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Fish oil helps heal bedsores of patients

Fish oil, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, has been found to help lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation in the skin and joints, and promote healthy fetal development.

Now a Tel Aviv University researcher has revealed that it has a positive effect on bedsores, too.

A common problem in critically ill patients, bedsores result from constant pressure on the skin and underlying tissue due to prolonged sitting or lying down. Painful and prone to infection, the pressure ulcers need to be healed, said Prof. Pierre Singer of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine.

With Ph.D. candidate Miriam Theilla at the Rabin Medical Center, he designed a randomized experiment to determine the impact of dietary fish oil supplements on the bedsores of critically ill patients.

After a three week period of adding eight grams of fish oil to their patients’ daily diet, the researchers found not only a significant lessening of pain and discomfort from bedsores — a 20 to 25 percent improvement, according to the Pressure Ulcer Scale for Healing — but also a more efficient immune system and a reduction to inflammation throughout the body.

New Alzheimer’s drug ‘could stop disease early’

Scientists have conducted early tests on a new once-a-day Alzheimer’s pill with “encouraging” results, and they claim the drug could stop the disease in its tracks.
A small number of British sufferers with mild-to-moderate stage Alzheimer’s could get access to the drug, known as MK-8931, when the trial starts in the new year, The Telegraph reported.

Early tests indicate the drug could be remarkably effective at halting the biochemical process, known as the ‘amyloid cascade’, that causes the devastating brain disease.
Alzheimer’s results from a mass die-off of brain cells, linked to the build-up of structures between cells called amyloid plaques.

Researchers are increasingly convinced that the best way to attack Alzheimer’s is to stop the underlying disease before the plaques form in large numbers.
As a result they have started to look at agents which tackle the key ingredient of the plaques, a protein called beta amyloid.

In a pilot study of 200 healthy volunteers, drugs firm MSD showed that its agent MK-8931 reduced levels of beta amyloid in spinal fluid by 92 per cent.

Bluetooth sticker that will keep you from losing stuff

For those who are forever misplacing stuff like their keys, TV remote, wallet, cats and children, help is at hand in the form of a new invention that could make sure you can always locate these essential items - as long as you can find your phone.

A U.S. tech firm has come up with Bluetooth stickers that can be stuck to your valuables and then detected by a smartphone app to help you find them.
The app doesn’t merely set off a buzzer to help you locate them by ear but includes a radar-like function to help you find your way your valuable possessions.

About the size of a 10p piece, the Stick-N-Find stickers can attach via adhesive to valued possessions, pets or youngsters and send a low-energy Bluetooth signal with a range of about 100ft.

So far the team behind it have developed apps compatible with both iOS and Android devices with a range of features to help users track down their stickered-up possessions when they go missing.

The first function the app offers is a simple radar screen that approximates the distance - but not yet the location - of all the paired Stick-N-Find stickers in range.
Unfortunately the technology does not yet allow the app to determine which direction the lost items are in, so users have to start walking while watching the screen to see whether the device they are hunting for gets closer.

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