December 29, 2011

Vitamins C, D, E and B Too

1 Omega 3 Fatty Acids Prevent Brain Shrinkage

People with diets high in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins B,C,D and E score higher on mental thinking tests and are also less likely to have brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease, finds a new study. In a related study, people with diets high in trans fats are more likely to have brain shrinkage and to score lower on cognition and memory tests. The study, which involved 104 people with an average age of 87, is the first to use nutrient biomarkers in the blood to analyze the effect of diet on memory and cognition. "These results need to be confirmed, but obviously it is very exciting to think that people could potentially stop their brains from shrinking and keep them sharp by adjusting their diet," says study author Gene Bowman, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.

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

Previously: Eating Fish May Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

Tags: Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Brain Shrinkage, Cognition, Healthy Diet, Memory, Oregon Health & Science University, Gene Bowman, Nutrient Biomarkers

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Ebook Sales Increase 175 Percent

2 Kindle Fire Lit Up the Holidays

The Kindle Fire found its place under many Christmas trees this year. Amazon sold more than 4 million Kindle e-readers in December, with the Kindle Fire blazing ahead of the rest of the family. According to Amazon, 2011 was the best holiday season yet for Kindle. Sales of Kindle books also increased 175 percent over last year. Joining the fun, CalorieLab Press has published their first book available on Kindle, 115 Reasons Why It's Not Your Fault If You're Fat by CalorieLab health columnist Robert S. Wieder who gathered up many fat-blame-shifting studies of late and slathered them with a bit of humor. But is all this e-reading good for the environment? TreeHugger says that if people keep their e-readers and enjoy about 100 books, the devices have a similar carbon footprint as paper books.

More at TreeHugger | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Forgiveness Isn't Always Best in Marriage

Tags: Most Popular Christmas Gift, Kindle Fire Sales Record, Kindle Fire Christmas Gift, More Ebooks Sold December, Kindle Fire Green, 115 Reasons Why It's Not Your Fault If You're Fat

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Taking Pain Out of Being Poked

3 Painfree Vaccines Closer to Becoming Reality

Previous research has shown that vaccines can be administered via a patch with 100 microneedles on it and now new research conducted at Tufts has developed smaller ones that could make getting poked painless. The new microneedles are made of fibroin plus the drug that is going to be injected and are only 500 microns tall and 10 microns wide. Experiments showed that the drug was released and as effective as the traditional vaccine. They are painless because they do not reach the nerves under the skin. Two advantages observed with the new microneedle is that drugs that cannot be given via skin patches or time-released pills can be given this way and drugs given in this manner are released over a period of time.

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

Previously: Patch Could Make Vaccines Painless and Simpler, Pump Added to Transdermal Vaccine Patch

Tags: Microneedles, Vaccination, Vaccine, Vaccine Patch

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