Sometimes, even your hoped for results astound you. Like, Dr. Hannah Iaccarino (MIT) found when she zapped a mouse with induced (but initial stages of) Alzheimer’s disease. The light caused brain wave induction (roughly 40 oscillations per second [Hz]). And, then she found that the toxic protein levels of amyloids halved.
What do we do when we just can’t lose weight?
No, don’t tell me we’re not trying hard enough. Some folks have fallen into the black hole of (no) weight loss- metabolic syndrome. I know that sounds like gobbledygook- and to some degree it is. Because it is not an illness per se, but a combination of risk factors that mean the subject is not losing weight, can succumb to heart disease, and/or diabetes.
Yesterday, we discussed the history of Parkinson’s disease and the initial attempts at treatments. Ones that didn’t seem to provide more than short term relief for the patients. Which is why research has continued- and new theories are being tested.
I’ve written about Parkinson’s Disease often. (Here, here, and here– for starters.) My grandfather, Sol Kuchlik (A’H) succumbed to the disorder. It, therefore, became one of those ailments (besides kidney and respiratory disorders) that attracted my attention over the years.
Guess what. It may be time to throw out all our anatomy and physiology textbooks. You know, the ones we used in Med school, the ones I used to teach the next generation of health professionals at schools across this great nation. Because there’s been a new discovery- one that will affect how we think about the brain for a long time in the future.
Well, it turns out that it’s not just memories that are critical for our mental health (reported here). Because dealing with nostalgia also works for depressed or anxious folks. Amazingly, there is even a physiological response when we recall past events- our body temperature elevates. Drs. Jonata, Tomic, and Rakowski reported that that listening to music was a great inducer of nostalgic memories.
Since I’ve been 15. Yup, while working at Arlee Cleaners, I was intimidated to switch from milk to drinking coffee. Of course, that was in New York, where “regular coffee” came equipped with a pound of sugar and a quart of milk. (OK, just two teaspoons of sugar and 25 ml of milk, in an 8 oz cup, but you get the idea.)