Longevity News /longevitynews Longevity News - Longevity News Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:06:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 ‘Sudden death gene’ putting many at risk for spontaneous heart attack /longevitynews/2017-02-09-sudden-death-gene-putting-many-at-risk-for-spontaneous-heart-attack.html /longevitynews/2017-02-09-sudden-death-gene-putting-many-at-risk-for-spontaneous-heart-attack.html#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Nearly 3 million people in the United States may carry genes that place them at risk of sudden cardiac death.

On January 30, the British Heart Foundation released the results of new research on the prevalence of “inherited heart conditions” — heart defects that are passed on from parent to child. Many of these defects are carried by dominant genes, meaning that a parent has a 50 percent chance of passing it on.

The new figures estimate that 620,000 people in the United Kingdom may have undiagnosed inherited heart conditions. If these conditions occur at the same proportions in the United States, the number here would be 2.9 million.

Ticking time bombs

The heart foundation warned that because there is no systematic screening for inherited heart conditions, many people remain unaware that they have the condition until their hearts abruptly stop beating. Most cases of sudden cardiac death occur before the age of 35.

“The reality is that there are hundreds of thousands of people across the UK who are unaware that they could be at risk of sudden death,” said Nilesh Samani, medical director at the British Heart Foundation. “If undetected and untreated, inherited heart conditions can be deadly and they continue to devastate families, often by taking away loved ones without warning. We urgently need to fund more research to better understand these heart conditions, make more discoveries, develop new treatments and save more lives.”

Inherited heart conditions often make the news when the person affected is an athlete. In 2012, for example, British soccer player Fabrice Muamba, 23, collapsed on the playing field. His heart was stopped for 78 minutes, but doctors were able to save his life. A diagnosis of an inherited heart condition followed: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The same condition (caused by a dominant genetic defect) killed Miles Frost, son of broadcaster Sir David Frost, in 2015. Miles Frost was only 31, and did not know that his father had suffered from the condition.

There is a great variety and diversity of inherited heart conditions, which can be caused by many unrelated genes. Some lead to weak or deformed heart muscle, while others cause abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia). In 2016, a rare inherited arrhythmia forced the early retirement — at age 26 — of English cricket player, James Taylor.

Other inherited heart defects can cause cholesterol levels so high that they raise the risk of heart attack by 100 times. While most inherited heart conditions are treated with medical devices such as pacemakers or defibrillators, cholesterol-linked ones are typically treated with cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

The importance of screening

Experts emphasize the importance of screening for inherited heart conditions, as early detection can dramatically lengthen an affected person’s lifespan. Indeed, evidence suggests that inherited heart conditions are a significant cause of early death. For example, a 2009 study by researchers from the University of Amsterdam found that the defects were found in one-third of all families that had suffered the sudden, unexplained death of a first-degree relative younger than 50.

Based on their findings, the researchers suggested that the close kin of anyone dying under such conditions should be referred to specialized cardiogenetics departments for screening.

“If someone in your family has been diagnosed with or has died from what is suspected to be an inherited heart condition, you should speak to your GP or call our genetic information service for more information and support,” Samani said.

Other experts have suggested mandatory reporting of all cases of sudden cardiac death, in part to help identify at-risk relatives.

It can be hard to link sudden cardiac death to an inherited condition after the fact. In the Dutch study, nearly half of all unexplained cardiac deaths had been investigated by an autopsy, which came back inconclusive.

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Tom Brady under malicious attack by chemical shills for following an ultra-clean organic diet that avoids MSG and sugar /longevitynews/2017-02-08-tom-brady-under-malicious-attack-by-chemical-shills-for-following-an-ultra-clean-organic-diet-that-avoids-msg-and-sugar.html /longevitynews/2017-02-08-tom-brady-under-malicious-attack-by-chemical-shills-for-following-an-ultra-clean-organic-diet-that-avoids-msg-and-sugar.html#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Tom Brady is no stranger to controversy. He’s come under fire in the world of sports before, such as during the “Deflategate” scandal not too long ago. Now, it seems Brady is being attacked for his own personal eating habits. The football star reportedly adheres to a strict diet that focuses on organic produce, whole grains, and lean meats. And according to the mainstream media, he is committing some kind of crime for eating that way.

