Feb 26, 2009

Study On Risk For Women With Alcohol


Women and drinking do not mix well says a new study.  Over a million middle aged women were followed for about 6 to 7 years in the United Kingdom.  They found that women who had any type of alcohol a day,  had a greater risk in getting cancer.  Certain kinds of cancers were more probable such as breast, liver, and rectum.  The mouth, throat, and esophagus were more common in women who drank and smoked.  For the first time researchers are saying that even low to moderate alcohol use can give women a greater risk for cancer. Last year about 250,000 had breast cancer and a study showed that over 25,000 of them were affiliated with alcohol.

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Feb 23, 2009

Survey About Strokes

A telephone survey was done on how well people can recognize stroke symptoms when they see them and know to get help.  Over 85,000 people were surveyed and they found that about 1 in 5 people were able to identify all of the warning signs of a stroke.  One of the stroke symptoms almost everyone could pick out which was weakness in the arms, legs, or face.  Only a little over half of the people surveyed, knew that a quick onset of a severe headache was also a sign of a stroke.

Feb 16, 2009

Exercising and Seniors

A study was done on 117 senior citizens on whether or not exercising helped their body’s ability to guard against insulin resistance and improved their motor skills. The study was done with part of the group doing just aerobic exercises, just resistance training, no exercise at all, and a combination of both aerobic and resistance training. The researchers measured body fat, muscle mass, and insulin resistance at the beginning and end of every workout. They found that the groups who had aerobic exercises in their work out had improved rates of insulin resistance. They also found that exercise in general, no matter what kind, greatly improved motor function in seniors. Exercise is good for everyone, not just seniors, it gets us up and moving using our muscles to get us into a more healthy state and lower the risk of complications.


Feb 4, 2009

Best If Consumed By



Researchers have found people that have food in their home that is past the “Best If Consumed By” on the packaging are more likely to eat it past its date then if they find that in the stores.  They say that this is bad for health and safety because bacteria may start to slowly grow into the foods that people are eating.  Also, foods past the “Best If Consumed By” date may also taste bad as well.  Foods in cans are fine if they are not dented or leaking, the bacteria should not be present if the cans are intact.  But again, they will probably taste bad.  Yogurt is a good example of food that people eat past its date.

Feb 2, 2009

Worst City In Country For People With Asthma



The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America researched using twelve factors one hundred of the USA’s largest cities. St. Louis, Mo. is at that at the top of the list for 2009 for being the worst city for people that have asthma to live. They have been moving up the chart for a couple of years and now they are number one. The amount of people that have died from asthma, pollen, and no non-smoking in public places contributed to their placing. Asthma attacks are responsible for almost two million emergency room visits and half a million hospital admissions per year.

Jan 22, 2009

Generalized Anxiety Disorder In Older Adults


Older adults have been a part of a study for the use of medication for Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  Studies have been done in adults and young adults, but very little for older adults.  The study found medication to be moderately useful.  85 older adult patients in the study were placed on Lexapro and 92 were given a placebo.  Average age for this study is about 71 years old.  At the end of 12 weeks the study showed that 7% over half of  the patients that were on the Lexapro showed an improvement with their daily functioning and their GAD.  5% under half taking the placebo showed a positive result.  These numbers are post drop out.  The medicine takes about 4 weeks to get in the patients system and begin to work.  But the researchers say if you stick with the plan, you will most likely see beneficial results.