May 28, 2013

Baby Boomers Most Effected

1 Over 60s Report Growing Memory Loss

According to a large-scale CDC survey of nearly 60,000 people across 21 states, one out of every eight Americans age 60 or older reports experiencing increasing loss of memory and mental clarity, and younger members of that group, the baby boomers, find it more disruptive than their elders. Specifically, 12 percent of those ages 60 to 64 admitted to episodes of confusion or memory loss becoming worse or more frequent in the past year, compared to about 13 percent of those 85 and older, but 45 percent of the boomers said that it interfered with their social or professional lives or ability to do routine chores, compared to just 38 percent of the older group. Overall, barely one third of those afflicted had discussed their cognitive decline with a health care professional.

More at Vitals.nbcnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Baby Boomers Report Aging Poorly

Tags: Baby Boomers Memory Loss, Memory Loss among over 60s, Seniors Report Failing Memories

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Attempted Homicide?

2 Rescuers Save Newborn Stuck in Sewer Pipe

Rescuers in eastern China extricated a newborn who was stuck in a sewage pipe. The two-hour rescue was delicate with firefighters having to first saw off the section of the pipe encasing the baby boy and then dismantling it. Neighbors heard the baby’s cries in a public restroom and called authorities. The child is reported to be doing well. He weighs 6.2 lbs. and still had the placenta attached when he was rescued. Authorities are treating the case as an attempted homicide and sources say the baby’s mother has been located and that in investigation is ongoing. Strangers have come to the hospital with diapers, clothing, powdered milk and offers to adopt but a hospital official said the baby would be handed over to social services if his parents didn’t claim him.

More at Www.ABCNews.go.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Drop-Side Cribs to Be Banned in US

Tags: Baby Safety, Baby Saved from Sewer Pipe, Attempted Homicide

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Affects GABA and Glutamate

3 Schizophrenia-Like Symptoms Treated in Mice

Geneticists have found that inhibiting Neuregulin-1 (NRG1) gene in mice designed to overexpress the protein eliminated symptoms of schizophrenia. Mouse models for schizophrenia were overactive, forgot things they just learned and could not block out background noise. The NRG1 protein is critical for brain development and activates a protein called LIMK1. LIMK1 activation reduces the activity levels of the neurotransmitters GABA and glutamate. Higher than normal levels of NRG1 is found in a small number of individuals with the mental illness. Current treatments target neurotransmitters, chemical messengers, helping neurons communicate. NRG1 levels in blood are an accurate reflection of brain NRG1 levels. It is hoped that both NRG1 and LIMK1 can be targeted to treat some with schizophrenia.

More at Sci-News | Posted 4 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Exercise Aids Brains of Schizophrenia Patients

Tags: GABA, Glutamate, Schizophrenia, Neuregulin-1, NRG1, LIMK1, Mouse Models of Schizophrenia

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