HEALTH PORTATION curated News December 30th

ALZHEIMER - Some with Alzheimer's find care in far-off nations
Residents of this facility for people with Alzheimer's disease toss around a yellow ball and laugh under a cascade with their caregivers, in a swimming pool ringed by palm trees and wind chimes. Susanna Kuratli, once a painter of delicate oils, swims a lap and smiles .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-alzheimer-far-off-nati


BRAIN - Crossing the channel: Surprising new findings in the neurology of sleep and vigilance
(Medical Xpress)—A recent neurological addressing one of the most fundamental issues in sleep rhythm generation study underscores an inconvenient truth—namely, that established scientific facts have and will continue to change. Researchers at Institute for Basic Science (Daejeon), Korea Institute of Science and Technology (Seoul) and Yonsei University (Seoul) have demonstrated significant exceptions to the theory, long accepted as dogma, that low ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-channel-neurology-vigi


BRAIN - High good and low bad cholesterol levels are healthy for the brain, too
High levels of "good" cholesterol and low levels of "bad" cholesterol are correlated with lower levels of the amyloid plaque deposition in the brain that is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, in a pattern that mirrors the relationship between good and bad cholesterol in cardiovascular disease, UC Davis researchers have found .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-high-good-bad-choleste


BRAIN - People worldwide may feel mind-body connections in same way
(HealthDay)—Many phrases reflect how emotions affect the body: Loss makes you feel "heartbroken," you suffer from "butterflies" in the stomach when nervous, and disgusting things make you "sick to your stomach. .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-people-worldwide-mind-


BRAIN - Toward a molecular explanation for schizophrenia
Surprisingly little is known about schizophrenia. It was only recognized as a medical condition in the past few decades, and its exact causes remain unclear. Since there is no objective test for schizophrenia, its diagnosis is based on an assortment of reported symptoms. The standard treatment, antipsychotic medication, works less than half the time and becomes increasingly ineffective over time .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-molecular-explanation-


COOK - My Awesome New Year's Gift to the Universe: 'Pancacon'
Who has time for both?Where are you right now? Look around. Where are you? Are you reading this on your lap top at your desk in your home? Are you walking the streets and reading this on the HuffPost mobile app? Perhaps you're on the toilet reading on your tablet? Or, maybe you're married, but in bed with the person you're cheating with (bad idea, fyi) and reading this on the wi-fi equipped TV found in the motel by the hour you're currently layin ...
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-hotchkiss/a-new-years-gift
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EXERCISE - What Yoga Can and Can't Do for You
Sure, it's a stress-buster, but it also helps with anxiety, depression, insomnia, back pain and other ills, experts sa .. ...
Sure, it's a stress-buster, but it also helps
http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20131230/what-yoga-can-and


FOODS - Bubbly beyond Champagne: 7 sparkling wines for New Year's
I’ll admit it: I used to be something of a Champagne snob, sniffing, so to speak, at sparkling wines that didn’t come from the famed Champagne region of France.
http://www.today.com/food/bubbly-beyond-champagne-7-sparklin


FOODS - Food Marketing in 2014 Will Be Ugly
Marketing firm JWT predicts “outright ugliness” will be a hot trend next year .. ...
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-30/food-marketi


FOODS - I'll have what they're having: Study finds social norms influence food choices
Is obesity a socially transmitted disease? In order to try to find out, researchers in the United Kingdom conducted a systematic review of several experimental studies, each of which examined whether or not providing information about other peoples' eating habits influences food intake or choices. Their results are published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-ill-theyre-social-norm


HEART - The New Heart Tests: Which Ones Should You Have?
Experts explain the pros and cons of coronary calcium scores, carotid artery ultrasound, and CT heart scans .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/the-new-heart-te


NEWS - Beauty tricks: How to mask a hangover
It’s not easy being the belle of the ball. Whether you played hostess or house guest, taking on the start of 2014 with the same enthusiasm as New Year's Eve can be a challenge. Need to fake awake in a pinch? Here’s a beauty insider's cheat sheet to looking fresh-faced the morning after .. ...
http://www.today.com/style/beauty-tricks-how-mask-hangover-2


NEWS - DNews: Know Your Gut: uBiome Sequences Human Bacteria
What kinds of bacteria live in and on us? And how much bacteria do we share with the people and pets we live with? A San Francisco-based company called uBiome is trying to find the answers .. ...
http://news.discovery.com/tech/videos/know-your-gut-microbio


