Alzheimer’s disease ravages the brain, robbing its victims not only of their memories but often their ability to do things as basic as swallowing.
Now, a study of aging patients suggests its true toll may top half a million lives a year — a figure that would put Alzheimer’s just below heart disease and cancer on the list of America’s top killers.
The incurable, degenerative brain disease was blamed for 83,000-plus U.S. fatalities in 2010, making it the sixth-leading cause of death that year.
But its true toll may be as much as six times that, said Bryan James, an epidemiologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago.
March 7, 2014
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March 1, 2014
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Genetically modified material sounds a little bit like science fiction territory, but in reality, much of what we eat on a daily basis is a genetically modified organism (GMO). Whether or not these modified foods are actually healthy is still up for debate — and many times, you don’t even know that you are buying something genetically modified.
It is not required to label GMOs in the U.S. and Canada, but there are substantial restrictions, and even outright bans, on GMOs in many other countries.
However, by 2018, Whole Foods Market will start labeling GMOs in the U.S. This grocery chains’ locations in Britain already provide GMO labeled products, as required by the European Union. According to the EU, GMO refers to plants and animals”in which the genetic material has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination.”
March 1, 2014
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For more than 40 industrialized nations — including countries such as Australia, Brazil, China, Russia, and Spain — the question of whether or not to identify and label GMOs is a no-brainer. When asked how Europeans handle GMO labeling, a European colleague of mine — not surprisingly — laughed as she wisely said, “You Americans can make such a big deal out of nothing. In Europe, this is a very easy question to answer: Research has consistently shown that it is bad for you, so we stopped using it.”
What she meant is that GMO labeling is a requirement in Europe. Because well-informed Europeans do not want to eat GMOs, they simply stopped buying them. The same food companies — such as Nestle, Kraft and Hershey, the ones pouring millions of dollars into defeating the ballot in California — Do not use GMOs in the European food market. Period.
February 23, 2014
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Maintaining a healthy diet is important if you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, or a-fib. The key to eating well is to avoid foods that raise your heart rate and your blood pressure.
February 23, 2014
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A California mother’s instinct may have saved her newborn baby’s life.
When little Hope Juarez was born in Orange Country, Calif., last month, it was immediately clear that something was wrong. Hope was born as white as a ghost, and doctors realized that the baby had almost no blood in her body.
“She was crying and they brought her over to us and she was really pale,” Hope’s father, Josh Juarez, told local station ABC7. “I knew that something was really wrong when they started pricking at her feet trying to get blood to come out and there was no blood coming out.”
February 18, 2014
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Women who get a flu vaccine while they’re pregnant lower their risk of having a child with autism..
Greg Poland, MD, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic has been studying the flu virus for a quarter century. He says you can think of the flu vaccine as an “anti-autism vaccine.”
It’s a startling statement, but it is backed up by several recent studies. Dr. Poland says pregnant women who get influenza have double or triple the risk of having a child with autism. So preventing flu during pregnancy is vital.
February 18, 2014
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Ten years after becoming the winner of “American Idol’s” second season, Ruben Studdard has released his 6th studio album this month entitled, “Unconditional Love.”
The 11-track opus finds the Birmingham, Alabama native collaborating with the likes of Eric Benét, Lalah Hathaway, and world renown producer-musician, David Foster. And though the 35-year-old crooner is celebrating his ten year “American Idol” anniversary in May, he has no qualms about the show being referenced as his claim to fame.
“For a boy from Alabama who had no idea of how to enter the music industry after getting no responses to the demos I was sending in, it was a great blessing,” he said during a recent interview with Billboard. “It’s a six-month music industry crash course. But what you learn quickly after leaving the show is that the industry is and isn’t ‘American Idol.’ A.I. is a huge pop show, but the urban market is completely different. Still, the show was first class from the time I stepped off the plane.”
February 12, 2014
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Researchers looking for simple ways to treat autism say they may have explained why at least some cases occur: It all has to do with the stress babies undergo at birth.
They’re already testing a simple drug for treating kids with autism and say their findings may point to ways to treat the disorder earlier in life.It’s all experimental, but the study, published in the journal Science, should inspire other researchers to take a closer look. “This is exciting stuff to people in the field, because it’s getting at a basic mechanism,” says Andrew Zimmerman of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, who reviewed the study.