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Aging, Longevity and Health in the News

Plumbers 'should report cold homes'
Plumbers and heating engineers should join with GPs and care staff in tackling problems caused by cold homes, health experts say.

Home care 'being short changed'
Just one in seven councils in the UK is paying a "fair" price for home care for the elderly, according to a survey.

Coffee linked to 'cleaner' arteries
Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries - a known risk factor for heart disease - South Korean researchers believe.

Deadly scopes sold without FDA approval

The health risks of cyberbullying in college
In a new study, researchers found college-age females are just as likely to suffer the negative effects of cyberbullying as younger adolescents.

Study: Eat peanuts early to avoid allergy
A new study suggests that peanut allergy can be prevented at a young age by embracing peanuts, not avoiding them.

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Personal Health: Healthy in a Falling Apart Sort of Way
Older definitions of health, and the treatments they dictate, do not apply at a time when people function independently despite chronic ailments.

Well: Think Like a Doctor: Thinner
Can you figure out what is wrong with a 58-year-old woman with bad arthritis who develops a terrible wasting illness after what looked like a simple cold?

National Briefing | Washington: Chief of National Cancer Institute Resigns
Dr. Harold E. Varmus, a Nobel Prize winner, announced Wednesday that he would step down as head of the National Cancer Institute on March 31.

McDonald?s Moving to Limit Antibiotic Use in Chickens
The chain said that within two years its domestic restaurants would no longer use birds treated with antibiotics ?important to human medicine.?

Well: Children?s Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says
The new study, conducted in Southern California, provides evidence that better air quality improved health among children, experts said.

More Children Eat Fruit in School, Study Shows
The study found that from the time new nutritional guidelines went into effect in 2012 through last year, the percentage of students choosing fruits increased to 66 percent from 54 percent.

Well: Peanuts May Be Good for Your Heart
Eating peanuts may lower the risk for cardiovascular disease and death, a large study suggests.

Well: An Upside to Gout: It May Offer Alzheimer?s Protection
Gout, an extremely painful form of arthritis, may be linked to a reduced risk for Alzheimer?s disease.

Now, an app that tracks medication shortages
The FDA has released a new smartphone app that lets consumers and health care pros know when supply problems arise

The flu is less common than you think
Study says adults over the age of 30 only tend to get the flu twice every 10 years, but kids are much more vulnerable

Why McDonald's is cutting back on antibiotics
Under pressure to boost sales, McDonald's announces that it will no longer buy chicken from suppliers who use human antibiotics

Brain plaque tied to Alzheimer's found in young adults
Puzzling sign in brains of people as young as 20 may provide clues to solving the mystery of Alzheimer's

Adults more resistant to the flu, study says
A new report says that adults over the age of 30 will get the flu twice on average over 10 years, while children will catch the virus every other year. Also, air pollution could impact how well children learn in school. Meg Oliver reports on the day's top health news.

The Next Ebola Zone: Report Finds 28 High-Risk Countries
Where else could an epidemic of Ebola or some other disease come? Try Somalia, Chad, Nigeria, Afghanistan or Niger.

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Harold Varmus stepping down as director of U.S. cancer institute
Nobel laureate leaving after 5 years

Early Studies See No Heart Risk From Testosterone Therapy
But experts agree more research is needed, especially in light of FDA warning

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Stem Further Damage After Heart Attack
Survivors who took large, daily dose of prescription-only capsules showed less decline in heart function

Health Law Arguments Offer Few Clues About Supreme Court Decision
After hearing arguments Wednesday from both sides of a case challenging the health law's subsidies to help people buy health coverage on federal exchanges, Supreme Court justices offered little insight into how they will rule.

Fried Foods Tied to Raised Heart Failure Risk
Eaten regularly, they might boost chances as much as 68 percent, study finds

Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer's Spotted in Young Adults
People as young as 20 have amyloid buildup, but researchers aren't sure what it means

Just How Big Is a Normal Penis?
Researchers size up thousands to arrive at averages

Love Coffee? Your Heart May, Too
Three to five cups daily appeared to lower risk of clogged arteries, study says

Nuts May Lengthen Your Life, Study Suggests
It hints, but doesn't prove, they might reduce risk of death from heart disease, other causes

Antipsychotics and Seniors With Dementia
Antipsychotics and Seniors With Dementia

Alzheimer?s Disease: Caregiver Tips
This article is about caring for a parent with Alzheimer?s disease. It offers tips for caregivers to plan for care, save money, and make smart decisions.

