HEALTH PORTATION curated News April 1st

ALZHEIMER - More Research Links Poor Heart Health With Alzheimer's Risk
Brain plaque builds up as arteries stiffen, study suggest .. ...
New guidelines address which patients might
http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20140331/more-research-


BRAIN - A previously underappreciated brain region performs complex sequence learning
In the context of learning and memory, the primary visual cortex is the Rodney Dangerfield of cortical areas: It gets no respect. Also known as "V1," this brain region is the very first place where information from the retina arrives in the cerebral cortex .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-previously-underapprec


BRAIN - Eliciting brain plasticity to keep the body moving
With support from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Emerging Frontiers of Research and Innovation (EFRI) program, bioengineer Gert Cauwenberghs, of the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Institute for Neural Computation at the University of California (UC), San Diego, and his colleagues are working to understand how brain circuitry controls how we move. The goal is to develop new technologies to help patients with Parkinson's disease and ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-eliciting-brain-plasti


BRAIN - Helping Your Loved One Get Schizophrenia Treatment
WebMD explains the steps you can take to help your loved one with schizophrenia when he or she is refusing to get treatment .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/features/helping-your-lov


BRAIN - How does fitness affect the aging brain?
We all know that exercise is good for us—it can help us lower blood pressure and cholesterol, maintain a healthy weight, and even improve mood and sleep. But can exercise improve the brain, especially as we age .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-affect-aging-brain.htm


BRAIN - Is It Possible to Prevent Schizophrenia?
WebMD looks at whether there are ways to reduce the risk of developing schizophrenia .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/features/is-it-possible-t


BRAIN - Movies synchronize brains
When we watch a movie, our brains react to it immediately in a way similar to other people's brains .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-movies-synchronize-bra


BRAIN - Researchers find hand to mouth movement in humans likely hard-wired
(Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers in France has found evidence that suggests that human hand-to-mouth actions are hard-wired into the brain. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe an experiment they conducted on adults undergoing brain surgery and why what they found could have profound implications on human brain development theories .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-mouth-movement-humans-


BRAIN - Rural versus urban causes of childhood concussion
Researchers at Western University (London, Canada) have found youth living in rural areas are more likely to sustain concussions from injuries involving motorized vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, whereas youth living in urban areas suffer concussions mostly as a result of sports. Hockey accounts for 40 per cent of those injuries. The study which reveals where and how children are receiving concussions is published in the Jour ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-rural-urban-childhood-


BRAIN - Scientists discover a protein in nerves that determines which brain connections stay and which go
(Medical Xpress)—A newborn baby, for all its cooing cuddliness, is a data acquisition machine, absorbing information to finish honing the job of brain wiring that started before birth. This is true nowhere more so than the eyes, which start life peering at a blurry world and within months can make out a crisp, three-dimensional image of a mobile dangling overhead .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-scientists-protein-ner


BRAIN - Scientists discover a protein in nerves that determines which brain connections stay and which go
(Medical Xpress)—A newborn baby, for all its cooing cuddliness, is a data acquisition machine, absorbing information to finish honing the job of brain wiring that started before birth. This is true nowhere more so than the eyes, which start life peering at a blurry world and within months can make out a crisp, three-dimensional image of a mobile dangling overhead .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-scientists-protein-ner


BRAIN - Switching brain cells with less light
Networked nerve cells are the control center of organisms. In a nematode, 300 nerve cells are sufficient to initiate complex behavior. To understand the properties of the networks, re-searchers switch cells on and off with light and observe the resulting behavior of the organism. In the Science journal, scientists now present a protein that facilitates the control of nerve cells by light. It might be used as a basis of studies of diseases of the ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-brain-cells.htm


EXERCISE - Too much running tied to shorter lifespan, studies find
(HealthDay)—Running regularly has long been linked to a host of health benefits, including weight control, stress reduction, better blood pressure and cholesterol .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-tied-shorter-lifespan.


FOODS - Countertop composter claims it can turn food waste into odorless compost in just 3 hours
The average person sends hundreds of pounds of food waste each year to the landfill, which could instead be composted to build healthy soil. This little unit promises to make that composting process much simpler .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/countertop-composter-cl


FOODS - Tomato Sherpa Is Transforming Home Cooking For Busy People
Given recent trends, it makes perfect sense to see an increased number of healthy meal kit delivery services cropping up, providing “generation busy” with an alternative to takeout after a long day of work. One of these is Berkeley-based Tomato Sherpa .. ...
http://www.good.is/posts/tomato-sherpa-is-transforming-home-


