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Couples urged to have 'affair' together

(UPI) One technique to keep romance alive for married couples is to act like they are having an affair -- with each other, a U.S. psychologist advises.
Diana Kirschner, a New York psychologist…, says think about what happens in an extramarital affair -- teasing and flirting.
"The excitement of an affair pivots on gestures that aren't consummated -- the lingering touch, the sweet nibble on the ear, the suggestive glance that may or may not go any further," Kirschner [says].
"There is a playful novelty and uncertainty that drive up dopamine, the falling-in-love brain chemical which, in turn, creates anticipation, excitement and focus on the beloved. Infatuation sizzles."
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Top 12 Ways to Make Your RealAge Younger

(RealAge.com) These 12 strategies will help you find your sweet spot. It's that place where you're giving your body what it needs, and it's repaying you by looking and feeling tip-top. You'll get even more pointers in your FREE Grow Younger Plan when you take the all-new RealAge Test.
Take vitamin D
Getting enough vitamin D daily (1,000 mg; 1,200 mg after age 60) can make your RealAge 9.4 years younger…
Watch your numbers.
Keeping your waist size, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol in the healthy zone … can make your RealAge as much as 19.8 years younger…
Stay in touch.
Reach out to family and friends through e-mails, phone calls, and, whenever you can, face-to-face visits … can make your RealAge 8.5 years younger…
Be fruity and nutty
Fruits and nuts are a tasty, satisfying way to keep your heart, mind, and waistline healthy. Eating 4 to 5 servings of fruit and a handful of nuts daily can make your RealAge 6.4 years younger.
Keep stress in check.
Stress comes in many shapes, sizes, and strengths -- some of it good. But the bad kind ages you inside and out. Reducing bad stress with meditation or other relaxation techniques can make your RealAge 1.7 years younger…
Go for whole grains
Eating 5+ servings of whole grains a day can make your RealAge 2.6 years younger…
Think happy thoughts
Staying upbeat can make your RealAge 5.2 years younger…
Step to it.
A daily 30-minute walk is one of the best ways to keep your bones, blood pressure, waistline, joints, energy, arteries, and attitude young… For example, if daily walks help keep your blood pressure at 115/70, that alone can make your RealAge up to 12 years younger…
Sleep on it
Getting at least 6 hours of sleep a night -- but no more than 9 hours -- can make your RealAge 3.4 years younger…
Lift a little
Strength-training for just 10 minutes three times per week can make your RealAge as much as 2.6 years younger.
Spend 120 seconds at the bathroom sink
Flossing and brushing daily can prevent periodontal disease and tooth loss, which can make your RealAge 6.1 years younger…
Take a class.
Sign up for something you've always wanted to learn -- to speak Italian, play the guitar, cook. Staying mentally active throughout life can keep your brain sharp and improve your overall health.
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Bike-sharing has many health benefits

(UPI) Israeli scientists say high-tech tools could help make bike-sharing, which has many public health benefits, a viable transportation choice…
Bike-sharing -- good for commuting and short errands -- allows a subscriber to "borrow" a bike from one city location and return it to another -- often a train or bus station. However, as the practice catches on, problems have developed including users not being able to return a bike because a station is full. There is also frustration when a station runs out of bikes to lend out.
The researchers suggest a software solution. They have developed a mathematical model with methods and algorithms to solve the routing and scheduling problems of trucks moving bikes, as well as other operational and design challenges bike-sharing presents.
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Looking at Your Body Reduces Pain

(Science Daily) Simply looking at your body reduces pain, according to new research..
[The results] suggests that the experience of pain arises in parts of the brain that represent the size of the body. The scientists' 'visual trick' may have influenced the brain's spatial maps of the skin. The results suggest that the processing of pain is closely linked to these brain maps of the skin.
Professor Patrick Haggard said: "Many psychological therapies for pain focus on the painful stimulus, for example by changing expectations, or by teaching distraction techniques. However, thinking beyond the stimulus that causes pain, to the body itself, may have novel therapeutic implications. For example, when a child goes to the doctor for a blood test, we tell them it will hurt less if they don't look at the needle. Our results suggest that they should look at their arm, but they should try to avoid seeing the needle, if that is possible!"
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Recipes

MyRecipes.com:
Seared Scallops with Warm Tuscan Beans
Pair this one-dish meal with a side of garlic bread. It's perfect for sopping up every last drop of the delicious sauce.
EatingWell:
Provolone & Olive Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Browning the chicken in a skillet before baking gives it a beautiful golden color. Finishing it in the oven ensures that it cooks evenly throughout.
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Preservative-Free Nasal Spray Appears Safe, Remains Sterile