Breastfeeding an ideal feeding pattern for infants, experts say
Human milk provides the best nutrition for most babies and breastfeeding provides the best nutrition for infants and very young children, according to an updated position paper. The paper also outlines the health risks of not breastfeeding, which include increased rates of infant and maternal morbidity and mortality, increased health care costs and significant economic losses to families and employers.

Smoking when pregnant increases cancer risk for daughters
Women who smoke when pregnant are putting their daughters at a greater risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer later in life, a new study has determined. Findings also demonstrated that mothers who reported smoking most days while pregnant had daughters who had an earlier age of first menstruation, or menarche.

Understanding how the stomach responds to injury could help target therapy ag...
A better understanding of the stomach's immune response to Helicobater pylori infection could lead to new therapies targeting damage in the stomach, report researchers.

Human brains age less than previously thought
Older brains may be more similar to younger brains than previously thought. In a new paper, researchers demonstrate that previously reported changes in the aging brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging may be due to vascular (or blood vessels) changes, rather than changes in neuronal activity itself.

10 billion GP incentive scheme has no impact on premature deaths
There was no link between 10 billion pound pay-for-performance incentive scheme aimed at GP's and a reduction in premature deaths, an English study has concluded. "If this incentive scheme and others like it around the world are to continue, more attention needs to be paid to ensure that the performance indicators are more closely aligned to evidence for mortality reduction," the first author warns.

Weight loss surgery can be a safe option for obese children, experts say
Weight loss surgery does not stunt the growth of obese children when applied within a clinical pathway. It is a safe option to use and provides hope for youngsters who are unable to shed pounds through weight management programs that include counseling and lifestyle changes, experts report.

Simple sideline test shown effective in diagnosing concussion in student athl...
An easy-to-administer vision test has shown effective in diagnosing concussion in student athletes as young as 5 years old, researchers report.

Poverty, not the 'teenage brain,' accounts for high rates of teen crime
While many blame the 'teenage brain' for high rates of teen crime, violence, and driving incidents, an important factor has been ignored: teenagers as a group suffer much higher average poverty rates than do older adults. A new study finds that teenagers are no more naturally crime-prone than any other group with high poverty rates.

Printing custom touch-sensitive displays youself
Computer scientists have developed a technique that could enable virtually anyone to print out customized displays of their own in future ? in all shapes and sizes and onto various materials. A regular home printer could be used to print wafer-thin displays onto paper, so these printed displays might present custom-designed icons or even respond to touch.

New flavors for lager beer: successful generation of hybrid yeasts
Researchers have developed hybrid lager yeasts. For centuries the same few yeast strains have been used in the production of lager beer, in contrast to ale, whisky, wine and cider, for which there is a wide range of yeast strains available to produce different nuances of flavor. Researchers have been developing hybrid lager yeasts so as to impart new flavor to beer and accelerate the production process.

Biomarker for steatohepatitis (fatty liver disease) identified
Steatohepatitis (fatty liver disease) is a disease that is becoming increasingly more frequent as a result of diabetes and excess weight in an affluent society. Currently, it is not possible to forecast the further course of the disease ? right up to cirrhosis and cancer of the liver -- but it is known that it comes with an increased risk of heart attack and kidney damage. Now researchers report that a biomarker for the illness has been identified.

Male images seen by left side of the brain
A new study has found that people are quicker to categorize a face as being male when it is shown to the left side of the brain.

Choice of monitoring method could be key for babies with poor growth in the womb
In some pregnancies, there is an abnormal blood flow from the placenta and the fetus does not grow adequately in the womb, putting it at risk of being stillborn. Babies that grow poorly in the womb could have better outcomes if a method for the timing of delivery was used more widely, a study suggests.

Omega-3 fatty acids appear to protect damaged heart after heart attack
Taking omega-3 fatty acids appeared to lower inflammation and guard against further declines in heart function among recent heart attack survivors already receivingoptimal standard care, according to results from a randomized, controlled trial.

