Hot Peppers, Ancient Alcohols + Other Stories
We’ve corralled all the best wellness reads for the week of January 16—just in time for your weekend bookmarking. This week: how artificial intelligence could predict heart failure, the health benefits of spicy foods like hot peppers, and a fascinating breakdown of our historical relationship with alcohol.
Scientists call brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) “Miracle-Gro” for the brain, and a new study out this month confirms that vigorous exercise in mice increased BDNF levels and, as a consequence, boosted ketones in the brain. Those ketones can be used as brain fuel when blood sugar gets low.
Compelling insights from a Stanford researcher experimenting with the effects of a compound that blocks VCAM1, a protein that increases in the blood as we age.
Amazingly, researchers at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences have developed a software that can predict heart failure based on blood tests and scans of beating hearts—at 20 percent higher accuracy than doctors.
As it turns out, controlling our physical cells via electricity (which could be dictated through a cell phone) may not be that far off—and the implications for therapies are enormous.