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Aging, Longevity and Health in the News

Brain's dementia weak spot found
The brain has a weak spot for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, according to experts who have pinpointed the region using scans.

NHS staff stage four-hour strike
Nurses, midwives, ambulance staff and other NHS workers have staged a four-hour strike over pay.

Suicide risk falls after talk therapy
Talk therapy sessions can help reduce the risk of suicide among high-risk groups, suggests a US study.

Bag-for-life 'bug risk' advice
The Food Standards Agency says people should ensure they use a separate bag for raw meat and fish to avoid contamination with bugs.

VIDEO: 'End of life care needs more effort'
Professor Atul Gawande of Harvard University on why more effort needs to be made to improve the last stage in people's lives.

VIDEO: NHS pay: Staff morale is 'dreadful'
Thousands of NHS workers in England and Northern Ireland, including nurses, midwives and ambulance staff, have been staging four hour strikes.

VIDEO: 'My daughter felt trapped in hospital'
A coroner has concluded the death of a 25-year-old woman in a hospital in East Yorkshire was "not a case of neglect".

VIDEO: 'Bed blockers face legal action'
A hospital is to give so-called "bed blockers" seven days to leave or face possible legal action, saying that too many families are refusing to take elderly relatives home.

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Well: Yogurt May Lower Diabetes Risk
Regular consumption of yogurt may help lower the risk for Type 2 diabetes, a new study has found.

Well: Ask Well: Can Athletes Be Vegans?
A reader asks about his 15-year-old son, an athlete who wants to switch to a vegan diet.

Books: 'XL Love' Examines the Private Complications of Obesity in Americans? ...
Does a girl who enters adolescence with a big woman?s body have a harder time socially than most teenagers? How about a boy whose fat conjures up female stereotypes?

Well: PCOS: An Infertility Issue That Is Little Understood
Polycystic ovarian syndrome affects as many as 10 percent of women of childbearing age, but its underlying cause is not fully understood and misdiagnosis can result in ineffective treatment.

Well: Low Vitamin D Tied to Higher Death Risk
A new study provides persuasive evidence that low serum vitamin D itself increases the risk of death.

Could a sponge on a string help diagnose cancer?
Researchers at Cambridge University in England have come up with a new method of diagnosing esophageal cancer that they say is just as effective as an endoscopy. It involves swallowing a pill that turns into a sponge. Alphonso Van Marsh reports.

Holiday Surprise: What to do When Mom or Dad is Slipping Away
When visiting for the holidays, people who haven't seen their aging parents or grandparents in a year may find them in worse shape than expected.

Mali Confirms New Ebola Case
Mali's five confirmed Ebola deaths are linked to a 70-year-old imam who was brought to the capital Bamako, from Guinea.

Kisses for 'Bubble Baby' After Promising New Treatment
A new treatment for children with "bubble baby" conditions means a pair of California twins can finally have their chubby cheeks kissed.

Ebola Gives West Africans Temporary Respite in U.S.
Citizens of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone may be able to stay in the U.S. longer than they otherwise could because of the Ebola epidemic.

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Kids' Bag Lunches Not Meeting Nutrition Guidelines: Study
Second study found that providing classroom breakfast didn't improve grades, though longer-term studies are needed

Researchers Find Stem Cells That Help Nails Regenerate
Normal function helps with growth, but if nail is damaged, cells focus on repair

FDA Adds 'Boxed Warning' to Devices Used to Remove Uterine Fibroids
Risk of spreading unsuspected cancers prompted new warnings, agency says

Alaska Doctors Overwhelmed By New Federal Rules
The new requirements for electronic medical records and other technological upgrades can be a heavy burden for Alaska?s small medical practices and aging physician workforce.

Some Experts Dispute Claims Of Looming Doctor Shortage
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can fill some primary care gaps, but specialists say an aging population will need more intensive care.

Peanut Protein in Dust May Raise Allergy Risk
Babies exposed to traces of peanut protein in house dust may have a higher risk of peanut allergy, researchers say.

