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Wednesday
Aug272014

Acupuncture provides major quality of life improvement for breast cancer patients. 

From Science Daily 

Use of electroacupuncture (EA) -- a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles -- produces significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in as little as eight weeks for early stage breast cancer patients experiencing joint pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to treat breast cancer. The results of a randomized, placebo-controlled trial examining the intervention led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are published online this week in the journalCancer. The study is the first demonstration of EA's efficacy for both joint pain relief, as well as these other common symptoms.

Read the full study  HERE

Tuesday
Aug262014

Battlefield Acupuncture now more prevalent in the US Armed Forces than ever before. 

First gaining a reputation during the Gulf War, acupuncture in the US Armed Forces was reported as a success, but now it's prevalence is at an all time high, front line results find 80% of those going through the treatments get relief and help from the treatments. 

From: US Air Force Public Affairs

Regardless of where it came from, battlefield acupuncture is becoming more popular every day. It was more thoroughly developed in America approximately 10 years ago for use during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, hence its name. 

"It is a quick, simple and easy method of pain control that can be used on the battlefield," said Capt. Laramie Richmond, 5th Medical Operations Squadron physician assistant in the personnel reliability program clinic. "It is convenient because Airmen can still wear the studs without having to remove their helmets, Kevlar and other important pieces of armor." 

Battlefield acupuncture is used to treat many different types of pain caused by surgery, acute injuries, sprains, broken bones, neuropathic or even long term pain.

This treatment is provided at Minot Air Force Base for all Department of Defense beneficiaries who aren't pregnant or on PRP or flying status.

"We have 65 patients currently enrolled in this program," said Richmond. "Our results show that 80 percent of our patients get some form of relief."

Read More: http://www.minot.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123419198

Monday
Aug252014

BP oil dispersant chemicals still linger in the environment

From NOLA.com

Traces of a chemical contained in dispersants used to break up oil during the 87-day BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 were found in material deposited on deepwater corals six months after the spill, and in weathered oil patties on Gulf Coast beaches four years later, according to a scientific letter published online this week in Environmental Science & Technology, the peer-reviewed research journal of the American Chemical Society.

Researchers found amounts of DOSS, an abbreviation of the chemical compound dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate, in both the oil patties and deepwater sediment."

Although some time has passed the toxicity of the dispersant does not. This dispersant has been found to cause genetic mutation in marine organisms of all fauna. 

Read the full story here: http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2014/06/dispersant_chemical_found_in_b.html

Friday
Aug222014

Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour De France with help from a secret weapon: Acupuncture

Nibali recently won the Tour De France, citing Acupuncture as a major help to his physical endurance.

In a sport much beleaguered by past scandals, the mere mention of a needle in the same sentence as a champion cyclist causes a reaction; however Italy's Vicenzio Nibali underwent merely acupuncture treatment on a regular schedule as part of his Tour De France regimen. 

“It’s those little extra details that can help us,” Nibali said when he was asked about the treatment by a Belgian television station. “Maybe now others will also use this technique.”

Read More on this interesting story here: 

http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2014/07/27/nibalis-secret-to-a-tour-de-france-win-acupuncture/

Thursday
Aug212014

Scientists discover "genetic recipe" that allows lizards to regrow their tails. Could this lead to isolated treatments to allow cartilage regrowth in humans?

Scientists discover the genetic pathway that allows certain lizards to regrow their tails, along with it hopes that this knowledge can one day be used to stimulate stem cell activity as treatment for everthing from arthritis to spinal injury. 

From Arizona State University: 

"Lizards basically share the same toolbox of genes as humans," said lead author Kenro Kusumi, professor in ASU's School of Life Sciences and associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "Lizards are the most closely-related animals to humans that can regenerate entire appendages. We discovered that they turn on at least 326 genes in specific regions of the regenerating tail, including genes involved in embryonic development, response to hormonal signals and wound healing.”

"Using next-generation technologies to sequence all the genes expressed during regeneration, we have unlocked the mystery of what genes are needed to regrow the lizard tail," said Kusumi. "By following the genetic recipe for regeneration that is found in lizards, and then harnessing those same genes in human cells, it may be possible to regrow new cartilage, muscle or even spinal cord in the future."

