HEALTH PORTATION curated News February 27th

ALZHEIMER - Record $122 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease signed into law by President Obama
At the urging of the Alzheimer’s Association and its more than 600,000 advocates, the funding bill signed into law January 17 by President Obama contained an unprecedented $122 million increase for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and caregiver support.The Alzheimer’s Association applauds the Obama administration for calling for increased Alzheimer’s funding in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget and Congress for providing funding to ...
http://www.alzheimersblog.org/2014/02/25/record-122-million-


ALZHEIMER - Scientists wake up to causes of sleep disruption in Alzheimer's disease
Being awake at night and dozing during the day can be a distressing early symptom of Alzheimer's disease, but how the disease disrupts our biological clocks to cause these symptoms has remained elusive .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-scientists-disruption-


BRAIN - Brainstem discovered as important relay site after stroke
Around 16,000 people in Switzerland suffer a stroke every year. Often the result of a sudden occlusion of a vessel supplying the brain, it is the most frequent live-threatening neurological disorder. In most cases, it has far-reaching consequences for survivors. Often the stroke sufferers have to cope with handicaps and rehabilitation is a long process .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-brainstem-important-re


BRAIN - Humans have a poor memory for sound
Remember that sound bite you heard on the radio this morning? The grocery items your spouse asked you to pick up? Chances are, you won't .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-humans-poor-memory.htm


BRAIN - Increasing brain acidity may reduce anxiety
Increasing acidity in the brain's emotional control center reduces anxiety, according to an animal study published February 26 in the Journal of Neuroscience. The findings suggest a new mechanism for the body's control of fear and anxiety, and point to a new target for the treatment of anxiety disorders .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-brain-acidity-anxiety.


BRAIN - More evidence that vision test on sidelines may help diagnose concussion
A simple vision test performed on the sidelines may help determine whether athletes have suffered a concussion, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014 .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-evidence-vision-sideli


BRAIN - New neurons generated in brains, spinal cords of living adult mammals
New nerve cells in the brains and spinal cords of living mammals have been created by researchers without the need for stem cell transplants to replenish lost cells. Although the research indicates it may someday be possible to regenerate neurons from the body's own cells to repair traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage or to treat conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, the researchers stressed that it is too soon to know whether the neuro ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140225122510.ht


BRAIN - One gene influences recovery from traumatic brain injury
Researchers report that one change in the sequence of the BDNF gene causes some people to be more impaired by traumatic brain injury (TBI) than others with comparable wounds .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-gene-recovery-traumati


BRAIN - Phantom limb pain relieved when amputated arm is put back to work (w/ Video)
Max Ortiz Catalan, researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, has developed a new method for the treatment of phantom limb pain (PLP) after an amputation. The method is based on a unique combination of several technologies, and has been initially tested on a patient who has suffered from severe phantom limb pain for 48 years. A case study shows a drastic reduction of pain .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-phantom-limb-pain-reli


BRAIN - Simulating biological thought process within a computer system
The structure of the brain reveals a network of massively interconnected electrochemically active cells. It is known that information can be represented by changes of state within this network, but that statement falls far short of revealing how the brain supports thought, feelings, memory, intention and action .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-simulating-biological-


CHOLESTEROL - Strawberries lower cholesterol, study suggests
A team of volunteers ate half a kilo of strawberries a day for a month to see whether it altered their blood parameters in any way. At the end of this unusual treatment, their levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides were significantly reduced, according to the analyses conducted by Italian and Spanish scientists. Several studies had already demonstrated the antioxidant capacity of strawberries, but now researchers conducted an analysis that r ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140225101256.ht


DIGESTION - Researchers Uncover the Secret Behind Bowel Movements
Nerves and muscles work together to create a certain rhythm, study show .. ...
Blood cancer more common for those with
http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/news/20140225/resea


FOODS - 8 Healthy Facts About Grapes
WebMD's guide to the origins, health benefits, and varieties of grapes -- plus a delicious recipe for Grilled Shrimp and Grape Salad .. ...
grapes
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/8-healthy-facts-about-gra


FOODS - Fish tacos: A nutritional lunch
An aquaponics project studying the interdependence of fish and plants winds up rolled in tortillas and served with organic coleslaw .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140226094853.ht


FOODS - Gathering At The Table
Finding connection through the food we share .. ...
http://www.good.is/posts/gathering-at-the-tabl


FOODS - Gluten: How to Find It on a Food Label
WebMD reports on how to find gluten when it's not obvious on food labels, if you're trying to go gluten-free .. ...
nutritional label
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/hidden-sources-of-gluten?