A Quarter Of Uninsured Say They Can?t Afford To Buy Coverage
Poll finds that the high cost was the biggest obstacle noted by Americans who lack insurance and don?t expect to buy it next year. About half of the uninsured hope to get coverage in 2015.

Testosterone Plays Minor Role in Older Women's Sex Lives, Study Finds
Quality of relationships may have more impact on libido

Could Your Job Help Preserve Your Aging Brain?
Mentally stimulating work may keep your mind sharp, research says

A Bad Marriage Burdens an Aging Heart
Older women in unhappy relationships seem especially vulnerable, researchers say

Baby Strollers Recalled; Finger Amputation Risk
Baby Strollers Recalled; Finger Amputation Risk

Babies remember nothing but a good time, study says
Researchers performed memory tests with 5-month-old babies, and found that the babies better remembered shapes that were introduced with happy voices and faces. Past studies have shown that babies are very tuned to emotions, including the emotions of animals.

Physicists and chemists work to improve digital memory technology
Researchers are studying graphene and ammonia to develop high-speed, high-capacity random access memory. The team engineered and tested improvements in the performance of a memory structure known as a ferroelectric tunnel junction.

Most older adults qualify for statin therapy under new cholesterol guidelines...
Nearly all individuals in their late 60s and early 70s now qualify for a statin medication to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease under the recently released cholesterol guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, an expert outlines.

Preconception care for diabetic women could potentially save $5.5 billion
Pregnant women with diabetes are at an increased risk for many adverse birth outcomes. Preconception care (PCC) can significantly lower these risks by helping pregnant mothers with diabetes control their glucose levels, resulting in healthier babies and less money spent on complicated deliveries and lifelong medical complications, researchers say, adding that this care could avert an estimated $5.5 billion in health expenditures and lost employment productivity over affected children's lifetimes...

Cell's skeleton is never still
Computer models show how microtubules age. The models reported by researchers help explain the dynamic instability seen in microtubules, essential elements in cells' cytoskeletons.

Masking HIV target cells prevents viral transmission in animal model
Cloaking immune cells with antibodies that block T cell trafficking to the gut can substantially reduce the risk of viral transmission in a non-human primate model of HIV infection, scientists report.

Pain and itch in a dish: Skin cells converted into pain sensing neurons
After more than six years of intensive effort, and repeated failures that made the quest at times seem futile, researchers have successfully converted mouse and human skin cells into pain sensing neurons that respond to a number of stimuli that cause acute and inflammatory pain.

An inside job: Designer nanoparticles infiltrate, kill cancer cells from within
Nanoparticle designs target and treat early stage cancer cells by killing those cells with heat, delivered from inside the cell itself. Normal cells are thus left unaffected by the treatment regimen.

Legendary snowmastodon fossil site in Colorado
Four years ago, a bulldozer turned over some bones at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village, Colorado. Scientists were called to the scene and confirmed the bones were those of a Columbian mammoth, setting off a frenzy of excavation, scientific analysis, and international media attention. This dramatic and unexpected discovery culminates this month with the publication of the Snowmastodon Project Science Volume.

Cooling with the coldest matter in the world
Physicists have developed a new cooling technique for mechanical quantum systems. Using an ultracold atomic gas, the vibrations of a membrane were cooled down to less than 1 degree above absolute zero. This technique may enable novel studies of quantum physics and precision measurement devices.

Sorting through recycling bins to learn about alcohol use
When researchers wanted to verify alcohol-use survey results at a senior housing center, they came up with a novel way to measure residents' drinking: Count the empty bottles in recycling bins.

Educating on sickle cell risk in sub-Saharan Africa
Members of the public in sub-Saharan Africa who are carriers of the hereditary disease sickle cell disease must be educated aggressively through public health campaigns to raise awareness of the risks of parenting offspring with the disease if their partner is also a carrier, according to research.

