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Probiotics: Exploring the benefits of an already established relationship

Publié le 5 septembre, 2011 | 4 commentaires
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Probiotics: Exploring the benefits of an already established relationship

Probiotics are live microorganisms, commonly bacteria, that live symbiotically within the digestive tract. They are often referred to as “good” bacteria and are part of our natural microflora. Evolutionarily speaking, humans and other animals have developed a symbiotic relationship with bacteria in the digestive tract because both organisms benefit from this connection. These bacteria live […]

Chemicals from a bottle: Bisphenol-A

Publié le 1 août, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Chemicals from a bottle: Bisphenol-A

Bisphenol-A (BPA) made headlines late in 2007 when Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) suspended sales of bottles made using the chemical. MEC cited growing consumer concern that BPA may leach from polycarbonate bottles (1). In the last six months retailers such as Walmart, Lululemon and Canadian Tire have all pulled or stopped stocking selected BPA-containing products, […]

Using Rats to Help Piece Together the Puzzle of Schizophrenia

Publié le 1 mai, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Using Rats to Help Piece Together the Puzzle of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia’s core symptoms are commonly believed to be inherent to humans, yet neuroscientists use rodent models in research to increase our knowledge of the disease. The etiology of schizophrenia is not known and rodent models have proven to be a useful tool in attempting to piece together our understanding of the disorder. This enables the […]

Stress and the Role of Alpha-Amylase

Publié le 1 février, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Stress and the Role of Alpha-Amylase

Stress contributes to the development of various physical and psychological illnesses. While the effects of cortisol on stress have been thoroughly studied, the role of the enzyme alpha-amylase has only recently been investigated. The latest research suggests that alpha-amylase is linked to our emotions and our health. Manicosity, Stress Relief, 2006 Certains droits réservés. Stress […]

Which is Healthier: Wild or Farmed Salmon?

Publié le 1 octobre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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Which is Healthier: Wild or Farmed Salmon?

In recent years, the global production of farmed fish has exploded. There have been many ecological concerns over aquaculture practices, but when it came to health issues, matters were overlooked until the publication of a controversial paper in Science, 2004. Since then, debates over the safety and health issues of fish consumption have intensified. This […]

Give a Hug, Save an Infant: Touch and Development

Publié le 1 septembre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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Give a Hug, Save an Infant: Touch and Development

Touch is now recognized as a stand alone contributor to a young child’s healthy development. Aside from providing comfort and security, touch has also proven to be fundamental to the social and physical development of the infant. Such findings have wide implications for health-promotion programs and for managing costs of early infant care. Marco Fedele, […]