Archive for May, 2012
Diabetes patients age 65 and older showed worse muscle quality and had lower muscle density, muscle power and knee and ankle strength than their counterparts without diabetes, researchers reported in Diabetes Care.
An occasional doughnut is OK for breakfast, but "raised" doughnuts that are made more like bread are healthier than are those that are made from batter, dietitian Jill Koegel says.
Health care prices will rise at more than three times the rates of gross domestic product growth and inflation, but wellness plans and greater cost sharing will hold increases to 5.5% for employers, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis. Higher utilization of generic drugs, retail and workplace clinics, and insurance industry pressure are among factors keeping costs from being even higher, the report said.
Scientists have identified a new HIV-suppressing protein in the blood of people infected with the virus. In laboratory studies, the protein, called CXCL4 or PF-4, binds to HIV such that it cannot attach to or enter a human cell. The research was led by Paolo Lusso, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the Section of Viral Pathogenesis in the Laboratory of Immunoregulation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of NIH.
The distinctive "old person smell" you may have picked up on when visiting your grandparents most likely wasn't your imagination, a new study indicates.
When given whiffs from pieces of pads worn under the armpits of young, middle-aged and elderly people for five consecutive nights, study participants could reliably distinguish the body odor of the elderly, who were 75 and older, the researchers found.
"The results of this study support the cross-culturally popular concept of an 'old person odor,'" writes the international team in a study published today (May 30) in the journal PLoS ONE.
U.S. regulators denied a request to change the name of high-fructose corn syrup to merely "corn sugar," in a high-profile dispute between two industries.
The effort to change the name comes amid controversy over the sweetener, which is at the epicenter of a dispute over a possible link to obesity.