Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a gene variant that may be used to predict people most likely to respond to an investigational therapy under development for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study, published March 12 th 2015 in Cell Stem Cell , is based on experiments with cultured neurons derived from adult stem cells.
Both of my grandmothers had a positive impact on my life. I can still hear the laughter of my grandmother on my mother’s side. I see her in her summer home, on the beach in Michigan City, Indiana, preparing fresh corn on the cob in her kitchen, adding a drop of sugar to the boiling water for sweetness.
How to Leave a Lasting Impression as a Grandmother
by Jennifer Kunst , Ph.D.
1 in 9 wound up back in ER, California study found
Kidney Stones Can Send Patients to Hospital More Than Once
Highly anxious people have more trouble deciding how best to handle life’s uncertainties. They may even catastrophize , interpreting, say, a lovers’ tiff as a doomed relationship or a workplace change as a career threat. That’s the finding of research done at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Oxford and published March 2 nd 2015 in the journal Nature Neuroscience , A release from UC Berkeley reports that in gauging people’s response to unpredictability, the team found that people prone to high anxiety have a tougher time reading the environmental cues that could help them avoid a bad outcome.
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Anxious People Apt to Make Bad Decisions
By Tami Lyon, MPH, RD Your college basketballteams ‘ on-the-court performance could influence how you eat, especially if your team loses. According to a 2014 GrubHub study, pizza orders were 19% more common after losses than wins, and dessert orders increased more than 9%. Talk about “emotional eating”! But your waistline shouldn’t depend on the fate of your team.
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Avoiding March Madness Weight Gain
Scientists have shown that airport screening for disease will often miss half or more of infected travellers , but can be improved by customizing to pathogens. The findings were published in February 2015 in the journal eLife .
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Airport Screening Misses Half of Disease Cases
Researchers have discovered how some types of eye cells alter their structure following elevated eye pressure.
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On the Horizon: An Earlier Glaucoma Diagnosis?
Scientists from the Gladstone Institutes and the University of California, San Francisco report in February 2015 in the Journal of Neuroscience that raising levels of the life-extending protein klotho can protect against learning and memory deficits in Alzheimer’s disease.
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Longevity Protein Protects Against Alzheimer’s
Taking in such spine-tingling wonders as the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel ceiling or Schubert’s “Ave Maria” may give a boost to the body’s defense system, according to research done at the University of California, Berkeley and published in January 2015 in the journal Emotion. A release from the university explains that the researchers have linked positive emotions – especially the awe we feel when touched by the beauty of nature, art and spirituality – with lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are proteins that signal the immune system to work harder. The release quotes lead author Jennifer Stellar as saying, “Our findings demonstrate that positive emotions are associated with the markers of good health.” While cytokines are necessary for herding cells to the body’s battlegrounds to fight infection, disease and trauma, sustained high levels of cytokines are associated with poorer health and such disorders as type-2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and even Alzheimer’s disease and clinical depression.
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Nature, Art & Religion Boost Immune System