The New York Post recently published an article that heavily scrutinized Brady’s diet. You see, in 2014, Brady committed the faux pas of explaining his diet to Sports Illustrated and attributing the way he eats to his success and longevity in football. The 39-year-old currently boasts one of the longest and most successful careers in the NFL; it is no surprise that the man reports nutrition is one of the keys to his accomplishments.

But in the fast food nation, nutrition is a four-letter word.

Brady gets bashed for following healthy diet

When describing his diet to Sports Illustrated, Brady said it was “80 percent alkaline and 20 percent acidic,” and noted that this combination helped to “maintain balance and harmony through [his] metabolic system.”

Brady’s personal chef, Allen Campbell, has described the diet in greater detail, noting that he only uses organic ingredients. Campbell says Brady doesn’t touch white sugar, white flour, or nightshade vegetables — which means no tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and even some berries. Brady also abstains from other ingredients like MSG, iodized salt, coffee, fungi, and dairy products. He uses olive oil for cold foods, and cooks with coconut oil.

It’s a pretty intense diet, but then again, Brady is an intense athlete. As the football star has said, “I don’t believe you could be a 39-year-old quarterback in the NFL and eat cheeseburgers every day.”

The Post however seems to think that Brady’s diet couldn’t possibly be as healthy as he claims. They claim that his adherence to an alkaline diet is “baffling.” They spoke with a New York-based registered dietitian named Lauren Harris-Pincus who also said that the science behind his diet was “sketchy.” Other professionals claim that his diet is based on “half-truths” and “myths,” but who is really perpetuating falsehoods, here? [RELATED: Learn more about propaganda in science at FakeScience.news]

Science is actually on Brady’s side

Interestingly enough, there is actually quite a bit of evidence to suggest that yes, eating an alkaline diet and abstaining from toxic ingredients or nightshade vegetables can provide health benefits.

For example, nightshade veggies contain solanine — which has been shown to increase joint swelling and inflammation — something you definitely don’t want to have as a professional athlete. In animal models, increased solanine consumption resulted in higher levels of arthritic biomarkers and pain, and caused joint swelling. Other research also notes that nightshade vegetables contain other cholinesterase-inhibiting glycoalkaloids and steroids. Solanine is one of these compounds, as is the tomatine in tomatoes.

The researchers state, “When these inhibitors accumulate in the body, alone or with other cholinesterase inhibitors such as caffeine or food impurities containing systemic cholinesterase inhibiting pesticides, the result may be a paralytic-like muscle spasm, aches, pains, tenderness, inflammation, and stiff body movements.”

Nightshades do not have negative effects on everyone, but in some people, they do seem to create problems relating to pain and inflammation. It stands to reason that someone who is sensitive to nightshades would abstain from them, given their potential to cause these issues. [RELATED: Keep up with the latest food and diet headlines at Fresh.news]

As for the alkaline diet, well there’s some good research on that, too. In 2012, researchers found that following an alkaline diet was associated with a greater index of skeletal muscle mass in women. It is quite possible that the same holds true for men.

More recently, a study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that “a more alkaline dietary pattern may be beneficial for overall health, as dietary induced acidosis has been associated with greater risk of cardiovascular disease and bone disease.” The research was conducted by the Nutrition and Foods division of the  School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University.

And of course, MSG is known to cause a number of adverse health effects like migraines and upset stomachs; it’s also proven to cause muscle tightness in sensitive people. Sugar fares no better; it’s been linked to a myriad of health conditions and is a known contributor to a variety of diseases. No wonder Brady abstains from these toxic ingredients.

To put it simply, Brady follows an extremely healthy diet to maximize his performance and longevity — and its a diet that is based on real science.






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Toxic particles from air pollution causing people’s brains to swell… “city life” linked to brain deterioration /longevitynews/2017-02-04-toxic-particles-from-air-pollution-is-causing-peoples-brains-to-swell.html /longevitynews/2017-02-04-toxic-particles-from-air-pollution-is-causing-peoples-brains-to-swell.html#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 It’s no secret that air pollution is on the rise across the globe, especially in cities. In fact, a 2016 report from the World Health Organization indicated that outdoor pollution had risen by 8 percent in just five years.

Beyond its environmental effects, air pollution is known for being harmful to the respiratory and circulatory systems. Toxic air pollutants like sulfates, nitrates, and black carbon can penetrate deep into lung and cardiovascular tissues, which poses a serious risk to human health. Outdoor air pollution is regarded as the top single killer in the world — causing up to 3 million deaths per year.

