October 29, 2014
White House hacked and you will be too
The Washington Post reports that computers at the White House were hacked recently by people possibly working for the Russian government.
According to the report, which is based on information from unnamed sources, security officials were able to contain the breaches relatively quickly, and that no classified networks were compromised. The NSA and FBI are investigating the attack, which we only found out about thanks to information from an "ally."
"How does an ally figure that out?" Ben FitzGerald, with the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C. said. "What were they monitoring that we weren't?"
Scott Johnson at PowerLine reports
the computer network within the Executive Office of the President has been down for close to a week, and staff throughout the various components still lack basic access to their files (though many are now able to access e-mail and the Internet). He advises that EOP staff have been told not to say anything about the situation to anyone.
Our source Describing the problem as a “major data loss,” he believes that repair is expected to take weeks. From what he understands, this is a serious problem. He asserts: “We are potentially talking OMB, USTR, ONDCP, OPM, and the White House itself(!). Top-line executive deliberations. Gone. Stolen? No idea.”
In his most recent message, our source reports: EOP employees told to think very carefully about what personal information might have been located on their computers – still “weeks away” from a fix.
Federal officials warned companies Monday that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records over the past 12 months, essentially breaking into banks without ever entering a building.
"We're in a day when a person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement," said Robert Anderson, executive assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch.
The U.S. financial sector is one of the most targeted in the world, FBI and Secret Service officials told business leaders at a cybersecurity event organized by the Financial Services Roundtable. The event came in the wake of mass hacking attacks against Target, Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions.
"You're going to be hacked," Joseph Demarest, assistant director of the FBI's cyberdivision, told the business leaders. "Have a plan."
His advice was directed to the banks, but it's just as applicable to you. What are you doing to protect yourself?
Flu Shots Not Effective for the Elderly
Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After All Sharyl Attkinson
An important and definitive “mainstream” government study done nearly a decade ago got little attention because the science came down on the wrong side. It found that after decades and billions of dollars spent promoting flu shots for the elderly, the mass vaccination program did not result in saving lives. In fact, the death rate among the elderly increased substantially.
So the NIH launched an effort to do “the” definitive study that would actually prove, for the first time, once and for all, that flu shots were beneficial to the elderly. The government would gather some of the brightest scientific minds for the research, and adjust for all kinds of factors that could be masking that presumed benefit.
But when they finished, no matter how they crunched the numbers, the data kept telling the same story: flu shots were of no benefit to the elderly. Quite the opposite. The death rate had increased markedly since widespread flu vaccination among older Americans. The scientists finally had to acknowledge that decades of public health thought had been mistaken.
A glass of win, a cup of cocoa will help your memory
Older people who consume between one and six alcoholic drinks a week have a 'significantly' better ability to recall memories Moderate alcohol consumption - up to two alcohol beverages a day – amongst the over 60s was found to preserve the region of the brain responsible for memory and cognition.
Scientists find that elderly people who had consumed higher volumes of cocoa bean flavanols performed better in a cognitive task
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Centre in the United States, who conducted the new study, said it provided the first direct evidence that one component of age-related memory decline in humans is caused by changes in a specific region of the brain and that this form of memory decline can be improved by a dietary intervention.
Scott A. Small, one of the paper’s authors, said: "If a participant had the memory of a typical 60-year-old at the beginning of the study, after three months that person on average had the memory of a typical 30 or 40-year-old."
The findings still needed to be replicated in a larger study, he added. Dementia charities offered a cautious welcome to the results, which were published in Nature Neuroscience, but agreed more research was needed.
A blood test being developed by a group of Australian scientists could predict Alzheimer's disease two decades before patients show signs of the illness. University of Melbourne researchers, who discovered the test, previously helped identify changes in the brain happened 20 years before people started presenting symptoms of the disease, which can be detected by performing brain-imaging procedures.
The blood test would have a 91 per cent rate of accuracy in predicting Alzheimer's and could be available within five years as further testing is yet to be carried out.
