In the U.K. Strokes fall by 40 per cent due to increased statin use The growing use of statins has led to a 40 per cent fall in the number of strokes among Britons, research suggests.
Statins can also help to reduce the risk of dementia by almost a third, according to American researchers. Dr Kristopher Swiger, who led the study, said longer-term statin use was associated with protection from dementia. A study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that taking statins for more than a year appeared to safeguard the brain from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
Walking could hold key to slowing onset of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
A natural chemical produced by the body during exercise could one day be given as an injection to inhibit the diseases, researchers say.
The protein, called FNDC5, is produced by muscular exertion and is released into the bloodstream as a hormone called irisin.
A study has found that the antifungal drug Ciclopirox kills HIV in cell cultures -- and the virus doesn't bounce back when the drug is stopped. But the research has yet to be performed on people.
How a dog's collar could help save its master's life: Device will indicate if elderly owners are unwell Device promises to transform every pet dog into a potential life-saver. It monitors an animal's mood and any changes to their regular routine.
As most dogs are fed and walked at similar times each day, any change to their regular routine could be a sign that an elderly owner is struggling to cope.
‘Any changes such as the dog being walked less often, perhaps not being fed regularly, or simply demonstrating "unhappy" behavior could be an early indicator for families that an older relative needs help.
The waterproof collar contains sensors which tracks a dog’s movement and can distinguish between 17 different actions, such as barking, eating, sniffing, laying and walking.
The device has been tested on 17 different breeds with success, and is now set to be used in field trials on pets belonging to vulnerable individuals, such as those with early onset dementia.
Following reports the average person looks at their phone 110 times a day, a doctor has warned that too much smartphone use could actually be damaging our spines.
Slumping over phones and tablets reading messages or playing games - dubbed 'iSlouching' - can cause the head to sit further forward and add pressure to a person's spine. Florida-based Dr. Matt Herba claims that many people, especially children, are already reporting neck problems and, long-term, this damage could become permanent.
The report also found orthodontists are seeing a rise in children grinding their teeth, and damaging their jaw, while playing games - dubbed 'iGrinding'.
A study published in the International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics found 53 per cent of mobile phone users suffer numbness or neck aches - dubbed 'text neck'. Another study by San Francisco State University discovered 83 per cent of people have experienced 'some hand and neck pain during texting'.
Worse still, they may be so distracted with their phones, they won't notice a man pulling out a gun and waving it about until he shot a San Francisco student in the back killing him.
“These people are in very close proximity with him, and nobody sees this. They’re just so engrossed, texting and reading and whatnot. They’re completely oblivious of their surroundings.Posted by Jill Fallon at October 14, 2013 8:50 AM | Permalink