Now, new research has shown that the hazardous effects don’t stop there: air pollution is bad for the brain, too. The study, led by researchers from the University of Southern California, found that air pollution raises the risk of dementia by up to 92 percent — thanks to toxic particles that cause brain swelling. Even if the air doesn’t kill you, it will make you sick one way or another.

Air pollution harms the brain, too

The toxic fumes from cars and power plants are actually infiltrating brain cells, which leads to swelling. In turn, this leads to an increased risk of dementia, experts say. In fact, air pollution may actually be behind the rising incidence of dementia. Epidemiologist Jiu-Chiuan Chen of the Keck School of Medicine at USC, the study’s lead author, says that if their findings hold up for the rest of population, it would suggest that air pollution is related to about 21 percent of all dementia cases across the world.

The Californian research team analyzed data from 3,647 women who were between the ages of 65 and 79, and did not have dementia. Their 11-year epidemiological study was the first of its kind to be conducted in the United States and was published by the journal Translational Psychiatry. [Related: Learn more about the latest scientific research at Scientific.news]

What the researchers found was that women who lived in heavily polluted areas, such as near main roads or in busy cities, had a dramatic increase in their risk for cognitive decline — to the tune of 81 percent.  Being exposed to levels of pollution deemed unsafe by health officials also translated to a 92 percent greater risk of developing dementia.

The team also discovered that certain women may be more at risk than others. Women who carried the APOE4 gene — which increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease — exhibited the highest risk of getting dementia.

Professor Caleb Finch, who co-authored the study, explained, “Microscopic particles generated by fossil fuels get into our body directly through the nose into the brain.”

“Cells in the brain treat these particles as invaders and react with inflammatory responses, which over the course of time, appear to exacerbate and promote Alzheimer’s disease.”

Finch says that while the link between air pollution and Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia is still a “new frontier,” evidence continues to show that pollution is harmful to an aging brain. [Related: Keep up with the latest headlines about healthy aging at Longevity.news]

Previous research shows similar findings

Previous research has also shown a correlation between air pollution and dementia risk. For example, earlier this year Canadian researchers unveiled their own findings that suggested air pollution is harmful to the brain. The team found that living within 50 meters of a main road were 12% more likely to develop dementia. In such close proximity, the levels of fine pollutant particles are up to 10 times higher than they are at even just a slightly further distance of 150 meters.

In 2015, an analysis of MRI brain scans from individuals that had enrolled in the Framingham Heart Study also came up with some concerning findings. The researchers from Harvard Medical School discovered that the closer people lived to a major roadway (and the more pollution they’d been exposed to), the smaller their cerebral brain volume was. This association remained even after the scientists adjusted for other factors like smoking, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

While the study of air pollution’s effects on the brain may be new, these recent findings certainly demand attention.





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Cryogenics pioneer claims man frozen in liquid nitrogen 50 years ago will be brought back to life /longevitynews/2017-02-03-cryogenics-man-frozen-in-liquid-nitrogen-50-years-ago-will-be-brought-back-to-life-says-cryo-pioneer.html /longevitynews/2017-02-03-cryogenics-man-frozen-in-liquid-nitrogen-50-years-ago-will-be-brought-back-to-life-says-cryo-pioneer.html#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Will the dead someday walk among us? According to 80-year-old cryogenics expert Robert Nelson, that may just be the case — as long as they’re frozen first. Nelson is the president of the Cryonics Society of California and recently revealed what it was like to freeze the first cryogenic “patient” back in 1967.

Nelson even believes that the first patient, James Bedford, will be brought back to life some day. The thought is certainly more than enough to raise some eyebrows, but that appears to have never deterred Nelson — who also hopes to be cryogenically frozen and revived some day in the future. But what exactly does it take to be frozen nowadays, and what was it like when Nelson froze someone for the first time?

What is cryogenics?

Cryogenics offers hope to the elderly and terminally ill; those who intend to be frozen hope that one day, they’ll be brought back to life. Cryogenics is, at its core, a form of preservation: dead bodies are submerged in liquid nitrogen and frozen. [RELATED: Learn more about the latest exciting science at Scientific.news]

Proponents of the procedure believe that some day in the future, scientists will be able to defrost the dead and bring them back to life. And hopefully, by then they will be able to remedy diseases and conditions that we currently don’t have cures for.

