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Coffee and Caffeine

Cardiologists Reveal the Heart Healthiest Way to Brew Your Coffee

Filtered coffee is healthier than unfiltered coffee study says.

Past research has shown that unfiltered coffee contains compounds that can increase blood cholesterol. Until now, however, it was unknown if choosing unfiltered coffee over filtered coffee really does contribute to heart attacks and premature deaths. Here’s the answer after decades of data collection with a new follow-up study.

Women Who Increase Their Coffee Intake May Benefit in the Fight Against Fat

Two to three cups of coffee per day benefits body fat percentages.

A new study reveals that women with less total body and less abdominal fat, drink more coffee than those who drink coffee occasionally or not at all. In addition, this appears to benefit 40-something and older women even more when they drink up to a specific number of cups of coffee per day.

Counting Calories in Your Café Latte

Are Some Coffee Drinkers at Risk of a Caffeine Overdose?

Too much caffeine can cause heart arrhythmias.

A recent news story reveals yet another death diagnosed as caused by caffeine toxicity. While medical professions consider that drinking enough cups of coffee to reach toxic levels is nearly impossible to achieve, it is not totally without ill effects. Here’s what you need to know about how many cups is right for you.

Fructose Connection with Kidney Function

Kidney doctor

With a rise in kidney illnesses, it is more important than ever to look for the underlying causes to slow its occurrence. One of the easiest ways we can influence our kidney function is to be mindful of how much sugary drinks like soda (soft drinks) we consume on a daily basis. This can decrease our propensity for obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic disorders that can place undue stress on our kidneys.

Wasp and Bee venom to fight antibiotic resistant organisms

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Venomous animals are widely spread all over the globe. Several terrestrial vertebrates (reptiles, birds, insects, and mammals) are also venomous. Major arthropods (scorpions, bees, and wasps) have multicellular glands attached to the stinging apparatus. Bee venom obtained from stepwise fractionation has been reported to contain peptides (Prasasty et al, 2018). It has been known for many years that venom of insects like wasps and bees have compounds that can fight bacteria. Along with that, however, for many humans, these same insect venoms cause toxic reactions so without some kind of refinement was needed. researchers at MIT took the toxin from a South American wasp and created variants of the peptide that are potents against bacterial while nontoxic to human cells. As part of their immune defenses, many organisms produce peptides that can kill bacteria. To help fight the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, many scientists have been trying to adapt these peptides as potential drugs. The study found that the peptide from the venom is believed to kill microbes by disrupting the cell membranes on bacteria (Torres et al, 2018)

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