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    Theory: Flexibility is at the heart of human intelligence

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Centuries of study have yielded many theories about how the brain gives rise to human intelligence. Some neuroscientists think intelligence springs from a single region or neural network. Others argue that metabolism or the efficiency with which brain … [...]

    Scientists determine the normal content of boron in the human body

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories A researcher from the RUDN University (Russia) and colleagues from Croatia have determined the range of reference values for boron in the tissues of human body. This study will provide a better understanding of the role that this important trace elemen… [...]

    Molecular guardian defends cells, organs against excess cholesterol

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories A team of researchers at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health has illuminated a critical player in cholesterol metabolism that acts as a molecular guardian in cells to help maintain cholesterol levels within a safe, narrow range. Known as Nrf… [...]

    Raising ‘good’ cholesterol fails to protect against heart disease

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Raising so-called ‘good’ cholesterol by blocking a key protein involved in its metabolism does not protect against heart disease or stroke, according to a large genetic study of 150,000 Chinese adults published in the journal JAMA Cardiology. [...]

    Yerba mate’s beneficial effects on cellular energy and lipid metabolism linked to weight

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Researchers have shown that use of the dietary supplement yerba mate over an extended period had significant effects on body weight and weight gain and was associated with lower levels of blood lipids and insulin in obese mice fed a high-fat diet. This… [...]

    Abdominal aortic aneurysm linked to dysregulated tryptophan metabolism, study finds

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Researchers have found a link between dysregulated tryptophan metabolism and abdominal aortic aneurysm, a life-threatening vascular disease, according to a new study led by Georgia State University. [...]

    What is Hashimoto’s disease?

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ on the front of your neck. Its main function is to produce a thyroid hormone that regulates your metabolism. Hypothyroidism occurs when a person’s thyroid function decreases. Hashimoto thyroditis, also kno… [...]

    What is Hashimoto’s disease?

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ on the front of your neck. Its main function is to produce a thyroid hormone that regulates your metabolism. Hypothyroidism occurs when a person’s thyroid function decreases. Hashimoto thyroditis, also kno… [...]

    Exploring the genetics of glaucoma and retinal development

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Guillermo Oliver, PhD, the Thomas D. Spies Professor of Lymphatic Metabolism, recently published two studies related to the eye, one on retinal formation and the other on the genetics behind glaucoma. [...]

    Effective interventions needed to tackle diabetes prevention in Hispanics

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Hispanics form the largest minority group in the U.S, and are twice as likely to have diabetes compared with non-Hispanic whites—yet a new review highlights that nearly 40% of US Hispanics with diabetes have not been formally diagnosed. Published in Frontiers in Endocrinology ahead of World Diabetes Day on November 14, the study also finds that diabetes prevalence varies widely among different Hispanic heritage groups and in different Latin American countries. The findings indicate that further research and more effective, adaptable interventions are needed to prevent and manage diabetes in Hispanics. [...]