Tagged: health

Fruit for health

Today’s inforgraphic lists the benefits of 20 different fruits for a healthy lifestyle. It is amazing to see the healing properties many of these little fruits contain! However, beware if you are diabetic. While fruit is packed with important vitamins, it is also packed with sugar that can be harmful to a diabetic’s body. Therefore, eat fruits in moderation and seek an alternative method of receiving the daily required amount of vitamins.

Why do we sleep?

Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist: He studies the sleep cycles of the brain. And he asks: What do we know about sleep? Not a lot, it turns out, for something we do with one-third of our lives. In this talk, Foster shares three popular theories about why we sleep, busts some myths about how much sleep we need at different ages — and hints at some bold new uses of sleep as a predictor of mental health.

Smartphone app to cure blindness

Peek, a new app developed by researchers at the School of Tropical Medicine in London, could help tens of millions of people suffering blindness and sight problems in the developing world, by allowing opticians to visit remote corners of the world and perform eye tests using only a smartphone, then sending the results back to a central hospital for analysis.

RNAi: Slicing, dicing and serving your cells

RNA, the genetic messenger, makes sure the DNA recipe gives your cells exactly what they ordered. But sometimes that means inhibiting some other RNA that got the recipe wrong. This process is called RNA interference (RNAi), and it acts as a self-correcting system within the complicated genetic kitchen of your body. Alex Dainis explains the importance — and exciting potential — of RNAi.