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A Failing Mind May Mean Lower Cancer Death Risk, Study Suggests: MedlinePlus

"But scientists aren’t sure why dementia seems linked to fewer malignancies."

Here’s a thought: INFLAMMATION — what immune reaction causes and puts us through — may be key to disease and protection (from disease) that determines the final balance of our health.

  • "too much inflammation" may cause allergies, asthma, other autoimmune disorders — which are all on the rise in the recent decades
  • which in turn adversely affects organs/systems, such as brain ==> dementia, autism spectrum and other neurodegenerative disorders are all on the rise over the same time period
  • but active and well-functioning immune surveillance system is precisely what we need to ward off some cancers

Do you see what I mean?

'True Defective: GM' (#TDS)

GM knew of its ignition problem in 2001, had the ‘fix’ for it by 2005 — and yet decided against the fix because doing the right thing would have “cost the company too much” (the replacement part @ 57¢ each). Meanwhile, deaths and injuries to their customers continued.

Hey, GM, is it really that hard?! Doing the right thing would have earned you customer trust/goodwill…and SAVED LIVES! Next time you run a cost analysis for your company, be sure to figure that in. :/

Letter from France | A Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Guide to Paris - (Above: Pousse-Pousse, founded by Lawrence Aboucaya (right), serves gluten-free and vegan dishes including daily soups and seed crackers.)

Even in ‘cooking traditionalist’ France, it’s getting easier to go vegan and gluten-free — Yes, it’s deliciously possible! :)

Soya, located in a former faucet factory near the Canal Saint-Martin, serves an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch that includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Tien Hiang, a Southeast Asian vegetarian restaurant in a working-class part of the 10th Arrondissement, offers a variety of faux meat and fish dishes.

Downstairs from the more expensive Verjus restaurant, you can sit at the Verjus wine bar, sip French wine by the glass and discover vegetarian creativity on its small-plate menu.

Santiago Torrijos, the Colombian-born owner and lead chef of Atelier Rodier, always has a vegetarian creation on his menu.

Truck Driver Experiences Instant Karma In Road Rage Video

A Florida woman caught a moment of instant karma when the large truck that had been tailgating her small car spun out and crashed into a medium.

"I couldn’t move over because there were trucks in the right lane, and I sure as heck wasn’t going to speed on a rainy day with the roads being as slick as they were," she wrote on YouTube.

The truck driver who fled the scene on foot was later arrested at his Tampa home for “leaving the scene of a traffic crash, careless driving and failing to wear his seatbelt.”

We have one of the roomiest roads in the world…and all this just to get ahead of another car? Not worth it, even if you got to stick your middle finger up in the air.

Protein May Hold the Key to Who Gets Alzheimer’s

It’s one of the big scientific mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease: Why do some people whose brains accumulate the plaques and tangles so strongly associated with Alzheimer’s not develop the disease?

The research, published [19 March 2014] in the journal Nature, focuses on a protein previously thought to act mostly in the brains of developing fetuses which also appears to protect neurons in healthy older people from aging-related stresses. But in people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, the protein, called REST, is sharply depleted in key brain regions.

Interesting: “REST appears to work by traveling to a neuron’s nucleus when the brain is stressed — but in dementia, REST somehow gets diverted, traveling with toxic dementia-related proteins to another part of the neuron where it is eventually destroyed.” Here, understanding why may help us correct the REST ‘malfunction’ in Alzheimer’s and other related neurodegenerative disorders. Wow. Stay tuned.

Unease grows among U.S. doctors over Indian drug quality

In recent months, the FDA, citing quality control problems ranging from data manipulation to sanitation, has banned the importation of products from Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd (RANB.NS), Wockhardt Ltd (WCKH.NS) and, most recently, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (SUN.NS).

"We are losing control over what people are swallowing," said Dr. Harry Lever, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic who is trying raise awareness of the matter among U.S. lawmakers. "Now, when a patient comes in who is not doing well, the first thing I do is look at their drugs and find out who makes it."

India supplies about 40 percent of generic and over-the-counter drugs used in the United States, making it the second-biggest supplier after Canada.

What kind of problems? Wrong drug, wrong doses, missing drug, microbial and other toxic chemical contamination, sanitation problem…you name it. Best to remain a skeptic when it comes to things we put into our mouths. Check the source — and only use reputable pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies.

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