Submitted by Third Age on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 06:28
Over a century has passed since scientists first identified an insulating coating around cells that speeds up the transmission of information in the body. Until now, however, no one suspected that damage to the insulators, called oligodendroglia, appears to contribute to neurodegenerative diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS).
Submitted by Third Age on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 06:11
Researchers at Brown University, along with colleagues at several universities, have learned how to analyze genetic markers in immune system cells. The technique allows the researchers to distinguish among several types of cancer, according to a release from the university by Mike Cohea.
Submitted by sforsyth on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 05:46
If you need any more motivation for not being a "desk potato" all day and a "couch potato" in the evening, here are four – count 'em, four! – new studies that point to exercise as a way to prevent Alzheimer's and other types of cognitive decline.
Submitted by janefarrell2 on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 12:33
After a decade in which employees with disabilities made up fewer than 1 percent of the federal workforce, President Barack Obama pledged in 2010 to make the federal government a "model employer" of people with disabilities. But hiring is behind the pace needed to meet the goal of 100,000 new workers to which he committed the nation.
The Government Accountability Office reported that the government had taken on 20,000 new employees with disabilities since Obama issued his executive order in 2010.
Submitted by janefarrell2 on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 12:07
Nearly a year after the nation's deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in more than two decades, Colorado cantaloupes are back in supermarkets.
Farmers near the town of Rocky Ford are going on the offensive to restore the fruit's reputation a year after melons from one of the area's farms caused a nationwide listeria outbreak. They have banded together to trademark Rocky Ford melons and fund $800,000 worth of safety upgrades to prevent future outbreaks, but they must convince buyers that the melons are safe.
Submitted by janefarrell2 on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 11:54
The Institute of Medicine recommended Friday that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan undergo annual screening for post-traumatic stress disorder and that federal agencies conduct more research to determine how well the various treatments for PTSD are working.
Of the 2.6 million service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, it's estimated that 13 percent to 20 percent have symptoms of PTSD.
Submitted by janefarrell2 on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 11:06
Administration officials are telling the states there's no pressure to decide whether to expand Medicaid for their low-income residents under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.
The Supreme Court gave states the option of accepting or rejecting the Medicaid expansion. It's designed to cover about 15 million low-income people around the country, starting in 2014.
Submitted by Brenda Ray Coffee on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 16:47
If you’ve ever been diagnosed with a serious illness, you might have felt like your body betrayed you. At least that’s how I felt when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was the poster girl for healthy living: I ate fresh fruits and vegetables, grilled chicken and fish, no fast food or sugar, a glass of wine here and there; got lots of exercise, regular checkups and yearly mammograms.
Submitted by janefarrell2 on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 14:33
Most people are drug hoarders.
It's not that I'm looking in my friends' medicine cabinets.
(Although do you remember the Seinfeld episode related to that? Jerry goes to the bathroom and peeks in his girlfriend's medicine cabinet to see a fungus medication. Jerry immediately looks for an excuse to leave, and lies to her, saying he is coming down with something and runs out).