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Check elderly twice a day during high heat

(UPI) The elderly need to be watched closely and checked at least twice a day during hot, humid weather, U.S. researchers advise…
The elderly are also more at risk during high heat because of their fitness and function level, the number of chronic conditions they have and the number of medications they are taking, [Dr. Richard] Allman says.
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Lifelong Gap in Health Between Rich and Poor Set by Age 20, Canadian Study Finds

(Science Daily) Canadians who are less educated and have a lower income start out less healthy than their wealthier and better-educated compatriots, and remain so over the course of their lives, according to a new study…
"Poorer Canadians are in poorer health and they have lower life expectancy than their more affluent counterparts, and by age 20 the pattern for health-related quality of life as people age is already fixed."
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Weight training can stem muscle loss

(UPI) Men and women lose 30 percent of their muscle strength from ages 50-70 but German researchers say weight training counteracts this muscular loss…
The study … finds regular strength, or resistance, training increased muscle strength and reduced muscular atrophy, and that tendons and bones adapt too. These successes in turn had a preventive effect in terms of avoiding falls and injuries.
In addition, greater, progressive intensities of training yielded greater effects than moderate and low intensities, the study finds.
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Cut 248 Calories with a Schedule Switch

(RealAge.com) [R]esearch suggests that people who turn in a little earlier typically eat about 248 fewer calories per day compared with night owls.
In a study, people with later bedtimes not only ate more calories later at night compared with the early-to-bed folks, but the night owls also tended to be heavier. In addition, the people with later bedtimes were drawn more often to poor food choices. They ate twice the junk food as the early-to-bed crowd and ate half the fruits and vegetables. Researchers think that a late sleep-wake cycle may encourage the packing on of pounds because it throws the body out of its natural circadian rhythm of sleeping at night and eating during the day, when bodies are more active. Doing the opposite -- eating at night and sleeping more during the day -- may boost weight gain by altering appetite, eating behavior, and metabolism…
Although the daily 248 calorie difference was not a huge number, researchers figure that it could amount to about 2 pounds of weight gain a month if it's not countered by an equal amount of calorie-burning.
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Salmon with Hoisin Glaze
Serve a piping hot dinner straight from the oven. This five-ingredient recipe marinates for eight minutes then cooks for eight minutes and is guaranteed to please. Enjoy garlicky-spicy snow peas on the side.
Couscous, Lentil & Arugula Salad with Garlic-Dijon Vinaigrette
This hearty combination of whole-wheat couscous and lentils perched atop a lightly dressed bed of arugula makes a tasty vegetarian main-course salad. The lemony vinaigrette is especially good for bringing out the spicy notes of the arugula.
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3 Reasons to Eat Cantaloupe

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) Cantaloupe is a thick-skinned fruit with an outer layer that resembles a net. In peak harvest season during June, July and August, cantaloupe provides a refreshing, sweet and hearty treat, perfect for fruit salads and smoothies. A member of the same family as pumpkin, squash and cucumber, cantaloupe is:
·         An excellent source of beta-carotene
·         A good source of vitamin C
·         A relatively low-calorie food
Overall, it's a satisfying way to get your vitamins during the summer months. (Diabetics should eat cantaloupe in moderation, as it falls in the medium range of the glycemic index.)
You can identify a ripe cantaloupe by pressing your finger into the stem end - a gentle yielding indicates ripeness, as does a distinctive, sweet aroma of cantaloupe flesh.
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Flex Your Arteries with This Summer Fruit

(RealAge.com) Keep your arteries healthy, flexible, and clog-free by tossing a handful of sweet, juicy blueberries into your morning yogurt cup…
In a recent study of animals that were at high risk of artery lesions, eating a blueberry-supplemented diet appeared to have a very protective effect. The blueberry-fed animals experienced smaller arterial-wall lesions compared with the animals on a blueberry-free diet. In fact, arterial-wall lesions were anywhere from 40 to 60 percent smaller in the blueberry-fed subjects.
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Top 8 Snacks for Blood Sugar Control

