Qilong Wang, Xiaoying Zhuang, Jingyao Mu, Zhong-Bin Deng, Hong Jiang, et al. “Delivery of therapeutic agents by nanoparticles made of grapefruit-derived lipids.” Nature Communications 4, 1867; 21 May 2013.
A drug that controls type-2 diabetes may help to repair spinal cords affected by inherited neurodegenerative disease, in a mouse model.
Consuming a Mediterranean diet, with added extra-virgin olive oil or mixed nuts, improves the brain power of older men and women.
High-dose B vitamins help to prevent shrinkage of a specific region of the brain associated with Alzheimer's Disease.
Nanoparticles derived from natural lipids present in grapefruit may be deployed as novel drug delivery vehicles.
Mice injected with a hormone called growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11) experience a reversal in signs of cardiac aging.
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help to lessen neurodegeneration caused by eating junk food.
Taking a daily dose of the pine bark extract pycnogenol may help to improve risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome.
Many women in their 40s are still have regular breast cancer screenings despite national guidelines recommending otherwise.
Giving children at elementary school an extra 60 minute gym class each week significantly reduces their risk of being obese by fifth-grade.
Scientists warn that many kinds of cinnamon-flavored foods contain a cheaper form of the spice that contains a substance that may cause liver damage.
Printer generates material that can perform some of the basic functions of the cells inside the human body.
A number of research groups are developing DNA-based circuits designed to be embedded in the human body, to monitor health and treat diseases before...
Johns Hopkins University (US) team develops a new hydrogel compound that functions as an artificial skin dressing.
UK team develops a smart nanomaterial that disrupts the blood supply to cancerous tumors.
UK team develops a new microchip muscle stimulator implant that will enable people with paraplegia to exercise their paralyzed leg muscles.
Australian researchers identify a role for perforin in killing rogue cells in the human body, potentially leading to a key breakthrough for cancer therapy.
Tip #181 - Stay Stimulated
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic (Minnesota, USA) studied 197 men and women, ages 70 to 89 years, with mild cognitive impairment, or diagnosed memory loss, and 1,124 people that age with no memory problems. Both groups were surveyed as to their daily activities within the past year and in middle age, when they were between 50 to 65 years old. The team report that during later years, reading books, playing games, participating in computer activities and doing craft activities such as pottery or quilting led to a 30 to 50% decrease in the risk of developing memory loss (as compared to people who did not engage in these activities.)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York, USA) researchers studied 488 cognitively healthy men and women, following their habits in engaging in cognitively stimulating leisure activities and charting the onset of accelerated memory decline. The team found that for each additional activity day spent reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles, playing board or card games, engaging in group discussions, or playing a musical instrument, older individuals who eventually developed dementia delayed the onset of accelerated memory decline by more than two months.
Engage in mentally stimulating activities. Crafting, reading books, playing board games, doing a crossword puzzle or Sudoku, and surfing the Internet are not only fun ways to learn new things, but may help protect against future memory loss as well.