Alzheimer’s breakthrough hailed as ‘turning point’

The discovery of the first chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease has been hailed as the “turning point” in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. More work is needed to develop a drug that could be taken by patients. But scientists say a resulting medicine could treat Alzheimer\’s, Parkinson\’s, Huntington\’s…

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40 Years of Government Nutrition Data May Be Flawed

For forty years, the CDC\’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has collected data on the caloric intake of Americans, answering the simple and important question of how much food we eat. This research has in turn been used to instruct public health policy. NHANES is actually the basis for national standards of height, weight, and…

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Tax fizzy drinks and ban junk food ads, say doctors

Tax fizzy drinks and ban junk food ads, say doctors Fizzy drinks should be heavily taxed and junk food adverts banished until after the watershed, doctors have said, in a call for action over obesity. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which represents nearly every doctor in the UK, said ballooning waistlines already constituted a…

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Can 3 minutes of exercise really make you fit?

Can 3 Minutes of Exercise Really Make You Fit? New research has made the headlines this week saying that as little as 3 minutes of exercise a week can deliver many of the health and fitness benefits of hours of conventional exercise. Backed by research published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology it works…

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Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria

Researchers at the University of Georgia have refined the nanoparticle drug delivery process further by using nanoparticles to deliver drugs to a specific organelle within cells. By targeting mitochondria, “the powerhouse of cells,” the researchers increased the effectiveness of mitochondria-acting therapeutics used to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity in studies conducted with cultured cells. “The…

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Acupuncture Provides True Pain Relief in Study

A new study of acupuncture — the most rigorous and detailed analysis of the treatment to date — found that it can ease migraines and arthritis and other forms of chronic pain. The findings provide strong scientific support for an age-old therapy used by an estimated three million Americans each year. Though acupuncture has been…

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