(RealAge.com) Concerned about blood sugar control? Wondering what snacks do the least damage? We've got eight healthy choices that happen to be delicious, too.
Nuts are high in protein, fiber, and unsaturated fat, which means they're not only nutritious but slowly digested, too. And research suggests that nuts also may boost insulin sensitivity… Even better, though? A new study shows that … regular consumption of walnuts seemed to improve endothelial function in people with diabetes…
Whole-Grain Crackers
The fiber in whole-grain crackers slows digestion and leads to a steadier release of blood sugar…
The fiber in legumes may be even better for your blood sugar than the fiber in whole-grain crackers…
If you have diabetes, you can't go wrong with avocado because of the high-fiber and healthy-fat content -- both of which have a steadying effect on blood sugar. Avocados are also loaded with potassium, a mineral that aids nerve function…
[Baked] Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes may actually help stabilize blood sugar and lower insulin resistance…
Apple and Pear Slices
[Y]our blood sugar will be best served if you opt for fruits that are high in fiber, like apples and pears. Thanks to the fiber, they'll fill you up without sending your blood sugar soaring…
The calcium and vitamin D combo in yogurt may help prevent insulin resistance… And the calcium in dairy foods like yogurt may hinder the absorption of fat from the small intestine and stymie the birth of new fat cells -- good news for your waistline…
Low-fat microwave popcorn [is] packed with slowly digested whole-grain fiber as well as disease-thwarting antioxidants, making it perfect for people concerned about blood sugar and diabetes.
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Bread Buying Tips

(SouthBeachDiet.com) Go for whole-grain varieties. Rich in B vitamins, iron, fiber, and protein, whole grains are essential in any healthy eating plan and provide you with sustained energy. Studies show that eating whole grains can also help lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Be sure to check that the label says “100% whole wheat,” “100% whole oats,” or “100% whole rye,” for example. If the label uses words like “whole wheat,” “multigrain,” “3-grain,” or even “10-grain,” there’s no guarantee that the bread actually contains any whole grains. Also, make sure that the bread contains no more than 3 g of sugar and at least 3 g of fiber per serving and has no trans fats. Avoid breads containing “enriched wheat,” “enriched white flour,” "flour,” or “unbleached flour” because they can be made with refined flour.
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Deaths no higher in coffee lovers with heart disease

(Reuters Health) Women with heart disease who down a few cups of coffee each day tend to live as long as those who avoid the beverage, a large study finds…
In theory, coffee could be problematic because it has caffeine and other compounds that can raise blood pressure or have other negative effects on the cardiovascular system…
In the new study, which followed nearly 12,000 U.S. nurses with a history of heart disease or stroke, those who regularly drank caffeinated coffee were no more likely to die than non-coffee-drinkers during the study period - which for some was more than 20 years.
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Chemical Found in Foam Cups a Possible Carcinogen

(HealthDay News) The chemical styrene, ubiquitous in foam coffee cups and take-out containers, has been added to the list of chemicals considered possible human carcinogens, according to a new U.S. government report…
[The] report says that by far the greatest exposure to styrene comes from cigarette smoke.
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Smoking, Even for a Short Time, Significantly Increases a Woman's Risk for Peripheral Artery Disease, Study Finds

(Science Daily) A prospective study of initially healthy women aged 45 and over found that smoking is a potent risk factor for symptomatic peripheral artery disease, or PAD. PAD is a serious, often debilitating disorder, caused by narrowing of the arteries in the lower extremities. Symptoms of PAD include pain in the legs with normal activity and a feeling of tiredness in the leg muscles…
The researchers found that smoking increased a woman's risk for PAD 10-fold. Smoking cessation reduced the risk, but even after abstaining from cigarettes for 20 years, the risk did not lower to that of a woman who had never smoked.
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Women May Be Getting Unneeded Heart Imaging Tests

(HealthDay News) Women are more likely than men to be referred for unnecessary nuclear stress tests, a new study contends…
Historically, women with symptoms of cardiovascular disease have received fewer stress tests and cardiac catheterizations than men, according to the researchers, but the past decade has seen a push for more testing of women. The findings of this study suggest that "in our fear of missing heart disease, we are testing too may women indiscriminately," Dr. Aarti Gupta…, the study's lead author, said.
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New Imaging Technology Promising for Diagnosing Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes

