HEALTH PORTATION curated News March 13th

BRAIN - Autism, ADHD Tied to Gender Concerns in Some Kids: Study
These children may be less inhibited, more likely to say they want to be another gender, researchers sugges .. ...
Six out of 10 reported rape, stalking or other
http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/news/20140312/a


BRAIN - Estradiol preserves key brain regions in postmenopausal women at risk for dementia
When initiated soon after menopause, hormone therapy with estradiol prevented degeneration in key brain regions of women who were at heightened dementia risk, according to a new study led by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-estradiol-key-brain-re


BRAIN - Halting immune response could save brain cells after stroke
A new study in animals shows that using a compound to block the body's immune response greatly reduces disability after a stroke .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-halting-immune-respons


BRAIN - Human brains 'hard-wired' to link what we see with what we do
Your brain's ability to instantly link what you see with what you do is down to a dedicated information 'highway', suggests new UCL-led research .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-human-brains-hard-wire


BRAIN - Levels of key brain chemicals predict children's reading ability
(Medical Xpress)—Reading-impaired young children have higher levels of the metabolites glutamate and choline in their brains, and these higher levels continue to be indicative of difficulties in developing typical reading and language skills, a Yale study has found. The study appears in the Journal of Neuroscience .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-key-brain-chemicals-ch


BRAIN - Mexican-Americans suffer worse outcomes after stroke
Mexican-Americans had worse neurologic, functional and cognitive outcomes 90 days after stroke compared to non-Hispanic whites, in a study reported in the American Heart Association journal Stroke .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-mexican-americans-wors


BRAIN - Play it again, Sam: How the brain recognizes familiar music
Research from McGill University reveals that the brain's motor network helps people remember and recognize music that they have performed in the past better than music they have only heard. A recent study by Prof. Caroline Palmer of the Department of Psychology sheds new light on how humans perceive and produce sounds, and may pave the way for investigations into whether motor learning could improve or protect memory or cognitive impairment in ag ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-sam-brain-familiar-mus


BRAIN - Scientists catch brain damage in the act (w/ video)
Scientists have uncovered how inflammation and lack of oxygen conspire to cause brain damage in conditions such as stroke and Alzheimer's disease .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-scientists-brain-video


BRAIN - Stroke survivors may lose month of healthy life for 15-minute delay in treatment
Every 15-minute delay in delivering a clot-busting drug after stroke robs survivors of about a month of disability-free life, according to a new study in the American Heart Association journal Stroke .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-survivors-month-health


BRAIN - Study suggests potential association between soy formula and seizures in children with autism
A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher has detected a higher rate of seizures among children with autism who were fed infant formula containing soy protein rather than milk protein .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-potential-association-


BRAIN - These boosts are made for walkin': Study reveals that movement kicks visual system into higher gear
Whether you're a Major League outfielder chasing down a hard-hit ball or a lesser mortal navigating a busy city sidewalk, it pays to keep a close watch on your surroundings when walking or running. Now, new research by UC San Francisco neuroscientists suggests that the body may get help in these fast-changing situations from a specialized brain circuit that causes visual system neurons to fire more strongly during locomotion .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-boosts-walkin-reveals-


BRAIN - What happened when? How the brain stores memories by time
(Medical Xpress)—Before I left the house this morning, I let the cat out and started the dishwasher. Or was that yesterday? Very often, our memories must distinguish not just what happened and where, but when an event occurred—and what came before and after. New research from the University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience shows that a part of the brain called the hippocampus stores memories by their "temporal context"—what happened ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-brain-memories.htm


DIABETES - Blood sugar testing with no sharps
Measuring blood sugar when you have diabetes usually involves pricking your finger and using a glucose monitor for the test. While this approach can give people with diabetes vital information about whether they need to take insulin or eat something sugary, it is nevertheless painful and inconvenient. Now, an international research team is one step closer to an entirely non-invasive blood sugar test. They report details in the International Journ ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-blood-sugar-sharps.htm


