HEALTH PORTATION curated News February 21st

ALZHEIMER - Memories in the Making: The Lighthouse by Alice
The Lighthouse by Alice “Sue” WMemories in the Making is an Alzheimer’s Association art therapy program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Volunteer facilitators help people with dementia – many of whom often have no art background – create drawings and paintings. These sessions provide participants social interaction and boost their self-esteem while opening the channels of communication with loved ones.Today’s featured Memo ...
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http://www.alzheimersblog.org/2014/02/20/memories-making-lig


BRAIN - Can a change in diet reduce onset of dementia? Studies indicate yes
Data suggesting that nutrition plays a major role in the risk of dementia and cognitive decline continue to accumulate. This is good news, as it suggests that there is a lot that each of us can do individually to lower our risk of dementia and cognitive decline as we age .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-diet-onset-dementia.ht


BRAIN - Do You Often Recall Dreams? Your Brain Might Be More Active
In French brain-scan study, 'high recallers' remembered dreams five mornings per wee .. ...
Sleep-deprived study volunteers still had poor
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/news/20140221/do-you-of


BRAIN - Does a diet high in carbohydrates increase your risk of dementia?
Even small increases in blood sugar caused by a diet high in carbohydrates can be detrimental to brain health. Recent reports in medical literature link carbohydrate calorie-rich diets to a greater risk for brain shrinkage, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, impaired cognition, and other disorders. David Perlmutter, MD, best-selling author of Grain Brain, explores this important topic in a provocative interview in Alternative and Complementary The ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-diet-high-carbohydrate


BRAIN - Human and dog brains both have dedicated 'voice areas'
The first study to compare brain function between humans and any non-primate animal shows that dogs have dedicated voice areas in their brains, just as people do. Dog brains, like those of people, are also sensitive to acoustic cues of emotion, according to a new study .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140220132152.ht


BRAIN - Mechanism behind the activation of dormant memory cells discovered
The electrical stimulation of the hippocampus in in-vivo experiments activates precisely the same receptor complexes as learning or memory recall. This has been discovered for the first time and the finding has now been published in the highly respected journal Brain Structure Function .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-mechanism-dormant-memo


BRAIN - New apps may help detect seizures, treat strokes
Two new smart phone applications may help people detect epileptic seizures and get better stroke treatment, according to two studies 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-apps-seizures.htm


BRAIN - Voice Cues Prompt Similar Brain Response in Dogs, People: Study
That might explain why pooches are such good friends to humans, researchers sa .. ...
Genome study reveals origin of a transmissible
http://pets.webmd.com/news/20140220/voice-cues-prompt-simila


COOK - How To Prepare Blueberry Pomegranate Quinoa Kale Salad
Learn how to prepare this wonderful delicious blueberry pomegranate quinoa kale salad .. ...
http://www.good.is/posts/how-to-prepare-blueberry-pomegranat


DIABETES - Insulin Signals Through the Dorsal Vagal Complex to Regulate Energy Balance
Insulin signaling in the hypothalamus regulates food intake and hepatic glucose production in rodents. Although it is known that insulin also activates insulin receptor in the dorsal vagal complex (DVC) to lower glucose production through an extracellular signal–related kinase 1/2 (Erk1/2)–dependent and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)–independent pathway, it is unknown whether DVC insulin action regulates food intake. We report here that a s ...
http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/63/3/892.short?


DIGESTION - Gut Bacteria Tied to Obesity May Vary With Geography
Study of people from five continents found higher microbe levels in those living in colder northern region .. ...
Study links an apple-shaped figure to early signs
http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20140220/gut-bacteria-tied-to


EXERCISE - Average obese woman gets just one hour of exercise a year, study says
(HealthDay)—A new study suggests that obese women get just one hour of vigorous exercise a year, while obese men don't do much better at fewer than four hours .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-average-obese-woman-ho


FOODS - Farmers: Coming to an Office Near You
For people who work late hours and have families to manage or long commutes, finding the time to shop at farmer’s markets or pick up a CSA box is often not feasible. So a lot of people who otherwise would love to have easy access to local fresh food get left out of the equation. If you'd like to bring a CSA to your workplace this year, check out some of the resources in this article. Photo Credit: Suzies Farm via Compfight c .. ...
http://www.good.is/posts/farmers-coming-to-an-office-near-yo


FOODS - Kraft Wants to Sell You a Protein Trinity: Meat, Cheese, Nuts
Kraft's "Portable Protein Pack" will deliver 13 grams of protein via Oscar Mayer Selects meat, Kraft Natural cheese, and Planters peanut .. ...
http://origin-www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-21/kraft


FOODS - TreeHugger Town & Country: Local groceries, all winter long
Frozen ground and heavy snowfalls are no reason to stop eating local produce all year roun .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/how-eat-locally-all-win


FOODS - Would you buy a carrot that looked like this at the supermarket?
A new book of photography called "Defective Carrots" raises interesting questions about consumer preference for 'perfect' vegetables .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/would-you-buy-strange-a