HEART - Beta-amyloid deposits increase with age, associated with artery stiffness
Stiffening of the arteries appears to be associated with the progressive buildup of ?-amyloid (??) plaque in the brains of elderly patients without dementia, suggesting a relationship between the severity of vascular disease and the plaque that is a hallmark of Alzheimer disease .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-beta-amyloid-deposits-


HEART - Blood test helps predict heart attack risk for patients with chest pain
Patients presenting to the emergency department with an undetectable level of the blood biomarker high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T, and whose ECGs show no sign of restricted blood flow, have a minimal risk of heart attack within 30 days, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-blood-heart-patients-c


HEART - Cardiac resynchronization improves survival in heart failure patients
Patients in mild heart failure who receive a specialized pacemaker known as cardiac resynchronization therapy with a defibrillator (CRT-D) may live longer than those implanted with a traditional implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-cardiac-resynchronizat


HEART - Heart attack gene, MRP-14, triggers blood clot formation
Right now, options are limited for preventing heart attacks. However, the day may come when treatments target the heart attack gene, myeloid related protein-14 (MRP-14, also known as S100A9) and defang its ability to produce heart attack-inducing blood clots, a process referred to as thrombosis .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-heart-gene-mrp-trigger


HEART - Real-world heart procedure results consistent with scientific research
The first one-year outcomes data of transcatheter heart valve replacement (TAVR) in nearly all U.S. patients undergoing this procedure shows that real-world outcomes are comparable to or slightly better than those found in clinical trials, according to registry data presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. However, specific baseline characteristics of patients undergoing TAVR are associated with differing ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-real-world-heart-proce


HEART - Renal denervation shows no benefit in resistant hypertension
Renal denervation fell short of primary and secondary efficacy goals in patients with severe resistant hypertension but did meet the primary safety endpoints, according to keenly awaited data from SYMPLICITY HTN-3 presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. This pivotal trial is the largest study conducted of renal artery denervation as a treatment for resistant hypertension and the most rigorously designed, ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-renal-denervation-bene


HEART - Stem Cells May Rejuvenate Failing Hearts, Study Suggests
Researchers found injecting them into damaged tissue improved organ's ability to pump bloo .. ...
Researchers also found links between these
http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-failure/news/201403


NEWS - Belgian 'crown' ready to knock US migraines on the head
A small technology company based in southern Belgium is set to take on the giant US market with its crowning achievement: an anti-migraine headband .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-belgian-crown-ready-mi


NEWS - Electronic Skin Patch Could Treat Diseases
The patch can monitor muscle movement, store the data and use the info to decide when to deliver medicine through the skin .. ...
http://news.discovery.com/tech/nanotechnology/electronic-ski


NEWS - Experts question routine mammograms in elderly
Doctors should focus on life expectancy when deciding whether to order mammograms for their oldest female patients, since the harms of screening likely outweigh the benefits unless women are expected to live at least another decade, according to a review of the scientific literature by experts at UCSF and Harvard medical schools .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-experts-routine-mammog


NEWS - Guinea's Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what's being done?
Guinea faces an epidemic of a 'magnitude never before seen', with nearly 80 deaths so far. So what's being done to stop its spread .. ...
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/01/guinea-ebola-ou


NEWS - Hormones in action: it's all about the right partner
Scientists at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna uncover basic mechanisms of action for hormones .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-04-hormones-action-partner.htm


NEWS - Nearly 97 percent of health professionals wash their hands when patients are asked to watch
Improving hand hygiene compliance by healthcare professionals is no easy task, but a first-of-its-kind Canadian study by researchers at Women's College Hospital shows simply asking patients to audit their healthcare professional is yielding high marks .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-percent-health-profess


NEWS - Proteins discovered in gonorrhea may offer new approach to treatment
Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered novel proteins in, or on the surface of the bacteria that causes gonorrhea, which offer a promising new avenue of attack against a venereal disease that is showing increased resistance to the antibiotics used to treat it .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-proteins-gonorrhea-app


NEWS - Researchers reveal a new pathway through the sodium pump
A study in The Journal of General Physiology provides new evidence that the ubiquitous sodium pump is more complex—and more versatile—than we thought .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-reveal-pathway-sodium.


