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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...

5 Unique Indoor Planter Gifts For The Winter Gardener

There's something very personal about receiving a plant.  And if you receive a plant in winter, when all outside is stagnant or frozen, it's really special.  I was browsing Uncommon Goods the other day and found a range of really creative indoor planting schemes for unique gifts.  They have dozens, but here are five of my faves....

International Team Develops First 3-In-1 Cancer Fighting Nanostructure

It has been difficult for researchers to develop medical nanocomposites that are capable of performing more that one task at a time; thus some are used for detection, as in detecting cancer cells, and others deliver cancer-fighting drugs.  But recently, an international team of university researchers were successful in creating one nanostructure capable of performing three very important cancer-fighting tasks....

How Has Gaming Changed The World? A New Documentary Aims To Find Out!

Video games have had a huge impact on Western society, of that there can be no doubt. But just how have they impacted our lives and changed our culture? Charlie Brooker - a satirist and games critic from the UK - is going to find out with a new documentary titled "How Video Games Changed the World."

Freedom For You, Relief For Your Back: WiTouch Wireless TENS Machine

.... Portable TENS gadgets have been produced for home use, but they still require dealing with the wires and pads that attach to your skin and that is an even bigger pain than the one in your back. So a smart company in Chattanooga, TN, Hollywog, has invented the first wireless TENS machine: the WiTouch.   

New Biological Clock Just Might Help Us Turn Our Clocks Back

Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),  has invented a new biological clock that accurately keeps time of nearly all tissues in the human body and how fast they age.  His clock helps us understand not only how we age, but how our biological clocks can be turned back.

Want The Benefits Of Horseback Riding Without The Hassle? Compact Core Exerciser

Ever notice the posture of a horseback rider?  Straight back, flat tummy.... Most folks don't realize that horseback riding is exercise, but sitting up straight while your body weight is shifting back and forth and up and down requires flexing and relaxing appropriate core muscles. The Compact Core Exerciser mimics the movements of horseback riding as well as its effects on your body.

 

Two D'Arsonval Home Facial Devices May Help Make You More Gorgeous

If you have the time and money for regular salon facials, you don't need these at-home facial products.  The D'Arsonval multi-functional skin care machines should be considered by everyone else, however, because they do make a difference in how you good you look and feel if used for 10 or 15 minutes a few times a week to control acne, reduce fine lines, improve your complexion, and even stimulate hair growth  - on your head. 

Multi-Vitamins May Reduce Risk Of Dying From Invasive Breast Cancer

A new study of the data from two sections of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), published online in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, looks at the possible effects of multivitamins and minerals on the survival rates of women with invasive breast cancer....


Simple Test May Diagnose Alzheimer's Early: Sniffing Peanut Butter

A graduate student at the University of Florida's McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, Jennifer Stamps, designed a very simple test to support the determination of Alzheimer's disease (AD) - a smell test involving peanut butter.  If further experimentation is successful, the smell test just might prove to be the holy grail for an inexpensive preliminary diagnostic tool for AD.

Effective Hair Removal Home Electrolysis Machine: Pinchless And Affordable

One of least rewarding chores of female beautification is face and body hair removal.  It's a boring activity, it can be painful, and it's fruitless because the hair always grows back in what seems like no time.   Here's a great gadget from Hammacher Schlemmer called the Pinchless Electrolysis Hair Remover that claims it will remove all your unwanted hair once and for all.  And, unlike expensive salon treatments, you can use it yourself at home.

 


Intensive Care: Enter With Your Wits, Leave With Dementia

You may have noticed that when a relative or friend is hopitalized for a heart attack, respiratory failure, serious infection, or any serious illness that impacts the body's vital organs, they may return home somewhat mentally diminished. They may seem foggy or confused, they don't remember familiar people, or they have difficulty making simple decisions. Your relative or friend is not alone.

New Treatment For Dry & Wet Macular Degeneration Shows Great Promise

At the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, researchers in its Laboratory for Retinal Rehabilitation have been studying the potential of a class of drugs aimed at inhibiting MDM2 proteins that occur in the eyes of patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Positve results in testing these inhibitors in mice models of the disease suggest a promising path to treatment of AMD, a disease that affects 11 million persons in the U.S. alone.

Coordinated Aerobic Exercise & Strength Training: The Low Impact Fitness Trampoline

Few of us today have time to do all the types of exercise we need to stay fit.  Not only should aerobic exercise be an integral part of our daily routines, but strength training is also very important.  Fitness experts advise you to focus your strength training on upper body or lower body, rotating them on different days and, further, on large muscle groups and small muscle groups. If you can't spend a few hours at the gym every day, here's at least one exercise machine that works several muscle groups and gives you an aerobic workout too: The Low Impact Fitness Trampoline.

 

Power Pop Lollipop, Oh Lolli, Lolli... Yummy, But Do They Help You Lose Weight?

Power Pops, one of the latest weight loss fads, are flavored lollipops that are supposed to quell one's appetite and, particularly, the yearning for other carbs. Power Pops contain natural ingredients, like hoodia, that are known to reduce hunger and increase energy, but are they present in enough quantities to make a difference?  Or is the suggestion that the Pops are effective enough to make them so?

Want A Kitchen Renovation? Latest Technology Hints At Kitchen Of Tomorrow

What is in your dream kitchen? What would you put in your kitchen renovation if you could update your kitchen today? Today's kitchen technology is pretty amazing by traditional kitchen standards. What is available today in futuristic kitchen technology? Check out some amazing stuff and see what you should dream about in your kitchen of tomorrow!

Research Indicates Some Statin Drugs Protect Against Alzheimers And Cataracts

Though some research has previously indicated that statin users may lower their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by taking the drug, a Taiwanese study looked at the relationship on a very large scale, studying the effects of statins on Alzheimer's risk on more than one million subjects.  This study, as well as another meta-study on the effects of statins on the risk for cataracts, was presented in reports to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) over the past weekend.

Awards For Senior Living Products Show That The Aging Population Is Big Business

With millions of baby boomers hurtling head long into their golden years and resources for seniors limited, the business of caring for the elderly is about to boom as much as all those babies did. Keeping older Americans healthy and able to live independently will be more important than ever. SeniorHomes.com has created the Best Senior Living Award to recognize the companies creating the best products for the coming wave of older people.

Remodeling Your Home For Retirement

Thirty percent of the U.S. population are baby boomers, according to the American Association of Retired People (AARP), and a recent survey conducted by the group found that 84 percent of us want to stay in our homes after we retire.  If you are a member of that majority, you might need to think about doing some remodeling to make your home more accommodating to your needs as you age.