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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.

Mapping Of First Neuroreceptor Expected To Revolutionize Drug Development For Neurological Diseases

Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine just achieved a scientific breakthrough that has the potential to revolutionize the design of neurological drugs: they captured the first high resolution images of the acetylcholine receptor (AChR), the α7 molecule responsible for transmitting signals between neurons, particularly those associated with learning and memory.

 

Is Alcohol Really Good For Your Heart? Check Out These Mice Studies

In the first controlled study of the effects of alcohol on the heart, scientists at the University of Rochester Medical School have shown that 14 alcoholic drinks a week can be healthy for your heart, or it can put you at high risk for atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Mouse imbibers tell the story....

The Reading Finger Gives Barcode Information A Voice For Visually Impaired

It's so great to find innovations for disabled people on design websites, rather than buried in disability association files.  "Design" says the world is paying attention to disability needs, and it cares that the latest technologies are employed in the tools and that they look pretty cool too.  The Finger Reader is at least the second design for blind and visually impaired persons by Hansub Lee and it's a great accessibility creation for finding exactly what you want while shopping.

 

TORS Robot Has All The Right Stuff To Remove Head & Neck Cancers

Historically, surgical removal or oral and throat cancers have not allowed patients to go back to living their normal daily lives.  Oral cancer removals caused severe pain, particularly ugly scarring, and an inability to eat, speak, or swallow normally.  Even breathing problems might result.  But now along comes TORS, the robot with the right stuff.

 

Om... Om... Om - The High Tech Gaiam Audio Yoga Mat

Yes, it really is... a yoga mat wired with an internal speaker system. The Gaiam Audio Yoga Mat even comes with a downloadable yogi!

Intravenous Viral Therapy Makes Cancer Treatment History!

Canadian researchers have made cancer treatment history with the success of an intravenous infusion of a virus, JX-594.  The virus was injected into 23 patients with advanced and metastasized cancers who had not responded to traditional therapies.  Not only was this the first test of viral therapy on human cancer patients, but the first trial to introduce a targeted virus intravenously.

 

Natural Ginger Extract Reverses Prostate Cancer Cells Up To 60 Percent In Studies

Biochemistry research at Georgia State University has led to the discovery that an extract of whole ginger has both preventative and curative properties for prostate cancer. Serious research began on the tails of a project of an undergraduate chemistry major who read scientific papers about selected compounds of the ginger plant, but...

 


Yale Lab Succeeds In Giving New Life To Almost-Extinct Natural Alzheimer's Treatment

Chemists at Yale University have made the first commercially viable synthesization of huperzine A.  A natural enzyme inhibitor, huperzine A has been extracted from a Chinese moss, the Huperzia serrata plant, and it's been used to treat Alzheimer's disease in China.

Think 'Fish' Before You Lose Your Mind!

There's a reason why eating omega-3 fatty acids, found most commonly in certain fish, is recommended by nutritionists as well as doctors. Fish oil protects your heart.  Fish oil is also good for chronic aches and pains, such as those associated with arthritis and repetitive stress injuries.  But a new study, conducted by the Rhode Island Hospital Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center, indicates that fish oil may keep your brain oiled.

Surprising New Research On Chocolate, Coffee, Vitamin D And Skin Cancer

There's good news and bad news in three of the most recent studies on protecting your skin from sun damage and possible skin cancer. One study, in particular, may cause some concern among those with high levels of vitamin D....

What A Bargain! 15 Minutes Exercise For 3 Extra Years Life

Research can be 'bought,' but when that happens the money (or prestige) tends to pour from a political or business pitcher.  Now, I'm beginning to think that fat couch potatoes have a money pitcher too, in this case, to tell them that it's okay to sit around eating and just lifting a few fingers every once in awhile.