Hope for Alzheimer Patients The University of Manchester recently published research on mice that may provide a treatment   for some types of dementia. The study, led by Dr. David Brough, focused on mice with dementia symptoms which were treated with a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug. This NSAID is commonly prescribed to women suffering from menstrual pain. [...]

Hope for Alzheimer Patients
The University of Manchester recently published research on mice that may provide a treatment   for some types of dementia. The study, led by Dr. David Brough, focused on mice with dementia symptoms which were treated with a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug. This NSAID is commonly prescribed to women suffering from menstrual pain. The drug, mefenamic acid, is produced under a number of trade names. The researchers found that mice exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer's responded to treatment with the NSAID. The drug produced a complete reversal of memory loss while a control group of mice experienced no change in symptoms. To read more about this possible breakthrough, click on  http://www.ibtimes.com/alzheimers-disease-period-pain-drug-cures-symptoms-mice-new-research-shows-2401212. Let's hope that clinical trials with people are just as successful.

Research on The Affordable Care Act Costs
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released data that indicate that medical costs for coverage in the Individual market risk pool remained unchanged from 2014 to 2015. In addition, the states with the highest enrollment experienced the most significant reductions in per-enrollee- medical costs. Experts predicted that enrollee costs would improve over time, and this occurred in 2015. The individual premium average increase of more than 16 percent slated to occur in 2017 in New York State for individual market risk pool members factors in profits for health insurance carriers, not the cost of treatment. To find out more about this, visit  https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/08/11/report-unchanged-medical-costs-show-strength-affordable-care-act-s-marketplace.html. In fact, the per-member-per- month costs actually fell by 0.1 percent from 2014 to 2015. Given the increased coverage for more than 12 million new enrollees, this national figure is impressive. Bernie is right: single payer health insurance can be affordable despite what nay- sayers argue.

Early Stone Age Humans More Skillful Than Previously Thought
University of Victoria archeologists working at a site in Jordan concluded that our stone age ancestors of 250,000 years ago possessed more proficiency with stone tools than previously thought. The research team consisted of University of Victoria archeologists as well as archeologists from U.S. and Jordanian universities. The team unearthed more than10,000 stone tools as well as bones from butchered animals such as horse, rhinoceros, wild cattle and duck. Researchers subjected 44 samples of tools for analysis to detect traces of animal protein, [blood and animal parts] and found protein residue on 17 of the tools. These findings add to knowledge of Neanderthal and Early Human inhabitants of this desert region. To find out more about our early ancestors, click on  http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/uov-uat080316.php. This research title is 'Middle Pleistocene Subsistence in the Azraq Oasis, Jordan: Protein residues and other proxies' to be published in September in Journal of Archaeological Science. It's nice to know our ancestors were smarter than we thought.

To Juice or Not To Juice
To Juice or not To Juice: That is the Question. But How Much Sugar Lurks in the Liquid?
Juicing has gone mainstream. Everyone knows that a Starbucks' latte' holds many milligrams of sugar. According to Thrive Market, the spinach-apple-pineapple smoothy you just chugged may have as much sugar as a candy bar with as many harmful effects to your body as high-fructose snacks. So, just because a drink contains fruits and veggies doesn't necessarily make it good for you. To read more about this topic, visit  https://thrivemarket.com/blog/newsflash-green-juice-bad-candy-bar?uid=660012&uaexptime=1747360417&uatoken=bc336043b06658f7d358d39cd6142a93e909b07da0c4f7602778f5. The Greeks had it right when they said, 'All things in moderation.'

Back-to-School Supply List
Foodsafety.gov just posted a helpful hint for parents looking for food -safe lunch boxes. The site suggests parents look for an insulated box or bag. Parents should examine the box/bag to make sure it is easy to clean. If the box comes with a thermos, make sure the thermos keeps food hot or cold until lunch time. The page also includes a graphic with more helpful tips. To access this information, click on  https://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/2016/08/checklist.html  It always pays to be prepared. You may subscribe to this blog and receive an RSS feed right to your inbox. Clicking on the 'Keep 'Bag' Lunches Safe' link at  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/keeping-bag-lunches-safe/ct_index  and the graphic comes up. Did you know?   Approximately 128,000 hospitalizations occur annually do to food borne illness. And so it goes.