March 6, 2013
1Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) is the second-leading cancer killer in the United States. 2Colon cancer is an equal opportunity disease, affecting men and women of all racial and ethnic groups and socio-economic backgrounds. 3Colon cancer is most often found in people older than 50, but some people may get the disease at a younger age, especially those with genetic predispositions. 4About 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented with regular screenings.
March 5, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I always knew high blood pressure ran in my family, but I never realized that it could cause kidney disease. Because I felt healthy, I hadn't worried about my "borderline" hypertension. Turns out, my kidneys were silently being damaged. I have since made lifestyle changes to control my blood pressure and prevent further damage. These include daily exercise and cutting back on salt, sweets and fast food. March is National Kidney Month, and March 14 is World Kidney Day. The National Kidney Foundation is urging Americans to learn their risk factors for kidney disease and to get their kidneys checked with a simple urine and blood test.
February 11, 2013 |
For decades, it's been a rite of spring. You hop in the car, head for the nearest garden center, and load up on impatiens, the best-selling, candy-colored annuals that thrive in shade, mound up like half a beach ball, and bloom their heads off till frost, asking little in return. But this year, disaster looms. There will be far fewer impatiens for sale. Gardeners who do buy them will be taking a risk that experts say isn't worth it. The plants will probably die, and the shade-loving alternatives being offered up may not cut it for many who depend on the easygoing, affordable impatiens to brighten their summer landscape.
January 29, 2013
If you're worried about the recent study linking aspirin use to an age-related disease that leads to blindness , specialists at Wills Eye Institute have some reassuring advice. The Australian study, published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that taking aspirin at least once a week more than doubled the chance of macular degeneration, including the more damaging "wet" type, among 2,389 adults followed for 15 years. But the 15-year incidence was still relatively small - about 5.8 percent of regular aspirin users compared with 2.2 percent of nonusers.
January 22, 2013 |
On Dec. 17, three days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, my 11-year-old daughter asked me if I had heard about the teacher who hid her students in a closet while telling the gunman they were in gym class. "She was killed," my daughter said, her eyes waiting for a response from me. "I heard," I said delicately. "She gave her life to protect her students. " I kissed her on her forehead as she opened the car's passenger-side door, and watched as she walked up the stairs to her school.
January 18, 2013 |
Tropical diseases, once neglected, are getting more attention from governments and pharmaceutical companies but more funding and innovation are needed, the World Health Organization said in a report released Wednesday. Diseases rarely seen in the United States, such as lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), onchocerciasis (river blindness), schistosomiasis (a parasite), and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (intestinal worms) can ruin lives or even cause death in poorer and undeveloped parts of the world.
January 12, 2013 |
Junior Seau, one of the NFL's best and fiercest players for two decades, suffered from a degenerative brain disease often associated with repeated blows to the head when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health said in a study released Thursday. The NIH, based in Bethesda, Md., said Seau's brain revealed abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. It said that the study included unidentified brains, one of which was Seau's, and that the findings on Seau were similar to autopsies of people "with exposure to repetitive head injuries.
January 11, 2013 |
JUNIOR SEAU, one of the NFL's best and fiercest players for 2 decades, suffered from a degenerative brain disease often associated with repeated blows to the head when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health said in a study released Thursday. The NIH, based in Bethesda, Md., said Seau's brain revealed abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. It said that the study included unidentified brains, one of which was Seau's, and that the findings on Seau were similar to autopsies of people "with exposure to repetitive head injuries.
January 11, 2013 |
NEWARK, Del. - The day before she returned, Elena Delle Donne sat on a far bench at the Bob Carpenter Complex with Delaware coach Tina Martin. Before the Blue Hens' women's basketball star was to play for the first time in a month, against ninth-ranked Maryland nonetheless, her coach wanted to go over the sign she was to use if she needed an in-game sub. The start to this season, her final as a collegiate athlete, has been far from ideal for Delle Donne, a preseason national player of the year candidate.
December 21, 2012 |
A team led by a New Jersey researcher has been able to slow the course of a rare childhood brain disease by injecting patients with corrective genes, according to a study published Wednesday. Children often die of complications from Canavan disease by age 3, and almost always by 10. But 10 of the 13 study participants have passed age 10, with three in their late teens. None can walk or talk, but all can respond to their environment to some degree, and lab tests show that the degeneration of their brains has slowed or leveled off. Ordinarily, such patients become nonresponsive by 5 if they make it that far, researchers said.