SAVING OUR EYES

How many hours per day do you find yourself mesmerized, staring into your computer, phone, and tablet screens?  We know that screen addiction can cause eye strain and fatigue.  But now, many researchers believe that screen addiction may also be a factor that’s causing macular degeneration to be a leading cause of blindness in people over 60 years old.   Continue reading

MICROBIOME OF THE SKIES

  Research teaches us that we are made up of approximately 100 trillion microbial organisms called microbiome that help our bodies perform life-sustaining functions, such as protecting us from germs and breaking down our food.   Continue reading

A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING NOOTROPICS

Remember that movie Limitless, about a guy who discovers a drug that can unlock the 80% of his brain that humans supposedly don’t use? He becomes a financial wizard, gets tangled up with angry hit men, gets addicted to the drug, experiences some weird side effects, and has to outwit a lot of people who want to kill him. It was about as realistic as it sounds. Continue reading

Eureka Moment For Fighting Alzheimer's Disease

  Finding the cure for the Alzheimer's Disease has been more than a challenge. It has been an aspiration for medical researchers for decades. Recently, the medical research community has been abuzz with news that they may be getting closer to finding the answers. Continue reading

Where Have All the Honey Bees Gone?

  Remember the Peter, Paul & Mary song, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?"  Well, today... the question should be more like, "Where Have All the Honey Bees Gone?" Continue reading

Bioglass: Slowing Tooth Decay

Do you remember when you were a kid, sitting in that dentist chair, praying that the doctor would be finished drilling and filling in your tooth?  Then, it's done and you never have to worry again.  That is, until there is a secondary decay, possibly years later... and your old fillings have to be replaced.  Oh no!  Thank goodness, going to the dentist today no longer poses the same trauma as it did in childhood, as it is more advanced and more comfortable, primarily due to the evolution of technology.  And, it will become even more advanced in the near future, with the development of products, such as bioactive glass, sometimes called "bioglass."   Continue reading

Reversal of Memory Loss is Possible

Did you know that Alzheimer's Disease affects 5.4 million Americans and a total of 30 million people globally?  By 2050 it is projected that as many as 13 million Americans and 160 million people globally will be affected by this debilitating disease.  This makes Alzheimer's Disease the 3rd leading cause of death, behind cardiovascular disease and cancer.  And, it is predicted that if these devastating numbers are achieved, the result will lead to Medicare bankruptcy.   Not a pretty picture, is it? Continue reading

New Strides in Mapping the Brain's Vital Signs

  When we visit our health practitioners, one of the first steps before seeing the doctor is to get our vital signs measured: height and weight, temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, chest air-clarity, and sometimes, a blood profile.  The purpose is to give our practitioners an on-going tracking of our basic health. Now, fast-forward into 2016 and beyond.  In the near future, you may find that practitioners will begin testing your brain-health.  In the past, brain function testing was conducted only after some sort of disease or trauma, such as a concussion.   But, today, researchers have discovered how to read your brain's vital-sign framework.   Continue reading

More Tips for Retaining Memory

As we age, retaining certain memories can pose as a problem.  Actually, research shows that our brains change structurally and functionally, as we age, which can trigger memory and thinking impairment.    Specifically, short term or new memories tend to be the hardest to preserve.   Neuroscientists have discovered that the part of the brain that holds episodic memories (specific events and their context)... called the hippocampus... tends to be 'less engaged' in older people.  They believe that this cognitive aging is most likely influenced by a combination of multiple genes.   Continue reading

Movement: Waking Up the Brain

"Don’t fidget. Sit still." Children are expected to sit in the classroom, sometimes for hours. But, many professionals now claim that they need to move around and play more often. They need to climb trees, hang upside down, and do all of the other fun running-around games that kids love to do. Continue reading