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Why Los Angeles' Fast Food Ban Did Nothing To Check Obesity

Why Los Angeles' Fast Food Ban Did Nothing To Check Obesity | General Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
A new study finds that restrictions on fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles didn't reduce obesity as intended. That's partly because the ban didn't cover the most common types of food stores.
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Really great article. It seems that short of tearing down existing fast food restaurants, poor diet and the want for food-to-be-fast keeps obesity and poor health on the uprise. 

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New Hypertension Recs Planned in 2016

New Hypertension Recs Planned in 2016 | General Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
AHA/ACC recommendations will replace JNC schema.
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Great find on my daily info-quest. 

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Hypertension - PubMed Health

Hypertension - PubMed Health | General Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

Hypertension is the term used to describe high blood pressure.

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People with hypertension have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Read up on this topic

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What is Universal Design: How to Make Homes Safer and More Comfortable... - AARP

What is Universal Design: How to Make Homes Safer and More Comfortable... - AARP | General Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

Universal design addresses those features that make a home safe and comfortable for everyone--young or old--whether they have a disability or not. It's about making a home livable for residents of all ages.

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A universally designed home assures that one can remain in their home as there abilities decline over the years or change due to an injury. 

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Universal design assures that one can remain in their home while their abilities decline over the years or change due to an injury. 

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4 out of 5 doctors plan to buy an iPad in the next year [Infographic] - Apple

4 out of 5 doctors plan to buy an iPad in the next year [Infographic] - Apple | General Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

Did you know the use of home-based monitors connected to healthcare data centers can reduce mortality in cardiac implant patients by 50%? Or that CardioComm’s telehealth products ...


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Promising compound restores memory loss and reverses symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Promising compound restores memory loss and reverses symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease | General Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

New research in the FASEB Journal by NIH scientists suggests that a small molecule called TFP5 rescues plaques and tangles by blocking an overactive brain signal, thereby restoring memory in mice with Alzheimer’s — without obvious toxic side effects.

 

“We hope that clinical trial studies in AD patients yield an extended and a better quality of life, as observed in mice upon TFP5 treatment,” said Harish C. Pant, Ph.D., a senior researcher involved in the work from the Laboratory of Neurochemistry at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders at Stroke at the National Institutes of Health.

 

“We suggest that TFP5 should be an effective therapeutic compound.”

To make this discovery, Pant and colleagues used mice with a disease considered the equivalent of Alzheimer’s. One set of these mice were injected with the small molecule TFP5, while the other was injected with saline as placebo. The mice, after a series of intraperitoneal injections of TFP5, displayed a substantial reduction in the various disease symptoms along with restoration of memory loss.

 

In addition, the mice receiving TFP5 injections experienced no weight loss, neurological stress (anxiety) or signs of toxicity. The disease in the placebo mice, however, progressed normally as expected.

 

TFP5 was derived from the regulator of a key brain enzyme, called Cdk5. Over-activation of Cdk5 is implicated in the formation of plaques and tangles, the major hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.


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pdeppisch's comment, January 8, 2013 3:40 PM
That would be nice as both my parents died from Alzheimer's as best I could tell.
Audrey's comment, January 8, 2013 5:20 PM
If this is true, then it would be fantastic.
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Major Discovery For Alzheimer\'s Disease

Major Discovery For Alzheimer\'s Disease | General Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

The Journal of Neuroscience has published a study led by researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, the first and only U.S. extension of the prestigious Max Planck Society, that may hold a stunning breakthrough in the fight to treat Alzheimer's disease. The study potentially identifies a cause of Alzheimer's disease - based on a newly-discovered signaling pathway in cellular models of Alzheimer's disease - and opens the door for new treatments by successfully blocking this pathway. The Institute, which recently opened in December 2012, focuses solely on basic neuroscience research that aims to analyze, map, and decode the human brain - the most important and least understood organ in the body.(...)

The MPFI research indicates that the presence of Amyloid beta triggers increased levels of a signaling protein, called centaurin-alpha1 (CentA1), that appears to cause neuronal dysfunction - a potentially groundbreaking discovery that uncovers an important intermediary step in the progression of the disease. 
As part of the research, the scientists were able to identify CentA1 and measure its negative effects on neurons. Utilizing an RNA silencing technique, they turned down the cellular production of CentA1, and showed that affected neurons, exposed to Amyloid beta and exhibiting Alzheimer's related symptoms, returned to normal morphology and synaptic function, even with the continued presence of Amyloid beta. They further found that increased CentA1 activates a series of proteins, and these proteins form a signaling pathway from CentA1 to neuronal dysfunction. Thus, inhibiting other proteins in the pathway also "cured" affected neurons. (...) - Medical News Today, 21 March, 2013


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Top 10 apps physicians recommend to their patients

Top 10 apps physicians recommend to their patients | General Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

1.  iTriage – Health, Doctor, Symptoms, and Healthcare Search: Patients now have access to an endless amount of health information right in their pockets. This app allows them to check their symptoms and easily locate a physician or hospital in the event of an emergency.

