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Human Umbilical Cord Blood Improves Memory in Mice


A surprising finding… next

Protein Found In Human Umbilical Cord Blood May Improve Learning And Memory In Older Mice, Study Suggests

In “To Your Health,” Lenny Bernstein writing for the Washington Post reported an infusion of human umbilical cord blood improved the functioning of the hippocampus in mice, according to a study published in Nature. The researchers found that the protein TIMP2 was responsible for the improvements in memory and cognition.

Comment: Human blood improved cognition in mice.  I wonder what mouse umbilical cord blood would do for humans?

Nonadherence to Medications an Epidemic


Here’s a deadly epidemic you don’t hear about…

The Cost of Not Taking Medicine

Dr. Jack Cush writing in RheumNow reported The NY Times points out “there is is an out-of-control epidemic in the United States that costs more and affects more people than any disease Americans currently worry about. It’s called nonadherence to prescribed medications, and it is — potentially, at least — 100 percent preventable by the very individuals it afflicts.

Studies show at least 20% up to 50% percent of prescriptions are never filled.  Nearly 50% of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed.

A recent Annals of Internal Medicine article estimated that nonadherence resulted in approximately 125,000 deaths and at least 10 percent of hospitalizations; costing US health care system $100 – 289 billion a year.

Comment: Totally controllable by the individual.  At some point people need to take responsibility for their health.

Heart Attacks and Strokes Lower Where Trans Fats Banned


Good news on the public health front

Rates Of Hospitalizations For Heart Attacks, Strokes Lower Where Trans Fats Are Banned

Nicholas Bakalar writing for the New York Times reported that research published in JAMA Cardiology suggests “laws that restrict adding trans fats to foods have had immediate beneficial effects on heart health.”

Comment: The more we get rid of the poisons around us, the better.

Diabetes Causing More Deaths


The number 3 killer and rising

Diabetes May Be Responsible For More US Deaths Than Previously Believed

Arlene Karidis writing for the Washington Post reported, “Nearly four times as many Americans may die of diabetes as indicated on death certificates, a rate that would bump the disease up from the seventh-leading cause of death to No. 3, according to estimates in a study” published in PLOS One. The study’s lead author said, “We argue diabetes is responsible for 12 percent of deaths in the US, rather than 3.3 percent that death certificates indicate.” The Post added that last year, “diabetes accounted for about $1.04 billion in National Institutes of Health funding, compared with about $5.65 billion spent on cancer research.”

Comment: And I expect it will become even more of a problem in the future.

Using UBER To Go To The Emergency Room


Simple as tapping on your phone… a ride to the hospital… huh?

Some People Using Uber For Transportation To The Emergency Room

Leah Samuel writing for STAT reports there is a growing trend of people using Uber, rather than calling an ambulance, for transportation to the emergency room. The article reports that some people prefer Uber to transport themselves to the hospital, because it can be cheaper and more predictable than taking an ambulance.

Comment: Not sure I would recommend this. If you have to go to the hospital, you need an ambulance.

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