Study unravels mysteries of the aging Down syndrome brain

In the first study of its kind, researchers from Sanford Burnham Prebys have uncovered molecular changes within the aging brains of individuals with Down syndrome that could help explain their cognitive challenges, including the uniform development of Alzheimer’s disease in these individuals later in life. The findings, published in the…

Start now and give the gift of plants this Christmas

Apparently there are people who start thinking about Christmas with the arrival of spring’s first blowfly. By the end of October they have their shopping done and menus sorted. The gardeners among them will have ordered lilium or hippeastrum bulbs and timed the planting of them to make a stupendous…

The long term effects of COVID-19

A recent Monash University study has found six months after recovering from COVID-19 critical illness, one in five people had died, and almost 40 percent of survivors had a new disability. Led by Professor Carol Hodgson, the study looked at COVID-19 critical illness across Australia between March 6 and October…

CDC expands recall of aromatherapy sprays tied to rare illness

(HealthDay)—A recall of aromatherapy sprays connected with fatal cases of a rare tropical disease called melioidosis has been expanded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency previously identified four cases of melioidosis—two of them fatal—linked with Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused…

Number of teens who vape marijuana doubled in 7 years

(HealthDay)—Teenagers have followed the vaping trend into marijuana use, with recent studies chronicling a boom in pot vaping among adolescents in the United States and Canada, researchers report. The percentage of teens who’ve experimented with vaped pot has more than doubled in recent years, and vaping among frequent marijuana users…

Emotional aspects of chronic pain isolated in brain circuitry

Negative emotional states and physical pain are intimately connected. Numerous people who suffer from chronic, persistent pain also deal with negative emotions and loss of motivation. Some even become clinically depressed eventually, and doctors sometimes prescribe antidepressants to treat chronic pain, even though the pathways that link pain and mood…