(Science Daily) Researchers have developed a new type of imaging technology to diagnose cardiovascular disease and other disorders by measuring ultrasound signals from molecules exposed to a fast-pulsing laser.
The new method could be used to take precise three-dimensional images of plaques lining arteries, said Ji-Xin Cheng…
The imaging reveals the presence of carbon-hydrogen bonds making up lipid molecules in arterial plaques that cause heart disease. 
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Experts Say Hormone Replacement Generally Safe in Short-Term

(HealthDay News) Treatment with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), if tailored to an individual woman's needs, appears to be safe during menopause, according to a report …
"The evidence is quite compelling that young, healthy women do quite well and benefit in several ways," said Dr. Roger Lobo…
"I think the main finding is, the major indication for HRT is symptoms," Lobo said. "Young" refers to women 50 to 59 at the start of menopause, he said…
[B]y relieving bothersome menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness, Lobo said HRT may improve quality of life and sexuality. It may also help prevent osteoporosis and colon cancer, the authors said.
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Alternative Approach to Treating Diabetes Tested

(Science Daily) In a mouse study, scientists at Mayo Clinic Florida have demonstrated the feasibility of a promising new strategy for treating human type 2 diabetes, which affects more than 200 million people worldwide.
In type 2 diabetes, the body stops responding efficiently to insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar. To compensate for the insensitivity to insulin, many diabetes drugs work by boosting insulin levels… The new study … showed that a different approach could also be effective for treating diabetes -- namely, blocking the breakdown of insulin, after it is secreted from the pancreas.
"Insulin levels in the blood reflect the balance between how much is secreted and how fast it is broken down," says the study's lead researcher, Malcolm A. Leissring, Ph.D… "Blocking the breakdown of insulin is simply an alternative method for achieving the same goal as many existing diabetes therapies."
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Bathroom Injuries a Little-Known Problem

(HealthDay News) Some 234,000 U.S. teens and adults are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries sustained in bathrooms every year, a new report reveals…
The study also found that the number of injuries increased with age, especially for injuries occurring on or near the toilet…
The CDC suggests that many of these injuries can be avoided through education about the problem and making bathrooms safer.
"Injuries might be reduced through environmental modifications, such as putting non-slip strips in the tub or shower and adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower to reduce falls, and installing grab bars next to the toilet for added support if needed," the report stated.
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Distracted Driving Data and Laws to Prevent It Don't Match Up

(Science Daily) Cell phone distractions account for more than 300,000 car crashes each year. As a result, most states have put laws in place to limit or prohibit the use of mobile devices while driving. But a new study led by Temple University finds a widening gap between the evidence on distracted driving and the laws being passed to address the problem…
"We know that distracted driving is dangerous, yet despite the diffusion of distracted driving laws, there is evidence that driver use of mobile devices is increasing," said [lead author Jennifer] Ibrahim… "Our study is the first step toward understanding which laws really do reduce distracted driving, and thus can reduce related crashes and associated injuries and fatalities."
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Will eating more broccoli help you live longer?

(Reuters Health) [A] new study shows that people who eat more fruit and veggies tend to live longer.
Plants from the mustard family -- including broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower -- seem particularly beneficial, although the study can't prove that eating more vegetables automatically increases longevity.
It's possible, for instance, that those who consume lots of produce also have a healthier lifestyle in general.
Still, the findings "provide strong support for the current recommendation to increase vegetable consumption to promote cardiovascular health and overall longevity," study researcher Dr. Xianglan Zhang … told Reuters Health.
Mustard-family vegetables are high in vitamin C and fiber and also contain other nutrients that may have health benefits.
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Cancer-Targeting Ability of Nutrient in Broccoli Confirmed