One caveat is that the person to be frozen must be dead prior to undergoing the cryogenic process. So hopefully, in the future, they will be able to bring people back from the dead, too.

Freezing needs to be done as soon after death as possible, to protect against damage to the brain. First, the body must be cooled down in an ice bath, to reduce temperature slowly and steadily. Then, all of the blood is drained from the corpse and it is replaced with a special type of anti-freeze that stops “harmful” ice crystals from forming.

After being transported to a facility in the US or Russia, the body is then placed into an “arctic sleeping bag” that is pumped full of nitrogen gas. Over a period of weeks, the body is frozen until the unit reaches a frosty -196° C. Then the body will be transferred to the “patient care bay” and suspended in liquid nitrogen indefinitely.

Freezing the first man

Psychology professor James Bedford died of kidney cancer in 1967. And on January 12, 1967, just moments after his passing, Nelson and his team began the process of freezing him. Bedford soon became the world’s first man to be cryogenically frozen; his body is still suspended in a liquid nitrogen vault located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Before his death, Bedford commented that he never expected to be revived. However, scientist Robert Nelson believes differently. Nelson has high hopes for Bedford and told Daily Mail that he believes Bedford will one day live again. [RELATED: Keep up with the latest headlines on aging at Longevity.news]

During the exclusive interview, he commented, “When we froze Bedford, man had never been on the moon, there had never been a heart transplant, there was no GPS, no cellphones.”

“Who knows what the next 50 years is going to bring? I think his hope is in nanotechnology but the means to bring him back will exist sooner or later.”

Bedford was placed into an ice bath. After being cooled, his blood was removed and replaced with ‘biological antifreeze’ dimethyl sulfoxide, and then he was packed into a box, before being temporarily stored.

Unfortunately, the cryonic capsule meant to store Bedford was still being built in Arizona. Bedford ended up spending his first two weeks of frozen suspension at a garage in California, belonging to two of Nelson’s friends.

After the cryonic vault was finished, Bedford arrived safely at his new “home” in Arizona, frozen for what may or may not be an eternity.

Nelson eventually left the field of cryonics. He had run out of money to run his California cryogenic vault and left the bodies he had frozen to decompose. In 1979, the family members of some who’d been lost sued Nelson for $400,000.

Nelson was ridiculed by the scientific community and left the field for more than 25 years.




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Is too much sleep a bad thing? Evidence says there’s a healthful limit /longevitynews/2017-01-27-is-too-much-sleep-a-bad-thing.html /longevitynews/2017-01-27-is-too-much-sleep-a-bad-thing.html#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 It’s no secret that not getting enough sleep is bad for your health. It depresses immune function and wound healing, affects your mood and mental health, and raises the risk of a host of chronic diseases.

But did you know that sleeping too much may have many of the same effects?

Researchers consider seven to nine hours of sleep a night to be the healthy range; less than seven hours is considered undersleeping, while more than nine hours is considered oversleeping. Only about 2 percent of the population actually need more than nine hours of sleep a night, and most have been that way since childhood.

For both under- and oversleeping, the health effects only show up over the long term. So you don’t have to worry if you pull an occasional late night or if you sleep in sometimes on the weekend. But regularly sleeping more than nine hours or feeling unrested unless you get more sleep than that could be cause for concern.

In many cases, oversleeping is simply a symptom of an underlying physical or mental health problem. But some evidence suggests that oversleeping might also be a direct cause of other health problems.

Is too much as bad as too little?

Numerous studies have shown that getting too little and too much sleep tend to have the same effects. Among the effects shown by not getting the right amount of sleep are an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Perhaps for this reason, people who sleep too little or too much have dramatically lowered longevity relative to people who get seven to nine hours a night. Too much sleep also appears to impair fertility.

People who sleep too much also show increased inflammation, suggesting immune dysfunction and an increased risk of chronic disease. Getting too much sleep also causes people to perform worse on tests of memory and cognitive function, similar to the effects of too little sleep. These effects might be short-term, or they might foretell worse to come: too much sleep has also been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Sleeping too much is also linked with increases in back pain, headaches and migraines. There is even a term for a migraine or tension headache triggered by too much sleep: a “weekend headache.” In this particular case, researchers suspect that the sleep is a symptom of the underlying cause, such as caffeine withdrawal or excessive stress.

