Diabetes harmful with Alzheimer’s
Studies conducted at the Cognitive Neuroscience Division of Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York show that patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes are twice as likely to die sooner than those suffering only from Alzheimer’s disease.
The 323 people who did not have any problems in memory when tested the first time, but developed dementia later, were subjected to tests over a period of 18 months. The results showed that people with Alzheimer’s disease could live from anywhere between three to nine years after being diagnosed with the disease. However, diabetes and high blood pressure were two factors that affected the life span of such patients.
Source: Science Daily
New cure for sickle-cell anemia found
Doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC discovered that bone marrow transplantation could be a potential cure for sickle-cell anemia.
The form of bone marrow transplant that was used at the hospital is based on RIC, which is reduced-intensity conditioning. Using RIC reduces the side effects associated with a normal bone marrow transplant, as it is less toxic to patients.
The study has delivered good results. Out of the seven sickle-cell patients subjected to bone-marrow transplant, six are free of symptoms of sickle-cell anemia now. This method is predicted to be able to cure thousands of patients suffering from sickle-cell anemia.
Source: Eureka! Science News
Green spaces improve health
Researchers from two Scottish universities have discovered that greenery around homes can help diminish the health gap between poor and rich. Small parks in cities prevent strokes and heart disease by promoting exercise or reducing stress.
The poor social and economic classes usually tend to have more health-related problems than the richer class. However, the study revealed that people living around green areas tended to have the same health regardless of their social status. These results were based on data collected by matching thousands of deaths to green patches in local areas.
Green spaces also help reduce stress levels and blood pressure. They can also promote faster healing after surgeries.
Source: BBC news
Eating peanuts prevents allergies
The results of a new study suggest that consumption of peanut butter in early childhood prevents the development of allergies due to peanuts.
The study was conducted on Jewish children from Israel and Jewish children from the UK. It was found that the children from Israel had 10-fold less tendency to acquire peanut allergy.
This difference was not based on atopy — inherited tendencies to develop allergies — or on exposure to causes of allergies like grass pollen, genetic background, or social class. The only difference was diet. Only 10 percent of the infants in the UK consume peanuts, compared to 69 percent of the infants in Israel.