Abstract Autoimmune diseases result from an interplay of genetic predisposition and factorswhich stimulate the onset of disease. Mercury (Hg), a well-established toxicant, is an environmental factor reported to be linked with autoimmunity. Hg exists in several chemical forms and is encountered by humans in dental amalgams, certain vaccines, occupational exposure, atmospheric pollution and seafood. Several studies have investigated the effect of the various forms of Hg, including elemental (Hg0), inorganic (iHg) and organic mercury (oHg) and their association with autoimmunity. In vitro studies using peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from healthy participants have shown that methylmercury (MeHg) causes cell deathat lower concentrations than iHg albeit exposure to iHg results in a more enhanced pro-inflammatory profile in comparison to MeHg. In vivo researchRead More →

“Walking around and offering kindness to others in the world reduces anxiety and increases happiness and feelings of social connection. “It’s a simple strategy that doesn’t take a lot of time that you can incorporate into your daily activities.” Source: How to beat anxiety? Be kind, according to research Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

“What we need to ask is, Why has BMI gone up?” he says. “Decreased physical activity and a more calorically dense diet are probably part of the puzzle. But I think another critical piece is our ubiquitous environmental exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals,” or EDCs. This class of chemicals (including phthalates, bisphenol A and others) is used in many consumer products (shower curtains, plastic bottles, couch cushions) and has been shown to mimic estrogen and other naturally occurring hormones in the human body. Biro theorizes that some of these chemicals may promote weight gain or contribute to early puberty by influencing how cells and the bodyRead More →

The revolution is being led by Robert Oliver, a 58-year-old New Zealander who grew up in Fiji and Samoa, where his father was a social worker. “When you look at pictures from the 1970s and early ’80s, they were just wonderfully fit, healthy people,” says Oliver, who is host and executive producer of the program. “The diet was carb-heavy, fish-heavy, veg-heavy. But if you take out the greens and put in processed food and have a sweet drink, then you have a sugar bomb, because the carbs convert to sugar.” Source: Pacific Island Food Revolution: the reality TV show tackling the region’s health crisis RecommendRead More →

Stripped of a lot of what might be called cognitive-science-ese, Mercier and Sperber’s argument runs, more or less, as follows: Humans’ biggest advantage over other species is our ability to coöperate. Coöperation is difficult to establish and almost as difficult to sustain. For any individual, freeloading is always the best course of action. Reason developed not to enable us to solve abstract, logical problems or even to help us draw conclusions from unfamiliar data; rather, it developed to resolve the problems posed by living in collaborative groups. “Reason is an adaptation to the hypersocial niche humans have evolved for themselves,” Mercier and Sperber write. HabitsRead More →