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Amazon.com reached an agreement with the State of California legislature, so the Silver Buzz Cafe Store is back. :-)


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Gardening Is Good For Us

Guess what? Gardening is good for us, especially seniors. [...]

Drug Based On A Spice May Speed Stroke Recovery

A new drug based on a common ingredient of curries is showing promise in the treatment of strokes and is moving on clinical trials on humans. [...]

Skin Cell Spray Gun Dramatically Improves Burn Treatment

A radical new technique that uses a skin stem cell spray gun to treat burns cuts treatment times from weeks or months to hours and dramatically reduces the risks of potentially fatal infections. [...]

New Aging And Memory Impairment Research

Today we look at some three new research studies that cover aging and dementia. [...]

More Evidence That Walking Helps The Brain

We’ve written several articles about the benefits of walking. A 10-year study has reinforced previous findings that exercising by walking is good for our brains. [...]

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. [...]

Why We Need To Take Up Juggling

The United States and England were both knocked out of the World [Soccer] Cup this weekend. However, I’m not about to go out and try to refresh my soccer skills. Leaving aside the physical benefits of exercise, a new study shows that seniors are still capable of learning new skills – such as juggling, [...]

Mechanism Behind Acupuncture Discovered

Acupuncture has been used as a routine part of Chinese medicine for almost 4,000 years. The acupuncturist inserts thin needles into the skin at one or more specific points spread around the body. The needles are pushed about a half inch or so and then heated, twisted or even electrified to produce their claimed medical effects. A new study has identified the painkilling mechanism that is triggered by acupuncture. [...]

New Drugs Cause Human Immune System To Attack Cancer

The human immune system consists of many types of cells, organs, proteins and tissues that interact in an elaborate and dynamic network to try to overcome threats to the human being. Researchers are now having some success at triggering the body’s own defense mechanism – the human immune system – to attack specific cancers. [...]

Everyone’s Guide to Medical Equipment – Part 20 – Therapy Equipment

We started this series by looking at the equipment that you’d expect to encounter in your physician’s office or a medical clinic. Then we looked at medical monitors, laboratory equipment and many kinds of advanced diagnostic techniques before moving on to look at surgical instruments and systems. We then covered a range of life support equipment. In this article we’ll start looking at equipment used in therapies, ranging from simple devices that can be used at home to advanced systems that can help nurse a patient back to a comfortable recovery. [...]

Are We Kidding Ourselves About Modern Medicine?

It would be nice to think that everything your physician does is based on sound medical science, but a recent study in the United Kingdom found that only just over a third of medical treatments are beneficial, or likely to be beneficial. A similar evaluation by the US government in 1978 reached a similar conclusion, finding that only 10 to 20 percent of medical treatments had evidence of efficacy. [...]

Farmville - Addiction or Therapy?

Although this article is about Zynga’s Farmville, an online game primarily accessed via Facebook, a lot of the points probably apply to all online game communities. Farmville is a free game that allows a player to create a farm and tend and develop it. Any “craze” can turn into an addiction and Farmville is no exception. However, it can also be regarded as a therapy if it isn’t played to excess. [...]

Everyone’s Guide to Medical Equipment – Part 16 – Life Support Devices

In this article (part of a series on medical equipment) we’ll start looking at the many forms of life support equipment. Some of it is portable, used in emergency situations, while others have become a standard part of surgical operations, recovery and life sustainment. [...]

Migraine Relief Device Undergoing Trials

If we’d seen this device advertised in the back pages of Popular Science magazine we’d have immediately discounted it as quackery, but it’s based on solid research1 done at the highly regarded Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. The inventors claim that it relieves pain, for at least two hours and sometimes as long as two days, in 40% of migraine patients without serious side effects. [...]

Resistance Training May Be Good For Your Brain

A study conducted by the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) found that weight-bearing (resistance) exercises may help minimize both cognitive decline and impaired mobility in seniors. That, in turn, may help people live better and longer. [...]

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