Taking the “Ewww”… out of snail cream
June 17, 2014 – 11:07 pm | No Comment

Great news for all those women (and men) who have wanted to try the beautifying effects of snail slime but could never get past the “ick” factor. 20yrsyounger.com promises to get rid of the Ewww… while still letting women reap the anti-aging and rejuvenating benefits of snail slime cream. The process itself is called lyophilisation [...]

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Understanding How Testosterone Affects Men
September 23, 2013 – 9:29 pm | No Comment
Understanding How Testosterone Affects Men

Understanding How Testosterone Affects Men The complex effects of testosterone, investigators found, depend partly on its conversion in the body to a type of estrogen. The insights will help guide the development of better ways to diagnose and treat men who don’t produce enough natural testosterone. Testosterone is a sex hormone that plays important roles [...]

Video Game Training Improves Cognitive Control in Older Adults
September 16, 2013 – 11:03 pm | No Comment
Video Game Training Improves Cognitive Control in Older Adults

Video Game Training Improves Cognitive Control in Older Adults Researchers found that seniors who play a 3-D video game improve their ability to sustain focus and multitask successfully. The results highlight the potential of the aging brain to improve certain skills. As we age, changes in our brain can affect our cognitive abilities and memory. [...]

Gut Microbes and Diet Interact to Affect Obesity
September 16, 2013 – 10:29 pm | No Comment
Gut Microbes and Diet Interact to Affect Obesity

Gut Microbes and Diet Interact to Affect Obesity Gut microbes from lean people helped prevent mice from becoming obese—but only if the animals ate a healthy diet. This research could point the way to new treatments for obesity. The human gut harbors a complex community of microbes that affect many aspects of our health. Evidence, [...]

Technique Visualizes Brain Tumors During Surgery
September 16, 2013 – 8:02 pm | No Comment
Technique Visualizes Brain Tumors During Surgery

Technique Visualizes Brain Tumors During Surgery A new method can distinguish tumors from normal brain tissue in living mice. With further refinement, the approach could help doctors remove brain tumors with great precision. Recognizing the difference between tumors and normal brain tissue during surgery is a major challenge. Removing healthy tissue can cause neurologic problems, [...]

Program Improves Blood Pressure Control
September 9, 2013 – 9:42 pm | No Comment
Program Improves Blood Pressure Control

Program Improves Blood Pressure Control A large-scale program for controlling high blood pressure in a California health care system could help pave the way for improving blood pressure control in the general population. About 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure, or hypertension. The condition itself usually causes no symptoms, but it can damage [...]

Brain Circuit Affects Visual Development
September 9, 2013 – 9:28 pm | No Comment
Brain Circuit Affects Visual Development

Brain Circuit Affects Visual Development A mouse study revealed a circuit within the developing visual system that helps dictate how the eyes connect to the brain. The findings have implications for treating amblyopia, or lazy eye, the most common cause of visual impairment in childhood. A retinotopic map shows the connections of the eyes to [...]

Bacteria Trigger Nerve Cells to Cause Pain
September 9, 2013 – 8:23 pm | No Comment
Bacteria Trigger Nerve Cells to Cause Pain

Bacteria Trigger Nerve Cells to Cause Pain Researchers have found that bacteria can directly stimulate sensory neurons to produce pain and suppress inflammation. The finding may lead to better treatments for painful bacterial infections. A tooth abscess, urinary tract infection, or other type of bacterial infection can cause intense pain. The pain is often accompanied [...]

Insights Into Genetic Causes of Childhood Epilepsies
August 26, 2013 – 8:39 pm | No Comment
Insights Into Genetic Causes of Childhood Epilepsies

Insights Into Genetic Causes of Childhood Epilepsies A new study linked 2 novel genes to severe forms of childhood epilepsies. The results provide opportunities for exploring the origins and treatment of the disorders. Epilepsy is a group of neurological disorders caused by misfiring nerve cells in the brain. When the normal pattern of nerve activity [...]

Blood Markers May Signal Suicide Risk
August 26, 2013 – 8:23 pm | No Comment
Blood Markers May Signal Suicide Risk

Blood Markers May Signal Suicide Risk Scientists identified signs in blood that might help doctors identify people with suicidal feelings and thoughts. The discovery could lead to more effective interventions. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death nationwide and the 3rd leading cause of death among adolescents. It can be prevented when a person [...]

Tumor Imaging Technique Tracks Responses to Cancer Therapies
August 26, 2013 – 7:12 pm | No Comment
Tumor Imaging Technique Tracks Responses to Cancer Therapies

Tumor Imaging Technique Tracks Responses to Cancer Therapies Researchers have determined a new way to analyze MRI image data to assess blood vessels in cancer tumors. The technique may help identify patients who would benefit from certain therapies. Cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control. Tumors can develop a network of new blood [...]