Tumor-Only Genetic Sequencing May Misguide #Cancer Treatment in Nearly Half of All Patients, Study Shows: Johns Hopkins scientists say the #genetic code of tumors must be compared to patients’ noncancer #genome to get a true picture. (15 April 2015). "Of course we all want precision medicine, but one conclusion from these analyses is that we cannot have precision medicine without precision genomics".
Reversing the loss of brain connections in Alzheimer’s disease (posted June, 2013): The 1st experimental drug to boost brain synapses lost in Alzheimer’s disease has been developed by researchers at Sanford-Burnham. The drug, called NitroMemantine, combines two FDA-approved medicines to stop the destructive cascade of changes in the brain that destroys the connections between neurons, leading to memory loss and cognitive decline...(read on in post)
If you want to lose weight, then you actually want more fat, not less. But you need the right kind: brown fat. This special type of fatty tissue burns calories, puts out heat like a furnace, and helps to keep you trim. White fat, on the other hand, stores extra calories and makes you, well, fat. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could instruct our bodies to make more brown fat, and less white fat?
#Diet sodas and other treats sweetened with artificial #sweeteners are often viewed as guilt-free pleasures. Because such foods are usually lower in calories than those containing natural sugars, many have considered them a good option for people who are trying to lose weight or keep their blood glucose levels in check. But some surprising new research suggests that #ArtificialSweeteners might actually do the opposite, by changing the #microbes living in our intestines.
Eat your #broccoli! It’s a plea made every night at dinner tables across the country. And it’s a plea worth listening to, because broccoli and other #cruciferous vegetables—such as kale, cabbage, and cauliflower—are a rich source of healthful #nutrients.
New findings on ‘key players’ in #brain inflammation. One of these key players is a receptor called TLR4. The receptor plays such an important role in the body’s innate immune system that the researchers who discovered it were awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The other key player is a protein called galectin-3, which is absent in healthy brains but present in a brain suffering ongoing inflammation. (6 March 2015) #Alzheimers #Parkinsons