Good Stuff To Know August 2018

Brain discovery could block aging’s terrible toll on the mind

Faulty brain plumbing to blame in Alzheimer’s, age-related memory loss — and can be fixed. Faulty brain plumbing to blame in Alzheimer’s, age-related memory loss — and can be fixed. Aging vessels connecting the brain and the immune system play critical roles in both Alzheimer’s disease and the decline in cognitive ability that comes with time, new research reveals. By improving the function of the lymphatic vessels, scientists have dramatically enhanced aged mice’s ability to learn and improved their memories. The work may provide doctors an entirely new path to treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, age-related memory loss and other diseases.

Social media posts spread misleading information on hookah use

A new study finds that Instagram users using #hookah or #shisha portray hookah use in an overwhelmingly positive manner, despite its serious health risks. The study authors examined nearly 300 Instagram posts and found that the portrayal and promotion of hookah smoking on social media can normalize its use and pose public health challenges.

Boosting testosterone makes men prefer higher-status products

Status symbols, like a luxury car or brand-name denim, may not function any better than their lower-status counterparts, but they do convey a message about the owner’s position on the social ladder. A new study found that a single dose of testosterone was enough to boost men’s preference for higher-status goods, pointing to a biological basis for consumer behavior.

Feeling young could mean your brain is aging more slowly

While some people are young at heart, others feel older than their age — and a recent study finds that this ‘subjective age’ may reflect brain aging. Researchers found that elderly people who feel younger than their age had a younger estimated brain age, compared with those who felt their age, or older than their age. The study is the first to find a link between brain aging and subjective age.

Treating Alzheimer’s with aspirin

A low-dose aspirin regimen may represent a new avenue for reducing Alzheimer’s disease pathology, according to new research in a mouse model. The study identifies a new role for one of the most widely used medications in the world.

Wearable device can predict older adults’ risk of falling

Every year, more than one in three individuals aged 65 and older will experience a fall. Treatment and awareness of falling usually happens after a fall has already occurred. Researchers wanted to see if they could predict an individual’s risk of falling so that preventative measures could be taken to reduce this risk.

Email incivility has a ripple effect on households

The negative repercussions of email incivility extend beyond the workplace, and can even negatively affect a domestic partner’s attitude toward their own work, says a new article.

Synthetic Cannabis Laced With Rat Poison a Risk to US Blood Supply, FDA Warns

Illegal synthetic cannabis products laced with rat poison continue to be sold in the United States and pose a significant health risk not only to people who use these products but also the US blood supply, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said this week in an update on the ongoing problem.

How cannabis and cannabis-based drugs harm your brain

Long-term use of either cannabis or cannabis-based drugs impairs memory, say researchers. Their study has implications for both recreational users and people who use the drug to combat epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.

Discovery reveals how obesity causes disease — and two ways to stop it

New research explains why obesity causes harmful inflammation that can lead to diabetes, clogged arteries and other health problems. Doctors may be able to use this knowledge to battle these chronic diseases and others driven by damaging inflammation.

Video Catches Planned Parenthood’s Top Doctor Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies

A shocking new expose’ video has caught Planned Parenthood’s top doctor describing how the abortion business sells the body parts of aborted babies.

Omega-3s help keep kids out of trouble

Something as simple as a dietary supplement could reduce disruptive, even abusive behavior, according to newly released research.

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