DIABETES - Type 1 diabetes: Gut microbiota networks may influence autoimmune processes
The interactions of the gut microbiota in children with typical diabetes autoantibodies differ from that in healthy children. The fact that these differences already exist before antibodies are detectable in the blood adds to the growing evidence that microbial DNA, the so-called microbiome, may be involved in the development of autoimmune processes .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140312082530.ht


DIGESTION - Microbes help to battle infection: Gut microbes help develop immune cells, study finds
Beneficial gut bacteria are necessary for the development of innate immune cells -- specialized types of white blood cells that serve as the body's first line of defense against invading pathogens -- new research has found. The research suggests that a healthy population of gut microbes can actually provide a preventative alternative to antibiotics .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140312132632.ht


EXERCISE - Get Active to Lower Triglycerides & Cholesterol
An inactive life can keep your bad cholesterol levels high and your good levels low. WebMD describes how to begin an exercise program to help lower cholesterol .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/exercis


FOODS - Can we prevent a food breakdown?
As food supplies have tightened, a new geopolitics of food has emerged—a world in which the global competition for land and water is intensifying and each country is fending for itself .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/can-we-pre


FOODS - Could grapefruit be good for your kidneys?
A natural product found in grapefruit can prevent kidney cysts from forming, new research indicates. Naringenin, which is also present in other citrus fruits, has been found to successfully block the formation of kidney cysts, an effect that occurs in polycystic kidney disease, by regulating the PKD2 protein responsible for the condition. With few treatments currently available, symptoms include high blood pressure and loss of kidney function, an ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140312132401.ht


FOODS - How to Support Your Local Food Economy, Even in Winter
In many parts of the country, fresh local produce is strictly limited by the seasons. But despite the dearth of fresh produce in winter, you can still find many locally sourced foods like the 10 in this infographic from Sustainable America. You might have to do some research to find them all in your area (localharvest.org can help), but your effort will help local food producers stay in business and strengthen your local food system. If you have ...
http://www.good.is/posts/how-to-support-your-local-food-econ


FOODS - Organic food and drink sale rises after years of decline
Four out of five households now buying organic produce, with younger shoppers willing to spend the most, industry report findsSales of organic food and drink rose by 2.8% last year after successive years of decline, fuelled by strong growth among independent retailers and healthy online sales.The organic market in the UK was worth £1.79bn in 2013 – up from £1.64bn in 2012 – according to the 2014 Organic Market Report from the Soil Association, th ...
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/13/organic-f
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FOODS - Protein from meat, fish may help men age well
(HealthDay)—Older men may gain a boost physically, mentally and socially if they eat a diet rich in meat and fish, according to a new study from Japan .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-protein-meat-fish-men-


FOODS - Why we should all eat more fermented foods
It might not sound appealing, but fermented foods contain good bacteria that can improve your overall health .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/why-we-should-eat-more-


HEART - Key heart failure culprit discovered in tiny piece of RNA
A small, but powerful, new player in the onset and progression of heart failure has been discovered by cardiovascular researchers. The researchers have also shown how they successfully blocked the newly discovered culprit to halt the debilitating and chronic life-threatening condition in its tracks .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140312150101.ht


HEART - Married women less likely to die from heart disease
(Medical Xpress)—Married women are 28% less likely to die from heart disease than unmarried women, a new study has found. This is despite the fact that marriage makes no difference to women's chances of developing heart disease in the first place .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-women-die-heart-diseas


HEART - Novel marker and possible therapeutic target for cardiovascular calcification identified
Cardiovascular calcification (deposits of minerals in heart valves and blood vessels) is a primary contributor to heart disease, the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-marker-therapeutic-car


IMMUNE-SYSTEM - Missing link in plant immunity identified
After a 30-year search, scientists have uncovered how an enzyme critical to plants' rapid immune response against microbes is activated .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-link-immunity.htm


