Why wounds heal more slowly with age

Older bodies need longer to mend. Yet until now, researchers have not been able to tease out what age-related changes hinder the body's ability to repair itself.

Recent experiments explored this physiological puzzle by examining molecular changes in aging mouse skin. The results, delineate a new aspect of how the body heals wounds.

"Within days of an injury, skin cells migrate in and close the wound, a process that requires coordination with nearby immune cells. Our experiments have shown that, with aging, disruptions to communication between skin cells and their immune cells slow down this step," says Elaine Fuchs.

"This discovery suggests new approaches to developing treatments that could speed healing among older people," adds Fuchs.

Breast cancer 'more often advanced' in black women

Black women in England are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with advanced breast cancer as white women, according to a new analysis by Cancer Research UK and Public Health England.
Late-stage disease is found in about 25% of black African and 22% of black Caribbean breast cancer patients, according to BBC.
In white breast cancer patients, the figure is 13%.
Experts say there are many reasons for this. Vital ones to change are low awareness of symptoms and screening.

Antibiotic restores cell communication in brain areas damaged by Alzheimer's-like disease in mice

New research has found a way to partially restore brain cell communication around areas damaged by plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease according to Science daily.

The findings, demonstrate a possible target and a potential drug treatment to reduce damage to the brain that occurs in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Using Ceftriaxone, an FDA-approved antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, researchers were able to reduce synaptic disruption and clear the lines of neuronal communication in mice.

Drink to your health? Alcohol may prevent stroke & cardiovascular disease

Those who enjoy raising a glass after a hard day's work may now be justified. A new study has found that consuming a moderate amount of beer or spirits each day could help reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

The study, conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University and presented at the latest meeting of the American Heart Association, examined more than 80,000 healthy Chinese adults over a period of six years, according to RT.

Children who don't eat fruit and vegetables are more at risk of asthma

Having plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet could prevent you from developing asthma, scientists claim according to Daily mail.

Children living in an area with a lack of healthy options are more at risk of having the common condition, new research suggests.

Nutrient rich foods help ward off the condition by boosting the immune system, it is believed.

Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties in both adults and children.