Cravings for social contact mimic hunger in the brain, study reveals

(Natural News) Loneliness can trigger “cravings” for social interaction in the brain just as hunger can trigger cravings for food, according to a study led by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The study, published recently in Nature Neuroscience, revealed that after only one day of isolation, the thought of social interaction stimulates the same brain region activated during…

Scientists develop new method for easily measuring pesticides in honey

(Natural News) Common insecticides believed to threaten the health and survival of honeybees can be easily detected in honey, thanks to a novel technique developed by scientists from the University of Waterloo in Canada. The fully automated technique, called the solid-phase microextraction (SPME) method, helps scientists extract pyrethroids from honey, which has been previously difficult to do. Pyrethroid insecticides are believed to…

Trump issues new regulations aimed at lowering prescription drug prices

(Natural News) In his third appearance since election night, President Donald Trump resurrected a long-delayed plan to slash the prices of prescription drugs. The plan, fiercely opposed by the pharmaceutical industry, implements the “most favored nation” (MFN) model to lower certain Medicare drug prices. Moreover, the MFN model will remove incentives for healthcare providers to prescribe more…

Swiss doctors ask patients over 60 to sign “Do Not Resuscitate” order in advance

(Natural News) Warning that Switzerland’s intensive care units (ICUs) are nearing full capacity, Swiss physicians urged people who are vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 to sign end-of-life “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) orders in an effort to ease the pressure on overwhelmed ICUs. People considered vulnerable are those aged 60 years and older, as well as people with pre-existing…

Lower your cholesterol naturally with these nutrients

(Natural News) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three Americans suffers from high blood cholesterol, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke. Eating plenty of fatty foods and red meat is the usual cause of high cholesterol. However, this health condition does not present symptoms. For this reason, stroke…

Federal court nixes FDA’s approval of genetically engineered “Frankenfish”

(Natural News) In a major win for wild salmon, the Court for the Northern District of California ruled on Nov. 5 that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ignored potential environmental consequences in its approval of genetically engineered salmon produced by the Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies. District Judge Vince Chhabria also said that the FDA violated the National…