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A little local knowledge | Local Harvest

A short movie about finding good food in an era of convenience Follow the journey of a tomato through the industrial food system to the supermarket shelves. Find out why local food alternatives are a good thing, and how easy it can be to find good food close to you.  More about the facts behind […]

Green vegies may boost good gut gene | abc.net.au

Eating green leafy vegetables may boost a newly discovered genetic pathway that is essential for intestinal health, new research suggests. The study has discovered a gene known as T-bet is responsible for production of a type of cell that helps repair the lining of the gut and maintain the balance of good and bad gut […]

Uncharted Neurons | ucsdguardian.org

Several San Diego neuroscientists hope to be a part of an ambitious new effort, called the Brain Activity Map Project (BAMP), announced recently by officials at the White House, to map every neuron in the brain. Researchers say that doing so may lead to cures for several major neurological disorders. Ralph Greenspan, director of the […]

‘Light’ sodas hike diabetes risk: study | theage.com.au

Artificially-sweetened sodas have been linked to a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes for women than sodas sweetened with ordinary sugar, according to new French research. “Contrary to conventional thinking, the risk of diabetes is higher with ‘light’ beverages compared with ‘regular’ sweetened drinks,” the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) said. The […]

Sleep Deprivation Can Change Your Genes | Huffington Post

Need another reason to prioritize regular shuteye? Sleep deprivation could be messing with your genes, according to a new study from U.K. researchers. Blood samples taken after just one week of getting fewer than six hours of sleep a night showed changes to more than 700 genes due to sleep deprivation alone, according to the […]

Fitness in Middle-age Reduces Risk of Dementia | PositiveChoices.com

Fitness in Middle-age Reduces Risk of Dementia Posted by Fred Hardinge on February 5th 2013 at 6:55am People with the highest levels of fitness at 50 are less likely to develop dementia. Researchers at the Cooper Institute report that individuals in the highest quintile of cardiorespiratory fitness at age 50 had a 36% lower risk of […]

Patients getting younger in rural diabetes struggle – ABC

Alarming figures released this week by Diabetes Australia suggest we may not be as healthy as we like to think. There are double the amount of Victorians living with diabetes in 2011 than there were a decade ago, with even teenagers receiving the diagnosis. In launching the findings, the chief executive of Diabetes Australia, Professor […]

Nightmare nightcap: how drinking affects your sleep quality

Drinking alcohol is a pretty bad sleep aid and may become part of a cycle of decline. kjmatthews Sleeping is normally when our body sticks itself back together. Your breathing and your heart rate slow down, and gradually your body repairs itself, undoing all the damage you’ve done to yourself during the day. Sometimes we […]

The hidden side of antidepressants: are they putting young lives at risk?

Antidepressants double the chance of a young person making a suicide attempt. Flickr/kamera kz In early 2009, two 16-year-old Queensland girls tragically hanged themselves within weeks of each other. The girls’ lives were plagued with abuse, self-harm and illicit drug use, and their deaths raised questions about the quality of care provided for troubled teens […]