HEALTH PORTATION curated News March 3rd

ALZHEIMER - New Every Day Technologies for Alzheimer’s Care Grant: Dr. Gallagher-Thompson, Stanford University
Just last week, we awarded a special type of grant we call an Every Day Technologies for Alzheimer’s Care grant to Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, Ph.D., professor of research in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University for her project “Global Caregiving: iSupport for Dementia Family Caregivers.”Caregiving for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease is a worldwide issue, and the needs of family caregivers far outpac ...
http://www.alzheimersblog.org/2014/03/03/day-technologies-al


BRAIN - Blasts may cause brain injury even without symptoms
Veterans exposed to explosions who do not report symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) may still have damage to the brain's white matter comparable to veterans with TBI, according to researchers at Duke Medicine and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-blasts-brain-injury-sy


BRAIN - Brain stimulation shows promise in treating debilitating balance disorder
(Medical Xpress)—It is not uncommon to take a little time to find your land legs after being on a boat, with the sensation of being off balance or still rocking with the waves lasting for minutes, hours or, at most, a few days. However for some people this feeling lasts for years with debilitating consequences .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-brain-debilitating-dis


BRAIN - Research reveals first glimpse of brain circuit that helps experience to shape perception
Odors have a way of connecting us with moments buried deep in our past. Maybe it is a whiff of your grandmother's perfume that transports you back decades. With that single breath, you are suddenly in her living room, listening as the adults banter about politics. The experiences that we accumulate throughout life build expectations that are associated with different scents. These expectations are known to influence how the brain uses and stores ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-reveals-glimpse-brain-


CHOLESTEROL - Increased intake of fish can boost good cholesterol levels
(Medical Xpress)—Increasing the intake of fatty fish increases the number of large HDL particles, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. People who increased their intake of fish to a minimum of 3-4 weekly meals had more large HDL particles in their blood than people who are less frequent eaters of fish. Large HDL particles are believed to protect against cardiovascular diseases. The results were published in ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-intake-fish-boost-good


EXERCISE - The heath concerns in spending the day sitting
We know that being a couch potato may not be the picture of health. But it's allowed as long as we are physically active, right .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-heath-day.htm


EXERCISE - Yoga regulates stress hormones and improves quality of life for women with breast cancer undergoing
For women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy, yoga offers unique benefits beyond fighting fatigue, according to research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-yoga-stress-hormones-q


FOODS - 'Fewer crops' now feeding the world
Fewer crop species are feeding the world than 50 years ago, raising concerns about the resilience and nutritional value of the global food system, a study says .. ...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26382067#sa-ns


FOODS - Easy cheats: 10 foods to have on hand for entertaining
Putting together a party can be an exhausting effort, but it doesn't need to be. Check out these quick and easy ideas, and get ready to wow your friends — with minimal time and effort!Taco barTaco bars are an easy way to get dinner on the table, since people love personalizing their own plates.    .. ...
http://www.today.com/food/easy-cheats-10-foods-have-hand-ent


HEART - CT scans don't interfere with cardiac rhythm devices
(HealthDay)—Cardiac rhythm management devices should not be a cause for delaying computed tomography (CT) imaging procedures, according to research published online Feb. 26 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-ct-scans-dont-cardiac-


HEART - Carotid Artery MRI helps predict likelihood of strokes and heart attacks
Noninvasive imaging of carotid artery plaque with MRI can accurately predict future cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-carotid-artery-mri-lik


HEART - History of kidney stones may indicate risk for stroke and heart attack
(Medical Xpress)—A new study from University of Alberta researchers suggests that patients, particularly women, with a history of kidney stones may be at a higher risk for stroke and heart attack .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-history-kidney-stones-


HEART - How to Wreck Your Heart
When it comes to the heart’s health, there are some things you can’t control -- like getting older, or having a parent with heart disease. But there are many more things you can do to lower chances of sabotaging your ticker .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/wreck-heart?src=


HEART - Man with first artificial heart dies after 75 days
A septuagenarian man who was fitted with the French biomedical firm Carmat's first artificial heart two and half months ago has died, a hospital statement said Monday .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-artificial-heart-dies-


HEART - Shocking Heart Deaths: What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest
WebMD discusses sudden cardiac arrest, including causes, screening, and how it differs from a heart attack .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/sudden-cardiac-a


IMMUNE-SYSTEM - Bacteria may assist the immune system response against cancer
(Medical Xpress)—Recent research from the University of Otago shows that bacteria may assist the body's immune system response against cancer cells and help fight tumours like melanoma .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-bacteria-immune-respon


NEWS - 30,000-year-old virus comes to life
An ancient virus has been brought back to life after lying dormant for 30,000 years in the Siberian permafrost, scientists say .. ...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26387276#sa-ns


