August 2014


Active ImageYounger adults better at recalling details of real and made-up events

While most children can easily imagine themselves as astronauts, athletes or superheroes, make-believe might not be so easy for the kids' grandparents.

Researchers have long known that recalling memories of personal events is harder for older adults than younger ones. Recent brain imaging studies have shown that people use the same mechanisms in the brain to imagine as they do to remember, suggesting that older adults may have as much trouble imagining as they do remembering.

To read the full article Memory loss linked to loss of imagination, click here.

Sample ImageResearchers: Pregnant Women Who Drink 2 Or More Cups Of Coffee A Day Double Their Risk

Making coffee together is a fun ritual for mom Jennifer Johnson and 10-month old James. "I have to have it to wake up in the morning," Johnson says.

But Johnson cut out caffeine during her pregnancy with James - concerned it may have contributed to a previous miscarriage, report CBS News correspondent Thalia Assuras.

To read the full article Study Links Caffeine To Miscarriage Risk, click here.

Sample ImageImmigrants' Traditional Medicines a Common Cause of Lead Poisoning in Children

Maria didn't mean to poison her children. Quite the opposite. Worried about her daughters' lack of appetite, the young Houston mother was merely following her grandmother's advice when she gave the two girls and a niece a dose of "greta" a Mexican folk medicine used to treat children's stomach ailments.

To read the full article Folk Medicines Contain Lead, click here.

Active ImageMajor Headache? Many Migraine Culprits Are Preventable, Pain Experts Say

"All things in moderation" is a wise motto for all of us, but especially for those who suffer from painful migraines.

These skull-crushing headaches can be debilitating and last for days, confining a person to a soft bed in a darkened room.

To read the full article Major Headache? Seven Common Migraine Triggers, click here.


Active Image A new study has linked vitamin D and a reduction of chronic pain, lending to voices calling for increased fortification or supplementation of the nutrient in diets.

The study, presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2007 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, found that one in four patients who suffer from chronic pain also have inadequate blood levels of vitamin D. As such, the researchers put forth that the vitamin D deficiency possibly contributed to the patients' ongoing pain.

To read the full article Vitamin D deficiency linked to greater pain, click here.

Active ImagePhysical Education and Active Play Help Teens Maintain Normal Weight as Adults

Adolescents who participate in physical education at school are more likely to maintain a normal weight as young adults, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For each weekday of physical education at school the odds of being an overweight adult decreased by 5 percent. Participation in all five days of physical education decreased the odds of being an overweight adult by 28 percent. The study is published in the January 2008 edition of the journal, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

To read the full article Physical Education and Active Play Help Teens Maintain Normal Weight as Adults, click here.



Active ImageAn aisle-by-aisle guide for the biggest nutritional payoffs

Health food stores are booming: 469 new establishments opened between 2005 and 2006, for a total of 35,876 nationwide. Unfortunately, many shoppers believe that everything they sell is healthy
Active ImageNew research finds that social perspective influences how we see the world

It's no secret culture influences your food preferences and taste in music. But now scientists say it impacts the hard-wiring of your brain.

New research shows that people from different cultures use their brains differently to solve basic perceptual tasks.

To read the full article Cultural differences alter brain's hard-wiring, click here.

Active ImageHalf of the women are 25 or older; most already have a child

In American pop culture, the face of abortion is often a frightened teenager, nervously choosing to terminate an unexpected pregnancy. The numbers tell a far more complex story in which financial stress can play a pivotal role.

Half of the roughly 1.2 million U.S. women who have abortions each year are 25 or older. Only about 17 percent are teens. About 60 percent have given birth to least one child prior to getting an abortion.

To read the full article Who's getting abortions? Not who you'd think, click here.

Active ImageStudy Shows Improvement In Anxiety And Other Panic Disorder Symptoms

A 12-week course of talk therapy may help curb the often debilitating symptoms of panic disorder -- including intense fear, chest pain, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.

The new findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York City and published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

To read the full article Talk Therapy May Curb Panic Disorder, click here.

Active ImageWomen With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Have Lower Levels of Cortisol in the Morning

Chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to the stress hormone cortisol, at least in women, according to a new study. The study shows that women with chronic fatigue syndrome had lower cortisol levels in the morning, compared with healthy women.

The study included 185 Georgia adults, 75 of whom had chronic fatigue syndrome. Those patients had fatigue lasting at least six months with no known cause and accompanied by at least four other symptoms, such as muscle pain or memory problems.

To read the full article Chronic Fatigue, Stress Hormone Linked, click here. 
Active ImageDocumentary Screened on Capitol Hill, Just Miles From Military Hospitals With War Wounded

In a basement room in the Capitol building this week, several members of Congress gathered to take a closer look at some of the unsung heroes of the war in Iraq.

They screened the new documentary feature, "Fighting for Life," which explores the stories of military doctors and staff who work to save lives in Iraq. It also takes a look at those who train the medical specialists who will soon be on the frontlines as well.

