August 19, 2012

Resveratrol Is Key

1 Red Wine Compound May Help Seniors' Mobility

Resveratrol, found in red wine, may help prevent falls in seniors, says a Duquesne U. study. Study leader Jane E. Cavanaugh notes that falls become more common with age and are the leading cause of injury-related death in people 65+. While prior studies showed resveratrol’s anti-aging effects on certain cancers and cholesterol, this new study aimed to learn its effects on balance and mobility. Researchers used young and old lab mice fed a diet containing resveratrol for 8 weeks, and tested their ability to navigate a mesh balance beam. Initially, the older mice had difficulty but by week 4, they were on a par with the younger mice. Natural resveratrol is difficult for the body to absorb, says Cavanaugh, who’s investigating similar man-made compounds that can be absorbed more easily.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Resveratrol Has Anti-Aging Properties

Tags: Anti-Aging, Resveratrol, Resveratrol and Balance, Resveratrol and Aging, Duguesne University, Jane E. Cavanaugh

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Sleep, Gentle Sleep

2 Stomach Sleepers Have Sexier Dreams

People who sleep on their stomachs are more likely to have erotic dreams than those who sleep on their sides or backs, finds a new study from Shue Yan University, Hong Kong. Stomach sleepers also dreamed of being persecuted or tied up more often. Lead author Calvin Kai-Ching Yu says this is due to the fact that stomach sleepers don’t get as much air which makes their unconscious brain think of being constricted. For the studies, researchers interviewed 670 university students about their sleep positions and dreams. Stomach sleepers reported having sexual dreams more often than those who slept in other positions. “This study provides the evidence that dream experiences, and in particular dream content, can be influenced by body posture during sleep," say researchers.

More at Www.nzherald.com.nz | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Left Side Sleeping May Reduce Still Birth Risk

Tags: Sleeping Position, Erotic Dreams, Sleep Position and Dreams, Dreams, Shue Yan University, Calvin Kai-Ching Yu

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What's in a Finger Crease

3 Cholesterol Test May Use Hand Photos

A noninvasive and inexpensive total cholesterol test that uses digital photography instead of blood may not be so far from reality. Researchers in India developed such a test using a digital camera to capture a snapshot of the back of a patient's hand to reveal the cholesterol concentrated in the creases of fingers. The hand image is compared to images in a database of known cholesterol levels. The research, found in International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics, relies on a database of photographs of patients' hands linked with cholesterol levels recorded from standard blood tests. The computer program compares a new patient's hand image to that of the thousands of entries in the database to match it to a specific cholesterol reading.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Kids Should Have Cholesterol Tests

Tags: Cholesterol Testing, Photographic Cholesterol Tests, Alternative Cholesterol Tests, Noninvasive Cholesterol Screening, International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics

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