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Memory and Longevity Treatments

Posted: May 20, 2010 at 8:17 am

Via EurekAlert!: “Two methods of extending life span have very different effects on memory performance and decline with age. … While the nematode C. elegans is already well known for its utility in longevity research, previously it was not known how the memory of C. elegans compares with that of other animals, or whether longevity treatments could improve learning and memory. To answer these questions, [researchers] designed new tests of learning and memory in C. elegans, then used these tests to identify the necessary components of learning, short-term memory, and long-term memory. They found that the molecules required for learning and memory appear to be conserved from C. elegans to mammals, suggesting that the basic mechanisms underlying learning and memory are ancient. The authors also determined how each of the behaviors declines with age, and tested the effects of two known regulators of longevity – dietary restriction and reduced Insulin/IGF-1 signaling – on these declines. Surprisingly, very different effects on memory were achieved with the two longevity treatments: dietary restriction impaired memory in early adulthood but maintained memory with age, while reduced Insulin/IGF-1 signaling improved early adult memory performance but failed to preserve it with age. These results suggest not only that longevity treatments could help preserve cognitive function with age, but also that different longevity treatments might have very different effects on such declines.”

View the Article Under Discussion: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-05/plos-pmw051210.php

Read More Longevity Meme Commentary: http://www.longevitymeme.org/news/

Recommendation and review posted by Fredricko

UNBELIEVABLE??

Posted: May 20, 2010 at 8:17 am

A headline reporting a new Harris Poll survey stated that “Very few Americans find statements by financial institutions completely believable.”  One specific item of interest was that 51 percent of the respondents said that a statement made by someone who works for a health insurance company was believable (2 percent completely believable, 49 percent somewhat believable) while 49 percent answered not at all believable.  Banks, investment firms and government agencies that regulate financial institutions all fared poorly in the believability research. 

These results are not shocking in light of the health care debate and economic stresses that reverberate throughout the economy.  However, the survey shows the depth of the difficulty people have with companies and government agencies that are indispensible to their financial well being. 

This is a good time for intermediaries, whether they are trusted authors, financial advisors, academics and others to fill the void that is obviously missing in the public’s confidence in key industries.  Changes in health care, for example, are sure to cause people to have to rethink sometimes decades old strategies to financing coverage.  The health insurance industry will play a key role in the implementation of health reform, so designing a system in which the public has a basic level of trust is not a trivial matter.

Recommendation and review posted by Fredricko

Aspirin May Increase Risk of Crohn’s Disease

Posted: May 20, 2010 at 8:17 am

Aspirin May Increase Risk of Crohn’s Disease

(HealthDay News) — A new British study finds that people who take aspirin every day have a higher risk of developing Crohn’s disease, a potentially devastating digestive illness.

But it’s still not very likely that aspirin users will develop the condition, and the study’s lead author said patients should keep in mind that aspirin lowers the risk of heart disease.

“If the link with aspirin is a true one, then only a small proportion of those who take aspirin — approximately one in 2,000 — may be at risk,” said study author Dr. Andrew Hart, a senior lecturer in gastroenterology at University of East Anglia School of Medicine. “If aspirin has been prescribed to people with Crohn’s disease or with a family history by their physician, then they should continue to take it. Aspirin has many beneficial effects and should be continued.” Read more…

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Recommendation and review posted by Fredricko

Aspirin May Increase Risk of Crohn's Disease

Posted: May 20, 2010 at 8:17 am

Aspirin May Increase Risk of Crohn’s Disease

(HealthDay News) — A new British study finds that people who take aspirin every day have a higher risk of developing Crohn’s disease, a potentially devastating digestive illness.

But it’s still not very likely that aspirin users will develop the condition, and the study’s lead author said patients should keep in mind that aspirin lowers the risk of heart disease.

“If the link with aspirin is a true one, then only a small proportion of those who take aspirin — approximately one in 2,000 — may be at risk,” said study author Dr. Andrew Hart, a senior lecturer in gastroenterology at University of East Anglia School of Medicine. “If aspirin has been prescribed to people with Crohn’s disease or with a family history by their physician, then they should continue to take it. Aspirin has many beneficial effects and should be continued.” Read more…

Ayurtox for Body Detoxification

Recommendation and review posted by Fredricko

7.2% Decrease in Work Hours of U.S. Physicians Between 1996 and 2008

Posted: May 20, 2010 at 8:15 am

After remaining stable through the early 1990s, mean hours worked per week decreased by 7.2% between 1996 and 2008 among all physicians (from 55 hours per week in 1996-1998 to 51 hours per week in 2006-2008.

Excluding resident physicians, whose hours decreased by 9.8% due to duty hour limits imposed in 2003, nonresident physician hours decreased by 5.7%.

Physician fees decreased nationwide by 25% between 1995 and 2006, coincident with the decrease in physician hours.

A steady decrease in hours worked per week during the last decade was observed for all physicians, which was temporally and geographically associated with lower physician fees.

References:
Trends in the Work Hours of Physicians in the United States, February 24, 2010, Staiger et al. JAMA 303 (8): 747.

From Happy Hospitalist:

“That means your doctor earns 25% less today than they did just a decade ago. If you went to college and joined a company that said up front you would be paid 25% less in a decade than you were paid on the day you were hired, would you join them?

Why are physicians working fewer hours, a trend unique to doctors? The conclusion was reduced pay. Physicians just don’t seem inclined to spend long hours in the office and hospitals to sacrifice their family life for the life of their patients when the the economic reward of doing so just isn’t there.

I’ve talked with many subspecialists at Happy’s hospital about the declining payment for their efforts. They all tell me exactly the same thing. They are going to work less and limit their hours as payment reductions come down the pipeline.”

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Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith

FOOX myHeart II and mySkull

Posted: May 20, 2010 at 8:15 am

David Foox mySkull
Title: “mySkull”
artist: David Foox
medium: acrylic, krylon, on X-Ray (sealed with a kiss) mounted on custom hosital viewing light box
size: 14″ x 22″
David Foox myHeart II
Title: “myHeart II”
artist: David Foox
medium: acrylic, krylon, on X-Ray (sealed with a kiss) mounted on custom dentist viewing light box
size: 12″ x 12″

Two new works by artist and toy maker FOOX and titled “myHeart II” and “mySkull“.

FOOX has taken more X-Rays of himself including an MRI of his skull and all in the name of art. With a solo show “As Within So Without” at Lyons Weir (NY) June 25th through July 17th, FOOX needs all the X-Rays he can get. That’s why he has enlisted the help of yet to be disclosed notable persons.  Can’t wait to find out the identity of these “notable persons!”

Lyons Weir Gallery, New York
“As Within So Without” a Solo Show by David Foox
Curated by Rebecca Marshall
Opening Party: June 25th, 2010 (show through July 17th, 2010)

FOOX continues the awareness campaign promoting organ donation as a cause to help save lives. His ORGAN DONOR vinyl dolls were featured in Kidrobot, Munky King, Zeus Comics, Poptopia, Ultrapop, Super7, and a host of modern art museums. In this exhibition of recent works by David Foox, FOOX shows us his insides – and those of society’s notable and interesting characters. Without disclosing which famous characters’ insides will be painted, FOOX does give us these two sneak peak works recently completed in advance of the opening. Look for more of X-Ray vision by FOOX in the coming months. For more information on FOOX NYC events email Bea [email protected]

Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith


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