GLIMPSE OF LOVE

 

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Oh! My sweet lily.
Like saffron of hanging forest,
In flames of love, even rivers never wash away
The bond from skin to skin. Can I place
As seal upon my heart?

The unending desire of your loins
From pigeon holes of burning smells, we
Stick to glue, like watering dish and
Let me take you into the sky, the
Pleiades stars in Taurus constellation
Were the Orion dwells as inner being?

To feel the passion of clothed clouds
Wrapped in thick gloom,
So as to soar like falcons
Under my lotus tree, in poplars of hairy valleys.
When I wipe her tears with lasting kiss

And she pulled away!
By dreams and dreams
Of juicy canals
On my ribbon and
Rose flower bed.

Blood Test Could Predict Alzheimer’s. Good News?

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Stories about a new blood test that may detect Alzheimer’s disease three years before the onset of major symptoms has been making the rounds on most major news outlets.

The claim: Georgetown University scientists have pinpointed a parcel of 10 fats that, if present in an individual’s blood, can predict whether that individual will develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer’s disease within a few years. An analysis of the test’s effectiveness, conducted on 525 older individuals (with a minimum age if 70), found that the presence or absence of these fats in a person’s blood could determine, with 90 percent accuracy, whether or not that individual would experience some form of dementia in the future.

The presence of these particular fats appears to be indicative of membrane disintegration in neurons, which can lead to cognitive impairment due to brain cell death.

Study author Howard Federoff, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and executive vice president for health sciences at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) says the blood test has the potential to “change how patients, their families and treating physicians plan for and manage the disorder,” according to a GUMC statement.

The value of diagnosis, despite no cure

What makes this particular test so extraordinary, especially since science isn’t close to developing a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s disease?

Experts agree that the key to coming up with an effective Alzheimer’s cure or treatment is to figure out how to discover the disease earlier in its progression.

The problem is, most people often seek cognitive testing only after they start experiencing symptoms such as memory loss and confusion; when it may be too late to effectively intervene in the disease. But research has shown that telltale signs of Alzheimer’s—beta amyloid protein deposits and brain shrinkage—may show up decades in advance of a person actually showing concerning signs. “The preclinical (before symptoms start) state of the disease offers a window of opportunity for a timely disease-modifying intervention,” says Federoff.

Scans designed to spot plaque deposits and changes in brain size have already been developed, as well as a lumbar puncture test to identify potentially harmful proteins in a person’s spinal fluid. But Federoff and his team are the first to find an Alzheimer’s biomarker that can be detected via a simple blood test.

But biomarker analyses alone aren’t enough to make a confident Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Identifying the disease requires a series of tests, both biological and cognitive.

Even then, misdiagnoses are still common, as AgingCare Blogger and dementia patient, David Hilfiker, discusses in his article, “How is it Possible My Alzheimer’s Was Cured?”

Keeping Alzheimers advances in perspective

Federoff says he and his colleagues are currently in the process of developing a clinical trial where the blood test will be used to identify those at-risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease so that they can be given an experimental therapy aimed at delaying or preventing the ailment.

He admits that, while this latest discovery signifies an important step towards the goal of finding a cure and/or treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, it will likely be years before such a test can be used on a widespread scale.

What Women and Girls Should Know about HIV

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What if you had HIV and didn’t know it? According to the Office on Women’s Health, of the 1.1 million HIV-positive people in the United States, one in four is a woman over the age of 13. It is estimated that 27,000 of them don’t know it, so they aren’t being treated and are potentially transmitting the virus to others.

Women and girls who are HIV-positive need treatment, the goal of which is to reduce the level of virus to a low or undetectable level. Unfortunately, less than half of all HIV-positive women and girls are virally suppressed, but it doesn’t have to be that According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), there are 31 FDA-approved antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV. While not a cure, these medications can significantly suppress the virus. Because of improved treatment, people with HIV are living longer, healthier lives.

5 Steps to Reach Viral Suppression (very low or undetectable levels of HIV in the blood)

1. Don’t guess at your HIV status — get tested.

2. If you test positive for HIV, seek treatment without delay.

3. Keep your doctor appointments.

4. Continue with HIV-related care.

5. Take your medications as prescribed.

If you are HIV-positive, stay on your medications and take steps to prevent the spread of the virus to others.

How HIV Spreads

1. When blood, semen, vaginal fluid, anal mucus, or breast milk from an infected person enters your body.

2. When infected body fluids enter an open wound.

3. Sharing of intravenous needles for drugs, needles for tattoos, and tools for piercings with an infected person.

4. HIV can be spread from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. (Treatment during pregnancy can lower this risk, but won’t eliminate it entirely.)

The Top 5 Fat-Burning Fruits

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Are you trying to lose weight? Now you can have your fruit and your weight loss too. Most fruit contains excessive amount of natural sugars that quickly converts into fat when eaten in excess. There are some fruits that actually work to help burn fat. Adding more of these fruits to your diet can help with fat loss. While fruit has many natural healing compounds, sometimes its sugar content can be a problem for people interested in losing weight. However, some fruits actually help you to burn fat. Here are my picks for the Top 5 Fat-Burning Fruits:

Avocado: Loaded with healthy Omega 9 fatty acids (the same fats found in olive oil, olives, and macadamia nuts), avocados speed the conversion of fat into energy and boost the rate of metabolism.

Coconut: Coconut is rich with medium chain triglycerides (MCFAs) which increase the liver’s rate of metabolism by up to 30 percent, according to some experts. They also help keep you full so you’re less likely to snack on junk food. Coconut oil frequently aids the functioning of the thyroid gland. Coconut oil, coconut milk (not the low fat variety), coconut flour, and shredded (unsweetened) coconut all contain MCFAs.

Lemons: Excellent liver detoxifiers, lemons also alkalize our body. They may seem acidic based on taste but in the process of being metabolized by the body, they actually alkalize our bodily fluids and tissues. Maintaining the health of the liver is also imperative to the body’s ability to digest and burn fat, since the liver is one of the organs responsible for these functions.

Grapefruit: Many studies confirm that grapefruit is an excellent weight loss food. In one study at Johns Hopkins University, women who eat grapefruit daily shed almost 20 pounds on average in only 13 weeks, without changing anything else in their diet or lifestyle.

Tomatoes: Packed with vitamin C and the phytochemical lycopene, tomatoes stimulate the production of the amino acid known as carnitine. Research has shown carnitine helps speed the body’s fat-burning capacity by one third.

How to Benefit:

It’s easy to reap the weight loss rewards of these fruits. Use full-fat coconut milk and oil in curries, smoothies, or baking. Try my Super Fat-Busting Green Tea Lemonade as a great way to reap the benefits of lemons. Enjoy a grapefruit for breakfast or as a snack instead of something sweet. Make your own fresh salsa or add tomatoes to soups, stews, salads, or curries. Make fresh guacamole with minced onion, garlic, lemon juice, and chopped tomato and cilantro.

Super Health Bonus:

Not only will these fruits help with weight loss, they have plenty of other health benefits too. Avocado helps prevent heart disease. Coconuts help prevent cancer. Grapefruit gives the liver a boost. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that studies show cuts the risk of heart disease by 29 percent.

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