HEALTH PORTATION curated News March 11th

ALZHEIMER - Blood Test May Have Power to Predict Alzheimer's
Scientists who tested seniors say the results detected almost all of those who would develop problem .. ...
Estrogen also involved, researchers say, and
http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20140309/simple-blood-t


BONES - Researcher seeks help for those with osteoporosis
Anja Nohe calls osteoporosis "a significant disease and a silent disease," afflicting some 10 million Americans and leading to more deaths—from osteoporosis-related fractures—among women in the U.S. than breast and ovarian cancer combined. The condition weakens the bones and becomes increasingly common, especially in women, with age .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-osteoporosis.htm


BRAIN - Areas of the brain process read and heard language differently
The brain processes read and heard language differently. This is the key and new finding of a study at the University Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the MedUni Vienna, unveiled on the eve of the European Radiology Congress in Vienna (6 to 10 March). The researchers have been able to determine the affected areas of the brain using speech processing tests with the aid of functional magnetic resonance tomography (fMRT) .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-areas-brain-heard-lang


BRAIN - Outside the body our memories fail us
New research from Karolinska Institutet and Umeå University demonstrates for the first time that there is a close relationship between body perception and the ability to remember. For us to be able to store new memories from our lives, we need to feel that we are in our own body. According to researchers, the results could be of major importance in understanding the memory problems that psychiatric patients often exhibit .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-body-memories.htm


BRAIN - Phantom limb pain relieved when amputated arm is put back to work
People who lose an arm or a leg often experience phantom sensations, as if the missing limb were still there. Seventy per cent of amputees experience pain in the amputated limb despite that it no longer exists .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-phantom-limb-pain-reli


BRAIN - The encoding of color categories in brain
(Medical Xpress) —The spectrum of visible light, like that of audible sound, spans a range of frequencies that is easy to define. There is both a minimum, and a maximum, that we can perceive. Our perception of color, while continuous, naturally partitions itself into categories that defy any sense of orderly progression, almost as if they are some kind of strange smells. Indeed if we combine the blue from the top end of the spectrum, with red fro ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-encoding-categories-br


DIGESTION - A tricky balancing act: Antibiotics versus the gut microbiota
Antibiotics are valuable, potentially life-saving tools that have significantly reduced human morbidity and mortality. Unfortunately, antibiotics may also have unintended consequences from their off-target effects that may increase the risk of many long-term conditions. Recent epidemiologic studies have detected a possible link between antibiotic use in childhood and weight gain1—with disruption to the normal gut microbiota considered the most li ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-tricky-antibiotics-gut


DIGESTION - Feeding gut microbiota: Nutrition and probiotics are key factors for digestive health
A healthy and balanced diet, as well as probiotics, have been known to be helpful in preserving gastrointestinal health for quite a long time. But it is only recently that the underlying mechanisms have become somewhat clearer. A rapidly increasing body of knowledge promises to further clarify the effects of our daily food on the gut microbiota and to indicate more targeted applications of probiotics in the near future. This was one of the topics ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-gut-microbiota-nutriti


EXERCISE - Stretching: How to Stretch, When to Stretch
Should you stretch before or after a workout, and how should you stretch? WebMD talks to experts about stretching .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/how-to-stretch?s


FOODS - 10 innovative food projects reconnecting eaters and producers
Farming is obscure and cooking has become a spectator sport for many, but restoring lost traditions is possibleFor most of the past half century, many of us didn't know – and didn't care to know – how or where our food was produced. For many, food came from the grocery store or restaurant, not from the ground.In the USA, The Food Network draws more viewers than any other cable news channel, but people are cooking less than ever. The time it takes ...
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/blog/10-inno
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FOODS - Disposable food bowl
To create disposable food bowl with minimum environmental impact and to teach wide society about new biodegradable materials in a funny way. Enjoy your food. Then put the seeds from under the label with gravel to the bowl and let it grow. After a week, plant bowl with a herb to the ground. The bowl will degrade and you can grow up your own herb .. ...
http://www.good.is/posts/disposable-food-bow


