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NIH Scientists Identify Molecule That Restores Memory In Mice With Alzheimer's

This year is starting off with the publication of several promising research studies in biomedicine and reports on big advances in neuroscience, particularly Alzheimer's disease and other neurological causes of memory loss. This news includes a paper from a National Institutues of Health (NIH), published in the January 2013 FASEB Journal reporting on a peptide, TFP5, that when administered to mice with the equivalent of human Alzheimer's disease, successfully reversed their symptoms of memory loss.

Have Researchers Discovered The Fountain Of Thin?

A scientific breakthrough, something obese and overweight people have only dreamed about, has been made at the University of Florida's (UF) Sid Martin Biotechnology Development Institute, where Dr. Stephen Hsu and his research team have identified a 'fat gene' called TRIP-Br2.  When the team controlled the expression of this gene in mice, the mice were unable to gain weight, no matter how much they ate. 

Even Short Interruptions Have Negative Effects On Performance

If your job is task oriented, demanding your concentration, you had better turn off your cell phones, pagers, email, and buzzers, and hang a 'Do Not Disturb' sign on your locked door.  Why?  Even a 3-second interruption in your work can double your chances of making an error.

Eat And Flush: New Stomach Pump Means No More Dieting For Some

Under the heading 'Be careful what you wish for,' the inventor of the take-a-walk-on-wheels motorized Segway, Dean Kamen, has applied for a patent for a pump that removes a portion of the food you've just eaten from your stomach. Partners in this patent are members of a company called Aspire Bariatrics.  Here's a brief description of how the stomach sucker works....

Christmas Tree Needles Have Natural Antibacterial Properties

Scientists often struggle to come up with artificial means to accomplish medical goals, when all the while nature has the answer.  Such an answer has been found in the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menzietii, which not only happens to form an ideal shape for a Christmas tree, but also holds a very important biological agent in its needles - a natural antimicrobial.  

Medical Study Says: If You Can't Run, Shake!

.... For many who are obese, health problems may keep them from achieving their goals through diet and exercise regimens. But new excercise research shows that 'shaking' may improve the immune systems of obese individuals until they can undertake more strenuous exercise.

New Year Resolutions Traced Back To Medieval Times

Though our ancestors back in the 1300's probably didn't resolve to turn their abs into 6-packs at the beginning of every new year, new research indicates that they did make wishes and predictions at the new year, a tradition believed to have evolved into today's resolutions.

Special MRI Correctly Diagnoses Alzheimer's Without Spinal Tap

Nothing induces quite as much fear in a patient as the words 'spinal tap' or 'lumbar puncture,' a test used to resolve diagnosis in many neurological diseases. One disease that can be absolutely diagnosed by lumbar puncture is Alzheimer's disease, and the test is currently used to distinguish it from other neurological diseases, such as Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), that commonly appear with consequent dementia. But a new MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) model that distinguishes the two diseases may prove critical to the success of future focused treatment...

Domestic Violence Seen As Factor In Several Mental Illnesses

While there is much evidence that child victims of domestic violence experience psychological trauma that may lead to mental illness, a just-published study looks at the prevalence of domestic violence in the lives of adult men and women with mental illnesses....

“Influsaber” Wand Safely Sterilizes Household Objects with Ultraviolet Light

The “Influsaber” Ultraviolet Light Wand from Japan's ForceMedia was designed to destroy the nasty bacterial microbes infesting your smartphone, iPad, earbuds, pretty much any oft-used everyday electronic device. Set the timer, push the button and make like a germaphobic Jedi!