For-Profit Vs. Non-Profit: A Scary Study Of Nursing Homes

Those of you whose parents are at the age where a nursing home is being considered as an option for their care may just want to pay attention to the results of a recent study led by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).  It compares the staffing and quality of care at for-profit nursing homes with that of non-profit facilities.

X Prize: Geneticists Compete To Duplicate Genomes Of Centenarians

The search is truly on for what makes people live past 100 years ... aside from eating right, exercising regularly, and having lots of social contact.  It's about their genomic makeup, and Archon Genomics is holding a big, as in 10 million dollars, prize for the first genetics team to develop the sequence of genes that can produce medical grade genomes from 100 centenarians.  Personalized medicine, here we come!

Portrait Of 60s Protester Adds Perspective To Occupy Movement In Song

Where have all the protest songs gone? Are they still blowing in the wind, or have new ones surfaced to chronicle life's current strife? While it seems like only yesterday, it's actually been over 40 years since Americans felt angry and disenfranchised enough to assemble in solidarity and  protest against injustice and greed.

Do Obese Persons Lack The Guts To Lose Weight?

Determination. Willpower. Courage.  Overweight people need all of these characteristics.  But what they may need most is guts. Their guts may not be communicating certain messages to their brains, like "We're full! Stop eating now! We can't hold any more!  Now, studies conducted at the Imperial College London suggest that there may be a solution to this problem.


Testosterone Levels Helpful In Determining Risk Of Heart Disease

A study by the Wallenberg Laboratory for Cardiovascular Research in Sweden followed 2,400 men in their 70's and 80's for five years, comparing their testosterone levels with incidents of cardiovascular events the men experienced, such as heart attacks and strokes....

Laser Beams Detect Blood Glucose In Early Experiments

For millions of people with diabetes, daily finger pricking with needles in order to get a measurement of their blood glucose is an accepted, but unpleasant, part of their lifestyles. Though physicists have been trying to come up with laser beam technology that effectively substitutes for the needle, the accomplishment has evaded them for the past 20 years.  Now, physicists at the University of Toronto (UT) have found a way to get around the most prickly problem with using a laser beam....


Afinitor® Stops Tumor Growth & Lengthens Lives For Breast Cancer Patients

Afinitor®, the Novartis trademark for the cancer fighter, everolimus, is used for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), inoperable cases of certain pancreatic cancers, and to aid successful acceptance of transplants.  Now, the results of a Phase III study of Afinitor administered to women with advanced breast cancer have been announced, and the words used to describe the drug are "game changer."


Study Links B12 Deficiency With Low Cognition In Older Persons

Few of us will eat liver, and there are some good health reasons, as well as taste and texture concerns, why. But there are other natural sources of vitamin B12 that may not be so objectionable, and if you can get fish, meat, milk, eggs and poultry into your food regimen, you may just want to do that.

Osteoporosis Drug Found To Improve Arthritis Too!

Arthritis is a joint disease that results in a progressive loss of cartilage, just as osteoporosis results in progressive loss of bone.  Though osteoporosis drugs are intended to regenerate bone growth, to date, arthritis drugs can only reduce inflammation and, thereby, reduce pain.  But observation of patients taking a certain osteoporosis drug, by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), led to the recent finding that this drug not only restored bone but cartilage as well.


C-Mill: A Plug & Play Treadmill For Gait Training & Rehabilitation

Learning to walk again after breaking a leg or hip, having a stroke, prosthetic, or partial paralysis depends on a lot of persistence and an excellent rehabilitation program that can guide you through gait training.  Movement scientist Dr. Melvyn Roerdink from The Netherlands has developed a super smart, oversized treadmill that helps rehab patients gain confidence in their new gaits, with bells, whistles, and even light shows.


Harvard Nutritionists Develop Their Own Plate For Healthy Eating

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revamped its healthy eating recommendations a few months ago with a new visual - an icon called 'MyPlate,' replacing the former healthy foods pyramid icon.  The Nutrition Source at the Harvard School of Public Health thinks the government's plate lacks a good bit of guidance as to which specific foods should be eaten - after all MyPlate offers no guidance.


Electronic Salinity Monitor Spoon Terminates Excessive Salt Intake

The ready-for-brine-time Salinity Monitor Spoon measures how salty your soup or sauce is and displays the results on its handle. The easy to use "Stir-minator" spoon could be a boon to elderly sufferers of high blood pressure whose sense of taste isn't as sensitive as it once was.

Curcumin Breaks Up Signals That Encourage Cancer Growth

A pilot study conducted by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, has identified and analyzed the cancer-fighting properties of curcumin (or cumin), a component of the spice turmeric, long believed by many cultures to have medicinal properties for just about everything.

World Alzheimer's Report 2011 Issues Basic Minimum Guidelines For Alzheimer's Care

For the third year in a row, Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) has issued global recommendations for Alzheimer's patients, medical personnel, and caregivers.  The 2011 World Alzheimer's Report focuses on "The benefits of early diagnosis and intervention," and the doctors that publish the report have gone to considerable effort to amass the volume of research that's been conducted in this area.

VivoSight Scanner Detects Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers In Real Time

For many of the 13 million Americans currently at risk for non-melanoma skin cancers, the VivoSight® Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanner will be a blessing in their dermatologists' tool closet.  The device, just approved for clinical use by the FDA, offers real-time laser imaging of a patient's skin, enabling better, and sometimes immediate, treatment of basal or squamous cell cancers.