August 2014

Active ImageStudy: Stiffer Arteries May Predict Decline in Mental Skills With Age

How flexible are your arteries? It might make a difference in how sharp your mind stays with age.

A new study links stiffer arteries to lower memory and concentration test scores as adults age.

To make your arteries more flexible, go for a healthy lifestyle, suggest the researchers. They included Shari Waldstein, PhD, of the University of Maryland in Baltimore County.

To read the full article Stiff Arteries May Stifle Aging Mind, click here.

Active ImageFor years she hid the credit card bills from her husband: The $2,500 embroidered coat from Neiman Marcus. The $900 beaded scarf from Blake in Chicago. A $600 pair of Dries van Noten boots. All beautiful items, and all perfectly affordable if she had been a hedge fund manager or a Google executive.

Friends at first dropped hints to go easy or rechannel her creative instincts. Her mother grew concerned enough to ask pointed questions. But sales clerks kept calling with early tips on the coming season
Active ImageNormally the body can fight off infections and other assaults from the environment by launching an attack by the immune system. But somehow tumors are allowed to develop unchecked.

Now British researchers are helping to explain why. Their study shows tumors are full of cells normally responsible for telling another component in the body when it is okay to shut down the inflammatory response. Inflammation is the key way the body fights off infection or other invaders. Regulatory T cells step in after the need for inflammation has passed, such as when you get a minor cut or scrape, telling macrophages, which normally cause the inflammation, that it
Active ImageStem cell discovery opens new doors, but don't shut the others just yet

In the Middle Ages, the alchemists believed someday they
Active ImageObesity among factors blamed for rise in deaths from clogged arteries

For decades, heart disease death rates have been falling. But a new study shows a troubling turn
Active ImageSection Of Brain That Processes Pain Thicker In Migraine Sufferers

Researchers have identified specific differences in the brains of migraine sufferers linked to the processing of sensory information, including pain.

In earlier research, Harvard Medical School investigators used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to show structural differences between the brains of people with and without migraines.

To read the full article Migraine Sufferers Have Different Brains, click here.

Active ImageStudy: Ill-Fitting Shoes Are a Major Reason for Diabetes-Related Foot Amputations

More than 80,000 foot amputations are performed every year on people with diabetes. Most of these are preventable, and one of the culprits for amputation is right below your nose: your shoes.

According to a new study, 63 percent of diabetic patients wear the wrong size shoes, putting them at higher risk of developing foot ulcers, which can lead to amputations.

To read the full article If the Shoe Doesn't Fit, click here.

Active ImageWomen who suffer from a painful condition called fibromyalgia might be able to ease their symptoms by simply getting up and getting moving.

In a new study, researchers found women who participated in regular exercise were more likely to report improvements in areas like social functioning, mental health, fatigue, and depression. They were also more likely to gain a greater sense of self-worth.

To read the full article Painful Condition Responds to Exercise, click here.

Active ImageHigher rates of emphysema, chronic bronchitis, Chinese research suggests

Women who smoke are at greater risk than male smokers of developing lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, new research from China suggests.

Such illnesses, known collectively as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, are the second leading cause of death in mainland China, Dr. Fei Xu of Nanjing Medical University in Nanjing and colleagues note.

To read the full article Female smokers at greater risk for lung disease, click here.

Active ImageCongress Could Create A New Class Of "Behind-The-Counter" Drugs

Call it cutting out the middleman - except the middleman is your doctor.

The idea: allow some prescription drugs to be sold without a prescription, provided pharmacists like Cheri Garvin, the CEO of Leesburg Pharmacy, who CBS News transportation and consumer safety correspondent Nancy Cordes spoke with, perform a quick consultation.

To read the full article Prescription Drugs, Without The Doctor?, click here.

Active ImageSchool District Orders Parents to Appear in Court for Failure to Immunize

A Maryland school district has ordered parents of more than 2,300 students to court Saturday for failure to immunize their children. The parents could face fines and jail time if they do not appear.

The students, in grades five through 10, will be required to report to court with their parents. While students can expect to be vaccinated before they leave the courthouse, parents will be lectured to by Circuit Court Judge Philip Nichols Jr. on the necessity of vaccination. Those who fail to appear face fines of $50 a day and up to 10 days in jail.

To read the full article Parents Face Fines, Jail Time for Failure to Immunize, click here.

Active ImageThe holidays are almost here, but along with the good food and decorations come some hidden dangers for people with allergies and asthma.

Asthma and allergy triggers can lurk in everything from those yummy homemade dishes to Christmas trees, and understanding the risks ahead of time is the best way to avoid a flare up during the festivities.

To read the full article Holidays Can Usher in Allergic Reactions, click here.