(Science Daily) In a small, short-term study, a preservative-free, acidified nasal spray appears safe and well tolerated and maintained its sterility in an applicator used multiple times, according to a report…
Making saline nasal spray more acidic is an alternative way of maintaining sterility without chemical preservatives.
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FDA Approves First 3D Mammogram Device

(HealthDay News) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved on Friday the first X-ray mammography device that provides three-dimensional images of the breast for cancer screening and diagnosis.
The Selenia Dimensions System … can provide 2-D and 3-D X-ray images of the breasts. The 3-D images may help physicians more accurately detect and diagnose breast cancer, the FDA said in a news release.
"Physicians can now access this unique and innovative 3-D technology that could significantly enhance existing diagnosis and treatment approaches," said Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
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Root Cause of Blood Vessel Damage in Diabetes Discovered

(Science Daily) A key mechanism that appears to contribute to blood vessel damage in people with diabetes has been identified by researchers…
[T]he Washington University researchers say studies in mice show that the damage appears to involve two enzymes, fatty acid synthase (FAS) and nitric oxide synthase (NOS), that interact in the cells that line blood vessel walls…
"Our findings strongly suggest that if we can use a drug or another enzyme to promote fatty acid synthase activity, specifically in blood vessels, it might be helpful to patients with diabetes," [first author Xiaochao Wei, PhD,] says.
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Doctors: Treat mild stroke, too

(UPI) U.S. researchers suggest treating mild strokes with the same clot-busting drug approved for severe strokes…
Extrapolating to the U.S. population, the use of tPA for mild stroke could prevent at least 2,000 patients from becoming disabled. Assuming a moderate disability and conservatively estimating a lifetime cost of $100,000 per patient, this would save at least $200 million in disability costs, the study says.
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New Drug Treatment Possibilities for Alzheimer's

(Science Daily) [S]cientists have made a discovery that has the potential for use in the early diagnosis and eventual treatment of plaque-related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Type 2 diabetes. 
The amyloid diseases are characterized by plaque that aggregates into toxic agents that interact with cellular machinery, explained Michael T. Bowers, lead author… Other amyloid diseases include Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and atherosclerosis…
Bowers describes how understanding the fundamental forces that relate aggregation, shape, and biochemistry of soluble peptide aggregates is central to developing diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for amyloid diseases.
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Holistic dementia care cuts costs

(UPI) Indiana University's memory care model -- holistic dementia care, which combines drug and non-drug interventions, could reduce costs, researchers say.
The model, as practiced at the Healthy Aging Brain Center, Wishard Health Services in Indianapolis takes a team approach focusing on patient and caregiver together…
The study … also found hospitalized, center patients had stays averaging five days while the says of non-center patients averaged seven days.
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At-home stroke therapy as good as high-tech rehab

(Reuters) Stroke patients who get intensive physical therapy at home walk just as well after a year as patients who train on fancy, high-tech treadmills that support their weight, U.S. researchers said on Friday.
And patients who start physical therapy even six months after a stroke or other injury can still improve their walking ability, contradicting previous assumptions that such improvement is limited to the first half year, they said.
The surprise findings, released on Friday at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles, come from the biggest stroke rehabilitation study ever conducted in the United States.
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Minnesotans are kinder to their hearts: study

(Reuters Health) Minnesotans are less likely than the average American to die of heart disease…, a new study finds.
While the U.S. death rate from heart disease has dropped by nearly half in recent decades, Minnesota still beats the rest of the country with only about two in 1,000 residents dying from heart attacks, strokes and similar conditions in 2005…
Compared with the U.S. norm, Minnesota adults consistently smoked less, had lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and maintained trimmer waistlines in the past few decades.
"The lower rate of risk factors seems to explain part of" the difference in heart disease deaths, said Dr. Lyn M. Steffen…, one of the researchers on the study.
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Minnesota's Anti-Tobacco Policies Reap Benefits: CDC

(HealthDay News) Sustained tobacco-control efforts in Minnesota have led to a 27.1 percent decrease in adult smoking rates, from 22.1 percent in 1999 to 16.1 percent in 2010, says a new study…
Also, more adults in the state said they restricted smoking in their homes (64.5 percent in 1999 vs. 87.2 percent in 2010), and fewer adults said they were being exposed to secondhand smoke (67.2 percent vs. 45.6 percent).
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Say 'I love you' with heart-healthy foods

