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Mental Illness Worse For Longevity Than Smoking

If you smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day, your average life span is 8 to 10 years less than the person who never smoked.  That's a lot of years.  But data from 20 different studies involving more than 1.7 million people show researchers from Oxford University that people with mental illnesses die, on average, even earlier than those who are regular or heavy smokers.....

Hope For Successful Alzheimer's Drug Comes After Compound Reverses The Disease In Mouse Models

Researchers at Saint Louis University have successfully reduced the symptoms of Alzheimer's in mice genetically engineered to have Alzheimer's disease (AD).  The specific molecular compound that was used in the study, antisense oligonucleotide (OL-1), attacked the most widely-studied cause of AD, the accumulation of amyloid beta protein in the brain.


New Lab-On-A-Chip Detects Cancer In Very Early Stages

An international group of inter-disciplinary scientists in oncology, plasmonics, nano-fabrication, microfluids, and surface chemistry have developed a detection device that can identify cancer in the blood long before any detection device available now. Though many years and many scientists have contributed to its development, the cancer detector and tracker is deceptively simple-looking and fits on a chip that's only a few square centimeters in size.

All That Jazz Is Good For Your Brain: 3 New Studies

....Studies have shown that those with early music training benefit from that training long into their adult years, and there are correlations between early music training and improved neural reaction to speech sounds in elderly persons, for whom these signals are generally the first to go.  These three most recent studies help explain why musical training might be so important to the retention of language skills....

Bad Backs Need Stretching AND Exercise: The Medi-Dyne Corestretch Core Exerciser Does Both

Most adults have bad backs. We sit too much, stand in one position too much, or suffer from repetitive motion injuries to our backs.  The common exercise wisdom is that to strengthen our backs, we need to strengthen our abdominal muscles, but actually we have to do both - and that means we have to exercise both.  Until now, I had not found something suitable for back exercise, even in the gym, but the Medi-Dyne CoreStretch Core Body Exerciser works and works well.

 


Night Shift Sleep Study Is Novel Use For Crowdsourcing

How much would you pay to be involved in an international study registered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in which you are testing a new sleep apnea device?  Would you pay $269? $539? $1299? $2499?  Those are some of the pricings of the packages being offered by the makers of Night Shift, a new device that promises to correct your snoring problems - problems that can lead to serious health consequences such as memory loss, chronic fatigue, and even heart failure.

Small Business LinkedIn For 21st Century Customer Engagement

As foreword-thinking folks who've been in business for a number of years will attest, 20th Century business practices no longer cut the mustard. Ushered in by a hockey-stick uptick of Internet usage, small business operators saw the need to seek out new strategies and tactics to achieve more of a competitive edge in the new century. From 'cold calling' to 'glad-handing,' to '3-martini lunches' and other Mad Men type of . . .

10 Must Have Microwave Gadgets For The Empty Nest Mother

The kids have gone to college, have their own houses or apartments, get jobs, families of their own... and what was once "home" is now a place to visit when they get a chance.  Moms and dads adjust, take up hobbies, travel more, work more.... and, probably, cook less.  Cooking for one or two now, mom probably takes some short cuts and, more than likely, uses the microwave more.  Boring?  Nope. Not with these 10 gadgets, all user-approved to make short cut cooking fun and delicious. Surprise her this Mother's Day!

Empire Avenue's [X]PendaPalooza 14 Opens To Limited Media Fanfare, But Lots Of Grass Rooters Rooting!

If one was to search for "[X]PendaPalooza 14" on Google News, you'd be hard-pressed to find any coverage. On the other hand, typing those same keywords into a standard search you'll be presented with "about 5,750" links. However those SERPs [search engine result pages] will take you to links created by Empire Avenue's founders or from veteran EAers. . .

New Ultrasound Device Will Detect Risk For Heart Attack And Stroke

Plaque is not a good thing, especially when it develops in our arteries. When ultrasound procedures reveal that we have atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, or peripheral artery disease, what our doctors don't know is how likely we are to suffer a stroke or heart attack from that condition, because current ultrasound technology cannot make that assessment. 

5 Driving Aids That Make Driving Easier & Safer

Is it getting to be a pain (literally) to get in and out of your car? What about turning your head half way around to see what is in your "blind spot?"  Can you see while driving at night?  Well, here are 5 nifty products that will help you continue to drive without hurting yourself; they'll also help to keep you and other drivers safe.

MIT FingerReader Will Make Print More Accessible To Visually Impaired

When you hear about or see designs that can really help people lead fuller lives, you want them available - now! That's how MIT's FingerReader hit me. Well, I said, to no one in particular, if you can prototype it, get it done, roll it out, let people who are blind or visually impaired have access to it - right now!  The FingerReader is something they will want.

Glucosamine May Do More Than Help Your Joints

Millions of people worldwide take glucosamine supplements to reduce arthritis pain, but with varying effects; some are helped by it, some not. But researchers have been studying the effects of glucosamine on another aspect of aging... longevity. 

Researchers Find Method To Trick Treatment-Resistant Cancer Cells

Despite the many advances in cancer treatments, oncologists often encounter cancer cells that are resistant to therapy.  Researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas tackled this phenomenon in tumors with different types of gynocological cancers and discovered a successful method of tricking these cells....

iHear: Low Cost Invisible Hearing Aids Calibrated Just For You

One thing boomers learn fast: Medicare and other insurance plans don't pay for hearing aids.  And those buggers can cost up to $4,000 - $5,000 a pair.  There's perhaps no one who knows these facts better than the man who invented the Lyric hearing aid, which, on a subscription basis, cost that much per pair per year!  Now, that man, Adnan Shannib, has invented iHear, the hearing aid for the 99 percent of us who would love to hear, but can't afford those Lyric prices.  It's the iHear, and wait 'til you see what's different about these hearing aids!

Making Sense Of The New Statin Recommendations

Perhaps you've read that the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued new guidelines on which persons should take statin drugs for the prevention of heart disease and stroke. On March 19, 2014, in the New England Journal of Medicine, the AHA presented these guidelines, including age, gender, and race, as well as various pre-existing health conditions that might call for statin intervention. But what do the new guidelines mean for you?

10 Great Invention Ideas for the Best St. Patrick's Day Ever

The following are my picks for the best St. Patrick's day ever, with a few post-St. Patrick's day reconciliation-style inventions thrown in for good measure.

Scientists Identify Protein Common To Metastasis Of Several Cancers

In a major research project to determine what causes a tumor to spread to other cells and organs of the body, a team of researchers from the Wistar Institute and several renowned international research institutes have discovered a protein that is common in certain metastacized cancers, but not found in the original site of the cancer. They have identified the protein LIMD2 in metastatic breast, thyroid, bladder, and melanoma cells, but not in the original tumors.

Groundbreaking Blood Test Successfully Predicts Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other forms of dementia have evaded successful therapies though considerable research has focused on their development. One reason is that they have also evaded prediction, not even being recognized until memory decline and functional loss appear.  Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center made a significant breakthrough in identifying blood-based biomarkers of cognitive impairment that can be observed through blood testing up to three years prior to the onset of disease symptoms.

Harvard Scientists Clear Path For Study Of Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers at Harvard University's Stem Cell Institute have converted skin cells of patients with early-onset Alzheimer's disease into neurons that are typically affected by the disease. This is the first time researchers have been able to study the disease in human, rather than animal, cells, and this ability enhances the possibilities for earlier treatments for the disease.