June 24, 2010

Amyloid Plaque Found in Retinas

1 The Eyes Reflect Evidence of Alzheimer’s Disease

Amyloid plaque, a cell-damaging physical characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease that builds up in the brains of sufferers, was discovered in the retinas of deceased Alzheimer’s patients. The discovery was made by scientists from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the University of Southern California. As the population ages and Alzheimer’s disease become more prevalent, there is an emphasis on treating the disease and finding a cure. Presently, there is no definitive non-invasive way to diagnosis Alzheimer’s disease until after a patient’s death. Scientists hope that their findings could lead to earlier, non-invasive diagnosis and monitoring of the devastating disease. Results of the study can be found online in the journal NeuroImage.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Cognitive Exercises Don't Prevent Alzheimer's

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Amyloid Plaque, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Weizmann Institute of Science, University of Southern California, NeuroImage, Aging Population, Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease

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Going Barefoot Increases Risk

2 Elderly Should Wear Shoes Indoors to Prevent Falls

"This is nuts. Another flawed 'correlation' study? Shoeless elderly are probably skewed towards the feeble, since they would find putting on shoes harder."
- Mark in the comments

Going barefoot, wearing slippers or wearing socks with no shoes may contribute to falls among the elderly, finds the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew Senior Life. Nearly 52 percent of participants who reported a fall were not wearing shoes at the time of their fall. Participants who experienced a fall while not wearing shoes incurred more serious injuries from their falls than those who experienced falls while wearing shoes. Previous studies show that more than 20 percent of elderly people do not wear shoes in the house. Said senior author Marian T. Hannan, "We suggest that advice about wearing shoes whenever possible be included in fall prevention programs. More research is needed on the design of acceptable and comfortable footwear that provides optimal safety for older people."

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Dance Therapy Reduces Seniors' Risk of Falling

Tags: Institute for Aging Research, Seniors, Protecting Against Falls, Marian T. Hannan

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Dr. Didn’t Follow Protocol

3 Woman Suffers Severe Burns from Laser Hair Removal

A Florida woman received severe burns after having laser hair removal under her arms. According to her attorney, Spencer Aronfeld, the doctor supervised the procedure which was performed by a technician. The woman, who needed urgent medical treatment filed a lawsuit against the doctor and technician who, it turns out, may not have been properly licensed. “Because there are so many people desperate to compete in a very beauty conscious society, predatory doctors or those pretending to be doctors take advantage of innocent victims," said Aronfeld. He added that patients seeking laser hair removal should look for a licensed doctor and technicians to perform the procedure, make sure the facility is insured, and ask for proof that the laser machine is properly calibrated to avoid burns.

More at Stylist.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Health News About Cosmetic Surgery

Tags: Cosmetic Surgery, Laser Hair Removal, Second Degree Burns, Third Degree Burns, Spencer Aronfeld

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Kids Are Vulnerable to Effects

4 Children, Moms at Greatest Risk from Oil Spill

Children along the Gulf Coast are most at risk from toxins and chemicals in the oil washing up on beaches from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. Children live and breathe closer to the ground where heavier-than-air compounds are more concentrated, says Irwin Redlener of the National Commission on Children and Disasters. Toddlers tend to put objects in their mouths, increasing the risk. Children also have a large skin-to-body-mass ratio, which means that they can absorb more toxins through their skin than adults. Unborn children also face dangers because the petrochemicals can reach fetuses through a mother’s placenta or be ingested by infants through breast milk. Health officials are also concerned about psychological stress that the oil spill is causing among Gulf families.

More at Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Tarballs No Reason for ER Visit

Tags: Children, Children's Health, Oil Spill Health Effects, Toxic Chemicals, Petrochemicals

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Singing Sisters Bring Awareness

5 More Cystic Fibrosis Patients Living to Adulthood

Two sisters on America’s Got Talent not only brought the house to tears with their song, but brought a greater awareness to the condition that they face – cystic fibrosis. Researchers are learning more about the incurable disease and more patients today are living past the age of 40, where previously life expectancy for those afflicted was mid- to late thirties. Dr. Jerry Nick of National Jewish Health in Denver has studied 3,000 long-term survivors of cystic fibrosis using data from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s national registry. His study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, found that newborn screening has helped implement life-extending treatments earlier in life. About 30,000 Americans live with the inherited disease.

More at Yahoo News | Hat tip to CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Raw Crayfish Leads to Rare Lung Infection

Tags: Lung, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Disease, Life Expectancy

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