(UPI) Valentine's Day is the perfect time to say "I love you" by providing your true love with heart-healthy foods, a U.S. registered dietitian says.
Susan Ofria, clinical nutrition manager at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill., says to keep your true love's heart beating strong, forget oysters and champagne because the real food of love is dark chocolate and red wine…
Other heart-healthy foods to add to a Valentine's Day menu are:
-- Salmon/tuna, which are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
-- Ground up flaxseeds, which provide a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, phytoestrogens.
-- Oatmeal, a good source of soluble fiber, niacin, folate and potassium.
-- Walnuts and almonds, which contain omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, heart favorable mono-and polyunsaturated fats.
-- Blueberries/cranberries/raspberries/strawberries have beta carotene, lutein, anthocyanin, ellagic acid -- a polyphenol -- vitamin C, folate, potassium and fiber.
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How Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help Prevent Several Forms of Blindness

(Science Daily) Omega-3 fatty acids -fats commonly found in fish oil -- were shown several years ago to prevent retinopathy, a major form of blindness, in a mouse model of the disease. A follow-up study, from the same research team at Children's Hospital Boston, now reveals exactly how omega-3's provide protection, and provides reassurance that widely used COX-inhibiting drugs like aspirin and NSAIDs don't negate their benefit.
The findings ... also suggest that omega-3's may be beneficial in diabetes.
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A Second Benefit to Reducing Salt

(RealAge.com) A low-sodium diet is good for your heart. But you might also keep cancer risk low if you limit these two salty treats: pickles and anchovies.
A recent Japanese study suggests that diets with ample amounts of pickled vegetables and salt-cured fish may increase the risk of cancer -- bumping it up as much as 15 percent…
[A]ll it took was the equivalent of a couple of dill pickle spears a day and a 1-ounce serving of salted, dried fish to put people in the high-consumer group.
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Recipes

MyRecipes.com:
Grilled Chicken with Rustic Mustard Cream
The pronounced lemon-pine character of rosemary goes well with olive oil and Dijon mustard, giving this grilled chicken a rustic Mediterranean flair.
EatingWell:
Broiled Salmon with Miso Glaze
Versatile miso (fermented soybean paste) keeps for months in the refrigerator and adds instant flavor to soups, sauces, dips, marinades and salad dressings. In general, the lighter the miso, the milder and sweeter its flavor. Light miso is the key to the wonderful flavor of this salmon.
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New Drug May Help Patients With Irregular Heartbeat Avoid Stroke

(HealthDay News) A new anti-clotting drug works better than aspirin for stroke prevention in some patients with the common, sometimes lethal, heart rhythm problem known as atrial fibrillation, according to research presented Thursday…
The study was funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer, who are working jointly to develop apixaban…
Apixaban works by blocking a crucial step in the formation of blood clots. The study of the drug's effects on stroke prevention was actually halted early after one year, [study co-author Dr. Hans-Christoph] Diener said, because of the huge difference found between the two drugs and the superiority of apixaban.
The new drug isn't yet approved by the FDA.
Community: But mightn’t it be better to stop the fibrillation? I was having a racing heart fairly often until I started taking a potassium supplement.
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Few Stroke Patients Given Clot-Buster Quickly Enough: Study

(HealthDay News) Few eligible stroke patients get an injectable clot-busting drug within the recommended 60-minute window after their hospital arrival, new research finds.
"It has been widely recommended that the 'door-to-needle' time should be 60 minutes," said study author Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow… The phrase refers to the timeframe between when the patient arrives at the hospital and when that patient is given the clot-buster, known as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA).
In his analysis of stroke patients from 1,083 hospitals, he found the 60-minute window was not the typical reality. "That occurs only in 26.6 percent of patients," he said.
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Preventing Heart Failure and Increasing Survival Rates in Cancer Patients

(Science Daily) A breakthrough by scientists at Queen's University Belfast could help reduce heart failure in cancer patients around the world, and ultimately increase survival rates.
[The scientists] have discovered the role of an enzyme which, when a patient receives chemotherapy, can cause life-threatening damage to the heart. This has, until now, restricted the amount of chemotherapy doses a patient can receive; but while protecting the heart, this dilutes the chemotherapy's effectiveness in destroying cancerous tumours.
By identifying the role of the enzyme -- NADPH oxidase -- work can now go ahead into making chemotherapy treatments more effective and reduce the toxic effects of cancer treatment on the heart.
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Nearly 25% of Women With Early Ovarian Cancer Not Given Recommended Biopsies