NEWS - A new generation of dialysis devices
Kidney dialysis is a heavy treatment to undergo and has many side effects. Scientist Prof Dimitrios Stamatialis is starting a new research project into the development of new dialysis membranes for longer and better blood detoxification. The project belongs to The Life Science and Health (LSH) Impuls program and is performed in collaboration between industry, the Dutch Kidney Foundation, Maastricht University and the Maastricht University Medical ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-dialysis-devices.htm


NEWS - Berkeley lab researchers identify key steps in artificial photosynthesis reaction
Researchers at Berkeley Lab, led by Dr. Heinz Frei of the Physical Biosciences Division, reported the first direct temporally resolved observations of intermediate steps in water oxidation using the Earth-abundant catalyst cobalt oxide (Co3O4). Their paper is published in the journal Nature Chemistry.Artificial photosynthesis, which emulates the process used by nature to capture energy from the sun and convert it into electrochemical energy, coul ...
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/03/20140303-frei.htm


NEWS - DASH diet may lower risk of recurrent kidney stones
(HealthDay)—The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet might be an effective alternative to the low-oxalate diet for reducing risk of kidney stone recurrence, according to research published in the March issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-dash-diet-recurrent-ki


NEWS - FAQ: Overcoming Bad Breath
WebMD answers commonly asked questions about overcoming bad breath .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/faq-bad-breath?s


NEWS - Gonorrhea infections start from exposure to seminal fluid
Researchers have come a step closer to understanding how gonorrhea infections are transmitted. When Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria responsible for gonorrhea, are exposed to seminal plasma, the liquid part of semen containing secretions from the male genital tract, they can more easily move and start to colonize. The research, led by investigators at Northwestern University in Chicago, appears in mBio, the online open-access journal of the Am ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-gonorrhea-infections-e


NEWS - Herbal cannabis not recommended for rheumatology patients
Patients with rheumatic conditions are in need of symptom relief and some are turning to herbal cannabis as a treatment option. However, the effectiveness and safety of medical marijuana to treat symptoms of rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia is not supported by medical evidence. A new article published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), explores the ri ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-herbal-cannabis-rheuma


NEWS - International research project: The more available alcohol is, the more likely that people will drink heavily
The International Alcohol Control (IAC) study is a newly developed international collaborative project designed to collect comparative data on alcohol consumption and policy-relevant behaviors in both high- and middle/low-income countries. Initial member countries New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Scotland, and England have recently been joined by Mongolia, Australia, South Africa, Peru, St. Kitts, and Vietnam. This study of the purchasing beha ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-international-alcohol-


NEWS - Nearly 3 Million Americans Living With Hepatitis C
Many aren't aware they carry the liver-destroying virus, experts sa .. ...
Researchers say their advance, with  livers for
http://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/news/20140303/nearly-3-millio


NEWS - New discovery solves problem of anti-inflammatory substance
There have been great expectations regarding the production of a drug to block the enzyme LTA4 hydrolase, which plays a key role in the body's inflammatory response. However, in clinical trials, such molecules have proven to be only moderately effective. Now, researchers at Karolinska Institutet have successfully refined their understanding of why previous substances have been less effective – and in so doing have produced a molecule that gets ar ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-discovery-problem-anti


NEWS - New procedure opens up new world for people who have trouble swallowing food
A new minimally-invasive procedure called Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) will help people with "jackhammer esophagus," a condition that occurs when they esophagus doesn't open properly making it difficult to impossible to swallow food. It also makes the patient feel like he or she is having a heart attack 24/7. The POEM procedure leaves no surgical scars and is essentially pain free and patients can return to work in less than a week .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140303143253.ht


NEWS - New research finds positive health technique for stressed nurses
Within the health care industry and beyond, daily exposure to stress can lead to negative consequences for employees both on and off the job – from apathy and burnout to physical illness or mental impairments.  New Open Access research published in Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health suggests the implementation of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program can reduce employee stress and burnout. .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-positive-health-techni


NEWS - Sleep Apnea Might Raise Pneumonia Risk: Study
Disrupted nighttime breathing makes getting fluid into the lungs more likely, researchers explai .. ...
Finnish study of obese people found the breathing
http://www.webmd.com/news/20140303/sleep-apnea-might-raise-p


NEWS - Study of antibody evolution charts course toward HIV vaccine
In an advance for HIV vaccine research, a scientific team has discovered how the immune system makes a powerful antibody that blocks HIV infection of cells by targeting a site on the virus called V1V2. Many researchers believe that if a vaccine could elicit potent antibodies to a specific conserved site in the V1V2 region, one of a handful of sites that remains constant on the fast-mutating virus, then the vaccine could protect people from HIV in ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140302143657.ht


NEWS - Study points to new biological mechanisms, treatment paradigm for kidney disease
Prevention and reversal of chronic kidney disease is an urgent public health need. The disease affects 1 in 10 Americans, is debilitating and deadly, and existing drugs, at best, offer only mild delay in progression to end-stage kidney failure. New research led by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai investigators has uncovered abnormal molecular signaling pathways from disease initiation to irreversible kidney damage, kidney failure, and deat ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-biological-mechanisms-


NEWS-CANCER - Ancient Chinese medicine put through its paces for pancreatic cancer
The bark of the Amur cork tree (Phellodendron amurense) has traveled a centuries-long road with the healing arts. Now it is being put through its paces by science in the fight against pancreatic cancer, with the potential to make inroads against several more .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-ancient-chinese-medici


NEWS-CANCER - BPA linked to prostate cancer, study shows
Findings by Cincinnati Cancer Center researchers show that levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in men's urine could be a marker of prostate cancer and that low levels of BPA exposure can cause cellular changes in both non-malignant and malignant prostate cells .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-bpa-linked-prostate-ca


NEWS-CANCER - Gut microbes spur development of bowel cancer
It is not only genetics that predispose to bowel cancer; microbes living in the gut help drive the development of intestinal tumors, according to new research in mice published in the March issue of The Journal of Experimental Medicine .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-gut-microbes-spur-bowe


NEWS-CANCER - Homing in on cancer with new imaging method
There are many reasons why in the era of cutting-edge medicine it is still difficult to cure cancer. A tumor may, for instance, consist of different tumor cell subpopulations, each of which has its own profile and responds differently to therapy – or not. Furthermore, the cancer cells and the healthy cells in the body interact and communicate with one another. How a tumor then actually develops and whether metastases form depends on which signals ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140303083555.ht


NEWS-CANCER - Johns Hopkins doctors remove baby's brain tumor that contained teeth
Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital have removed a rare tumor that contained several fully grown teeth from a baby boy's brain .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-johns-hopkins-doctors-


NEWS-CANCER - Particle beam cancer therapy: The promise and challenges
Advances in accelerators built for fundamental physics research have inspired improved cancer treatment facilities. Accelerator physicists are natural-born problem solvers, finding ever more powerful ways to generate and steer particle beams for research into the mysteries of physics, materials, and matter. And from the very beginning, this field born at the dawn of the atomic age has actively sought ways to apply advanced technologies to tackle ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140303143251.ht


NEWS-CANCER - Researchers identify 'carbohydrates in a coal mine' for cancer detection
Researchers at New York University and the University of Texas at Austin have discovered that carbohydrates serve as identifiers for cancer cells. Their findings, which appear in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show how these molecules may serve as signals for cancer and explain what's going on inside these cells, pointing to new ways in which sugars function as a looking glass into the workings of their underlying st ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-carbohydrates-coal-can


PAIN - Catastrophizing can predict low back pain, disability
(HealthDay)—For patients treated for low back pain, catastrophizing may predict the degree of pain and disability, according to a review published in the Feb. 1 issue of Spine .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-catastrophizing-pain-d


PARKINSONS - Small molecule fluorescence probe to evaluate potential risk for Parkinson's disease
A team of researchers from National University of Singapore (NUS) have created the first two-photon, small molecule fluorogenic probe that can serve as a useful tool for the rapid assessment of an individual's potential risk for Parkinson's disease. The highly sensitive fluorescence probe can detect with high precision the activity of Monoamine Oxidase B (MAO-B), an enzyme that is found in elevated levels in patients with Parkinson's disease. Thi ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-small-molecule-fluores


PSYCHOLOGY - Psychiatric ills widespread among US soldiers, studies say
(HealthDay)—Three new studies suggest that a sizeable percentage of American soldiers suffer from some type of mental health issue, at rates higher than those seen in the general population .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-psychiatric-ills-wides


PSYCHOLOGY - The precision of associative memories
(Medical Xpress)—Particular smells can be incredibly evocative and bring back very clear, vivid memories .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-precision-associative-


SKIN - Rosacea Skin Care Tips
Taking care of your skin can help ease your rosacea symptoms. See which regular products to avoid, which to use, and how to hide red skin and a red face .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/r


SLEEP - Baby 'Sleep Machines' Could Damage Hearing, Study Suggests
Keep volume low and place device well away from crib, expert say .. ...
Even well-cleaned cribs were contaminated with
http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/news/20140303/baby-sleep


WEIGHT - Seaweeds high in guluronate inhibit fat absorption
(Medical Xpress)—Scientists at Newcastle University have identified the seaweeds which are most effective at preventing us from absorbing fat, opening up exciting possibilities for making everyday foods healthier .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-seaweeds-high-gulurona