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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.

 

 

Scientists Find New Evidence To Support Plasticity In Aging Brain

Researchers have looked at various influences on brain structure through fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and have witnessed the change in size and shape in various parts of the brain influenced by certain emotions.  In a new study from Columbia University Medical Center, brain plasticity is demonstrated by the production of neurons and neural stem cells produced in the hippocampus.

Cat Allergy Finding Sparks Potential New Drugs For Allergies & Asthma

You've heard the commercials for allergy treatments; they all promise relief  from the symptoms of allergies.  But now, researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK have found the secret to what causes a very common allergy - cat allergies.  Their discovery could lead to a whole new class of drugs that attack allergies at their first point of contact, so that symptoms of allergy and asthma never develop at all.

 

Retro Brick iPhone Case Recalls Classic Clunky 80s Cellphones

The ThumbsUp! iPhone case takes you and your smartphone back to the Cafe 80s when men were men, greed was good, and mobile phones were big black bricks.

Superman's Cane Is Here In The Form Of 'The Aid'

If Superman were ever permitted to have major surgery or to get old (heavens forbid), he would definitely own The Aid, by Lithuanian designer Egle Ugintaite.  The neatest part about this walking cane is that it looks super futuristic, but it is achievable.  The Aid recently won Fujitsu's grand prize design award for 2011, themed  "A Life With Future Computing," designs for 2020.

New Melanoma Drugs Have Unprecedented Success Rates

The type of skin cancer known as melanoma has historically been one of the deadliest forms of cancer.  Though a few drugs have helped extend the 5 and 10 year survival periods, news of two particular drugs presented at yesterday's annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology  have sparked some real hope for the future.

 

Anti-Aging Supplement from Squid Skin Helps Health, Reduces Waste

Squid skin, formerly disposed of as a waste product, has a lot to offer an aging population prone to degenerative diseases. Taiwan's Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) has found that processed squid skin supplements can slow down the aging process, lower blood pressure, improve learning and reduce age-related memory loss.

Social Media Finds "F Word" Acceptable For Songs & Graphic Novel

From George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television," and Harry Nilsson's "You're Breaking My Heart" back in the 70's, it's taken almost 40 years for one of the most taboo of curse words to make it into every day discourse via social media channels such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Cancer Drug Challenged To Mend Damage Caused By Heart Disease

Congestive heart failure (CHF) has a cure rate that's worse than most cancers, with 40 percent dying within a year of diagnosis. But a drug used for cancer therapy is about to be tested on a small group of human subjects, after decades of studying its performance on everything from yeast cells to mice.

Cancer Drug Shows Promise For Inherited Form Of Dementia

Scientists from the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that the drug SAHA shows promise as a potential therapy for familial frontotemporal dementia (FTD).  As yet, there is no treatment for the neurological disease, the second most common non-elderly dementia.

 

Gardening For Depression: Doctor's Prescription Needed

Britain's National Health Service (NHS) has been developing some novel strategies for its 62 million health care recipients.  One of the latest and most intriguing is in a trial phase now: treating clinical depression with gardening classes at a local nursery. The NHS will pay for an 8-week course of instruction, if you have a prescription from your GP (general practitioner).

'Muscle Milk' For Baby Boomers: Ensure Muscle Health

Are you perpetually just a few days away from beginning a new diet and exercise routine? Curiously, the goal keeps moving forward on the calendar, doesn't it?  Ensure, the nutritional supplement company, has a special 'muscle milk' drink that might give you a strong push towards actually achieving your fitness goals....

Turkey Tail Mushroom HALTS Prostate Cancer: China & Japan Used It For Centuries

For centuries, a truly 'magic' mushroom has been used in China and Japan to cure or assist the cure of cancers!  This magic mushroom is the Trametes versicolor (or Coriolus versicolor) commonly known as the turkey tail mushroom because of its layered, feathered appearance.  Finally, in 2011, traditional western medicine has learned about the extract from this beautiful mushroom and observed it stop the development of prostate cancer in mice.

 

Will 'Beating The Blues' Reduce The Risk Of Heart Disease?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and depression is a risk factor for heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes.  A psychology professor at Indiana University has just won a $110,000 grant from the American Heart Association to see whether early treatment of depression before heart disease is evident will reduce the likelihood of future heart disease.  The study will use a British treatment program called Beating The Blues.

Tylenol Appears To Protect Your Prostate, But What About Your Liver?

For several years now, warnings about the risk of liver disease have been issued on Tylenol and the many other drugs that contain acetaminophen, and yet acetaminophen is still the most widely prescribed and used pain reliever in the world.  Though this year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limited prescription doses of acetaminophen to 325 mg per tablet, the over-the-counter drugs still contain doses between 500 and 700 mg.