Scientists identify ‘blond gene’

The single mutation was found in a long gene sequence called KIT ligand (KITLG) and is present in about one-third of Northern Europeans. People with these genes could have platinum blond, dirty blond or even dark brown hair.

“There’s a half dozen different chromosome regions that influence hair color,” said study co-author David Kingsley, an evolutionary biologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Stanford University in
California. “This is one, but not the only one. The combination of variants that you have at all those different genes — that sets your final hair color.” [Top 10 Things That Make Humans Special]


Can yacon syrup help you lose weight?

What is yacon syrup? Should I add it to my diet?

Dr. Oz’s recent segment, which involved several women testing out the product as a weight-loss aid, has us all wondering. Yacon syrup is found in the tuberous roots of the yacon plant, which is native to the
Andes Mountains. The Incas originally included this molasses-like syrup in their diet.


Breast cancer cases in U.S. projected to rise as much as 50% by 2030

New breast cancer cases in the U.S. are forecast to rise by as much as 50% by 2030, government researchers reported Monday.

But while the surge in cases will pose “a huge challenge” to medical providers over the coming decades, coauthor Philip S. Rosenberg, of the National Cancer Institute said, the data also revealed “one silver lining”: lower incidence of the subtype known as estrogen-receptor-negative breast cancers, including difficult-to-treat HER2-positive and triple-negative types.


How a bad night’s sleep could age your brain by five years: Poor quality slumber causes loss of memory and concentration

Sleeping badly could age you as much as five years, a study has revealed.

Just three or four years of broken sleep patterns are linked to a loss of memory and concentration, American researchers found.

They say that poor quality sleep is increases the risk of of having impaired mental faculties by up to 50 per cent – equivalent to a five year increase in age.


DHA-rich canola oil shows significant heart health benefits

A diet supplemented with beverages formulated with DHA-rich omega-3 oil may significantly improve HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, says a new study.

Editorial: Here is another study that interprets its results contrary to the most objective and thorough research. Among other detrimental issues, PUFAs can easily burden the body, making it less effective in its many functions. Lower cholesterol and blood lipid numbers, which PUFAs trigger, are often unhealthful. As recommended decades ago by the U.S. medical community, two-hundred plus one’s age is usually the ideal cholesterol level, not the below 200 level espoused by most today as a result of the
powerful and ‘legal’ drug industry. A healthy and active liver will produce high lipid numbers, especially for beneficial HDL. For example, in one study a man in his mid 60s consuming a had a cholesterol level of 266 and HDLs at 90! Even within orthodox parameters, this total cholesterol to HDL ratio is 3-1 and in the healthiest range for the heart. Yet high cholesterol levels with low HDLs is not healthy, likely a result of unwise dietary practices.





Americans’ brains being fried by cell towers: New scientific evidence reveals shocking extent of electropollution damage

Exposure to cell phone towers alters brain function in alarming ways, causing a lack of concentration, irritability, difficulty sleeping and lack of appetite. That’s the conclusion of a new study just published
by the British Medical Journal.(1)

The study, authored by Professor Enrique A Navarro, concluded that the severity of such symptoms directly correlated to cell tower exposure levels. In other words, the closer a person lives to a cell tower, the greater the severity of their symptoms. This was true regardless of race, income level and other demographics.


Autism disorders greatly linked with environmental factors

While the underlying causes of autism are still not fully understood, many health experts believe that genetics, environmental factors or a combination of the two are to blame.

Now, a new meta-analysis has revealed that toxins in the environment may play a much more significant role in the formation of this neurodevelopmental disorder than previously thought.


Improve your sleep with glycine, and your memory will work better too

Yesterday we wrote about a Japanese study from 2006 in which supplementation with 3 g glycine improved the quality of sleep without side effects. The subjects felt more clear-headed the next day instead of being drowsy. Researchers at Ajinomoto and Jikei University in Tokyo went a step further in a study they did in 2007. They discovered that memory functions better after glycine-improved sleep.