Blood Vessels Can Get Better with Age


Oxidative stress is believed to be the cause of many age-related illnesses, including diabetes, higher blood pressure and age-related cancer. But researchers from the University of Missouri recently found that aging itself offers protection against oxidative stress.

These findings, published in the Journal of Physiology, suggest that aging itself may trigger an adaptive response to counteract the effects of oxidative stress on blood vessels.

Your Nails and Your Health

Although we often think of nails primarily in terms of cosmetics, they often reflect a number of health conditions. According to the American Association of Dermatologists, changes in the nail, such as discoloration or thickening, can signal health problems including liver and kidney diseases, heart and lung conditions, anemia and diabetes. And nail growth is affected by nutrition, fever, chronic illness and aging.

Taking Care of Sprains and Strains

Editor’s note: Sprains and strains are common injuries that can cause a surprising amount of pain and harm. Here, from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, is what you need to know about each condition:

What Is the Difference Between a Sprain and a Strain?

Anti-Aging Products: Separating the Skincare Heroes from the Zeroes

Here's what is certain: There are no firming or tightening products whose results can duplicate what you derive from in office procedures such as dermal fillers, botox, lasers, or cosmetic surgery. Board Certified New York City/NJ Dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Baxt says, “There are anti- aging products or ingredients that do perform significantly better than others and can make a profound difference in the skin’s appearance while others are simply “’alse hope in a jar.’

Diarrhea in Cats

Barbara Hinney and her colleagues from the Institute for Parasitology at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, screened 298 fecal samples taken from cats across Austria for single-cell intestinal parasites, so called enteric protozoa. A release from the university explains that the samples came from private households, catteries (cat boarding kennels), and animal shelters. Of the 298 cats sampled, 56 tested positive with at least one intestinal parasite.

Multi-cat households often affected



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