Eating This Seed Could Reduce the Risk of Parkinson’s

Consuming a chemical found in sesame seeds can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s by preventing neuronal damage that decreases dopamine production, study shows.

Scientists from Osaka City University tested the chemical sesaminol on Parkinson’s cells, as well as feeding it to mice over 36 days to find out what impact it had on dopamine levels and neurons in the brain.

Parkinson’s is a neurological disorder that impairs movement, causes stiffness and can result in a loss of balance, tremors in the hands and slurred speech.

Study authors discovered that sesaminol protected against neuronal damage that caused Parkinson’s disease and believe it could be a cure for the condition.

They found that mice with Parkinson’s that consumed the chemical saw an improvement in dopamine levels, balance and motor function. (Read more from “Eating This Seed Could Reduce the Risk of Parkinson’s” HERE)

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Rooster Stabs Man to Death During Cockfight Training

A man was killed by a rooster with a blade tied to its leg during an illegal cockfight in southern India, police said, bringing focus on a practice that continues in some Indian states despite a decades-old ban.

The rooster, with a 3-inch knife tied to its leg, fluttered in panic and slashed its owner, 45-year-old Thangulla Satish, in his groin last week, police inspector B. Jeevan said Sunday. . .

According to Jeevan, Satish was injured while he prepared the rooster for a fight. “Satish was hit by the rooster’s knife in his groin and started bleeding heavily,” the officer said, adding that the man died on the way to a hospital. (Read more from “Rooster Stabs Man to Death During Cockfight Training” HERE)

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Pigs Can Play Video Games With Their Snouts, Scientists Find

Pigs can play video games, scientists have found, after putting four fun-loving swine to the test.

Four pigs – Hamlet, Omelette, Ebony and Ivory – were trained to use an arcade-style joystick to steer an on-screen cursor into walls.

Researchers said the fact that the pigs understood the connection between the stick and the game “is no small feat”.

And the pigs even continued playing when the food reward dispenser broke – apparently for the social contact.

Usually, the pigs would be given a food pellet for “winning” the game level. But during testing, it broke – and they kept clearing the game levels when encouraged by some of the researchers’ kind words. (Read more from “Pigs Can Play Video Games With Their Snouts, Scientists Find” HERE)

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Country Confirms Ebola Resurgence, Declares New Epidemic

Health officials in Guinea on Sunday confirmed that at least three people have died from Ebola there, the first cases declared since it was one of three West African nations to fight the world’s deadliest Ebola epidemic that ended five years ago.

An additional four people are confirmed with Ebola, according to a statement from the ministry of health. All seven positive cases attended the funeral of a nurse in Goueke on Feb. 1 and later showed Ebola symptoms including a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, said the ministry statement.

The government has declared an Ebola epidemic and started contact tracing and isolating suspected cases. It’s also sent an emergency team to support local teams in Goueke and has accelerated the procurement of Ebola vaccines from the World Health Organization. (Read more from “Country Confirms Ebola Resurgence, Declares New Epidemic” HERE)

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Prostate-Cancer Treatment Leaves Men Disease-Free

Most people have probably heard or seen examples of sound waves so powerful they can break glass. Now, a new cancer treatment is using sound to destroy tumors and cure men dealing with the disease. The new, noninvasive technique for prostate cancer focuses sound waves on the tumor area, heating the cancer calls until they are blasted out of existence.

“The results so far have been very good,” says the University of Toronto’s Dr. Sangeet Ghai in a media release by the Radiological Society of North America.

“We treated a smaller area using this device, yet still had very good results. At the same time the patients preserved their erectile and urinary function.”

Researchers say the focused treatment is more effective than surgery or radiotherapy, especially for patients whose cancer is still confined to the prostate. (Read more from “Prostate-Cancer Treatment Leaves Men Disease-Free” HERE)

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Regular Cannabis Use Harmful Regardless of Age Person Starts Using, Long-Term Study Suggests

New research led by the University of Queensland has found that regular cannabis use may have harmful effects later in life, irrespective of the age the person first started using it. The findings showed that life outcomes for regular users were worse by age 35 compared to those who had not regularly smoked.

The 20 year-long prospective cohort study, led by Dr Gary Chan from UQ’s National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research, compared those who initiated cannabis use during high school to those who started after high school, comparing their life outcomes to non-users by age 35.

The findings of the study are published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review.

“Compared to non-users, regular cannabis users were more likely to engage in high-risk alcohol consumption, smoke tobacco, use other illicit drugs and not be in a relationship at age 35,” Dr Chan said in a statement. “These outcomes were more common among those who started using cannabis regularly in adolescence.”