(HealthDay News) More than one-quarter of women with apparent early-stage ovarian cancer don't receive recommended lymph node biopsies to check for cancer spread, which nearly doubles these patients' risk of death, say U.S. researchers…
The five-year survival rate was 84 percent for patients who had lymph node biopsies and 69 percent for those who did not have the biopsies.
The study also found that gynecologic oncologists were nearly 6.5 times more likely to perform lymph node biopsies than other surgical specialists, and nearly four times more likely to perform all recommended staging biopsies.
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Discovery May Lead to Turning Back the Clock on Ovarian Cancer

(Science Daily) Cancer researchers have discovered that a type of regulatory RNA may be effective in fighting ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer isn't typically discovered until it's in the advanced stages, where it is already spreading to other organs and is very difficult to fight with chemotherapy. This new discovery may allow physicians to turn back the clock of the tumor's life cycle to a phase where traditional chemotherapy can better do its job.
Scientists … have found in initial tests that a regulatory RNA called miR-429 may be successful in inducing metastatic or spreading cancer cells to convert back to a less metastatic, non-invasive form. 
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Natural Toxin Implicated as Triggering Parkinson's Disease

(Science Daily) [I]nvestigators have found evidence that a toxin produced by the brain is responsible for the series of cellular events that lead to Parkinson's disease. The study … found that the brain toxin DOPAL plays a key role in killing the dopamine neurons which trigger the illness.
In earlier research, Saint Louis University investigators found that DOPAL seemed to be responsible for killing healthy dopamine cells, which in turn causes Parkinson disease to develop. Now, research in an animal model gives them further reason to suspect the chemical as the culprit.
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New Hybrid Drug, Derived from Common Spice, May Protect, Rebuild Brain Cells After Stroke

(Science Daily) Whether or not you're fond of Indian, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern food, stroke researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center think you may become a fan of one of their key spices.
The scientists created a new molecule from curcumin, a chemical component of the golden-colored spice turmeric, and found in laboratory experiments that it affects mechanisms that protect and help regenerate brain cells after stroke. 
"CNB-001 has many of the same benefits of curcumin but appears to be a better choice of compound for acute stroke because it crosses the blood-brain barrier, is quickly distributed in the brain, and moderates several critical mechanisms involved in neuronal survival," [Paul A. Lapchak, Ph.D.,] says, adding that he and his colleagues expect the new drug to move to human clinical trials soon.
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Gene Mutations Linked to High Blood Pressure

(Science Daily) Yale University researchers have identified two novel genetic mutations that can trigger hypertension in up to a third of patients suffering from a common cause of severe high blood pressure, they report in the Feb. 11 issue of the journal Science.
The findings are a major step in understanding the causes of high blood pressure, which afflicts one out of every three Americans, said Richard Lifton, Sterling Professor and chair of the Department of Genetics, professor of internal medicine and senior author of the paper. These findings may lead to a genetic screening test for this common cause of severe hypertension, he said.
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Key to Better Health Care May Be a Walk in the Park

(Science Daily) Investments in parks and recreational services have a dramatic effect on health and fitness, say Geof Godbey, professor emeritus of leisure studies, and Andrew Mowen, associate professor of recreation and parks management.
"There is a strong relationship between how much money is spent to provide such services and the amount of physical activity that people take part in," said Godbey. "You get what you pay for."…
Since government officials often cut park and recreation spending first, Mowen said that park and recreational professionals could use the evidence presented in this report to educate officials and residents on the relatively inexpensive health benefits provided by parks.
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Garlic and vanilla may be aphrodisiacs

(UPI) Valentine's Day is often linked to aphrodisiac foods such as chocolate, but a U.S. food industry analyst says not to forget garlic, ginger and vanilla…
"Used for centuries in ancient Europe as an aphrodisiac remedy, garlic stimulates the secretion of gastric juices, aids in digestion and increases blood flow. It is said that the 'heat' in garlic stirs sexual desires," [food industry analyst Phil] Lempert says in a statement.
"Ginger root is still used to soothe the stomach, but it also acts as a stimulant and as an aphrodisiac, it is thought to aid in relaxation."…
"The smell and flavor of vanilla is believed to increase feelings of lust, but some studies show vanilla can raise levels of catecholamines, or adrenaline, in the blood," Lempert says.
Community: But if you choose garlic, make sure your partner eats some, too!
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Can Diet Soda Boost Your Stroke Risk?