Cause and effect

In many cases, oversleeping seems to be a symptom of an underlying condition that is itself producing health problems, such as depression, sleep apnea, or heart disease. But according to a literature review conducted sleep specialist and clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Grandner, oversleeping can cause direct health harm through several mechanisms: sleep fragmentation, increasing fatigue and lethargy, suppressing immune function, disrupting circadian cycles (through more time spent in darkness), and taking time away from mentally and physically stimulating activity.

In fact, controlled studies have found that when people are instructed to spend more time in bed — leading to longer sleep — they show increased fatigue, lethargy, fragmented sleep, irritability, depression, soreness and pain, inflammation, and lowered mood, reaction time, math performance.

If you are a regular over-sleeper, there are a few measures you can take to correct the problem. First, make sure you’re not caught in an undersleep-oversleep cycle: make sure you are getting enough sleep every night. If oversleeping on the weekends throws your sleep rhythms off, cut out that habit. Avoid behaviors that might make it hard to fall asleep at night, such as late naps or caffeine or looking at screens too close to bed time. Make sure you get plenty of exposure to bright sunlight as early in the day as possible.




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Magic beans: Coffee protects against age-related inflammation /longevitynews/2017-01-26-science-says-coffee-has-beneficial-anti-aging-like-protection-from-inflammation.html /longevitynews/2017-01-26-science-says-coffee-has-beneficial-anti-aging-like-protection-from-inflammation.html#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Could coffee be the secret to feeling young forever? Recent research has found a beneficial aspect to coffee that may help protect against age-related inflammation. The connection between advancing age, inflammation, and coffee consumption may seem like an odd one, but it may help to prevent a number of diseases related to the aging process.

Researchers from Stanford University have found that coffee can counter the affects of a chronic inflammatory process that may develop in some –but not all– people as they get older. This chronic inflammation is associated with being able to trigger a myriad of cardiovascular problems. Fortunately, however, it appears that coffee and the caffeine it contains may be able to provide relief.

The study, which was published in early January by the journal Nature Medicine, found that this age-related chronic inflammation is primary driver of cardiovascular disease and increased mortality rates. The research team found that breakdown products of nucleic acids — which are the building blocks of our genetic material — circulating in the blood can actually be a catalyst for damaging inflammation. These breakdown products are also known as “metabolites.”

What is more interesting, however, is the finding that caffeine and its own metabolites may actually oppose the affects of the circulating nucleic acids. This activity may explain why coffee drinkers seem to live longer than non-coffee drinkers. (Related: Keep up with the latest headlines on healthy aging at Longevity.news)

The study’s lead author, David Furman, PhD, a consulting associate professor at the Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection, commented, “More than 90 percent of all noncommunicable diseases of aging are associated with chronic inflammation.”

According to Furman, there have been more than 1,000 papers that have indicated that chronic inflammation plays a role in the onset of many types of cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and osteoarthritis.

“It’s also well-known that caffeine intake is associated with longevity. Many studies have shown this association. We’ve found a possible reason for why this may be so,” Furman noted.

To conduct their research, the team led a multi-pronged study to best reach a conclusion. To begin, they took blood samples from two separate groups of people. Samples were taken from people in their 20s, and another set of samples were taken from people over the age of 60. What the team found was that the older study participants showcased a much higher activity level of a gene that is associated with the production of a specific circulating inflammatory protein, called IL-1-beta.

Within the group of older participants, the team also discovered another interesting detail: in participants who reported drinking more coffee, the gene seemed to actually be less active. Conversely, people who drank less coffee seemed to have much more activity in regards to the inflammatory protein-producing gene. (Related: Keep up with the latest natural health cures at Cures.news)

The team also noted that those over 60 who reported drinking less coffee were more likely to have high blood pressure, stiff arteries, and higher amounts of the inflammatory IL-1-beta protein circulating around in their blood.

To ensure that this protein was indeed a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the researchers then conducted an animal study. They found that injecting mice with the IL-1-beta protein resulted in massive, systemic inflammation and high blood pressure. While animal testing is not something to be condoned, the findings do suggest that this protein does have quite harmful effects.