(Science Daily) Sulforaphane, one of the primary phytochemicals in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables that helps them prevent cancer, has been shown for the first time to selectively target and kill cancer cells while leaving normal prostate cells healthy and unaffected.
The findings … are another important step forward for the potential use of sulforaphone in cancer prevention and treatment. Clinical prevention trials are already under way for its use in these areas, particularly prostate and breast cancer.
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Eating a High-Fat Diet May Rapidly Injure Brain Cells That Control Body Weight

(Science Daily) Obesity among people who eat a high-fat diet may involve injury to neurons, or nerve cells, in a key part of the brain that controls body weight, according to the authors of a new animal study…
"The possibility that brain injury may be a consequence of the overconsumption of a typical American diet offers a new explanation for why sustained weight loss is so difficult for most obese individuals to achieve," said presenting author Joshua Thaler, MD, PhD…
Within the first three days of consuming a diet that had a similar fat content to the typical American diet, rats consumed nearly double their usual daily amount of calories, Thaler reported. Rats and mice fed the high-fat diet gained weight throughout the study. These rodents developed inflammation in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain containing neurons that control body weight. At the same time, a group of support cells called glia and scavenger cells called microglia accumulated in the hypothalamus and appeared to become activated. Although this collective response to brain inflammation.
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Mouse Study Reveals How Smoking Helps Keep People Thin

(HealthDay News) The notion that smoking somehow helps keep smokers thin has gotten new support from a study in mice -- and the finding might one day be parlayed into new drugs to control weight gain…
"We have to be very cautious," added study author Yann Mineur, but the basic biology, "as far as we can tell, is fairly similar to what's happening in humans."
It's well known that people who smoke tend to be skinnier, even if their lives tend to be shorter than those of nonsmokers…
Mineur … stumbled upon the compound used in the study, cytisine, while looking into possible drugs for depression.
The smoking-cessation drug Chantix (varenicline) is a derivative of cytisine.
In experiments with mice, cytisine prevented weight gain by activating the same set of neurons in the hypothalamus as nicotine does. This neurological pathway is also involved in appetite and metabolism, the researchers said.
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Low-fat diet may not increase diabetes risks

(Reuters Health) While the low-fat diet craze led some doctors to worry that Americans would instead start eating too many carbohydrates, a new study suggests that eating low-fat doesn't have to increase carbohydrate-fueled health risks.
Instead, if extra carbohydrates are part of a diet plan that includes more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, the risk of diabetes - the biggest related health concern -- could actually drop, at least in older women, according to the findings.
However, a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet could create problems in people who already have diabetes, researchers caution…
The results suggest that balancing both diabetes and other disease risks requires considering the kinds of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins we eat, researchers said, rather than just cutting back on one food group and eating more of another.
Community: We recently learned that a high fat diet can increase the risk for developing diabetes. But consumption of omega-3 fats is associated with reduced diabetes risk.
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Caprese Wraps with Chicken
Pick up a rotisserie chicken and assemble this hearty sandwich for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
Salmon & Escarole Packets with Lemon-Tarragon Butter
This company-worthy salmon is steamed on a bed of escarole and basted in a rich and tangy lemon-butter sauce. Fresh tarragon is delicious or try other herbs, such as thyme or rosemary. Rainbow trout or arctic char are good substitutes for the salmon.
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Salmonella outbreak linked to Ohio sickens 39 nationwide

(Reuters) Health officials in Ohio said on Thursday that eight people had been sickened in the state as a result of a growing salmonella outbreak that federal officials say has now spread to 15 states.
The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of agriculture said the outbreak appeared to be linked to a business in the state called Mt. Healthy Hatchery, which supplies chicks and ducklings to an unnamed nationwide agricultural feedstore.
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Germany says bean sprouts likely source of E.coli

(Reuters) New data shows that bean sprouts are the most likely source of the outbreak of E.coli which has killed 30 people so far, all but one of them in Germany, the country's health authorities said on Friday.
More than a thousand sample tests focusing on bean sprouts have been taken so far, and although none has tested positive yet for the bacteria, Germany's center for disease control said studies could identify them as the source…
The investigation has focused on an organic sprout farm in the northern state of Lower Saxony, which has been shut down.
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Minorities see bottled water as safer, buy more

