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NR Supplements: Can Higher NAD+ Levels Help With Parkinson’s Disease?
Several recent studies show that increasing nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) at the cellular level may provide neuroprotective (protection of nerve cells in the brain against damage) effects in healthy aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Nicotinamide riboside (NR) is a precursor to NAD+, meaning that NR comes first and, through a chemical process in the body, becomes NAD+.
How to Build Biological & Psychological Resilience
Simply put, biohacking makes changes to your body to improve performance, health, and well-being. Biohacking is do-it-yourself (DIY) biology. Learning about and applying body enhancements may improve quality of life and delay aging. There are varying degrees and types of biohacking, from simple changes to make on your own, including supplements, diet changes, and even implantable devices.
Biohacking is changing your body to improve performance, health, and well-being.
Can Angiogenesis Treat Parkinson's?
Angiogenesis is the new growth of blood vessels from existing arteries, veins, and capillaries (vasculature). These new blood vessels supply oxygen through the blood to the oxygen-starved areas of the body. Current research into how angiogenesis can be controlled has the potential to impact cancers, heart disease, wounds, and many other diseases, including Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Changing Spaces for People With Disabilities: Where to Find Them?
Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 to make public places more accessible to all people with disabilities. In the USA, about 8 million disabled people over age five need help with daily self-care. In the ensuing years, there have been additions to accessibility, including wheelchair-accessible public restrooms and baby changing stations. However, one issue has been overlooked until recently — public changing spaces with adult-size tables for people with disabilities.
Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease that destroys dopamine-producing nerve cells (neurons) in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra in the brain stem. Specific symptoms may be early signs of PD.
There are certain early signs of Parkinson's disease that, in combination, can signal PD and need to be evaluated by a healthcare provider.
Is It Dementia or Normal Brain Aging?
As people age, the body changes as part of the normal aging process, such as graying hair and loss of elasticity in the skin. Unfortunately, normal aging also causes changes in the brain that can cause people to forget things from time to time, such as where you put your car keys.
Dementia is not a part of normal aging and refers to an impaired ability to think or remember and the inability to make sound decisions.
Long COVID Rehab Program: Reduce Symptoms and Boost Physical Activity
Long COVID affects between 7.7 to 23 million Americans. Long COVID refers to symptoms that last four weeks or more beyond a COVID infection. We now know that long COVID can affect people for weeks, months, or years. The Journal of Medical Virology recently published a study from the University of Leeds that produced “exciting” findings regarding long COVID.
Participating long COVID patients experienced a reduction in their symptoms and increased physical activity levels.
Molecular Mechanisms of Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects dopaminergic (dopamine-producing) neurons (nerve cells) in the area of the brain called the substantia nigra. The cause of PD is currently unknown. One area of ongoing PD research is to identify the molecular mechanisms of PD to help diagnose PD sooner and provide paths to a new treatment. Earlier PD diagnosis will allow for earlier treatment to slow the disease progression.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative di...
Is Muscle Weakness the New Smoking? Study Links Grip Strength to Biological Age
A new study from the University of Michigan shows that grip strength is related to biological age. Biological age represents the actual aging process of a body, which accounts for higher risks of disease and early death in individuals with the same chronological age.
Is Your Hospital Being Penalized by Medicare?
Two programs may trigger a reduction in Medicare payments to a hospital-based on performance goals. The Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program rates performance in five monitored hospital-acquired conditions. The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) rates performance in six monitored 30-day readmission rates.
Genetic Tests for Breast Cancer – Who Should Be Tested?
Some people are born with abnormal (mutated) inherited genes, which may increase their risk of breast cancer and other cancers. Genetic testing for breast cancer is available for specific known gene mutations such as BRCA1 and BRCA2.
People with breast cancer and certain other cancers, a history of breast cancer, and a family history of certain cancers may be referred for genetic testing.
Genetic counseling before and after genetic testing is highly recommended to understand what the test wil...
Treating Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle cell Disease (SCD), also called sickle cell anemia, is an inherited red blood cell disorder in which the hemoglobin is abnormally shaped. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries and delivers oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Normal red blood cells are round and pass easily through blood vessels.
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is caused by an abnormal, inherited gene that causes the hemoglobin in red blood cells to be sickle-shaped, stiff, and sticky.
New Study Shows Eating More Whole Foods Can Decrease Dementia Risk
A study published in July 2022 in Neurology, a journal from the American Academy of Neurology, suggests that eating whole foods might decrease dementia risk. The research was done on 72,083 adults over age 55 with no dementia at baseline in the UK Biobank.
"Our research not only found that ultra-processed foods are associated with an increased risk of dementia, but it also found replacing them with healthy options may decrease dementia risk."
The authors investigated the association between u...
Watermelon Stomach: A Rare Condition That Causes Bleeding
Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia (GAVE), also known as watermelon stomach, is a rare cause of bleeding from the stomach lining.
Melatonin for Kids: Tips on How to Improve Children’s Sleep
Melatonin, a hormone produced in your brain, aids in enhancing sleep. It is commonly used by adults for short-term sleeping problems, including jet lag – but is it safe for children?