NEWS - Blood test might help spot, monitor concussions
(HealthDay)—When someone suffers a concussion, it can be hard to tell how serious it is and how long recovery will take, but a new blood test might help answer those questions .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-blood-concussions.htm


NEWS - Most alcohol-linked deaths occur among working-age adults, CDC says
(HealthDay)—Americans' excessive alcohol use contributes to thousands of deaths each year, and the majority who die are working-age adults, according to a new government report .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-alcohol-linked-deaths-


NEWS - One in five older Americans take medications that work against each other
About three out of four older Americans have multiple chronic health conditions, and more than 20 percent of them are being treated with drugs that work at odds with each other – the medication being used for one condition can actually make the other condition worse .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-older-americans-medica


NEWS - Spain patient gets pneumonia by e-cigarettes: hospital
A patient in Spain caught pneumonia from smoking an electronic cigarette too much, the second ever recorded case of lung illness from the devices, the hospital treating him said Thursday .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-spain-patient-pneumoni


NEWS - The first food web inside humans suggests potential new treatments for infection
Imagine going to the doctor with an infection and being sent home with a course of drugs. Unknown to your doctor you actually have two infections. If you take the drugs will the other infection go away by itself? What if you take the drugs and the other infection gets worse? This quandary faces those treating patients with multiple infections .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-food-web-humans-potential-treat


NEWS - Tiny Ultrasonic Device to Travel Arteries and Image Coronary Blockages
There’s a rule of thumb in surgery—the less invasive the procedure, the better. Less invasive surgeries reduce patient discomfort, foster faster recoveries, and limit the risk of infection. Problem is, you have to get your eyes on a problem to solve it.In heart surgery, for example, practitioners use external ultrasound to view blockages. The images are useful, but they are only good enough to serve as a general guide. Georgia Tech researchers, l ...
tiny-chip-to-travel-arteries (1)
http://singularityhub.com/2014/03/13/tiny-ultrasonic-device-


NEWS - Top 7 Powerful Ingredients To Help Prevent Gray Hair
Top 7 Powerful Ingredients To Help Prevent Gray Hair   Did you know a deficiency of essential nutrients can cause your hair to turn gray and lose it’s luster? Here are some ingredients that contain essential vitamins and minerals that can help you maintain your tresses, and promote health as well: 1. Chocolate Here is […]The post Top 7 Powerful Ingredients To Help Prevent Gray Hair appeared first on PositiveMed .. ...
http://positivemed.com/2014/03/13/top-7-powerful-ingredients


NEWS-CANCER - Fruit flies help uncover tumor-preventing protein complex
A team of researchers from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School have discovered a protein complex that disrupts the process known as dedifferentiation, known to promote tumor development .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-fruit-flies-uncover-tumor-preve


NEWS-CANCER - Pancreatic cancer growth slowed by blocking key enzyme
Blocking the function of an enzyme known as Hhat slows the growth and spread of pancreatic cancer by preventing a protein called Hedgehog from stimulating nearby normal cells to help the cancer, reserach shows. The study examined the role of Hedgehog, whose usual job is to send signals to cells in embryos to divide and grow into the correct body parts. But while Hedgehog usually switches off when the embryo is formed, in many cancers, including p ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140312103458.ht


NEWS-CANCER - Protein key to cell motility has implications for stopping cancer metastasis
A Penn team describes how a key cell-movement protein called IRSp53 is regulated in a resting and active state, and what this means for cancer-cell metastasis. They characterized how IRSp53 connects to the cell-motility machinery by starting the formation of cell filopodia .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-protein-key-cell-motility-impli


PSYCHOLOGY - 'Love Hormone' May Help Those With Anorexia
Small, preliminary study found it lowered levels of obsession with images of food and obesit .. ...
Areas that control sense of fullness, perception
http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/anorexia-nervosa/news/201


