In 1958, with the help of a team of researchers, a Yale dermatologist, Dr. Aaron Lerner discovered the hormone Melatonin, which regulates the sleep-awake cycle (circadian rhythms). The hormone promotes sleep and is produced by the pea-sized pineal gland which is located in the middle of the brain. What follows are 7 selected facts, among many, concerning the “Hormone of Darkness.”
I was speaking with a friend who told me, “Several months ago my wife and I boarded a plane bound for London from JFK. The flight left New York in the early evening and landed at Heathrow around 7:29 a.m. London time. We gathered our luggage at the baggage claim, flagged a cab and were driven to our hotel foolishly expecting to get to our rooms, wash up and relax.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges–the thin membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be a deadly infection if untreated. In November, 2013 a freshman student at the University of California had both feet amputated as a result of poor blood supply to his lower limbs after he contracted meningitis.
Matthew is a 43 y/o software salesman who travels internationally because of his job responsibility. He recently made a round trip flight from New York to Tokyo. It was a stressful trip and upon returning to N.Y. he experienced jet-lag—extreme tiredness experienced by an individual after a flight across several time zones.
Fats get a bum rap! Many chastise the person who is obese. But most of us ignore or are unaware of the nutritional and other beneficial attributes of fats. What follows are five reasons why fats are useful: Building Blocks, Cell Membrane, Insulation, Protection (padding), Energy (fuel, storage).
Overheard in a grocery store’s checkout counter: “Can you understand the labels on food packages? It’s hard to know what’s healthy and what’s not. Good fats — bad fats. Today they’re good. Tomorrow they’re bad.”
The journey of a five year old child is a glittering example of bravery in the struggle against leukemia. Emily “Emma” Whitehead was the first child in the world to receive T-cell therapy (GMTs).
Some people think of cholesterol as a bad actor. Actually, your body needs cholesterol to function well. It helps to build cells, make vitamin D, hormones and it aids with digestion. However, too much of “bad” cholesterol can lead to clogged arteries, stroke and heart attacks.
All of us have misplaced our keys, glasses or watch at one time or another. But what does it mean if someone tells you that they found your eyeglasses in the refrigerator?
Far more than a senior moment, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the “Long Goodbye.” The disease is not a part of normal aging. It is a gradual, deadly assault on memory, reasoning and behavior. It cripples a person’s emotional and physical health.