(HealthDay News) Diet soda fans who drink the beverages every day may be cutting down on calories, but they also might be boosting their risk of stroke, new research suggests.
"In our study, we saw a significant increased risk among those who drank diet soda daily and not regular soda," said Hannah Gardener, an epidemiologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, who was slated to present her research Wednesday at the International Stroke Conference 2011 in Los Angeles.
Why the link? "It's unknown at this point," she said.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer, in the United States. More than 137,000 people a year die from stroke, according to the American Stroke Association.
Community: If you want to prevent, delay, or reduce the severity of stroke, here are some ways to do it.
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What Makes Fructose Fattening? Some Answers Found in the Brain

(Science Daily) The dietary concerns of too much fructose is well documented. High-fructose corn syrup has become the sweetener most commonly added to processed foods. Many dietary experts believe this increase directly correlates to the nation's growing obesity epidemic. Now, new research … demonstrates that the brain -- which serves as a master control for body weight -- reacts differently to fructose compared with another common sweetener, glucose…
"This study provides evidence in humans that fructose and glucose elicits opposite responses in the brain. It supports the animal research that shows similar findings and links fructose with obesity," [said Jonathan Purnell, M.D.].
"For consumers, our findings support current recommendations that people be conscious of sweeteners added to their drinks and meals and not overindulge on high-fructose, processed foods."
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Recipes

Cooking Light:
10 Romantic Dinners for Two
Whether you're planning a luxurious evening at home or a casual dinner date for two, find the perfect recipes for your Valentine's Day meal.
20 Lightened Chocolate Desserts
Chocolate doesn't have to be deadly to your diet. Try one of these lightened—but still decadent!—chocolate desserts.
MyRecipes.com:
Smoky Pan-Grilled Pork Chops
Get the flavor of grilled pork chops all year with smoky seasonings such as hot smoked paprika and toasted cumin seeds.
EatingWell:
Cook Once-Eat Twice Crock Pot Recipes
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Immune imbalance in gut may trigger celiac disease

(Reuters) People who have high levels of an immune system compound called Interleukin-15 may be primed to develop celiac disease, a digestive disorder that keeps sufferers from eating foods like cereal, pasta, cookies and beer.
Blocking this compound in mice helped reverse the disease, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
Vitamin A and retinoic acid, a byproduct of vitamin A used in the acne treatments Retin-A and Roche's former acne drug Accutane, may exacerbate the problem, acting as a trigger for the inflammatory response, the team said.
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Advanced Macular Degeneration Is Associated With an Increased Risk of Bleeding Stroke, Study Finds

(Science Daily) Older people with late-stage, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) appear to be at increased risk of brain hemorrhage (bleeding stroke), but not stroke caused by brain infarction (blood clot), according to research…
"These findings should be considered preliminary," [Renske G. Wieberdink, M.D.] said. "Patients and physicians must be very careful not to over-interpret them. We don't know why there are more brain hemorrhages in these patients or what the relationship with AMD might be. This does not mean that all patients with late-stage AMD will develop brain hemorrhage."
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Wireless Device Can Cut Heart Failure-Related Hospitalizations

(HealthDay News) Researchers report that a wireless implanted device monitors fluid build-up in the lungs of heart failure patients and alerts doctors when intervention is needed.
As a result, the device reduces hospitalizations and improves quality of life for these patients, they added.
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Microsponges from Seaweed May Save Lives

(Science Daily) Microsponges derived from seaweed may help diagnose heart disease, cancers, HIV and other diseases quickly and at far lower cost than current clinical methods. The microsponges are an essential component of Rice University's Programmable Bio-Nano-Chip (PBNC)…
PBNCs capture biomarkers -- molecules that offer information about a person's health -- found in blood, saliva and other bodily fluids. The biomarkers are sequestered in tiny sponges set into an array of inverted pyramid-shaped funnels in the microprocessor heart of the credit card-sized PBNC.
When a fluid sample is put into the disposable device, microfluidic channels direct it to the sponges, which are infused with antibodies that detect and capture specific biomarkers. Once captured, they can be analyzed within minutes with a sophisticated microscope and computer built into a portable, toaster-sized reader.
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'Pathway' Leading to Health Declines of Aging Identified