PSYCHOLOGY - Boosting self-esteem prevents health problems for seniors
The importance of boosting self-esteem is normally associated with the trials and tribulations of adolescence. But new research from Concordia University shows that it's even more important for older adults to maintain and improve upon those confidence levels as they enter their twilight years. That's because boosting self-esteem can help buffer potential health threats typically associated with the transition into older adulthood .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-boosting-self-esteem-h


PSYCHOLOGY - Countering the caregiver placebo effect
How do you know that your pet is benefiting from its pain medication? A new clinical trial design from North Carolina State University researchers could help overcome pet owners' unconscious observation bias and determine whether the drugs they test are effective .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-countering-caregiver-placebo-ef


PSYCHOLOGY - Depression costs European businesses $130 billion
(Medical Xpress)—Employers need to take a more proactive approach to employees with depression in the wake of figures showing the illness now costs European workplaces an estimated £77 ($130) billion a year .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-depression-european-bu


PSYCHOLOGY - Forgetting is actively regulated
In order to function properly, the human brain requires the ability not only to store but also to forget: Through memory loss, unnecessary information is deleted and the nervous system retains its plasticity. A disruption of this process can lead to serious mental disorders. Basel scientists have now discovered a molecular mechanism that actively regulates the process of forgetting. The scientific journal Cell has published their results .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-forgetting-is-actively


PSYCHOLOGY - Husband's health and attitude loom large for happy long-term marriages
(Phys.org) —A husband's agreeable personality and good health appear crucial to preventing conflict among older couples who have been together a long time, according to a study from University of Chicago researchers .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-husband-health-attitude-loom-la


PSYCHOLOGY - Research in the News: Practicality trumps desirability in gift giving
As it turns out, it’s not the thought that counts when giving a gift. In a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, researchers have found that gift receivers would be happier if givers gave them exactly what they requested rather than attempting to be “thoughtful and considerate” by buying gifts they did not explicitly request. The study also revealed that the person receiving the gift would actually prefer a practical gift over a supposed ...
http://news.yale.edu/2014/03/12/research-news-practicality-t


PSYCHOLOGY - Study findings suggest orange light causes people to be more alert
(Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers in Belgium has found that people exposed to orange light exhibit greater brain activity than those exposed to blue light. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they studied brain activity in volunteers undergoing fMRI scanning while different colored lights were shined into their eyes and how it showed that orange light might have an impact on the ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-orange-people.htm


SLEEP - Researchers identify gene that helps fruit flies go to sleep
In a series of experiments sparked by fruit flies that couldn't sleep, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have identified a mutant gene—dubbed "Wide Awake"—that sabotages how the biological clock sets the timing for sleep. The finding also led them to the protein made by a normal copy of the gene that promotes sleep early in the night and properly regulates sleep cycles .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-gene-fruit-flies.htm


WEIGHT - 10 Foods That Cause Weight Gain
10 Foods That Cause Weight Gain Have you ever thought about why Americans are often heavy? We tend to place blame on too much food and not enough exercise, however recent findings have surprised experts. Scientists from Harvard report there are some foods that cause weight gain and here they are: 1. Butter Butter and […]The post 10 Foods That Cause Weight Gain appeared first on PositiveMed .. ...
http://positivemed.com/2014/03/13/10-foods-cause-weight-gain


WEIGHT - Breast cancer gene could play critical role in obesity, diabetes
The gene known to be associated with breast cancer susceptibility, BRCA 1, plays a critical role in the normal metabolic function of skeletal muscle, according to a new study. Mutations in the BRCA1 gene may also put people at increased risk for metabolic diseases like obesity and type 2 diabetes, this research indicates .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140312114836.ht


WEIGHT - Scientists Spot New Obesity Gene
Finding could also help efforts to find ways to treat diabete .. ...
But national statistics contend that there's an
http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20140312/scientists-spot-new-