Diana Pohlman thought her 7-year-old son, Garrett, had been molested or assaulted. How else could she explain that one day he was a healthy, happy kid, and the next, she says, "he was completely out of his mind?" Case in point: He came home from second grade, fell to the ground and began panicking about radiation. He ran around the house turning off lights, weeping and clinging to Pohlman "as if he'd been traumatized," she recalls.[See: 10 Concerns Parents Have About Their Kids Health.] Garrett's behavior only got more frightening from there. He stopped eating many foods because he believed they were toxic, and couldn't do his color-by-number style "homework" without staring at the page and sobbing for hours. His handwriting became illegible, and he developed obsessive habits like lining up Legos for hours and then smashing them because they weren't "perfect," Pohlman remembers. He wouldn't go to school without Pohlman by his side all day, and eventually refused to leave the house … [Read more...] about Strep throat led to boy’s severe psychiatric disorder
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Nir Barzilai has a plan. It’s a really big plan that might one day change medicine and health care as we know it. Its promise: extending our years of healthy, disease-free living by decades. And Barzilai knows about the science of aging. He is, after all, the director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. And, as such, he usually talks about his plan with the caution of a seasoned researcher. Usually. Truth is, Barzilai is known among his colleagues for his excitability—one author says he could pass as the older brother of Austin Powers—and sometimes he can’t help himself. Like the time he referred to his plan—which, among other things, would demonstrate that human aging can be slowed with a cheap pill—as “history-making.” In 2015, he stood outside of the offices of the Food and Drug Administration, flanked by a number of distinguished researchers on aging, and likened the plan to a … [Read more...] about Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop
Erin Brodwin, provided by Published 8:30 am, Thursday, May 31, 2018 Timolina/Shutterstock What you eat can have a powerful effect on how you feel. Evidence suggests that certain eating plans like the Mediterranean diet can help decrease the symptoms of depression. The Mediterranean diet also appears linked to a variety of other brain benefits like keeping the mind sharp as we age. powerful effect on how you feel. For people with depression, the link between mind and plate may be even more important. Evidence is building that eating plans like the Mediterranean diet may help decrease the symptoms of depression when added to someone's current treatment — and it may be part of a growing trend toward embracing food as a component of medicine. In addition to curbing the symptoms of depression, colorful and diverse diets rich in vegetables, fish, and olive oil may also be preventive, since people who eat this way tend to have a lower risk of developing the disease … [Read more...] about There’s even more evidence of a powerful connection between diet and depression — and one type of eating plan may help curb symptoms
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Amy Sutherland May 16, 2018 DRAMBUIE THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER lies on his back on the floor, paws in the air, as his owner runs her hands over him. On this December night, like every night, Gina Alongi searches for sore spots and ticks, her fingers feeling for anything that might be amiss with her beloved dog. She starts with his chest and traces circles with her index and middle fingers down his torso. When she reaches the bare skin of his abdomen she pauses. She feels a small lump.It’s been eight years since Alongi flew to Ohio to buy a horse, only to come home with a new dog. Amid the thousands of quarter horses at this annual sale, one tent sold puppies. By the end of the day, there was a single one left. He looked so sad by himself. Alongi snuck him into her hotel room and then bought an additional plane ticket to fly him back to Westborough with her. Drambuie … [Read more...] about An experimental cancer treatment cured this dog. Could it work for people?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jonathan Saltzman Globe Staff April 05, 2018 As an engineering professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, Richard P. Vinci has run plenty of experiments. He specializes in figuring out what makes materials break, everything from computer chips to microneedles that deliver medicine.But now the 51-year-old graduate of MIT and Stanford University is the subject of a study himself, one he hopes might save, or at least extend, his life. Vinci, a Reading native, was diagnosed 18 months ago with ALS, the deadly disease that ravages the nervous system and gradually robs patients of the ability to speak, eat, and, finally, breathe.He is an early participant in what experts say is the first late-stage clinical trial in the United States to determine if stem cells harvested from bone marrow, reengineered, and then injected into a patient’s spinal canal will halt or … [Read more...] about Trials for potential ALS treatment spark cautious hope