July 2016

The presence of a human herpesvirus has been found in women with unexplained infertility. It is the immune system response to the virus that may make the uterus less likely to except a fertilized egg. This discovery is especially important as it may potentially lead to antiviral treatments that improve the outcome for many infertile women. Click here to learn more.  Abstract.

Regular moderate-intensity exercise may very well be the most effective way to improve memory and attention and delay age-related cognitive decline. A NIH-supported study has identified proteins that are secreted into the blood by skeletal muscle that have a regenerative effect on the brain. Click here to learn more.

After years of strenuous research on Gaucher Disease, a molecular discovery gives hope to both Gaucher and Parkinson’s Disease. Testing will continue to see if it can be developed into a drug treatment with protocol for both diseases. This demonstrates how insights from a rare disorder can have direct relevance to the treatment of common disorders. Click here to learn more.

The Mayo Clinic suggests that the use of walking poles while walking or hiking can enhance your daily walk to a full-body workout!  It is easy on the joints and the effort used in swinging and planting the poles has added benefits in increased upper body strength and improved balance. The use of poles has been shown to significantly increase oxygen use for an aerobic workout  increasing the number of calories burned. Click here to learn more.

Vision loss from optic neuropathies is usually permanent. However, recent NEI research induced axon regrowth with repeated high-contrast visual stimulation. This was especially effective if combined with chemical neural stimulation. These impressive results hold wonderful promise for therapies for degenerative diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration. Click here to learn more.

Researchers from the University of Stuttgart have developed a tiny 3D-printed medical camera, no larger than a grain of salt, that could change the future of health imaging and endoscopic technology. It can fit inside a syringe and attaches onto the end of an optical fiber no larger than the width of 2 hairs. This raises the possibility of exploring inside the human body, including organs and even the brain. Click here to learn more.

An early introduction to healthy eating may be the perfect template for establishing lifelong tastes. The challenge is to engage kids while young in what they are eating and in making their own healthy choices. Recent research shows remarkable results in using some simple incentives. Creative suggestions are offered for parental guidance that is fun for everyone. Click here to learn more.