapy for a number of health problems.

NAC: Combating Stress-Related Aging

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) recently reported that glutathione (the mother of all antioxidants) helps detoxify the unwanted biochemical effects of chronic stress—but its levels decline with age, and this can set the stage for a wide range of age-related health problems.

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