HEALTH PORTATION curated News March 7th

ALZHEIMER - Inherited Alzheimer's damage greater decades before symptoms appear
(Medical Xpress)—The progression of Alzheimer's may slow once symptoms appear and do significant damage , according to a study investigating an inherited form of the disease .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-inherited-alzheimer-gr


ALZHEIMER - “You don’t look like you have Alzheimer’s disease”
A few weeks ago, I developed a cough. I went to the doctor, they checked everything out and sent me home. But I wasn’t getting better. I started to worry when, the cough got really bad and I was having a hard time breathing.I called my son, who told me if it didn’t get better, to go to the emergency room. By three in the afternoon, I was still having trouble breathing, so I took a cab from my home in a retirement community to the emergency room.A ...
Cynthia
http://www.alzheimersblog.org/2014/03/06/you-alzheimers-dise


BRAIN - New evidence confirms link between IQ and brain cortex
Rate of change in the thickness of the brain's cortex is an important factor associated with a person's change in IQ, according to a collaborative study by scientists in five countries including researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. The study has potentially wide-ranging implications for the pedagogical world and for judicial cases in which the de ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-evidence-link-iq-brain


BRAIN - New therapy helps to improve audio and visual perception in stroke patients
A stroke can cause permanent damage to important parts of the brain, with the result that many stroke survivors require lifelong care and support. 'It is not uncommon for stroke patients to suffer from an awareness deficit or a reduced response to stimuli on one side of their body. This condition, known as hemispatial neglect, can mean that patients are unable to properly perceive people, images or sounds on that side,' explains Professor Georg K ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-therapy-audio-visual-p


BRAIN - Real-time insight into our brain
Combining two imagine technologies, such as MRI for structure and MEG for activity, could provide a new understanding of our how our brain works .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-real-time-insight-brai


BRAIN - Brain surgery through an incision the size of a pinprick
The difference between having a brain aneurysm treated the old way and a new way was aptly described as "the nutcracker" vs. "the TripTik" by a patient of Andrew Ringer, MD, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-brain-surgery-incision


BRAIN - NIH launches 'nerve stimulation' trial to ease tinnitus
(HealthDay)—Volunteers are being recruited for a clinical trial to test a new method to treat ringing in the ears, the troubling condition known as tinnitus .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-nih-nerve-trial-ease-t


BRAIN - New lab records the brain and body in action
(Medical Xpress)—How does an autistic child take in information when he sits in a classroom abuzz with social activity? How long does it take someone with multiple sclerosis, which slows activity in the brain, to process the light bouncing off the windshield while she drives .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-lab-brain-body-action.


BRAIN - Research finds rapid brain 'remapping' in patients years after stroke
(Medical Xpress)—By examining the sense of touch in stroke patients, a University of Delaware cognitive psychologist has found evidence that the brains of these individuals may be highly plastic even years after being damaged .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-rapid-brain-remapping-


BRAIN - Researchers use computers to 'see' neurons to better understand brain function
A study conducted by local high school students and faculty from the Department of Computer and Information Science in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis reveals new information about the motor circuits of the brain that may one day help those developing therapies to treat conditions such as stroke, schizophrenia, spinal cord injury or Alzheimer's disease .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-neurons-brain-function


COOK - Delectable cupcakes disguised as houseplants
Cleverly frosted and decorated to look like real houseplants, you can have your garden and eat it too with these delicious cupcakes .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/easy-vegetarian-recipes/delectable


DIABETES - Diabetic women face higher risk of stroke
(Medical Xpress)—A review of more than 60 studies has shown that women with diabetes have a 27 per cent higher risk of stroke than men with diabetes .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-diabetic-women-higher.


DIABETES - Epigenetic changes could explain type 2 diabetes
People with type 2 diabetes have epigenetic changes on their DNA that healthy individuals do not have. This has been shown in a major study by researchers who also found epigenetic changes in a large number of genes that contribute to reduced insulin production. "This shows that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is not only genetic, but also epigenetic," said the leading author .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140307100216.ht


EXERCISE - What Should I Eat Before Exercising?
WebMD's fitness expert tells you which foods will fuel your workout, plus when to eat them .. ...
peanut butter banana sandwich
http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/what-should-i


FOODS - Debunked: Cheeseburger as bad as smoking
New research claiming that a double cheeseburger might be as risky as lighting up a cigarette may have caused protein lovers to choke on their milkshakes. Relax.    .. ...
http://www.today.com/health/debunked-cheeseburger-bad-smokin


FOODS - New insights into ancient Pacific settlers' diet: Diet based on foraging, not horticulture
Researchers studying 3,000-year-old skeletons from the oldest known cemetery in the Pacific Islands are casting new light on the diet and lives of the enigmatic Lapita people, the likely ancestors of Polynesians. Their results—obtained from analysing stable isotope ratios of three elements in the bone collagen of 49 adults buried at the Teouma archaeological site on Vanuatu’s Efate Island—suggest that its early Lapita settlers ate reef fish, mari ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140305191521.ht


