September 19, 2011

There’s An App for That

1 Track Your Body’s Changes During Pregnancy

A new iPhone app tracks your body as it changes throughout your pregnancy. The app reminds you to take daily pictures of yourself and creates a time lapse video that you can share on Facebook, YouTube or in email. It was created by Mike Hall, who also created the Watch Me Change, Weight Loss app that allows you to track your body’s physical changes as you lose weight. Watch Me Change, Weight Loss “is a great tool to motivate people to lose weight and gain muscle since they get to create and watch a video of their body changing over time,” says Hall. The apps, which have many applications besides their intended titles - for example, take daily photos of your child and create a time lapse video chronicling his or her growth - are available at the iPhone store for $.99 each.

More at WatchMeChangeApp.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Improve Health with Apps and Text Messages

Tags: IPhone App, Pregnancy, Weight Loss, Watch Me Change, Mike Hall

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Prediabetes Also Increases Risk

2 Alzheimer's Risk Doubled for Diabetics

Diabetes may double the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, find researchers in Japan who studied more than 1,000 men and women over the age of 60. People with diabetes were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease within 15 years, and 1.75 times more likely to develop any kind of dementia, reports CNN. Study results were published in the journal Neurology. All of the research participants were free from dementia at the beginning of the study, but some people had diabetes or prediabetes (impaired glucose tolerance). After the 15-year study period, researchers discovered that both diabetes and prediabetes were associated with a greater risk for dementia, but the link was weaker for prediabetes.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Worldwide Diabetes Stats Continue to Rise

Tags: Prediabetes, Diabetes Dangers, Health Risks Associated Diabetes, Health Crisis, Diabetes Linked Alzheimer's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease Causes

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Mutated Gene Helps

3 Gene Therapy Lowers HIV Viral Load

A phase I trial involving 10 HIV-infected patients found that SB-728-T gene therapy lowered the viral load in three of the six participants who stopped taking their antiretroviral therapy during treatment for three months and was found to be safe. Almost all of them had a better immune system after one treatment and the virus that leads to AIDS could not be detected in one patient with one mutated CC5R gene. This gene makes the receptor used by HIV to enter the white blood cells it targets. Researchers believe there is a link with how mutated one or both copies of the CCR5 gene are and the viral load. One approach to treatment being considering is increasing how often cells' CC5R genes are modified to achieve a "functional cure" but how that can be done has to be figured out.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Gene Therapy Used to Fight HIV in T-Cells

Tags: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, AIDS, Gene Therapy, HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Gene Therapy for HIV, SB-728-T, CCR5 Gene

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