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Aging, Longevity and Health in the News

Quarter of skin cells 'on road to cancer'
More than a quarter of a middle-aged person's skin may have already made the first steps towards cancer, a study suggests.

Tobacco firms challenge packaging law
British American Tobacco and Philip Morris file legal challenges against the UK government over plain packaging for cigarettes.

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John Scalzi, Science Fiction Writer, Signs $3.4 Million Deal for 13 Books
Mr. Scalzi?s books include a series known as the ?Old Man?s War? and ?Redshirts,? a Hugo award winner about characters on the original ?Star Trek.?

Women Describe Their Struggles With Gender Roles in Military
Asked in 2014 to share their experiences, female soldiers and veterans talked about serving where ?a lot of respect slips through the cracks.?

While at War, Female Soldiers Fight to Belong
Even as women distinguish themselves as enlisted soldiers, many struggle with depression and a sense of alienation in an intensely male military world.

World Briefing | United Nations: Emergency Fund Created for World Health Agency
Diplomats approved the creation of a $100 million fund to help the World Health Organization respond rapidly to emergencies.

Well: Ask Well: Massage and Toxins
A reader asks whether drinking a lot of water after a massage really helps flush away toxins, or otherwise augments massage?s benefits.

The New Old Age: Lessons on End-of-Life Care From a Sister?s Death
Personal experience teaches more than any expert can about caring for family members with terminal conditions.

Fish oil may boost brain function in older adults
Omega-3 fatty acids may help people at risk for Alzheimer's disease, researchers find

Single mom with cancer campaigns for right to die
California woman with terminal illness fights for a change in the law

Breath-holding games are killing swimmers, CDC warns
Underwater contests and extreme training can be deadly, even for strong swimmers

California drought is making allergies even worse
Drought conditions make pollen an even bigger problem than usual

California drought making allergies worse
People on the West Coast are suffering through a terrible allergy season, and drought conditions are part of the problem. CBS News' Teri Okita reports.

Trying to lose weight? Get more sleep
Experts say there is a clear link between weight management and getting enough shuteye

Why more sleep could help you shed pounds
If you're trying to drop a few pounds, you might want to spend more time sleeping. Clinical psychologist and sleep medicine specialist Michael Breus joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss how your sleep pattern can help manage your weight.

Is Arthritis Just for Old People? (No)
Dr. Ernest Patti breaks down why arthritis isn't just an ailment for the elderly.

Don't Hold Your Breath: CDC Reports on Pool Accidents
It's called "dangerous underwater breath-holding behavior" and it can kill even highly trained swimmers, health officials report.

Depression Raises Parkinson's Risk, Study Confirms
A new study strengthens evidence that depression may raise the risk of Parkinson's disease.

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Brazil decriminalizes efforts to turn its biota into gold
New law eases draconian measures that brought bioprospecting to a standstill

Medicaid Expansion Helps Cut Rate Of Older, Uninsured Adults From 12 To 8 Per...
A study finds that in states that did not expand the health program for low-income residents, the rate of uninsurance among 50- to 64-year-olds is twice that of other states.

Too Few Younger, High-Risk Americans Get a Colonoscopy: Study
Those with a family history of disease should have screening at age 40, but only 38 percent do

Obesity, mood disorders increase peripartum cardiomyopathy risk
Anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder doubles the risk of peripartum cardiomyopathy during childbirth, while obesity leads to a 1.7-fold increase, researchers report. Women with common pregnancy-related symptoms such as shortness of breath and leg swelling plus five PPCM risk factors could benefit from screening, the experts say.

Parents are integral in stopping rise as teen e-cigarette usage triples
Though many think e-cigarettes are helping to reduce the number of smokers in the US, research is showing the opposite is true when it comes to teens. Experts recently released data showing that in just one year the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes has tripled.

Deciphering clues to prehistoric climate changes locked in cave deposits
It turns out that the steady dripping of water deep underground can reveal a surprising amount of information about the constantly changing cycles of heat and cold, precipitation and drought in the turbulent atmosphere above. The analysis of a stalagmite from a cave in north east India can detect the link between El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian monsoon, a new study has found.

