December 10, 2016

Health Roundup - Good News

U.S. Dementia Rates Are Dropping Even as Population Ages

Dementia is actually on the wane. And when people do get dementia, they get it at older and older ages....The new study found that the dementia rate in Americans 65 and older fell by 24 percent over 12 years, to 8.8 percent in 2012 from 11.6 percent in 2000. That trend is “statistically significant and impressive.”

Playing harmonicas helps people with limited lung capacity breathe easier

The COPD Foundation helped 25 treatment centers offer weekly classes as part of its new Harmonicas for Health initiative? All that breathing in and out strengthens the diaphragm, allowing the patients in the program to breathe deeper. The harmonica players also say they experience reduced anxiety, a renewed sense of purpose, a decrease in social isolation and just plain old fun .

The Many Benefits of Choir Singing When You’re Older  It's a way to improve memory, reduce stress and make breathing easier

Using Ecstasy to treat PTSD: ‘I felt like my soul snapped back into place’ said Jessi Appleton after three sessions. 

Appleton, 32, was treated in Boulder, Colorado, in a study arranged and funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), an organization that has long pursued a strategy of supporting rigorous scientific research into otherwise illegal drugs. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the treatment an important boost, when agency officials met with officials from MAPS to start clearing the way for one or more large-scale research studies.

Man 'cured' of prostate cancer after doctors shock tumor to death with testosterone

Professor Sam Denmeade, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, US, who led the study, said: ""Our goal is to shock the cancer cells by exposing them rapidly to very high followed by very low levels of testosterone in the blood. The results are unexpected and exciting. ...The treatment is revolutionary because testosterone is generally assumed to fuel prostate cancer.

Tasmanian devil's milk can KILL the most deadly drug-resistant bacteria known - including golden staph

The Tasmanian devil, the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world is the size of a small dog and can be found only on the Australian island state of Tasmania.  Biologist Emma Peel was inspired by the fact that under-developed Tasmanian Devils don't get sick in the pouch.

Sydney University researchers found that the milk of the Tasmanian Devil has been shown to kill some of the most deadly bacterial and fungal infections, including golden staph.  This is due to the peptides contained in the milk having six naturally occurring anti-microbes which researches have set about replicating.  'We showed that these devil peptides kill multi-drug resistant bacteria, which is really cool,' Ms Peel told the Sydney Morning Herald.
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