(Reuters Health) Poor minority parents are spending a sizeable chunk of their income on bottled water based on unfounded beliefs that it's safer, researchers say.
A poll of 632 parents visiting an emergency department in Milwaukee showed black and Hispanic kids were three times as likely to drink only bottled water at home compared to their white peers.
"These are really disadvantaged people," Dr. Marc Gorelick, who led the study, told Reuters Health. "I would argue that people should
Community: Filtering tap water might be a better solution. That’s what we do.
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Sleep Might Help You Solve Problems Better

(HealthDay News) Got a big decision to make and thinking about sleeping on it?
A new study suggests that might be a good idea; it found that people did a better job of learning a game when they got some shut-eye afterward…
"This study is consistent with other studies suggesting that sleep allows you to integrate learned information from various brain regions, which is not allowable by instant decisions," [sleep researcher Michael] Anch said. "This gives credence to the notion that if you have a decision to make, sleep on it!"
Community: I’m not sure I see the relationship between sleeping to help cement learning and sleeping on a problem, but I have consistently found that if I’m not sure what to do about a problem it’s best to sleep on it. Then, the next morning when I’m doing one of my morning tasks, the solution pops right into my head.
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Testosterone Therapy Improves Memory in Postmenopausal Women, Preliminary Study Finds

(Science Daily) Post-menopausal women have better memory after daily treatment with a testosterone spray for six months, a new preliminary study finds…
"Women have a higher risk of developing dementia compared to men," said Sonia Davison, MD, PhD, the study's lead investigator… "These results offer a potential therapy, where none currently exists, to slow cognitive decline in women."
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Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment May Also Have Some Functional Impairment, Study Finds

(Science Daily) Difficulty remembering important dates and medications, and gathering paperwork, is more common in older individuals with mild cognitive impairment than in those with no cognition problems, according to a report…
The results, write the researchers, may help physicians better recognize whether patients with [mild cognitive impairment] are likely to advance to dementia.
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Brain Scans to Spot Alzheimer's May Be Available This Year

(HealthDay News) Brain scans that detect early warning signs of Alzheimer's may be available in the United States as soon as this year, researchers reported this week, though it may be too early for the scans to be of much help for those with the disease.
"You'll get a more accurate and earlier diagnosis, which can be important to people who want to know what's going on when their memory is starting to decline," said Dr. Christopher Rowe, lead author of one study on the scans. "Unfortunately, until there's an effective therapy, there's nothing that can be done to stop the progression of the disease. The real value is going to come when we have an effective therapy."
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Targeted cancer drugs offer new therapy options

(Reuters) In the future fight against cancer, doctors are looking beyond afflicted organs -- whether lung, brain or stomach -- and finding new answers by disrupting the genetic mechanisms of specific tumor cells…
"We are not waging a single war against a single enemy," said Dr. Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute. "It is literally hundreds of different diseases ... in every domain of cancer there is a puzzle to be figured out."
Advances in genetic sequencing are helping scientists to solve some of those puzzles, and the number of experimental compounds has mushroomed.
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Breast Cancer Drug Pushes Colon Cancer Cells to Their Death

(Science Daily) A new treatment for colon cancer that combines a chemotherapy agent approved to treat breast cancer and a cancer-fighting antibody is ready for clinical trials, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.
More than 150,000 cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed each year, and about 50,000 people die from colorectal cancer yearly. Currently there are limited chemotherapy treatments for colorectal cancer with little that has been in the pipeline in recent years.
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Drugs for Enlarged Prostate May Raise Risk of Aggressive Cancer

(HealthDay News) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling for new warning labels on a class of drugs used primarily to treat enlarged prostates, because the medications may raise the risk of developing an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
In a statement released Thursday, the agency said the drugs involved include popular medications sold under the brand names Proscar and Propecia (sold by Merck & Co.) and Avodart and Jalyn (sold by GlaxoSmithKline)…
According to the agency, this new warning is based on the results of two large prostate cancer trials…
[P]rostate cancer expert Dr. Anthony D'Amico … said, "I think that the warning is appropriate. The risk is very small, but not zero."
"What both studies show conclusively is there is about a 1 percent increase in being diagnosed with high-grade prostate cancer if you got these drugs -- even though you are less likely to get a low-grade cancer."
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Ads, reprints stoke concerns