HEART - Compound improves cardiac function in mice with genetic heart defect, study finds
Congenital heart disease is the most common form of birth defect. Researchers recently found success using a drug to treat laboratory mice with one form of congenital heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy -- a weakening of the heart caused by abnormally thick muscle. By suppressing a faulty protein, the researchers reduced the thickness of the mice's heart muscles and improved their cardiac functioning. Because of the role the protein plays ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140220132532.ht


HEART - Molecular 'cocktail' transforms skin cells into beating heart cells
A new method has been devised that allows for the more efficient -- and, importantly, more complete -- reprogramming of skin cells into cells that are virtually indistinguishable from heart muscle cells. These findings, based on animal models, offer new-found optimism in the hunt for a way to regenerate muscle lost in a heart attack. Heart disease is the world's leading cause of death, but recent advances in science and medicine have improved the ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140220132202.ht


HEART - Significantly improved chance of heart attack survival with high-potency statin treatment
(Medical Xpress)—A study looking at the data of thousands of patients who suffered heart attacks has suggested treatment with high-potency statins offers a significantly improved chance of survival compared to those taking normal statins .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-significantly-chance-h


HERBS - Evidence mixed on the usefulness of echinacea for colds
For people seeking a natural treatment for the common cold, some preparations containing the plant Echinacea work better than nothing, yet “evidence is weak,” finds a new report .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140220131358.ht


NEWS - 5 Natural Ways To Help Hair Grow Faster
5 Natural Ways To Help Hair Grow Faster image to repin / shareImage – WellnessMama.com Did you know that the condition of hair and skin can be a great indicator for the overall health of the body? It follows naturally from this that one of the best ways to improve the condition of your hair and skin is to improve your health in other ways. We found a great page from WellnessMama that lists 5 top ways to help hair to g .. ...
5 Natural Ways To Help Hair Grow Faster
http://www.herbs-info.com/blog/5-natural-ways-to-help-hair-g


NEWS - Australian sponge survey driving medical research
Sponge gardens along WA's coast are proving to be a haven of new species—and many are playing an important role in new drug discoveries .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-02-australian-sponge-survey-medica


NEWS - Blood Sample Might Predict MS Long Before Symptoms Start
Preliminary research suggests potential for earlier diagnosi .. ...
Preliminary results show promise for
http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/news/20140221/blood-


NEWS - Eleven new genes affecting blood pressure discovered
11 new DNA sequence variants in genes influencing high blood pressure and heart disease have been discovered. Identifying the new genes contributes to our growing understanding of the biology of blood pressure and, researchers believe, will eventually influence the development of new treatments. More immediately the study highlights opportunities to investigate the use of existing drugs for cardiovascular diseases .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140220141802.ht


NEWS - Happiness spikes on weekends, even for the unemployed
(Medical Xpress)—Weekends are the best days of the week, not only for workers, but also for the unemployed because they can spend more time with others, according to new Stanford research .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-happiness-spikes-weeke


NEWS - Physicians in India access UPMC medical expertise through telemedicine
With the latest expansion of its global telemedicine efforts, UPMC is now offering physicians in India access to its world-renowned medical expertise to improve care for patients. Through advanced, web-based technology, UPMC physicians specializing in oncology, pulmonology, colorectal surgery and other specialties are providing second opinions to physicians in the world's second-most populous nation .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-physicians-india-acces


NEWS - Powerful artificial muscles made from fishing line and sewing thread
Scientists have discovered that ordinary fishing line and sewing thread can be cheaply converted to powerful artificial muscles. The new muscles can lift a hundred times more weight and generate a hundred times higher mechanical power than the same length and weight of human muscle. Per weight, they can generate 7.1 horsepower per kilogram, about the same mechanical power as a jet engine .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140220141719.ht


NEWS - Researchers uncover some of the ancient mysteries of leprosy
Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is finally unearthing some of the ancient mysteries behind leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, which has plagued mankind throughout history. The new research findings appear in the current edition of journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. According to this new hypothesis, the disease might be the oldest human-specific infection, with roots that likely stem back millions of year ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-uncover-ancient-myster


NEWS - Schizophrenics are at greater risk of getting diseases
Researchers have long known that people with autoimmune diseases, such as hepatitis, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and psoriasis, are at greater risk of developing schizophrenia .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-schizophrenics-greater


NEWS - Sound-sensing cells regenerated in ears of mice with hearing damage
For years, scientists have thought that sound-sensing hair cells in the inner ear are not replaced once they're lost, but new research reveals that supporting cells in the ear can turn into hair cells in newborn mice. If the findings can be applied to older animals, they may lead to ways to help stimulate cell replacement in adults and to the design of treatment strategies for people suffering from deafness due to hair cell loss .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140220132156.ht


NEWS - Study links men's work hours to wives' health
(Medical Xpress)—The longer hours men work, the healthier their wives are, according to new research by UT Dallas post-doctoral research associate Dr. Sibyl Kleiner .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-links-men-hours-wives-


NEWS - Unfilled hospital openings for doctors growing, survey finds
(HealthDay)—The need for hospital physicians is growing, according to an article published Jan. 3 in Medical Economics .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-unfilled-hospital-doct


