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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.

 

Japanese Nostalgic Mosquito Coil Charms Gives a Scents of Summer

Mosquitoes are an unwelcome feature of Japanese summers but for over a century people have sought to banish the biting bugs by burning green spiral pyrethrum coils inside open-ended “Katori-Buta” ceramic pigs. Now you can recall summer's lazy, hazy, buzzy days in miniature with officially authorized Kincho charms from Tokyo's Strapya World!

Rare Earth Discoveries Show Promise For Eventual Brain Cancer Treatment

Natural metals are proving very effective identifiers of diseased tissue and are even used as treatment carriers in today's nanotherapies. These compounds are known as theranostic agents because of their ability to both diagnose and deliver treatment to a tumor or other diseased site.  Two Virginia universities have recently published the results of their theranostic discovery and its use for brain cancer treatment on animal models.

 

Japanese Robot Surfs the Web, Pour Drinks, Asks Whereabouts of Sarah Connor

A new robot developed by researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology can learn on its own, browse the Internet, and even pour drinks. "Bartender, I'll have a double shot of 10W30, shaken not stirred!"

Design Your Last Appearance: Your Final Act Of Self Expression:

... a London mortuary, Leverton & Sons, has now teamed up with make-up company to the stars, Illamasqua, to give funeral goers a sight they will never forget: the deceased's 'Final Act of Self Expression," directed by the deceased herself.

New Twist For Sex Roles: Men Like To Cuddle, Women Want SEX!

The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, most renowned for Dr. Alfred Kinsey's own reports in the 1940's and 50's of sexual behaviors of the human male and female, has come out with its newest report on sexuality that finds men like to cuddle and women like the real thing - sex!   No, it's not April Fool's Day, but there is definitely something askew here....

USB Record Turntable Plays the Hits, Saves Them to Your PC

The Donya Direct DN-USB-TP01 is a USB-powered portable record turntable that can play 33rpm, 45rpm and even 78rpm vinyl records. Like what you're hearing? Download the included 'Audacity' software and save those blasts from the past to your PC!

New Research Calls For Pre-Alzheimer's Intervention To Maximize Benefits

Every month more studies are published that demonstrate that if there is to be successful avoidance of, or limitation to, the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, intervention needs to begin as early as possible.  Several suggest that treatments begin before Alzheimer's symptoms appear. One study, published online just yesterday in the Archives of Neurology, shows the benefits of doing such.