FOODS - Conflict Kitchen: Educating and engaging the community through food
The Conflict Kitchen only serves food form countries with which the United States is in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration is augmented by events, performances, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus country. The restaurant rotates identities every few months in relation to current geopolitical events. Robert Sayre, the Culinary Director, speaks on ...
http://www.good.is/posts/conflict-kitchen-educating-and-enga


FOODS - Eating red, processed meat: What scientists say
Recent reports warn about a link between eating red and processed meat and the risk of developing cancer in the gut. These reports have resulted in new nutritional recommendations that advise people to limit their intake of red and processed meats. A recent perspective paper, authored by 23 scientists, underlines the uncertainties in the scientific evidence and points to further research needed to resolve these issues and improve the foundation f ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140306093708.ht


FOODS - No more "yoga mat" chemical in Subway's bread, thanks to consumer pressure
But there are still 500 other food products that contain this chemical foaming agent, so watch out .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/no-more-yoga-mat-chemic


FOODS - Supermarkets' milk price war leaves a sour taste for dairy farmers
Tesco triggers round of cuts as NFU warns of damage to farming at time when stability is returning after reductions two years ago"We call them our girls," says David Strachan affectionately, watching the line of bright-eyed brown Jersey cows saunter obligingly from their cubicles – their indoor home during the chilly winter months – and into the adjoining milking parlour.The modern, mechanised facility is a far cry from the days of milking by han ...
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/mar/07/supermarkets
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HEART - Traffic-related air pollution associated with changes in right ventricular structure, function
Exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is associated with changes in the right ventricle of the heart that may contribute to the known connection between air pollution exposure and heart disease, according to a new study. “The morphologic changes in the right ventricle of the heart that we found with increased exposure to nitrogen dioxide add to the body of evidence supporting a connection between traffic-related air pollution a ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140307083704.ht


FOODS - The Ultimate High-Fiber Grocery List
The next time you go shopping, stock up on healthy fiber options in every aisle. Learn what to pick from WebMD .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/fiber?s


NEWS - Bioinspired, sponge-like shrinking gel steers tooth, tissue formation
A new bioinspired sponge-like gel shrinks single-handedly, squeezing unspecialized cells inside it and turning them into cells that begin to form teeth. The new material was inspired by the embryo's power to shape organs, and it could enable engineering of new teeth, bone, or other tissues, scientists report .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140305125249.ht


NEWS - Lower index to ring finger ration associated with higher risk of osteoarthritis in knee
A new study published online today in the journal Rheumatology has found that the lower the ratio between a person's index finger (2D) and their ring finger (4D), the higher their risk of developing severe osteoarthritis in their knees, requiring a total knee replacement .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-index-finger-ration-hi


NEWS - Nano innovation could mean eye injections are a thing of the past
Drugs used to treat blindness-causing disorders could be successfully administered by eye drops rather than unpleasant and expensive eye injections, according to new research led by UCL scientists that could be a breakthrough for the millions worldwide suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other eye disorders .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-nano-eye.htm


NEWS - 'Wello' iPhone case can track your blood pressure, temperature and more
Last year, Scanadu caught our attention with Scout, its simple-to-use tricorder-style health monitor. Now a new iPhone case promises to make monitoring your vital signs even easier. Called Wello, the case has sensors built in that can give you a.. .. ...
http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/06/wello/?ncid=rss_truncate


NEWS - An Affordable Hearing Aid with a Social Mission
A revolutionary digital hearing aid, designed to fit invisibly in the ear, is being launched at an affordable price through a crowdfunding campaign that has a social component to it.With millions of people around the world suffering from hearing loss, a surprisingly low number of them turn to using a hearing aid, which can successfully treat many hearing issues. Some of the reasons that consumers eschew hearing aids are the bulky size of the unit ...
ihear affordable hearing aid
http://ecopreneurist.com/2014/03/07/affordable-hearing-aid-s


NEWS - Anti-psychotic medications offer new hope in the battle against glioblastoma
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that FDA-approved anti-psychotic drugs possess tumor-killing activity against the most aggressive form of primary brain cancer, glioblastoma. The finding was published in this week's online edition of Oncotarget .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-anti-psychotic-medicat


NEWS - Cannabis Targets Receptors in the Amygdala Linked to Anxiety
Researchers discover receptors in the amygdala that help explain marijuana's ability to reduce anxiety. read mor .. ...
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201403/


NEWS - Combatting hospital-acquired infections with protein metal complex
A protein containing a metal complex for blue paint inhibits growth of a pathogenic bacterium through iron deprivation. Scientists have found a new method using an artificial metalloprotein (a protein that contains a metal) to inhibit the growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, which is a common bacterium that can cause diseases in humans and evolves to exhibit multiple antibiotic resistance .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140306132811.ht


NEWS - Computational tool offers new insight into key biological processes
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a computational tool designed to guide future research on biochemical pathways by identifying which components in a biological system are related to specific biochemical processes, including those processes responsible for gene expression, cell signaling, stress response, and metabolism .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-tool-insight-key-biological.htm