NEWS - Imaging technology could unlock mysteries of a childhood disease
By the time they're two, most children have had respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and suffered symptoms no worse than a bad cold. But for some children, especially premature babies and those with underlying health conditions, RSV can lead to pneumonia and bronchitis – which can require hospitalization and have long-term consequences .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2013-12-imaging-technology-mysteries-ch


NEWS - The secret to fewer doctor office visits after 70—play high school sports
Seventy year olds who don't frequently visit the doctor have something unexpected in common – most played high school sports. They were active on a team over 50 years ago and are more likely to be active into their late 70s .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-secret-doctor-office-7


NEWS - Underactive thyroid not linked to memory problems
(HealthDay)—Hypothyroidism, a condition that causes low or no thyroid hormone production, is not linked to mild dementia or impaired brain function, a new study suggests .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-underactive-thyroid-li


NEWS-CANCER - Final recommendations on lung cancer screening
High-risk adults between the ages of 55 and 80 should receive annual lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography, according to final recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force being published in Annals of Internal Medicine .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-lung-cancer-screening.


SLEEP - Body clock may be to blame when kids fight sleep
When youngsters continually struggle to fall asleep at night, new research suggests their body clock might not match their bedtime .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-body-clock-blame-kids.


SLEEP - Tips for a Better Sleep Temperature
Is there an ideal temperature for sleep? Learn about pillows, mattresses, and more things that can keep your bedroom’s temperature just right so you’ll sleep better .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/sleep-temperat


SUPPLEMENTS - Multivitamins and dietary supplements are a waste of money, doctors say
A recent editorial explains why supplements don't provide the health benefits that many people think they have .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/health/multivitamins-and-dietary-s


VITAMINS - Most clinical studies on vitamins flawed by poor methodology
Most large, clinical trials of vitamin supplements, including some that have concluded they are of no value or even harmful, have a flawed methodology that renders them largely useless in determining the real value of these micronutrients, a new analysis suggests .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-clinical-vitamins-flaw


ALZHEIMER - Some with Alzheimer's find care in far-off nations

Residents of this facility for people with Alzheimer's disease toss around a yellow ball and laugh under a cascade with their caregivers, in a swimming pool ringed by palm trees and wind chimes. Susanna Kuratli, once a painter of delicate oils, swims a lap and smiles ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-alzheimer-far-off-nations.htm

BRAIN - Crossing the channel: Surprising new findings in the neurology of sleep and vigilance

(Medical Xpress)—A recent neurological addressing one of the most fundamental issues in sleep rhythm generation study underscores an inconvenient truth—namely, that established scientific facts have and will continue to change. Researchers at Institute for Basic Science (Daejeon), Korea Institute of Science and Technology (Seoul) and Yonsei University (Seoul) have demonstrated significant exceptions to the theory, long accepted as dogma, that low ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-channel-neurology-vigilance.htm

BRAIN - High good and low bad cholesterol levels are healthy for the brain, too

High levels of "good" cholesterol and low levels of "bad" cholesterol are correlated with lower levels of the amyloid plaque deposition in the brain that is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, in a pattern that mirrors the relationship between good and bad cholesterol in cardiovascular disease, UC Davis researchers have found ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-high-good-bad-cholesterol-health

BRAIN - People worldwide may feel mind-body connections in same way

(HealthDay)—Many phrases reflect how emotions affect the body: Loss makes you feel "heartbroken," you suffer from "butterflies" in the stomach when nervous, and disgusting things make you "sick to your stomach. ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-people-worldwide-mind-body.htm

BRAIN - Toward a molecular explanation for schizophrenia

Surprisingly little is known about schizophrenia. It was only recognized as a medical condition in the past few decades, and its exact causes remain unclear. Since there is no objective test for schizophrenia, its diagnosis is based on an assortment of reported symptoms. The standard treatment, antipsychotic medication, works less than half the time and becomes increasingly ineffective over time ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-molecular-explanation-schizophre

COOK - My Awesome New Year's Gift to the Universe: 'Pancacon'

Who has time for both?Where are you right now? Look around. Where are you? Are you reading this on your lap top at your desk in your home? Are you walking the streets and reading this on the HuffPost mobile app? Perhaps you're on the toilet reading on your tablet? Or, maybe you're married, but in bed with the person you're cheating with (bad idea, fyi) and reading this on the wi-fi equipped TV found in the motel by the hour you're currently layin ...

2013-12-28-photocopy6.JPG

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-hotchkiss/a-new-years-gift-to-the-un

EXERCISE - What Yoga Can and Can't Do for You

Sure, it's a stress-buster, but it also helps with anxiety, depression, insomnia, back pain and other ills, experts sa ...

