HEALTH PORTATION curated News March 24th

BONES - Shock-absorbing 'goo' discovered in bone
New findings show that much of the mineral from which bone is made consists of 'goo' trapped between tiny crystals, allowing movement between them. It is this flexibility that stops bones from shattering. Latest research shows that the chemical citrate -- a by-product of natural cell metabolism -- is mixed with water to create a viscous fluid that is trapped between the nano-scale crystals that form our bones. This fluid allows enough movement, o ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140324154013.ht


BRAIN - Electric 'thinking cap' controls learning speed
(Medical Xpress)—Caffeine-fueled cram sessions are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if "thinking caps" were real .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-electric-cap.htm


BRAIN - For neurons in the brain, identity can be used to predict location
Throughout the world, there are many different types of people, and their identity can tell a lot about where they live. The type of job they work, the kind of car they drive, and the foods they eat can all be used to predict the country, the state, or maybe even the city a person lives in .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-neurons-brain-identity


BRAIN - Guideline: Medical marijuana in pill form or oral spray may ease some MS symptoms
A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology suggests that there is little evidence that most complementary or alternative medicine therapies (CAM) treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). However, the guideline states the CAM therapies oral cannabis, or medical marijuana pills, and oral medical marijuana spray may ease patients' reported symptoms of spasticity, pain related to spasticity and frequent urination in multiple scleros ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-guideline-medical-mari


BRAIN - Jury Still Out on Routine Dementia Screening for Seniors
Panel says benefits unproven, but Alzheimer's experts say early detection is importan .. ...
Most say they'll still have the prostate cancer
http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/news/20140324/jury-still-


BRAIN - Lining up our sights
Neurologists at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich have studied the role of the vestibular system, which controls balance, in optimizing how we direct our gaze. The results could lead to more effective rehabilitation of patients with vestibular or cerebellar dysfunction .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-lining-sights.htm


BRAIN - Natalizumab treatment in patients with MS associated with JC virus infection
Treatment with natalizumab in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) appears linked with JC virus (JCV) infection, which can lead to a rare and often fatal demyelinating disease of the central nervous system called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) that destroys the myelin that protects nerve cells. The movement of cells with JC virus into the blood stream may provide researchers with a possible reason why patients with MS develop P ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-natalizumab-treatment-


BRAIN - New technique classifies retinal neurons into 15 categories, including some previously unknown types
As we scan a scene, many types of neurons in our retinas interact to analyze different aspects of what we see and form a cohesive image. Each type is specialized to respond to a particular variety of visual input—for example, light or darkness, the edges of an object, or movement in a certain direction .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-technique-retinal-neur


BRAIN - Research reveals new depths of complexity in nerve cells
Research from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation reveals a new complexity to nerve cells in the brain that could affect future therapies aimed at altering mood and memory in humans .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-reveals-depths-complex


BRAIN - Would you believe your hand could turn into marble? Neuroscientists present a new bodily illusion
Our bodies are made of flesh and bones. We all know this, and throughout our daily lives, all our senses constantly provide converging information about this simple, factual truth. But is this always the case? A new study by Irene Senna from Bielefeld University's Center of Excellence CITEC and her colleagues reports a surprising bodily illusion demonstrating how we can rapidly update our assumptions about the material qualities of our bodies bas ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-marble-neuroscientists


FOODS - Fact or Fiction?: The 5-Second Rule for Dropped Food
There may be some actual science behind this popular deadline for retrieving grounded goodies-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com .. ...
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-th


NEWS - A Networked Approach to Fighting the TB Pandemic
It may not be marked on your calendar, but today, March 24 is World TB Day , created to remind people of the massive global health problem caused by tuberculosis.-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com .. ...
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2014/03/24/a-


NEWS - Electronic Cigarettes Prove To Be Green Alternative
With the EU setting member states tight energy efficiency and green targets by the year 2020, the Government and the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) have been promoting ways in which all citizens can reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint. These have ranged from promoting the much maligned Green Deal to promoting cycling to work schemes.As we search for endless ways in which to lessen the negative environmental .. ...
electronic cigarettes
http://planetsave.com/2014/03/24/electronic-cigarettes-prove


NEWS - Innovative technique provides inexpensive, rapid and detailed analysis of proteins
Proteins are vital participants in virtually all life processes, including growth, repair and signaling in cells; catalysis of chemical reactions and defense against infection. For these reasons, proteins can provide critical signposts of health and disease, provided they can be identified and assessed in a clinical setting .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-technique-inexpensive-


NEWS - Rates of blindness and partial sight have plummeted in developed world
Rates of blindness and impaired eyesight have plummeted over the past 20 years in the developed world. But macular degeneration has replaced cataract as the leading cause of blindness in rich countries, reveals an analysis of the available evidence published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-partial-sight-plummete


NEWS - UN: Haiti Has More Cholera Than Any Other Nation
UN: Haiti has the worst cholera outbreak in the world, but spread and fatality rate are dow .. ...
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/haiti-cholera-


NEWS - We thought the human nose could detect 10,000 odors. Turns out, the real number is a TRILLION
These days, noise and light pollution are being taken more seriously than they used to be. Maybe someday smell pollution will also get more attention .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/thought-human-nos


NEWS-CANCER - New Therapy May Shrink Enlarged Prostate With Fewer Side Effects: Study
'Embolization' limits prostate's blood supply, but experts say more research is neede .. ...
'Embolization' limits prostate's blood supply,
http://www.webmd.com/men/prostate-enlargement-bph/news/20140


PAIN - Low back pain causes more global disability than any other condition
Low back pain causes more disability around the globe than any other condition, reveals research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-pain-global-disability


PSYCHOLOGY - Leaders are wired to be task-focused or team-builders, but can be both
What sort of leader are you? Do you think leading is all about a laser-like focus on the task, watching the bottom line and making sure everyone is doing what they should? Or is it about listening to your team, being open to ideas and perspectives, and inspiring them to find their own niche .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-leaders-wired-task-foc


PSYCHOLOGY - Understanding Hoarders
In recent years, many researchers have pointed out the similarity between hoarding behaviour in humans with the type of hoarding often seen in different animal species. The development of an animal model of hoarding behaviour can provide insight into the different brain regions associated with compulsive hoarding and possible new treatment methods.read mor .. ...
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/media-spotlight/201403/u


SLEEP - Shorter sleepers are over-eaters
Young children who sleep less eat more, which can lead to obesity and related health problems later in life, reports a new study by UCL researchers .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-shorter-sleepers-over-