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It's Valentine's Day!!

Every February 14, across the United States and in many places around the world, loved ones exchange candy, flowers, gifts, and especially, cards, all in the name of St. Valentine.
The origins of Valentine's Day trace back to the ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia. Held on February 15, Lupercalia honored the gods Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.

In addition to a bountiful feast, Lupercalia festivities are purported to have included the pairing of young women and men. Men would draw women's names from a box, and each couple would be paired until next year's celebration.

While this pairing of couples set the tone for today's holiday, it wasn't called "Valentine's Day" until a priest named Valentine came along. Valentine, a romantic at heart, disobeyed Emperor Claudius II's decree that soldiers remain bachelors. Claudius handed down this decree believing that soldiers would be distracted and unable to concentrate on fighting if they were married or engaged. Valentine defied the emperor and secretly performed marriage ceremonies. As a result of his defiance, Valentine was put to death on February 14.

After Valentine's death, he was named a saint. As Christianity spread through Rome, the priests moved Lupercalia from February 15 to February 14 and renamed it St. Valentine's Day to honor Saint Valentine.

In This Issue

  • Finding Could Explain Age-Related Decline In Motor Function
  • Infections Impair The Brain's Ability To Make Spatial Memories
  • AstraZeneca Q4 Mixed, But Alzheimer's Drug Advances
  • Acupuncture Points To Alzheimer's Help
  • Alzheimer's Store Featured Product
  • Recipe Of The Week
  • Newsletter Promotions
  • Events Calendar
  • Trivia Questions

During the 1920s (also called "The Roaring 20s") jazz became very popular. Chicago became jazz capital and vocalists like Billie Holiday soon grabbed the spotlight. Songs from Broadway musicals were also very popular, especially songs by legendary composer Irving Berlin. If you listen closely to the love songs of this period, you'll notice that the lyrics are well-written and poem-like. One of the notable singers during this time was Ruth Etting, also known as "America's Sweetheart of Song."
"Always", an Irving Berlin song written in 1925 was sung by Bettye Avery in the 1942 film, Pride of the Yankees. "Always" was recorded by Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and other performers.

Ill be loving you always
With a love that's true always.
When the things youve planned
Need a helping hand,
I will understand always.

U.S. Greeting Cards Association estimates Valentine's Day is the second-most popular card-giving day of the year, only to Christmas.

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Finding Could Explain Age-Related Decline In Motor Function

(Source: Science Daily) - Scientists from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have found a clue as to why muscles weaken with age. In a study published today in The Journal of Neuroscience, they report the first evidence that "set points" in the nervous system are not inalterably determined during development but instead can be reset with age. They observed a change in set point that resulted in significantly diminished motor function in aging fruit flies.

The body has a set point for temperature (98.6 degrees), a set point for salt level in the blood, and other homeostatic (steady-state) set points that are important for maintaining stable functions throughout life," said study senior author Ben Eaton, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology at the Health Science Center. "Evidence also points to the existence of set points in the nervous system, but it has never been observed that they change, until now."

Dr. Eaton and lead author Rebekah Mahoney, a graduate student, recorded changes in the neuromuscular junction synapses of aging fruit flies. These synapses are spaces where neurons exchange electrical signals to enable motor functions such as walking and smiling. "We observed a change in the synapse, indicating that the homeostatic mechanism had adjusted to maintain a new set point in the older animal," Mahoney said.

AstraZeneca Q4 Mixed, But Alzheimer's Drug Advances

(Source: Investors Business Daily) - British drug giant AstraZeneca (AZN) issued a mixed Q4 report and guidance Thursday morning, knocking down the stock, though some on Wall Street took notice of the fact that it's advancing its Alzheimer's disease candidate to phase-three testing.

The company said Q4 revenue dropped 6% from the year-earlier quarter to $6.84 billion, missing analysts' consensus of $6.91 billion. Core EPS of $1.23 a share beat estimates by a penny, but was down 21% from the prior year.

Unlike some of its peers, AstraZeneca is still tumbling down the patent cliff, as blockbusters such as its heartburn drug Nexium and cholesterol buster Crestor are expected to face generic competition in the next few years. The company therefore guided for continued shrinkage in the coming year, with sales down in the low- to mid-single-digit range and EPS falling in the teens, on a constant-currency basis. It said 2017 revenue should be about the same as 2013, implying an upturn in growth by then.

One product that it hopes will fuel longer-term growth is AZD3293, an experimental treatment for Alzheimer's disease that the company said Thursday has moved into late-stage clinical testing. Alzheimer's is a common disease but there's currently no real treatment for it, leading analysts to think that whatever company makes a breakthrough could have a megablockbuster on its hands.

Infections Impair The Brain's Ability To Make Spatial Memories

(Source: Medical News Today) - Researchers in the UK have found that inflammation in the brain following an infection can adversely affect how spatial memories are formed.

This new study, which is published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, builds on existing research linking infections to decreased cognitive function.

Study leader Dr. Neil Harrison, from the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, says:

"We have known for some time that severe infections can lead to long-term cognitive impairment in the elderly. Infections are also a common trigger for acute decline in function in patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease."

Dr. Harrison and his team administered shots of either benign salty water or a typhoid vaccine to 20 healthy participants.

They used fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET) to scan the brains of the participants before and after the injection, measuring the inflammation occurring in the participants' brains.

(Source: HealthCMi) - Researchers find that acupuncture may help Alzheimer’s disease patients. The researchers note that their findings suggest that acupuncture improves memory and prevents degradation of brain tissue. They note “that EA (electroacupuncture) may be a promising treatment for AD (Alzheimer’s disease)” and “may improve cognitive function.”

The findings are a result of a controlled laboratory experiment on cognitively impaired mice with AD. The researchers measured improved cognition, improved brain cell repair and a reduction of brain pathological morphology as a result of electroacupuncture treatments. The results point to a possible treatment modality that may help Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Electroacupuncture reduces brain plaque proliferation associated with Alzheimer’s disease and concomitant dementia. The researchers identified the biochemical actions by which electroacupuncture exerts this therapeutic effect. Electroacupuncture decreases the formation of Aβ-42 deposits. These plaque deposits lead to neuron loss, memory impairment and dementia. Aβ1-42 deposits are cytotoxic and are a biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers discovered that electroacupuncture “was a feasible and effective way for lowering Aβ1-42 deposits….” This is important because Aβ antagonists help to restore memory lost due to Aβ deposits in the brain.

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Recipe Of The Week
Valentine's Day Treat...
- Recipe From Food Network/Barefoot Contessa

Brownie Tart


6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
3 1/4 cups (20 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
3 extra-large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (4 ounces) chopped walnuts
2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream


Grease and flour a 9-inch tart pan with removable sides. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt the butter in a bowl set over simmering water. Add 2 cups of the chocolate chips, remove from the heat, and stir until the chocolate melts. Set aside to cool completely.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, coffee, and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cooled chocolate. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, 1 cup of the chocolate chips, and the walnuts. Fold the flour mixture into the batter until just combined. Pour into the pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the center is puffed (the top may crack). The inside will still be very soft. Cool to room temperature before removing the sides of the tart pan.

Melt the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips with the heavy cream and drizzle on the tart.

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1. In what Shakespeare play is St. Valentine's Day mentioned?
2. Who invented the first Valentine's Day candy box in the late 1800s?
3. Who swore he would never shave again if Abraham Lincoln were elected President? (and he kept his word - growing his chin whiskers to a length of 12'6"!)

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