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Aging, Longevity and Health in the News

Death after sepsis treatment delay
The care given to an elderly woman who had a cardiac arrest and died after a delay in treatment for sepsis was inadequate, an ombudsman finds.

Girl's birthday 'gift' of hearing
A four-year-old girl hears her parents sing Happy Birthday for the first time after becoming one of the youngest people in the UK to have "revolutionary" hearing surgery.

Will same-sex marriage make America healthier?

Caregiving for the one you love
For 67-year-old Joe Fabiano, every morning is the same. After helping his wife, Anita, also 67, out of bed, he helps her bathe and dress, then guides her through their home of 45 years to the kitchen.

Blind swimmer holds 12 national records

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Well: Senior Tech: A Tablet for Aging Hands Fall Short
The AARP RealPad promises ?no confusion and no frustration? for older adults. Starting with the on button, it delivers the opposite.

Court Lets Some Charities Avoid Rules on Birth Control Coverage
An order bars the Obama administration from enforcing the rules against some religious groups until the Supreme Court decides whether to hear an appeal.

Well: Fidgeting May Benefit Children With A.D.H.D.
Instead of telling children with hyperactivity and attention problems to sit still, perhaps we should encourage them to wriggle at will.

Personal Health: With Summer Sun Comes Signs of Danger
The latest findings on the damage caused by ultraviolet radiation are enough to send one running past the sunscreen to get indoors.

State Marijuana Laws Complicate Federal Job Recruitment
Applicants living where marijuana is legal are being warned that federal agencies still will not tolerate its use.

Fate of Domestic Partner Benefits in Question After Marriage Ruling
With same-sex marriage now a right, some companies are likely to deliver what feels like an ultimatum: Marry within a certain time frame, or lose your partner?s health care coverage.

Half of U.S. heart disease deaths could be prevented
Five modifiable risk factors contribute to a huge number of heart disease deaths

Could orange juice raise skin cancer risk?
Researchers say compounds in citrus fruits may sensitize skin to sunlight, but more study is needed

Fireworks season brings biggest injury risk
Sparklers may seem kid-friendly, but every year thousands of children get hurt; experts offer tips for a safer celebration

Memory test could signal Alzheimer's years in advance
People who scored lower were more likely to develop Alzheimer's a decade or more later

Sugary Drinks May Kill 184,000 Yearly, Says Study
A new report says sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas and energy drinks may be linked to 184,000 deaths around the globe.

Could Too Much Citrus Cause Skin Cancer?
People who eat or drink large amounts of citrus may be raising their risk of the most deadly form of skin cancer, researchers found.

Medical Expert Critical of 'Belly Button Challenge'
A new viral fad promotes unhealthy body image, according to a medical expert. KARE's Renee Tessman reports.

A 10-Year-Old's Journey From Liam to Lia
Lia Hegarty, a 10-year-old transgender girl, loves theater and wants to be a zoologist. Her mother shares the remarkable story of her daughter's transition.

Same-Sex Marriage Can Be Good for Kids: Pediatricians
Same-sex marriage can be good for kids, pediatricians say.

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Fish diversity exploded when dinosaurs went extinct
Teeth and scales in marine sediments point to ?new age of fish? at the end of the Cretaceous

Can Orange Juice, Grapefruit Raise Your Melanoma Risk?
Study authors think compounds in citrus may sensitize skin to sunlight, but further study needed

Parents Should Set Good Example to Keep Kids Slim, Pediatrics Group Says
Avoid keeping sugary, high-calorie foods in the house, and encourage being active together

High Court?s Decision On Same Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage ...
By marrying partners with employer health plans, people in same-sex relationships are more likely to gain coverage.

Fat No Longer the Focus of New U.S. Dietary Guidelines
Nutrition experts endorse decision to drop restrictions, focus on quality of food instead

Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide
Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research. In the first detailed global report on the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages, researchers estimated deaths and disabilities from diabetes, heart disease, and cancers in 2010. In this analysis, sugar sweetened beverages were defined as any sugar-sweetened sodas, fruit drinks, sports/energy drinks, sweetened iced teas, or homemade sugary drinks such as frescas, that contained at...

