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  1. Not only describes but gives up close diagrams and photos!
  2. Beachdog

    Glossary of PD Jargon

    From the MJF Foundation https://www.michaeljfox.org/gated-content/researcher_templated_form.php?id=6&os_cid=fb-a30U0000000OXgW&s_src=MJFFfb&s_subsrc=pd_glossary_4.1
  3. http://www.nextavenue.org/is-lunch-meat-bad-for-you-heres-the-truth/?utm_content=bufferb8226&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer I've switched to PB&J
  4. Beachdog

    Fasting Diets Are Gaining Acceptance

    Sounds like the fad du jour I will stick to munching from morning to midnight
  5. http://www.foodnetwork.com/healthy/packages/healthy-every-week/healthy-tips/12-foods-nutritionists-won-t-eat.html?soc=healthyeverdaysocial_20160222_58430306&adbid=10153337808276727&adbpl=fb&adbpr=20534666726 I was in agreement until the last one
  6. Beachdog

    Recipe: Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs

    5 minute prep time? I would still be working on the sweet potato My culinary talents are not what they used to be, especially when it comes to cutting and chopping.
  7. In case you missed it: http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-chocolate-cake-day-january-27/
  8. http://www.nextavenue.org/fiftysomething-diet-are-foods-with-whole-milk-healthy/?utm_content=buffer7f571&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer Over the last few years, studies have been piling up to suggest that whole milk dairy products, including cheese, might actually be better for health than reduced-fat varieties. What gives? Are health experts really changing their minds about full-fat dairy foods and their impact on health? Is a slice of Brie or wedge of sharp cheddar just what the doctor ordered to fend off heart disease? Could a splash of creamy rich whole milk in your cereal bowl or coffee cup actually help you lose weight? *********************************************** Check the link for the rest of the story
  9. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/12/26/460803440/if-doctors-learned-to-cook-they-might-give-better-advice?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2053 Interesting trend Is your doctor your go-to for nutrition advice? Neither is mine. And why would I expect that? Fewer than a quarter of doctors say they've had sufficient training to provide nutritional advice to their patients, according to recent polls. We all know about the Hippocratic oath, but there's that other thing Hippocrates said: "Let food be thy medicine." For the American medical profession to live up to that, there'd have to be more than one doctor in the country widely known for prescribing broccoli. Most medical schools aren't particularly dedicated to teaching their students about food. That's beginning to change, though, as schools like Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans start thinking differently. Would-be doctors at Tulane aren't just learning about nutrition. They're learning how to cook. Dr. Timothy Harlan, known in the food media world as Dr. Gourmet, is also executive director at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane. Harlan says the program isn't just about helping students understand nutrition. The focus is on practical talk about food. Harlan wants Tulane-educated doctors to be able to teach their patients everyday skills in how to cook, what to cook and why. "Physicians talk about nutrition and diet all the time, but they don't talk about it in a way that communicates change to their patients," Harlan says, in a video produced by the school. The students learn to make the most of low-cost ingredients, so they can cater to low-income communities. And Harlan says the school also provides cooking classes to practicing doctors and the public. These skills are sorely needed in New Orleans. In 2010, 64 percent of adults were classified as obese or overweight. That results in higher rates of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. "We know from the literature that when people go home and start cooking from real ingredients for themselves that their health improves," Harlan says. "We also know that they don't really know how to do that." Cheryl Spann took part in the community cooking class, and says she's learned what good carbs are and how to cut back on sugar. "My health is getting so much better now," Spann says in the school's video. "And I do believe that when I see my primary care physician in the next month, I will no longer be taking hypertensive medicine and I will no longer be taking diabetes medicine." Tulane's medical school was among the first to take on a licensed chef as an instructor. Its curriculum, developed in partnership with the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University, has been sold to 16 other medical schools . If you're thinking this is the wrong time of year to talk about healthy food, Dr. Gourmet has a luscious holiday menu for you. And you can tell your guests, when they're licking their fingers, that the feast was recommended by a doctor. When's the last time you got to say that in a sentence?
  10. http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/top-5-restaurants/photos/top-5-brunch-dishes-in-america.html?soc=socialtop5restaurants_20151224_56671746&adbid=10153230847466727&adbpl=fb&adbpr=20534666726 It has granola and blueberry bits so it must be okay. Cinnamon Roll French Toast And best wishes for a Merry Christmas and another thanks for all you do
  11. Beachdog

    Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Oven Fries

    I think Ms. Shulman burnt the fries
  12. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/10/17/448323916/can-a-cancer-drug-reverse-parkinsons-disease-and-dementia?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2042 Interesting development: A drug that's already approved for treating leukemia appears to dramatically reduce symptoms in people who have Parkinson's disease with dementia, or a related condition called Lewy body dementia. A pilot study of 12 patients given small doses of nilotinib found that movement and mental function improved in all of the 11 people who completed the six-month trial, researchers reported Saturday at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago. And for several patients the improvements were dramatic, says Fernando Pagan, an author of the study and director of the Movement Disorders Program at Georgetown University Medical Center. One woman regained the ability to feed herself, one man was able to stop using a walker, and three previously nonverbal patients began speaking again, Pagan says. "After 25 years in Parkinson's disease research, this is the most excited I've ever been," Pagan says. If the drug's effectiveness is confirmed in larger, placebo-controlled studies, nilotinib could become the first treatment to interrupt a process that kills brain cells in Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's. One of the patients in the pilot study was Alan Hoffman, 74, who lives with his wife, Nancy, in Northern Virginia. Before and after taking nilotinibMary Leigh has had Parkinson's Disease for almost 20 years. Here she is before the treatment and after five months of being on the drug. Hoffman was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1997. At first, he had trouble moving his arms. Over time, walking became more difficult and his speech became slurred. And by 2007, the disease had begun to affect his thinking. "I knew I'd dropped off in my ability to read," Hoffman says. "People would keep giving me books and I'd have read the first chapter of about 10 of them. I had no ability to focus on it." "He had more and more difficulty making sense," Nancy Hoffman says. He also became less active, less able to have conversations, and eventually stopped doing even household chores, she says. But after a few weeks on nilotinib, Hoffman "improved in every way," his wife says. "He began loading the dishwasher, loading the clothes in the dryer, things he had not done in a long time." Even more surprising, Hoffman's scores on cognitive tests began to improve. At home, Nancy Hoffman says her husband was making sense again and regained his ability to focus. "He actually read the David McCullough book on the Wright Brothers and started reading the paper from beginning to end," she says. The idea of using nilotinib to treat people like Alan Hoffman came from Charbel Moussa, an assistant professor of neurology at Georgetown University and an author of the study. Moussa knew that in people who have Parkinson's disease with dementia or a related condition called Lewy body dementia, toxic proteins build up in certain brain cells, eventually killing them. Moussa thought nilotinib might be able to reverse this process. His reasoning was that nilotinib activates a system in cells that works like a garbage disposal — it clears out unwanted proteins. Also, Moussa had shown that while cancer cells tend to die when exposed to nilotinib, brain cells actually become healthier. So Moussa had his lab try the drug on brain cells in a Petri dish. "And we found that, surprisingly, with a very little amount of the drug we can clear all these proteins that are supposed to be neurotoxic," he says. Next, Moussa had his team give the drug to transgenic mice that were almost completely paralyzed from Parkinson's disease. The treatment "rescued" the animals, he says, allowing them to move almost as well as healthy mice. Moussa's mice got the attention of Pagan from Georgetown's Movement Disorders Program. "When Dr. Moussa showed them to me," Pagan says, "it looked like, hey, this is type of drug that we've been looking for because it goes to the root of the problem." The pilot study was designed to determine whether nilotinib was safe for Parkinson's patients and to determine how much drug from the capsules they were taking was reaching their brains. "But we also saw efficacy, which is really unheard of in a safety study," Pagan says. The study found that levels of toxic proteins in blood and spinal fluid decreased once patients began taking nilotinib. Also, tests showed that the symptoms of Parkinson's including tremor and "freezing" decreased. And during the study patients were able to use lower doses of Parkinson's drugs, suggesting that the brain cells that produce dopamine were working better. But there are some caveats, Pagan says. For one thing, the