ADVERTISEMENT
A mouse in front of an open sack of grain.
Mice Fed a Highly Processed Diet Are More Susceptible to the Flu
It’s not clear why grain-fed mice are better able to recover after infection, but a study’s findings suggest food type may skew the results of animal studies.
Mice Fed a Highly Processed Diet Are More Susceptible to the Flu
Mice Fed a Highly Processed Diet Are More Susceptible to the Flu

It’s not clear why grain-fed mice are better able to recover after infection, but a study’s findings suggest food type may skew the results of animal studies.

It’s not clear why grain-fed mice are better able to recover after infection, but a study’s findings suggest food type may skew the results of animal studies.

diet
Three white mice
High-Fat Diet in Mice Affects Social Behavior Across Generations
Sophie Fessl, PhD | Oct 27, 2022 | 4 min read
Pups born to mice whose mothers had been fed a high-fat diet showed social deficits, a study shows. 
a three star rating displays next to a bowl of fruits and vegetables with a stethoscope, scale, and other health and fitness supplies in the background.
5-Star Rating System Ranks the Validity of Health Advice
Katherine Irving | Oct 10, 2022 | 2 min read
The proposed tool aims to inject clarity into the often-murky science of health risk factors, but some experts are skeptical that it’ll succeed.
A colorful bouquet of fruits and vegetables in a mesh canvas bag.
Beyond Individual Nutrients: Complex Diet and Cancer Connections
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | 4 min read
Scientists develop cancer nutrition guidelines based on research examining how dietary patterns affect cancer risk and prevention.
Organic food - flat design style colorful illustration. A composition with male, female characters, family, a big plate of vegetables, vegetarian salad, carrot, pepper, greens. Healthy lifestyle
Opinion: Eating Right to Avoid Catastrophe
Giulia Wegner and Kris A. Murray | Oct 3, 2022 | 5 min read
The key to averting cataclysmic events, such as pandemics, climate change, and mass extinction of species, lies partly in what’s on our plates.
A California coyote above Santa Monica beach
Human Gut Bacteria Show Up in Urban Wildlife
Bianca Nogrady | Sep 12, 2022 | 2 min read
The gut microbiomes of city-dwelling animals, including coyotes, lizards, and birds, show similarities to those found in humans who also live in urban environments.
Mummified Gut Bugs Reveal Ancient Dietary Secrets
Mummified Gut Bugs Reveal Ancient Dietary Secrets
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | 5 min read
Reconstructing the diet and microbiome of human ancestors shows an astonishingly rapid loss of microbiome diversity.
A jar full of artificial sweetener packets.
Artificial Sweeteners Alter Gut Bacteria in Humans
Shafaq Zia | Aug 19, 2022 | 4 min read
When consumed for as little as two weeks, common alternatives to sugar affect intestinal bacterial communities, with some reducing the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose levels, a study finds.
Closeup of a person pouring several dietary supplement capsules into their open palm.
Vitamin D Pills Don’t Prevent Bone Fractures, Osteoporosis: Study
Dan Robitzski | Jul 28, 2022 | 2 min read
A large trial adds to a growing list of conditions once thought to be helped by vitamin D supplementation.
image-2021-08-16-08-24-55-620
Could a Synthetic Probiotic Replace a Strict Diet for Patients with Phenylketonuria?
Roni Dengler, PhD | 2 min read
Synthetic biologists introduced an engineered microbe that may lead to new treatment options for phenylketonuria.
Photo of several diet foods
Book Excerpt from Anxious Eaters: Why We Fall for Fad Diets
Janet Chrzan and Kima Cargill | Jul 25, 2022 | 5 min read
In Chapter 1, “Why We Love Fad Diets,” authors Janet Chrzan and Kima Cargill explain the American propensity to take shortcuts to weight loss.
Photo of several diet foods
Opinion: Why We Fall for Fad Diets
Janet Chrzan | Jul 18, 2022 | 5 min read
Human beings are susceptible to the latest nutritional trends, regardless of their actual biological value.
multiple generations of family members eating at outdoor table
Sun Exposure Triggers Hunger in Men but Not Women, Study Suggests
Shafaq Zia | Jul 12, 2022 | 4 min read
Ultraviolet radiation leads to secretion of an appetite-boosting hormone in male mice, but experts say it’s not yet clear whether the mechanism applies to humans.
Photo taken from the perspective of a lab worker in a white coat and purple gloves preparing multiple fecal transplant capsules at a time.
Banking Previous Poos: Could a Transplant of Feces from Your Past Heal You?
Dan Robitzski | Jun 30, 2022 | 9 min read
The Scientist spoke with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers Scott Weiss and Yang-Yu Liu, who propose that people bank stool samples when they’re young and healthy so that they can be transplanted to rejuvenate the gut microbiome later on.
Artist’s rendition of bright blue microbes among intestinal lining
Study Links Depression with High Levels of an Amino Acid
Dan Robitzski | Jun 14, 2022 | 5 min read
Experiments in animals and observations in humans suggest that the amount of proline circulating in one’s plasma has a strong association with depression severity.
Image of not-to-scale renderings of the skulls of various primate species
Surface Area of Tooth Roots Predicts Primate Body Size
Maddie Bender | May 2, 2022 | 2 min read
Researchers determine that a primate’s tooth root, and not just its crown, can yield reliable information about body size, but the relationship between root surface area and diet isn’t as clear.
Black and white photograph of Stamler looking into the camera.
“Father of Preventive Cardiology” Jeremiah Stamler Dies at 102
Lisa Winter | Feb 18, 2022 | 3 min read
He was among the first to identify lifestyle factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease.
Illustration of gray bacteriophages approaching and infecting a red and orange bacteria that has multiple fimbria protruding from it.
Bacteria-Infecting Viruses in Gut Microbiome Linked to Cognition
Dan Robitzski | Feb 16, 2022 | 5 min read
Research in mice and flies suggests that bacteriophages, including those found in dairy foods, may have an influence on an animals’ ability to learn and remember information.
illustration of inside of human chest with highlighted gland between the lungs
Genetically Altered Mice Harness Benefits of Calorie Restriction  
Sophie Fessl, PhD | Feb 11, 2022 | 4 min read
A study identifies a gene that appears to be partially responsible for the health effects of a limited diet.
Artist's impression of the human microbiome
Diet Implicated in Autism-Microbiome Link
Ruth Williams | Nov 11, 2021 | 3 min read
The unbalanced gut flora present in some people with autism is not a driver of the condition but rather a consequence of eating behaviors characteristic of the condition, a new study claims.
ADVERTISEMENT