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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.

How Long Will You Live? A New Blood Test Will Tell You... If You Really Want To Know

Judgment Day believers need not read this, unless May 21, 2011 has come and gone and you're still here.  For those that are interested in a more scientific analysis of their life spans, a British company, Life Length, has the technology to predict how long you will live through a small blood sample. 

 

The Powerful Tomato Lowers Cholesterol As Well As Most Common Medications!

There have been several recent studies about the health benefits of tomatoes and tomato products.  That bright red pigment called lycopene has been found to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.  But a comprehensive report by researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia delves deep into 14 of those studies to find clinical evidence of the exact amounts required in our daily diets.  (That includes Bloody Mary's, no?)

 


Doctors Misdiagnose Half Of Those With Early Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain have uncovered a sad truth about early onset Alzheimer's disease - that more than half of those who develop it are misdiagnosed because they exhibit symptoms not customarily associated with Alzheimer's.

 

Can't Find The Right Chair? BYOC! (Build Your Own Chair)

Now that you've tried at least two dozen 'ergonomic' chairs and purchased about half of them, are you tired of finding out that none of them feel like they did when you tried them in the store?  Well, by now, you should know which part of each chair actually felt good.  And now is when the folks at BioFit have come up with the BYOC option - Build Your Own Chair.

The Delay Of Alzheimer's Disease Now On Fast Track With New Technology

If you're having trouble remembering where you parked your car or put your keys and refer to these occasions as 'senior moments,' you're not wrong - because, as we age, we lose the ability to form new memories.  This is not news; but what is new is that memory formation can now be observed through three different kinds of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  And this ability may lead to better memory drugs and faster proof of their efficacy.

 

Knock Yourself Out On Caffeine To Prevent Breast Cancer

Today, Stockholm's Karolinska Institute reaffirmed the findings of a few earlier studies indicating that lots of coffee (5+cups) consumed daily can reduce a woman's risk of certain types of breast cancer,  But while the positive effects of coffee in reducing the risks of prostate, liver, and yes, now breast cancer, researchers need to remember the deleterious effects of five or more cups of coffee per day.