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Personalized Diets: Can Your Genes Really Tell You What To Eat?

The idea that each of us has a unique nutrition blueprint within our genes is a delicious concept.<p>Perhaps, this helps explain the growth in personalized nutrition testing and services such as Habit, Profile Precise and Nutrigenomix.<p>So, what exactly can these tests tell you?<p>Kimberly Desjardine, 52, …

Learn which R packages are supported for using and creating R scripts in Power BI - Power BI

R packages in the Power BI service<p>7 minutes to read<p>Contributors<p>You can use the powerful R programming language to create visuals in the Power BI …

Balanced Scorecards in Power BI | Microsoft Power BI Blog | Microsoft Power BI

By Greg Koehler, Program Manager at Microsoft<p>“IMAGINE ENTERING THE COCKPIT of a modern jet airplane and seeing only a single instrument there.”<br>―</b> …

Chemical imbalances don’t cause depression — society does

When you are depressed and anxious, you get hit by two kinds of stigma. People will often say that you’re being weak or self-indulgent and just need …

If you want to join the Blockchain bonanza, these two stocks are smart investments

Do you suffer from blockchain anxiety? This recently diagnosed condition describes the stress that people feel as they watch other folks get rich by stampeding into an area most of us know nothing about.<p>The malady hit a feverish new peak this week thanks to Eastman Kodak Co., a company that for …

Will Procrastinate for Pastrami

Powered by Vidoyen<p>Go ahead, eat more meat, butter and cheese. Let me know how it turns out for you. I certainly won't be joining you, despite the current popularity of the proposition.<p>For one thing, there is no case -- none -- that eating more meat, butter and cheese would be good for us. Rather, …

Sugary drinks should have health warnings, expert says

Health warnings should be added to sugary drinks in a similar way to cigarettes, according to a public health expert.<p>Simon Capewell, professor of public health at the University of Liverpool, told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast that warning people of obesity risks, diabetes and tooth decay would help …

Who Really Needs To Take a Statin?

Since the first statin hit pharmacy shelves in 1987, the cholesterol-pills have quickly become a best-selling class of medications. So why is there …

Medical Research

Porn may be messing with your head | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men who report watching a lot of pornography tend to have less volume and activity in regions of the brain linked to rewards and motivation, says a new German study.<p>The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, can’t say watching porn caused the decrease in brain matter and …

Anxious Parents Can Learn How To Reduce Anxiety In Their Kids

Children are increasingly anxious, stressed out and overly worried. Part of that has to do with increased pressures to excel in school, sports and extracurricular activities. But part of it has a lot to do with parents.<p>Like other mental and physical health problems, anxiety can be inherited. And …

Pregnant women should take iodide supplement: docs

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women should take an iodide-containing supplement to protect the brain development of their babies, according to the leading U.S. group of pediatricians.<p>Iodine, which the body can get from iodide, is needed to make the thyroid hormones that are required for …

Home walking program may help clogged leg arteries | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with poor circulation in their legs benefit from a home-based walking program and are more likely to keep it up over the long term, according to a new U.S. study.<p>Researchers say the home-based program may be more effective at keeping people motivated than …

Stressful relationships may raise risk of death | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Worries, conflicts and demands in relationships with friends, family and neighbors may contribute to an earlier death suggests a new Danish study.<p>“Conflicts, especially, were associated with higher mortality risk regardless of whom was the source of the conflict,” the …

The Science of the One-Inch Punch

Physiology and neuroscience combine to explain Bruce Lee's master move.<p><b>Forget all those broken boards and crumbled concrete slabs</b>. No feat of martial arts is more impressive than Bruce Lee's famous strike, the one-inch punch. From a single inch away, Lee was able to muster an explosive blow that …

Martial Arts

Mating Rituals: Why Certain Risky Behaviors Can Make You Look Hot

Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal. Driving without a seat belt? Not so much.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>Our David Greene recently discussed some new social science research with NPR's Shankar …

Will stroke drug kill? MRI predicts with 95% accuracy

A new MRI technique predicts with 95 percent accuracy which stroke victims will benefit from a clot-busting drug—and which will suffer potentially …

Medicine

Microbes inhabit the human placenta, but it's not a bad thing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The human placenta, the organ that nourishes a developing baby, is not the pristine place some experts had assumed.<p>Newborn babies wait for attention at Lima's Maternity hospital in this May 7, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo<p>Researchers said on Wednesday they have …

New Study Strengthens Gut Bacteria-Autism Link

New research adds more strength to the potential link between gut bacteria and autism.<p>In a small study, researchers from Arizona State University found evidence that gut bacteria may differ between children with and without autism.<p>Specifically, the researchers found that the fecal concentrations of …

Can the Paleo Diet Help You Lose Weight?

For weight loss, the paleo diet, which is what our ancestors ate when they had to hunt or gather their food instead of growing it, seems like a good …

Nutrition

The Vegetables Most Americans Eat Are Drowning In Salt And Fat

Popeye and our parents have been valiantly trying to persuade us to eat our veggies for decades now.<p>But Americans just don't eat as many fruits and vegetables as we should. And when we do, they're mainly potatoes and tomatoes — in the not-so-nutritious forms of french fries and pizza, according to …

Too little sleep can affect many aspects of young kids’ health | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study, children who regularly got too little sleep had worse physical, emotional and social health than those who slept the average amount.<p>“Sleep is important for a lot of reasons, and can influence health and well-being and cognitive functioning,” said lead …

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking …

Complex synthetic DNA could 'revolutionise' medicine

Scientists have created the first synthetic chromosome for yeast, a landmark step for biological engineering.<p>Previously synthetic DNA has been designed and made for simpler organisms such as bacteria.<p>David Shukman reports.

As many as one in 68 U.S. kids may have autism: CDC

CHICAGO (Reuters) - As many as one in 68 U.S. children have autism, a 30 percent increase in just two years, U.S. health officials said on Thursday, but experts think the rise may simply reflect that parents and doctors are getting better at recognizing and diagnosing the disorder.<p>Experts were …

U.S. drug firms move to bar antibiotic use in livestock growth | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Wednesday said that 25 out of 26 drugmakers that sell antibiotics used in livestock feed for growth enhancement have agreed to follow new guidelines that will make it illegal to use their products to create beefier cattle, heftier hogs and other outsized …

Breast-feeding debate has gone on long enough

In the beginning, breast is still best, but in the long run, it's more or less the same as the bottle.<p>That's the finding of an exhaustive and landmark breastfeeding study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine last month, which looked at thousands of children from a variety of cultural …

Is the internet harming medical research?

While the movie Dallas Buyers Club might not have been completely factually accurate, it raises an interesting question about medical research. The movie depicts experimental trials for Aids treatments in the USA in the 1980s, and how a group of patients involved in the trials came together to …

Surgical checklists do little to reduce risk of dying, study says

Checklists may have some value to protect patients who undergo surgery, but the potential benefits don't translate into "meaningful improvements" in …

checklists

'Love hormone' may treat anorexia

<b>A hormone released during childbirth and sex could be used as a treatment for the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, scientists suggest.</b><p>Small studies by UK and Korean scientists indicated patients were less likely to fixate on food and body image after a dose of oxytocin.<p>About one in every 150 …