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More Proof That Exercise Helps Our Brains

A new study used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging ( fMRI) to determine whether aerobic activity increased connectivity in the DMN or other brain networks. Even moderate amounts of walking had surprising results. [...]

Ant Study Provides Fresh Insight Into Aging

A study of the genomes of two species of ant has added evidence that a particular protein may be involved in the human aging process. [...]

The Internet and the World Wide Web – Part 3 – Current Issues

In previous articles in this series we explained the history and mechanics of the Internet and web and how they are governed. In this one we’ll start looking at the issues concerning people directly involved with the running of the Internet and web, governments, companies and users. [...]

California Fails To Halt Extortionate Health Insurance Rate Increases

Back in February the United States Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to Anthem Blue Cross President Leslie Margolin calling on the company to publicly justify its decision to raise premiums by as much as 39% for its California customers. Although Anthem and the other insurers postponed the price hikes until the investigation was over, the CIC cleared the way on Wednesday for the company to implement scaled-back rate hikes. [...]

National Association of Free Clinics Needs Your Help Immediately

Freeclinics.us badly need both volunteers and donations. As of yesterday they were about $200K short of covering the costs of the next free event in New Orleans, which will limit the amount of services they can provide next week. You can make a tax-deductible donation here. Please help. [...]

Berries May Slow Aging Brain’s Decline

In our previous article we mentioned the role of cells called microglia in repairing damaged tissues in the body. New research that looked at their affect in the aging brain has discovered an important new link between foods and the role that microglia play there. [...]

It’s Time For Your Annual Flu Shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months have a flu shot for the 2010/2011 season. [...]

Rheumatoid Arthritis Protein May Reduce Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease

In July we reported that researchers had found that activating a protein called Sirtuin that is found in the body can suppress the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. New research has found a link between a protein connected with rheumatoid arthritis and protection against the onset of Alzheimer’s. [...]

Political Influencers and Lobbyists – Part 6 – Effective Or Not?

There is an understandable suspicion that, since money talks, individuals and groups that can spend large amounts of money get more from the politicians and parties that they support than most voters. In the concluding article in this series on political influencers and lobbyists, we’ll look at that suspicion. [...]

Eating Green Veggies Reduces Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

The United States Department of Agriculture ( USDA) recommends that people eat five servings of fruit and vegetables a day to help stay healthy. New research from Leicester University in the United Kingdom found that eating green leafy vegetables noticeably reduces the chance of developing type 2 diabetes. [...]

Church Run Hospitals Provide Best Care

A Thomson Reuters study, built on data from the Reuters Top 100 Hospitals report, found that church run hospitals are more likely to provide better care and are run more efficiently than their secular counterparts. [...]

The Internet and the World Wide Web – Part 2 – Who’s In Charge?

In the first part of this series we looked at the technology that underlies the Internet and the web. As we noted, there is no single organization responsible for governing either of them, so today we’ll look at the roles of the many organizations involved. To do that we need to understand a little about the history of the Internet and the web. [...]

The Food Stamps Gaffe

Hundreds of right wing web blogs and the Fox News propaganda machine have been ranting about the Democrat’s proposal to cut money from the food stamp program that many needy families rely on. The way it’s presented is that a new government bill will cut the amount of aid that recipients of food stamps receive in order to pay for a program that First Lady Michelle Obama is pushing. [...]

Genetic Link Found Between Immune System and Parkinson’s Disease

Hot on the heels of the announcement that a team at Oxford University will use idempotent stem cells to study Parkinson’s Disease, a new study has shed more light on genes associated with the immune system that may play a role in its development. [...]

GOP Spreads Lies While More Medicare Part D Checks Are Mailed

The Department of Health and Human Services has mailed out a third round of $250 checks to help seniors who enter the Medicare Part D coverage pay gap (the “Doughnut Hole”) for prescription drugs. Meanwhile, the GOP wants to roll back the health care reform benefits and privatize Medicare and Social Security. [...]

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