In order to get a better picture of this most unusual finding, the team went back to the lab and loaded up human immune cells with the inflammatory protein. Then, they added caffeine into the mix and observed. It was then that the researchers discovered that caffeine mitigated the harmful effects of the protein. (RELATED: See more news about nutritional medicine at Medicine.news)

One of the study’s senior authors, Mark Davis, PhD, a professor of microbiology and immunology and the director of the Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection, commented, “What we’ve shown is a correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity. And we’ve shown more rigorously, in laboratory tests, a very plausible mechanism for why this might be so.”

Davis also notes that finding a beverage people actually want to drink could actually have a meaningful benefit came as quite a surprise to the entire research team.




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Russian scientist injects himself with ancient bacteria and claims to be illness-free /longevitynews/2017-01-20-eternal-life-russian-scientist-injects-himself-with-ancient-bacteria-and-claims-to-be-illness-free.html /longevitynews/2017-01-20-eternal-life-russian-scientist-injects-himself-with-ancient-bacteria-and-claims-to-be-illness-free.html#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 In 2009, an ancient species of bacteria was discovered in Siberia’s Mount Mamontova in the northern region of Yakutia. Preserved in the Siberian permafrost for an estimated 3.5 million years, these bacteria can survive extreme temperatures and climate conditions. Initial testing revealed that the bacteria possess superior immune system-modulating properties. Better yet, the bacteria share these immune boosting properties with the host they interact with.

In initial tests, the bacteria, identified as Bacillus F, increased the longevity of mice from 589 days to 906 days on average. Researchers also noticed that the bacteria helped the mice increase their muscle activity, leading to more active, fitter lives. Further MRI examination of the mice injected with Bacillus F revealed that two indicators were higher than usual – glutamate and taurine levels. These are responsible for increasing the life expectancy of the cell, boosting energy production and metabolism, and strengthening immune system regulation. Excited by initial findings, a Russian scientist named Dr. Anatoli Brouchkov, decided to inject himself with the bacteria.

Dr. Brouchkov, head of the Geocryology Department at Moscow State University, says that Bacillus F has drastically improved his health. He claims to be illness-free over the past two years and credits the bacteria for this sudden health improvement.

Dr. Brouchkov reports, “I started to work longer, I’ve never had a flu for the last two years.” He admits that he doesn’t understand exactly how the bacteria convey such strength. While he remains clueless to the mechanism, he still sees and feels the impact the bacteria have on his quality of life. Dr. Brouchkov says that by understanding how Bacillus F works, “we probably would be able to find a tool to extend our own lives.”

Bacilli F enter the regional environment of Yakutia as the Siberian permafrost slowly thaws out. The microorganisms are present in the water that the Yukut people drink. The Yukut people apparently live longer than other cultures and now the secret to their longevity has been discovered.

Bacillus bacteria cells bind with B lymphocytes, activating a rapid response from the immune system

Even though the fear of germs dominates modern day thinking, bacteria are essential to human’s well being. Trillions of bacteria cells interact with humans on a momentary basis. Every individual harbors a unique  collection of microbes in their gut. Many of these friendly species of bacteria aid in digestion, protect the blood from toxins, assist in nutrient assimilation, and help the body respond to invading pathogens. Researchers from the Loyola University Health System in Chicago discovered that certain Bacillus bacteria in the digestive tract form spores during times of stress. When these bacteria spores meet B lymphocytes from the immune system, the molecules bind, activating the B cells to reproduce faster than average. This action prompts the rapid reproduction of antibodies to help fight against viral and bacterial infections.

Certain types of bacteria support human health. Colonies also exist on the skin, protecting the body’s largest organ. Future immunization practices will focus on the concept of strengthening the individual’s microbiome(s) so they can best adapt to their environment. The incessant use of chemicals such as Lysol, antibiotics, and triclosan basically just “punch holes” in the bacteria ecosystem. These practices only embolden pathogens as they re-colonize the area, take over the balance, and evolve with stronger genetic traits. When medical science begins to understand that we are not at war with bacteria, then we will begin to re-establish our connection and mutual relationship with commensal bacteria species. When we work with nature, we are more able to adapt to our environment through the beneficial relationship we share with friendly bacteria, as witnessed by Bacillus F in Siberia.








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Researchers: Fasting can kill cancer cells in common childhood leukemia /longevitynews/2017-01-15-researchers-fasting-can-kill-cancer-cells-in-common-childhood-leukemia.html /longevitynews/2017-01-15-researchers-fasting-can-kill-cancer-cells-in-common-childhood-leukemia.html#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Specific cancer cells from childhood leukemia regress when intermittent fasting is applied. That’s what researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center found out after testing their theory in laboratory mice. The most effective fasting method included six cycles of one day fasting, followed by one day of feeding.

