March 27, 2012

200,000 under Age 65

1 Younger Americans Suffer from Dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association says that about 200,000 Americans under 65 suffer from early onset, or younger onset dementia, a disease that slowly robs patients of their minds. Estimates say there are about 5.4 million people with Alzheimer’s in the US today and that number is rapidly increasing due to the aging of baby boomers, people born between 1946 and 1964. There is no evidence that early onset rates are increasing, but diagnosing younger patients is complicated by the fact that it is so rare. In addition other conditions may cause symptoms and further complicate an accurate diagnosis. While a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is always devastating, symptoms often force younger people to stop working during their peak earning years resulting in a loss of income and health insurance.

More at Www.yourlife.usatoday.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Exercise and Vitamin D May Reduce Alzheimer's

Tags: Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Memory, Memory Loss, Early Onset Dementia, Younger Onset Dementia, Younger People with Dementia

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Raise a Glass

2 It's the First World Whiskey Day

Student Blair Bowman, 21, has launched the first-ever World Whiskey Day! That's right. March 27, 2012, serves as the inaugural World Whiskey Day. Today is a day for people to thank those who work in the "global whiskey industry" by raising a glass of whiskey. Bowman tells BBC that 30 different countries are celebrating the day with more than 150 planned international events. Bowman, a University of Aberdeen student and apparent marketing genius, is graduating in June 2013, but is looking for a future career now. A whiskey enthusiast, Bowman started thinking about World Whiskey Day back in June 2011.

More at World Whiskey Day | Hat tip to BBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: First World Whiskey Day, Blair Bowman, How Celebrate Whiskey, Augural World Whiskey Day, Inventing New Food Holidays

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In Vitamin Form, That Is

3 Mad Men Star Eats Her Placenta

"Mad Men" star January Jones, 34, had her placenta dehydrated and made into vitamins that she takes to ward off exhaustion. The "Mad Men" star told People that humans are the only mammals that don't ingest their own placentas. She takes the placenta capsules each day since giving birth to her son last September. The actress also takes her placenta vitamins whenever she's feeling down or tired. Jones insists that ingesting her placenta isn't "witch-crafty or anything," and she suggests the practice to all mothers. She gives her "great doula" credit for her placenta capsule habit, as well as helping her eat well and suggesting other vitamins and teas.

More at People | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Eating Placenta, Benefits Consuming Placenta, January Jones Ate Placenta, Fighting Postpartum Depression, Improving Energy After Giving Birth, Placenta Vitamins

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Bitter Extract, Great Results

4 Green Coffee Bean Extract Aids Weight Loss

Taking green coffee bean extract may be an effective way to lose weight, suggests new research. Los Angeles Times reports that more than 35 percent of research subjects lost more than 5 percent of their body weight. The small pilot study was presented at the American Chemical Society's spring national meeting in San Diego. Sixteen overweight adults took turns with a low dose of green coffee bean extract, a high dose, or a placebo. They didn't change their calorie intake. The subjects lost, on average, 17.5 pounds in 22 weeks, and reduced overall body weight by 10.5 percent. Researchers plan to conduct a larger trial with 60 people. While there were no reported ill effects of taking the extract, nutrition experts warn they'd want assurances that it doesn't cause malabsorption in the gut.

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

Previously: Roasting Process Key to Coffee's Health Benefits

Tags: Green Coffee Bean Extract, University of Scranton, American Chemical Society Spring National Meeting, Taste of Green Coffee Extract, Bitter Coffee Extract, New Weight Loss Help, Malabsorption

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Herb Could Defeat Acne

5 Thyme May Be Better Acne Treatment

Herbal preparations of thyme may be better at fighting acne than prescription creams, suggest researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University. Presenting at the Society for General Microbiology's conference in Dublin this week, researchers say that more clinical testing could result in an effective, yet gentler treatment for acne. The researchers tested the effect of thyme, marigold and myrrh tinctures on the bacterium that causes acne, Propionibacterium acnes. They found that of the three, thyme was most effective. However, all three tinctures killed the bacterium after five minutes of exposure. Researchers also found that the thyme tincture has a better antibacterial effect than the active ingredient in most acne creams, benzoyl peroxide.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Antibiotics for Acne Linked to Bowel Disease, Antibiotic Resistance Not Seen with Acne Drugs