(Reuters) Medical journals and their publishers often take money from the companies whose products they write about.
Drugmakers order reams of reprints of articles that promote their medicines, for instance, which are then distributed to practicing physicians by drug representatives…
Many journals also keenly solicit ads from companies that wish to reach doctors and scientists…
And those ads work: For every dollar spent, companies generate between $2 and $7 in revenue, according to a 2006 report by Georgetown University researchers.
That, in turn, means drug marketing sways medical practice -- a fact that has some experts concerned.
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Drug firms go online to test and sell medicines

(Reuters) Prompted by the soaring cost of developing and marketing their medicines, drug companies are embracing the Internet in a bid to drive down costs.
The hope is that digital tools will not only make them more efficient, but also smarter and nimbler…
The moves come as the cost of drug research continues to spiral upwards and companies face a wave of patent expiries on some of their biggest selling products, leading to an unprecedented round of cost-cutting across the industry, with big job cuts in both marketing and research.
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Active Social, Spiritual and Physical Life Helps Prevent Health Decline in Seniors, Study Finds

(Science Daily) Small, healthy lifestyle changes and involvement in meaningful activities -- going beyond just diet and exercise -- are critical to healthy aging, according to a new USC study.
Guided by lifestyle advisors, seniors participating in the study made small, sustainable changes in their routines (such as visiting a museum with a friend once a week) that led to measurable gains in quality of life, including lower rates of depression and better reported satisfaction with life.
The study validates the current trend in public health strategies to focus on preventing illness and disability, as opposed to treating issues once they have already begun to negatively impact health, according to lead investigator Florence Clark.
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Exercise May Protect the Brain From 'Silent Strokes'

(HealthDay News) Jogging, swimming, biking or other moderate to intense physical activity may protect the brain from "silent strokes," or small brain lesions that can lead to mental decline and increase the chances of a future stroke, a new study suggests.
"These silent strokes are more significant than the name implies because they have been associated with an increased risk of falls and impaired mobility, memory problems and even dementia, as well as stroke," study author Dr. Joshua Z. Willey … said…
"Encouraging older people to take part in moderate to intense exercise may be an important strategy for keeping their brains healthy," he said.
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Regular Exercise May Benefit the Brain as Well as the Body

(HealthDay News) A commitment to high-intensity exercise may keep more than just your body in good shape. New research reveals that long-term aerobic activity may also boost a person's brain function…
The researchers concluded that their study sheds some light on the mysteries of the aging brain, such as how brain blood flow is related to its structure and function.
"It also tells us that long-term aerobic exercise has definitive, measurable impact on brain health," said [medicine and cardiology professor Dr. Benjamin] Levine. "Most importantly, it lets us know that we have tools that can help fight off dementia and some of the other classic signs of aging with a purposeful, consistent exercise regimen."
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Chronic Pot Smoking Affects Brain Chemistry, Scans Show

(HealthDay News) Imaging scans show that chronic daily use of marijuana can have a detrimental effect on the brain, according to a new report.
In the study, researchers revealed that chronic use of the drug caused a decrease in the number of receptors involved in a wide array of important mental and bodily functions, including concentration, movement coordination, pleasure, pain tolerance, memory and appetite…
The researchers re-scanned 14 of the smokers after one month of abstinence and found a notable increase in receptor activity in areas that were deficient at the beginning of the study. These findings, the investigators concluded, suggest the adverse effects of chronic marijuana use are reversible.
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Should You Try Tai Chi?