study was small, not designed to measure effectiveness, and included no patients taking a placebo. Also, nilotinib is very expensive. The cost of providing it to leukemia patients is thousands of dollars a month. Hoffman says his symptoms have gotten worse since he stopped taking the medication as part of a study. Claire Harbage for NPR And finally, Parkinson's and dementia patients would have to keep taking nilotinib indefinitely or their symptoms would continue to get worse. Alan Hoffman was okay for about three weeks after the study ended and he stopped taking the drug. Since then, "There's (been) a pretty big change," his wife says. "He does have more problems with his speech, and he has more problems with cognition and more problems with mobility." The Hoffmans hope to get more nilotinib from the drug's maker, Novartis, through a special program for people who improve during experiments like this one. Meanwhile, the Georgetown team plans to try nilotinib in patients with another brain disease that involves toxic proteins: Alzheimer's.
  13. Crazy .. http://nycity.today/content/286340-antioxidants-could-lead-faster-growth-cancer-cells Submitted by Diane Hoffman on Sat, 10/17/2015 - 10:45 Antioxidants have been known for their potential health benefits and have been marked in reducing the risk of certain cancers. But now a new research has something different to unveil about them that high levels of antioxidants can cause cancer to spread and grow rapidly. Antioxidants help remove free-radicals from the blood stream, which in turn, protects cells. Now, it has also turned out that they may allow cancer cells to grow rapidly. Sean Morrison, from the University of Texas Southern medical center, said that they have reached at this conclusion after conducting research on mice. But cells generate many different types and levels of free radicals. For example, some are used by the immune system to attack pathogens. Therefore we don’t fully understand the benefits and dangers of wiping free radicals out with antioxidants. According to the press release, since the spread of cancer, also known as metastasis, is the leading cause of death in most cancer patients, the finding was significant. These results also directly contradict past research that has shown that increased levels of antioxidants prevented cell damage associated with cancer development. Mice were injected with cancerous skin cells from humans. The researchers have one group of mice N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a commonly used antioxidant and nothing to the other group. The group that was provided with NAC showed higher levels of cancer in their blood. They also suffered from high number of tumors that increased in the size. Medical Daily report said, "By neutralizing free radicals, antioxidants can prevent or delay some types of cell damage. These compounds can be found naturally in many types of food, most notably fruits and vegetables, but can also be man-made and taken in supplement form. The team observed that cancer spread faster in mice that were administered antioxidants than it did in mice that were not." Metastasis, the process by which cancer cells disseminate from their primary site to other parts of the body, leads to the death of most cancer patients. The CRI team found that when antioxidants were administered to the mice, the cancer spread more quickly than in mice that did not get antioxidants. The study was published online today in Nature. The researchers said that having high amount of antioxidants in their blood, people can increase their chance of turning free radical into an antioxidant. The research team also said that antioxidants do protect cells, but they also protect cancerous cells. Back in 2008, we showed that melanoma cells – the most serious form of skin cancer –- can change their shape depending on the amounts of two key opposing molecules called Rac and Rho that function like a switch. If there’s more Rac and less Rho, the cells become long and spindly. With more Rho and less Rac, the cells become rounder. "This finding also opens up the possibility that when treating cancer, we should test whether increasing oxidative stress through the use of pro-oxidants would prevent metastasis," said Dr. Morrison. "One potential approach is to target the folate pathway that melanoma cells use to survive oxidative stress, which would increase the level of oxidative stress in the cancer cells." Dr. Morrison said that the claim of antioxidants being beneficial for health is so strong that clinical trials have never been carried out in which cancer patients were given antioxidants. “Some of those trials had to be stopped because the patients getting the antioxidants were dying faster. Our data suggest the reason for this: cancer cells benefit more from antioxidants than normal cells do”, affirmed Dr. Morrison.
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