Sure, it's a stress-buster, but it also helps

http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20131230/what-yoga-can-and-cant-do-f

FOODS - Bubbly beyond Champagne: 7 sparkling wines for New Year's

I’ll admit it: I used to be something of a Champagne snob, sniffing, so to speak, at sparkling wines that didn’t come from the famed Champagne region of France. No more ...

http://www.today.com/food/bubbly-beyond-champagne-7-sparkling-wines-ne

FOODS - Food Marketing in 2014 Will Be Ugly

Marketing firm JWT predicts “outright ugliness” will be a hot trend next yea ...

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-30/food-marketing-in-2014

FOODS - I'll have what they're having: Study finds social norms influence food choices

Is obesity a socially transmitted disease? In order to try to find out, researchers in the United Kingdom conducted a systematic review of several experimental studies, each of which examined whether or not providing information about other peoples' eating habits influences food intake or choices. Their results are published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-ill-theyre-social-norms-food.htm

HEART - The New Heart Tests: Which Ones Should You Have?

Experts explain the pros and cons of coronary calcium scores, carotid artery ultrasound, and CT heart scans ...

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/the-new-heart-tests-which-

NEWS - Beauty tricks: How to mask a hangover

It’s not easy being the belle of the ball. Whether you played hostess or house guest, taking on the start of 2014 with the same enthusiasm as New Year's Eve can be a challenge. Need to fake awake in a pinch? Here’s a beauty insider's cheat sheet to looking fresh-faced the morning after ...

http://www.today.com/style/beauty-tricks-how-mask-hangover-2D1181075

NEWS - DNews: Know Your Gut: uBiome Sequences Human Bacteria

What kinds of bacteria live in and on us? And how much bacteria do we share with the people and pets we live with? A San Francisco-based company called uBiome is trying to find the answers ...

http://news.discovery.com/tech/videos/know-your-gut-microbiome-sequenc

NEWS - Imaging technology could unlock mysteries of a childhood disease

By the time they're two, most children have had respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and suffered symptoms no worse than a bad cold. But for some children, especially premature babies and those with underlying health conditions, RSV can lead to pneumonia and bronchitis – which can require hospitalization and have long-term consequences ...

http://phys.org/news/2013-12-imaging-technology-mysteries-childhood-di

NEWS - The secret to fewer doctor office visits after 70—play high school sports

Seventy year olds who don't frequently visit the doctor have something unexpected in common – most played high school sports. They were active on a team over 50 years ago and are more likely to be active into their late 70s ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-secret-doctor-office-70play-high

NEWS - Underactive thyroid not linked to memory problems

(HealthDay)—Hypothyroidism, a condition that causes low or no thyroid hormone production, is not linked to mild dementia or impaired brain function, a new study suggests ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-underactive-thyroid-linked-memor

NEWS-CANCER - Final recommendations on lung cancer screening

High-risk adults between the ages of 55 and 80 should receive annual lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography, according to final recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force being published in Annals of Internal Medicine ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-lung-cancer-screening.htm

SLEEP - Body clock may be to blame when kids fight sleep

When youngsters continually struggle to fall asleep at night, new research suggests their body clock might not match their bedtime ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-body-clock-blame-kids.htm

SLEEP - Tips for a Better Sleep Temperature

Is there an ideal temperature for sleep? Learn about pillows, mattresses, and more things that can keep your bedroom’s temperature just right so you’ll sleep better ...

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/sleep-temperature?src=RS

SUPPLEMENTS - Multivitamins and dietary supplements are a waste of money, doctors say

A recent editorial explains why supplements don't provide the health benefits that many people think they have ...

http://www.treehugger.com/health/multivitamins-and-dietary-supplements

VITAMINS - Most clinical studies on vitamins flawed by poor methodology

Most large, clinical trials of vitamin supplements, including some that have concluded they are of no value or even harmful, have a flawed methodology that renders them largely useless in determining the real value of these micronutrients, a new analysis suggests ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-clinical-vitamins-flawed-poor-me

HEALTH PORTATION curated News December 27th

ALZHEIMER - Are concussions related to Alzheimer's disease?
A new study suggests that a history of concussion involving at least a momentary loss of consciousness may be related to the buildup of Alzheimer's-associated plaques in the brain. The research is published in the December 26, 2013, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-concussions-alzheimer-


ALZHEIMER - Concussions Linked to Alzheimer's Risk in Study
Brain scans found seniors with both poor memory and prior head injury have more plaque buildup .. ...
New guidelines address which patients might
http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20131226/concussions-li


