Researchers under the leadership of Dr. Camillo Ricordi at the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami announced a medical breakthrough, a biologically-engineered organ that would mimic the pancreas in creating the precise amount of insulin the body would need at any given moment, thereby controlling the patient’s blood sugar levels. Called the “BioHub,” it was described as “the closest medical science has gotten to a cure” for Type 1 diabetes, the variety also known as juvenile diabetes because most patients develop it either during their childhood or teen years. Before diabetes patients can start signing up for the surgery, however, they have to wait for the FDA to give the device its approval, a process that Ricordi explains could take five to seven years. Currently researchers at the DRI are about to start phase one of the clinical trials, and only those patients with a severe case of Type 1 diabetes will be elegible. Ricordi is reluctant to say he’s come up with a cure for Type 1 diabetes, but he is optimistic. His dream is to one day do the same for patients with Type 2 diabetes, the version attributed to poor diet, obesity and hereditary predisposition that usually has its onset later in life.
These four super-foods increase your levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good cholesterol,” which will help lower your risk for heart disease Salmon
HDL rose four percent in adults who ate two 115-gram servings of salmon a week for four weeks, according to a Loma Linda University study. Eggs
Adults who ate an egg every day for 12 weeks increased HDL as much as 48 percent, according to a study from Thailand. Why? They have tons of lecithin. Dark chocolate
A study found that 100 grams of dark chocolate daily raises HDL by nine percent. That’s 550 calories; luckily, 15 grams helps too, say researchers. Berries
They needn’t be fresh, just plentiful: HDL levels rose five percent when adults ate about a cup (250 mL) of frozen berries a day for eight weeks.
A new study of men by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, has found that some insomnia symptoms are linked to a higher risk of death.
In a recent online issue of Circulation, they describe how they found that among men experiencing specific sleep problems – such as non-restorative sleep and difficulty falling asleep – there is a modest increased risk of death from heart-related problems. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans. People with insomnia have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both, with the result that they do not get enough sleep and may not feel refreshed when they wake up. Previous studies have concluded that sleep is important for heart health, and many have linked poor or insufficient sleep with increased risk factors for cardiovascular-related diseases.
With the arrival of winter, seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma sufferers can breathe relief as most outdoor allergens disappear until spring. But holiday gatherings and spending more time indoors exposes many people to different allergen triggers. Food Allergies During the Holidays
Food plays a central role in many events. If you have a food allergy, these functions can be difficult to navigate. Be sure to ask about the ingredients used to make each dish. Be aware that cross-contamination can occur during preparation. If you think the foods served pose too much risk, or if you just don’t feel comfortable eating foods provided by others, you don’t have to. Other Holiday Triggers Holiday decorations, travel and stress can all present challenges for people with allergies and asthma. Here are some of the most common triggers to be on the lookout for: -Does your Christmas tree make you sneeze or cause shortness of breath? It’s unlikely that you are allergic to the tree itself, but the fragrance may be irritating. Some trees may also be home to microscopic mold spores that trigger asthma or allergies, causing symptoms like sneezing or an itchy nose. . -Follow directions carefully when spraying artificial snow or flocking. Inhaling these sprays can irritate your lungs and trigger asthma symptoms. -If you leave your pet behind when traveling for the holidays, you may experience allergy or asthma symptoms on your return home.
Homeopathic remedies provide excellent results for a wide range of problems related to erectile dysfunction, which may be caused by either physical or psychological problems or both. Agnus Castus: This remedy may be helpful for men who have experienced frequent and intense sexual activity for a number of years and are now having difficulties maintaining an erection. A sensation of coldness of the genitals is a guiding symptom indicating the need for this remedy. Argentum nitricum: This remedy is indicated when a man is unable to keep an erection when coitus is initiated and when thinking about the problem makes it worse. It is most effective in men who are worried and anxious. Caladium: This remedy may offer relief to a man who is completely unable to get an erection even when he has strong sexual libido. These men may also experience nocturnal emissions even without an erection. Selenium metallicum: This remedy may be helpful for men who have a wealth of sexual fantasies but experience diminished ability, especially when their impotence begins after a fever or illness. Staphysagria: This remedy is indicated especially if there is a history of abuse, which can by physical or emotional, where the individual is subjected to a misuse of power. Lycopodium: This remedy may provide relief for older men and those who are not able to achieve an erection. They may have an enlarged prostate. Baryta Carbonica: This remedy is helpful for treatment of premature ejaculation as well as the inability to get an erection. It helps men who have no sexual desire to build their libido. Sabal serrulata (Saw palmetto): This remedy helps to reduce enlarged prostates and improve sexual function, increasing a man’s desire.
