The popular story of how low-carb diets work goes something like this: Reducing your carbohydrate...
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A spoonful of sugar makes a battle for immune supremacy go down in the gut.
Scientists can’t confirm that vegetarianism and veganism are safe for kids, even if they supplement.
UV-C light kills the flu virus.
Depressed, anxious, or suicidal people are more likely to use absolutist words like “never” or “always.”
Archaeologists uncover evidence of extensive civilizational infrastructure in the Guatemalan jungle.
Subclinical magnesium deficiency is a likely driver of heart disease.
The modern human brain may be younger than previously thought.
High blood sugar linked to cognitive decline, even in the absence of type 2 diabetes.
From the 1990s up until 2012, American adolescent psychological well-being was on the uptick. After 2012, it dropped, right around widespread teen adoption of smartphones. Further evidence shows a strong link between screen usage and unhappiness.
Heat speeds up recovery after training. Cold slows it.
Scientists have discovered where ebola, HIV, and zika hide from scrutiny. Unfortunately, we can’t exactly get rid of the hiding place.
Potential mechanisms behind the links between full-fat dairy and health.
Religious belief predicts compassionate love.
A close relative of ketamine treats the most resistant type of depression.
High-dose vitamin D reduces PMS in teen girls. Indirect benefits for teen boys.
Triglycerides can cross the blood-brain barrier and induce central resistance in both insulin and leptin receptors.
Poor sleep promotes negative thinking.
A paleo diet beats a typical “healthy” diet.
Some Vikings were buried with board games.
Obese or overweight black people with vitamin deficiencies who took 4000 IUs of vitamin D—six times the recommended dose—saw rapid reductions in arterial stiffness.
Some people are immune to CRISPR gene modification.
Acetaldehyde, a toxic metabolite of alcohol, damages the DNA of stem cells.
A genetic predisposition toward greater insulin responses increases the risk of obesity.
Increasing cholesterol synthesis gene expression restores the walking ability of mice with multiple sclerosis. Too bad they’ll all keel over from heart attacks, no doubt.
In terms of cancer risk, nicotine inhalers are way safer than e-cigarettes, e-cigarettes are way safer than tobacco vaporizers, and tobacco vaporizers are way safer than cigarettes.
Interval training before an all-nighter mitigates the sleep deprivation-induced insulin resistance.
Early retirees may increase their risk of early death.
The size of wine glasses in England has increased about six-fold since the 1700s.
Daily leafy greens linked to lower cognitive decline.
Intense exercise slows Parkinson’s progression.
Blood pressure naturally and linearly decreases in the twilight years, with the steepest decreases seen in dementia, heart failure, late-life weight loss, and hypertension.
A diet high in monounsaturated fat reduces liver fat and increases insulin sensitivity.
Canola oil worsens memory and learning in mice with Alzheimer’s disease.
When the Inuit began “markedly increas[ing]” their sugar and refined carb intake, diabetes and heart disease shot up.
Keto without exercise beats standard American diet with exercise.
In only 24 hours, just by playing games against itself, a new AI learned chess, go, and Japanese chess from scratch and destroyed world-champion expert computer programs in each game.