Initial research carried out on a trial group resulted in one of five participants positive for the disease despite having no memory loss. Further tests carried out using brain-imaging procedures showed these patients had signs of degeneration associated with Alzheimer's.
October 28, 2014
There's more political discrimination than racial discrimination
David Brooks has an excellent column on Why Partyism Is Wrong
The best recent research suggests that there’s more political discrimination than there is racial discrimination. ….Polling data captured the same phenomenon. In 1960, roughly 5 percent of Republicans and Democrats said they’d be “displeased” if their child married someone from the other party. By 2010, 49 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of Democrats said they would mind.
…..these studies are measuring something different. People’s essential worth is being measured by a political label: whether they should be hired, married, trusted or discriminated against.
The broad social phenomenon is that as personal life is being de-moralized, political life is being hyper-moralized. People are less judgmental about different lifestyles, but they are more judgmental about policy labels.
The features of the hyper-moralized mind-set are all around. More people are building their communal and social identities around political labels. Your political label becomes the prerequisite for membership in your social set.
Politics becomes a marker for basic decency. Those who are not members of the right party are deemed to lack basic compassion, or basic loyalty to country.
The problem is that hyper-moralization destroys politics. Most of the time, politics is a battle between competing interests or an attempt to balance partial truths. But in this fervent state, it turns into a Manichaean struggle of light and darkness. To compromise is to betray your very identity. When schools, community groups and workplaces get defined by political membership, when speakers get disinvited from campus because they are beyond the pale, then every community gets dumber because they can’t reap the benefits of diverging viewpoints and competing thought.
This mentality also ruins human interaction. There is a tremendous variety of human beings within each political party. To judge human beings on political labels is to deny and ignore what is most important about them. It is to profoundly devalue them. That is the core sin of prejudice, whether it is racism or partyism.
The personal is not political. If you’re judging a potential daughter-in-law on political grounds, your values are out of whack.
A current example: Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep Debbie Wasserman confirmed that the Democratic campaign message for the midterms is that Republicans are scarier than Ebola and ISIS.
October 25, 2014
Americans deserve better than this Americans deserve better than this
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a draft proposal this month, seeking a vendor to produce the paperwork that authorizes illegal immigrants to live and work in the United States. The White House is preparing to issue an immigration-related executive order after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
According to that online solicitation, the agency will look for a company that can produce a minimum 4 million cards per year for five years, and 9 million in the early stages.
70 percent of immigrant families the Obama administration had released into the U.S. never showed up weeks later for follow up appointments.
Some of the illegal immigrants who have been granted President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status have registered to vote according to a recent computer check in North Carolina
The United States currently admits about 1 million legal permanent immigrants every year,[more than any other nation in the world.
Illegal immigrant murderers, drug traffickers and sex attackers among 2,200 released from holding centers despite Obama administration’s claim they were ‘low-risk offenders’ The inspector general report noted that at least 600 of the immigrants who were released were criminals,
Public Health: A disease that was once rare in the U.S. is killing Americans, and its rise coincides with the tidal wave of unaccompanied minor children arriving from Latin America under our de facto open-border policy.
In 36 years only 26 cases of enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) were reported.
The CDC website reports that from mid-August to Oct. 10, the CDC itself or state authorities confirmed that 691 people in 46 states and the District of Columbia had come down with some sort of respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Five children, including Eli, died from their infections.
More than a few observers have noticed that the sudden increase in EV-D68 cases coincides with the rapid rise of unaccompanied minors crossing our porous border. These children, often without proper health screenings, have been distributed throughout the U.S.
"Most of the border minors are being kept in overcrowded facilities ridden with poor hygiene," Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, a preventive medicine specialist, told Breitbart News this summer, as the border flood escalated. "This is the ideal condition for a viral outbreak."
The dispersal of illegal aliens, including unaccompanied minors, throughout the U.S. without proper medical screening is an appalling dereliction of duty by a president and an administration sworn to protect the health and safety of American citizens.
Measles, respiratory illness, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases continue as a prime concern for the millions of Americans conflicted about the perpetual arrivals of illegal immigrants pouring into the country.
