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 By John Schieszer    Columns    May 1, 2022 

Good news for coffee drinkers and golfers

Prunes pack powerful nutrient punch A prune or six a day may help keep inflammation at bay, according to a new study looking at daily prune consumption. It found eating nutrient-rich prunes every day...

 

New research on Parkinson's, prostate cancer, brain benefits of having pets

Hidden brain benefits come with pet ownership Owning a pet, like a dog or cat, especially for five years or longer, may be linked to slower cognitive decline in older adults, according to a new...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    March 1, 2022

Robot performs first solo laparoscopic surgery

It’s a new era when it comes to robotics. Researchers are reporting that a robot has performed laparoscopic surgery without the guiding hand of a human. Designed by a team of Johns Hopkins...

 

Research update: Parkinson's, avocados, eliminating flu shots

Promising advance in treating Parkinson’s disease Researchers have solved a decade-long mystery about a critical protein linked to Parkinson’s disease that could help to fast-track treatments for...

 

Promising research on treating kidney stones, combating Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

New handheld technology is ushering a new approach to treating kidney stones Physicians may be able to maneuver small kidney stones to the ureter so they can be expelled naturally. Patients dealing...

 

Breast cancer vaccine; organs from pigs; vitamin D

A breast cancer vaccine is becoming a step closer to reality. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic are studying a vaccine for preventing triple-negative breast cancer, the most aggressive and lethal...

 

3D-printed vaccine patches, "shockwave" technology, and high-protein noodles

Sonic waves for clearing coronary arteries Some heart centers around the country now are using novel lithotripsy technology to treat coronary blockages. This new technology is known as intravascular...

 

The effects of exercise and where you live on longevity

It’s never too late to get active A study in more than 30,000 heart patients shows that becoming active later in life can be nearly as beneficial to survival as continued activity. “These...

 

New high-tech may aid the visually impaired

Wearable devices helping visually impaired Updated computer technology now is revolutionizing care for those who are visually impaired. A new study is showing that wearing a vibrating collision...

 

Better cancer detection, blood pressure control

Detecting cancer long before symptoms There may now be a way to find cancer before symptoms ever occur. A new blood test, which can detect more than 50 types of cancer, has been found to be accurate e...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    July 1, 2021

New 'smart toilet' will be able to analyze stool

Smart toilet may be able to analyze stool For the first time, researchers are suggesting that an artificial intelligence tool can be used for long-term tracking and management of chronic...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    June 1, 2021

Detecting strokes earlier using a phone app; Mediterranean diet and Alzheimer's

Preventing strokes with a phone app It may soon be possible to detect atrial fibrillation with your phone. About one-third of ischemic strokes, those triggered by blood clots, are caused by atrial fib...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    May 1, 2021

Health benefits of exercise, wine and coffee

Wine drinking may help protect against cataracts People who consume alcohol moderately appear less likely to develop cataracts that require surgery. Wine consumption showed the strongest protective...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    April 1, 2021

New insights on golf, plant protein and joint replacements

Boosting veggie intake may benefit the brain What you eat on a daily basis may be very important in terms of preventing dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a condition that often precedes...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    March 1, 2021

Robotics and knee replacements; benefits of tea, coffee

Newly discovered benefits of tea and coffee Adding more tea and coffee drinking to your daily routine may reap some important hidden health benefits. Stroke and heart attack survivors can reduce...

 

Cancer drug shows promise reducing hearing loss

Cancer drug repurposed may help protect against hearing loss According to the World Health Organization, around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss, a number the organization...

 

Discovery may help to track, combat Alzheimer's

A better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease Some very good news to report when it comes to battling Alzheimer’s disease: A novel form of an Alzheimer’s protein found in the fluid that...

 

COVID-19 and rheumatic diseases; helpful wearables

COVID-19 infection rates low among older adults with rheumatic diseases Texas researchers are happy to report some reassuring news for older adults living with rheumatic diseases. A new study is...

 

Promising news on COVID testing, mild exercise

At-home testing for COVID infection Researchers have developed a new type of multiplexed test with a low-cost sensor that may enable the at-home diagnosis of a COVID-19 infection through rapid...

 

Breakthroughs promise faster, better COVID testing

COVID testing using a smartphone Researchers are reporting they may be able to test for COVID-19 in just 30 minutes with the use of a smartphone. As COVID-19 continues to spread, bottlenecks in...

 

Older adults show resilience during the pandemic

Older adults may be doing better during this pandemic than many people may realize. A new study involving older adults with pre-existing major depressive disorder has found no increase in depression...

 

COVID-19: New testing, medications, insights

Developing a multi-drug cocktail against COVID-19 A new study has identified 21 existing drugs that stop the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Scientists analyzed one of the...

 

Fall educational opportunities abound for Alaska seniors

If you would like to improve your computer skills or take an art class, now is the perfect time. In Alaska, never before has there been such an opportunity to learn online and expand your mind by...

 

COVID-19: New insights, monitoring device

New study reveals high infection rates among asymptomatic individuals A study of COVID-19 in the quarantined Italian town of Vò, where most of the population was tested, reveals the importance of asy...

 
 By John Schieszer    Health    July 1, 2020

New glimmers of hope for controlling COVID-19

New identification of genetic basis of COVID-19 susceptibility will aid treatment Italian researchers are reporting that they have been able to identify the genetic basis of susceptibility to...

 

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