Antibiotics can Boost Bacterial Reproduction

The growth of bacteria can be stimulated by antibiotics, scientists have discovered.

The EPSRC-funded researchers exposed E.coli bacteria to eight rounds of antibiotic treatment over four days and found the bug -- which can cause severe stomach pain, diarrhea and kidney failure in humans -- had increased antibiotic resistance with each treatment according to Science daily.

This had been expected, but researchers were surprised to find mutated E.coli reproduced faster than before encountering the drugs and formed populations that were three times larger because of the mutations.

Eat hot peppers for a longer life? Study

 Like spicy food? If so, you might live longer, say researchers, who found that consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality -- primarily in deaths due to heart disease or stroke -- in a large prospective study according to Science daily.

Going back for centuries, peppers and spices have been thought to be beneficial in the treatment of diseases, but only one other study -- conducted in China and published in 2015 -- has previously examined chili pepper consumption and its association with mortality. This new study corroborates the earlier study's findings.

Could our brain instruct our bodies to burn more fat?

By uncovering the action of two naturally occurring hormones, scientists may have discovered a way to assist in the shedding of excess fat according to Science daily.

The findings give new insights into how the brain regulates body fat and may lead to more effective ways to lose weight and prevent obesity by promoting the conversion of white fat to brown fat.

Researchers unravelled a molecular mechanism that depends on the combined action of two hormones -- leptin, an appetite suppressant generated in fat cells, and insulin, produced in the pancreas in response to rising levels of glucose in the blood.

Are mushrooms the anti-Alzheimer's super food?

Mushrooms could be the food that protects you from Alzheimer's disease, a new study claims according to Daily mail.

Scientists have found that mushrooms contain bioactive compounds that could play a role in reducing or delaying the development of neurodegeneration.

Despite the advancement of medication, the management of these diseases has remained largely ineffective.

But new research shows that properties in certain edible and medicinal mushrooms could enhance nerve  growth in the brain and protect against causes of age-related diseases.

Why the lights don't dim when we blink

Every few seconds, our eyelids automatically shutter and our eyeballs roll back in their sockets. So why doesn't blinking plunge us into intermittent darkness and light? New research, shows that the brain works extra hard to stabilize our vision despite our fluttering eyes according to Science daily.

Scientists have found that blinking does more than lubricate dry eyes and protect them from irritants. In a study, they found that when we blink, our brain repositions our eyeballs so we can stay focused on what we're viewing.