Science: Zinc may play a role in fighting oxidative stress

Zinc is a key mineral in a healthy body, and we need to consume it as part of our diet to replenish our body’s supply of it.

It also, new research finds, plays a role in protecting the body against oxidative stress, a damaging process caused by an imbalance of antioxidants in the body.

Researchers […]

Study: Does eating organic reduce risk of cancer?

In recent years, more and more consumers have incorporated organic foods into their diets as a lifestyle choice for several reasons, such as perceived health benefits, supporting local producers and promoting sustainable growing practices. Now, a new study suggests that organic food might help reduce cancer risks as well.

The publicly funded study, coming out […]

Cracking the code: A look at bird flu strains

H5N1, H7N3, H7N9, H5N2, H7N8.

What do these mysterious series of letters and numbers mean, and why should we pay attention to them?

Some of these numbers might ring a bell if you pay close attention to the news. All of the above are strains of avian influenza, otherwise known as bird flu. H5N1 is […]

Science: Whole milk likely healthier than skim milk

What seems like a no-brainer to most of us is now being refuted by those a bit brainier.

Most of us who drink milk have routinely skipped whole milk for the far less delicious reduced fat options in the belief that the extra fat and calories in whole milk must be less healthy for us. […]

100 billion animal study: GM feed is safe

The practice of using genetically modified (GM) crops in livestock feed has been a controversy since the concept was introduced almost two decades ago. However, a recent study published in Journal of Animal Science found that GM feed does not have a negative effect on the animals, and that they are about as nutritionally equivalent […]

How pets can make you healthier

When I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Many of my toys were of the animal variety, and I’ve always cooed over every dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig or any other animal I’ve ever seen. Animals are fantastic, and I love having them around me to pick up my spirits and to make […]

International collaboration brings new research opportunities

The University of Louisville’s Department of Pediatrics and three Chinese universities are beginning a new research project.The partnership will generate approximately $1 million of research support, as well as creating new academic opportunities.

“These agreements substantially expand collaborative pediatric clinical and research programs, facilitate the exchange of research trainees and

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Things that are neat: We are what we eat

Some random food facts for a Wednesday morning:

People eat healthier at breakfast and eat progressively less healthy throughout the day. But let’s be real, who doesn’t love an evening snack? It’s true what they say about eating breakfast. Those who have a meal in the morning help prevent low blood sugar levels throughout the […]