FOODS - They might be small, but Brussels sprouts are incredible powerhouses of nutrition
Here are 6 reasons why you should eat more of them .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/6-reasons-why-you-shoul


FOODS - Top 10 Smart Foods for College Students
Coasting by on popcorn and energy drinks? Experts tell WebMD which foods will really fuel your brain .. ...
blueberries in a basket
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/top-10-smart-food


HEART - Pulling problem teeth before heart surgery to prevent infection may be catch-22
To pull or not to pull? That is a common question when patients have the potentially dangerous combination of abscessed or infected teeth and the need for heart surgery. In such cases, problem teeth often are removed before surgery, to reduce the risk of infections including endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart that can prove deadly. But Mayo Clinic research suggests it may not be as simple as pulling teeth: The study found ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-problem-teeth-heart-su


HERBS - Don't throw out old, sprouting garlic—it has heart-healthy antioxidants
old garlic bulbs with bright green shoots emerging from the cloves—is considered to be past its prime and usually ends up in the garbage can. But scientists are reporting in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that this type of garlic has even more heart-healthy antioxidant activity than its fresher counterparts .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-dont-garlicit-heart-he


HERBS - Should You Sprout Your Grains, Nuts, and Legumes?
WebMD talks to experts about the health benefits of sprouting food and how to avoid food safety risks .. ...
sprouts growing in tray
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/sprouting-food?sr


NEWS - A Better Test for Down Syndrome?
New gene-based screen for chromosomal disorders is more accurate than current methods, study say .. ...
Large Norwegian study followed offspring for up
http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20140226/a-better-test-for-do


NEWS - Byproducts of bacteria-causing gum disease incite oral cancer growth, study shows
Researchers have discovered how byproducts in the form of small fatty acids from two bacteria prevalent in gum disease incite the growth of deadly Kaposi's sarcoma-related lesions and tumors in the mouth. High levels of these bacteria are found in the saliva of people with periodontal disease, and at lower levels in those with good oral health -- further evidence of the link between oral and overall physical health. The discovery could lead to ea ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140225122506.ht


NEWS - Ecotoxicity: All clear for silver nanoparticles?
It has long been known that, in the form of free ions, silver particles can be highly toxic to aquatic organisms. Yet to this day, there is a lack of detailed knowledge about the doses required to trigger a response and how the organisms deal with this kind of stress. In the past, silver mostly found its way into the environment in the vicinity of silver mines or via wastewater emanating from the photo industry. More recently, silver nanoparticle ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140225134521.ht


NEWS - Germs and Bacteria: How Clean Should We Be?
Should we forget the 5-second rule and hand sanitizer and learn to live with germs and bacteria? Experts say germs may be good for us .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/how-clean-hygiene-ge


NEWS - Ordinary conditioner removes head lice eggs as effectively as special products
Some shampoos and conditioners that contain chemicals or special oils are marketed as nit-removal products for head lice eggs. However, new research shows that ordinary hair conditioner is just as effective. Eggs from head lice, also called nits, are incredibly difficult to remove. Female lice lay eggs directly onto strands of hair, and they cement them in place with a glue-like substance, making them hard to get rid of. In fact, the eggs are glu ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140225143941.ht


NEWS - Predictive fitness model for influenza: Physics, computer science help find clues on flu evolution
A new model to successfully predict the evolution of the influenza virus from one year to the next has been created by researchers. This advance in our understanding of influenza suggests a new, systematic way to select influenza vaccine strains. The flu is one of the major infectious diseases in humans. Seasonal strains of the influenza A virus account for about half a million deaths per year. Because influenza is a fast-evolving pathogen, the s ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140226132956.ht


NEWS - Study ties father's age to higher rates of psychiatric, academic problems in kids
An Indiana University study in collaboration with medical researchers from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has found that advancing paternal age at childbearing can lead to higher rates of psychiatric and academic problems in offspring than previously estimated .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-ties-father-age-higher


NEWS-CANCER - Magnetic Medicine: Nanoparticles target cancer-fighting immune cells
Using tiny particles designed to target cancer-fighting immune cells, researchers have trained the immune systems of mice to fight melanoma, a deadly skin cancer. The experiments represent a significant step toward using nanoparticles and magnetism to treat a variety of conditions, the researchers say. They also note that in addition to its potential medical applications, combining nanoparticles and magnetism may give researchers a new window int ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140225122227.ht


NEWS-CANCER - Mailing free tests to patients' homes boosts colon cancer screening rates
Colon cancer screening rates increased by nearly 40 percent when free stool tests were mailed to patients' homes, according to results of a pilot study published today in the journal BMC Cancer .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-mailing-free-patients-


PSYCHOLOGY - Are Kids Born to Older Dads at Risk for Mental Health Woes?
Large Swedish study found higher rates of autism, ADHD and other disorders, but expert says the risk is smal .. ...
Many shared activities can help cement
http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20140226/are-kids-born-t


