November 21, 2011

Older People May Do Better Alone

1 Living Alone May Increase Death Risk

Living alone has been associated with a 21 percent increased risk of dying of all causes, and a 22 percent increased death risk from cardiovascular disease, find researchers, who believe that those younger than 65 experience the most risk. Presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association, the research also found that living alone had no effect on death risk for those ages 65 to 80. Perhaps the most interesting finding from the research involves people older than 80 who lived alone. For them, living alone was associated with a 14 percent lower risk of dying compared to living with others. Los Angeles Times reports that the study involved 45,000 participants from 29 countries.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Unemployment Increases Premature Death Risk

Tags: Dangers Living Alone, Risks Living Alone, Reasons Have Roommate, Risk of Dying, Death Risk Increases Living Alone

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First Time Stem Cells in Neck

2 ALS Patient Injected with Stem Cells

Stem cells were injected into the upper spinal cord of a patient for the first time as part of an FDA-approved clinical trial. At Emory University in Atlanta, Richard Grosjean, 50, received injections of stem cells in his neck for treatment of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. CNN reports that the clinical trial is testing the safety of injecting the stem cells into spinal cords of ALS patients. Grosjean was diagnosed with ALS more than two years ago and admits that the procedure is likely to be more helpful to others in the future, but still hopes to see improvement. Most ALS patients die from respiratory failure within three to five years after diagnosis.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: ALS Treatment

Tags: ALS Research, Stem Cell Research ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease Stem Cell Study, Injecting Stem Cells Upper Spinal Cord, New Treatment ALS

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Relief Minus Sedation, Addiction

3 Scientists Enhance Natural Pain Relief

By preventing a protein that takes the natural pain reliever anandamide from being degraded, scientists at the University of California-Irvine potentiated its effects which are similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Using computational methods, blocking the FLAT protein prevented anandamide from being taken to a site in the cell where it is broken down by fatty amide hydrolase enzymes. “The bliss molecule” acts as an analgesic, antianxiety, antidepressant and affects appetite. The advantage of anandamide over marijuana is that a “high” is not produced. The hope is that in pain medications that work with the endogenous system can be developed to avoid side effects such as sedation, addiction and other effects on the central nervous system.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Pains Meds Make Anti-Depressants Less Effective, Expectations for Pain Meds Affect How They Work

Tags: Pain Relief, Anandamide, Natural Pain Relief, Analgesics, Pain Medication, FLAT Protein, Fatty Amide Hydrolase Enzymes, University of California Irvine

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