HEALTH PORTATION curated News March 26th

ALZHEIMER - 'Big Science' uncovers another piece in the Alzheimer's puzzle
In a paper published today, British scientists have found evidence that  biological material contributing to lesions in the brain, characteristic in Alzheimer's patients, may also cause the build-up of brain-cell-damaging toxic iron. Scientists have made the discovery using advanced imaging techniques at giant X-ray facilities - the Diamond Light Source synchrotron in Oxfordshire and other synchrotrons in Switzerland and the US .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-big-science-uncovers-p


ALZHEIMER - Immunotherapy approach to Alzheimer's studied in fly models
At Genetics Society of America's Drosophila Research Conference, scientists will report on results of using fly models to investigate passive immunotherapy to block amyloid-?42 peptides of amyloid plaques that damage the brain cells of patients with Alzheimer's .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-immunotherapy-approach


BRAIN - Brain degeneration in Huntington's disease caused by amino acid deficiency
Working with genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins neuroscientists report they have identified what they believe is the cause of the vast disintegration of a part of the brain called the corpus striatum in rodents and people with Huntington's disease: loss of the ability to make the amino acid cysteine. They also found that disease progression slowed in mice that were fed a diet rich in cysteine, which is found in foods such as wheat germ an ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-brain-degeneration-hun


BRAIN - Electrical brain stimulation might help fibromyalgia patients
(HealthDay)—By using magnetic brain stimulation on patients with fibromyalgia, French researchers say they were able to improve some of the patients' symptoms .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-electrical-brain-fibro


BRAIN - Lack of coronin 1 protein causes learning deficits and aggressive behavior
Learning and memory relies on the proper processing of signals that stimulate neuronal cells within the brain. Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, together with an international team of scientists, has uncovered an important role for the protein coronin 1 in cognition and behavior. They found that a lack of coronin 1 in mouse and in man is associated with poor memory, defective learning and aggressive behavior. The results, ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-lack-coronin-protein-d


BRAIN - Looking at something can change our perception of time
Human eyes are constantly moving. Most people make more than 10,000 eye movements every hour – adding up to more than 160,000 in an average waking day. Many of these eye movements are quite reflexive. Something catches the corner of your eye, and you move your eyes rapidly to that event to look at it directly. These rapid eye movements are called saccades. Sometimes, of course, eye movements are voluntary, as when looking carefully at a painting ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-perception.htm


BRAIN - Migraine attacks increase following stress 'let-down'
Migraine sufferers who experienced reduced stress from one day to the next are at significantly increased risk of migraine onset on the subsequent day, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Montefiore Headache Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University. Stress has long been believed to be a common headache trigger. In this study, researchers found that relaxation following heightened stress was an even ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-migraine-stress-let-do


BRAIN - New clue to autism found inside brain cells
The problems people with autism have with memory formation, higher-level thinking and social interactions may be partially attributable to the activity of receptors inside brain cells, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have learned .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-clue-autism-brain-cell


BRAIN - Patches of cortical layers disrupted during early brain development in autism
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Allen Institute for Brain Science have published a study that gives clear and direct new evidence that autism begins during pregnancy .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-patches-cortical-layer


BRAIN - Yale researchers reconstruct facial images locked in a viewer’s mind
Using only data from an fMRI scan, researchers led by a Yale University undergraduate have accurately reconstructed images of human faces as viewed by other people .. ...
http://news.yale.edu/2014/03/25/yale-researchers-reconstruct


EXERCISE - 56 percent of Mexican adults don't exercise, study finds
A new study says that more than half of Mexican adults don't get regular exercise, a worrisome figure in a country with high rates of obesity and diabetes .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-percent-mexican-adults


FOODS - Let food be thy medicine!
Medical schools are catching on to the sensible idea that a good diet can go a long ways toward healing disease .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/health/let-food-be-thy-medicine.ht


HEART - Watermelon could lower blood pressure
Be sure to pick up a watermelon—or two—at your neighborhood farmers' market. It could save your life .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-watermelon-blood-press


HERBS - New Capsicum annuum pepper contains high concentrations of beneficial capsinoids
Researchers have released a new Capsicum annuum pepper germplasm that contains high concentrations of capsinoids. The release was announced in the January 2014 issue of HortScience by researchers Robert L. Jarret from the USDA/Agricultural Research Service in Griffin, Georgia, in collaboration with Jason Bolton and L. Brian Perkins from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Maine .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-capsicum-annuum-pepper-high-ben


HERBS - Sweet violets, a cure for melancholy
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: The flowers' enigmatic toughness counters their reputation as delicate and fragileAt wood's edge, on a rabbit-scrabbled bank, a patch of white sweet violets, five yards square, glows under trees. There is so much energy in the air: a flash of sunlight catches the flowers and is gone under heavy cloud; in a matter of minutes there's rain, then snow. I take cover against an old field maple on the wood's medieval hedge bank ...
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/25/wenlock-e
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NEWS - DNews: Why Do We Need Earwax?
Earwax can be a gross and uncomfortable nuisance that builds up in our ears. What's the point of it, and can it tell us anything about our ancestors? Join Trace as he breaks down everything you need to know about earwax .. ...
http://news.discovery.com/human/videos/why-do-we-need-earwax


NEWS - Doctors Really Do Raise Your Blood Pressure
Study indicates that long-suspected 'white coat effect' is rea .. ...
Many of these patients suffer from hypochondria,
http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/2


NEWS - E-Cigarettes: What the Research Shows
Because there are so many unknowns about the possible health risks of e-cigarettes, the FDA is looking to regulate these products as it does tobacco cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20140326/what-re


NEWS - Fighting back against TB
Tuberculosis is back. In 2011, almost 9 million people contracted it, and 1.4 million of them died, making TB the second deadliest infectious disease after HIV/AIDS, according to the World Health Organization .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-tb.htm


NEWS - Genetics can explain why infections can trigger onset of different types of rheumatoid arthritis
A new international study has revealed how genetics could explain why different environmental exposures can trigger the onset of different forms of rheumatoid arthritis. The findings could have important implications for the way that rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed and treated. Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious inflammatory form of arthritis that causes painful, swollen joints, and in severe cases, considerable disability. It is known to have s ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140326092333.ht


NEWS - Scientists visualize new treatments for retinal blindness
A new report published online in The FASEB Journal may lead the way toward new treatments or a cure for a common cause of blindness (proliferative retinopathies). Specifically, scientists have discovered that the body's innate immune system does more than help ward off external pathogens. It also helps remove sight-robbing abnormal blood vessels, while leaving healthy cells and tissue intact. This discovery is significant as the retina is part of ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-scientists-visualize-t


PSYCHOLOGY - Altruistic side of aggressive greed
In many group-living species, high-rank individuals bully their group-mates to get what they want, but their contribution is key to success in conflict with other groups, according to a study that sheds new light on the evolutionary roots of cooperation and group conflict. In a series of mathematical models, researchers uncovered a mechanism for explaining how between-group conflict influences within-group cooperation and how genes for this behav ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140326092600.ht


WATERS - This Edible Blob Is A Water Bottle Without The Plastic
One way to stop the ever-growing pile of plastic water bottles in landfills? Make a bottle people can eat.Inspired by techniques from molecular gastronomy, three London-based industrial design students created Ooho, a blob-like water container that they say is easy and cheap to make, strong, hygienic, biodegradable, and edible.At the moment it might be too big (bring a towel!) but it's a FANTASTIC concept .. ...
http://www.good.is/posts/this-edible-blob-is-a-water-bottle-