What Causes That Itchy Feeling?

Wondering why your itch needs scratching? Mark Andrews at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine states the following: An itching sensation of the skin arises due to stimulation of pruriceptors—itch-sensing nerve endings—by mechanical, thermal or chemical mediators. These include: Chemicals for immune response (histamines) and pain relief (opiods) Neuropeptides, which include pain-regulating messengers released within … Continue reading What Causes That Itchy Feeling?

Which Product Kills COVID-19 with the Shortest Contact Time? (On Hard Nonporous Surfaces)

(No products are endorsed or recommended in this post, it is publicly available information only; please contact your local regulatory body for cleaning guidelines.) Here are a list of products, which are listed as approved by the EPA, as "Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2", sorted by contact time.   (Note: some of these are commercial … Continue reading Which Product Kills COVID-19 with the Shortest Contact Time? (On Hard Nonporous Surfaces)

Do you really need a probiotic for bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection?

From Harvard Medical School's Health Publishing, on Women's Health Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. There's still a lot that experts don't understand about the condition, but it is associated with an overgrowth of harmful microorganisms, such as Gardnerella vaginalis or Prevotella, which outnumber "healthier" types of vaginal bacteria, including a … Continue reading Do you really need a probiotic for bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection?

Why is knee pain on the rise?

Byte-Sized Summary: Osteoarthritis is a common but debilitating joint disease, commonly of the knee, with unknown causes. A recent study has found that the prevalence of the condition has nearly doubled, and that longevity and BMI alone to not explain the increase. Researchers at Harvard published their research on the disease in the Proceedings of the National … Continue reading Why is knee pain on the rise?

Exercise Alters Gut Microbiota Composition and Function in Lean and Obese Humans

Your weight, too, impacts how your gut bacteria respond to exercise: ...exercise training induces compositional and functional changes in the human gut microbiota that are dependent on obesity status, independent of diet and contingent on the sustainment of exercise Researchers at UIUC in Illinois evaluated changes in the gut microbiome in lean and obese participants … Continue reading Exercise Alters Gut Microbiota Composition and Function in Lean and Obese Humans

Bicarbonate supplements may reduce age-related muscle loss

Additional research suggesting supplementing with potassium bicarbonate may reduce age-related loss of muscle. Note that the primary endpoints of this study are on nitrogen excretion (e.g. urinary ammonia nitrogen), and not direct lean mass. Email or leave comments for questions, more on this topic soon! 14 healthy postmenopausal women residing in a General Clinical Research … Continue reading Bicarbonate supplements may reduce age-related muscle loss

Potassium Bicarbonate Supplementation Lowers Bone Turnover and Calcium Excretion in Older Men and Women

Decent sized study, but other endpoints needed before too many conclusions drawn... The acid load accompanying modern diets may have adverse effects on bone and muscle metabolism. Treatment with alkaline salts of potassium can neutralize the acid load, but the optimal amount of alkali is not established. Our objective was to determine the effectiveness of … Continue reading Potassium Bicarbonate Supplementation Lowers Bone Turnover and Calcium Excretion in Older Men and Women

Aging Adults Preserve Muscle Mass with Potassium from Fruits and Veggies

For those interested in preserving muscle mass: Subjects were 384 men and women > or =65 y old who participated in a 3-y trial comparing calcium and vitamin D with placebo. Potassium was measured in 24-h urine collections at baseline. The %LBM, defined as total body nonfat, nonbone tissue weight/weight x 100, was measured by … Continue reading Aging Adults Preserve Muscle Mass with Potassium from Fruits and Veggies