May 8, 2024

Federally-Mandated Chemical Used in Car Interiors May Cause Cancer: Study

Government regulations require the use of these chemicals inside vehicles to minimize fire risk. Interior vehicular air is found to be contaminated with harmful chemicals linked to cancer and IQ decline among children, according to a new U.S.-based study. The peer-reviewed study, published in ACS Publications on May 7, investigated the use of flame retardants […]

May 8, 2024

Sunburned? Pear Seed Extract May Help Your Skin Heal

A new animal study found that pear seed extract protected skin cells from oxidative stress and damage induced by UV light. Move over, aloe vera: Pear seed extract could someday be a new sunburn treatment. According to a new study from Taiwan, pears’ polyphenols and antioxidant capacity—specifically pear seed extract—can reduce damage caused by UVA […]

May 7, 2024

Carrying Two APOE4 Genes Signals ‘Virtually’ Inevitable Alzheimer’s Pathology

A new study suggests that having two copies of the APOE4 gene variant, known to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, is more than a risk factor—it is strongly linked to developing the mind-robbing condition. “Now we know that virtually all individuals with this duplicated gene develop Alzheimer’s biology,” Dr. Juan Fortea, director of the […]

May 7, 2024

$33 Million Transferred From Big Pharma to Doctors in Australia

Authors of the paper in the Medical Journal of Australia suggested more transparency is required. Pharmaceutical companies paid doctors more than $33 million (US$21.9 million) over three years in Australia to promote their products. More than 6,500 doctors across the country received at least one payment from a pharmaceutical company between November 2019 and October […]

May 6, 2024

Planters Nuts Recalled Due to Potentially Fatal Listeria Infection Concerns

1,600 people get sick from the infection annually, with around 260 individuals dying, the CDC said. Planters branded nut products have been recalled amid concerns about microbial infection that can be fatal for children and cause miscarriages among pregnant women, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On May 3, Hormel Foods Sales […]

May 6, 2024

Queensland Government Offers IVF Leave for 265,000 Public Servants

Just months out from the next election, the Labor government will also offer superannuation retirement pay on top of paid parental leave. Queensland will offer public servants 10 days of reproductive health leave annually, including IVF treatment. Premier Steven Miles, Health Minister Shannon Fentiman, and Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace announced the new policy less […]

May 5, 2024

The Effect of Touch on Depression, Anxiety, and Pain: New Study

Human-to-human touch is a critical factor in maintaining physical and mental health, healing from illness and injury, and emotional well-being. The gentle touch of another during times of anxiety, sadness, or grief can soothe both body and mind. Researchers have recently confirmed that nonsexual touch, such as hugging and massage, has “critical importance” in promoting […]

May 5, 2024

Ancient Medicinal Blessed Thistle May Regenerate Injured Nerves

A component in blessed thistle may have the potential to repair damaged nerves, investigators have found. A Mediterranean herb perhaps best known as an ingredient in Benedictine liqueur, blessed thistle (Cnicus benedictus) has long been used in some parts of the world to promote healthy digestion. Now researchers have uncovered a new and unexpected potential […]

May 4, 2024

Trojan Tomato: A New GMO is Designed to Infiltrate America’s Gardens

As spring gardening approaches, a new contender has entered the fray—the genetically modified (GM) Purple Tomato. Unlike its GM predecessors, the GM Purple Tomato is not destined solely for the fields of commercial agriculture—it has made its debut in the backyards of home gardeners across the United States. With claims of heightened antioxidant levels and […]

May 4, 2024

Lipid Nanoparticles Cause Inflammation in Cells, but Damage Can Be Reduced: UPenn Preprint

The study found that lipid nanoparticles cause inflammation by damaging cellular components called endosomes, but the degree of inflammation varies. A recent preprint from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) showed that lipid nanoparticles, which transport COVID-19 mRNA in the vaccines, cause inflammation within cells. However, this inflammation can be reduced if the proper lipid nanoparticle […]