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THC In Cannabis Has Potential Therapeutic Effects On Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists at the University of South Florida's Byrd Alzheimer's Institute have investigated the potential role of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a major component of marijuana, on Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. What is most commonly known as a recreational substance has demonstrated its potential in ameliorating AD and other neurological diseases, perhaps because our bodies produce the substance naturally (endocannabinoids) and have receptors that naturally respond to it.

Now Hear This: "Hello Phone" Telescopic Ear Trumpet Sounds Good, Looks Silly

Having solved all other problems, Japan has re-invented the ear trumpet. The so-called “Hello Phone” from Konna Shop is actually a rebooted Speaking Tube, enabling those hard of hearing to carry on conversations in an otherwise normal manner.

Want Guitar Picks Recycled From Yesteryear?

The music industry was built on mountains of vinyl, or stacks of wax as they used to be called. Those old records have been filling up landfills for decades now as they have gotten broken, worn out, or were just plain discarded. One company has taken these old and no longer viable platters and started making them into Recycled Vinyl Record Guitar Picks for your music-making pleasure.

Silver Generation Tricycle Helps Seniors Exercise Their Independence

The Kukuru S silver generation tricycle is ideal for on-the-go seniors who aren't quite ready for an electric mobility scooter. The unique 4-wheeled trike boasts a host of built-in safety and security features that don't sacrifice everyday convenience and practicality.

Is Your Vision Changing? FocusSpecs Adjustable Lenses Change Along With Your Vision

If you really want to see your close-up work clearly, you probably have at least three pair of eyeglasses with three different sets of prescription lenses. For example, you would need one pair for reading a book or using your smart phone, another for working on your laptop or tablet, and still another to see your desktop screen clearly. And what about distance lenses?

Personalized QR Code Badges Help Keep Elderly Wanderers Safe

Fear of becoming disoriented and/or lost when outside their homes can turn many senior citizens into shut-ins. Now a new QR code badge currently being tested in several Chinese cities can help restore the freedom and independence vital for maintaining good quality of life for the elderly

A Fly With Unique 'Ears' Becomes Inspiration For New Hearing Aid

Biomimicry has again inspired a creative team of scientists. This time it's the Ormia ochracea, a tiny fly with exquisitely acute directional hearing ability, that has become the model for the next generation of hearing aids being modeled by engineers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

3 Stretching Devices That Help Relieve The Pain Of Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain, particularly sharp and often excruciating, may be due to plantar fasciitis (PL), a condition caused by over-stretching the soft tissue that cushions the bones of the heel and the arch of the foot.  Many runners get PL from pounding on the heels of their feet when they run, but most cases of PL are caused by inactivity, like standing on your feet all day without much movement.  It is most common in middle-aged to older persons who are overweight and/or inactive.

Groundbreaking Protein Structure Developed To Interfere With Formation Of Amyloid Plague

Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, rheumatoid arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis...  These are just five of the more than 40 identified amyloid diseases, serious diseases that currently have limited treatments and no cure.  But, after 10 years of research, bioengineers at the University of Washington (UW) have created a novel protein that can stop the amyloid protein in its tracks....

The Eyes Are In Focus At The Alzheimer's Association International Conference

Early detection of Alzheimer's disease and strategies to help Alzheimer's patients lead more fulfilling lives are two areas of emphasis at this year's Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen, going on now until July 17, 2014.  Three papers, so far, have addressed the eyes and Alzheimer's disease (AD); two that  focused on early detection of AD through an eye exam and one that reported on the importance of cataract surgery to help AD patients remain active and alert.  Following is a summary of these new developments....

Newest Cancer Treatment May Already Be In Your Medicine Chest

....These findings are completely novel, establishing a relationship never before drawn between allergies and cancer and even a possible means of fighting cancer!

A Stinky, Explosive Gas Shows Hope For Remediation Of Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Dementia And Other Major Diseases

You are lucky if you've never smelled hydrogen sulfide, a gas most strongly wafting from swamps and sewers. But you probably have smelled it, as hydrogen sulfide is present in flatulence and in rotten eggs. It results from the breakdown of organic matter without the benefit of oxygen. In anything but very tiny amounts, hydrogen sulfide is very toxic, flammable, and corrosive. But researchers at Great Britain's University of Exeter have found some promising applications for this gas when used in small doses and targeted to certain cells in our bodies.

Dark Chocolate Improves Blood Flow To Legs, Boosts Walking Ability

Many studies have shown that dark chocolate has healh benefits, but few have shown such immediate remedial benefits as the study published in the most recent Journal of the American Heart Association.  Could the study, although conducted with peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients, also suggest some benefit to athletes, particularly marathoners?

Dance Therapy Improves Pain And Gait In Elderly

People with a slow gait are more likely to be dependent on others for care, more prone to falls and the concomitant broken bones, and more dependent on pain relief medication.  Researchers at the University of St. Louis looked into the possibility that dance, a once very popular activity of the elderly (during the 1940's and 50's, for example), might help increase and stabilize gait as well as help reduce pain and stiffness in the hips and legs in older persons.

Alaska Couple Converts Pickup Truck To World's Largest Radio Flyer Wagon

Restoring an old Mazda pickup truck is one thing, restoring childhood memories is another. Why not both? Fred & Judy Keller of Wasilla, Alaska, answered that question in the affirmative by converting their 1976 Mazda B1600 pickup truck into running, roadable and VERY red Radio Flyer wagon.

A Really Smart Solution To The Hearing Aid: The Soundhawk

Please note: the developers of the Soundhawk, Mike Kisch and Mike Nuttall, will tell you that the Soundhawk is not a hearing aid.  Well, it's not a  traditional 'hearing aid.'  But it is a new kind of hearing aid, one which perhaps other developers will emulate in the future.  Soundhawk doesn't just help you hear; it helps you listen.  Let me explain....

@WikiBaghdady Tweets Reveal ISIS At Center of Iraq Coming Full Circle

As trite as it might sound, "what's old is new again," appears to be an apt description of the current status of Iraq, with the U.S contemplating the possibility of reentering an old war zone. Coupled with this controversial move is the establishment of a Twitter account with the handle @WikiBaghdady -- a profile that emerged six months ago and is providing the world with an inside snapshot of the conspiratorial ascension of a new group of terrorists. . . 

Slingshot, Facebook's Answer To Snapchat, Disappeared Itself (Video)

Me thinks Mr. Zuckerberg might have got the premise of Snapchat wrong. The raison d'être for that app is to have outgoing messages disappear seconds after they are received. Instead Facebook's Slingshot itself has vanished from the digital landscape, shortly after its debut.

LympheDIVA's Compression Sleeves: Medically AND Fashionably Correct

In a prior post, I covered some of the most fashionable compression socks you can find.  Today, it's all about compression sleeves for women - some of you will want to wear them even if you don't have an excuse!  (They make your arms look nice and slim!)

Social Media Prenups Face Loopholes With Snapchat & MySpace

As soon as a precedent emerges in the social media space, whether it's something as innocuous as sponsored tweets or more critical such as revenge porn, folks look for loopholes to circumvent the action. Such is the case with 'social media prenups,' the latest trend to be embraced by the marriage-isn't-forever crowd.