Hospitals throughout America are reporting record breaking numbers as their emergency rooms are overwhelmed beyond capacity. Figures as of October 20, 2014 show the largest reported cases of these mystery illnesses included over 4,300 children at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In just one day 540 children visited the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and 340 cases were reported by a Mobile, Alabama children’s hospital. Many hospitals have ceased admitting children temporarily as they determine ways to deal with the outbreaks.
Thousands of these illegal children have been placed into public schools, seen in hospitals, and are receiving medical care, without meeting normal immunization requirements that American children are expected to have.
At the link is a state by state report
Peggy Noonan Who Do They Think We Are? The administration’s Ebola evasions reveal its disdain for the American people.
TThe administration’s handling of the Ebola crisis continues to be marked by double talk, runaround and gobbledygook. And its logic is worse than its language. In many of its actions, especially its public pronouncements, the government is functioning not as a soother of public anxiety but the cause of it.
But again, who do they think we are? You gather they see us as poor, panic-stricken people who want a travel ban because we’re beside ourselves with fear and loathing. Instead of practical, realistic people who are way ahead of our government.
October 24, 2014
Fast and Furious: Recap and Revealations
Federal agency sold guns to Mexican drug cartels in Operation Fast and Furious - When the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) purposely allowed licensed firearm dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers who bought about 2000. presumably to track the guns to Mexican drug cartels notwithstanding strong objections by the firearms dealers and ATF field agents who were not allowed to arrest the straw buyers. Only 700 have been recovered; the rest are in the hands of the drug cartels. At least one and possibly two U.S. border agents were murdered and more than 200 Mexicans were killed with the guns that walked.
AG Holder testified to Congress that he knew nothing about the gun-walking, but the Department of Justice refused to hand over any documents.
On June 28, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt by the House of Representatives over his refusal to turn over records explaining why the Obama administration may have lied to Congress and refused for months to disclose the truth about the gun running operation. It marked the first time in U.S. history that a sitting Attorney General was held in contempt of Congress.
Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit on September 12, 2012 for a list of the documents withheld under claim of executive privilege. After 2 years of delay, Judge john Bates of the federal district court issued a "smack-down order" on September 23rd to the Department of Justice to produce the "Vaughn index" by October 23rd. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation two days later on September 25.
With only 3 hours and 26 minutes left to comply with the court order the Department of Justice finally released the 1,307 page “Vaughn index” which is being used to hide 15,662 pages of Fast and Furious documents ……
The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious scandal. Notably, the document discloses that emails between Attorney General Holder and his wife Sharon Malone – as well as his mother – are being withheld under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act. The “First Lady of the Justice Department” is a physician and not a government employee.
Bringing House Calls Back with UberHEALTH
From AEI ideas, a recurring feature called Markets in Everything
Now there’s an Uber for flu shots. Today the ride-sharing service announced a one-day UberHEALTH pilot program in partnership with Harvard Medical School to deliver free flu shots on-demand. From 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. today Uber drivers delivered a registered nurse to customers anywhere within the three test cities of New York, Boston, and Washington.
This is one more reason Big Taxi is doomed — Uber is running circles around them with cutting-edge innovation and the constant introduction of new services – services that Big Taxi, which has been around for more than half a century, would never in a million years think of offering!
October 23, 2014
"Of all the questions in the liberal west, none is more forbidden to ask than why you are alive." "
Richard Fernandez in The Strong Hearse on why young teenage girls and boys are joining ISIS.
The liberal ideology is a very old and empty idea that is continuously undergoing cosmetic surgery to look young. Liberalism isn’t Western culture, but its corpse. Our institutions without the animating spirit are but a coffin containing the expiring remains of a once great civilization. The box is painted in bright colors, but the young have looked inside it and seen what it contains: a demographically dying, self-hating and ultimately amoral culture that’s ready for its ghastly closeup.
And for want of an alternative to this corpse they go to the only flag permitted to fly by the corpse itself: ISIS. Too many people are looking at the offerings of decadence and theocracy and tossing the coin . It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The left believed it would be safe from rivals. It feared Judaism and Christianity, but did not fear Islam, thinking it too hideous to compete. Maybe it should reconsider.