The next time you reach for a soda you might want to reconsider. Or maybe choose an iced coffee instead. That’s because a new study has found that people who regularly drink soda — either regular or diet — face a greater risk of stroke than those who don’t. On the other hand, drinking coffee instead of soda seems to cut the risk of stroke. Overall, adults who drank one soda or more a day on average were 16 percent more likely to suffer a stroke, with women at somewhat higher risk than men. When coffee (either caffeinated or decaf) was substituted for soda, it seemed to cut stroke risk by almost 10 percent.
These findings come from a review by scientists at the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute and Harvard University, who looked at the dietary habits and health status of 84,085 women enrolled in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study, and 43,371 men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. The analysis took into account several major known risk factors for stroke, including hypertension, obesity, smoking and family history of heart disease.
Heart disease can creep up on your body and so can the risk for heart attack or stroke too. Detoxing your arteries should be part of your daily ritual and can be accomplished through a healthy diet. By making certain artery cleansing foods a part of your diet, you can keep your arteries running clean long into old age. Here are some heart healthy foods you should add to your grocery list: -Kiwis are loaded with flavonoids that cleanse your blood vessels and decrease inflammation. They’re also loaded with fiber, which reduces cholesterol and reduces your risk of heart disease. -Shrimps do have cholesterol, but they also contain taurine, an amino acid which protects the arteries from fat crossing the intestinal wall. -Sardines have become all the rage as of late and that’s a good thing considering that sardines are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and niacin, both which are good for your heart. Add them to salads, dressings, or eat them with crackers. -Asparagus is one of the best, natural artery-clearing foods around. Asparagus works within the 100,000 miles of veins and arteries to release pressure, thereby allowing the body to accommodate for inflammation that has accumulated over the years.
Scientists say that watermelon has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido. Beneficial ingredients in watermelon and other fruits and vegetables are known as phyto-nutrients, naturally occurring compounds that are bioactive, or able to react with the human body to trigger healthy reactions. In watermelons, these include lycopene, beta carotene and the rising star among its phyto-nutrients – citrulline – whose beneficial functions are now being unraveled. Among them is the ability to relax blood vessels, much like Viagra does.
Researchers across the world are racing towards a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But as prevalence rates climb, their focus has broadened from treatment to prevention strategies. What they’ve discovered is that it may be possible to prevent or delay the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s through a combination of healthful habits. While Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 50 percent of dementia cases, vascular dementia accounts for up to 40 percent in older adults, and there is much you can do to prevent this type of dementia. It’s never too early to start boosting your brain reserves, but whatever your age, there are steps you can take to keep your brain healthy.
The health of your brain, like the health of your body, depends on many factors. While some factors, such as your genes, are out of your control, many powerful lifestyle factors are within your sphere of influence.
The six pillars of a brain-healthy lifestyle are: -Regular exercise
-An active social life
Myocardial ischemia occurs when blood flow to your heart muscle is decreased by a partial or complete blockage of your heart’s arteries (coronary arteries). The decrease in blood flow reduces your heart’s oxygen supply. Myocardial ischemia, also called cardiac ischemia, can damage your heart muscle, reducing its ability to pump efficiently. A sudden, severe blockage of a coronary artery may lead to a heart attack. Myocardial ischemia may also cause serious abnormal heart rhythms. Treatment for myocardial ischemia is directed at improving blood flow to the heart muscle and may include medications, a procedure to open blocked arteries or coronary artery bypass surgery. Making heart-healthy lifestyle choices is important in treating and preventing myocardial ischemia.