January 8, 2013

Fewer Signs of Alzheimer’s

1 Blood Pressure Meds Help Prevent Dementia

Taking medication to lower high blood pressure not only reduces one's risk of heart attack and stroke, but apparently also helps protect against several causes of dementia. According to a report by the American Academy of Neurology, the brains of deceased males who had taken anti-hypertensive drugs were found to have fewer signs of small strokes, fewer indicators of Alzheimer's disease, and less atrophy. Those who had been treated with beta blockers, which have unrelated negative side effects, exhibited only about half as much neurological damage as those who used other treatments, but any treatment whatsoever resulted in better brain health than no treatment. Roughly 68 million U.S. adults suffer from high blood pressure, and only about 50 percent of them have it under control.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Eat Heart-Healthy Food for a Healthy Brain

Tags: Hypertension and Dementia, Hypertension Treatment and Dementia, High Blood Pressure and Dementia, Hypertension and Alzheimer's, Brain Health and High Blood Pressure, Beta Blockers and Dementia

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But Two New Causes Loom Large

2 Cancer Deaths Decline Overall

Deaths from cancer continue to decline but those linked to obesity and the human papillomavirus (HPV) are rising, says a report compiled by several health agencies including the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the CDC which praise the dramatic decrease in smoking for the lower statistics. However, “Over the next 10 years, a combination of high caloric intake and low physical activity is going to surpass tobacco as a cause of cancer deaths,” said Dr. Otis Brawley, ACS, in an NBC interview. It’s estimated that bad diet, lack of exercise and obesity are risks for 1/3 of cancers including pancreatic, breast and colon cancers. In addition, head and neck cancers, associated with HPV are on the rise and accounted for 3.3% and 2% of all cancer cases in 2009 among women and men, respectively.

More at MSNBC.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Cancers Linked to Obesity on the Rise

Tags: American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer Risks, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colon Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Human Papillomavirus, Pancreatic Cancer, Cancer Linked to Obesity, Cancer and HPV, Dr. Otis Brawley

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The Sunshine Vitamin

3 Low Vitamin D Linked to Headaches

A new study published in the November/December 2012 issue of the journal Headache suggests that having low levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin (OH) D is associated with non-migraine headaches. Researchers from the University Hospital of North Norway have found that participants with the lowest levels of vitamin D in their blood had 20 percent more headaches than those with the highest levels. Vitamin D receptors are located in areas of the brain thought to be involved in the pathophysiology of headache, says Marie Kjaergaard MD. However, the researchers do point out that there have only been a few case studies describing the link between vitamin D deficiency and non-migraine headaches and that there has not yet been adequate intervention studies to determine if supplementation might help.

More at Medscape | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Vitamin D Deficiency Is Widespread, Lose Weight to Boost Vitamin D Levels

Tags: Headaches, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency

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Wet Digits Grab Wet Objects Best

4 Pruney Digits Have Functional Purpose

When we sit in a tub or pool too long, the nervous system constricts our subcutaneous blood vessels at the tips of our fingers and toes resulting in that pruney that makes one think they are aging at an accelerated rate. But results from research out of New Castle University in England demonstrate that those wrinkles help us grip wet objects better. Participants picked up wet marbles and lead weights; some had wet hands that had been soaked for 30 minutes and some had dry hands. The group with wet hands picked up the objects 12 percent faster than those with dry hands. Evolutionarily speaking, this may have allowed human to obtain food from streams and wet vegetation and not slip in the rain.

More at MSNBC Body Odd | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Wrinkles? Try Thai Face Slapping

Tags: Pruney Finger Tips and Toes, Wet Hands and Feet, Gripping Objects

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