FOODS - Dropped your toast? Five-second food rule exists, new research suggests
Food picked up just a few seconds after being dropped is less likely to contain bacteria than if it is left for longer periods of time, according to new research. The findings suggest there may be some scientific basis to the '5 second rule' -- the urban myth about it being fine to eat food that has only had contact with the floor for five seconds or less. The study, undertaken by final year biology students monitored the transfer of the common b ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140310102212.ht


FOODS - Imagine that Food is Free
John VanDeusen Edwards realized the gravity of two enormous challenges facing modern-day Americans–a lack of community and a need for a healthful life–so in January 2012 he set out to tackle them both. Along with his friend Jonathan Horstmann, he kick started the nonprofit Food is Free Project .. ...
http://www.good.is/posts/imagine-that-food-is-fre


FOODS - Juicing: How Healthy Is It?
WebMD talks to experts about health risks and benefits of juicing fruits and vegetables .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/juicing-health-risks-and-


FOODS - Meat appeal high on lamb producer list
Consumers' want for visually appealing meat, and the genetic science behind producing such a trait has been explored in a recent summary paper which described key industry findings on the quality of Australian Lamb .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-meat-appeal-high-lamb.htm


HEART - Nocturnal respiratory rate predicts cardiac risk after MI
(HealthDay)—Among survivors of acute myocardial infarction (MI), nocturnal respiratory rate (NRR) is significantly associated with cardiac mortality, particularly non-sudden cardiac death, according to research published online March 5 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-nocturnal-respiratory-


IMMUNE-SYSTEM - Unique individual demonstrates desired immune response to HIV virus
One person's unique ability to fight HIV has provided key insights into an immune response that researchers now hope to trigger with a vaccine, according to findings reported by a team that includes Duke Medicine scientists .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-unique-individual-desi


NEWS - Early Trial of Doctor’s Office Test to Predict Dementia Before First Symptoms
Until very recently, the only way to provide a firm diagnosis of Alzheimer’s was through a brain autopsy. Things are starting to change. .. ...
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/talking-back/2014/03/10/


NEWS - Emergency alert in the cell
After a natural disaster like a big fire, countless helpers work together to get rid of debris, to build temporary shelters and to provide food for people in need. When a cell is exposed to dangerous environmental conditions such as high temperatures or toxic substances, a quite similar process is initiated: the cellular stress response, also called heat shock response. Together with colleagues from the Technical University of Dresden, scientists ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-emergency-cell.htm


NEWS - Neuroscientists discover way to increase product value without making changes to it
(Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers working at the University of Texas has discovered a way to cause the perceived value of a product to rise, without changing the product itself: add a button that makes noise. In their paper published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the team describes experiments they conducted with various volunteers which together suggested that adding a button along with a noise, caused participants to value those asso ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-neuroscientists-produc


NEWS - Standard kidney drug treatment works better than new surgical procedure
A simple surgical procedure on the kidneys touted as a revolutionary treatment for high blood pressure turns out to be not so revolutionary after all. In a first its kind, a Norwegian clinical trial shows that established, standard drug treatment works better than the new surgical procedure, reports ScienceNordic. .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-standard-kidney-drug-t


NEWS-CANCER - A signal to spread: Scientists identify potent driver of metastasis
An international team of researchers led by scientists at The Wistar Institute have discovered and defined LIMD2, a protein that can drive metastasis, the process where tumors spread throughout the body .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-scientists-potent-driv


NEWS-CANCER - Cheaper, more aggressive prostate cancer treatment may also be riskier
A faster and less expensive form of radiotherapy for treating prostate cancer may come at a price, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers — a higher rate of urinary toxicity or urine poisoning .. ...
http://news.yale.edu/2014/03/10/cheaper-more-aggressive-pros


NEWS-CANCER - New prostate cancer treatment convenient, less expensive, but may be riskier
A faster and less expensive form of radiotherapy for treating prostate cancer may come at a price, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers—a higher rate of urinary complications .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-prostate-cancer-treatm


