Stuff the Turkey, Not Yourself: 10 Stay-Slim Tips for Thanksgiving

By Justine SanFilippo, MS, CHC

National Family Health History Day

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at ThirdAge to you and yours! Each year since 2004, the Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving to be National Family Health History Day. Over the holiday or at other times when families gather, the Surgeon General encourages Americans to talk about, and to write down, the health problems that seem to run in their family. Learning about their family's health history may help ensure a longer, healthier future together.

Breakthrough in Understanding Parkinson's Disease

Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have made an important breakthrough in the understanding of Parkin, a protein that regulates the repair and replacement of nerve cells within the brain. The discovery generates a new perspective on how nerve cells die in Parkinson's disease. The Trinity research group, led by Seamus Martin,Smurfit Professor of Medical Genetics, published its findings in November 2014 in Cell Reports.

Better Drugs for Diabetes?

New research has found that a crucial signaling pathway, already implicated in the development of cancer, is also linked to the development of type 2 diabetes.

Increased knowledge of the MEK/ERK pathwaycould pave the way for more effective treatment of diabetes.

The study, by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, also shed additional light on how a class of diabetes drugs, known as thiazolidinediones (TZDs), work to improve glucose metabolism.

A Better Global Health Approach

A new and radically different approach is needed to deal with infections on a global basis, an expert says.

“What often seems like an abstract notion becomes very concrete when a deadly virus previously contained in Western Africa infects people on American soil,” said Wondwossen Gebreyes, professor of veterinary preventive medicine at The Ohio State University. “It does create a certain sense of urgency and awareness that this world is much smaller than we think.”


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