Alduous Huxley understood that not everyone would buy into the Brave New World of the left. For all too many, the Obamacare and Obamaphones and Kim Kardashian diet won’t be enough. History shows the young always demand to know why men live and die. Snarky answers from Lena Dunham aren’t good enough any more. And of all the questions in the liberal west, none is more forbidden to ask than why you are alive. As Huxley pointed out, in the perfect future, which is our present, God will be pornography.
When we locked up the sacred writing of our civilization in a safe labeled ‘hate speech’; when we made it shameful to fly the flag, wear the uniform, or bow your head to something greater than the Great Leader what did we think we would get? We got ISIS.
The Left believed they could abolish the transcendent without understanding that this process risked abolishing man. The Great Narrative strove to make man merely an animal, and in its stead they got a monster.
This makes me hopping mad
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) just released Wastebook 2014, his annual list of the most wasteful government projects during 2014. He calls it "What Washington Doesn't Want You to Read" -
“With no one watching over the vast bureaucracy, the problem is not just what Washington isn’t doing, but what it is doing.” Dr. Coburn said. “Only someone with too much of someone else’s money and not enough accountability for how it was being spent could come up some of these projects.”
Congress actually forced federal agencies to waste billions of dollars for purely parochial, political purposes.
For example, lawmakers attached a rider to a larger bill requiring NASA to build a $350 million launch pad tower, which was mothballed as soon as it was completed because the rockets it was designed to test were scrapped years ago. Similarly, when USDA attempted to close an unneeded sheep research station costing nearly $2 million every year to operate, politicians in the region stepped in to keep it open.
Examples of wasteful spending highlighted in “Wastebook 2014” include:
Coast guard party patrols – $100,000
Watching grass grow – $10,000
State department tweets @ terrorists – $3 million
Swedish massages for rabbits – $387,000
Paid vacations for bureaucrats gone wild – $20 million
Mountain lions on a treadmill – $856,000
Synchronized swimming for sea monkeys – $50,000
Pentagon to destroy $16 billion in unused ammunition -- $1 billion
Scientists hope monkey gambling unlocks secrets of free will –$171,000
Rich and famous rent out their luxury pads tax free – $10 million
Studying “hangry” spouses stabbing voodoo dolls – $331,000
Promoting U.S. culture around the globe with nose flutists – $90 million
Take a look at the table of contents of the full report . I guarantee you will be as infuriated as I am.
What makes me so made is that the federal government is incompetent at doing what it's supposed to do,
yet it spends all this money on nonsense and no one is ever held incompetent
Health Roundup: Paralysis and stem cells, pill for alcoholics, Parkinson's drugs side effects, Ketamine for depression or eat 8 a day
The pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. The treatment, a world first, was carried out by surgeons in Poland in collaboration with scientists in London.
Darek Fidyka, 40, from Poland, was paralyzed after being stabbed repeatedly in the back in the 2010 attack. He said walking again - with the support of a frame - was "an incredible feeling", adding: "When you can't feel almost half your body, you are helpless, but when it starts coming back it's like you were born again."
Prof Geoff Raisman, chair of neural regeneration at University College London's Institute of Neurology, led the UK research team. He said what had been achieved was "more impressive than man walking on the moon".
The key, says Wim van den Brink,a spirited Dutch psychiatrist who co-founded the Amsterdam Institute for Addiction Research, is a pill to curb drinking. The drug, nalmefene, acts as an alcohol antagonist; it binds to opiate receptors in the brain and reduces the rush of pleasure associated with alcohol. (It has also been tested, with less success, to treat compulsive gambling.) In one double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, sponsored by Lundbeck A/S, a Danish pharmaceutical company that manufacturers nalmafene, van den Brink and his colleagues studied 604 people who took the drug.
