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Blood Pressure, Medication, Diet, And Dementia: What The Recent Research Tells Us

Since last week, when I wrote about certain blood pressure medications and their positive effects on memory, there have been a few new studies published relating the effects of medication and diet on blood pressure and dementia.  Just so that you're not thinking deja vu all over again at what seems like a repetition of yesterday's news, I thought I'd prepare a short summary of how these studies interrelate and what they mean to us.

10 Cool Gadgets To Assist People With Arthritis & Hand Pain

Arthritis, or any hand pain, can be very limiting.  The muscles and joints in the hand and wrist are very small and precision-oriented, and pain can impair performance on things we do every day, like closing a jewelry catch or fastening buttons on your shirt.  Assistive gadgets have less of a stigma than they used to, and they're actually getting cooler as more people are using them... because they're just smarter.  Here are 10 new really cool and "handy" gadgets that just make routine movements less taxing on our hands. They even make great gifts!


5 Percent Of Boomers Are Still Getting High - At Least Once A Year

The substance abuse division (SAMHSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) learned some interesting information about how boomers get high these days.  The department is fixing to get more funding, I guess, because it reports that in our (even) later years, we're going to need added substance abuse treatment services.  Us?

Love To Read Or Watch TV In Bed? Then Check Out These Back And Knee Pillows

Unless you have a very hard mattress and want to sit stick-straight up while you're trying to read your novel or watch Desperate Housewives, you may find yourself gradually slipping further and further down your spine until you're actually sitting on your neck.

5 Hot Beauty Gadgets For Women Over 40

... If money and time were no problem (and when are they not problems?), we would get professional treatments to keep looking our best.... But thanks to technology we can use modified professional gadgets at home. These five beauty gadgets are my picks for function and reliability. They make dynamite gifts.

Experimental Drug Kills Breast Cancer Stem Cells In Early Trials

A new breast cancer drug, developed by Merck & Co, has passed Phase 1 trials with flying colors. The experimental drug, MK-0752, was developed to kill breast cancer stem cells that are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation.

Air Bag Equipped Seat Belts to Decrease Chances of Injury from An Accident

While seatbelts have saved countless lives since being made mandatory, many people will argue they can cause just as many injuries as they prevent. Ford has decided to solve this problem by installing air-bags directly into the seatbelt.

Down The Pike: Immune Response Triggers For HIV And Prostate Cancer

Attempts to trick human immune systems into fighting HIV and prostate cancer cells have had little success, mainly because the these cells keep managing to elude recognition as "bad" cells.  But a new study, conducted by researchers at Yale University, may change that direction in the not-too-distant future.

Prescription Ice Cream To ReCharge Your Appetite After Chemotherapy

A tasty, easy-to-digest food product that young and old adore, that would help limit the ravaging effects of chemotherapy on the stomach and intestines, is crying to be developed.  But just what might that food be?

Anti-Gravity Treadmill Makes Exercise Easier on the Body

Whether recovering from a sports injury or suffering from a medical condition, exercise can be painful. The Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill creates an environment of weightlessness where you can get the required exercise without feeling as much impact.

The Bad Driving Gene: 30 Percent Of Americans Have It!

There is no commercially available test to determine if you have the BDNF gene variant.... But how's your driving?

Breakthrough Study Finds The Missing Gene That Allows Spread Of Cancer

In a breakthrough discovery, scientists at the University of Cambridge have found the gene responsible for the spread of almost half of all breast cancers and say it is possible that the same gene contributes to the spread of other cancers such as prostate, ovarian, bladder, and bowel cancers.

Sci-Fi Surgery On Exhibit: 7 Medical Robots That May Make You Reconsider Your Need For Medical Attention

If you happen to be in London between now and December 23, 2009, you may want to stop by the Sci-Fi Surgery exhibit at the Qvist Gallery at the Hunterian Museum. Put on by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the exhibit features some pretty weird medical robots, as well as depictions of medical gadgets from film, anime, and sci-fi literature. Here are 7 robotic members of the exhibit that you just may find visiting your person some day....

Sexual Satisfaction Plays Major Role In Psychogical Well-Being Of Women

A study at the Women's Health Program at Monash University in Australia explored the links between sexual satisfaction and other aspects of mental health, particularly "well-being" and "vitality."  Don't shy off there, boomers... the research included women aged 20 to 65!

Mucking Around In The Latest Muck Boot Fashions For Women

Add a saucy rubber apron to your outfit and you'll be the sexiest mucker around.

Sleepless In Toothpaste Land? Try Pearly Dreams

"Sleepless in toothpaste land?" may sound like a weird title for a column about a toothpaste. But Pearly Dreams is a weird toothpaste. It's supposed to make you... sleep. There are all kinds of solutions for sleeplessness... tapes, meditation, sleeping pills, sex, supplements, drinking till you pass out.... why not one more?

GPS Tracking Of Seniors, Kids, & Others With Special Needs: The eMed-Trac

eMedi-ID, a franchise business that provides personal medical information to first responders via USB devices on their customers' keyrings, has just come out with a new device capable of tracking a person's whereabouts via global positioning satellites (GPS)

Oh What Fun It Used To Be To Take A Shower

Remember how much you enjoyed Christmas, until you learned that Santa was really your parents?  Or how much you loved swimming in the ocean, until you saw the movie Jaws?  Well, this news may hit you in much the same way....

Japan Fights Swine Flu With Gosshi, the Hand-Washing Dog

Swine flu has struck Japan and the country is fighting back with its most reliable resources: face masks and cute characters. The latest mascot to make the scene is Gosshi, the hand-washing dog.

This Shower Seat Stayed In School!

... Sure, you can buy about 10 plastic patio tables for the cost... but the Teak Shower Seat is so much smarter.  It stayed in school until it was ready to do the job.