NEWS - Zebrafish discovery may shed light on human kidney function
Researchers say the discovery of how sodium ions pass through the gill of a zebrafish may be a clue to understanding a key function in the human kidney. In this research, the protein allows the sodium ions to be absorbed from the forming urine while at the same time discarding waste from normally functioning cells, thus keeping the body in balance and serving as an energy saving system. The researchers say the same NHE3 protein performs a similar ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140220141727.ht


NEWS-CANCER - 'Fat Hormone' Tied to Higher Colon Cancer Risk in Obese Men
More precancerous polyps seen in small study as body fat increase .. ...
Obese adults embrace walking program to avoid
http://www.webmd.com/news/20140220/fat-hormone-tied-to-highe


NEWS-CANCER - Cell behavior mapped in low oxygen conditions, may lead to cancer treatment
Research has explained how cells behave when placed in a low oxygen environment, a development that could have implications for cancer patients and other serious illnesses. The findings open up the possibility of controlling the signals that keep cells alive, preventing the damages caused by ischemia -- a restriction of blood supply to tissues. It could also work to help destroy cancer cells .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140220102919.ht


NEWS-CANCER - Enhancement of chemotherapy by prevention of tumor cell repair
The body naturally tries to repair lesions in the DNA of tumor cells, and thus reduces the efficacy of chemotherapy. Blocking the mechanisms for DNA repair would help to potentiate chemotherapy by reducing the resistance of cells to treatment. A team of scientists has discovered a new drug that inhibits repair: spironolactone, which seems likely to be used in the very short term as an adjuvant to chemotherapy .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140220132536.ht


NEWS-CANCER - Hypnosis therapy shown to decrease fatigue levels in breast cancer patients
Breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy showed decreased fatigue as a result of cognitive behavioral therapy plus hypnosis (CBTH), according to a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-hypnosis-therapy-shown


NEWS-CANCER - New website helps breast cancer sufferers
A research team at the University of Sydney in collaboration with Cancer Australia and Breast Cancer Network Australia, has developed a new online resource that takes women through the process of breast reconstruction after a mastectomy .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-website-breast-cancer.


NEWS-CANCER - Promising cervical cancer study
Research on cervical cancer performed by a physician at the University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The multi-site research project by Bradley J. Monk, MD, is expected to change the standard of care for women with advanced cervical cancer .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-cervical-cancer.htm


PSYCHOLOGY - Dishonesty and creativity: Two sides of the same coin?
New research shows that lying about performance on one task may increase creativity on a subsequent task by making people feel less bound by conventional rules .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-dishonesty-creativity-


PSYCHOLOGY - Dreaming and Wakefulness in the Theater of the Brain
The internal play is the cortical top down processing for the living of a life. It is the stuff of dreams, and projected onto the world in waking consciousness. It invisibly guides one’s emotional life and determines our relatedness to others and ourself. It contains, as well, an intimation of a deeper authenticity.read mor .. ...
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-theater-the-brain/20


PSYCHOLOGY - Emotional Affair: Is It Cheating?
Does emotional infidelity count as cheating? Psychologists say yes. And it can ruin your relationship. Learn more at WebMD .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/features/emotional-ch


PSYCHOLOGY - New magnetic treatment offers hope for depression
Though depression is often dubbed the common cold of mental health, the disorder can be crippling - and nearly a third of those who suffer find little or no relief in the flood of anti-depressants now on the market .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-magnetic-treatment-dep


PSYCHOLOGY - Researchers find neurons responsible for tying together fearful events with environment
(Medical Xpress)—Researchers working at Columbia University have identified a neuron that serves to tie fearful events with the environment in which they occurred. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team explains how they isolated the special neuron and how its identification furthers the understanding of how memories are formed in the brain .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-neurons-responsible-ty


PSYCHOLOGY - Why You Procrastinate and How to Stop
Many people put things off to an unhealthy degree. Find out at WebMD why we do this and how to get things done on time .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/procrastination-proble


SLEEP - Study in fruitflies strengthens connection among protein misfolding, sleep loss, and age
Pulling an "all-nighter" before a big test is practically a rite of passage in college. Usually, it's no problem: You stay up all night, take the test, and then crash, rapidly catching up on lost sleep. But as we age, sleep patterns change, and our ability to recoup lost sleep diminishes. New research demonstrates that pathways of aging and sleep intersect at the circuitry of a cellular stress response pathway, and by tinkering with those connect ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140220132538.ht


SUPPLEMENTS - Iron Deficiency May Raise Stroke Risk
Study found lack of key mineral can make blood 'stickier' and more likely to clo .. ...
A bright pink glow showed the precise pathway a
http://www.webmd.com/stroke/news/20140220/iron-deficiency-ma


SUPPLEMENTS - Long-term daily multivitamin supplement use decreases cataract risk in men
Long-term daily multivitamin supplement use may lower cataract risk in men, according to a study of nearly 15,000 male physicians published this month in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-long-term-daily-multiv


WEIGHT - A little weight loss may ease sleep apnea
(HealthDay)—A small amount of weight loss might help combat sleep apnea, a new study suggests .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-weight-loss-ease-apnea