Over six months, they found that those taking the drug reduced the number of heavy drinking days from 19 to eight per month, and effectively cut overall drinking by two-thirds. Van den Brink admits there was also a profound reduction in consumption in the placebo group, which nearly halved daily drinking—but the effects were amplified with the nalmefene tablet, to the equivalent of drinking a large glass of wine instead of an entire bottle. ….The drug, sold as Selincro, is available in Europe. In August, a clinical trial began enrolling patients for a U.S. study.
Nalmefene (Selincro) is the first drug approved anywhere for the reduction of alcohol consumption. It’s also taken “as needed,” so it puts the patient in control.
Pay close attention if someone you know and love is taking drugs for Parkinson's. Drugs for Parkinson's disease can turn patients into gamblers, sex addicts and compulsive shoppers
Parkinson’s is a degenerative condition that occurs when nerve cells in the brain die, causing a lack of the chemical dopamine. This, in turn, interferes with movement and co-ordination.
The disease is incurable - the aim of treatment is to alleviate the symptoms. There are two types of medication: ‘levodopa’ drugs, used since the Sixties, and ‘dopamine agonists’, introduced 12 years ago.
Both attempt to replace the missing dopamine, but the levodopa group restores it artificially, while dopamine agonists mimic its role by stimulating nerve cells.
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation says in one earlier study, dopamine agonists were linked with compulsive behaviours in up to 14 percent of patients….Dopamine agonist drugs were 277 times more likely to result in a report of specific impulse control symptoms than other drugs
A study by The University of Queensland found that eight or more portions of fruit and vegetables drastically improves mental wellbeing. Dr Redzo Mujcic collected data from 12,000 Australians.
It found that eight fruits and vegetables each a day is ideal. Less than 10 per cent of Australians are eating this amount. The study found that fruit has a larger impact on mental health than vegetables and women experience the benefit more than men.
There are many faces to depression: sadness, hopelessness, trouble sleeping, lack of motivation, an inability to experience pleasure. That last one has a medical name—anhedonia—and people experiencing it often no longer enjoy activities that used to bring happiness. Anhedonia is not found just in depression; it can be an important part of other disorders, including schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and addiction.
In a study published this month in Translational Psychiatry, researchers have found that a drug called ketamine can help quickly reverse anhedonia in patients with treatment-resistant bipolar depression (also known as manic-depression or bipolar disorder).
Ketamine has previously been shown to help rapidly reverse other aspects of depression in a number of studies; doctors use the drug to treat patients at several hospitals around the country, although it remains illegal to possess without a prescription and hasn’t yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for psychiatric purposes. On the party drug circuit it’s sometimes called “Special K” and is abused for its anaesthetic and hallucinogenic effects.
The researchers found that a single injection of ketamine led to a significant improvement in normal pleasure-seeking behavior in as little as 40 minutes, and this dramatic improvement lasted as long as two weeks for some of the 36 participants.
The Internet of Things Can Lower Cost of Eldercare The Silver Economy in the Financial Times:
Lively, a US-based company, sticks sensors on everything from medications to food and drink to learn an older person’s routine, sending alerts at any abnormalities to an app on the carer or child’s phone.
As the cost of care rises, Lively is being used by some care companies as a “last mile solution”, charging $40-$45 a week to wrap services and monitoring around the system, on top of the $25 a month Lively costs, he said.
“It is about a tenth of the price of full home care, “ Mr Fanlo said. “Care providers can look after many many more families than they did before by using technology. It is a smart and intelligent way to use human resources.”
And it mentions Jibo, the first family robot developed at MIT and now being crowdfunded as a device to care for the elderly.
October 22, 2014
Our Cyborg Future
1. Implantable smartphones
2. Healing chips
3. Cyber pills that talk to your doctor
4. Implantable birth control - The Gates Foundation is supporting an MIT project to create an implantable female compu-contraceptive controlled by an external remote control. The tiny chip generates small amounts of contraceptive hormone from within the woman's body for up to 16 years.
5. Smart tattoos
6. Brain-computer interface
7. Meltable bio-batteries
8. Smart dust -arrays of full computers with antennas, each much smaller than a grain of sand, that can organize themselves inside the body into as-needed networks to power a whole range of complex internal processes.