Football players found to have brain damage from mild 'unreported' concussions
There wasn't a diagnostic capability to identify mild brain injury early after the trauma until recently. In the NFL, other professional sports and especially school sports, concern has grown about the long-term neuropsychiatric consequences of repeated mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and specifically sports-related concussive and sub-concussive head impacts.'

Ultrafast, low-cost DNA sequencing technology a step closer to reality
A prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine has been developed by researchers. "Our goal is to put cheap, simple and powerful DNA and protein diagnostic devices into every single doctor's office," said one researcher. Such technology could help usher in the age of personalized medicine.

Protein that rouses brain from sleep may be target for Alzheimer's prevention
A protein that stimulates the brain to awaken from sleep may be a target for preventing Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. The new research, in mice, demonstrates that eliminating that protein -- called orexin -- made mice sleep for longer periods of time and strongly slowed the production of brain plaques.

Declining loneliness among American teenagers
In an effort to study the societal trend of loneliness, researchers conducted an analysis of data on high school and college students in the United States, and come up with some encouraging results.

Neurodegenerative diseases: Has a possible new lead been found?
Good communication between brain cells is vital for optimal (mental) health. Mutations in the TBC1D24 gene inhibit this process, thereby causing neurodegeneration and epilepsy. Fruit flies with a defect in Skywalker, the fruit fly variant of TBC1D24, are being used as a model for neurodegeneration. Researchers have succeeded in completely suppressing neurodegeneration in such fruit flies, by partially inhibiting the breakdown of 'defective' proteins in brain cells.

Mutant protein takes babies' breath away
Researchers had never shown exactly how cells in the brain stem detect carbon dioxide and regulate breathing in humans. After taking a mutation from a two-month-old baby and expressing it in human astrocytes, they did exactly that -- and the research may lead to an early warning system to save premature infants with breathing trouble.

Healthy gut microbiota can prevent metabolic syndrome, researchers say
Promoting healthy gut microbiota, the bacteria that live in the intestine, can help treat or prevent metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors that increases a person's risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, according to researchers.

Schizophrenia may be triggered by excess protein during brain development
A gene associated with schizophrenia plays a role in brain development and may help to explain the biological process of the disease, according to new research. Researchers saytoo much protein expressed by the NOS1AP gene, which has been associated with schizophrenia, causes abnormalities in brain structure and faulty connections between nerve cells that prevent them from communicating properly.

Universal health coverage for US military veterans within reach, but many sti...
Over a million US military veterans lacked healthcare coverage in 2012, according to new estimates published in The Lancet. While many people believe that all veterans are covered by the Veterans Affairs health care system, less than half (8.9 million) of the 22 million veterans in the US are covered by VA health benefits, and most veterans are covered by private health insurance. Uninsured veterans are more likely to be young, single, African American, and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Damage caused by geothermal probes is rare
Soil settlements or upheavals and resulting cracks in monuments, floodings, or dried-up wells: Reports about damage caused by geothermal probes have made the population feel insecure. In fact, the probability of damage occurring in Baden-Württemberg is lower than 0.002% per year.

What To Do If Your Medicine Has Reached Its Expiration Date
Since the 1970's, the FDA requires medications to have expiration dates. The government has looked at national stockpiles of medications and found that some may last as long as 15 years longer. CBS 2's Mary Kay Kleist reports.

Doctors Urge CPS To Help Students Adopt Better Sleep Habits
Pediatricians have recommended the Chicago Public Schools start classes for high school and middle school students later in the day, so students can get more sleep, but with Mayor Rahm Emanuel rebuffing such efforts, some doctors have offered other ideas for improving student performance.

Books: 'XL Love' Examines the Private Complications of Obesity in Americans? ...
Does a girl who enters adolescence with a big woman?s body have a harder time socially than most teenagers? How about a boy whose fat conjures up female stereotypes?

E.P.A. Postpones Setting Standards for Biofuel Blends
The agency?s move comes in response to a glut in the domestic oil market and significant public comment about the proposed targets.

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