September 15, 2010

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

1 Aerobics Relieve Insomnia in Older Adults

Aerobic exercise helps to relieve insomnia and improve mood in middle-aged and older adults finds a new study from Northwestern Medicine. The study is significant since about half of this population report chronic insomnia symptoms. Drug-free therapies to improve sleep are desirable and, particularly for this age group, eliminate the possibility of drug interactions with other medications the patient may be taking. "By improving a person's sleep, you can improve their physical and mental health," says lead author Dr Phyllis Zee. "Sleep is a barometer of health, like someone's temperature. If a person says he or she isn't sleeping well, we know they are more likely to be in poor health with problems managing their hypertension or diabetes."

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

Tags: Exercise for Seniors, Insomnia, Sleep Problems, Exercise and Sleep, Northwestern Medicine, Dr. Phyllis Zee

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Could Guard Against Arthritis

2 New Study Will Assess Health Benefits of Broccoli

Eating broccoli has been associated with a reduced cancer risk and a study is being undertaken to assess the benefits of broccoli in the fight against osteoarthritis. Launching at the University of East Anglia, the groundbreaking project hopes to link a compound in broccoli that blocks enzymes that cause joint destruction with protection against osteoarthritis. Scientists know that eating broccoli leads to a high level of the protective enzyme in the blood and hope to learn if the enzyme gets into the joints in the proper amounts to be effective against the debilitating pain of osteoarthritis. During the course of the three-year project, scientists will also investigate other dietary compounds, such as those found in garlic, and their effects on joint disease.

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

Tags: Arthritis, Broccoli, Osteoarthritis, University of East Anglia

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Sick Side of Friendship

3 Popular People Will Develop Flu First

A new study reveals that popular people tend to get the flu first, says CNN. Researchers found that popular people in the center of social networks get the flu about two weeks before others in a random group. They suggest that monitoring the health of these popular people could be a sort of early warning system for a flu outbreak. The group of popular people were the people named as "friends" when 319 Harvard undergraduates were questioned at random. Researchers found that 425 students (the friends group) were named at least one time. The flu epidemic peaked in the friends group 46 days before the general population of students, and about 14 days before the students who named them. Findings were published in the journal PLoS ONE.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Flu Outbreak, Harvard Undergraduates, PLoS ONE, Who Gets Flu First, Early Warning Flu, Popular People Get Flu First, Friends Make You Sick

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Hospice at Home Beats ICU

4 Dying at Home is Better

In their final days, patients who die at home with hospice care have a better quality of life than patients dying in the intensive care unit (ICU) or hospital, claim researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. In addition, loved ones of patients dying at home fared better psychologically than loved ones of patients dying at the hospital or ICU. Researchers, writing in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, suggest that experiences during the final days of life are shaped by setting. While the ICU may emphasize staying alive, hospice care at home places more value on comfort and managing symptoms. The research is the first to reveal that caregivers of cancer patients dying in the ICU are more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

More at Chicago Tribune | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hospice Cat Sabrina Made Dying Easier

Tags: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Dying at Home with Hospice, ICU Disadvantages, Advantages Dying at Home, Avoiding Hospital Deaths, Managing Symptoms, Caregivers of Cancer Patients

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Migraine Steals Usual Voice

5 British Woman Sounds French After Migraine

Suffering from a condition known as Foreign Accent Syndrome, a woman from southwestern England has developed a sudden French accent following a severe migraine, reports MSNBC. Neuroscientists say that the rare syndrome can leave lifelong locals with a foreign accent. The syndrome may be disturbing to individuals not only because they sound different from their former selves, but also because they sound different from others around them. Sophie Scott, researcher from University College London, told MSNBC that what sounds like an accent may actually be the product of a simple shift in the way the mouth is moved or how particular syllables are emphasized followed events like brain injury or stroke.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Foreign Accent Syndrome, University College London, French Accent, English Woman Sounds French, Migraine Causes Accent, Side Effects of Migraine Attack, Rare Accent Syndrome

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Sadness Is Bad for Heart

6 Depression and Heart Disease are Deadly Combo

The combination of depression and heart disease may triple the risk of death from any cause and quadruple the death risk from cardiovascular disease, say researchers from the University College London and the University of Versailles. Writing in the journal Heart, French and British researchers have strengthened the suggestion from previous research that depression and coronary heart disease are linked. Given the study findings that people with depression and heart disease are four times more likely to die from heart or circulatory disease, the researchers say that doctors need to pay more attention to depression in heart patients. The study tracked nearly 6,000 middle-aged people for more than five years.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Both Parents at Risk from Depression

