Oxytocin slows down aging in lonely prairie voles A new study finds that giving isolated prairie voles daily injections of oxytocin prevents telomere shortening, a common sign of aging.

Loneliness ages you faster. But hormones can help! A recent study shows that oxytocin prevents cellular aging in lonely prairie voles.

Diet and exercise can shape how your mind ages In a recent study on lifestyle and dementia, in a matter of weeks, supported lifestyle changes in diet, physical activity, and mental engagement improved demential symptoms.

Dementia is a condition that many of us are all too familiar with within friends and family. Dementia itself is a blanket term that describes several conditions including a decline in thinking skills, memory loss, and altered behavior, feelings and READ MORE

How does the human body react to being in space? A study of twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly suggest long duration spaceflight alters genes, body functions, and mental well-being in astronauts.

Is going to space safe for human health? Two astronauts, who were twins, volunteered for a research study to look at how the body changes when it goes into space.
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Dried plums may protect astronaut’s bones from radiation damage In a mouse study, researchers from NASA Ames Research Center have demonstrated that compounds in plums may protect bones from radiation damage.

Dried plums outperformed some medications in a bone health study (in mice) at NASA Ames.

New treatment for rheumatoid arthritis shows great promise Researchers find that an antibody called m909 is able to eliminate cells causing inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis and in many other autoimmune diseases.

The immune system is your body’s personal army of soldiers — when it comes across potentially harmful invaders like viruses and bacteria, it will flag those invaders for destruction. However, this defense system is not always perfect. In some cases, READ MORE

Electrical stimulation may delay Parkinson’s disease progression Promising results from a recent pilot clinical trial showed that deep brain stimulation might be effective in treating early-stage disease.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, meaning that brain cells will continuously die off as the illness persists. The brain cells that are mainly affected in Parkinson’s disease are ones that produce dopamine, a chemical in the brain that READ MORE

Brain Cells Get Younger To Heal Spinal Cord Injuries Brain and spinal cord injuries usually produce irreversible motor damage and paralysis. New research shows how the brain may be able to heal itself by reverting injured brain cells back into a younger state.

Brain and spinal cord injuries usually produce irreversible motor damage and paralysis. New research shows how the brain may be able to heal itself by reverting injured brain cells back into a younger state.

Exposure to chronic noise might increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease Mice studies show that chronic noise might disrupt gut microbes and accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s.

Mice studies show that chronic noise might disrupt gut microbes and accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s.

Brain Cancer Treatment Finishes Phase 3 of Clinical Trials Immunotherapy using the patient's own dendritic cells looks promising as a treatment for this highly fatal form of cancer.

For most types of cancer, survival rates have steadily been improving since the 1970s as medical advancements have been made in both cancer diagnosis as well as in treatment. Some of the largest improvements seen have been in the most READ MORE

HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: What Is It, and Why Aren’t Women Using It? Stigma is a main barrier to using PrEP among women attending Connecticut Planned Parenthood locations

HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication used for HIV prevention, and should be used by people who are routinely in danger of acquiring HIV (for example, those who have an HIV positive partner, or those who inject drugs). In READ MORE