DASH Diet May Cure Depression

You could stay away from depression by a mere change in diet! Dietary modification emphasizing consumption of more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains may be helpful in preventing the late onset of depression, according to a study. Researchers from Rush University Medical Center have found that Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, is also linked to reducing the risk of depression. The DASH diet limits foods that are high in saturated fats and sugars and emphasizes eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, and seeds. The DASH diet was originally developed to…

Nutrition- Ultra-processed foods may be linked to cancer,

rise in cancers, but scientists say more research is needed Findings suggest increased consumption of ultra-processed foods tied to Ultra-processed foods can include noodles, ready meals, cakes and confectionery which contain additives, preservatives, flavourings and colourings – and often high levels of sugar, fat and salt. Photograph: Premier Foods/PA “Ultra-processed” foods, made in factories with ingredients unknown to the domestic kitchen, may be linked to cancer, according to a large and groundbreaking study. Ultra-processed foods include pot noodles, shelf-stable ready meals, cakes and confectionery which contain long lists of additives,…

Dim Light Affects Memory and Learning

You may want to dim the light only when you are in a mood for a romantic dinner date! Dim light during work could hamper brain health by impairing memory and learning. Spending excessive time under dim lights hampers learning abilities and memory function by changing the brain structure, says a new study published in the Hippocampus journal. This is the first-of-a-kind study where the researchers explored the link between brain structure and the normally experienced range of environmental light. Neuroscientists from the Michigan State University showed that dim lights affect the hippocampus region of the…

A Powerful New Antibiotic Discovered In Dirt

A potentially powerful antibiotic has been discovered by researchers in a bag of dirt from the backyard, according to a study published in the journal Nature Microbiology. Researchers at Rockefeller University in New Yorkdiscovered malacidins, a class of antibiotics that are commonly found in soil but haven’t been reported to be produced in lab-culture till date. This new class of antibiotics can be effective against various infections and drug-resistant microbes. Scientists scanned through 1500 soil samples in order to identify the new compounds. The team reported: “We extracted the DNA of the bacteria…

Bacteria found in milk and beef linked to rheumatoid arthritis

“Drinking milk or eating beef could cause rheumatoid arthritis, scientists warn,” reports the Mail Online. However, the story is more complicated than the headline suggests. Researchers investigated genetic mutations in the blood cells of people with rheumatoid arthritis. They believe that mutations to a gene that regulates the immune system may “take off the brakes”, so that the body mounts an over-the-top immune response which causes inflammation and damages joints and tissues. They also tested people’s blood for DNA from Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis bacteria, known as MAP. Researchers have linked…