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Vitamin B Slows Brain Shrinkage And Possibly Alzheimer’s Disease

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(Best Syndication News) Extra vitamin B supplements could slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease, researchers are saying this week. Researchers at the University of Oxford in England conducted a two-year study to determine whether B vitamin pills could slow or prevent brain atrophy in elderly people who suffer from Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

Brain atrophy, or cerebral, atrophy is the loss of cells or brain tissue. Either the whole brain could shrink or the tissue could lose neurons and the connection between them. Atrophy can impair brain function and lead to dementia and / or seizures.

Men have more mild cognitive impairment than Women says Study

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(Best Syndication News) - A study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota found that men had mild cognitive impairment was 1.5 times higher more often than women. The study will be published in the September 2, 2010 print issue of Neurology®, which is a medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Mild cognitive impairment can lead to Alzheimer's disease. This study found a higher rate of mild cognitive impairment in men. Gender may play a role of mental decline, where a man will have impairment slowly overtime and a women may decline rapidly later in life.

In this study, researchers interviewed and tested 2,050 people ranging in age from 70 to 89 years that were from Olmstead County, Minnesota about their memory and thinking abilities. There was around 10 percent that had dementia. There was 76 percent that had normal memory and thinking abilities. A total of 19 percent of men showed mild cognitive impairment, while there was 14 percent of women showing mild cognitive impairment.

In addition to these findings the researchers also noticed that those that had the lowest level of education or were never married had the higher rates of mild cognitive impairment.

Resveratrol - Improve Memory and Learning Ability with Sirtuin1 says study

Resveratrol - Improve Memory and Learning Ability with Sirtuin1 says study

Shown here is a beautiful display of sliced honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and seedless red grapes. Courtesy Daniel Sone NCI PD

(Best Syndication News) - Resveratrol, which is found in grape's outer skin and in peanuts, contain enzymes called sirtuins. Resveratrol has previously been touted as an anti-aging compound, but now researchers from MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory think that Sirtuin1 could possibly improve memory and a person's learning ability as well. The study is in the July 11th issure of Nature.

The MIT researchers found that the Sirtuin1 protein improves memory and brain flexibility. They are hopeful that this researcher will help to develop new drugs for treating Alzheimer's disease and other neurological diseases as well.

The researchers have previously shown that Sirtuin1 was able to increase neuronal survival in mice models that reflected Alzheimer's disease. The Sirtuin1 also reduced the amount of neurodegeneration and had also prevented learning disabilities.

Leptin Hormone helps in Surviving Sepsis Infection

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[Best Syndication News] Leptin is a hormone which is usually being investigate for its role in body weight regulation, a study led by Matthias Tschöp, MD, of UC's Metabolic Diseases Institute, and Charles Caldwell, PhD, of UC's surgery department looked at the role that leptin has in immune response within the central nervous system such as in sepsis. The study was published in this weeks issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Sepsis is an infection that travels throughout the whole body and can be life-threatening. The researchers say that people that have brain injuries are at a higher risk for infection an sepsis. Sepsis is also a complication that is seen in stroke patients. The researchers wanted to find out why there was an increased risk of sepsis and infection in these patients suffering from central nervous system impairments.

Study on Stereotypes - Fat people are Lazy while Skinny People Rest

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[Best Syndication News] There are all kinds of stereotypes in this world, and a study from the University of Alberta, Canada, wanted to investigate how people perceive people being overweight or being skinny doing the same activity such as watching TV. Tanya Berry, from the U of A's Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation pointed out that these stereotypes are often times not necessarily the truth. Just because a person is overweight, it doesn't mean that they aren't exercising, and if they are thin, that they are fit and healthy.

Berry showed a group of participants several pictures of people that were thin and overweight lying down and watching TV, she asked the participants to name the color of the word such as lazy that was in the font color red for example. When the photo was of a thin person they would name the color of the word quickly, but when the person in the photo was overweight they would pause and stumble for the color of the word the was shown on the computer screen. She suggests this delay in naming the color, was being interrupted by the person's own stereotyping thoughts that have set in – like that person is lazy instead of thinking about the task at hand.

Berry points out that stereotyping can be influential in the way that people behave and that more awareness of stereotypes is needed to stop the negative effects it can have.

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