New test brings Pig-to-Human transplants closer
“Scientists attached a temporary pig’s kidney and observed it start to function. This was a small step in the long-running quest to use animal organs to save lives.”

Alzheimer’s: Scientists find early biomarkers that may predict onset
“In the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine, scientists revealed this week that circulating microscopic nucleotides — assembled amino acids that bind directly to messenger ribonucleic acids (mRNAs) — can identify cellular imbalance in the brain. These nucleotides, called microRNAs, are easily measured blood proteins that may identify the early risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Why We Lose Weight and Why We Don’t
“Brian Martin Sr. has struggled with weight loss off and on most of his life. He says that struggle kicked into high gear 3 years ago when he needed a hip replacement. His doctor told the 64-year-old from Woodstock, MD, the good news was the hip replacement was the solution to his problem, but the bad news was he had to bring his body mass index, or BMI, down before he could have the surgery. He weighed just under 400 pounds at the time.”

Is yoga good for you?
“It’s a popular way to work out, but is yoga good for you? We take a look.”

VIDEO: Mindfulness is Not About Bliss – UCTV – University of California Television
“Dr. Walter E. B. Sipe, UCSF Psychiatry and Pediatrics, discusses some common misunderstandings of mindfulness. (#37504)”

Your next doctor’s prescription might be to spend time in nature
“Dr. Robert Zarr loves to write prescriptions that you don’t have to take to the pharmacy. Instead, he sends patients outside to soak in the healing powers of nature, combining the benefits of exercise with the therapeutic effects of fresh air and green space.”

COVID-19 and “Alternative” Treatments: What You Need To Know
“Some people have sought “alternative” remedies to prevent or to treat COVID-19. Some of these purported remedies include teas, essential oils, vitamins, tinctures, herbal therapies such as oleander/oleandrin, and silver products such as colloidal silver. The Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has detailed fact sheets for consumers and health professionals about specific dietary supplements and COVID-19. But there is no scientific evidence that any of these alternative remedies can prevent or cure COVID-19.”

Low Iron in Midlife May Boost Risk for Heart Disease
“Oct. 19, 2021 — Spinach didn’t really explain Popeye’s superhuman strength, but spinach and other iron-rich foods might have real-life superpowers: reducing the risk of heart disease and premature death in middle age.”

Why vaccinated people dying from Covid-19 doesn’t mean the vaccines are ineffective
“(CNN)Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell died on Monday of Covid-19 complications. His family announced that he was fully vaccinated. He was 84 years old, and had multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.”

Supplement Marketers Are Warned About Diabetes Claims
“The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned 10 companies that the dietary supplements they sell claiming to prevent, treat, or cure diabetes are violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.”

5 Reasons to Add More Mushrooms to Your Life
“Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (like our fungi friends) you know that mushrooms are the latest plant-based food to enjoy a resurgence in cooking. The main reason is that these are the original “food as medicine” ingredient, but for anyone who has watched Fantastic Fungi or was lucky enough to attend the first Fantastic Fungi Global Summit, you won’t be able to stop talking about the benefits of mushrooms.

China, U.S. Lead World in Saltiest Processed Meats, Fish
“TUESDAY, Oct. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — China and the United States are super powers of salt consumption. The two world leaders emerged with the highest salt levels in processed meat and fish products among five countries assessed in a new study.”

“Food is Medicine” discussed at joint committee meeting on Beacon Hill
“BOSTON — State lawmakers heard enthusiastic support earlier this month for a “food is medicine” program that would provide foods tailored to help those with chronic diseases while addressing hunger in the state.”

There’s An App for That: The UK Rolls Out a New 5-Minute AI Alzheimer’s Test
“A new AI-powered cognitive assessment claims it can detect Alzheimer’s within minutes; the UK’s National Health Service buys in.”

VR-guided breathing could alleviate pain
“A new study investigates the neuroscience behind mindful breathing and pain relief.”