The finding sheds new light on the health benefits of intermittent fasting, especially for healing type-dependent blood cancers. The same intermittent fasting strategy wasn’t effective for a type of blood cancer found in adults, myeloid leukemia (AML), but it profoundly halted and reversed the progression of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), sub-type B-cell and sub-type T-cell. (RELATED: Follow more medical discoveries at Medicine.news)

Dr. Chengcheng “Alec” Zhang, Associate Professor of Physiology at UT Southwestern and senior author of the study also said that they identified the mechanism that is responsible for the differing response during fasting.

Intermittent fasting shows potential for reversing childhood leukemia

In the study, the researchers tracked the cancer cells using green and yellow florescent proteins. They applied various fasting techniques and watched if the protein levels rose or fell in response to the fasting.

“Strikingly, we found that in models of ALL, a regimen consisting of six cycles of one day of fasting followed by one day of feeding completely inhibited cancer development,” said Zhang. After seven weeks the researchers couldn’t find any cancer cells in the mice that were put on that fasting regime. In mice that hadn’t fasted, 68 percent of cancer cells were still proliferating in the test areas. The areas of the body that saw the greatest reduction was in the bone marrow and the spleen, a blood filtering organ.

“In addition, following the fasting treatment, the spleens and lymph nodes in the fasted ALL model mice were similar in size to those in normal mice. Although initially cancerous, the few fluorescent cells that remained in the fasted mice after seven weeks appeared to behave like normal cells,” he said.

Fasting improved the longevity of mice as well. The mice that ate normal, steady diets perished within 59 days. 75 percent of mice on the fasting protocol lived longer than 120 days and the leukemia didn’t return in any of the cases.

Fasting stops leukemia cancer cells, signaled through the leptin pathway

Fasting works through a mechanism called leptin, which is a cell signaling molecule created by fat tissue. Leptin levels fall during periods of intermittent fasting. The researchers in this study observed not only this but also leptin levels falling in bone marrow. Repeated cycles of fasting made the effects stronger. “After fasting, the rate at which the leptin levels recovered seemed to correspond to the rate at which the cancerous ALL cells were cleared from the blood,” Zhang said.

“It will be important to determine whether ALL cells can become resistant to the effects of fasting,” he said. “It also will be interesting to investigate whether we can find alternative ways that mimic fasting to block ALL development.”

The difference between the two leukemia types stems from the difference between bone marrow derived blood cells. AML, more common in adults, targets white blood cells such as macrophages and granulocytes. ALL affects the white blood cells of the B and T variety. In all cases of leukemia, the cancer cells proliferate uncontrollably and displace healthy blood cells over time. These rogue cancer cells will even penetrate into other tissues and cause other health problems.

Since this fasting technique is noninvasive and uses no drugs, the researchers look forward to moving forward with human clinical trials to more quickly end the suffering, anemia, and reoccurring infections that come with these sub-types of childhood leukemia.

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Power of love: Cuddling babies ‘kangaroo style’ helps them develop better social skills, longevity /longevitynews/2016-12-22-power-of-love-cuddling-babies-kangaroo-style-helps-them-develop-better-social-skills-longevity.html /longevitynews/2016-12-22-power-of-love-cuddling-babies-kangaroo-style-helps-them-develop-better-social-skills-longevity.html#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 New research has shown that small and premature babies who receive what is called “kangaroo mother care” tend to live longer and experience fewer social problems as they mature compared to those kept in an incubator.

Kangaroo-style mothering involves breastfeeding and holding an infant upright against the mother’s bare skin, an approach first documented in Colombia.

From The Guardian:

“The kangaroo method involves the baby nestling in a ‘kangaroo’ position on the caregiver’s chest as soon as possible after birth, accompanied by exclusive breastfeeding. Parent and child leave the hospital together as soon as possible after birth, after which there is rigorous monitoring of baby and mother for one year after the infant’s original due date (rather than the actual birth date).”

A newly released follow-up study was conducted by the same team of experts who first showed that the kangaroo method is safe.

The study, published December 12 in the journal Pediatrics, involved 441 of 716 Colombian children born prematurely between 1993 and 1996 who were randomly assigned either the kangaroo method or “standard handling” involving the use of an incubator.

