Are you barking up the wrong tree by sleeping with your dog?

Let sleeping dogs lie … in the bedroom. That’s according to a new Mayo Clinic study that’s sure to set many tails wagging. It’s no secret that Americans love their dogs. According to the American Veterinary Association, more than 40 million American households have dogs. Of these households, 63 percent consider their canine companions to be family. Still, many draw the line at having their furry family members sleep with them for fear of sacrificing sleep quality. “Most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption,” says Lois…

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Limiting access to fast-food restaurants unlikely to reduce obesity

Story Source: Materials provided by Indiana University. Living near fast-food restaurants and supermarkets has little impact on an individual’s body mass index, according to new Indiana University research. The researchers, including Coady Wing from IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, used results from the largest national study ever conducted of the connection between residential environments and BMI. “Fast food is generally not good for you, and supermarkets do sell healthy food, but our results suggest blocking the opening of a new fast-food restaurant or subsidizing a local supermarket will…

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Skip Late Night Snacks

Later circadian timing of food intake is associated with increased body mass index Weight gain and obesity has been described as an epidemic and a complex problem in the United States. Previous research has linked poor diet to weight gain and high body fat, and eating later in the day has also been described as a risk factor for weight gain; however, the impact of an individual’s body clock, independent of the time of day of food consumption, has not been explored. In a recent study published online in The…

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Higher coffee consumption associated with lower risk of early death

Drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people, new research suggests. Credit: © dubova / Fotolia Higher coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of death, according to research presented today at ESC Congress. The observational study in nearly 20,000 participants suggests that coffee can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people. “Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world,” said Dr Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. “Previous studies…

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Nutrition has benefits for brain network organization – Study reveals

                                           An assortment of foods containing omega 3 healthy fats acids. Credit: © autumnhoverter / Fotolia   Nutrition has been linked to cognitive performance, but researchers have not pinpointed what underlies the connection. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that monounsaturated fatty acids — a class of nutrients found in olive oils, nuts and avocados — are linked to general intelligence, and that this relationship is driven by the correlation between MUFAs and the organization of the brain’s attention network.   The study of 99 healthy…

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How Your stools reveals whether you can lose weight or not

How to Produce Lab-Grown Edible insects and Lab-grown meat

The bacteria we all have in our gut may play a decisive role in personalized nutrition and the development of obesity. Credit: © aamulya / Fotolia Something as simple as a feces sample reveals whether you can lose weight by following dietary recommendations characterized by a high content of fruit, vegetables, fibers and whole grains. This is a finding of a new study conducted at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The bacteria we all have in our gut may play a decisive…

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Efforts to reduce pollution from agriculture paying off slowly

Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. The study found that that depending on the type of terrain, efforts to reduce algae-causing nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from reaching water sources such as the Great Lakes and can take decades to bear fruit. “In recent years, people involved in agricultural have gone to great lengths and expense to try to reduce the impact of…

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Trees help reptiles thrive: The only way is up

James Cook University researchers in Queensland say if graziers leave trees in place on their land all types of reptiles will benefit.   JCU’s Heather Neilly was part of a team that looked at the effect of cattle on ground-dwelling lizards and snakes as opposed to tree-dwelling species. She says the difference in well-being was marked. “We looked at four different types of paddock near Townsville, all with different approaches to stock levels. We found that ground-based reptiles in paddocks with high numbers of cattle were heavily impacted by grazing.…

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According to study: Plastic films incorporating N-halamines could sanitize food production facilities

Specially designed plastic films can prevent bacterial contamination in the food and biomedical industries, according to research published August 11 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Story Source: Materials provided by American Society for Microbiology. The plastic films work by killing bacteria in biofilms, and preventing bacteria from forming biofilms in the first place. Biofilms are aggregates of bacteria that highly increase bacterial resistance to antimicrobials, as well as to disinfectants. .” biofilms are the leading cause of cross contamination of food and non-food materials upon contact with contaminated surfaces,” according…

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Whole grains decrease colorectal cancer risk, while processed meats increase the risk – Study reveals.

Report analyzing the global research finds hot dogs and other processed meats increase risk of colorectal cancer, eating more whole grains and being physically active lowers risk                                                                Variety of sausage products. Credit: © volff / Fotolia Eating whole grains daily, such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread, reduces colorectal cancer risk, with the more you eat the lower the risk, finds a new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). This is the first time AICR/WCRF research links whole grains…

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