9. The verified self - could be used to ID every single human being,
In the London Telegraph, Arthur House explores The Real Cyborgs The pioneers of our “post-human” future are implanting technology in to their bodies and brains. Should we stop them or join them?
1. Brain implants augment memory and provide access to the internet
2. Wearable exoskeleton boosts strength and endurance
3. Internet-connected spinal implant stimulates genitals for long-distance sex
4. Interchangeble limbs match capabilities to tasks
5. Access-control chips replace keys and passwords
When he lost his right eye in a shotgun accident in 2005, the Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence replaced it with a wireless video camera that transmits what he’s seeing in real time to his computer.
The US military is pouring millions of dollars into projects such as Ekso Bionics’ Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC), an ‘Iron Man’-style wearable exoskeleton that gives soldiers superhuman strength. Its Defense Advanced Research Projects Association (Darpa) is also working on thought-controlled killer robots, “thought helmets” to enable telepathic communication and brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) to give soldiers extra senses, such as night vision and the ability to “see” magnetic fields caused by landmines.
Every technological advance brings mixed blessings.
October 16, 2014
Health Roundup: Poop pills, cancer blood test, fruit juice, 5 a day, broccoli, ibuprofen
Fecal transplants made easier with A Promising Pill, Not So Hard to Swallow developed at MGH. Already called the 'poop pill'.
Their study was small and preliminary, but results were striking: 19 of 20 patients with C. difficile infections were cured of diarrhea and related symptoms. Most saw improvements after one two-day round of pills, the rest after two or three rounds, said Dr. Ilan Youngster, the lead investigator….
The patients, 11 to 89 years old, had each experienced at least two episodes of C. difficile that antibiotics had failed to control. After one round of dosing (two days, 15 capsules per day), diarrhea cleared up in 14 patients. Five others, sicker than the rest beforehand, responded after a second two-day dosing about a week later.
The Miroculus technology is based on microRNA, a class of small molecules that can act as a type of biological warning sign, appearing and disappearing based on what is happening in our bodies at that moment. As a result, they’ve become effective indicators of diseases—including cancer—ever since they were first discovered in 1993. They can reveal not just whether a person may have cancer, but what specific type of cancer that person might have.
A daily glass of fruit juice leads to people having significantly higher central blood pressure - which can increase the risk of problems such as a heart attack or angina as Australian scientists have discovered….
Study author, Dr Matthew Pase said their findings were important because 'there is a common perception that fruit juice is healthy. Although juices may have essential vitamins, they commonly contain high amounts of sugar with negligible fibre. …..An 8 oz glass of fruit juice contains 7 tsp of sugar. The WHO recommends people have no more that 6 tsp a day.
On the other hand, eating five servings of fruit and vegetables will not only enhance your mental well-being, it will enhance your creative brain power. Fruit, the thinking man's food.
The chemical - suforaphane- that gives broccoli its distinctive bitter taste made teenagers and young men with autism calmer and more sociable, a study found.
‘Remarkable’ improvements were seen in as little as four weeks and by the end of the study, some of those given a capsule a day felt able to look the researchers in the eye and shake their hand. The finding suggests it may be possible to create a pill that gets to the root of autism for the first time.
Existing drugs simply control symptoms such as aggression, hyperactivity or sleep problems, but do not address the underlying cause of the condition. Researcher Dr Paul Talalay, a professor of pharmacology in the US who has spent the last 25 years researching nature’s medicine cabinet, said: ‘It was a small study but the effects were very, very large.
We believe that this may be preliminary evidence for the first treatment for autism that improves symptoms by apparently correcting some underlying cellular mechanisms.’British experts described the research as ‘intriguing’ but said it is simply too early to say if broccoli is beneficial in autism.
The research, from the respected MassGen Hospital for Children and Johns Hopkins University, both in Boston, comes amid concern about rising rates of autism.
Research has already established that the inevitable inflammation that comes with aging is linked to such conditions as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Researchers found lungs become more inflammatory with age and that Ibuprofen can lower that inflammation.Old mice on ibuprofen were able to fight the disease like young mice