Every day, an estimated 6,800 new peer-reviewed academic articles are published. That’s a whole lot of science to wade through—but don’t fret. We’ll do the legwork for you, each and every morning. Here’s your daily dose of the latest discoveries from journals, research institutions, and news outlets from around the world.
The more fruit you eat, the better protected against diabetes you may be, research from China suggests. Each portion of fruit people ate per day was linked to a 12 percent reduction in developing diabetes compared to people who never ate the sweet stuff, the study found. What’s more, among people with diabetes, those who consumed more fruit were 17 percent less likely to die of any cause during the 7-year follow-up.
It’s not new news that fruit is good for your health, but experts were unsure if the same applied to diabetes. Fruit is high in sugar, which can mess with blood sugar control, but those natural sugars may not be metabolized the same way as the refined stuff, the researchers say.
Taking yoga classes might help men deal with the side effects of prostate cancer treatment, a new study in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology found. Men who performed yoga twice a week during radiation treatment for prostate cancer reported less fatigue and greater sexual health scores than those who didn’t take the classes.
There’s new hope for an HIV cure, researchers from the Scripps Research Institute report. Scientists there have developed a technique where HIV-fighting antibodies attach to immune cells, making those cells resistant to the virus. The protection provided would be long-term, the researchers say. Safety and efficacy tests are required before testing can begin in patients.
Spinal manipulation may be an effective way to treat low back pain, according to research in JAMA. This treatment, which involves the application of controlled force to a joint of the spine, seems to reduce pain as effectively as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs do. Chiropractors typically perform this procedure, which is well within their scope of practice, but chiropractors should never attempt treating these nine conditions.