REVERSING TAU-INDUCED MEMORY DEFICITS IN MICE

Over 5 million people currently suffer from the Alzheimer's disease. Statistics estimate that 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 years are affected by it. The disease process takes approximately 8-10 years to work from detection to death. It starts out slowly as two abnormal protein fragments called 'plaques' and 'tangles' accumulate in the brain, consistently killing off brain cells. Continue reading

STEM CELLS: A FEW BASICS

We’ve read about new strides in the field of stem cell research.  We’ve learned that when cells grow, they divide and develop into replicas of the specialized 'parent' cells that had divided in order to form them. By contrast, Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have not yet formed into a certain type of cell in the body. They have the ability to remain as stem cells or to differentiate and form into another type of cell with a specialized function in the body. Continue reading

SLEEP: MEMORY'S BEST ALLY

We have learned how sleep helps the brain to retain and store memories.  For example, our brains fast-forward the memories of the day in the hippocampus, which is the brain's central memory-filing system.  This strengthens the nerve cell connections and in sleep, specific activities are replayed, sorted, and selectively retained.  During sleep, this memory information is transferred from the hippocampus to the cerebral cortex for long term memory.  Continue reading

NEW LIGHT FOR MACULAR DEGENERATION

Did you know that Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss?  In fact, it accounts for half of all vision impairment, affecting more than 10 million Americans, particularly those who are over 50 years old. Although TODAY, Macular Degeneration (AMD) is considered to be incurable, a few areas of research are giving hope to many patients who are suffering from this disease. Continue reading

EYE PROTECTION HELP

Over the past year, the Foundation has posted several Blog articles about eye health.  With the increased exposure to computer screens, tablets, and I-phones, eye problems and issues have increased in importance.  Continue reading

CLONING: WHERE ARE WE GOING?

Science is moving at light-speed down the bio-engineering and cloning path.  In addition to creating the first cloned sheep, dogs, mice, horses, and kittens, scientists have finally and successfully cloned the first (macaques) monkeys.  They were named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, and they lived for 50 days and 40 days, respectively.                                                                                                                 Continue reading

THE TELOMERE EFFECT

Isn't aging fun!?! But, if there were a time to be aging, it is now because of all of the discoveries and developments in the anti-aging area.  One of the key people behind many of these anti-aging discoveries is Elizabeth Blackburn.  Elizabeth Blackburn is President of the Salk Institute and New York Times best-selling author of the book, The Telomere Effect.  Not only that, but she shares a Nobel Prize for her groundbreaking research in telomeres and telomerase.   Continue reading

IS THE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE A ‘WHOLE BODY’ PROBLEM?

  Over 5 million people currently suffer from the Alzheimer's Disease. Statistics estimate that 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 years are affected by it. The disease process takes approximately 8-10 years to work from detection to death. It starts out slowly as two abnormal protein fragments called 'plaques' and 'tangles' accumulate in the brain, consistently killing off brain cells. The ‘plaques’ are formed when sticky protein pieces called ‘amyloid-beta’ (sometimes called ‘’beta-amyloid”) clump together to form the plaques.   Continue reading

INFLAMMATION: THE BODY'S PROTECTOR AND FOE

Inflammation is our body's first defense.  It is an immune response where the body protects itself by releasing its white blood cells and their substances to a part of the body that has been attacked or infected by bacteria, fungus, or viruses.  This results in an increased blood flow that is sent to the infected area for healing.  It is the body's process for healing itself.  Without the process of inflammation, the body's wounds could not heal.   Continue reading

UMBILICAL CORD STEM CELLS SAVE LIVES

Did you know that stem cells from the placenta and umbilical cord blood of newborn babies can be used to treat a myriad of diseases?  It is being used to heal almost as many as 80 different diseases, such as, many cancers, blood diseases like leukemia, autoimmune diseases, and genetic diseases.  Continue reading