Thursday, May 12, 2011

Brain chemical memory link found

Memory maker

Scientists believe that periods of sleep called short-wave sleep are important for the consolidation of "memories" acquired during the day.

Just before going to bed, some of the volunteers were given a drug designed to increase levels of acetylcholine, which is a chemical neurotransmitter found in the brain and central nervous system.

The others were left with normal levels of acetylcholine.

In the middle of the night, they were re-tested on a list of words they had been asked to memorise the previous day.

Those with high acetylcholine levels did worse than those who had not been given the drug.

Researchers from a German University found that volunteers with boosted levels of acetylcholine performed less well in night-time memory tests.

The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is intriguing for experts interested in Alzheimer's disease.

A lack of the chemical is currently thought to play a role in the illness.

The small study at the University of Lubeck focuses on healthy young men - rather than older subjects or Alzheimer's patients.

The researchers wanted to test the relationship between levels of the brain chemical to their ability to lay down new memories during the night.

Alzheimer's question

While the aim of the study was primarily to test the mechanisms of memory storage, the authors said it might suggest ways of improving the treatment of some Alzheimer's patients.

Many take drugs that boost acetylcholine levels before going to bed because they will then sleep through any unpleasant side-effects.

However, the researchers wrote: "The finding implies that the administration of cholinesterase inhibitors before sleep in Alzheimer's patients should be reconsidered."

India brings luxury lifestyle title Robb

India brings luxury lifestyle title Robb; The new emerging destination of luxury .

India has witnessed the launch of its very own edition of Robb Report. The premiere issue of Robb Report India reached the country’s most affluent readers on 5th May, 2011. CurtCo Media, the publishers of Robb Report across China, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Spain, and Middle East has partnered with India Today Group to present the international luxury lifestyle in India.

Aimed at the country’s most wealthy individuals, India’s richest connoisseurs, gourmands, thrill seekers and treasure hunters can now turn to the pages of Robb Report India to discover how to spend their money on the finer things in life. From art, watches, yachts, private jets, wine, haute cuisine, travel, style and sport, Robb Report India will define elegance and distinction for India’s discerning luxury consumers.Robb Report India will focus on luxury goods and services offered both internationally and in India. It will be a guide to the best-in-class the world has to offer including some of the finest experiences and must-haves from the Indian subcontinent.

The 8th international edition, Robb Report India will match the exacting standards set by its cousins around the world.

“India is fast becoming a hub of luxury, with its growing clan of über-rich billionaires and booming businesses. For connoisseurs seeking the very best that life has to offer, Robb Report remains the essential luxury resource. We are therefore pleased to add Robb Report to our stable of market-leading brands, and to growing our relationship with the wealthiest homes in India.” said India Today Group Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, Aroon Purie.

Robb Report India will publish 12 issues every year and will be available only by invitation to a restricted list of readers. With an initial print run of 35,000 copies, the magazine will reach out to high net worth individuals and connoisseurs across India. The inaugural issue will showcase the products and services available from the most prestigious luxury brands around the globe, and will also provide its sophisticated readership with detailed insight into a range of these subjects, which include antique and luxury automobiles, yachts, real estate, destinations, exquisite real estate, private aircraft, fashion, fine jewellery and watches, art, wine, state-of-the-art home décor and much more.

Govind Dhar has been appointed as the Executive Editor of Robb Report India. Govind has extensive experience in the field of lifestyle luxury journalism and has lent his expertise to some of the most respected media houses and publications.

The Minister of Health, Joseph Yieleh Chireh, has emphasized the need for Ghanaians to live a healthy lifestyle

The Minister of Health, Joseph Yieleh Chireh, has emphasized the need for Ghanaians to live a healthy lifestyle ..
The Minister of Health, Joseph Yieleh Chireh, has emphasized the need for Ghanaians to live a healthy lifestyle in order to ensure universal healthcare in the country.

He said the country could achieve universal health service delivery and prevent deaths caused by preventable diseases such as cholera, malaria and diarrhea if Ghanaians lived a healthy life.

The minister made this call during the opening ceremony of a three-day national wellness and healthcare conference and exhibition held in Accra.

Speaking on the theme for the occasion, 'A Healthy Productive People Create a National Legacy of wealth', the minister noted that health service personnel would be more effective if they did not have to treat preventable and contagious diseases like cholera, malaria and diarrhea.

He said deaths which resulted from contagious diseases could be prevented if people lived a healthy lifestyle and ensured that their environment was clean.

'No matter the health facility, people will die if we do not take care of our bodies and environment,' he stated.

He said his ministry had been given the mandate to ensure that universal health care was made possible to everyone, hence a series of activities initiated by the ministry to achieve that aim.

'This we are doing by providing financial access to health services as well as training more health personnel to ensure they are skilled and available to everyone at all times,' he noted.

He further called on Ghanaians to take their life seriously by eating healthy foods and exercising as well as keeping their surroundings clean.

Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah, Chairman of the planning committee of the conference and exhibition, in his address, said solving the problem of quality healthcare delivery should be looked at wholly, as healthcare institutions alone could not solve the problem.

He said the conference was aimed at bringing other sectors together to deliberate on the issue of how to provide quality healthcare delivery to citizens in the country.

'As money is invested into education, job creation, environment, and building of infrastructure, we must also look at how much is needed for the provision of quality health care in the country so that sicknesses such as cholera and malaria can be eradicated from our communities,' he said.

Rev. Korankye Ankrah also expressed the need for the private sector and other government departments to collaborate in order to ensure that quality healthcare was provided.

'This is the reason we have all this personalities from the private sector to discuss the strategies we can take to ensure quality health delivery,' he said.

He observed that healthcare extended from homes to schools, offices, streets, gutters and to the hospital, inviting everyone to get involved in ensuring that communities are sanitary.