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Science and Health Discoveries in 2015 That Promise Great Change

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The explanation may lay in how the body compensates for aging muscles.

According to the lead author of the study, Geoff Power, “there are many structural ways to compensate for the reduced performance at the fiber level to maintain performance at the whole muscle level.” (7)

Staying in top physical shape keeps muscles strong despite the inevitable decline in quality that comes with advancing years. It appears that you can find the fountain of youth if you run to it.

7) The Link Between Inflammation and Depression

A study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry reviewed 200 existing studies linking depression and inflammation. Already known to be linked to numerous health issues including cancer and diabetes, chronic inflammation also plays a role in mental illness.

Blood concentrations of two inflammatory markers, CRP and IL-6, were elevated by up to 50 percent in patients with depression. (8)

The study found that inflammation-related depression is resistant to traditional therapy. Meditation, a healthy lifestyle, low stress levels, regular sleep, and good diet work together to keep inflammation in check. (8)

8) Polio Virus Cures Brain Cancer

The most exciting breakthrough in 2015 involves a virus that was killing and disabling millions only 50 years ago. When genetically re-engineered, the polio virus has been shown to cure brain tumors. (9)

Glioblastomas have heretofore been a death sentence. Cancers are lethal because they are invisible to the human immune system.

Dr. Matthias Gromeier at Duke explained to 60 Minutes that cancer’s invisibility cloak “... is precisely what we try to reverse with our virus. So by infecting the tumor, we are actually removing this protective shield. And ... enabling the immune system to come in and attack.” (9)

When injected into brain tumors of human patients, a genetically engineered polio virus, PVS-RIPO, has been shown to poison cancer cells. Clinical trials have been successful, and researchers plan to investigate the use of PVS-RIPO in treating other cancers. (9)

In the meantime, the treatment awaits approval from the FDA.

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