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Friday, March 28, 2014

3/28/14 Health News: Slaughterhouse Shutdown, Operator Arrested For Animal Cruelty ♦ Protein May Hold the Key to Who Gets Alzheimer’s ♦ Chronic Sleep Loss Could Lead to Loss of Brain Neurons,

Slaughterhouse Shutdown, Operator Arrested For Animal Cruelty
The Animal Recovery Mission (ARM), a non-Profit investigative animal welfare organization based in Miami Beach, said undercover videos were taken on December 24, 2013 when their personnel entered onto the property posing as customers. According to police, another video was taken on December 30, 2013. Continue Reading

Protein May Hold the Key to Who Gets Alzheimer’s
It is one of the big scientific mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease: Why do some people whose brains accumulate the plaques and tangles so strongly associated with Alzheimer’s not develop the disease? Now, a series of studies by Harvard scientists suggests a possible answer, one that could lead to new treatments if confirmed by other research. The memory and thinking problems of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, which affect an estimated seven million Americans, may be related to a failure in the brain’s stress response system, the new research suggests. If this system is working well, it can protect the brain from abnormal Alzheimer’s proteins; if it gets derailed, critical areas of the brain start degenerating. “This is an extremely important study,” said Li-Huei Tsai, director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who wrote “This is the first study that is really starting to provide a plausible pathway to explain why some people are more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s than other people.” Continue Reading

Chronic Sleep Loss Could Lead to Loss of Brain Neurons,

Mice study suggests chronic sleep deprivation could have more lasting effects on the brain than previously realized, according to a new study in mice. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Peking University found that chronic sleep loss is associated with injury and loss of locus coeruleus (LC) neurons in the brain, which are needed for alertness and optimal thinking Continue Reading

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