Eating with your eyes: Virtual reality can alter taste

Humans not only relish the sweet, savory and saltiness of foods, but they are influenced by the environment in which they eat. Cornell University food scientists used virtual reality to show how people's perception of real food can be altered by their surroundings, according to research.

"When we eat, we perceive not only just the taste and aroma of foods, we get sensory input from our surroundings -- our eyes, ears, even our memories about surroundings," said Robin Dando,

Eating fatty cheese, yogurt and butter could LOWER your risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Eating cheese could help lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research.

Scientists found that people who consumed fat-rich dairy, such as cheese, cream and yogurt, were less likely than those who did not to be diagnosed with the disease, according to Daily Mail.

The last few years have seen the rise of the anti-dairy health fad, with advocates saying whole milk and other dairy products are high in calories and saturated fat. 

But the team, led by the University of Cambridge, says its findings show that consuming dairy shouldn't be discouraged - and that a reexamination of the potential metabolic benefits of dairy is needed. 

Researchers have discovered how to slow aging

Previous research published earlier this year in University of Minnesota Medical School faculty Paul D. Robbins and Laura J. Niedernhofer and Mayo Clinic investigators James L. Kirkland and Tamara Tchkonia, showed it was possible to reduce the burden of damaged cells, termed senescent cells, and extend lifespan and improve health, even when treatment was initiated late in life. They now have shown that treatment of aged mice with the natural product Fisetin, found in many fruits and vegetables, also has significant positive effects on health and lifespan, according to Science Daily.

Why some people get worse colds than others

 Your natural nose bacteria could be an issue, study reveals - paving the way to individualized treatments

The organisms that live inside your nose could determine the type and severity of the cold symptoms you develop, a new study has found.

Researchers say that people with more bacteria in their noses that causes lower respiratory tract infections, food poisoning and boils are also more likely to cough and sneeze when they get the common cold.

Children who don't get a good night's sleep have an 'unhealthy' balance of gut bacteria later in life

Getting in the habit of getting a good night's sleep in childhood is key to their gut health, and, in turn, their overall health - for years to come, a new study suggests.

Good sleep has gotten harder and harder to come by, especially for children growing up in an era of constant blue light from cell phone and tablet screens. 

But fight as a child might to stay up just a little longer, moms are right: rest really is best for healthy kids, according to Daily Mail. 

A small Canadian study published today found that getting enough sleep is key to a healthy gut microbiome, which in turn helps to protect children from obesity, diabetes and heart problems for years to come.

More and more research is pointing to the central role of gut bacteria to overall health.