PSYCHOLOGY - Kids' body image shaped by parents, expert says
(HealthDay)—Parents play a crucial role in helping children develop a positive body image and healthy eating habits, an expert says .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-kids-body-image-parent


SPIRITUALITY - Pope Francis Shakes Up the Vatican's Corporate Governance
The Vatican's Secretariat of the Economy, headed by Cardinal George Pell, will include an auditor general who can conduct surprise audit .. ...
http://origin-www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-26/pope-


VITAMINS - New research indicates causal link between vitamin D, serotonin synthesis and autism
A new study by Rhonda Patrick, PhD and Bruce Ames, PhD of Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) demonstrates the impact that Vitamin D may have on social behavior associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Patrick and Dr. Ames show that serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin, three brain hormones that affect social behavior, are all activated by vitamin D hormone. Autism, which is characterized by abnormal social behavior, ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-causal-link-vitamin-d-


ALZHEIMER - Record $122 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease signed into law by President Obama

At the urging of the Alzheimer’s Association and its more than 600,000 advocates, the funding bill signed into law January 17 by President Obama contained an unprecedented $122 million increase for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and caregiver support.The Alzheimer’s Association applauds the Obama administration for calling for increased Alzheimer’s funding in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget and Congress for providing funding to ...

http://www.alzheimersblog.org/2014/02/25/record-122-million-increase-a

ALZHEIMER - Scientists wake up to causes of sleep disruption in Alzheimer's disease

Being awake at night and dozing during the day can be a distressing early symptom of Alzheimer's disease, but how the disease disrupts our biological clocks to cause these symptoms has remained elusive ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-scientists-disruption-alzheimer-

BRAIN - Brainstem discovered as important relay site after stroke

Around 16,000 people in Switzerland suffer a stroke every year. Often the result of a sudden occlusion of a vessel supplying the brain, it is the most frequent live-threatening neurological disorder. In most cases, it has far-reaching consequences for survivors. Often the stroke sufferers have to cope with handicaps and rehabilitation is a long process ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-brainstem-important-relay-site.h

BRAIN - Humans have a poor memory for sound

Remember that sound bite you heard on the radio this morning? The grocery items your spouse asked you to pick up? Chances are, you won't ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-humans-poor-memory.htm

BRAIN - Increasing brain acidity may reduce anxiety

Increasing acidity in the brain's emotional control center reduces anxiety, according to an animal study published February 26 in the Journal of Neuroscience. The findings suggest a new mechanism for the body's control of fear and anxiety, and point to a new target for the treatment of anxiety disorders ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-brain-acidity-anxiety.htm

BRAIN - More evidence that vision test on sidelines may help diagnose concussion

A simple vision test performed on the sidelines may help determine whether athletes have suffered a concussion, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014 ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-evidence-vision-sidelines-concus

BRAIN - New neurons generated in brains, spinal cords of living adult mammals

New nerve cells in the brains and spinal cords of living mammals have been created by researchers without the need for stem cell transplants to replenish lost cells. Although the research indicates it may someday be possible to regenerate neurons from the body's own cells to repair traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage or to treat conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, the researchers stressed that it is too soon to know whether the neuro ...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140225122510.ht

BRAIN - One gene influences recovery from traumatic brain injury

Researchers report that one change in the sequence of the BDNF gene causes some people to be more impaired by traumatic brain injury (TBI) than others with comparable wounds ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-gene-recovery-traumatic-brain-in

BRAIN - Phantom limb pain relieved when amputated arm is put back to work (w/ Video)

Max Ortiz Catalan, researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, has developed a new method for the treatment of phantom limb pain (PLP) after an amputation. The method is based on a unique combination of several technologies, and has been initially tested on a patient who has suffered from severe phantom limb pain for 48 years. A case study shows a drastic reduction of pain ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-phantom-limb-pain-relieved-amput

BRAIN - Simulating biological thought process within a computer system

The structure of the brain reveals a network of massively interconnected electrochemically active cells. It is known that information can be represented by changes of state within this network, but that statement falls far short of revealing how the brain supports thought, feelings, memory, intention and action ...

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-simulating-biological-thought.ht

CHOLESTEROL - Strawberries lower cholesterol, study suggests

A team of volunteers ate half a kilo of strawberries a day for a month to see whether it altered their blood parameters in any way. At the end of this unusual treatment, their levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides were significantly reduced, according to the analyses conducted by Italian and Spanish scientists. Several studies had already demonstrated the antioxidant capacity of strawberries, but now researchers conducted an analysis that r ...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140225101256.ht