The researchers hope their findings will help lead to discoveries of new therapeutic approaches to spinal cord injuries, repairing birth defects and treating diseases such as arthritis.

Read more here: https://asunews.asu.edu/20140820-lizard-tail-regeneration

Wednesday
Aug202014

Running for as little as 5 minutes a day will add years to your life.

A new study has revealed that daily running helps in reducing risks of cardiovascular diseases that might lead to death, regardless of duration and speed.

It was found that running for only a few minutes a day or at slow speeds might significantly reduce a person's risk of death from cardiovascular disease compared to someone who does not run.

Exercise has been well-established as a way to prevent heart disease and as a component of an overall healthy life, but it was unclear whether there were health benefits below the level of 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity activity, such as running, recommended by the U.S. government and World Health Organization.

The study showed that people who ran less than 51 minutes, fewer than 6 miles, slower than 6 miles per hour, or only one to two times per week had a lower risk of dying compared to those who did not run.

Duck-chul Lee, an assistant professor in the Iowa State University Kinesiology Department in Ames, Iowa, said they found that runners who ran less than an hour per week have the same mortality benefits compared to runners who ran more than three hours per week, thus, it was possible that the "more" might not be the "better" in relation to running and longevity.

He further suggested that since time has been one of the strongest barriers to participate in physical activity, the study might motivate more people to start running and continue to run as an attainable health goal for mortality benefits and running might be a better exercise option than more moderate intensity exercises for healthy but sedentary people since it produces similar, mortality benefits in 5 to 10 minutes compared to the 15 to 20 minutes per day of moderate intensity activity that many find too time consuming.

Researchers also looked at running behavior patterns and found that those who persistently ran over a period of six years on average had the most significant benefits, with a 29 percent lower risk of death for any reason and 50 percent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.

The study is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (ANI)

 

Reference: http://www.lef.org/news/LefDailyNews.htm?NewsID=22632&Section=AGING

Tuesday
Aug192014

Could your Microbiome be affecting your daily actions? 

 The concept of the Microbiome is a current hot topic in the science world. In a thought provoking essay The New York Times discusses how our internal beneficial bacteria levels and diversity may actually be affecting our cognitive function; driving us towards certain foods and activities, and literally affecting one's temperment. 

A number of recent studies have shown that gut bacteria can use these signals to alter the biochemistry of the brain. Compared with ordinary mice, those raised free of germs behave differently in a number of ways. They are more anxious, for example, and have impaired memory.

Perhaps, he suggests, the certain kinds of bacteria that thrive on chocolate are coaxing us to feed them.


Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/science/our-microbiome-may-be-looking-out-for-itself.html?ref=science&_r=1
Monday
Aug182014

Are genetic memories transferrable to children via sperm and egg? 

 There is now overwhelming evidence that sperm and eggs carry more than just genes - they are also coded with genetic memories that can affect the health of an embryo.

 There’s now overwhelming evidence that parents’ bad habits can be passed on to their children genetically, according to Australian researchers.

Environmental factors and parents’ health before conception have more influence on a child’s future than previously thought, a paper published last week in Science by researchers from the University of Adelaide has found.

This means that parents' bad habits, such as poor diet or drinking too much alcohol, could be passed on to their children, even if they are healthy during pregnancy or shortly before conceiving.

"Many things we do in the lead up to conceiving is having an impact on the future development of the child - from the age of the parents, to poor diet, obesity, smoking and many other factors, all of which influence environmental signals transmitted into the embryo," Sarah Robertson, an author of the paper and Director of the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute,said in a press release.

"People used to think that it didn't matter, because a child represented a new beginning, with a fresh start. The reality is, we can now say with great certainty that the child doesn't quite start from scratch - they already carry over a legacy of factors from their parents' experiences that can shape development in the fetus and after birth. Depending on the situation, we can give our children a burden before they've even started life."

Read More: http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20141808-26038.html