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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.

Exert Body Coolant For Those Who Get Hot A Lot

Whether you get hot flashes from menopause, nervousness, embarrassment, exercise, medication, or stress, or you just tend to sweat a lot, don't sweat it any more.  A new product called Exert Smart Body Coolant® addresses all of that just by spraying it on your body once daily in the morning.  Then, you're good to go.

Sitting + Sitting + Sitting = Disability For Folks Over 60

A new study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine indicates that sitting too much not only leads to heart disease, but is a risk for disability among men and women over 60, regardless of how much exercise they get at other times.

Great Invention Idea? Human Turd Scale!


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I have a friend who tries to calm my food fears by reassuring me that something that doesn't weigh a pound cannot make me gain a pound. Fine! But what about the bag of chocolate covered nuts (they're filled with protein) I ate this morning? The one I forgot to weigh on my food scale? How much of that have I got sitting inside of me, threatening the needle of my bathroom scale? read more »

Exercise Your Thighs Every Which Way: The Omnidirectional Thigh Trainer

Never fear, you can achieve perfectly sculpted thighs, especially now that the Omnidirectional Thigh Trainer exercises your thighs every which way and then some....

SAGE: A Self-Administered Test For Alzheimer's Disease

I have mixed feelings about taking tests to see if I have the beginnings of Alzheimer's disease or some other age-related cognitive problem. The thought scares me to death - like most of you, probably.  But rationally, I know it's best to learn about it early if you have it.  This particular test, the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE), was so readily available I couldn't not take it, especially if I wanted to share it with you....

 

Need This New Innovation? 21 Swings

Most of us loved to spend time on the swings when we were kids, whether on the playground or in the backyard. It was a little piece of magic in our lives as we could pretend to fly. People in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, have had the chance to return to those joyous moments with the 21 Swings project. These swings are actually giant instruments and we tiny humans are the means to create the music by returning to out childhoods.

The UpBed™ Literally Gets You Out Of Bed In The Morning

Many of us have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, but that may be more a reflection of our mental state than physical.  For those with conditions that physically limit their ability to get out of bed without assistance, whether due to arthritic conditions, balance issues, or injury, the new UpBed™ Ajustable Lift Bed can really make a big difference in their independence.

Anti-Snooping Apps For When Everybody's Watching You

When the rock group, The Eagles first penned their iconic top-forty hit, "New Kid in Town," with lyrics that spoke to: "talk on the street. . . everybody's watching you," the year was 1976, predating the Internet by almost two decades. While spot-on prescient as to what was to come, surely Don Henley, Glenn Frey or Joe Walsh couldn't have known the level of surveillance that's blanketed the world we NOW live in...

8 Handy Gadgets That Will Help You Hear Better

It's not just the elderly that experience the loss of hearing.  We boomers spent a good deal of our youths blasting our auditory hair cells to bits with the Rolling Stones et als.  Hearing aids are not cheap and may not even be suitable for everyone, having their own drawbacks, but there are plenty of gadgets available that can help hard-of-hearing folks in specific situations like watching TV, conversation, hearing signals in your home or car, or talking on the phone, and they're helpful even if you do use hearing aids.

10 Best Low Budget Gifts To Help With Back Pain

If you're over 30 you've probably suffered from back pain some time or other in your life.  In fact, 60 to 80 percent of adults suffer from chronic or periodic back pain, so chances are you have a friend or family member who could use some relief from his or her back pain when not at the doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist.  Here are some of the highest-rated low-budget gadgets that can be used solo, without the aid of others. 

From Homeland To Home Deliveries, Drones Target Afghanistan & The Amazon

For those addicted to the HBO's hit series, Homeland, the writers have inserted drones into their plot lines almost as if they were dark villainous anti-heroes. Last season, lead character Sargeant Brody sought revenge for a drone attack gone sideways killing innocent Iraqi children. This season the unmanned aerial vehicle is now used as "eyes on the ground" allowing Brody to seek covert asylum in Afghanistan...

Need This New Innovation? DIY Death

Okay, it's not as gruesome as the title makes it sound. It  is about a growing movement that believesit is time for many of our funeral customs to change. Much of the pomp and circumstance date back to an earlier age. These days, at a time when we are at our most vulnerable we feel expected to go heavily into debt to provide funeral arrangements, obituaries, and cremations or interments. It can ruin a family financially.

Going Meshugenah For Thanksgivukkah With Turkey Leg & Brisket

A New Zealand break-out singer from New Zealand is out front again this holiday season. Back in August when she released her successfully popular top forty pop hit, "Royals," she confused the public with a somewhat contradictory world debut. While on the one hand, she hid behind the pseudonym 'Lorde' to protect her anonymity, on the other. . .

Mom & Pops 'Shop Small' For Social Media, Devoid Of Black Friday Madness & Cyber Monday Fatigue

Mom & Pop shops, sometimes derogatorily referred to as the dinosaurs of the retail industry have of recent date been able to exert some clout during the holiday buying season, at least for one day out of the year. Founded by American Express, since 2010, the "Shop Small" movement (aka Small Business Saturday®) ...

Can Kmart's "Blue" Light Special Ads Turn Us On For The Holidays? [Videos]

With Kmart's revenue reports heading into the toilet, it appears its TV ads might have followed suit this holiday season. Down 4.6 percent in earnings this quarter, one of the nation's largest discount retailers is taking a radical departure from it's wholesome Mom's Apple Pie image to one that replicates the blue material you might catch on late night, a la Chelsea Lately!

For Alzheimer's Patients, Singing Improves Mental Abilities

While today's boomers may best remember the words to Beatles or Rolling Stones songs, groups of older folks with Alzheimer's disease improved mental skills after sing-alongs of '40s and '50s movie and show tunes!

Research Shows Statins Protect More Than Your Heart

Statins have been given a bad rap in the past, mostly due to possible, but rare, serious side effects like muscle inflammation, diabetes, and liver disease. But lately, research is unvieling some very positive and unexpected 'side effects' of statin use...