Experimental Drug Halts Parkinson’s Progression

By Clyde Hughes – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

An experimental drug developed by Johns Hopkins University researchers appears to slow down the progression of Parkinson’s disease and its symptoms in mice, a statement from the university said this week.

The researchers said that the drug called NLY01 has been proven in studies to block the degradation of brain cells that is the leading cause of Parkinson’s disease. The treatment has been used in the past to treat diabetes, researchers said in the university statement.

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Life-Extending Discovery Renews Debate Over Aging as a ‘Disease’

By – Re-Blogged From Seeker

Even if a new drug proves to prolong human life, it won’t receive regulatory approval for that purpose unless the FDA accepts that aging is a treatable medical condition.

“We’re not going to see people spend longer in nursing homes. We’re going to see them spend more time out of nursing homes.”

“I think this is probably the most exciting thing to happen in aging research yet, and I think that’s going to be true no matter how the trial results turn out.”

How Much Water Do You Really Need?

Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

During the summer — and even year-round — our bodies crave water. There’s no way to live without it. But just how much do we really need every day to stay healthy?

The answer can get complicated.

“It’s hard to find an exact amount because it’s variable based on your age, where you live, whether it’s hot and humid, or cold and dry. Are you male or female, more active or less active,” said Ilyse Schapiro, a registered dietitian with nutrition counseling practices in New York and Connecticut.

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Brain Stimulation Could Ease Diabetes Symptoms

By David Alliot – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

The premise is clear: Find a way to increase dopamine (a chemical released by nerve cells to stimulate pleasure) and the body’s natural ability to process sugar is increased — key to helping people with diabetes. This mode of regulating sugar control is well-known in mice, but thanks to new research that led to human trials, the same appears to be true for humans.

A Weight-Loss Injection? Human Trial Successful

By Clyde Hughes – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

A weight loss injection that mimics gastric bypass surgery was proven effective in a human trial conducted by scientists at London’s Imperial College. It’s being called “the most exciting” advance ever in treating obesity.

The researchers said patients participating in the trial ate about 30 percent less food after being treated with the hormone injection, The Telegraph reported, and in some cases patients were able to ditch their diabetes medication because of the resulting weight loss.

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7 Health Myths You Should Not Believe Anymore

By Romit Malhotra

(Summary:

Vitamin C doesn’t protect from cold, diabetes doesn’t affect elders only, and your microwave doesn’t destroy the nutrients. And so many more health myths you should not believe anymore.)

Do you believe that carrots improve vision? Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? Or you fear that microwave can kill the nutrients in your food?

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Life-Extending Discovery Renews Debate Over Aging as a ‘Disease’

By – Re-Blogged From Seeker

Even if a new drug proves to prolong human life, it won’t receive regulatory approval for that purpose unless the FDA accepts that aging is a treatable medical condition.

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