BRAIN - Human brain development is a symphony in three movements
(Medical Xpress)—The human brain develops with an exquisitely timed choreography marked by distinct patterns of gene activity at different stages from the womb to adulthood, Yale researchers report in the Dec. 26 issue of the journal
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-human-brain-symphony-m


BRAIN - Stroke researchers report improvement in spatial neglect with prism adaptation therapy
Stroke rehabilitation researchers report improvement in spatial neglect with prism adaptation therapy. This new study supports behavioral classification of patients with spatial neglect as a valuable tool for assigning targeted, effective early rehabilitation. Results of the study, "Presence of motor-intentional aiming deficit predicts functional improvement of spatial neglect with prism adaptation" were published ahead of print
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-spatial-neglect-prism-


BRAIN - New test facilitates diagnosis of autism in adults
Researchers have developed a new screening tool to facilitate the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults. The test is unique in that researchers have, as part of their evaluation, compared the group diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with psychiatric patients .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131211070217.ht


BRAIN - Prion protein can trigger spongiform encephalopathy and neurodegeneration
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy or prion disease is triggered by the conversion from cellular prion protein to pathogenic prion protein
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/269926.ph


BRAIN - The smoking gun: Fish brains and nicotine
In researching neural pathways, it helps to establish an analogous relationship between a region of the human brain and the brains of more-easily studied animal species. New work hones in on one particular region of the zebrafish brain that could help us understand the circuitry underlying nicotine addiction .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131209152303.ht


EXERCISE - Fitness fails: Workouts you need to stop doing in 2014
Fitness fads come and go. And sometimes, they inexplicably come galloping back again (we’re talking to you, Prancercise). Some exercise trends could use a little nudge toward the door, though, like family members who stay too long after the holidays .. ...
http://www.today.com/health/fitness-fails-workouts-you-need-


FOODS - Horsemeat linked to new food scandal seized in Belgium
Belgium health authorities on Friday reported the seizure of 16.8 tonnes of horsemeat, part of it linked to a fresh food scandal in France involving meat not supposed to wind up on people's plates .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-horsemeat-linked-food-


FOODS - Seven Creepiest Food Facts
Seven Creepiest Food Facts: 1- Coca-cola adds phosphoric acid to their drinks because the sweetness of coke would normally make the comsumer vomit. Each can of coke can contain up to 10 teaspoons worth of sugar. 2- Most fast food companies use a process called ‘mechanical separation’ which is a way to separate the bones
http://positivemed.com/2013/12/27/seven-creepiest-food-facts


FOODS - Why eating breakfast is a really good idea
For starters, it can make you smarter and leaner
http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/why-eating-breakfast-re


FOODS - Each food fish can cause specific allergies
Food allergies are evidently much more specific than previously assumed. More precise tests may allow allergy sufferers more freedom of food choice in the future. This is the result of studies carried out by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the University of Leipzig and the Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen. The researchers examined patients with a Nile perch allergy.
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-food-fish-specific-all


FOODS - Foods From the '90s We Wish Still Existed
Everyone has foods that they loved when they were a kid that are no longer around. We're sure that there are plenty of baby boomers who look back with fondness on various canned and processed foods that at the time were considered new and exciting, and the 1970s seemed to be a golden age of super-sugary breakfast cereals that came and went. But no snack foods seem to have woven their way into the collective nostalgic subconscious like the dearly ...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-daily-meal/foods-from-the-


FOODS - Gene deficiency in males 'could cause diabetes and liver cancer'
Scientists have discovered a genetic deficiency in males that could prompt the development of the most common type of liver cancer - hepatocellular carcinoma - and type 2 diabetes.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269952.ph


NEWS - Building a better malaria vaccine: Mixing the right cocktail
A safe and effective malaria vaccine is high on the wish list of most people concerned with global health. New results suggest how a leading vaccine candidate could be vastly improved .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131227100409.ht


NEWS - Enzyme that produces melatonin originated 500 million years ago, study shows
(Phys.org) —An international team of scientists led by National Institutes of Health researchers has traced the likely origin of the enzyme needed to manufacture the hormone melatonin to roughly 500 million years ago .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2013-12-enzyme-melatonin-million-years.


NEWS - MRSA: How a Lethal Bacteria Kills
http://myscienceacademy.org/2013/12/26/mrsa-how-a-lethal-bac


NEWS - New Year’s Tech: What to Expect in 2014
Smart watches and Google glasses?
http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/new-years-te


PARKINSONS - Nutritional Supplement May Benefit Parkinson's Patients
http://www.medicinenet.com/guide.asp?s=rss&k=DailyHealth