To read the full article New Film Shines Light on War-Time Medicine, click here.


Active ImageB vitamin needed to prevent birth defects, federal health officials say

More U.S. women are taking daily supplements of folic acid, a B vitamin crucial to prevent some major birth defects, but the number remains too low, federal health officials said on Thursday.

Forty percent of women ages 18 to 45 said in a survey last year that they took the supplements each day, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report.

To read the full story Young women not getting enough folic acid, click here.

Active ImageRadiation from 'Routine' Test May Raise Cancer Risk in Kids

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Active ImageStudy Finds No Benefit To Adding Zetia To Combo Drug Regimen

Shares of Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp. fell Monday after study results showed their combination cholesterol drug Vytorin worked no better at reducing artery-clogging plaque in a group of high-risk patients than high doses of generic Zocor.

The delayed Enhance study results had been anticipated with caution by Wall Street, with analysts saying data on both safety and effectiveness have the potential to impact future sales. While Vytorin reduced levels of "bad" cholesterol much more than Zocor in the study and was shown to be safe and well-tolerated, it ultimately failed to lower the level of artery-clogging plaque.

To read the full story Anti-Cholesterol Drug Bombs In Tests, click here.

Sample ImageChildren of women who eat a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables while pregnant are far less likely to develop asthma or allergies later in life, Greek researchers said on Tuesday.

And eating vegetables more than eight times a week, fish more than three times a week and legumes more than once a week seems to boost the protection, the researchers said in the journal Thorax.

The combination of healthy foods containing a number of known antioxidants and nutrients likely made the difference but more study is needed to show exactly how, they added.

To read the full story Mediterranean diet wards off asthma, allergy: study, click here. 
Active ImageNew research indicates that anxiety and depression are risk factors for major heart-related events among patients with stable coronary artery disease.

"We found that both major depression and generalized anxiety disorder were more common in cardiac patients than in the general community. More importantly, both predicted about a doubling in risk for major cardiac events over two years," study chief Dr. Nancy Frasure-Smith, from the University of Montreal, told Reuters Health.

To read the full article Anxiety and depression predict events in heart patients, click here.

Active ImageMedical experts compile a checklist for moms and healthcare workers

Medical experts have compiled a checklist of seven signs that mothers and healthcare workers can use to identify severe illnesses in newborn infants requiring urgent treatment in hospital.

Around 4 million babies around the world die each year before they are a month old, and three-quarters of them die in the first week of life
Active ImageFocusing On The Details Of What You Eat May Help You Heed Diet, Study Shows

Dieting for the new year? Paying attention to the details of what you eat may help you stick with your diet plan.

"Consumers can enjoy themselves more by focusing on the details during their experiences," reports University of Minnesota marketing expert Joseph Redden, PhD, MBA. "This could help people following a repetitive regimen," such as a diet.


To read the full article Secret Of Sticking To Diet Lies In Details, click here.

Active ImageUse Of OTC Medications To Get High Comparable To LSD, Greater Than Methamphetamines

About 3.1 million people between the ages of 12-25 have used cough and cold medicine to get high, the government reported Wednesday.

The number of young people who abused over-the-counter cold medicines is comparable to use of LSD and much greater than that for methamphetamine among the age group, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

To read the full article Abuse Of Cold Medicines High Among Young, click here.

Active ImageFitness Resolutions Have You In Agony? How to Cut the Pain Out of Your Program

Damn those New Year's resolutions.

Just like the fitness resolutions of years past, they gave you the best incentive to get moving. You signed up for the gym. Given the choice between aerobics classes, spinning classes and yoga classes, you participated in all three.

To read the full article Solutions for Post-Workout Pain, click here.

Active ImageRebbeca Turner wasn't prepared for the breast cancer diagnosis she received nine months ago. "Nobody is prepared," she said. "There is definitely an initial shock ... but you deal with it, get a plan, move forward and try to beat it."

Turner, a legal assistant from Decatur, Georgia, says her life was turned upside down by the news. The 36-year-old mother of two had just 15 days between diagnosis and treatment to make crucial medical decisions and get her life in order at home.

To read the full article After cancer diagnosis, ask questions, make a plan, click here.


Active ImageReport: Metformin Is Effective And Has Fewer Side Effects Than Newer Drugs

Most type 2 diabetes drugs are equally effective for lowering blood sugar, but the generic drug metformin has fewer side effects than several newer, pricier medications, a government report finds.

Metformin users are less likely to gain weight than type 2 diabetes patients who take Avandia, Actos, or other newer medications, researchers concluded, and they are more likely to show improvements in so-called "bad" cholesterol. The report was issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

To read the full article Old Diabetes Drug Has Advantages, click here.

Active ImageRates Highest Among African-Americans And Teenagers

More than 2 million people in the U.S. are infected with chlamydia and 250,000 have gonorrhea, according to a government prevalence estimate for the two sexually transmitted diseases.

Rates of both STDs were disproportionately high among adolescents and African-Americans and among people who had been previously infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea.