“They were also at higher risk of depression and less likely to have a paid job.” Dr Chan continued. “Overall, regular use of cannabis – more than weekly and especially daily use – was found to have harmful consequences, regardless of the age people began using it.” (Read more from “Regular Cannabis Use Harmful Regardless of Age Person Starts Using, Long-Term Study Suggests” HERE)

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Missing 17-Year-Old Built Snow Cave to Survive Until Rescuers Arrived

A 17-year-old in British Columbia who went missing while snowmobiling has been found safe after he survived by building a snow cave until rescuers could find him.

The unidentified boy had been snowmobiling when he was separated from his group, according to the South Cariboo Search & Rescue.

Family and friends waited for the teen but he failed to show, prompting them to alert the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at around 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, according to CNN. Some of the group began searching for the teen while others went to go alert South Cariboo Search & Rescue.

Meanwhile, after numerous failed attempts to find his group along with the fact that he was not familiar with the area, the young man decided to build a snow cave for shelter until rescuers could find him. (Read more from “Missing 17-Year-Old Built Snow Cave to Survive Until Rescuers Arrived” HERE)

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3-Legged Dog Reunited With Owner 10 Months After Disappearing

A three-legged dog that went missing in early 2020 was reunited with her owner just in time to start the new year.

Last month, Dylan Summers, from Bourbon, Mo., had finally given up hope of seeing his beloved dog Athena again when he started looking online for a new dog to adopt.

Athena went missing in February last year while she was recovering from amputation surgery. She had to have her back leg and part of her tail removed after she was hit by a car and was still on post-op medication when she disappeared from Summers’ yard. . .

After 10 months of searching, he decided to start looking for another dog to adopt — and found Athena’s picture on the Gateway Pet Guardians website on Dec. 30. He quickly called the animal welfare agency.

We have quite the crazy story to start off the year!

In December, Gateway Pet Guardians took in a beautiful brindle…

Posted by Gateway Pet Guardians on Friday, January 1, 2021

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FDA Recalls Pet Food After After at Least 28 Dogs Die From Toxic Mold

The Food and Drug Administration has recalled some pet foods from Sportmix after at least 28 dogs died and eight others fell ill from products with high levels of toxic mold.

The agency warned pet owners and animal specialists Wednesday that certain varieties of the brand’s pet food “may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin.”

Aflatoxin is a mold that can grow on corn and other grains used in pet foods, the agency said.

Symptoms from aflatoxin poisoning include sluggishness, loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting, the agency said. (Read more from “FDA Recalls Pet Food After After at Least 28 Dogs Die From Toxic Mold” HERE)

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Drug Reportedly Reverses Age-Related Mental Decline in Mice Within Days of First Dose; Scientists Find Root Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

By The Hill. An experimental drug reversed age-related declines in memory and mental flexibility in old mice after just a few doses, according to a study by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

The drug, ISRIB, has previously been shown in other studies to restore normal cognitive function in mice after traumatic brain injury, enhance memory in healthy mice and mice with Down syndrome, as well as prevent noise-related hearing loss.

The experimental drug works by interfering with the body’s Integrated Stress Response (ISR). The ISR slows down protein production in cells if something is wrong, such as a viral infection or injury, to give the cells time to heal. But as both memory and learning depend on active protein production, the ISR can lead to problems if it remains in the “on position” in the brain. . .

For the recent study published this month in the journal eLife, researchers trained older mice to escape from a watery maze by finding a hidden platform, a task researchers said is typically more difficult for older mice to learn. But the study found mice that received small doses of ISRIB over a three-day training process were able to complete the task as well as younger mice and much better than mice of the same age who weren’t given the drug.

“ISRIB’s extremely rapid effects show for the first time that a significant component of age-related cognitive losses may be caused by a kind of reversible physiological ‘blockage’ rather than more permanent degradation,” Susanna Rosi, UCSF professor in the departments of Neurological Surgery and of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, said. (Read more from “Drug Reportedly Reverses Age-Related Mental Decline in Mice Within Days of First Dose” HERE)

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Scientists Find Root Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Knowridge Science Report. In a new study, researchers have discovered a new mechanism by which clumps of tau protein are created in the brain, killing brain cells and causing Alzheimer’s disease.

A specific mutation to an enzyme called MARK4 changed the properties of tau, usually an important part of the skeletal structure of cells, making it more likely to aggregate and more insoluble. . .

Alzheimer’s is said to be caused by the build-up of tangled clumps of a protein called “tau” in brain cells.

These sticky aggregates cause neurons to die, leading to impairment in memory and motor functions. It is not yet clear how and why tau builds up in the brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients. (Read more from “Scientists Find Root Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease” HERE)

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