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Vitamin D improves gut flora, metabolic syndrome

Vitamin D improves gut flora, metabolic syndrome

Extra Vitamin D can restore good bacteria in the gut, according to a study on mice, giving hope in the fight against risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.

Scientists have now discovered that Vitamin D deficiency is necessary for this syndrome to progress in mice, with underlying disturbances in gut bacteria.

The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology, found that an insufficient supply of Vitamin D aggravates the imbalance in gut flora, contributing to full-scale fatty liver and metabolic syndrome.

'Sniff test' may help reveal if you're at Alzheimer's risk

'Sniff test' may help reveal if you're at Alzheimer's risk

Soon, diagnosing early Alzheimer's disease may be as simple as measuring a person's sense of smell.

A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania confirms that administering a simple sniff test can enhance the accuracy of diagnosing this dreaded disease.

The sniff test also appears to be useful for diagnosing a pre-dementia condition called mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which often progresses to Alzheimer's dementia within a few years.

Researchers find new drug to prevent heart attack, stroke in high-risk patients

Researchers find new drug to prevent heart attack, stroke in high-risk patients

Researchers have developed a new therapeutic approach to prevent heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases by finding a protein inhibitor drug that can stop blockage development in blood vessels.

The study, published in the journal of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, found that PAI-039 inhibited the migration of cultured human coronary artery smooth muscle cells and prevented the development of blockages in arteries and bypass grafts in mice.

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook is “not a traditional technology company”

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook is “not a traditional technology company”

During the course of a Facebook Live year-end video chat with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg on Wednesday, the company’s high-profile cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg provided new insights about how he sees the company’s role in informing the world in the present times.

Zuckerberg said, during the Live one-on-one chat with Sandberg that “Facebook is a new kind of platform;” and added alongside: “It’s not a traditional technology company.”

Free sanitary pads, puberty lessons can improve girls' school attendance

Free sanitary pads, puberty lessons can improve girls' school attendance

Giving free sanitary pads and lessons on puberty to teenage girls can be an effective way in boosting their attendance at schools, which can have long-term economic implications for women in low and middle-income countries, reveals a new study.

The study has been published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Researchers from the University of Oxford in London indicated that in schools where sanitary pads and puberty education were not provided absenteeism among girls were 17 percent higher compared with schools where girls received pads, education or a combination of both.

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Is climate change connected to location, local weather?

Is climate change connected to location, local weather?

Researchers in the United States have found that local experiences and temperatures drive belief or non-belief of people in climate change.

The study, published in the Journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that Americans' belief that the earth is warming is related to the frequency of weather-related events they experience, suggesting that local changes in their climate influence their acceptance of this worldwide phenomenon.

Festive Nebulae emission captured by Hubble Telescope

Festive Nebulae emission captured by Hubble Telescope

The sheer observing power of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is usually undermined.

Recently, NASA and ESA owned HST captured two festive-looking emission nebulae. Intense radiation from the brilliant central stars caused hydrogen in the nebulae to glow pink.

The glowing pink nebula, an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other gases, named 'NGC 248', is located in the Small Magellanic Cloud, which is a dwarf-sized galaxy, just about 200 thousand light-years away and yet is still visible in great detail.

Eating sausages, bacon linked to worsening of asthma

Eating sausages, bacon linked to worsening of asthma

Beware! A high dietary intake of sausages, hot dogs, salami, bacon and ham is linked to worsening of asthma symptoms, warns a study.

The findings, published online in the journal Thorax, showed that four or more weekly servings of cured and processed meat seem to have the greatest impact on symptoms, as they are rich in nitrites, which may have a role in airway inflammation - a typical feature of asthma.

The researchers drew on data from participants in the French Epidemiological study on the Genetics and Environment of Asthma (EGEA).

Mark Zuckerberg reports on his personal 2016 challenge to build AI system for his home

Mark Zuckerberg reports on his personal 2016 challenge to build AI system for his home

In a recent blog post, Facebook cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has provided some details with regard to his personal 2016 challenge to build an artificial intelligence (AI) system for running his home.

Zuckerberg said in the blog post that building an AI system for his home – a decision marked a challenge that was one of a string of New Year’s resolutions made by Zuckerberg for himself in 2016 –was a learning experience for him.

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