NEWS - Swimming pool urine combines with chlorine to pose health risks
A new study shows how uric acid in urine generates potentially hazardous "volatile disinfection byproducts" in swimming pools by interacting with chlorine, and researchers are advising swimmers to observe "improved hygiene habits." Chlorination is used primarily to prevent pathogenic microorganisms from growing. The disinfection byproducts include cyanogen chloride (CNCl) and trichloramine (NCl3). Cyanogen chloride is a toxic compound that affect ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-pool-urine-combines-ch


NEWS-CANCER - Can vitamin A turn back the clock on breast cancer?
A derivative of vitamin A, known as retinoic acid, found abundantly in sweet potato and carrots, helps turn pre-cancer cells back to normal healthy breast cells, according to research published this month in the International Journal of Oncology. The research could help explain why some clinical studies have been unable to see a benefit of vitamin A on cancer: the vitamin doesn't appear to change the course of full-blown cancer, only pre-cancerou ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-vitamin-clock-breast-c


NEWS-CANCER - Certain Colon Cancer Patients Might Benefit From Aspirin, Study Says
Experts divided over whether drug should be added to treatmen .. ...
http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/news/20140331/certain


NEWS-CANCER - Experimental cancer drug reverses schizophrenia in adolescent mice
Johns Hopkins researchers say that an experimental anticancer compound appears to have reversed behaviors associated with schizophrenia and restored some lost brain cell function in adolescent mice with a rodent version of the devastating mental illness .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-experimental-cancer-dr


NEWS-CANCER - Obesity primes the colon for cancer, study finds
Obesity, rather than diet, causes changes in the colon that may lead to colorectal cancer, according to a study in mice by the National Institutes of Health. The finding bolsters the recommendation that calorie control and frequent exercise are not only key to a healthy lifestyle, but a strategy to lower the risk for colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-obesity-primes-colon-c


PARKINSONS - Jane Fonda Reveals Her Beau Richard Perry's Battle With Parkinson's
Fonda ordered him to "become an expert" in the disease -- or she'd leave him .. ...
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/jane-fonda-reveals-beau-richard


PARKINSONS - New test makes Parkinson's-like disorder of middle age detectable in young adulthood
The very earliest signs of a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder, in which physical symptoms are not apparent until the fifth decade of life, are detectable in individuals as young as 30 years old using a new, sophisticated type of neuroimaging, researchers at UC Davis, the University of Illinois and UCLA have found .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-parkinson-like-disorde


PSYCHOLOGY - Bullying targets popular kids, not only those who are marginalized
Bullying affects more than just isolated and marginalized students, according to sociologists. In fact, researchers have found that relatively popular students are targeted and may actually suffer more from a single act of social aggression .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-bullying-popular-kids-marginali


PSYCHOLOGY - Give thanks, and prosper
It's a classic experiment: Sit a kid in front of a single marshmallow and tell him that if he waits a few minutes to eat it, he can have two. The videos of these experiments are overwhelmingly entertaining: The kids squirm in their seats, hide under the table, and sniff and even lick at the sugary delight. But what's most amazing about the experiments is that the kids who successfully stave off their desire to indulge have better long-term outcom ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-prosper.htm


PSYCHOLOGY - Male-dominated societies are not more violent, study says
Conventional wisdom and scientific arguments have claimed that societies with more men than women, such as China, will become more violent, but a University of California, Davis, study has found that a male-biased sex ratio does not lead to more crime .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-04-male-dominated-societies-violen


PSYCHOLOGY - Research shows link between states' personalities and their politics
One state's citizens are collectively more agreeable and another's are more conscientious. Could that influence how each state is governed? A recently published study suggests it could .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-link-states-personalities-polit


PSYCHOLOGY - The mental association of color and temperature
In a typical kitchen or bathroom you often find the hot and cold water taps labelled red and blue .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-mental-association-tem


PSYCHOLOGY - Weaker gut instinct makes teens open to risky behavior
Making a snap decision usually means following your initial reaction—going with your gut. That intuitive feeling sprouts from the limbic system, the evolutionarily older and simpler part of the brain that affects emotion, behavior and motivation .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-weaker-gut-instinct-te


SPIRITUALITY - 11 ancient burial boxes recovered in Israel
The Israeli Antiquities Authority unveiled 11 ancient burial boxes Monday that were recovered by the Israeli Police early Friday morning .. ...
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-ancient-burial-recovered-israel


WEIGHT - A protein could be a key weapon in the battle of the bulge
More than one-third of people in the US are obese. Obesity and its related health problems—including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, insulin resistance, and belly fat—affect so many, yet effective treatments are very few. In a new study, Simon Musyoka Mwangi and colleagues tested whether higher levels of a certain protein help fight the weight gain and health problems caused by eating the wrong foods .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-protein-key-weapon-bul


WEIGHT - Study finds link between child's obesity and cognitive function
A new University of Illinois study finds that obese children are slower than healthy-weight children to recognize when they have made an error and correct it. The research is the first to show that weight status not only affects how quickly children react to stimuli but also impacts the level of activity that occurs in the cerebral cortex during action monitoring .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-link-child-obesity-cog