Tags: University College London, University of Versailles, Combination of Depression and Heart Disease, Death Risk from Cardiovascular Disease, Death Risk from Depression, Depression and Heart Disease, Journal Heart

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A Growing Trend

7 More Grocery Stores Hiring Registered Dietitians

More grocery stores are offering the services of registered dietitians, according to a recent report on Chicago’s CBS News website. Across the country, it is a growing trend because of the increased concern about health and wellness. American Dietetic Association spokeswoman says “(Consumers) are confused about all the mixed information” and desire trustworthy nutritional advice, especially for special needs such as diabetes, heart disease, and food allergies. In fact, a National Grocers’ Association survey found that 77 percent of shoppers would like for their store to offer in-store dietitian services. Three Chicago area grocers, Whole Foods, Jewel, and Dominick’s, are among those offering nutritional services from dietitians.

More at CBS News Chicago | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Teaching Doctors Healthy Cooking Skills in New York

Tags: Nutrition, Registered Dietitian, Dietitian, Nutritionist

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Breakfast Before Schoolwork

8 Schools Taking New Approach to Fight Hunger

Schools in Colorado and Florida are taking on a new approach to end hunger among low income school children. Schools such as Centennial High School in Pueblo, CO are offering in-class breakfasts for free, sometimes to the entire school regardless of income. As a result, school district officials say, 76 percent of needy kids are now eating breakfast, which not only combats hunger but also is an effort to improve student performance in academics. Studies indicate that children learn better when they aren't hungry and Kids who eat breakfast right before taking tests score higher than kids who ate hours before. Currently, according to estimates, while about 19 million kids are eligible for free and reduced school meals, only 8.8 million are coming for breakfast.

More at USA Today | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Michelle Obama Asks Congress for School Lunch Reform

Tags: Child, Hunger, Poverty, School Children, Child Nutrition, Childhood Hunger

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Sustainable Seafood

9 Grocer Helps Shoppers Find Eco-Friendly Seafood

Whole Foods Market Inc has launched a new color-coded rating system to help seafood shoppers find those fish that are more environmentally-friendly. Similar to a stoplight, the grocer will rate each item with a green symbol to indicate that the species is relatively abundant and is caught in environmentally friendly ways. Red means that the species is suffering from overfishing or the methods used to catch it harm other marine life or habitats. Yellow is a warning that indicates that some concerns exist. “There has been a huge increase in attention … and enthusiasm (on sustainable seafood)” says Whole Foods seafood quality coordinator Carrie Brownstein. Other retail stores are also offering customer education about seafood, including Target, Safeway, Wegman’s, and Aldi.

More at Associated Press | Hat tip to Eat Drink and Be | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Contaminants Increasingly Affecting Seafood

Tags: Seafood, Sustainable Seafood, Environmentally Friendly Choices

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Detects One DNA Molecule

10 New One Hour TB Test Developed

Less than two weeks after U.S. researchers developed a new tuberculosis (TB) test that can diagnose drug-resistant TB in two hours, researchers in England developed one that gets results back in an hour. The tests works by detecting one molecule of DNA present in the bacterium. The new test has to undergo further testing and two years is the soonest it would on the market. Like the two hour test, it is an improvement over the traditional tests that takes sputum from individuals and grows it in a culture in the lab, taking weeks to obtain a result. Rapid testing would allow people to be diagnosed and begin treatment before leaving the office and hopefully decrease the rate of transmission.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: New Tuberculosis Test Gets Results in Two Hours

Tags: TB, Tuberculosis, Two Hour TB Test, Test for TB, Test for Tuberculosis, One Hour TB Test

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Success May Come with Risks

11 Gene Therapy Success for 18-Year-Old with Anemia

Doctors at Harvard Medical School have corrected a gene in an 18-year-old man with beta-thalassemia, a disease that impairs hemoglobin’s ability to carry oxygen throughout the body. His last blood transfusion, the standard of treatment for those with the disease, was in June 2008, a year after the operation. A lentivirus was used as a “Trojan horse” to deliver the piece of DNA. Doctors are cautiously optimistic, saying that the virus used to transport the gene may have altered the function of another gene that resulted in a mild increase in blood stem cells and are concerned it could be the beginning of leukemia, highlighting the risks of a procedure that has yielded some successes, but also resulted in the death of one 18-year-old in the U.S., and cancer in two French children.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Vitamin D Influences Key Genes in Certain Diseases

Tags: Anemia, Leukemia, Gene Therapy, Gene Therapy for Beta-Thalassemia, Beta-Thalassemia, Hemoglobin, Lentivirus, Risks of Gene Therapy

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