Sleep loss may cause brain damage

Yikes! Insomniacs take note: New research from the University of Pennsylvania indicates that long-term sleep deprivation can cause lasting brain damage. The study on mice (which are surprisingly quite similar to humans in terms of the effects of experiments) found that when they were put on a sleep schedule that resembles that of human shift workers, they had significant damage to the locus coeruleus (a bundle of nerve cells associated with cognitive function and alertness). The mice actually lost 25% of those neurons!Crazy, huh?Here's what I read:...more

Why American Women Hate Their Faces and What They Could Learn From the Brits

One cannot watch the Oscars -- or any grand Hollywood event -- and not be swept up in the fashion, the pageantry, the suspense, the... cringe-worthy sport of seeing just which aging actress has ruined her face.Seriously, I sit and watch these things and wonder out loud: "Why do American women hate their faces so much?" Because they must, right? They would have to be filled with such loathing to make the inexplicable decision to take what we typically call our "calling cards" -- our faces -- and mutilate them to the degree so many do....more

On living, aging and growing old.

It is important to remember that aging and growing old are not necessarily the same. ~Daisaku Ikeda I cringe whenever my peers claim they’re getting old. Of course years pass and we physically age, but a lot of what they are claiming is more about mindset than time.A friend argued that maybe those people are beaten down by life – they’re getting weary, not getting old. Perhaps.My favorite models in life are my aunts and uncles. Three of them are active on social media and in real life. Here’s a picture:...more

Gray on Gray

Dawn Quyle Landau,  Tales From the MotherlandLittle boots, sit by the door… waiting for children who have grown up....more

I'll Never Be Like That!

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I'm becoming a better woman by remembering the girl I used to be

This past Sunday I celebrated my 33rd birthday. Actually, I celebrated all weekend, spending time with family and friends and eating entirely too much cake.The highlight of the weekend, however, was a big blue poster I found tacked to my classroom door Friday morning....more

Older adults improve cognitive performance with nutritional supplements

In addition to exercise and cognitive training, a new study out of the University of South Florida (USF) has shown that a formula of nutrients high in antioxidants and other natural components boosted the speed of seniors' brains.The concoction (developed by USF) is called NT-020 and it was tested on adults aged 65 to 84 who had no diagnosed memory disorders. It contains extracts from blueberries and green tea as well as vimain D3 and amino acids (including carnosine).The group of 105 adults was split into 2 groups; 53 got placebos and 52 got the NT-020....more

Medical Advancements & Aging

A PHARMACY OF LOVE  The other day I was talking to my mother and, somehow, we landed on the topic of current medical protocols used in the treatment of both historical, and current diseases....more

"Like the Fingernail from the Flesh"

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