Judgment Day believers need not read this, unless May 21, 2011 has come and gone and you're still here. For those that are interested in a more scientific analysis of their life spans, a British company, Life Length, has the technology to predict how long you will live through a small blood sample.
There have been several recent studies about the health benefits of tomatoes and tomato products. That bright red pigment called lycopene has been found to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. But a comprehensive report by researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia delves deep into 14 of those studies to find clinical evidence of the exact amounts required in our daily diets. (That includes Bloody Mary's, no?)
Researchers at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain have uncovered a sad truth about early onset Alzheimer's disease - that more than half of those who develop it are misdiagnosed because they exhibit symptoms not customarily associated with Alzheimer's.
If you're having trouble remembering where you parked your car or put your keys and refer to these occasions as 'senior moments,' you're not wrong - because, as we age, we lose the ability to form new memories. This is not news; but what is new is that memory formation can now be observed through three different kinds of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). And this ability may lead to better memory drugs and faster proof of their efficacy.
Some 400 million people worldwide are classified as obese. The manufacturer of the first implant to treat obesity, EnteroMedics, has vowed to install its first VBLOC implant in an obese person before the end of 2011. It has not yet passed muster in the U.S. but the VBLOC is in Phase III clinical investigations, so the device has a chance of making it into someone's tummy this year.