Science of cleaning your dirty laundry

“Come and whisper in my ear Give us dirty laundry Laundry hygiene—how to get more than clean Although laundering should mainly remove stains and dirt from used and worn textiles, the elimination of microbial contamination is an important aim of the laundry process as well. While industrial and institutional laundering employs standardized processes using high…

Diet rich in legumes lowers risk of diabetes

The saucy children’s rhyme tells us beans are good for your heart. There are other health benefits as well; higher consumption of legumes associated with lower risk of diabetes. Legume consumption is inversely associated with type 2 diabetes incidence in adults: A prospective assessment from the PREDIMED study Background & aims Legumes, a low-energy, nutrient-dense and…

Go Nuts!

Daily consumption of a handful of nuts (28g) is associated with reduced risk of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.   Nut consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer, all-cause and cause-specific mortality: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies   Background Although nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of…

mtDNA deletions and age-related muscle loss

    Latent mitochondrial DNA deletion mutations drive muscle fiber loss at old age With age, somatically derived mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) deletion mutations arise in many tissues and species. In skeletal muscle, deletion mutations clonally accumulate along the length of individual fibers. At high intrafiber abundances, these mutations disrupt individual cell respiration and are linked…

Wrapping Beta-cells in sugar-derivative makes them implantable

This is a really neat approach. Encapsulating beta cells (insulin producing cells) an alginate derivative makes them implantable without eliciting an immune response and normalizes glucose in mice.   Long-term glycemic control using polymer-encapsulated human stem cell–derived beta cells in immune-competent mice The transplantation of glucose-responsive, insulin-producing cells offers the potential for restoring glycemic control…

Muscle Adaptations with Endurance and Resistance Training

Good overview and some information that might result in a change in exercise regimen. Nutrition & Metabolism 2015 12:59 DOI: 10.1186/s12986-015-0055-9 Glycogen availability and skeletal muscle adaptations with endurance and resistance exercise It is well established that glycogen depletion affects endurance exercise performance negatively. Moreover, numerous studies have demonstrated that post-exercise carbohydrate ingestion improves exercise recovery by…

Dietary Eicosapentaenoic acid restores Mitochondria in Old Mice

It might be too soon to start popping Eicosapentaenoic acid supplements to boost aging muscles; still the findings are intriguing. Eicosapentaenoic acid but not docosahexaenoic acid restores skeletal muscle mitochondrial oxidative capacity in old mice Mitochondrial dysfunction is often observed in aging skeletal muscle and is implicated in age-related declines in physical function. Early evidence…