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Memory Training Might Not Be Best for Reducing “Senior Moments”

Trying to stave off senior moments with memory drills and similar brain-boosting activities? A new evidence review suggests that these specific training regimes are not any better than simple conversations at improving memory in older adults. Some studies show that healthy older adults, and those with mild cognitive impairment, do remember words better after some memory training. However, seniors with ...

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Black and Hispanic Women With Breast Cancer Face Treatment Delays

At a time when access to prompt treatment might affect survival, a large new study finds that African-American and Hispanic women newly diagnosed with breast cancer often face delays in care of more than a month. In the study appearing in the February issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, researchers evaluated data from the ...

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More Americans Turn to Lower-Cost Alternative Meds, Especially Whites

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies experienced a significant growth in the United States in the last decade, and a new analysis finds that CAM use becomes more likely when access to conventional care has been restricted. “In both 2002 and 2007, having unmet needs in medical care, or delayed care due to cost, was associated with ...

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Childhood Chronic Illness Affects Future Income, Education, Career

Today, more children than ever survive serious chronic illness. Many thrive as young adults, but a large new study finds that for some, early illness can lead to fewer years of education, more joblessness and lower pay. The good news is that when they grow up, these kids are just as likely to blossom socially, enjoy romantic relationships and get ...

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Teen’s Best Friend: Young Dog Owners More Physically Active

They’re furry, fun loving and could be the key to getting your sedentary teen off the couch, finds a new study on dog ownership and adolescent physical activity. “You can think of your dog not only as your best friend, but also a social support tool for being active,” said John Sirard, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and an assistant ...

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iPhone Quit-Smoking Apps Don’t Make the Grade

  2/11/11: Editor’s Note: The study covered in this article discloses that the lead author, Lorien Abroms, developed a free iPhone app included in the analysis.   A new study finds that iPhone software applications designed to help people quit smoking fall short of the mark because they do not meet accepted standards. Among other things, the study, which appears online ...

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Interest in E-cigarettes Is High, but Safety and Effectiveness Unknown

Electronic cigarettes are drawing heavy media and marketing attention, and while a new study finds that consumer interest also runs high, a companion study underscores that e-cigarettes’ ability to help smokers cut down or quit is unknown. E-cigarettes run on batteries and look like real cigarettes, cigars or even ballpoint pens. Users inhale doses of nicotine or other toxins found ...

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For Back Pain, Spinal Manipulation Holds Its Own

If you’re suffering from chronic lower back pain, a new review of existing research finds that spinal manipulation − the kind of hands-on regimen that a chiropractor might perform on you − is as helpful as other common treatments like painkillers. Spinal manipulation is also safe, researchers found. Ultimately, “the decision to refer for manipulation should be based upon costs, ...

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Inhaled Epinephrine Confirmed Quick, Effective for Croup

For more than 30 years, pediatricians have treated children who have croup with inhaled epinephrine to relieve their symptoms quickly. Now, a new review confirms the value of this approach to treat this common respiratory illness, which sometimes turns serious and – in rare instances – can prove fatal. Pediatricians often turn to oral or intravenous corticosteroids to treat croup ...

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Radiation Helps Cure Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but Future Cancer Risk a Concern

Modern treatment for early stage Hodgkin’s lymphoma is highly effective, leaving most patients with no evidence of cancer. However, experts differ on the best approach:  Is chemotherapy enough or does adding radiation therapy improve the outcome? A systematic review comparing the two approaches found a clear advantage to combined therapy, at least in the short term. Those who received both ...

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