NEWS - Discovery sheds new light on marijuana's anxiety relief effects
An international group led by Vanderbilt University researchers has found cannabinoid receptors, through which marijuana exerts its effects, in a key emotional hub in the brain involved in regulating anxiety and the flight-or-fight response .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-discovery-marijuana-an


NEWS - Toddlers are creative at just two years old
Psychologists at the University of Sheffield and the University of Stirling teamed up to discover when children begin thinking divergently .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-toddlers-creative-year


NEWS-CANCER - 7-Tesla MRI scanner allows even more accurate diagnosis of breast cancer
Taking part in a recent study, scientists at the MedUni Vienna have demonstrated for the first time worldwide that 7-Tesla ultra-high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used for clinical applications in patients with breast tumours.  This may in future facilitate even more accurate diagnosis of breast cancer. The scientists' work has now been published in the highly respected journal "European Radiology" .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-tesla-mri-scanner-accu


NEWS-CANCER - Bone turnover markers predict prostate cancer outcomes
Biomarkers for bone formation and resorption predict outcomes for men with castration-resistant prostate cancer, a team of researchers from UC Davis and their collaborators have found. Their study, published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, also found that the markers identified a small group of patients who responded to the investigational drug atrasentan. The markers' predictive ability could help clinicians match treatme ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-bone-turnover-markers-


NEWS-CANCER - Cells appearing normal may actually be harbingers of lung cancer
Airways near lung tumors provide clues to the genetics of cancer that suggest that seemingly healthy cells may in fact hide clues that lung cancer will later develop, according to a study. Examination of gene expression in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) showed these areas can be rich with cancer markers. In addition, researchers discovered the previously unknown role of a cancer-promoting gene in the airways of smokers with lung ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140307111104.ht


NEWS-CANCER - Vitamin D increases breast cancer patient survival
Breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are twice as likely to survive the disease as women with low levels of this nutrient, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the March issue of Anticancer Research .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-vitamin-d-breast-cance


PSYCHOLOGY - Are bilingual kids more open-minded?
There are clear benefits to raising a bilingual child. But could there be some things learning a second language doesn't produce, such as a more open-minded youngster .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-bilingual-kids-open-mi


PSYCHOLOGY - Memory's crucial impact on maintaining social bonds
Memory's crucial impact on our ability to establish and maintain social bonds is the focus of a new book, "Examining the Role of Memory in Social Cognition" (Frontiers), edited by Cornell neuroscientist Nathan Spreng .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-memory-crucial-impact-


PSYCHOLOGY - Movies To See While Depressed
We all mentioned that the mainstream belief is that we would be triggered into uncontrolled depression if we saw anything sad; so, we should be watching comedies to help us get out of the depression. We concluded that we prefer sad movies because it helps us to explore the richness of the experience and become more clear about it; comedies seem inappropriate for the state.read mor .. ...
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/bipolar-advantage/201403


PSYCHOLOGY - The Social Contract in a Dignitarian Society
The great promise of a “democratic capitalism” is its potential to heal a society riven with dignity gapsread mor .. ...
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/somebodies-and-nobodies/


PSYCHOLOGY - Movies To See While Depressed
We all mentioned that the mainstream belief is that we would be triggered into uncontrolled depression if we saw anything sad; so, we should be watching comedies to help us get out of the depression. We concluded that we prefer sad movies because it helps us to explore the richness of the experience and become more clear about it; comedies seem inappropriate for the state.read mor .. ...
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/bipolar-advantage/201403


SLEEP - Daylight Saving Time's Arrival May Disrupt Your Sleep
It's harder to 'spring forward' than to 'fall back,' doctor say .. ...
One additional hour of shuteye reduced depressive
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/news/20140307/daylight-


SLEEP - Higher levels of omega-3 in diet are associated with better sleep, study shows
Higher levels of omega-3 DHA, the group of long-chain fatty acids found in algae and seafood, are associated with better sleep, shows a randomized, placebo-controlled study. The study finds that higher blood levels of the long-chain omega-3 DHA (the main omega-3 fatty acid found in the brain) are significantly associated with better sleep, including less bedtime resistance, parasomnias and total sleep disturbance. It adds that higher ratios of DH ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140306103931.ht


SLEEP - Inadequate sleep predicts risk of heart disease, diabetes in obese adolescents
Obese adolescents not getting enough sleep? A study in today's The Journal of Pediatrics, shows they could be increasing their risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-inadequate-heart-disea


SPIRITUALITY - The market for religion is shrinking
There is a market for religion just as there is a market for material goods. The primary function of religion is to help people feel better about their lives. Competing feel-good products include psychotherapy, anti-anxiety drugs, and entertainment. As the number of competitors grows in developed countries, religion declines in importance.read mor .. ...
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201403/t


WEIGHT - Obesity Rates Triple in Canada
Title: Obesity Rates Triple in CanadaCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/5/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 3/6/2014 12:00:00 A .. ...
http://www.medicinenet.com/guide.asp?s=rss&a=177084&