Study: Maternal fatty acid balance critical for reducing obesity in children

The balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the tissues of female mammals, which previous research has suggested can impact the incidence of obesity in their offspring, appears to do so through its effect on the microbial population of the infant’s gastrointestinal tract. In the open-access journal Microbiome, a team of investigators from Massachusetts […]

Why does perimenopause cause ovary pain?

What is perimenopause? What causes ovary pain during perimenopause? Symptoms of perimenopause Possible treatments What else can cause pain during perimenopause? When to see a doctor Perimenopause refers to the years before menopause, when the ovaries gradually start to make less estrogen. During this time, estrogen levels fluctuate, which can cause heavy, irregular periods and […]

Diaphragm spasms and flutters: What to know

What is a diaphragm spasm or flutter? Other symptoms Causes Exercise Hiatal hernia Temporary paralysis Phrenic nerve irritation Diaphragmatic flutter Diagnosis Treatment Exercise Hiatal hernia Phrenic nerve irritation Outlook Diaphragm spasms are involuntary contractions of the band of muscle that divides the upper abdomen and chest. They may feel like a twitch or flutter and […]

Maternal fatty acid balance affects offspring obesity thorough gut microbial population

The balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the tissues of female mammals, which previous research has suggested can impact the incidence of obesity in their offspring, appears to do so through its effect on the microbial population of the infant’s gastrointestinal tract. In the open-access journal Microbiome, a team of investigators from Massachusetts […]

Coffee helps teams work together

Good teamwork begins with a cup of coffee for everyone, a new study suggests. Researchers found that people gave more positive reviews for their group’s performance on a task — and their own contribution — if they drank caffeinated coffee beforehand. A second study showed that people talked more in a group setting under the […]