Month: February 2019

In Japan, many have long believed that a plant called ashitaba is important in supporting a person’s health and well-being. Now, researchers are suggesting that a compound in this plant boosts cellular health and may prolong youth. Practitioners of traditional medicine in Japan have long touted ashitaba’s health benefits. New research suggests that they may
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Aging cells can become toxic to surrounding tissue, thus leading to numerous health problems. A class of drugs scientists call senolytics could help address these health issues, and improve symptoms. Can a new drug combination help fight off the ill effects of cellular aging? Senolytics are a class of drugs that target cells that have
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A company that charged patients thousands of dollars for infusions of blood plasma from younger donors said Tuesday that it had stopped treating patients after the Food and Drug Administration warned consumers against such treatments, purported to prevent aging and memory loss. The company, Ambrosia, said on its website that it had “ceased patient treatments.”
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Working with a cohort of young people with symptoms of PTSD and depression, researchers found that practicing transcendental meditation can help reduce or even reverse these symptoms. New evidence indicates that some types of meditation can successfully tackle mental health issues. Studies have shown that meditation practices can have a significant, positive effect on mental
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New research that now appears in the journal Nature Medicine examined glioblastoma tumors, and the results move scientists closer to understanding why this form of brain cancer does not respond as well to immunotherapy as other cancers. Doctors may soon be able to predict which people with glioblastoma will respond to immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a
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Essential oils are scented liquids that manufacturers derive from plants, flowers, and fruits. Research suggests that aromatherapy with some essential oils may help promote relaxation and relieve anxiety. In this article, we discuss some of the best essential oils to try for anxiety and the evidence supporting their use. We also cover how to use
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Lupron is the brand name for leuprolide acetate. This drug is a type of hormone therapy that doctors typically use in combination with other treatments to treat people with prostate cancer. Lupron belongs to a class of drugs called luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists. These medications block the production of LHRH in the body, which
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Allergic asthma is a type of asthma that causes symptoms when a person is around certain triggers, for example, pet dander. These allergens lead to an immune system response that affects the lungs and makes it harder to breathe. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, allergic asthma is the most common
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A leading-edge genetic technique that can track cell lineage has revealed much about how breast cancer spreads. It could also help explain why some breast cancers relapse after initially successful chemotherapy. Researchers gain a better understanding of how breast cancer spreads thanks to ‘cellular barcoding.’ The name of the technique is cellular barcoding, and it
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Itchy feet can be bothersome, especially if the itchiness is chronic or accompanied by other symptoms. Many different conditions can cause itchy feet. While occasional itchiness can be nothing to worry about, extremely itchy feet or an itch that does not get better over time may require treatment. Underlying causes of itchy feet can include:
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New research examines the potential of stem cell therapy in the replacement of damaged neurons in Parkinson’s disease. The authors say that stem cells could “provide superior treatment, possibly using different types of cells to treat different symptoms” of Parkinson’s. Could stem cell therapy one day help treat Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s disease affects around half
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New research has shown that impaired insulin signaling in the brain, often a feature of diabetes, may negatively impact cognition, mood, and metabolism — all of which are common aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. A new study examines the links between Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Although the conditions are seemingly independent of each other, earlier studies have
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Memory loss does not only occur in neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia. It also happens with age, or in relation to mental health problems, such as depression. Now, researchers have developed new compounds that could reverse this cognitive effect. Newly developed compounds may offer fresh hope for depression-related memory loss. Memory loss is not solely
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People often wonder if a fetus can hear while in the womb. Many expectant parents will speak to or play music for a developing fetus. Evidence suggests that the auditory system starts forming at the 18th week of pregnancy and continues to develop until the baby is between 5 and 6 months of age. Everything
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New research finds that estrogen improves insulin sensitivity and details the mechanism behind this effect. The findings have a “profound impact on our understanding of obesity and diabetes, as well as potential dietary interventions,” say the researchers. The female sex hormone may have significant metabolic benefits. About 84 million people in the United States are
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As we age, we may experience a decline in our mental ability. A recent study has concluded that chronic inflammation in midlife might speed up this decline as we get older. Could influencing inflammation slow cognitive decline? The average age of the population of the United States is gradually increasing, so conditions of old age
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Many people try to keep their diet healthful. However, thanks to marketing techniques or simply public belief, many foods that people regularly eat are actually less healthful than they seem. What is healthful and what is not may not always be clear. Even many of the foods on this list have more healthful versions available.
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Asthma is a lung disease that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways. Common symptoms include breathing difficulty, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and tightness in the chest. Symptoms can vary from person to person and range from mild to severe. People may only experience symptoms in certain situations, such as when exercising. In some
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