January 14, 2014

Studies & Socializing Take Over

1 Kids Hit Teen Years, Become Less Active

According to newly-released figures from the CDC, American kids become markedly less physically active as they hit their teens, creating patterns of inactivity that tend to persist throughout adulthood. While 70 percent of those ages 6 to 11 meet the government's recommendation of at least an hour of physical activity per day for children and adolescents, that number plummets to just 25 percent for those in the 12-to-15 age group. Observers attribute the fall-off in physical activity to the increasing time demands and distractions posed by school work and social activities, and a de-emphasis on PE and play time. Health professionals recommend programs that promote kids' favorite activities: basketball, running and football among boys, and running, basketball and dancing among girls.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Sleep Deprived Teens and Tweens Risk Obesity

Tags: Children and Exercise, Teenagers and Exercise, Childhood Obesity and Exercise, Teens Need More Physical Activity

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No Co-Pays, Co-Insurance Costs

2 Preventive Breast Cancer Meds Free under ACA

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that medications like tamoxifen and raloxifene be covered as preventive medication under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) thus eliminating co-pays or co-insurance for women who are prescribed them. "We are making significant advancements in combating this disease — and for women who are shown to be at a higher relative risk for breast cancer, today, access to early treatments can improve their health," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. ACA covers preventive services that have been proven to be effective in detecting disease early, such as cancer screenings and annual exams. In studies, tamoxifen and raloxifene cut the incidence of invasive breast cancer from 16 to nine cases per 1,000 women over five years.

More at USAToday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Debunking the Mammogram Myths

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Breast Cancer, Department of Health and Human Services, Insurance Co-Pays, Kathleen Sebelius, Preventive Care, Raloxifene, Tamoxifen

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About 1 to 2 Cups of Coffee

3 Caffeine May Boost Memory

Caffeine could help boost memory, suggest researchers. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, found that 200 milligrams of caffeine (the amount in one to two cups of coffee) has a beneficial effect on memory. However, there was no memory benefit for consuming less than 200 milligrams of caffeine. The study involved 73 volunteers who were tested on image recall after taking a caffeine pill or an inert pill containing no caffeine. Despite the positive results, researchers say that the experiment doesn’t prove that caffeine works as a drug for improving memory. Furthermore, researchers are unsure exactly how much caffeine would constitute an effective dose for improving memory.

More at New York Times | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Caffeinated Coffee May Lower Risk of Oral Cancer

Tags: Health Benefits Coffee, Memory Aids, Nature Neuroscience, Benefits Caffeine

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High Def Visual Memory, Oh Yeah

4 Younger People Have HD Memory

Younger adults don’t necessarily remember more than older adults, but they’re able to retrieve their memories in higher definition, say researchers. The research, published in Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, focuses on visual working memory. Researchers from Vanderbilt University studied 11 adults around 67 years old, and 13 younger adults aged about 23 years. They completed a visual change direction task, and the accuracy of their responses showed how well they memorized the appearance of colored dots. Researchers also used electroencephalographic data to examine a neural measure of memory. Findings suggest that while the neural measure of memory was similar for both groups, the older adults stored items in their memory at a lower resolution, which resulted in impaired recall.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Continued Learning Prevents Elderly Memory Loss

Tags: Memory Aids, Memory and Cognition Problems, Memory Loss, Memory Problems, Young Versus Older Adult Memory, High Def Memory, HD Memory, High Definition Memory

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