By NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D. As obesity has risen in the United States and all around the world, so too have many other obesity-related health conditions: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and maybe even Alzheimer’s disease. But how exactly do those extra pounds lead to such widespread trouble, and how might we go about developing better ways to prevent or alleviate this very serious health threat
Women control half of the wealth in the United States, yet studies have shown that many of them are convinced they are lacking when it comes to understanding finances. Too often, in their eyes they aren’t capable of making prudent investment decisions
How Money Wise Are You?
Flu vaccines must be given yearly, but there has been no guarantee that the strains against which they protect will be the ones circulating once the season arrives. Now research by Rockefeller University scientists in New York and their colleagues suggests it may be possible to harness a previously unknown mechanism within the immune system to create more effective and efficient vaccines against this ever-mutating virus.
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Toward a Universal Flu Vaccine
Americans spend a significant portion of their income on summer vacations. According to Isar Meitis, President at Last Minute Travel Club and a ten year veteran of the travel industry, studies show the average vacation expense per person in the United States is $1,145, or $4,580 for a family of four
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Are You Making These Costly Online Travel Booking Mistakes?
In two ancillary studies of two multi-center international clinical trials led by the University of Southern California (USC) Eye Institute, the injectable drug ocriplasmin (brand name Jetra) appears to improve vision among patients suffering from symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion (VMA), a condition related to the aging eye that could cause permanent vision loss if left untreated. A release from the university quotes Rohit Varma, M.D., M.P.H., director of the USC Eye Institute and lead author of the study,vas saying, “These are the first large studies that document patient-reported visual improvement after injection of ocriplasmin for symptomatic VMA
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Non-Surgical Treatment for a Disease of Aging Eyes
As we reported here on ThirdAge.com on June 23rd 2015 in an article entitled “ Why the FDA Is Banning Trans Fats ”, trans fat intake has been linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease by contributing to the buildup of plaque inside the arteries that may cause a heart attack. A study done by the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has added yet another warning: Higher consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA), commonly used in processed foods to improve taste, texture and durability, has been linked to worsened memory function in men 45 years old and younger. The report was published online on in June 2015 in PLOS ONE
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Dietary Trans Fat Linked to Worse Memory
Eggs added to a salad of raw vegetables can improve the absorption of nutrients known as carotenoids that help reduce inflammation, according to research from Purdue University. “Eating a salad with a variety of colorful vegetables provides several unique types of carotenoids, including beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene,” said Wayne Campbell, a professor of nutrition science. “The lipid contained in whole eggs enhances the absorption of all these carotenoids.” The finding was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Eggs Can Improve Salads’ Health Benefits
Here, from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is the latest update on colon cancer: Last year in the United States, more than 136,000 people were diagnosed with—and more than 50,000 died from–colorectal cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, striking some groups more often than others.
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Update on Colorectal Cancer
Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have made a discovery that could lead to better treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The illness affects 1.6 million people in the United States, causing abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, rectal bleeding and other potentially debilitating symptoms.
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A New Culprit in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
While the consequences of osteoporosis are worse in men than women – including death – older males are far less likely to take preventive measures against the potentially devastating bone-thinning disease or accept recommendations for screening, according to research done by North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System geriatricians and presented at The American Geriatrics Society’s 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC in May. A release from LIF reports that geriatric fellow Irina Dashkova, MD designed and led a cross-sectional survey of 146 older adults in New York and Florida that showed stunning gender differences in perspectives, beliefs and behaviors surrounding osteoporosis, which primarily affects women but also affects up to 2 million American men.
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Men Far Less Likely to Prevent & Screen for Osteoporosis