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) If you've been searching for an exercise that is great for your overall health and provides mental and physical stimulation, try tai chi. Considered by many to be a gentle martial art, the term "tai chi" refers to a harmonious balance between the yin and the yang - the two forces of the universe. Those who practice tai chi work to perfect a series of physical motions that flow into one another very smoothly and gracefully, while the body is held straight and upright. The movements are gentle, continuous and circular, exercising every part of the body.
Tai chi is especially beneficial for those with osteoarthritis. It can help strengthen leg muscles, improve posture and promote balance, flexibility and mobility. It also can teach relaxation and focus, and is a way to synchronize the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. In addition, it helps many to develop concentration and coordination, and can reduce the risk of falls, a common concern of older people.
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Cooking Light:
Superfast Pork with Red and Yellow Peppers
Allison Fishman shares the secret ingredients that make this 20-minute dish easy and delicious.
100-Calorie Salad Boosters
Start with 1-1/2 cups of fresh mixed greens. Add a tablespoon of your favorite vinaigrette. Then pile on the good stuff.
Ultimate Summer Cookbook
From coolers to burgers to salads and sides, find dishes that make summer the best eating season of the year.
Strength-Training Foods
Working with weights? Promote muscle recovery with these protein-rich meals.
Pork Chops with Carolina Rub
Punch up the flavor of grilled pork chops with an easy spice rub. Serve with simple sides for a menu ready in less than 45 minutes.
Seared Chicken with Apricot Sauce
Fresh apricots, white wine, apricot preserves and tarragon combine in a quick sauce that's delicious on chicken. We pound the chicken thin so that it cooks in just a couple of minutes. Let this basic recipe inspire you to create your own variations. Try different combinations of wine (or even fruit juice with a touch of vinegar) and other fruits and preserves. Serve with: Quinoa or brown rice and sautéed spinach.
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Arsenic-Containing Poultry Drug Suspended From Market

(HealthDay News) A drug maker has agreed to suspend the sale of its animal drug 3-Nitro from the market because it contains organic arsenic that can be transformed into inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Wednesday.
The drug, also known as Roxarsone, was approved by the FDA in 1944 and has been used in broiler chickens to control coccidiosis -- a disease that affects the intestinal tracts of animals -- and to speed weight gain, feed efficiency and improve color of the meat…
"Consumers can continue to eat chicken as 3-Nitro is suspended from the market," [Dr. Bernadette Dunham, director of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine,] said. "Furthermore, FDA does not believe there is a need to recall chicken already in commerce."
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In U.S., Salmonella Is on the Rise While E. Coli Retreats

(HealthDay News) As a deadly new strain of E. coli in Europe makes headlines, U.S. health officials announced Tuesday that salmonella, not E. coli, remains the biggest foodborne health threat to Americans.
In fact, while rates of several types of foodborne illness -- including E. coli -- have been falling over the past 15 years, there's been no progress against salmonella infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…
"We need to do more, because foodborne illnesses are too common," [CDC director Dr. Thomas R.] Frieden said.
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An Alternative to Antibiotics

(Science Daily) Antibiotics are among the greatest achievements of medical science. But lately the former multi-purpose weapon fails in the battle against infectious diseases. Bacteria are increasingly developing resistance to antibiotics. Researchers have now found a therapeutic equivalent which could replace penicillin and related phamaceuticals…
"We have already identified 20 [peptides, or] short chains of amino acids which kill numerous microbes, including enterococci, yeasts and molds, as well as human pathogenic bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans, which is found in the human oral cavity and causes tooth decay. Even the multi-resistant hospital bug Staphylococcus aureus is not immune, and in our tests its growth was considerably inhibited," says Dr. Andreas Schubert.
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Progress in Tissue Engineering to Repair Joint Damage in Osteoarthritis

(Science Daily) Medical scientists now have "clear" evidence that the damaged cartilage tissue in osteoarthritis and other painful joint disorders can be encouraged to regrow and regenerate, and are developing tissue engineering technology that could help millions of patients with those disorders…
Osteoarthritis is a fast-growing public health problem because of the world's aging population and because of a sharp increase in obesity, which increases wear on joint cartilage. To assess progress toward medical use of tissue engineering to treat joint damage, the researchers scanned global research on the topic.
They found that scientists have developed many new tissue engineering methods… "In summary, there is promise in future research involving the development of multi-functional biomaterial delivery systems that affect cartilage tissue regeneration on multiple levels," the article states.
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