Two decades later, benefits of kangaroo mother care still evident in subjects of study

Twenty years later, the researchers found that of the 441 subjects from the original study they were able to track down and re-enroll in the new phase of the research, the children who received kangaroo mother care (KMC) fared much better in the long run in terms of longevity, income and social integration.

From the report:

“The effects of KMC at 1 year on IQ and home environment were still present 20 years later in the most fragile individuals, and KMC parents were more protective and nurturing. …

“At 20 years, the young ex-kangaroo mother care participants, especially in the poorest families, had less aggressive drive and were less impulsive and hyperactive. They exhibited less antisocial behavior, which might be associated with separation from the mother at birth.”

The team suggested that practicing kangaroo mother care may encourage under-educated mothers to be more sensitive to a child’s needs, helping to make their situation more equivalent to that of mothers in “more favorable environments.”

In fact, the results of the study and the overall success of kangaroo mother care over the past couple of decades have led experts to the conclusion that the method can be used “in all settings,” not just in communities where standard pediatric care may be scarce or unavailable.

Even those living in developed nations who have access to modern healthcare may benefit from kangaroo mother care. Some parents who may be afraid that their prematurely-born children might be safer in an incubator could find the results of the study to be reassuring.

Kangaroo mother care ‘more than an alternative’ to incubator care

Pediatrics experts who support the concept say that kangaroo mother care can be considered “more than an alternative” to standard incubator care.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 20 million low birth weight babies are born every year across the globe, and the United States has one of the highest premature and low-weight birth rates in the world.

High-tech care for premature and low-weight babies is useful in many cases, but the WHO recommends utilizing both modern healthcare technology and the “simpler, low-tech approach” – and in poorer areas often only the latter.

The obvious conclusion that can be drawn from this research is something most of us already know: There’s no substitute for a mother’s love, and that love can only truly be expressed and received through intimate skin-to-skin contact and direct nurturing.

This type of close contact is beneficial not only for the child, but for the mother as well, as the study has indicated. High-tech medical care has its place, but it can never replace the crucial developmental stimuli that only a loving mother can provide.





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Fitness More Than Fatness is a Better Indicator of Health and Longevity /longevitynews/2016-06-21-fitness-more-than-fatness-is-a-better-indicator-of-health-and-longevity.html /longevitynews/2016-06-21-fitness-more-than-fatness-is-a-better-indicator-of-health-and-longevity.html#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 (MensFitnessFocus.com) Did you know that fitness level is a strong predictor of longevity, especially for men over age 60? While obesity receives much airtime as a public health problem, it seems that being thin is not the be-all and end-all of a healthy body.

Results of a 12-year study have indicated that fitness levels can be more important than your weight levels and can definitely influence whether or not you suffer from health problems and die earlier than those who are physically fit but not necessarily thin.

The 12-year study was conducted by Professor Steven Blair from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Researchers looked at the relationship between body fat, fitness and longevity in 2,603 people over the age of 60.

At the start of the study, fitness levels were assessed using a treadmill stress test and body fat was calculated by various measures, including BMI, waist circumference and fat percentages. The volunteers had follow-up medical checks over the 12-year study period.

The overall results showed that fit adults who engage in cardiovascular exercise on a regular basis outlived the unfit, regardless of their level of obesity or waist size. There were 450 deaths during the study. Researchers found that those who died were older, had lower fitness levels and had more cardiovascular risk factors than survivors.

Death rates for those with higher fitness levels were less than half of the rates for those who were unfit and not surprisingly they were less likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as hypertension, diabetes, or high cholesterol levels. The exception however was with those who were severely obese or with large amounts of abdominal fat.

The message from these study results is that there is great benefit to being physically active on a regular basis even if you are overweight. Exercise has a systematic effect on many levels – it strengthens the heart, the lungs and builds up the skeletal muscles. It also provides great benefit to the brain and the overall well-being of the person. It is important though to maintain a healthy body weight at the same time.

“Our data provides further evidence regarding the complex long-term relationship among fitness, body size and survival. It may be possible to reduce all-cause death rates among older adults, including those who are obese, by promoting regular physical activity, such as brisk walking for 30 minutes or more on most days of the week,” said Dr. Xuemei Sui of the University of South Carolina.

By Katherine East, NaturalNews.com.

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