L.A. story: Cleaner air, healthier kids
A 20-year study shows that decreasing air pollution in Los Angeles has led to healthier lungs for millennials when compared to children in the '90s. The gains in lung function paralleled improving air quality in the communities studied, and across the Los Angeles basin, as policies to fight pollution took hold.

Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by nearly half
Adults who closely followed the Mediterranean diet were 47 percent less likely to develop heart disease over a 10-year period compared to similar adults who did not closely follow the diet, according to a new study.

Excavation reveals ancient town and burial complex in Diros Bay, Greece
Recent research has uncovered the remains of an ancient town and burial complex that date to the Neolithic and Bronze Age. In addition to the Neolithic 'spooning' couple that has been highlighted in recent news articles, the team also uncovered several other burials and the remains of an ancient village that suggest the bay was an important center in ancient times.

New research could lead to more efficient electrical energy storage
Researchers have identified electrical charge-induced changes in the structure and bonding of graphitic carbon electrodes that may one day affect the way energy is stored. The research could lead to an improvement in the capacity and efficiency of electrical energy storage systems, such as batteries and supercapacitors, needed to meet the burgeoning demands of consumer, industrial and green technologies.

Strength in numbers: First-ever quantum device that detects and corrects its ...
When scientists develop a full quantum computer, the world of computing will undergo a revolution of sophistication, speed and energy efficiency that will make even our beefiest conventional machines seem like Stone Age clunkers by comparison.

Galactic 'rain' explains why some galaxies are better at creating stars
Some of the galaxies in our universe are veritable star nurseries. For example, our own Milky Way produces, on average, at least one new star every year. Others went barren years ago, now producing few if any new stars. Why that happens is a question that has dogged astronomers for years. But now, more than 20 years of research has culminated in what might be the answer to that elusive question.

Using fruit flies to understand how we sense hot and cold
Innately, we pull our hand away when we touch a hot pan on the stove, but little is known about how our brain processes temperature information. Scientists now have discovered how a fruit fly's brain represents temperature, mapping it neuron by neuron, which has implications for understanding the much more complex human brain and how it responds to sensory stimuli. The work represents the first comprehensive mapping of the brain circuit that processes temperature information in any animal.

Direct evidence that drought-weakened Amazonian forests 'inhale less carbon'
Direct evidence of the rate at which individual trees in the Amazonian basin 'inhale' carbon from the atmosphere during severe drought has been provided by an international research team. Researchers found that while the rate of photosynthesis was constant among trees on plots unaffected by drought, rates on the six drought-affected plots dropped significantly (as compared with before the 2010 drought). They also discovered that while the growth rates of drought-affected plots were unchanged, le...

Discovery of 2.8-million-year-old jaw sheds light on early humans
For decades, scientists have been searching for African fossils documenting the earliest phases of the Homo lineage, but specimens recovered from the critical time interval between 3 and 2.5 million years ago have been frustratingly few and often poorly preserved. However, a fossil lower jaw found in the Ledi-Geraru research area, Afar Regional State, Ethiopia, pushes back evidence for the human genus -- Homo -- to 2.8 million years ago.

Strong genetic risk factor for MS discovered in family of five affected siblings
A genetic variation has been discovered that, in women, significantly increases their risk of developing multiple sclerosis, scientists report. The variant occurs almost twice as often among women with MS as in women without the disease, making it "one of the strongest genetic risk factors for MS discovered to date,? said the study's senior author.

Family of California Teen Declared Brain Dead Sues Hospital
Doctors declared Jahi McMath brain dead, but her family says she's alive.

New Treadmill Test Predicts 'Survival of the Fittest'
A simple treadmill test can help predict how long you will live.

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Jawbone Fossil Fills a Gap in Early Human Evolution
The 2.8-million-year-old mandible of a Homo habilis predates by at least 400,000 years any previously known Homo fossils.

Well: Children?s Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says
The new study, conducted in Southern California, provides evidence that better air quality improved health among children, experts said.

Researchers Report Milestone in Developing Quantum Computer
A team of University of California, Santa Barbara, and Google scientists reported that they had created an error-correction system that stabilizes qubits, the unstable basic element of quantum computing.

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