To read the full article CDC: 2 Million In U.S. Have Chlamydia, click here.


Sample ImageWalking regularly might not ease the hot flashes of menopause, but it can help reduce stress and other psychological symptoms that can go along with the change of life, a study reports Thursday.

Menopause typically starts around age 50, but women often start experiencing symptoms in their 40s.

To read the full article Women can walk through the change of life, click here.

Sample ImageHow To Distinguish Them From Healthier Ones

The old adage that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is, seems to apply to many so-called fad diets.

Their promoters promise the eating plans will get that excess weight off you and keep it off -- but experts caution there are better ways to shed pounds.


To read the full article Spotting Fad Diets, click here.



Active ImageNot Getting Recommended Amount Of Sleep Increases Risk Of Childhood Obesity, Study Shows

Children who don't get the recommended amount of sleep may be more likely to become obese.

A new study shows children's sleeping patterns vary depending on the time of day, week, and year, and children who consistently don't get the recommended amount of sleep may suffer as a result.

To read the full article Lack Of Sleep Tied To Childhood Obesity, click here.

Active ImageThose Getting Shots Say They Sting More Than Other Jabs

The groundbreaking vaccine that prevents cervical cancer in girls is gaining a reputation as the most painful of childhood shots, health experts say.

As Austin Powers would say; "Ouch, baby. Very ouch."

To read the full article Cervical Cancer Shots Are Gaining Reputation as Painful, click here.


Active ImageHostility could increase people's risk of heart disease by depleting their levels of certain heart-healthy antioxidants, new research suggests.

Oxidative stress occurs when production of free radicals, which are normal byproducts of metabolism, outpaces the body's ability to neutralize them, resulting in tissue damage. It has been associated with heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. Antioxidant vitamins can help counteract oxidative stress, while cigarette smoking and pollution, among other factors, can increase it.

To read the full article Hostility tied to lower levels of antioxidants, click here.

Active ImageThe dietary supplement L-carnitine can lessen fatigue and boost mental function in very old people, Italian researchers report.

Study participants given L-carnitine also experienced significant increases in muscle mass and reductions in fat mass, Dr. Mariano Malaguarnera and colleagues from the University of Catania report in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical nutrition.

To read the full article The very old may benefit from L-carnitine: study, click here.



Active ImageThe Making, and Breaking, of Resolutions Is Only Human

What more is there to say about resolutions? All the how-to you need appears in the January issues of women's magazines. Reward your progress, they simper helpfully, as if self-reward hasn't been the problem all along.

Only 10 percent of people who make resolutions actually succeed, according to surveys. The rest of us are stuck revolving, resolving, re-solving those problems whose slippery solutions have eluded us in the past. Once more unto the breach, and the breach is a nasty place to be, one that probably requires a Lucky Strike and a pint of Chubby Hubby. What more is there to say about resolutions? All the how-to you need appears in the January issues of women's magazines. Reward your progress, they simper helpfully, as if self-reward hasn't been the problem all along.

To read the full article The Making, and Breaking, of Resolutions Is Only Human, click here. 
Active ImageNext frontier is to treat superbugs like street thugs

Think of germs as gangsters. One thug lurking on a corner you might outrun, but a dozen swaggering down the street? Yikes.

Bacteria make their own gangs, clustering quietly in the body until there's a large enough group to begin an attack. This is the next frontier in fighting drug-resistant superbugs.

The idea: Don't just try to kill bacteria. The bugs will always find a way to thwart the next antibiotic.

To read the full article Battling germs by busting up their gangs, click here.

Active ImageDr. Holly Phillips Looks Back At The Top Six Medical Advances For Women

From the first-ever birth control pill that effectively eliminates menstruation, to a vaccine for cervical cancer that has other important benefits, Dr. Holly Phillips visited The Saturday Early with her list of the year's most important advances in women's health care.

Dr. Phillips was asked to concentrate on findings and treatments that really matter to women on a day-to-day basis.

To read the full article Top Medical Advances For Women In 2007, click here.


Active ImageResearchers Uncover Additional Link Between Sleep, Diabetes

Sleep loses out a lot -- to finals during college, to caring for new babies, to New Year's parties. But when it comes to your weight and diabetes risk, a good night's sleep might be anything but expendable.

A new study shows that after three nights of poor sleep, healthy people can lose their ability to process sugar by 23 percent -- a problem that in the long-term could lead to weight gain and diabetes.

To read the full article Lack of Deep Sleep May Up Diabetes Risk, click here.


Active ImageBelly Dancing Is the Latest Trend in Labor

Artists like Shakira have thrusted belly dancing to the forefront of American popular culture. Now pregnant women have learned their "hips don't lie" when it comes to the delivery room.

The marriage of belly dancing and birthing is perfectly normal, according to midwife DeeDee Folkerts, who has taken belly dancing's ancient technique and applied it to childbirth.

To read the full article Hips Don't Lie in Belly-Dancing Births, click here.