A healthy lifestyle can beneficially impact the glial cell system


According to Sandkühler, neuroinflammatory diseases of the brain, environmental factors and even the person's own lifestyle can lead to activation of glial cells. Examples from the current literature are: depressionanxiety disorders and chronic stressmultiple sclerosis or Alzheimer's and diabetes, as well as lack of exercise and poor diet. Sandkühler: "Glial cells are an important factor in ensuring the equilibrium of a person's neuroinflammatory system." The study results give grounds for speculation that improvements in a person's lifestyle could have a beneficial impact upon this system and ensure that they generally suffer less pain or "minor niggles", says Sandkühler: "It is therefore in our own hands: thirty minutes of moderate exercise three or four times a week, a healthy diet and avoiding putting on excess weight can make a huge difference."

Article: Gliogenic LTP spreads widely in nociceptive pathways, M.T. Kronschläger, R. Drdla-Schutting, M. Gassner, S.D. Honsek, H.L. Teuchmann, J. Sandkühler, Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aah5715, published 10 November 2016.

Skin, Joint, and Back Problems Prompt Most Physician Visits

Most patients without acute conditions see their physicians not because of diabetes, heart disease, or cancer but because of skin problems, joint disorders, and back pain, according to an article published in the January issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Higher HDL cholesterol is associated with better cognitive function: the Maine-Syracuse study.


Few studies have examined associations between different subcategories of cholesterol and cognitive function. We examined relationships between total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), triglyceride levels and cognitive performance in the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study, a community-based study of cardiovascular risk factors. Cross-sectional analyses were undertaken on data from 540 participants, aged 60 to 98 years, free of dementia and stroke. TC, HDL, LDL, and triglyceride levels were obtained. Cognitive function was assessed using a thorough neuropsychological test battery, including domains of cognitive function indexed by multiple cognitive tests. The cognitive outcomes studied were as follows: Visual-Spatial Memory and Organization, Verbal and Working Memory, Scanning and Tracking, Abstract Reasoning, a Global Composite score, and the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE). Significant positive associations were observed between HDL-cholesterol and the Global Composite score, Working Memory, and the MMSE after adjustment for demographic and cardiovascular risk factors. Participants with desirable levels of HDL (≥60 mg/dL) had the highest scores on all cognitive outcomes. There were no significant associations observed between TC, LDL, or triglyceride concentrations and cognition. In older individuals, HDL-cholesterol was related to a composite of Working Memory tests and for general measures of cognitive ability when adjusted for cardiovascular variables. We speculate that persons over 60 are survivors and thus less likely to show cognitive deficit in relation to TC, LDL-cholesterol, and triglycerides. Longitudinal studies are needed to examine relations between specific cognitive abilities and the different subcategories of cholesterol.

Maple Syrup May Protect Brain from Alzheimers and other Neurodegenerative Disease

Starting your day off with a stack of maple syrup-soaked pancakes may help keep your brain safe from harm. An international team of scientists published a large body of research to support the beneficial effects of natural products on neurodegenerative diseases, likeAlzheimer’

Postural Function of the Diaphragm in Persons With and Without Chronic Low Back Pain

Despite the high prevalence of low back pain in the population, options regarding effective treatment strategies are still limited, possibly due to the lack of knowledge of the underlying mechanisms.9 Trunk stabilization and postural trunk control may play an important role in the etiology of low back pain.9 In turn, the function of the diaphragm may affect how the trunk is stabilized, especially during postural activity.11,15,22 Various studies have shown that the pelvic girdle and lumbar spine are reflexively stabilized


Benzodiazepine use may raise risk of Alzheimer’s disease

A team of researchers from France and Canada linked benzodiazepine use to an increased risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In the study, the greater a person’s cumulative dose of benzodiazepines, the higher his or her risk of Alzheimer’s.

 Harvard Article here:  http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/benzodiazepine-use-may-raise-risk-alzheimers-disease-201409107397

Canadian Study can be found here:  http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g5205

Family medicine attributes related to satisfaction, health and costs

There was evidence of relationships between the attributes of FM and the service outcomes measured by indicators of satisfaction, health and cost. User satisfaction was associated with accessibility, continuity of care, consultation time and the doctor–patient relationship. Improvement in patient's health was related to continuity, consultation time, doctor–patient relationship and the implementation of preventive activities. Coordination of care showed mixed results with health outcomes. Continuity, consultation time, doctor–patient communication and prevention were cost-effective in the primary care setting.


Johns Hopkins Scientist Reveals Shocking Report on Flu Vaccines

A Johns Hopkins scientist has issued a blistering report on influenza vaccines in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Peter Doshi, Ph.D., charges that although the vaccines are being pushed on the public in unprecedented numbers, they are less effective and cause more side effects than alleged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Further, says Doshi, the studies that underlie the CDC’s policy of encouraging most people to get a yearly flu shot are often low quality studies that do not substantiate the official claims.