A new journal article summarizes the results of over 100 studies using brain scans to measure the activity caused by inserting needles into 18 specific acupuncture points. They found that the points increased activity in some areas while decreasing activity in others.
They even found correlation between acupuncture points known to benefit vision and activity in the visual areas of the brain.
You can read the summary on Gizmodo or you can read the abstract of the Journal article.
Pretty exciting stuff. Hopefully this will open the door to Western science accepting Chinese medicine in a greater role.
The New York Times recently reported on a new study being conducted on the minimum amount of exercise required to maintain or improve fitness.
The researchers involved focused their study on high intensity interval training (HIIT), which is the same type of training that many top level athletes employ in their training. In particular, this study set up a protocol in which volunteers were asked to 10 repetitions of 1 minute of high intensity exercise, followed by 1 minute of recovery. This was to be repeated 2 times per week for a total of 40 minutes of exercise per week.
The results were astonishing. The researchers found that after several weeks of practicing the protocol, the volunteers in the study found significant improvements to health and fitness.
Check out the whole article on the NY Times website.
Scientists have made a really exciting discovery with a potentially huge impact. They have discovered that a cancer drug that is already FDA approved for use in humans has a significant effect to reduce amyloid plaque in the brains of mice suffering from Altzheimer’s disease.
Because this drug is already approved for human use, clinical trials for a new use could be conducted relatively quickly. The researchers involved did stress that Altzheimer’s disease has been cured in mice several times and that the drug may not have the same result in human brains. Nonetheless, this is a promising development that could yield results.
Check out the whole article at CNN.com