Archive for May 22nd, 2012
A 40 percent decline in the death rate of diabetic American adults from heart disease and strokes is a sign that patients are taking better care of themselves and receiving improved treatment, according to a government study released on Tuesday.
While the drop in death rates from cardiovascular disease was the most dramatic, overall death rates among diabetic adults dropped 23 percent from 1997 to 2006, according to the study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.
Children born to mothers aged 40 and older had a wider vocabulary and higher IQ test scores up to age 5 than those born to younger mothers, a U.K. study found. Researchers also noted that children of older mothers were less prone to accidents and had fewer hospital admissions. The study was presented at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health conference.
The television business lost one of its technological giants [Sunday], as Eugene Polley died at the age of 96. Polley, as a young engineer at Zenith Radio Corporation, patented (along with fellow inventor Robert Adler) technology that would become the “Flash-Matic” in 1955. The Flash-Matic was the world’s first wireless TV remote control, and would change the way people watched TV.
Traditional "hunter-gatherer" and "horticulturalist" populations have significantly lower age-related increases in blood pressure and less risks of atherosclerosis than "modernized" populations. Lifestyle factors of these traditional populations — high physical activity and high fruit and vegetable diets — may protect against normal aging phenomena, high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries.
Hunter-gatherers and forager-horticulturalists who live off the land and grow what they need to survive have lower age-related increases in blood pressure and less risks of atherosclerosis, according to two new studies in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.
The food additive maltodextrin, commonly used in some artificial sweeteners, may worsen Crohn's disease by encouraging the growth of E. coli bacteria in the small intestine, a new study suggests.
Surgical removal of abdominal fat pads in mice prevented them from developing ultraviolet radiation-induced skin cancers, researchers said.