Here is a recap of some articles that may interest you:
June 21: Newer Devices Often Underestimate Blood Pressure
Reuters: Automated blood pressure measuring devices are replacing old-fashioned mercury manometers in doctor’s offices and clinics around the world. But a new head-to-head comparison of the two techniques suggests that the newer version isn’t necessarily better – and could even be missing some people with high blood pressure who are in need of blood pressure-lowering treatment.
Readings were about two points lower, on average, with the automated device compared to the mercury-based technique…What’s more, discrepancies were larger in people 65 and older.
June 21: Children at Risk of Injury from Backless Car Safety Seats
NewsCore: Impact tests by Which?, a product testing and campaigning charity in Great Britain, showed children who wear backless booster seats were at risk of serious injury in the event of a side impact collision, which accounts for one in four car accidents in the U.K.
June 21: Can Blood Clots Kill You?
AskMen.com:As if cholesterol wasn’t enough of a headache for men over 40, another – albeit less common – silent killer lurks inside the veins. Blood clots, which block major blood vessels, can be quite painful and, in rare cases, even cause death. Be aware of their dangers and protect yourself.
June 22: Fixing Criminals, Saving Big Money
Fox News: …We have medicines readily available that could drastically decrease the rates of many crimes in America…Depo-Provera, delivered monthly by injection, can significantly decrease sexual desire in those with abnormal sexual impulses…Antabuse makes it impossible to metabolize alcohol normally and causes severe symptoms like racing heart, soaring blood pressure and nausea when someone drinks…Paxil and Lexapro can decrease impulsivity…
June 22: Study: Software Cuts CT Radiation Dose in Half
Reuters: A new software program that enhances the quality of CT images allowed doctors to cut in half the radiation dose needed for a colon scan and still produce clear images, U.S. researchers said on Monday.
A series of recent studies has suggested that computed tomography or CT scans can increase a person’s lifetime risk of cancer, especially younger people who have multiple scans.Ginkgo Biloba Extract Cuts Risk of Alzheimer’s Nearly in Half
June 23: Ginkgo Biloba Extract Cuts Risk of Alzheimer’s Nearly in Half
NewsCore: French scientists claimed Tuesday that long-term use of a ginkgo biloba extract can protect against Alzheimer’s disease by 47 percent, following the largest European study of its kind.
The GuidAge study saw groups of elderly people with memory complaints randomly assigned 240 milligrams per day of ginkgo extract, or a placebo, to be taken daily.Six Months of Breast Milk Best for Babies
June 23: Six Months of Breast Milk Best for Babies
Reuters: Babies are less likely to develop a respiratory or gastrointestinal infection if they are exclusively breastfed for at least 6 months, according to a Dutch study.
June 24: Insufficient Vitamin D Tied to Severe Asthma Attacks
Reuters: Asthmatic children with relatively low vitamin D levels in their blood may have a greater risk of suffering severe asthma attacks than those with higher levels of the vitamin, a new study suggests.
The study, which followed more than 1,000 children with asthma for four years, found those with vitamin-D “insufficiency” at the outset were more likely to have an asthma attack that required a trip to the hospital.
June 24: Can Writing Help Calm Your Irritable Bowels?
Reuters: Jotting down your deepest thoughts and emotions might improve your symptoms if you’re one of the 15 percent of Americans with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers say.
Their study is the first to test so-called “expressive writing” in people with IBS, and the results are still very preliminary.
June 25: Low-Dose Polio Vaccine Effective, Study Says
Reuters: Giving just one-fifth the usual dose of the polio vaccine may protect babies against the virus nearly as well as a full dose, as long as it is injected just beneath the skin, doctors reported on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The findings could bring down the cost of immunization, an important consideration in developing countries, some of which have had trouble containing the paralytic disease.
June 25: Top 5 Date Ideas You Can Do Naked
AskMen.com: Well, if you believe that old Seinfeld episode, there’s good naked and there’s bad naked. Frankly, we’re pretty happy with any kind of naked we can get! All of these date ideas will require you to be sans clothing to make it work, and we think you’ll be pretty happy with the ultimate results.
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