Author: Ben Michaels

Hormone Klotho Works Rapidly as Cognition Enhancer Supplement in Study

Although this is not a well-known supplement yet, another study seems to indicate that klotho is a protein hormone that can make you more intelligent, stronger and live longer.   A minority of perhaps lucky people naturally produce klotho at high levels, but for the rest of us as with many important chemicals, it declines with aging and seems to thereby lead to slower cognitive function.  While previous studies had revealed associations between elevated klotho levels that circulate in the blood, spine and brain and better cognition, scientists at University of California – San Francisco. have done a next stage of testing that...

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Check Out The Ripple Rug Cat Activity Mat (Video)

When it comes to feline pet entertainment devices we would love to see a cutting-edge soft autonomous mouse that would run around the house and let those cat hunting instincts get well exercised.  But actually, if you’ve ever opened up a box in the house you know that low tech play-things are often very welcome as distractions from your carpets and furniture. The Ripple Rug is an innovative cat activity mat that offers many of the advantages of a scratching post tree house without having to provide a constant dedicated space.  The rug is soft yet strong and durable, made out...

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Genetic Defect Causes Girls to Grow a Penis at Puberty in Caribbean Village

A relatively fair portion of babies born as girls in the village of Salinas, in the Dominican Republic are reportedly becoming boys when they reach puberty due to a rare genetic disorder.  According to the forthcoming BBC2 series Countdown to Life – the Extraordinary Making of You, via the Sun UK, one-in-90 children born in Salinas grow a penis in a natural transformation from female to male.   These youngsters are referred to in medical terms as “pseudohermaphrodite,” but the transformation process is known in the village as the guevedoces, which translates to “penis at 12.”  It is such...

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Remarkable TNT Nano-chip Can Heal Injuries and Regrow Organs (w/Video)

Researchers at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have used a cutting-edge technology, known as Tissue Nanotransfection Technology also known as (TNT), to create a nanochip the size of a penny, meant to heal live tissue.  The tiny device which is placed on the skin for a second and then removed can heal blood vessels, nerve cells and even regrow damaged organs within days, clinical trials have shown. The tiny new skin patch works by injecting genetic code into skin cells, transforming them into stem cells that become any type of cell needed to regenerate wounded blood vessels. The paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology describes how the...

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Study Finds L. reuteri and Tryptophan Helps Ease Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that mice fed tryptophan developed immune cells that enable a more balanced gut.  Tryptophan is an α-amino acid that is used in the making of proteins and an essential building block for a very important brain chemical, serotonin.   Low levels of tryptophan are associated with insomnia and a host of other mental health issues like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and binge eating.  If you have ever experienced feeling very tired after having a turkey dinner or warm milk before bed you can probably thank tryptophan.  But this important amino acid is the least common...

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