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This New Alzheimer’s Drug Has Astonishing Side Effect – it Seems to Slow Ageing!

Look and feel young all over again!

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Sometimes great scientific discoveries are made by accident.

This team of researchers from Salk Institute in La Jolla, California has stumbled upon an exciting but unexpected side effect with the Alzheimer’s drug they are working on. Aside from its potential to prevent the dreaded brain disease, it seems that J147 also brings “better memory and cognition, healthier blood vessels in the brain, and other improved physiological features,” according to Salks’ website.

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Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that affects about 46.8 million people across the world. The drug was originally developed to deal with neurotoxicity which means exposure to toxic substances that damage neurons and nervous tissue. They were, however, caught off guard when they realized the extent of the drug’s potential.

Antonio Currais and David Schubert worked together on the J147.

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Antonio Currais of Salk’s Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory said:

“Initially, the impetus was to test this drug in a novel animal model that was more similar to 99 percent of Alzheimer’s cases. We did not predict we’d see this sort of anti-ageing effect, but J147 made old mice look like they were young, based upon a number of physiological parameters.”

So far, J147 has only been tested on mice but the research is definitely showing a lot of promise. In fact, the team is aiming for the next step – a clinical test with human patients.

Professor David Schubert concluded:

“If proven safe and effective for Alzheimer’s, the apparent anti-aging effect of J147 would be a welcome benefit.”

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H/T: Salk, CNET

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Plants are Invading the International Space Station, and the Astronauts are Loving It!

Add the tomatoes to the romaine lettuce, dress with a little vinegar and oil, and voila – another tasty bowl of space-grown salad!

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The International Space Station may witness the blooming of the first ever space-grown flowers early next year.

Kjell Lindgren, a NASA astronaut and a crew member of the International Space Station, began a plant experiment that is expected to produce the first flowers ever grown on board a spacecraft. The flowers, specifically zinnias, are expected to bloom in early 2016.

In August this year, Lindgren, together with NASA's Scott Kelly and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yuki, successfully harvested some romaine lettuce that they cultivated in the spacecraft. The red romaine, dressed with oil and a little vinegar, was more than enough to make the three astronauts happy.

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This U.S. Island is in Danger of Being Wiped Off the Map

We need to do something about global warming.

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Holland Island is an island that used to be found in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, and was slowly swallowed by the waters. The island's residents, once reaching the population of 360, were forced to seek refuge on Maryland's mainland between 1914 and 1922 due to rising water level and strong winds. The last house in the island sunk on October 2012, after being dismantled by a raging storm.

Now, another island in the Chesapeake Bay is foreseen to suffer the same fate as Holland Island. Smith Island, with an estimated population of 276, is the last remaining inhabited island in the said bay. A report published by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in 2008 predicted that Smith Island will be completely underwater by the year 2100 as the average water level rises at about one foot.

The last house in Holland Island.

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These African Innovators Use Phones to Save babies From Dying at Birth

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”

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Across many parts of the world, women are still in danger of losing their lives due to pregnancy and childbirth. Figures from the World Health Organization showed that an estimated 289,000 women lost their lives in 2013 due to pregnancy and childbirth. To address these life-threatening issues, several strategies have already been launched by different collaborating organizations.

Uganda, one of the countries with high rates of infant and maternal mortality, is facing the challenge of providing access to quality healthcare to their countrymen. Having limited capability, Ugandans are tasked to develop innovative technologies that will help breach the gap between health services and its people. Luckily, Ugandan inventors Brian and Josh developed a rather ingenious way of upgrading the ancient medical equipment present in their community - by hooking it up to smartphones.

Joshua Okello connected the 100-year-old device used to monitor a baby's heartbeat to a phone app that can diagnose, alert, and suggest medical action for pregnant women who consult in their health stations. As they have said, "There is a general mindset that things that are made in Africa aren't good enough. As African innovators, we have something really big to offer the world stage. The sort of conditions that we work in are much more difficult that other innovators out there." Not only that, two other innovators, Joshua Businge and Brian Gitta, have devised an app that can detect malaria from blood cells. The high child mortality due to malaria in the sub-Saharan region has prompted the two inventors to develop an app that can recognize malarial parasites in blood cells.

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