Scientists create mice with a major genetic cause of ALS, frontotemporal deme...
A novel mouse has been developed that exhibits the symptoms and neurodegeneration associated with the most common genetic forms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease), both of which are caused by a mutation in the a gene called C9ORF72.

The Viking's grave and the sunken ship: New photogrammetry method transforms ...
Mapping archaeological digs takes plenty of time and a lot of measuring, photographing, drawing and note taking. Now, most of this work can be done with a technique called photogrammetry. Photogrammetry is a method that uses two-dimensional images of an archaeological find to construct a 3D model.

Study uses farm data to aid in slowing evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds
Although researchers and industry personnel have made recommendations to slow the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds, an understanding of the patterns and causes of the resistance has been limited. A recently published study looking at glyphosate-resistant waterhemp is providing valuable evidence that points to management practices as the driving force behind herbicide resistance, and that herbicide mixing, as opposed to herbicide rotation, is the most effective tool in managing resistance.

An evolutionary heads-up: The brain size advantage
Animals with large brains are considered to be more intelligent and more successful than those with smaller brains. Researchers have now provided the first experimental evidence that large brains provide an evolutionary advantage. Large-brained female fish have a higher survival rate than those with small brains when faced with a predator, although brain size surprisingly did not influence male survival.

Estuaries protect Dungeness crabs from deadly parasites
Parasitic worms can pose a serious threat to the Dungeness crab, a commercially important fishery species found along the west coast of North America. The worms are thought to have caused or contributed to the crash of the crab fishery of central California during the last half century. New research shows that infected crabs can rid themselves of parasites by moving into the less salty water of estuaries. Low salinity kills the worms creating a parasite refuge for the crabs.

Go fish! Ancient birds evolved specialist diving adaptations
A new study of some primitive birds from the Cretaceous shows how several separate lineages evolved adaptations for diving. Living at the same time as the dinosaurs, Hesperornithiform bird fossils have been found in North America, Europe and Asia in rocks 65-95 million years old. This research shows that separate lineages became progressively more adept at diving into water to catch fishes, like modern day loons and grebes.

How a schizophrenia risk gene affects the brain
Brain imaging studies have already revealed that mental illnesses involve alterations in both the structure and connectivity of the brain. Scientists have now, for the first time, shown how the disruption of a key gene involved in mental illness impacts on the brain.

Enhancing knowledge crucial to improving energy-saving behaviors, study shows
Increasing public knowledge and understanding about energy issues is vital if improved energy-saving behaviors are to be encouraged among individuals and organizations, a study suggests.

Faster heart rate linked to diabetes risk
An association between resting heart rate and diabetes suggests that heart rate measures could identify individuals with a higher future risk of diabetes, according to an international team of researchers.

The winners and the losers of the California water crisis
A new article highlights the widening gap of inequality between the wealthy and the poor of California, specifically in relation to the State's current drought. The problem, it states, is two fold. First, California's water systems are described as "antiquated and dysfunctional" due to the State's reluctance to challenge "historic seniority" of water rights where corporate farmers can water thousands of acres of land at a subsidized federal cost without being required to report their groundwater...

Subconscious learning shapes pain responses
People can be conditioned to associate images with particular pain responses ? such as improved tolerance to pain ? even when they are not consciously aware of the images, research suggests.

New mechanism for Alzheimer's disease confirmed
Decreased removal of toxic peptides in the brain causes the onset and first clinical signs of Alzheimer's disease, research suggests, rather than overproduction as has previously been assumed. This information can now be used to target specific genes to enhance their function in the brain of elderly or people at risk.

American Indians disproportionately disciplined at school compared to white s...
School disciplinary actions handed down to students at Utah public schools disproportionately impact American Indian children over all other ethnicities enrolled in the state's public education system, new research reveals. Although American Indian students comprise the smallest student demographic in Utah, they have the largest percentage of students referred to law enforcement and arrested at school.