Tags: Thyme Uses, Thyme Kills Bacteria, Natural Bacteria Killers, Best Acne Treatment, New Acne Treatments, Acne Research, Thyme Better Than Acne Prescriptions, Alternatives to Prescription Acne Medicine, Herbal Acne Treatment, Leeds Metropolitan University, benzoyl peroxide, Propionibacterium acnes, marigold acne, myrrh acne

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Pillsbury Bake-off Goes Sweet

6 Pumpkin Ravioli Recipe Worth a Million Bucks

The 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest has ended, and Christina Verrelli from Devon, Pennsylvania won a million bucks for her recipe, Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream. The prep time is one hour and 10 minutes, and the yield is 12 servings or two ravioli each. Ingredients include a Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations refrigerated seamless dough sheet, Hershey’s caramel syrup, canned pumpkin, pecans and more. The winning recipe is available at Pillsbury's website, but it's not a low-fat delight. One serving includes 13 grams of saturated fat and 380 calories.

More at Pillsbury | Hat tip to CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Pumpkin Pie Smells Enhance Sexual Arousal

Tags: Christina Verrelli, Pillsbury Bake off Contest, Pumpkin Ravioli Salted Caramel Whipped Cream, Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Refrigerated Seamless Dough , Hershey Caramel Syrup, Pumpkin Recipes

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A Jab at High Cholesterol

7 Injectable Drug Lowers Cholesterol in Trial

Results of an early phase 1 clinical trial involving 51 people found that an experimental injectable dramatically drug lowered cholesterol levels in some participants and was very safe. Those on high dose statins received AMG 145 as a shot twice a month and saw their low-density lipoproteins (LDLs), the "bad" cholesterol, go down by an average of 63 percent two months later. The low dose group received it monthly and had an average LDL reduction of 66 percent. It works by reducing levels of the antibody PCSK9 which hinders the liver’s ability to clear LDL from the bloodstream. For people who cannot take statins or need extra help lowering their cholesterol, this could be another option. No deaths or serious side effects reported and data from larger clinical trials are being gathered.

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

Previously: Market for Cholesterol Drug Expands

Tags: High Cholesterol, LDL, Low Density Lipoprotein, Statins, AMG 145, Cholesterol Lowering Drugs, Injectable Drugs

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Is Bad Cholesterol Good for You?

8 Low LDL Levels Tied to Higher Cancer Risk

While it is good to lower “bad cholesterol,” or low-density lipoproteins (LDL), a new study suggests that what’s good for the heart may actually increase the risk of cancer. They looked at 201 people with cancer along with 402 healthy controls and found that those who had cancer never took drugs such as statins and had low LDL levels for an approximate average of 19 years before developing the disease. Keeping LDL low reduces the risk of heart disease but these results may point to a common mechanism involved in LDL levels and cancer. By looking at people who have not taken drugs, this may show that they do not increase the risk of cancer as previously suspected. The results do not show cause-and-effect, but researchers do want to look further into this possible link.

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

Previously: Many Genes Are Linked to Cholesterol Levels

Tags: Cancer, Cholesterol, LDL, Low Density Lipoprotein

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Bypass a Stent for a Longer Life

9 Bypasses Lengthen Lives More Than Stents

Information gathered from multiple large databases found that the death rate for people who have bypass surgery is 16.4 four years post-surgery compared to 20.8 in those who had stents placed in their blocked coronary arteries. Placing a stent, called an angioplasty procedure, involves opening up a blocked vessel by threading an instrument into the artery and inserting a wire mesh to hold it open. A bypass involves taking a vein from another part of the body and creating another route for blood to flow to the heart muscle. It is possible the different levels of risk between both groups may have accounted for the difference in death rates, but previous research that supports these results in addition to lifestyle changes and preventive care are playing a part in reducing stents procedures.

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

Previously: People in Stent Studies Different from Patients

Tags: Bypass Surgery, Coronary Artery Disease, Stent Procedure, Angioplasty

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