NEWS-CANCER - New sugar-test to reduce false-positive cancer diagnoses
The world's most widespread test for ovarian cancer reports false-positives in 94 of 100 diagnosed cases. Now, chemists at the University of Copenhagen working with clinical researchers at University College London have developed a method able to halve the number of false-positives. When fully developed, the new test will spare a significant number of women from unnecessary worry and further testing. Furthermore, global health care providers stan ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-sugar-test-false-posit


NEWS-CANCER - UV light aids cancer cells that creep along the outside of blood vessels
A new study by UCLA scientists and colleagues adds further proof to earlier findings by Dr. Claire Lugassy and Dr. Raymond Barnhill of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center that deadly melanoma cells can spread through the body by creeping like tiny spiders along the outside of blood vessels without ever entering the bloodstream .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-uv-aids-cancer-cells-b


PARKINSONS - Parkinson's disease: Quickly identifying patients at risk of dementia
It may now be possible to identify the first-stage Parkinson's patients who will go on to develop dementia, according to a study conducted at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal by Dr. Oury Monchi, PhD, and his postdoctoral student, Dr. Alexandru Hanganu, MD, PhD, both of whom are affiliated with Université de Montréal. These findings were published in the journal Brain .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-parkinson-disease-quic


PSYCHOLOGY - An Open Letter to Advertisers -- We are not your “consumers”
Is all this talk of consumer empowerment just a ploy to sell more stuff? Find out why the consumer is not in control and what you can do to level the playing field.read mor .. ...
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/unconscious-branding/201


PSYCHOLOGY - Infants Use Verbs They Know To Learn New Nouns
Babies learning speech figure out what an object is by listening to others talk about what that object does. Christie Nicholson reports.  .. ...
http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/infants-us
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PSYCHOLOGY - It's OK to Say No
Two letters, one syllable. Honestly, an occasional "No" ain't gonna kill you—or anybody else.read mor .. ...
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/caveman-logic/201403/its


PSYCHOLOGY - Lower IQ in teen years increase risk of early-onset dementia
Men who at the age of 18 years have poorer cardiovascular fitness and/or a lower IQ more often suffer from dementia before the age of 60. This is shown in a recent study encompassing more than one million Swedish men .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-iq-teen-years-early-on


PSYCHOLOGY - Some characteristics increase the likelihood of getting married and living together
When it comes to romantic relationships, attributes such as health, kindness, and social status have been shown to be important qualities in choosing a partner. It may be surprising to learn, however, that certain personal traits predispose a person towards either getting married or forming a cohabitating relationship .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-characteristics-likelihood.htm


PSYCHOLOGY - Study debunks alcohol consumption assertions 
Alcohol consumption is not a direct cause of cognitive impairment in older men later in life, a study conducted by the University of Western Australia has found .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-debunks-alcohol-consum


PSYCHOLOGY - What makes us human?
Scientists defend contradicting views on animal capacities, apparently aimed at either debunking human arrogance or at securing human dominance. The truth can often be found somewhere in the middle. It is time we make systematic progress. Nothing less than understanding our place in nature is at stake. And there are also important applied implications.read mor .. ...
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/uniquely-human/201403/wh


SLEEP - Sleep disrupted? maybe it's Daylight Saving Time
(HealthDay)—Sleep problems may surface for some after clocks were moved forward an hour Sunday morning for Daylight Saving Time because many people have difficulty changing their body clocks, a sleep expert says .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-disrupted-daylight.htm


WEIGHT - My WebMD: Losing 100 Pounds
Catherine Grunden explains to WebMD how she dropped so much weight after a lifetime of obesity .. ...
woman on running track
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/losing-100-pounds?src=RSS


WEIGHT - Spinach extract could help prevent obesity, study shows
A natural compound hidden away in spinach has been shown to reduce food cravings between meals and could help prevent obesity, a Swedish scientist said on Monday .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-spinach-obesity.htm