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When Shoveling Snow Is a No-Go

Ready for more snow this weekend and next week? As if another stretch of shoveling snow weren’t enough of a pain, it can pose real danger to heart patients. Shoveling snow is strenuous. It’s even more demanding when you’re dealing with heavy, wet snow while navigating layers of ice. A burst of over-exertion in freezing… Read more »

Misleading Mammography Study Puts Women at Risk

When the British Medical Journal recently published an article that mistakenly concluded that annual mammography doesn’t save lives, news outlets like the New York Times jumped on the story—to the disservice of their readers. The study was based on follow-up results of the Canadian Breast Cancer Screening Study (CNBSS), a five-year study conducted from 1980… Read more »

“Food Insecurity” Challenges Many College Students

College students are much more likely to experience “food insecurity” than the general population, according to recent studies. A student survey at a campus in rural Oregon indicated 59 percent of them are less likely to have ready access to nutritious food, the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior recently reported. The USDA defines food… Read more »

Science Careers’ Surprising Challenges

Once scientists start working, it can be hard for us to know how to take our science careers to the next level. At times, we must be assertive–even aggressive—to advocate for ourselves or our ideas. Many of us choose science careers because we like knowing how things work. We don’t tend toward extroversion or confrontation…. Read more »

Anti-Smoking Campaign Targets At-Risk Youth

Almost all smokers get addicted to cigarettes very young, according to The Health Consequences of Smoking, published last month by the US Surgeon General. Nearly 90 percent of smokers start before 18 and 98 percent by 26; three-quarters of all teen smokers become adult smokers. If current trends in smoking and smoking initiation stay the… Read more »

NFL Backs Youth Concussion Protocols

The National Football League (NFL) recently joined two New Jersey lawmakers to support the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act of 2013 (ConTACT Act). The act emphasizes the importance of establishing best practices for diagnosing and managing mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in children. The NFL is studying the long-term effects of mTBI in athletes,… Read more »

Prevent Relapse with Addiction Treatment

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s sudden death is a grave reminder that addiction doesn’t sleep. After more than two decades of staying off drugs, the actor picked up old addictions in recent years. New York City Police officers reported that friends found him dead in his downtown apartment with a needle in his arm. His home contained… Read more »

Gene Therapy: A New Possibility
for Parkinson’s Patients

A new gene therapy called ProSavin may help reduce motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, suggests a recent study published in The Lancet. Although Parkinson’s cannot be cured, medications can improve symptoms. Typically, treatment includes dopamine-replacement therapy to replenish the main brain chemical that patients with Parkinson’s lose. This new gene therapy restores the patient’s dopamine… posted in: Neuro, News tags:


Are the New Blood Pressure Guidelines for You?

People older than 60 should strive for blood pressure 149/90, according to new hypertension guidelines recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The previous goal for the “top” (systolic) number was 140 (the “bottom” [diastolic] number hasn’t changed). Furthermore, the committee increased the threshold for treatment for diabetic and kidney-disease patients to… Read more »

Stay Warm in the Polar Vortex–
and Avoid Hypothermia

As the polar vortex causes temperatures to drop dramatically, make sure to stay warm and keep hypothermia at bay. Hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature) affects the brain, disrupting the ability to think clearly or move well. Severely low body temperature can even lead to heart failure and death. Hypothermia often looks different from one person… posted in: Children's Health, Geriatric Care, News, Wellness tags: