Good Stuff To Know September 2020

Memory loss reversed or abated in those with cognitive decline

Researchers sought to determine whether a comprehensive and personalized program, designed to mitigate risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease could improve cognitive and metabolic function in individuals experiencing cognitive decline. Findings provided evidence that this approach can improve risk factor scores and stabilize cognitive function.

Forty percent of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed by targeting 12 risk factors throughout life

Forty percent of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed by targeting 12 risk factors throughout life, experts say.

Baby boomers show concerning decline in cognitive functioning

In a reversal of trends, American baby boomers scored lower on a test of cognitive functioning than did members of previous generations, according to a new nationwide study.

Vitamin D twice a day may keep vertigo away

Taking vitamin D and calcium twice a day may reduce your chances of getting vertigo again, according to a new study.

Body weight has surprising, alarming impact on brain function

Higher BMI is linked to decreased cerebral blood flow, which is associated with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and mental illness. As a person’s weight goes up, all regions of the brain go down in activity and blood flow, according to a new brain imaging study.

Plant-based ‘meats’ improve some cardiovascular risk factors compared with red meat

Swapping out red meat for certain plant-based meat alternatives can improve some cardiovascular risk factors, according to a new study.

Philadelphia public school teacher worries about ‘conservative’ parents listening in on virtual classes

BM: Read and decide for yourself if what kids are “learning” agrees with what you think they are “learning” or should be “learning”.

A Tennessee school district tried to ban parents from observing their kids’ virtual classes

A school district in Tennessee told parents they should not attempt to observe their children’s online classes and threatened that children of parents who violate that policy could be removed from class, according to the Tennessee Star.

When you’re smiling, the whole world really does smile with you

From Sinatra to Katy Perry, celebrities have long sung about the power of a smile — how it picks you up, changes your outlook, and generally makes you feel better. But is it all smoke and mirrors, or is there a scientific backing to the claim? Groundbreaking research confirms that the act of smiling can trick your mind into being more positive, simply by moving your facial muscles.

All Pharmacists Now Authorized to Administer Childhood Vaccines

HHS authorized all state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer childhood vaccinations amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Operation Warp Speed On Track for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution by January 2021, Officials Say

Senior administration officials with the US government’s Operation Warp Speed (OWS) expressed cautious optimism that a safe and effective coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine will be ready to distribute by January 2021, according to a recent briefing.

Swiss Protocol for COVID — Quercetin and Zinc

A recently published Swiss Policy Research (SPR) protocol recommends people at high risk of COVID-19 or exposure to it use quercetin and zinc to treat the virus, in addition to other commonly available medications

A Tennessee school district tried to ban parents from observing their kids’ virtual classes

A school district in Tennessee told parents they should not attempt to observe their children’s online classes and threatened that children of parents who violate that policy could be removed from class, according to the Tennessee Star.

Having a doctor who shares the same race may ease patient’s angst

New research suggests that Black patients may have less pain and anxiety when treated by a physician of their own race. When doctors are the same race as their patients, it can sometimes forge a sense of comfort that helps to reduce anxiety and pain, particularly for Black patients, new research suggests.

Excessive fructose consumption may cause a leaky gut, leading to fatty liver disease

Excessive consumption of fructose — a sweetener ubiquitous in the American diet — can result in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is comparably abundant in the United States. But contrary to previous understanding, researchers report that fructose only adversely affects the liver after it reaches the intestines, where the sugar disrupts the epithelial barrier protecting internal organs from bacterial toxins in the gut.

Mail delays may affect medication supply for nearly 1 in 4 Americans over 50

The timeliness of mail delivery may affect access to medication for many middle-aged and older adults, according to a new analysis of data from a national poll of people aged 50 to 80. Nearly one in four people in this age group said they receive at least one medication by mail, but that percentage rises to 29 percent when the poll results are limited to people who take at least one prescription medication.

How to turn “religious fanatics” into “normal” people

Many people fear vaccines may be infused with more than what they are supposed to contain.