March 6, 2011

Rooney Treated Badly by Family

1 Mickey Rooney Talks About Elder Abuse

Mickey Rooney, 90, has testified before a special Senate committee that he was the victim of elder abuse at the hands of a meddlesome family member he declined to name, reports CBS News. The film and television star felt taken advantage of by a family member who took care of him. Rooney said, "Above all, when a man feels helpless, it's terrible." The committee is considering legislation to curb elder abuse. While Rooney has refused to name his abuser, he obtained a restraining order against his stepson, Chris Aber. Elder abuse, which impacts an estimated 2.1 million each year, affects people from all socioeconomic groups, races and cultures.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: ADHD in Kids Increases Risk of Drug Abuse Later On

Tags: Elder Abuse, Elderly Abused by Family, Abuse of Elderly by Family, Mickey Rooney Abused, Chris Aber Stepson

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Driving into the Future

2 Google Working on Self-Driving Car

Google is working on a self-driving car which would make driving safer and more convenient. CBS News reports that the car has a special camera that measures how far away objects are located. The self-driving car would also feature radar sensors that keep an appropriate distance to the car in front. Currently, the self-driving car can navigate the Bay Area and the major freeway system, but Google is still working out ways to handle sign and road changes. The car should allow people to safely "drive" while working or texting. The self-driving car would also make driving possible for people of advanced age and the blind.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Car That Can Drive Itself, Self-Driving Car, Car Drives Itself, Cars That Drive Without Drivers, Cars of the Future, Google Projects, Next Google, Cars Future, Making Driving Safer

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Obesity Like New Smoking

3 Obesity Raises Cancer Risk

Two of three Americans are at increased risk of dying from cancer because of obesity, but only about 50 percent of Americans realize that obesity is a risk factor for cancer. Los Angeles Times reports that Dr. Anne McTiernan referred to obesity as "almost like the new smoking." McTiernan, director of the Prevention Center at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, believes that the obesity factor can have a huge impact on the number of people who get cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, obesity paired with physical inactivity may be liable for up to 30 percent of major cancers such as colon, postmenopausal breast, kidney and esophageal.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, National Cancer Institute, Obese Adults, Obese Patients, Obesity Dangers, Postmenopausal Breast Cancer, Health Risks Obesity, Obesity Linked Cancer, Obese More Likely Have Cancer, Obesity Like Smoking, Anne McTiernan, Physical Inactivity

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Within 24 Hours Best

4 Start Rehab Quickly After Knee Surgery

Beginning physical therapy within 24 hours of knee arthroplasty surgery can improve range of joint motion, muscle strength and pain, plus reduce hospital stays, find researchers. The study, reported in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation, found that, on average, patients who started rehabilitation within 24 hours of knee replacement surgery stayed in the hospital two days less than those who started therapy 48 to 72 hours after surgery. Patients experiencing the quick start of rehab also had less pain, improved muscle strength, a greater range of joint motion in leg flexion and extension, and higher scores in tests for gait and balance.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Telerehab Works After Knee Surgery

Tags: Knee Replacement, Knee Surgery, Rehab After Knee Surgery, Physical Therapy Knees, Clinical Rehabilitation, Knee Arthroplasty Surgery, Improved Muscle Strength, Greater Range of Joint Motion, Tests for Gait

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Salmonella Found Inside

5 Skippy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Recalled

Skippy reduced fat peanut butter has been recalled in 16 states due to salmonella, reports MSNBC. The affected products include Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread. Recalled Skippy was distributed in the following states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The recalled products are sold in 16.3 ounce plastic jars with UPC codes 048001006812 or 048001006782. Unilever is conducting this limited recall in cooperation with the FDA. No illnesses have been reported.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Salmonella Peanut Butter, Skippy Peanut Butter Recall, Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Recall, Skippy Recall Salmonella, Recalled Peanut Butter, Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread, Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread

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Another Reason 13 Is Bad Luck

6 Thirteen Gene Variations Linked to Heart Disease

Over 22,000 people with either coronary heart disease or with a history of having a heart attack had their DNA examined and compared to those of 60,000 healthy people. Researchers found 13 variations, also known as mutations in genes that had not been previously discovered that are linked to factors that increase the risk of heart disease such as elevated LDL levels and high hypertension. They also confirmed at least 10 more variants. Researchers hope the results help them gain better insight into the development of heart disease which should lead to better treatments and prevention. It also supports the idea that analyzing an individual’s genetic profile for these variants should become part of the standard of care since heart disease is the world's number one killer.

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

Previously: Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure, Heart Disease

Tags: Coronary Disease, Genetic Variation, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Hypertension, LDL, Risk Factors for Heart Disease

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Separates Maternal and Fetal DNA

7 Blood Test for Down Syndrome Shown to Be Accurate

Scientists who developed a maternal blood test to determine if a fetus will have Down Syndrome have shown that it is accurate and are ready to start larger clinical trials. In a small trial, fourteen cases in which the test detected extra copies of chromosome 21 and 26 healthy fetuses were correctly diagnosed. The test is done between the 11th and 13th week of pregnancy and can separate the mother’s and fetus’ DNA . This is a lot less invasive than an aminocentesis which involves sticking a needle into the uterus and collecting amniotic fluid around the 15th or 16th week of pregnancy and slightly increases the chance of a miscarriage. Researchers believe that if the larger studies are successful, changes in testing could happen in a couple of years.

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

Previously: Dementia in Alzheimer's and Down Syndrome Linked

Tags: Down Syndrome, Blood Test for Down Syndrome, Aminocentesis, Chromosome 21

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Five Servings a Day Protects You

8 Potassium in Diet Good for Cardiovascular Health

A study that collected information from 11 previous studies suggests that food high in potassium such as bananas may reduce the chance of having a stroke by 21 percent and lower the risk of developing heart disease. The information from 247,510 men and women about what they ate the day before showed that people who had at least 1.64 grams of potassium a day saw the benefits, which is equivalent to eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Potassium has been shown to lower blood pressure and may slow down atherosclerosis which makes arterial thicker and restricts blood flow. Researchers warn that people who have kidney failure or take drugs that lower potassium should talk to their doctors before changing their diet, but for most people increasing potassium is advised.

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

Previously: Salt Substitute May Improve Blood Pressure

Tags: Heart Disease, Potassium, Stroke, Five Servings of Fruits and Vegetables

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