Active ImageCould a drug you take to lower your cholesterol be keeping you up at night? Maybe
Active ImagePeople who munch when they're lonely or blue tend to lose the least weight

Emotional eaters
Active ImageNew Studies Link Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Sharper Mental Skills

Eating at least 10 grams of fish per day may make for a sharper mind, new research shows.

That news comes from Norway, where people often eat fatty fish such as salmon, lean fish such as cod, and processed fish such as fish "fingers."

In a Norwegian study, about 2,030 people in their early 70s reported their fish consumption and took various mental skills tests.

People who reported eating on average at least a third of an ounce of fish per day -- 10 grams -- outscored those who skimped on fish, regardless of factors including age, education, and heart health .

To read the full article Eat Fish, Get Smarter?, click here.

Active ImageKey Factors May Predict Which Kids Have Type 2 Diabetes As Adults

 It may be possible to predict which kids are most likely to mature into adults with type 2 diabetes - and to nip that risk in the bud.

A new study spotlights two key strategies:

1. Start early. Watch for type 2 diabetes risk factors beginning in childhood.

2. Manage weight for a lifetime.

The goal is to head off a condition called metabolic syndrome, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.

To read the full article Childhood May Predict Type 2 Diabetes, click here.

Active ImageLow-fat regimens such as South Beach lowers cholesterol, study says

The high-fat Atkins diet can cause long-term damage to blood vessels, as well as some of the inflammation linked with heart and artery disease, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

In contrast, low-fat regimens such as the South Beach and Ornish diets lowered cholesterol and appeared to benefit artery function, they said.

To read the full article High-fat Atkins diet damages blood vessels, click here.

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Active ImageHeart Failure Patients Taking Yoga Classes Improved Inflammation Levels, Quality of Life

At a meeting where new drug combinations and cutting-edge heart treatments are usually the discussion du jour, one researcher presented new findings on how a 5,000-year-old approach to health may hold special benefits for today's heart failure patients.

Lead researcher Dr. Bobby Khan and colleagues at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta studied the addition of an eight-week course of yoga to standard medical therapy in a group of 19 heart failure patients to see if such a regimen would be safe and beneficial.

To read the full article Yoga May Help Heart Failure Patients, click here.

Active ImageSome Physicians Doubt Increase in Artery-Clogging Plaque Formation

New research citing an increased risk of heart disease among women who take -- or who have ever taken -- birth control pills is reigniting debate over the true connection between the birth control drugs and cardiovascular ills.

Researchers from Ghent University in Belgium looked at 1,301 apparently healthy women between the ages of 25 and 55 who had previously used oral contraceptives, half of whom used them for 13 years or more. What they said they found was that women who had used the pills had an unexpected increase in the presence of artery-clogging plaque in key blood vessels in the heart and legs.

To read the full article Heart Docs Debate Birth Control Link to Heart Ills, click here.

Active ImageStudy says nursing isn't the culprit, but smoking has droopy side effect

Breast-feeding won
Active ImageNonmelanoma Skin Cancer May Be Rarer In Some Women Who Drink Coffee With Caffeine

America's most common cancer may be rarer among postmenopausal women who drink coffee.

The researchers who report that news are talking about nonmelanoma skin cancer.

The National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be more than a million new cases and fewer than 2,000 deaths from nonmelanoma skin cancer in the U.S. in 2007.

To read the full article Coffee To Fight Skin Cancer?, click here.

Active ImageSure, Most Of Us Keep Too Many Balls In the Air At Once, But What's The Price We Pay?

All the latest studies say multitasking makes us less efficient and productive, not more. But as demands on our time increase, we go ahead and do it anyway.

Psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, a cognitive behavioral specialist, came to The Saturday Early Show to explain how we can survive multi-tasking and retain our sanity.

Seethe video within article.

To read the full article Is Multitasking Driving You Mad?, click here.

Active ImageAutism 'Epidemic' Largely Fueled By Special Ed Funding, Shift In Diagnosing

A few decades ago, people probably would have said kids like Ryan Massey and Eddie Scheuplein were just odd. Or difficult.

Both boys are bright. But Ryan, 11, is hyper and prone to angry outbursts, sometimes trying to strangle another kid in his class who annoys him. Eddie, 7, has a strange habit of sticking his shirt in his mouth and sucking on it.

To read the full article The Autism Explosion, click here.

Active ImageWhy Public Denials May Only Fuel Conspiracy Theories

Iraq and 9/11, sex trafficking, flu vaccines, widespread autism. Cognitive biases color our view of these and other issues and can affect our policy choices.

Because they are well-, but not widely understood, I'd like to briefly mention three of the most common ones and some related new and troubling research about denials.

To read the full article Deny All You Want, They'll Still Believe, click here.