Head injuries could result in neurodegenerative disease in rugby union players
Until now, the association between head injuries and neurodegenerative disease, specifically chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), has predominantly been made with boxers. Now, the first case has been reported showing an association between exposure to head injuries in rugby union players and an increased risk in neurodegenerative disease.

Human stem cell model reveals molecular cues critical to neurovascular unit f...
Using human embryonic stem cells, researchers have created a model that allows them to track cellular behavior during the earliest stages of human development in real-time. The model reveals, for the first time, how autonomic neurons and blood vessels come together to form the neurovascular unit.

Raising a glass to the holidays: Research finds extra alcohol sold, consumed ...
Asking people about what they drink on holidays and other special occasions shows we drink around the equivalent of 12 million more bottles of wine a week than we previously thought in England. Previous surveys on alcohol consumption have not accounted for all the alcohol that is sold. This research appears to have found many of these 'missing units.'

Serengeti Park disappearing
A huge wildebeest herd migrates across the open, parched plains. Dust swirls up from the many hooves pounding the ground, and forms a haze over the landscape. The setting sun gives the scene a golden tinge. Serengeti National Park is the symbol of Africa's abundant wildlife. The park as we know it today could be history within a few decades, experts say.

Beyond average: New platforms genetically barcode tens of thousands of cells ...
Two separate research teams have developed high-throughput techniques to quickly, easily and inexpensively give every individual cell in a sample a unique genetic barcode. This allows scientists to analyze complex tissues by profiling each individual cell--no averaging required.

Lowly 'new girl' chimps form stronger female bonds
Low-ranking 'new girl' chimpanzees seek out other gal pals with similar status, finds a new study. The results are based on 38 years' worth of daily records for 53 adult females in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, where Jane Goodall first started studying chimpanzees in the 1960s. The researchers are still working out whether the low-ranking pairs are true buddies, friends of convenience, or merely acquaintances.

Obese teens' brains unusually susceptible to food commercials, study finds
TV food commercials disproportionately stimulate the brains of overweight teenagers, including the regions that control pleasure, taste and -- most surprisingly -- the mouth, suggesting they mentally simulate unhealthy eating habits that make it difficult to lose weight later in life.

You'll Need Tissues After Seeing This PSA for Organ Donation
Argentinian PSA shines light on organ donation.

Man With Dementia Survives Nearly 3 Days in Desert
Man survives dangerous conditions in the Mojave desert.

Parents Say Pot Helped Daughter's Seizures
Three-year-old had 1,000 seizures a day. Now, she only has a handful, parents say.

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John Scalzi, Science Fiction Writer, Signs $3.4 Million Deal for 13 Books
Mr. Scalzi?s books include a series known as the ?Old Man?s War? and ?Redshirts,? a Hugo award winner about characters on the original ?Star Trek.?

National Briefing | West: California: Tests Ordered After Oil Leak
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration required Plains All American Pipeline to remove the damaged section of pipe, test it and empty the remainder of the line.

Farmers Agree to Water Cuts in California
State officials accepted an offer from growers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to give up a quarter of their water this season.

Fighting Pollution From Microbeads Used in Soaps and Creams
On Friday, the California State Assembly passed a bill that could become the strictest ban in the United States on the particles, which can carry pollutants into the food chain.

California Farmers Offer Concession in Drought
Growers in California?s Sacramento and San Joaquin river delta said they would give up a quarter of their water if California promised not to make further cutbacks.

Oil Again Fouling California Coast Near Site of Historic Spill
Up to 21,000 gallons of crude oil reached the sea near Santa Barbara after a leak in a pipeline linking a large offshore rig to refineries.

Family Tree of Dogs and Wolves Is Found to Split Earlier Than Thought
A bone fragment found in Siberia suggests that the ancestors of modern wolves and dogs split into different lineages between 27,000 and 40,000 years ago, scientists say.

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