2.  Diabetes App – Blood Sugar Control, Glucose Tracker, and Carb Counter: Outside of the physician’s office, patients with diabetes often struggle to monitor their condition. This app provides a food database for patients to track their consumption. It also allows physicians to monitor any fluctuations. The price is $6.99, but a lite version is available for free.  

3.  iCookbook Diabetic – Recipes and nutritional information plus health articles for people with diabetes: When it comes to cooking healthy, patients may need some inspiration. Developed by dietitians, this app provides diabetic-friendly recipes, as well as tools for meal planning and grocery shopping.

4.  Diabetes in Check – With digital coaching from certified diabetes educators, patients can eat better, get active, and lower their blood sugar. This app provides constructive feedback as well as tools such as barcode scanners and meal planners, that will help them control their Type 2 diabetes.

5.  Glucose Companion – This app is a handy blood sugar and weight tracker. It offers comprehensive monitoring of a patient’s diabetes, and it allows patients to present a complete log to their physician at their next appointment.

6.  Blood Pressure Monitor – Family Lite: This app allows patients to monitor their blood pressure and weight on the go. It comes with a lifetime data visualization and statistics reporting. It also displays medication correlations.

7.  HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker – Monitoring blood pressure at home doesn’t have to be difficult for patients. This is the easiest application to use for recording blood pressure, resting heart rate, and weight. It also allows patients to import their existing records.

8.  Mayo Clinic Health Community – This app provides access to an online health community, where patients can connect with and learn from other patients experiencing similar health issues. It offers a members-only discussion forum, as well as medical news and information from the Mayo Clinic.  

9.  Tummy Trends – Constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Tracker: Patients can track their IBS symptoms, exercise habits, water intake, fiber intake and stress levels. An interactive graph allows them to share their report with their physician.

10.  iCalcRisk – Encourage patients to adopt healthier lifestyles by calculating their cardiac risk. Physicians can use the visualizations in this app to show how they’re managing cholesterol, controlling blood pressure, and lowering their risk of heart attack. 



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Track your health with these great app recommendations!

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What is Diabetes? What Causes Diabetes?

What is Diabetes? What Causes Diabetes? | General Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

Learn about diabetes with this guide to symptoms, treatments, food planning and more...

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Take the time to positively impact your health!

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What is Universal Design: How to Make Homes Safer and More Comfortable... - AARP

What is Universal Design: How to Make Homes Safer and More Comfortable... - AARP | General Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

Universal design addresses those features that make a home safe and comfortable for everyone--young or old--whether they have a disability or not. It's about making a home livable for residents of all ages.

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Universal design assures that one can remain in their home while their abilities decline over the years or change due to an injury. 

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HealthBleep's curator insight, August 31, 2013 11:12 AM

A universally designed home assures that one can remain in their home as there abilities decline over the years or change due to an injury. 

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MN: Broadband Applications in Healthcare: Conference Break Out | Blandin on Broadband

We learned how broadband and technology are affecting healthcare services in northeastern Minnesota. From diagnostics, virtual specialist’s telehealth services and electronic medical records over Gb networks to home healthcare monitoring and the use of mobile devices.

 

Broadband technology is enabling improved healthcare access, collaboration and communication in this corner of the state.

 

Panelists: Maureen Ideker, Essentia Health; Cheryl Stephens, Community Health Information Collaborative; Jeff Plunkett, SISU Medical Systems.

 

Click headline to access slide presentations--


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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A great article that can hopefully reduce the costs of healthcare

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Diabetes may up breast cancer risk in post-menopausal women ...

Diabetes may up breast cancer risk in post-menopausal women ... | General Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Experts say post-menopausal women who have Type 2 diabetes may be at greater risk of developing breast cancer. An international team examined 40 separate studies looking at the potential link between breast cancer and diabetes.
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A must read for anyone in this age group and at risk of breast cancer

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HealthBleep's curator insight, August 30, 2013 4:10 PM

A must read for women in this age group or with a family history

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Alzheimer's Seen on Scans Decades Before Dementia Hits, check it out particularly if you have family history

Alzheimer's Seen on Scans Decades Before Dementia Hits, check it out particularly if you have family history | General Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Abnormal deposits in the brain thought to trigger Alzheimer s disease can be detected decades before the memory-robbing illness ensues, a finding that will help guide future treatments, researchers in Australia said.

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