Want to live longer? New study says pack on pounds!

ImageThe holiday season has ended and many of us who have put on a few pounds are thinking about tossing the junk food and hitting the gym. But, maybe you shouldn’t according to a surprising new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study finds that people who are overweight or grade 1 obese live longer than normal weight individuals. The researchers performed a meta-analysis of 97 studies, totaling 2.88 million people, examining all-cause mortality for people of different body mass index (BMI) groups.  Continue reading

A New Oral Therapeutic for Celiac Patients?

ImageCeliac disease is an autoimmune condition that manifests a wide range of symptoms in response to gluten consumption in affected individuals. Although the disease can cause autoimmune responses in many organs, the main damage occurs in the small intestine via the body’s immune cells attacking normal human tissues[i].

The current treatment for celiac disease is strict adherence to a gluten-free diet, which includes elimination of wheat, barley and rye. However, a recent scientific breakthrough may allow celiac patients to consume these products without suffering autoimmune issues.  Continue reading