Household cleaning products as bad for lung function as smoking, study finds. In a new report women who worked as cleaners or regularly use cleaning sprays for 20 years were found to have lung decline equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day over the same period. The Telegraph, 02/15/2018. (Also see Solvents)
Hospitalized older adults less often tested for flu. Even though elderly people have the highest rates of hospitalization and death from influenza, a U.S. study suggests that older patients may be less likely to get tested for flu in the hospital. Reuters Health, 02/16/2018.
Eye and balance exercises may ease multiple sclerosis symptoms. People with multiple sclerosis who do balance and eye movement exercises may feel steadier on their feet and experience less fatigue and dizziness, a small trial suggests. Reuters Health, 02/15/2018. (Also see Multiple Sclerosis)
Breast MRIs may lead to more biopsies that catch fewer cancers. Women who get magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening tests for breast cancer are more likely to get invasive surgical biopsies to look for tumors than women who just get screening mammograms, a U.S. study suggests. Reuters Health, 02/15/2018. (Also see Cancer)
Concussions Can Be Detected With New Blood Test Approved by F.D.A. The Food and Drug Administration approved a long-awaited blood test to detect concussions in people and more quickly identify those with possible brain injuries. New York Times, 02/14/2018.
Do I Get Enough Vitamin D in the Winter? Most people can make enough vitamin D from sun exposure during the summer, but for many, synthesis can be inadequate in the winter. New York Times, 02/16/2018. (Also see Vitamin D Deficiency)
High Blood Sugar Levels Tied to Memory Decline. Increasing blood sugar levels are associated with cognitive decline, a long-term study has found. New York Times, 02/12/2018.
How Exercise May Help Protect Your Brain From Cognitive Decline and Dementia. Older adults with poor fitness levels have more deterioration of white matter in their brains, according to a new study, compared with their fitter peers. Time Healthland, 02/16/2018.
Why People Are Swimming in Freezing Water. Intrepid swimmers of all ages plunge into ice–cold waters for a thrill that can feel as sharp as daggers – and bragging rights that last all winter. Time Healthland, 02/16/2018.
Brain surgery could 'spread' Alzheimer's disease. Amyloid proteins, which have previously been associated with the condition, may be transmitted on poorly cleaned surgical instruments used during such procedures, a study implies. Mail Online, 02/15/2018.
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