(HealthDay News) The "core pathway" that causes declining health due to aging has apparently been identified by researchers.
Studying mice in a laboratory setting, they found that malfunctioning telomeres are the basic cause of age-related health problems such as declining energy levels, metabolic disorders such as diabetes, and the failure of the heart and other organs.
Telomeres are the end-caps of chromosomes that protect against DNA damage…
This research was conducted in mice, but the "findings bear strong relevance to human aging as this core pathway can be directly linked to virtually all known genes involved in aging as well as current targeted therapies designed to mitigate the toll of aging on health," said [Dr. Ronald A.] DePinho.
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Extra Testosterone Reduces Your Empathy, Researchers Find

(Science Daily) A new study from Utrecht and Cambridge Universities has for the first time found that an administration of testosterone under the tongue in volunteers negatively affects a person's ability to 'mind read', an indication of empathy…
The new study has several important implications. First, that current levels of testosterone directly affect the ability to read someone else's mind. This may help explain why on average women perform better on such tests than men, since men on average produce more testosterone than women.
Second, that the digit ratio (2D:4D), a marker of fetal testosterone, predicts the extent to which later testosterone has this effect. This suggests testosterone levels in the womb have an 'organizing' or long-range effect on later brain function. Finally, given that people with autism have difficulties in mind reading, and that autism affects males more often than females, the study provides further support for the androgen theory of autism.
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Many Breakthrough Drugs Come From Publicly Funded Research: Study

(HealthDay News) A surprising number of valuable new drugs and vaccines approved in the United States have arisen wholly from research funded by the public sector, new research finds.
The authors of a study … count 153 new drugs and vaccines from public sector research institutes over the past 40 years…
The news comes in the midst of looming concerns about budget cuts and the future of government-funded research.
Community: We pay for the research, and then we have to pay extra for the drugs when the pharmaceutical companies patent them. What’s wrong with this picture?
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Can money motivate weight loss? Perhaps at first

(Reuters) Obese people may be more likely to slim down if they have money riding on their success through financial incentives -- but the weight might creep back once the monetary carrot is gone, according to a U.S. study…
In the study, the threat of losing money did seem to push people to lose more weight. But only 7 of the 66 actually met the study goal of shedding one pound per week over the first 24 weeks of the eight months.
And nine months after the program ended, the financial-incentive group had gained back most of the weight…
[Leslie John at Carnegie Mellon University] said more research is needed to see if the initial success of the plan can be extended. In the real world, money for weight loss could be offered by insurance plans.
"Obesity is hugely costly to insurance companies, so they have financial incentives to look at this," she said, noting that incentives are only really effective in the short- and medium-term.
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Program helps obese kids keep weight off long-term

(Reuters Health) Kids in an intensive obesity program were able to slim down and maintain a healthier weight a year after it ended, according to a new study…
The results are noteworthy for two reasons, according to Dr. Donald Williamson, who … wasn't involved in the new study.
First, he told Reuters Health, it's important that the kids managed to keep the weight off when they were no longer in the program. Second, the obese kids in the study were from mixed ethnic backgrounds and mostly low-income -- one of the demographics hit the hardest by obesity…
[T]he program model is one that can be used in other groups of kids, possibly even more successfully than it was here, [Mary Savoye of Yale University] said. "If this (program) worked on this most challenging population, it can work really in any population that you put it in," she said.
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Sleep Deprivation Can Lead to Higher Risk of Strokes and Heart Attacks

(Science Daily) New research … shows that prolonged sleep deprivation and disrupted sleep patterns can have long-term, serious health implications. Leading academics from the University have linked lack of sleep to strokes, heart attacks and cardiovascular disorders which often result in early death.
Professor Francesco Cappuccio … explained: "If you sleep less than six hours per night and have disturbed sleep you stand a 48 per cent greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease and a 15 per cent greater chance of developing or dying of a stroke.
"The trend for late nights and early mornings is actually a ticking time bomb for our health so you need to act now to reduce your risk of developing these life-threatening conditions."
Community: If you want to prevent, delay, or reduce the severity of stroke, here are some ways to do it.
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Woman's job may hurt her heart

(UPI) Women with highly stressful jobs are 40 percent more likely to develop heart disease than their less-stressed colleagues, a U.S. newsletter says…
[T]he stress may aggravate inflammation in coronary arteries, leading to blood clots. In addition, stress makes it harder to practice heart-healthy habits, such as exercising, eating right, not smoking and getting enough sleep, the newsletter says…
[T]here are ways to alleviate stress including:
-- Foster mutually supportive relationships.
-- Get regular exercise. It strengthens the heart, reduces anxiety and depression, and improves sleep.
-- Practice relaxation techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing.
-- Seek help from a mental-health professional.
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