Largest freshwater lake on Earth was reduced to desert dunes in just a few hu...
Researchers used satellite images to map abandoned shore lines around Palaeolake Mega-Chad, and analyzed sediments to calculate the age of these shore lines, producing a lake level history spanning the last 15,000 years.

Helium leakage from Earth's mantle in Los Angeles Basin
Geologists have found evidence of helium leakage from Earth's mantle along a 30-mile stretch of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. Using samples of casing gas from two dozen oil wells ranging from LA's Westside to Newport Beach in Orange County, researchers discovered that more than one-third of the sites -- some of the deepest ones -- show evidence of high levels of helium-3 (3He).

Humans around the world dance to the same beat
A new study has found that songs from around the world tend to share features, including a strong rhythm, that enable coordination in social situations and encourage group bonding.

Genes responsible for increased activity during the summer
A thermosensory gene changes behavior in warmer climates, new research reveals. Researchers have explored how the biological clock can be affected by the environment by examining the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster, which shows 24 hour biological cycles and is used as a model organism for studies into human rhythms.

Key element of human language discovered in bird babble
Stringing together meaningless sounds to create meaningful signals was previously thought to be the preserve of humans alone, but a new study has revealed that babbler birds are also able to communicate in this way.

Upsetting a fragile alliance triggers a deadly childhood disease
SMA is a devastating neuromuscular disorder that robs children of their ability to walk, eat, or breathe. Mostly caused by an inherited flaw in the Survival Motor Neuron (SMN) gene, SMA is presently without a cure. Scientists have shown that fruit flies and brewer's yeast can reveal clues about this disorder.

Recent mercury pollution on the rise, but quick to change, study shows
A study using a 600-year-old ice core shows that global mercury pollution increased dramatically during the 20th century, but that mercury concentrations in the atmosphere decreased faster than previously thought beginning in the late 1970s when emissions started to decline.

Soil water, microbes influence carbon in world's coldest desert, study finds
Soil water and microbes' respiration contribute to fluctuations of carbon dioxide in the world's coldest desert, where climate change is expected to increase underground moisture and microorganisms, a study finds.

Food for thought: Use more forages in livestock farming
Small-scale livestock farming in the tropics can become more intensive yet sustainable if more and better forage is used to feed the animals being reared. This could benefit farming endeavors in rural South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, and see a move away from the increased reliance on grain-based feeds, say scientists.

Neighborhood environments and risk for type 2 diabetes
Neighborhood resources to support greater physical activity and, to a lesser extent, healthy diets appear to be associated with a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes, although the results vary by the method of measurement used, according to a new article.

Retreating sea ice linked to changes in ocean circulation, could affect Europ...
Retreating sea ice in the Iceland and Greenland Seas may be changing the circulation of warm and cold water in the Atlantic Ocean, and could ultimately impact the climate in Europe, says a new study.

Even stars older than 11 billion years have Earth-like planets
33 Kepler stars have been selected for their solar like oscillations and a set of basic parameters have been determined with high precision showing that stars even older than 11 billion years have Earth-like planets.

Girl Learning to Eat After Spending Her Life on Feeding Tube
Four-year-old takes first bite as she learns to eat.

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Findings: For Couples, Time Can Upend the Laws of Attraction
The science of romance is finding that your assessment of a potential mate shifts the longer you know the person, a process one expert calls ?slow love.?

An Ocean Mystery in the Trillions
Much is still not known about the bristlemouth, the planet?s most plentiful vertebrate. What?s more, the ocean, making up 99 percent of the biosphere, may hold untold undiscovered species.

Bialowieza National Park Journal: Poland Wants Bison to Multiply, but Others ...
What many see as a shaggy national symbol whose numbers should be increased to ensure its survival, others see as a hazard to crops and the country?s economy.

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